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Boxee’s Greatest Hits

Boxee, once a burr in cable’s saddle and a beacon of light to cord-cutters, has apparently reached its end game (yes, it is mixed-metaphor Thursday, thanks for asking) amid a report in Variety this week that Samsung has shut down an initiat

5 Reasons Broadcasters Need an OTT Strategy

Will 2015 be the tipping point for over-the-top video (OTT)? Around the industry, the answer is a resounding yes.

 

Erik Huggers, president and CEO of VEVO, recently predicted 2015 would be a “break-out year” for the technology, and Park Associates, an online video analysis firm, took it a step further, saying 2015 is “the year of OTT.”

 

Survey Pinpoints What’s Hot In Cable Tech

“Massive” deployments of DOCSIS and a shift to remote and distributed network architectures are some of the top trends among cable operators, IHS found in a survey of 12 service providers across the globe that represent the bulk of industry revenues and capex.

 

Analyst Still Bullish on Arris

Although Arris is still fighting “headwinds” caused by MVPD consolidation paired with a consolidating and shrinking set-top market, one analyst thinks concerns about the supplier's future are a bit overblown, holding that the company remains well-positioned when it comes to the larger IP video transition.

 

Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold maintained his “Strong Buy” on the stock Monday, and a target price of $40 (at last check Monday, Arris shares were trading at $30.08, down 44 cents (1.44%) for the day). 

Comcast Sets Table for DOCSIS 3.1 Trials

We already knew that Comcast was going to be a champion of DOCSIS 3.1, the industry’s new multi-gigabit platform for HFC.

 

Canoe Floats 2.77B Ads in Q2

Canoe, the MSO-backed advanced ad venture, cruised to more growth in the second quarter as it handled 2.77 billion VOD advertising impressions, beating the 2.56 billion impressions it pumped out in Q1.

 

The bulk of those Q2 impressions (2.34 billion) were mid-rolls, versus 330.3 million pre-rolls, and 94.75 million post-rolls.

 

HBO Go[ne]

As we recently witnessed with YouTube, video apps continue to iterate and advance to the point that they eventually must leave older platforms in the dust.

 

Add HBO Go, the premium programmer’s TV Everywhere app, to that list.

 

Comcast’s ‘Stream’ Won’t Be OTT

Stream, Comcast’s coming $15 per month streaming TV service that will launch first in Boston, shares some similarities with the service that was created by the now-defunct Aereo – it’ll provide  access (in the home, anyway) to major broadcast TV channels and a cloud DVR.

Netflix/Pay TV Crossover Remains Stable: Study

Netflix is often viewed as a video tool tailored for cord-cutters, but new data from The Diffusion Group shows that the use of traditional pay TV services among Netflix subscribers has remained relatively stable.

 

TDG said legacy pay TV service usage among the Netflix group has dropped just three points in the last three years – from 87%, to 84%.

 

Meanwhile, Netflix usage among the pay TV crowd has risen 33% in that period -- from 36% in 2012, to 49% in 2015.

 

Almost Game Time for Comcast’s X1: Report

It’s been a long time since Comcast and Electronic Arts began testing a service that brings “console-quality” games to X1, the MSO’s IP-capable video platform.

 

The trial, originally called Xfinity Games Powered by Origin, first appeared back in the second half of 2013, enabling a select group of Comcast invitees to play games on X1 using remote controls and mobile apps to control the action. 

 

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