Uneasy detente on the set-top

Comcast and Netflix are in talks about adding the Netflix streaming app to Comcast's new X1 set-top boxes, allowing Comcast subscribers to access Netflix content directly through their cable box without having to switch inputs.…

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Must-see TV still must-see

The findings of a new study by Ericcson give empirical support to the points actor Kevin Spacey made in his widely quoted comments at the Edinburgh International Television festival last week.…

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Watching the game

Apart from that means for the linear TV service, by making nice with the service providers Microsoft may be able to use those integration deals to ensure that Xbox Live game play and downloads also don't count against a user's bandwidth cap.…

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Losing the audience

While CBS stations remain dark on Time Warner Cable systems due to their ongoing retransmission dispute,.actor Kevin Spacey offered as trenchant an analysis as you'll come across of why CBS' efforts to keep its content on a short distribution leash are misplaced.…

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Google-NFL: Head fake, or real deal?

Putting "NFL Sunday Ticket" on YouTube wouldn't really do much for Google's broader OTT ambitions. YouTube, by design, is an open, non-exclusive platform available around the world to anyone with internet access; putting "Sunday Ticket" there would actually undermine Google's efforts to sell a bundled package of channels for its virtual pay-TV service.…

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Taking the game out of game consoles

Like Microsoft, Sony has also reportedly developed a sophisticated UI that integrates linear and on-demand channels into a single app for seamless discovery and switching. But the two console makers' approach to linear TV integration differ in other important respects, however, that could go a long way toward shaping the future competitive landscape of the console business.…

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Intel worried about Dish

Dish's $25.5 billion bid for Sprint has apparently spooked Intel sufficiently to prompt Intel CEO Paul Otellini to weigh in from the road with an email to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski arguing against allowing Dish to bust up Sprint's proposed merger with Softbank.…

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Cutting the cord in Hollywood

In the long run, the emergence of a content production economy that is not ultimately dependent on the traditional network gatekeepers either for financing or distribution will be far more disruptive to the pay-TV business than mere on-demand access to existing TV content.…

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Apple settles into the set-top

The swapped-out Apple TV components suggest Apple expects to be cranking out more or less the same set-top box for some time yet. The new components consist of chips it is already buying in bulk for other products. It’s a cost-savings move, in other words, aimed at making the manufacturing and supply chain of the current Apple TV set-top a little more efficient.…

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OTT becoming more like pay-TV

Netflix has made no secret of its goal of becoming more like HBO by pushing into original series, but BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield detects signs that Netflix's long-term strategy for aping premium cable may go beyond original productions.…

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Turning up the DIAL on OTT

The launch of DIAL could represent a major step toward turning second-screen mobile devices into a primary means of discovering and accessing content for the first screen. That has the potential to be far more disruptive to traditional linear TV platforms than are mere over-the-top channels because it promises to deliver a qualitatively different viewing experience in a user interface not modeled on or controlled by any of the traditional gatekeepers.…

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Intel is the new Apple TV

The pay-TV ecosystem is not going to be disrupted, displaced or even seriously degraded by recreating it at a discount online. It simply is not in content owners' interest to let that happen and the nature of the content rights system gives them an absolute veto over whether it does.…

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More set-top rapprochement?

Earlier this year, Apple was reported to be in talks with cable operators about an integrated set-top box. It's not clear whether those talks led anywhere. But it's clear from Comcast CEO Briant Roberts' comments that he's aware of the value Apple could bring to the TV viewing experience independent of any content it actually brings to the table.…

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Set-top rapprochement?

The cable industry hopes to use its planned Silicon Valley research center to improve its working relationship with technology companies, many of which are actively working to disrupt the pay-TV business.…

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Walmart betting on cord-cutting?

The Walmart deal is obviously a coup for Boxee, which has struggled to keep pace with better-known Roku and the strength of Apple behind Apple TV. Boxee TV will now have the kind of retail visibility the company was never able to achieve for its first-generation Boxee Box and the kind of marketing support it could only dream about. But the deal also speaks to the Walmart's ambitions in the over-the-top video space.…

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Tuning in the future of OTT video

Co-opting over-the-top services and whatever other functionality is supported by a set-top -- like gaming -- into a single, seamless experience for their own subscription service could give pay-TV providers greater leverage with content owners in their increasingly pitched battles over programming costs.…

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