With CBS' new All Access streaming service, I can watch shows right when they air. But is it worth $6 a month? The service is a good start. But the network needs to do more to make it worth the money — especially as HBO and other channels start to compete for online dollars.
Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.
Suddenlink Communications is the first cable operator to sign a carriage agreement with Sony Movie Channel. Sony Movie Channel, which is broadcast in HD, has deals in place with Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink.
Multi-screen software vendor SeaChange International has hired Jay Samit as its new CEO. Samit replaced former CEO Raghu Rau, who led the company for the past three years. Samit has also joined SeaChange’s board of directors, which voted unanimously in favor of hiring him as CEO.
CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year.
Comcast has innovative plans to beef up how NASCAR fans follow the sport, from routine news stories flowing on a ticker during the week to expanded coverage from inside the pits on the weekends. Comcast recently signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series beginning next season.
This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price. The backlash surfaced in a third-quarter earnings report that Netflix Inc. released Wednesday.
The device seems to be a placeholder for something that might come later. Apps for OTT services can be downloaded, but they’re disabled. What you can do with it is play a select list of PlayStation Vita games on it (not all of them), and you can use it to stream games from your PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to a TV.
The announcement would have been a surprise if HBO’s “Game of Thrones” hadn’t become known as the most frequently pirated show in television history, and if HBO executives hadn’t been asked about the possibility of offering HBO Go at every public appearance all along.
Nagra announced that Vodafone España is its first customer for its QuickStart Hybrid system in Europe. Vodafone Spain is using Nagra’s technology to create a service that will combine over-the-top (OTT) content and digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.
Alaska’s GCI is now serving up its TiVo-based service to its subscribers in Kotzebue. GCI currently has its GCI TV powered by TiVo service available across 95 percent of its footprint with plans to have it fully rolled out in all of its markets by the end of the year.
Nielsen took another hit in credibility when it announced an unspecified technical error led to incorrect ratings for broadcast networks. Cable companies have been dissatisfied with Nielsen’s technical capabilities for reporting, specifically its delay in figuring out a way to measure multi-screen viewing.
MobiTV announced it is behind the cloud recording capabilities offered by Deutsche Telekom with its multi-screen / TV Everywhere service. MobiTV's network DVR allows recorded programs to be stored in the cloud and played on any mobile device, anytime, anywhere.
In the wake of Viacom yanking its 24 networks away from Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers on Oct. 1 after a new carriage agreement wasn’t reached, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator has added new channels to its lineup. The latest additions to Suddenlink’s channel roster are UP and Aspire.
Time Warner Cable has blended in a VOD guide on its TWC TV app that runs on Roku’s platform. The Roku platform launched early last with an initial focus on live TV, but the latest update allows those users to see some of Time Warner Cable’s VOD library right from the live TV guide.
AT&T has found a way to get SEC football fans into the game by enabling a new “Talk Back” feature that allows them to interact with sports celebrities during live games. Talk Back is a second-screen feature that works via the U-verse App for Tablet or via a web portal. Viewers are able to submit their questions and watch live as sports celebrities answer them.
Reaping the fruits of its $5.2 billion deal with the NHL that was signed in November of last year, Rogers Communications is about to drop the puck on its new GamePlus app when the season starts on Wednesday. GamePlus, which is part of Rogers NHL GameCentre Live service, lets mobile and tablet users watch games from several unique point-of-view camera angles as well as the ability to replay key plays.
While Suddenlink Communications’ standoff with Viacom festers into its second week, the nation’s seventh-largest cable operator announced it has reached a long-term distribution agreement with Discovery Communications. Suddenlink viewers are currently blacked out from Viacom’s 24 networks, both online and on their TVS, but Suddenlink will continue to carry Discovery’s 13 nets.
Comcast has integrated Common Sense Media ratings and reviews into its next gen X1 platform. Comcast had previously blended Common Sense Media’s parental control features into its Xfinity TV Go website. The ratings were based on developmental guidelines from some of the nation’s leading authorities,
Turner Broadcasting, the parent of the CNN, TBS and TNT networks, is eliminating about 1,475 jobs, or about 10 percent of its total employees. Monday's announcement follows an offer of voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees in August, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.
Verizon and Outerwall’s Redbox announced over the weekend that they would be pulling the plug on the Redbox Instant streaming video service on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The two companies said the service, which tied the Redbox DVD rental kiosk business with streaming video capabilities from Verizon, wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped it would be.
This week Shaw Communications added apps from Sportsnet Now and TSN Go to its roster of TV Everywhere programming. TSN Go is now available on iOS and Android devices to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct video subscribers. TSN Go gives authenticated subscribers the ability to access TSN's recently expanded suite of feeds to watch live and on-demand sports content for free with their subscription to TSN.
For many years, effective voice-based search technologies have eluded businesses that have tried to introduce next-generation input methods to customers. Confined to basic navigation and so-called “magic words,” speech-based commands have been ineffective and often hard for consumers to use. The widespread adoption of smartphones and tablets, as will as Apple's Siri, has led to a renewed interest in this genre of technology.
While Suddenlink Communications’ subscribers remain in the dark, both on their TVs and online, Verizon Communications and Viacom reached a new agreement yesterday that allows Verizon to continue to carry 25 Viacom networks. The deal was also notable because it granted Verizon the national rights to deliver Viacom programming to Verizon Wireless customers when a new service goes live early next year.
The NFL has extended its contract with satellite provider DirecTV to carry the "Sunday Ticket" package, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market games. The deal expands DirecTV's rights to stream the package live on mobile devices and online. The agreement is worth $12 billion over eight years — $1.5 billion annually, according to a person familiar with the contract.