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NeoNova Launches YourStream TV

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 15, 2014) – NeoNova, an industry leader in cloud-based services for regional telcos, today announced that the company’s latest live broadcast streaming solution for Roku gives affiliate customers a new way for their subscribers to watch local television. YourStream TV from...Learn More

Report: Pay TV Subscribers to Increase (Just Barely) in 2014

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The rapid emergence of over-the-top (OTT) and Internet TV alternatives, as well as cloud services, has posed stiff challenges for U.S. pay-TV service providers in recent years. Having experienced a 0.58% decline in subscriber numbers in 2013, the pay-TV subscriber base will grow in 2014,...Learn More

Aereo’s Cloud DVR Service To Be Google Chromecast Ready Come End of May

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Aereo’s cloud-based antenna-DVR technology will be Google Chromecast ready by May 29, the Boston-based cloud media technology developer’s CEO Chet Kanojia announced April 10 at Fast Company’s “Innovation Uncensored” conference in New York City. Google Chromecast joins Apple TV and Roku as the platforms that...Learn More

Rentrak: 4.4 Billion Hours Spent Watching VOD in 2013

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The amount of time viewers spent watching free video-on-demand (VOD) broadcast primetime television content rose 24 percent year-over-year in 2013. Overall, viewers spent a total of 4.4 billion hours watching VOD content last year, according to the latest “Rentrak State of VOD: Trend Report 2013.”...Learn More

AT&T HBO Bundle Targets Potential Cord Cutters for $40 per Month

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There is an ongoing debate about the true impact of video cord cutting. One side of the argument says consumers are actively cutting the cord to save money or because they consume video differently than the traditional ‘smorgasbord’ channel line-up model. The counter argument points...Learn More

NCTC in Talks for WebTuner IP Platform for OTT and Cable Content

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The National Cable Television Cooperative said yesterday that it is in discussions with a new player in the market about a video delivery platform designed to handle Internet video content as well as live and on-demand TV. The platform comes from WebTuner and includes a...Learn More

Accenture: 25% of Consumers Plan to Purchase Connected TV Within a Year

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Viewing TV programming over the Internet is growing, as is demand for more devices and more online content. And consumers are increasingly willing to pay for better access to content, which is reshaping the landscape of the media and entertainment industries, according to the fourth...Learn More

Amazon Enters Crowded OTT STB Arena with Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon unveiled a competitor to Roku and Apple TV with the launch of Amazon Fire TV, a new OTT STB option, which will retail for $99. Amazon Fire TV offers many of the same features of its competitors, but also some distinct differences. Amazon has...Learn More

Vubiquity AnyVU Cloud Introduces New Video Content Delivery Model

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This post has been updated and modified and clarifies an earlier version Vubiquity Wednesday formally announced AnyVUCloud, a cloud-based platform for delivering video content to the marketplace. According to yesterday’s press release, AnyVU Cloud will host “…licensed transactional and subscription Video on Demand content, as...Learn More

Mobile Video Forecast to Comprise Half of Online Video By 2016

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Many doubted mobile devices would ever serve as the basis for a viable online consumer video platform less than 10 years ago. What’s transpired since should be more than enough to silence them. The fastest growing segment of the online video market, mobile video, may...Learn More

Viacom NCTC Deal Reached, Avoiding Rural Cable Blackout

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Rural cable operators have succeeded in avoiding a Viacom blackout. Viacom and the National Cable Television Cooperative announced late today that they have reached agreement on the terms of a new contract. The NCTC handles negotiations with Viacom and other content providers on behalf of...Learn More

NCTC Letter Strives to Forestall Viacom Blackout for Rural Cablecos

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See updates to these developments at the end of this post. The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) yesterday sent a letter to Viacom CEO Phillippe Dauman asking him not to black out small cable companies while negotiations continue between the content provider and the NCTC....Learn More