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Questions Raised by Plan to Give MVPD Status to OTT Video

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s intention to give Internet video providers MVPD status, revealed yesterday in a blog post, raises a range of questions that are likely to be hotly debated in coming months. In gaining MVPD (for “multichannel video programming distributor”) status, companies that would...Learn More

TDG: Adult Broadband Consumers Without Pay TV Hits 14%

Legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline even as residential U.S. broadband penetration is poised to exceed 100 million, according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). For the first time, the number of U.S. home broadband subscriptions will surpass...Learn More

Flurry: Use of Sports Apps Up 210% from 2013

The use of sports apps is skyrocketing, posing a major challenge for cable companies, says Flurry Analytics, an analytics firm focused on apps. Sports apps saw an increase of 210% in usage between 2013 and 2014, Flurry said. That’s much stronger growth than Flurry saw...Learn More

Adobe Finds Growth in Online TV Viewing of 388% in One Year

Online TV consumption across connected devices has rocketed 388-percent higher year-over-year in 2014 as more people watched more TV online than ever before. Video game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices, moreover, now account for 10 percent of overall online TV viewing, according to Adobe’s latest...Learn More

OTT Video Adoption: Why the Inflection Point Matters

As a rule, major transitions in technology and revenue models are slower to develop than most predict. In other words, when looking at the transition from linear TV to online TV, or the business impact of any major new technology, the amount of change tends...Learn More

TiVo: Percent of TV Viewers Multitasking Hits 94%

Excerpts from TiVo’s “Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey” reveal that TV viewers are doing a lot more multitasking while watching TV. Just over half (51 percent) of TiVo’s 856 survey respondents said they multitask every time or almost every time they watch...Learn More

CBS OTT Channel, CBS All Access, Includes Live TV From Local Affiliates

Add CBS to the growing list of traditional media companies who are now embracing OTT distribution of their content. CBS All Access is a new subscription based OTT offer that features live and on-demand programming. Included in the offer is a live feed of the...Learn More

Report: Set-Top Box Revenues Down 3% from 2013

Global set-top box (STB) revenues rose 4 percent sequentially in 2Q to reach $4.8 billion as unit shipments rose 7 percent from 1Q 2014 but fell 3 percent from 2Q 2013, according to new market research from Infonetics Research. “The global set-top box (STB) market...Learn More

OTT Provider GEM Gains MVPD Status, Local TV Content for SIMUL SEZ

Giga Entertainment Media has a unique business model. The company offers an app and platform for tablets and mobile devices that enables end users to view over-the-top video and free local TV content simultaneously on multiple devices, and supports multi-user collaboration and other capabilities. The...Learn More

Video Business is in Significant Transition with Important Implications

There are no shortage of issues faced by video service providers, some of which are fundamentally changing the business model for pay-TV. Rising programming costs, changing program access rules, and a shift to broadband delivered distribution are just a few. We interviewed Rich Fickle, CEO...Learn More

HBO OTT Channel to Launch in 2015

Perhaps we’re seeing a tipping point in OTT video with news that HBO will launch a HBO OTT channel in 2015 that is not tied to a pay-TV subscription. The details are very few right now, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced the...Learn More

Solarus Gigabit Network Helped Company Become a ‘Smart Rural Community’

Wisconsin-based rural telco Solarus has the distinction of being both an NTCA Smart Rural Community and a provider of gigabit broadband service. Solarus is a customer-owned company that has provided telephone service for over 100 years but in recent years has transformed itself into a...Learn More