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Netflix IDs Its First ‘Recommended’ Smart TVs

About four months after announcing its “Recommended TV” program at CES, Netflix this week revealed the identity of the models that made the cut, based on Netflix’s evaluation of criteria that covered areas such as streaming performance (how rapidly the apps launch, resume and playback video), ease of access to apps, and features such as “

On Net Neutrality

The following two-part series on the topic of network neutrality by cable and telecom industry vet Marc Tayer is being republished here with permission.


Network Neutrality, Part I: Did The FCC Miss The Mark?


Weather Channel Parent Is First Partner in IBM $3B IoT Venture

The Weather Company and IBM have launched a "global strategic alliance" that will integrate real-time weather "big data" into an array of services, primarily aimed at business/professional customers but also affecting data collection and delivery via TWC's subsidiary The Weather Channel and other media outlets. 


4K On A Stick

A lot of 4K will be delivered digitally over managed IP connections and over-the-top, but that doesn’t mean the need for physical media will completely fade away.


Sling TV: Fine Young Cannibal?

Sling TV, Dish Network’s new OTT service that launched nationwide in February, is generally considered additive to the pay-TV pie because the single-stream service is crafted for cord-cutters and smaller service bundles.


But based on comments made by Dish chairman Charlie Ergen Wednesday on CNBC, there might be much more to it…eventually.


TiVo Tries A New Look

Is TiVo getting ready to shed its iconic logo – the smiling TV set equipped with feet, a set of antennas, and bright letters scrawled across its face?


Sony’s Route To PlayStation Vue

Long before Sony tried to beat cable operators at the pay-TV game, it tried hard – very hard -- to join them.


Layer3 TV Plays The Name Game

Layer3 TV, the stealthy “next generation” cable operator started up by two vets out of the cable realm, is still being hush-hush about its product, strategy and precise roll out date, but hints at what its resulting service might be called are starting to appear. 


Sling TV Users Lead ‘Cord Cheating’ Trend

In a trend evidently led by Sling TV users, more than 20% of adult broadband customers who stream from an OTT subscription service are “cord cheaters,” in that they use the credentials of someone else living outside their respective households, The Diffusion Group found in a new study.


HBO Now Pricing Could Vary

While Apple will offer HBO Now, the premium programmer’s coming stand-alone OTT service, for $14.95 per month, that price point apparently has the potential to move up or down, depending on how HBO and its other partners decide to sell it.


The FAQ for HBO Now acknowledges that “subscription prices may vary by participating partners.”