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Sling TV posts 51% boost in programmatic ad sales after NCAA playoff partnership

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Sling TV says its programmatic ad sales increased by 51% after it partnered with Tremor Video on a programmatic integration during the NCAA tournament. "The idea is to buy live-fed TV immediately in real time," said Adam Lowy, general manager of advanced TV, digital analytics, DISH media sales and Sling TV. MediaPost Communications (4/18)

DIRECTV to air NBA playoffs in Latin America

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
DIRECTV will air the first rounds of the NBA playoffs live in Latin America from April 15 through May 2 on its DIRECTV Sports platform and mobile app. The company says the mobile app will be able to carry up to 20 live matches, depending upon the qualifying round. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (4/18)

T-Mobile, DISH dominate broadcast spectrum auction

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
T-Mobile and DISH Network bid more than $14 billion of $19.8 billion offered in a government sale of broadcast airwaves, while Comcast bid less than expected and Verizon skipped the auction altogether. T-Mobile's $8 billion in winning bids is expected to increase the carrier's ability to compete in large markets throughout the US. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/13)

Sling TV adds RFD-TV, FamilyNet to Heartland Extra package

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Sling TV has added RFD-TV and FamilyNet to its Heartland Extra package, which will be available to Sling Orange and Sling Blue subscribers for an additional $5 per month. RFD-TV (4/17)

14 Fox affiliates added to DIRECTV Now

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Multichannel News (4/17)

Younger viewers prefer watching linear TV

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Viewers age 2 to 11 watched an estimated 17 hours of linear TV a week, finds a Nielsen study covering the fourth quarter of 2016. Children also spent about 4.5 hours per week watching content on other devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (4/17)

Details emerge about Hulu's live TV service

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Details about Hulu's live TV service are coming to light, with sources saying the service will cost $39.99 a month. The company will offer premium channel add-on packages and will likely give bundled discounts to current Hulu subscribers, and it is also reportedly considering a DVR add-on package. TechCrunch (4/13)

Netflix Q1 sub growth falls just short of expectations

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Netflix's first-quarter subscriber growth fell short of expectations, with the company adding 1.42 million subs in the US and 3.53 million internationally. The over-the-top service, which expects to surpass 100 million total subscribers this week, saw profits grow in Q1, despite slowed growth, due to lower content costs. Recode (4/17)

Roku introduces new features with launch of updated OS

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Roku has launched a software update that will provide new features for Roku TV and device users. Standout updates of the new OS include the "More Ways to Watch" feature, which suggests related content; an option for home screen personalization; and the ability to add broadcast channels to a favorites list. TechCrunch (4/11)

Sling TV releases cloud DVR service for Android, Roku

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Sling TV has launched its cloud-based DVR service for Roku and Android devices and TVs and has plans to release the feature for more devices in the near future. Sling TV customers can purchase 50 hours of storage for $5 per month. Multichannel News (4/10)

AT&T adds free HBO to entice wireless subs

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
AT&T continues to leverage HBO to sell other products by offering the service free to wireless subscribers on its Unlimited Plus plan who also receive the telecom's DIRECTV, DIRECTV Now or U-verse TV video services. AT&T Entertainment Group's David Christopher says most unlimited wireless customers are heavy video consumers. (4/5)

ViaSat debuts Gen-2 in-flight internet system

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
ViaSat has released its Gen-2 in-flight internet equipment. The technology was designed to handle the increased capacity from the company's ViaSat 2 and ViaSat 3 satellites, which means faster internet speeds and better in-flight performance. (free registration) (4/6)

Sling TV adds Showtime to lineup

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
DISH Network's Sling TV has added Showtime to its lineup, making it the first streaming service to carry all four premium channels -- HBO, Cinemax, Starz and Showtime. Subscribers can add Showtime to their existing packages for $10 per month. TechCrunch (4/5)

YouTube TV users have to watch ads on certain DVR'd shows

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
YouTube TV has agreements in place with programmers including Disney and NBCUniversal that will require viewers to watch advertisements on some DVR'd shows. Users who record a new show will have to watch the on-demand version if it's available, which doesn't allow the skipping of advertisements, the company confirmed. Tubefilter (4/10)

ComScore: 53% of Wi-Fi households use OTT services

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Fifty-three percent of US households with Wi-Fi are using at least one streaming service, comScore reports. The data also show that 11 over-the-top services reach at least 1 million homes each month, and while Netflix still takes the top spot, competitors such as YouTube are gaining ground. TechCrunch (4/10)

Study finds consumers want voice control at home

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Roughly 55% of households in the US that use broadband internet service are interested in voice control in smart home and entertainment devices, per a Parks Associates study. Two-thirds of responding smart home product owners said privacy and security features on the devices made them much more "appealing." (4/7)

Report: US teens spend 3 hours-plus watching smartphone video

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Seventy-one percent of US teen smartphone users spend three hours or more each day watching video on their devices, per Ipsos and Think with Google. Fifty-two percent spend three hours or more on messaging apps, and 51% invest the same amount of time on social. eMarketer (4/7)

DIRECTV shows 2 NASCAR events in 4K UHD

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
DIRECTV featured a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup event in 4K UHD on Sunday and will feature a second race May 13 at the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. The races are the latest moves in the company's shift toward 4K UHD sports content, which has also included MLB Network games, college football, golf, basketball and the Rio Olympics. (3/31)