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Proposed FCC Independent Video Programming Rules Would Prohibit Certain Clauses

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Proposed FCC independent video programming rules aim to give providers of such content more negotiating power with pay-TV providers by prohibiting certain contract clauses. The proposed changes came in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today at the monthly commission meeting....Learn More

Presidential Debate or Monday Night Football, Who Won Among OTT Viewers?

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Which of Monday night’s main events would you think attracted more in the way of OTT viewers: the Hillary Clinton/ Donald Trump presidential debate or Monday Night Football, which this week paired the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons? According to Sling TV, it was...Learn More

LRG: 82% of TV Households Subscribe to Pay-TV, Back to 2005 Levels

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Just over 8 in 10 U.S. TV households subscribe to pay-TV service, according to a new estimate from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). That’s down from 87% in 2011, but level with an 82% reading in 2005. Furthermore, 14% of those who paid for pay-TV subscriptions...Learn More

Five Roku Streaming Media Players Launched

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Five Roku streaming media players were launched yesterday, including the Roku Express and Roku Express+, which offer low-cost 1080 pixel HD streaming. At a MSRP of $39.99, Roku Express is the company’s smallest streaming media player, Roku highlights in a press release. A step up,...Learn More

iGR: Average Monthly Broadband Usage is 190 Gigabytes Monthly Per Household

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Average monthly broadband usage in U.S. homes is 190 gigabytes per month, according to a new report from iGR Research. More than 95% of this traffic is video, researchers said. “TV has become a personal activity,” said Iain Gillott, president of iGR research, in an...Learn More

Frontier Video Strategy Aims to Have IPTV in 50% of Footprint

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Frontier has a goal of offering a triple-play bundle of voice, video and data using its home-grown Vantage video offering in 50% of the company’s local service footprint, said Frontier President and CEO Dan McCarthy today. In the remainder of its territory, the Frontier video...Learn More

Report: Millennial Video Preference for OTT Driven by Availability, Cost, and Experience

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Why subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service when you can watch all the movies and shows you care to on demand by signing up for cheaper OTT subscription streaming services? That’s increasingly the point of view being taken by young adults (20-25), the single largest...Learn More

TM Forum: Amazon-Style Platform Business Model May Be Answer for Telco Video

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Some major telecom service providers hope to use an Amazon-style platform to support a new approach to offering video content to end users, said Barry Graham, senior director of agile business and IT for technology association TM Forum, in an interview. Graham used the term...Learn More

T-Mobile Binge On May Have Found a Mobile Video Sweet Spot

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T-Mobile Binge On mobile streaming service is proving to be very popular with early-adopter smartphone users. Effectively all (99%) who opted in to Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix USA market research platform said they were satisfied with the quality of videos delivered. With Binge On, T-Mobile is...Learn More

Skinny Bundle Research Quantifies Upside, Downside for Pay-TV Providers

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Pay-TV providers contemplating the prospect of offering “skinny bundles” of fewer TV channels face a difficult balancing act, according to skinny bundle research from Altman Vilandrie & Co. So-called ¨skinny bundles¨ composed of channels selected specifically to meet the viewing preferences of specific subscriber groups...Learn More

Verizon AOL Yahoo Strategy: Armstrong Sees Opening to Help Businesses Build Brands Online

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Now that Verizon has acquired AOL and announced plans to acquire Yahoo, some telecom-centric observers are finding the Verizon AOL Yahoo strategy perplexing. But it all makes sense if you understand marketers, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. “We invested in a clear gap in...Learn More

Netflix Wants FCC to Crack Down on Broadband Caps

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Netflix is asking the FCC to establish a 10 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream definition for mobile broadband and to consider the impact that broadband caps have on the deployment of advanced telecom capability. The OTT video provider made its comments in a filing pertaining...Learn More