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Clikia Says It Will Join the Virtual MVPD Race

Clikia Corp, a company that offers a set of OTT subscription services, announced last week that it has secured the rights to create a pay TV package that will include “over 40 of the most popular cable channels” by mid-September.

TiVo Nearing Debut of 4K Mini: Report

TiVo is nearing the debut of a “Mini” IP video device that would support 4K video and complement TiVo’s retail-focused 4K DVR product, the Bolt. It might also serve as a whole-home complement to a new Arris-made gateway that is powered by TiVo’s software and is targeted to MVPD partners.

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CenturyLink Still Open to Partnerships With OTT TV Providers

Despite having its own OTT TV service, CenturyLink remains open to partnering up with third-party virtual MVPDs, a group that currently includes Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, Hulu, and fuboTV.

NBCU’s Burke ‘Skeptical’ That OTT TV Will Thrive

Virtual MVPDs are spreading like wildfire these days, but a top programming exec isn’t convinced that they’ll scorch the market.

“It’s a very tough business,” Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, said Thursday on  Comcast’s Q2 earnings call. “As we’ve said before, we’re skeptical it’s going to be a very large business or profitable business…they’re off to a slow start.”

Those new entrants are adding subs, but not enough of them to overcome the losses in the traditional pay TV business.

AT&T Kicks Off DirecTV Now Ad Campaign

Looking to drive awareness for its OTT TV service, AT&T has kicked off a national ad campaign for DirecTV Now that stars Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed, Friday Night Lights).

The ads, created by BBDO, emphasize certain features of the OTT service, including that it does not require contracts or a traditional set-top box, and can be viewed in the home or on the go.

Layer3 TV Cites Strong Demand for 4K Fare

There’s still not a lot of 4K content available these days, but evidence is mounting that consumers who have TVs and boxes that are capable of supporting the new format are craving it.

Layer3 TV, the Denver-based next-gen cable op that supports 4K on all its set-tops, said that 20% of its customers have watched at least one episode of BBC America’s Planet Earth II in 4K via its VOD platform.

Online Struggles Pop Up During ‘GoT’ Season Premiere

Offering yet another indication that OTT delivery of some tent-pole TV events can have trouble scaling up at the point of impact, Sunday night’s season seven premiere of HBO’s Games of Thrones did not come out unscathed.

The HBO.com web site reportedly went down temporarily during the premiere, and several DirecTV Now customers also reported having troubles last night.

DirecTV App Adds Downloading Option

DirecTV has issued an update to its TV Everywhere app for iOS and Android that lets subscribers download purchased and rented TV shows and movies, complementing a feature that lets customers download DVR-recorded content to smartphones and tablets.

Comcast Sees Surge in Out-of-Home TV Viewing

Comcast said Xfinity Stream, an updated version of its authenticated video app that unifies what on-demand and live TV programming that customers are authorized to access when they are at home or on the go, has already been reaping the benefits.

Segmenting SVOD

General entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime along with the rise of more genre-focused over-the-top video services that have entered the fray have been fueling the growth of subscription VOD services.