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HBO To Optimize Video Streaming Quality With Conviva Partnership 06 January 2016

HBO has turned some of its attention to optimizing its video streaming service. The cable television network will improve the quality of HBO Now thanks to technology from video analytics and optimization company Conviva. HBO will work with Conviva’s optimization technology and experience management platform to gather data on how well (or not) HBO Now’s …

How Netflix and Amazon Changed The Game In 2015 31 December 2015

This year, in lieu of the traditional Best Of Lists, we thought it would be fun to discuss how streaming platforms became the first choice for critically adored and highly anticipated content. The Mindy Project moved from Fox to Hulu; Aziz Ansari’sMaster of None went straight to Netflix. This year, streaming platforms positioned themselves as …

Multichannel Video Providers See Uptick, Not Cord-Cutting 18 May 2015

Multichannel video providers can relax — at least for this quarter. The top 10 multichannel video providers added 54,800 subscribers in the first quarter of this year, according to informitv Multiscreen Index.  That is a welcome uptick from a loss of 232,100 in the prior three quarters. Of course, MVPDs might not want to rest …

The ‘Netflix tax’: what your business needs to know 14 May 2015

One of the key inclusions in the Budget is the confirmation that GST rules are to be extended to apply to the importations of digital products and services. This so called “Netflix” tax is designed to ensure that non-resident suppliers (e.g. video streaming servers) of such content pay GST, thereby levelling the playing field for …

aioTV Patent Targets Mixing of TV with OTT 11 May 2015

aioTV, a Denver-based maker of video streaming software and HDMI “pass-through” boxes, said it has scored a patent for metadata normalization and video playback, elements that can help MVPDs and other providers offer a blend of linear, on-demand and OTT video services. The patent (U.S. No. 9,027,065) describes a “Method and system for creating video …

Pay-TV Can Play With OTT, finds Amdocs 06 May 2015

Over-the-top services are slowly chipping away at traditional pay-TV subscriptions. But, according to a new study, there’s a fairly simple way for pay-TV providers to hold on to their revenue. In a global survey of thousands of pay-TV customers, Amdocs Ltd. and IE Market Research found that 51% of North American consumers planning to cancel or …

Comcast Now Has Nearly as Many Internet as Cable Customers 05 May 2015

Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators’ fears about a giant cable company’s control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. For the first time, the country’s largest cable provider has just about as many Internet as cable customers — 22.4 million each. Comcast, which also …

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