Live Sports Break Out of the Bundle

The advent of several new over-the-top subscription sports services could deliver a body blow to the traditional cable bundle.

One of most appealing value propositions of a cable or satellite TV package has been the ability to watch high-profile, live sports programming delivered by national and regional cable sports networks that can’t be seen elsewhere without subscribing to an expensive out-of-market pro sports streaming package.

How Charter Won Approval of Its Merger

"Abandon all hope ye who enter here" is written above the gates of hell in Dante's Inferno.  And for many broadcasters, MVPDs, and telcos, it might as well be inscribed above the Federal Communications CommissionM's Portals.  In The Divine Comedy, there are nine circles of suffering for unrepentant souls -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery.

Amazon Prime To Stream HBO Shows

In a major licensing deal, HBO will offer its biggest original series including The Sopranos and Big Love to Amazon Prime customers as part of an exclusive agreement reached between the two parties Wednesday.

 

AllSeen Alliance Accelerates 'Internet of Everything'

Two dozen connectivity and home networking heavyweights – including Cisco and Qualcomm – plus consumer electronics firm such as LG, Panasonic and Sharp have joined the new AllSeen Alliance, which will seek to coordinate features on the “Internet of Everything.”  

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

With its landmark Disney carriage deal, an agreement that provides the building blocks for Dish Network to launch its own “virtual over-the-top” online video service, the satellite giant could effectively have driven a stake through the kangaroo heart of its controversial ad-skipping service, the AutoHop.

Discovery, Mediacom, Comcast Cable 'Say Yes To The Prom'

Spring is almost upon us, which means prom season is not too far behind. Discovery Communications is already preparing for the big night with a national expansion of its "Say Yes To the Prom" initiative promoting positive self-esteem in high school girls.

MAI to Launch Digital Audit Program for OTT

As over-the-top providers and “skinny bundle” video packages continue to be an increasingly important part of the programming business, Media Audits International, the Denver-based audit firm, said it plans to launch a digital audit program to audit distribution carriage agreements and subscriber/transactional records maintained by OTT content distributors. MAI plans to reach out to networks and other media in the first quarter to participate in its 2018 audit program.

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