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Analyst: HBO stand-alone changes landscape

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HBO’s proposed cable and satellite subscription-free stand-alone OTT service is set to change the landscape of how content owners package and make available their content, according to Gavin Bridge, Director of Media Insights at Ipsos MediaCT. Writing for the research firm’s Ideas Spotlight blog, Bridge suggests the service won’t be akin to HBO Go, the channel’s existing Internet offering only […]

Amazon introduces $39 Fire TV stick

Little more than six months after Amazon introduced Amazon Fire TV, which quickly became the best-selling streaming media box on the e-retailer, it is introducing a smaller and even more affordable device. The Fire TV Stick connects to the HDMI port on an HDTV for instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. Fire TV Stick is […]

US households watch 17 hours VoD per week

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Research from Parks Associates shows the average US broadband household now watches more than 17 hours of non-linear video per week, compared to 11.5 hours of linear video. “Non-linear video accounts for 49 per cent of the video consumed on the TV, and it is already the majority, 60 per cent, of TV video viewed by consumers 18-24,” said Barbara […]

Copyright expert: “Good riddance” to Aereo

Thomas Sydnor, visiting fellow with the America Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and one-time copyright advisor to the Office of International Relations at the US Patent and Trademark Office, has suggested that Internet TV streaming service Aereo’s antenna-based operation was “nothing more than the latest example of technologically-inefficient means to commit what the Agreement on Trade-Related […]

NEON SVoD for NZ SKY

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New Zealand pay-TV operator SKY has announced the December launch of subscription video on demand (SVoD) service NEON, which it says will make it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment, offering exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. The first 30 days are free and the service is being made available for […]

Yahoo7, Telstra to deliver PLUS7 on T-Box

Yahoo7 – which combines the strengths of Yahoo’s global network with Seven West Media’s TV, magazine and newspaper brands – and Australian telco Telstra have announced a new partnership agreement that will deliver PLUS7 premium video content to Telstra T-Box customers. The agreement will see PLUS7 available directly via the T-Box Catch Up TV menu, giving T-Box owners access to […]

920m global pay-TV subs by year end

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The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014 according to ABI Research. Overall, pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013. “The growing number of HD subscribers as well as major sporting […]

Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’

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Comcast predicts channels like HBO and CBS may live to regret their moves to OTT and that subscribers will pay for TV and Internet packages for years to come. Stephen B. Burke, chief executive of NBCUniversal, (part of Comcast), said he was “surprised” by announcements last week that both HBO and CBS would start subscription streaming services. He said that […]

Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow. “Following the Supreme Court’s decision, this Circuit’s law with respect to Aereo’s live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered in […]

YouView adds iPlayer, BBC Red Button

Customers of on demand service YouView now have access to more BBC programmes with the introduction of new BBC iPlayer and BBC Connected Red Button. Customers will be able to watch exclusive BBC iPlayer programmes and discover content more easily. The refreshed look and feel offers new categories including comedy, arts, history and music. In addition, YouView customers will be […]

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