FreeCast Plans À La Carte Online Channels:...

Amid virtual pay-TV announcements, FreeCast offers a better way for networks to recapture subscribers and revenue. As more linear channels come to the web in “skinny” virtual pay-TV bundles, FreeCast is getting ready to roll out its own approach to bringing traditional TV channels to the web. Already in talks with major TV networks, FreeCast […]

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Comcast Launches Stream: What’s Up With That?

As usual, this week when I arrived at my office, there was one more player in the OTT space that wasn’t there before. This time, it was cable giant and NBC Universal owner Comcast throwing its hat into the ring with a virtual pay-TV offering dubbed Stream. While the announcement checked all of the boxes […]

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Moonves Confirms Apple TV Rumors, CBS Likely to...

Apple is preparing a virtual pay-TV service, and CBS will probably be a part of it, according to the CEO. While speaking at an event in California, CBS CEO Les Moonves let a few details slip regarding Apple’s long-rumored virtual pay-TV service, which is set to rival similar offerings like Dish Network’s Sling TV and […]

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MSOs Knocked Out by Fight of the Century

Centralized MSOs struggled under the heavy demand on a big night in sports, frustrating subscribers. Saturday night was big in the entertainment industry, featuring two of the biggest sports events of the year: Game Seven of a tight series between the Los Angeles Clippers and defending NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, and boxing’s most […]

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Verizon FiOS Verizon Faces Backlash from More Channels to New...

The telecom giant’s small step towards unbundling has really stirred up the cable networks. Following in the steps of ESPN, both Fox and NBC Universal have come out against Verizon’s new FiOS pricing plan, allowing customers to choose from packages of channels to add on to a basic bundle, similar to Dish Network’s Sling TV. […]

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ESPN Pushes Back against Verizon’s Unbundling Plan

The most expensive network on television insists on being in every cable lineup, not an optional add-on. To the surprise and delight of consumers that have long been asking for à la carte TV, Verizon unveiled a plan last week that would allow consumers greater customization of their TV bundles, allowing them to opt for […]

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Verizon takes a page from Sling TV’s Playbook,...

While it may not be completely à la carte, Verizon continues the unbundling trend. Verizon may be taking Dish Network’s Sling TV strategy of offering a small, low-priced bundle of basic programming, supplemented by add-on packages, to its FiOS pay-TV service. This plan involves a base of around 35 channels, including local stations, CNN, HGTV, […]

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HBO Sling Another OTT Option for HBO Fans: Sling TV

Time Warner’s premium movie channel is the latest network to join Dish Network’s Sling TV. Cord-cutters have long sought access to premium movie networks like HBO, which were long one of the few exclusive offerings keeping fed-up subscribers from dumping pay-TV completely. Those prayers were answered when HBO announced plans for their own standalone streaming […]

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