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Growth of streaming video killed Comcast-Time Warner deal

What killed Comcast Corp.’s $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable Inc.? Regulators’ desire to protect the Internet video on demand industry that is reshaping TV. A combination of the No. 1 and No. 2 US cable companies would have put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one …

Former BBC iPlayer boss: local TV is ‘years behind in its thinking’

The former BBC executive and video on demand technology expert who oversaw the launch of the iPlayer has criticized Ofcom’s implementation of local TV as being “years behind in its thinking” and argued that the concept of such a service delivered over the airwaves is “fundamentally wrong”. Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum event on …

Conviva: 1% Interruptions Lead to 14 Minutes of Lost Engagement

While the quality of over-the-top video services is rising, so are viewer demands. Video optimization specialist Conviva released its 2015 Viewer Experience Report today, and the findings lay out challenges for OTT providers. Playback interruptions are the biggest problem for OTT video on demand systems, as each 1 percent of interruptions experienced leads to 14 …

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