Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
HBO Will Launch its Standalone Streaming Service in April – In a major strategic shift, HBO will license the technology underpinning the standalone streaming service it plans to offer in 2015. Rather than build the technology internally, the company has reportedly struck a deal to use external technology offering from MLB Advanced. The standalone service will launch on or around April 6, which coincides with the premiere date of Game of Thrones’s fifth season.
Dish Aims to Leave Broadcasters Out of Basic Online TV Package – Dish Network wants to leave broadcast channels out of the basic package it offers consumers when it launches an online TV service, sources said, a move that is emerging as a sticking point in negotiations with major media companies. The company said it service, which is expected to debut soon, will cost in the neighborhood of a “dollar a day,” or roughly $30 a month, and offer an array of well-known cable channels. But Dish is proposing to relegate broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to a separate “tier” that would cost consumers more. Such a move, if successful, would flip on its head the longtime practice of cable and satellite operators offering broadcast networks in their lowest-cost packages. Walt Disney’s ABC is the only major broadcaster that has a deal in place with Dish for the online service.
Average U.S. Home has 2 Streaming Video Devices – The Internet video revolution continues to take hold, with the average U.S. broadband household owning nearly two connected TV devices. Research firm Strategy Analytics reported Wednesday that ownership of connected TV devices — including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray Disc players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers — grew 5 percent quarter on quarter in Q3. The number of devices in U.S. homes grew 28 percent from the same quarter last year, reaching 168 million units. The average U.S. home now owns 1.9 connected TV devices, compared with 1.5 in Q3 2013, Strategy Analytics said. Adoption of streaming media devices has been driven by the consumers’ desire for over-the-top video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu and other services.
Credit: The Wall Street Journal & Investor’s Business Daily.
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