The CRTC has backed off a plan to order Canadian MVPDs to offer their subscribers full a la carte choice, and instead has ordered Canadian operators to establish basic service bundles that can be supplemented with additional tiers.
Piksel said it has fully redesigned its cloud-based asset management system with a new interface and a process that enables video companies to create single-page workflows.
In the media: HBO, Showtime, and Sony are all proposing to pay MVPDs to have their services prioritized as they are distributed, The Wall Street Journal is reporting today. The trick would be to call this something other than "paid prioritization."
Out of the 20 industries covered in the fifth annual Temkin Experience Ratings, TV service, and ISP’s received the lowest ratings with Comcast scoring the lowest in the industry.
Sony released its cloud-based TV service PlayStation Vue today, with programming bundles that range from $50 to $60 to $70 per month -- roughly what traditional MVPDs charge.
Canoe said its video on demand dynamic ad insertion technology is now available in over 130 DMAs, including 48 of the top 50, reaching approximately two-thirds of all cable TV households.
Consumers want to be able to choose the channels they pay for. The industry is responding with smaller bundles and a few direct-to-consumer services, such as HBO Now. But that approach is shaping up to cost consumers more money, not less.
Imagine Communications' CloudXtream enables the delivery not only of VOD and cloud DVR (cDVR), but also live video. Its capabilities include dynamic ad insertion, packaging, encoding, transcoding, storage management and cloud orchestration.
At the same time the OTT service said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime, all A+E Networks. The core package will remain at $20.
DirecTV has developed a TV service for the hospitality industry that aims to induce hotel guests to use the TVs in their rooms rather than access their OTT services via wi-fi, thereby relieving hotel operators’ overburdened wi-fi systems.
The Commission today issued an NPRM that asks if the availability of DirecTV and Dish Network in a market automatically qualifies as “effective competition.” If yes (the FCC argues "yes"), rate regulation would automatically be dropped.
The two communications megamergers – Comcast with Time Warner Cable and AT&T with DirecTV are back on hold, as the FCC waits for the courts to make a decision on a procedural matter.
Four out of five of households (81 percent) surveyed in the U.S. now currently have at least one HDTV. This showed a steep increase since 2011 as 46 percent of households possessed at least one during that time.
The new photonic switches were designed specifically for service providers who need to cater to enterprise customers, supporting increasing video, cloud and data center traffic.
Last year MSOs tested and implemented content discovery solutions with apps, smart TVs, and more, achieving incremental progress in allaying the frustration many of their subscribers have trying to find relevant content.
The percentage of people sharing access to their subscriptions to OTT services ranges from 10 percent to 25 percent, The Diffusion Group has found, which means a lot of companies are forsaking a lot of potential revenue.
Charter Communications is in talks to acquire Bright House Networks. If the two pull the trigger, the deal could be worth over $10 billion, and increase Charter's video subscriber base by half again.
The FCC has finally published its order reclassifying broadband as a Title II service under the Communications Act – the Open Internet Order. Commissioner Pai’s dissent from the decision charges that the action itself violates the Communications Act.
DirecTV was offering a 12-month discount, without adequate notice that the discount comes only with a 24-month contract. Other terms of the deal were not disclosed in a conspicuous way, the FTC said, charging the company with hiding the details of the offer in fine print.
AT&T CFO John Stephens, speaking at a Deutsche Bank conference, said one of the synergies from the DirecTV deal will be AT&T’s enhanced leverage with content providers.
MSOs are getting their subscribers to use their VOD services a little more often, but progress on this front remains modest, in part because operators are still failing to entice their subscribers away from Netflix.
The ACA has petitioned the FCC to make it easier for its members to collectively bargain with programmers, which the organization argues will help smaller operators maintain margins, in turn giving them greater latitude to extend and improve broadband services.
HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.
Starting Tuesday, "Powers" will be free to PlayStation subscribers, with the first episode free to anyone for streaming through the PlayStation Store web site (a PlayStation console is not required). Subsequent episodes will be available for purchase by non-subscribers.
Relying on Imagine Communications' Zenium software defined workflow management platform, media companies can use Microsoft's cloud-based services to quickly set up multi-screen delivery.