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OTT Wars Just Got More Interesting, Xfinity Instant TV Now on Deck

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Comcast will soon launch a new streaming TV service, Xfinity Instant TV, according to a Reuters report. While not a nationwide OTT streaming service, Xfinity Instant TV will add an interesting dynamic to the growing competitive OTT streaming marketplace. Xfinity Instant TV will be a...Learn More

Verizon Fios 4K UHD Trials Underway

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Verizon is prepping for Fios 4K UHD video delivery, through a UHD trial with satellite transport firm SES. The trial will help Verizon eventually offer the next generation of HD programming to Fios TV customers throughout the U.S., according to a press release announcing the...Learn More

Comcast Hedges Bet on Nationwide OTT Service, Secures OTT Rights

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The field for nationwide OTT offers is getting quite crowded, and it may one day include Comcast. A report from Bloomberg Business cites recent negotiations by Comcast to secure nationwide OTT rights from several programmers. The move appears to be a hedge for now for...Learn More

Snapchat Effect? Apple Clips App Lets Users Create and Share Sophisticated Photo and Video Creations

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Apple has introduced Clips, a mobile app designed to make it easier for users to combine video clips, photos and for the first time, voice-produced animated titles to produce their own video shorts and share them on social media networks. The Apple Clips app supports...Learn More

AT&T Offers DIRECTV NOW Customers One Year Of HBO Included with Service

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Dallas, Texas — March 20, 2017 — DIRECTV NOW, the AT&T live TV streaming service, just got a lot livelier for new customers. Starting today, new customers who subscribe to the DIRECTV NOW “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” packages will have HBO included in their...Learn More

LRG: Gutting of AT&T U-verse Sinks Telco Video Momentum, Cable and OTT Rejoice

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The nation’s leading cable TV providers experienced the lowest number of annual video subscriber losses since 2006 last year, the year telcos first introduced video services, according to the latest from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). The nation’s six largest cable companies lost some 280,000 video...Learn More

AT&T Hello Lab Moves Highlight Continued Telco Push into Content Business

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Although there are skeptics, major telecom service providers appear undaunted in their pursuit of opportunities to create content for non-traditional outlets, including over-the-top video offerings, mobile and social media. The latest move involving telcos in the content business comes from AT&T, which announced plans today...Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

IP Video Provider Layer 3 TV Partners with Muni Broadband Provider for Hosted Video

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A Colorado municipal broadband provider will complete their triple play bundle with a hosted video offer from Layer 3 TV. Longmont Power & Communications, located outside of Denver, currently offers broadband and phone under the NextLight brand. Layer 3 TV, based in Denver, is a...Learn More

Cloud DVR Becomes New Battleground in OTT Wars

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OTT video is evolving, and emerging virtual pay-TV operators are in a pitched battle to grow their subscriber base. Increasingly, cloud DVR is seen as a necessary weapon. The virtual pay-TV landscape is getting quite crowded. There are at least four current virtual providers of...Learn More

Verizon Joins AT&T in Flexing Wireless Muscle: Fios TV Streaming is Now Wireless Data Free

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Verizon announced that Fios TV streaming, which includes live TV, VoD, and DVR recordings, will no longer count against a Verizon wireless’ customers monthly data allowance. It’s the same tactic AT&T has allowed for some time now with DIRECTV, giving these carriers a unique position...Learn More

Sling TV Gives Amazon Customers ‘First Look’ at Cloud DVR

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March 9, 2017 —  “Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers” ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today widened availability of its Cloud DVR to new customers...Learn More