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Apple Snares Mixed Reality Headset Company

Apple has reportedly acquired AR headset company Vrvana amid recent chatter that the company intends to develop and launch an augmented reality headset as early as 2020.

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Comcast Pulls Remote DVR Scheduling Feature From Stream App

Comcast has yanked a feature from its Stream app for mobile devices and web browsers that enables subscribers to schedule DVR recordings remotely.

The removal of that feature comes a few days after the International Trade Commission issued a final ruling that Comcast had violated two TiVo patents, and a “limited exclusion order” that prohibits the importation of certain DVR receivers and software components.

Channel Master Nearing Debut of Stream+

Channel Master took to Twitter to tease Stream+, a new device that is expected to appeal to cord-cutters by supporting both over-the-top video and over-the-air TV.

Channel Master, which currently targets that group with its DVR+ product line, offered some hints about Stream+ and the timing of its expected debut last week via this tweet:

Didja Loses Set of Digi-Nets for Local OTT TV Offering

Didja, a company that has launched an OTT offering featuring several local broadcast channels in Phoenix and the Bay Area, has hit a speed bump of sorts.

RELATED: Didja Takes Dozens of TV Stations Over-the-Top in the Bay Area  

Bus Photobomb Inspires Sports Meme

If you’ve been anywhere near an internet connection in the last day, surely you’ve seen The Weather Channel’s attempt to film the implosion of the Georgia Dome being thwarted by a MARTA bus that pulled in front of the camera at the most inopportune time.

The Weather Channel reportedly had been camped out for 40 minutes in a perfect spot to live-stream the coming destruction, when this happened:

Report Rekindles Rumor That AT&T Has Eyes for Rest of Otter Media

AT&T is looking to acquire The Chernin Group’s stake in Otter Media, the OTT video focused joint venture that they introduced in April 2014, according to Digiday, citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the plan.

RELATED: AT&T, Chernin Group To Build OTT Video Services

Two Zone TV SVOD Channels Net Comcast Carriage

Zone TV said it is behind two subscription VOD channels that were recently added to Comcast’s VOD platform for set-top boxes and Xfinity Stream app and portal – TumbleBooksTV and FitFusion by Jillian Michaels.

SVOD Services Still Dominate Paid OTT Landscape

General entertainment and premium-level subscription VOD services continue to have a massive lead over more expensive (and relatively newer) virtual MVPD services in the U.S., according to Parks Associates’s newest Top 10 list of paid OTT video services

Based on subscriber numbers, only one vMVPD service, Sling TV, cracked the top ten…and that just barely, despite having launched more than two and a half years ago.

Here’s the 2017 Top 10 from Parks Associates:

Apple Pushing Ahead With AR Headset: Report

Apple is ratcheting up development of a new augmented reality headset that could ship as early as 2020, and provide the company with a product that could “succeed” its iconic iPhone, Bloomberg reported.

DirecTV Now: Happy Birthday to Us

DirecTV Now is offering new subs a $25 discount on the first month of service on any package as AT&T’s OTT TV service nears its one-year launch milestone.

Launched Nov. 30, 2016, DirecTV Now said new customers can take advantage of it by using the “BDAY2017” promo code.