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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.”

 

Sling TV: 100,000 Users And Counting?

Dish Network has yet to release any specific registration and subscription figures for Sling TV, its new slimmed-down OTT pay-TV offering tailored for tech-savvy millennials and cord-cutters, but evidence continues to mount that it’s in six-figures territory.

 

Pace Also On Board With Comcast’s ‘XG2’

Instead of figuring out who is developing a next-gen hybrid gateway for Comcast’s X1 platform, it might be a helpful exercise to determine who isn’t?

 

Offering more evidence that Comcast could be nearing the formal introduction of the mysterious “XG2” gateway, a version from U.K.-based set-top maker Pace recently passed through the FCC for testing.

 

HFC To Be ‘Cornerstone’ Tech For NBN

While there’s been some controversy surrounding what’s the right strategy for NBN Co due to a bit of an historical bias toward FTTP, hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) will be a “cornerstone” technology as Australia’s government-sponsored agency for next-gen broadband pushes ahead, Bruce McClelland, president of Network & Cloud and Global Services, said the day after vendor announced its chief role in the project.

 

Oscar-Nominated Films Become A Pirate Magnet

As millions of movie-lovers prepare to fill out their ballots ahead of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Irdeto checked in with some fresh data showing that piracy picked up sizably after the films nominated were announced. 

 

Taking ‘Freewheel’ For a Spin

Following the launch of Freewheel, Cablevision Systems’ new WiFi-only phone service, on February 5, the reviews are starting to trickle in from sources such as GigaOm and Consumer Reports.

 

The early verdict is that the service shows some promise and a decent option for certain use cases, but will likely serve as a niche product in its current form. 

 

Sling TV -- Now Comes The Hard Part

When I reviewed the Sling TV service last month, I noted that the new OTT offering worked well from a technical standpoint, tying in easy-to-use interfaces that work well across different platforms, whether on the iPad or a Roku 3.

Huggers: 2015 A ‘Breakthrough Year’ For TV As An App

Erik Huggers, the former Intel Media exec who headed up OnCue prior to its sale to Verizon Communications last year, is still a big believer in over-the-top video and its ability to change and disrupt the pay-TV landscape.

 

BigBand Founder’s New Thing: Pixie

The last time we heard from Amir Bassan-Eskenazi it was 2011 and he was heading up the sale of BigBand Networks – the switched digital video pioneer he co-founded -- to Arris for about $53 million.

 

Samsung-Made ‘XG2’ Surfaces At FCC

Marking another step forward for a next-gen device for Comcast’s X1 platform, an iteration of the mysterious “XG2” box spec’d out by Comcast has passed through the FCC.

 

This one,  made by Samsung, comes a few months after a rendering of it from Cisco Systems made an appearance online. 

 

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