Young viewers are key segment to target for OTT

Parks Associates reports pay-TV penetration remains fairly steady at around 85% of US broadband households but OTT video use is increasing on multiple devices, particularly with younger viewers.

via Young viewers are key segment to target for OTT.

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Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere | The Verge

It happens every time I travel. I come back to my hotel room, flop into a freshly made bed, pick up the (probably sticky) black remote, and turn on the TV. I’m given the option to mortgage my home to watch a just-out-of-theaters movie, aimlessly surf through a bunch of local and basic cable channels, or take my chances with whatever’s on HBO. I flip through the 28 or so channels for about a half hour, and settle on some offshoot of Storage Wars before I go to sleep.

via Roku Streaming Stick review: TV everywhere | The Verge.

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Why the HBO-Amazon Deal Is Good for Everyone (Except Netflix)

HBO and Amazon just put a ring on it with a giant, multi-year deal that will put HBO originals on Amazon Prime exclusively. Woooooo! That means you don’t need an HBO subscription to watch old episodes of everything from the Wire to Eastbound & Down. And in this game of everything-but-Game-of-Thrones, everyone wins; Amazon, HBO, and you, dear TV watcher. Everyone, that is, except maybe Netflix.

via Why the HBO-Amazon Deal Is Good for Everyone (Except Netflix).

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TalkTalk’s catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog • The Register

Budget telco TalkTalk has been barked at by the Advertising Standards Authority after the company wrongly suggested that a whole host of TV channels were available via its catch-up service.

via TalkTalk’s catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog • The Register.

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Studio CTOs Talk Threats, Opportunities | Home Media Magazine

Where many in the industry see nothing but a threat with new technologies, Greg Gewickey, VP of digital distribution technologies for Warner Bros., mostly sees potential dollar signs.

via Studio CTOs Talk Threats, Opportunities | Home Media Magazine.

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Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

How do you fight cord-cutters? Offer an internet streaming service with all of cable TV’s best content. It sounds like a bit of a stretch, but it could be happening: the distribution deal that settled Disney and Dish’s ad-skipping dispute also gave the TV-provider the rights to stream Disney-owned channels over the internet. Sources close to Bloomberg are now saying that Dish is hoping to launch the service before the end of the summer.

via Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer.

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Netflix will be on a set-top box by end of June – Lost Remote

The lines between TV via the internet and TV via a cable provider are continuing to blur. In the midst of the high profile Supreme Court case with Aereo, Netflix “has been in talks with several pay TV operators in the U.S. about integrating its service directly into their set-top boxes,” according to coverage by Circa.

via Netflix will be on a set-top box by end of June – Lost Remote.

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