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DIRECTV Now compatible with select LeEco 4K smart TVs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DIRECTV Now has launched an app that makes the service compatible with some LeEco 4K smart TVs that operate Android TV. The app can be downloaded on LeEco's Super4 X65, X55, X43 Pro and uMax85 models. Multichannel News (5/4)

Sling TV changes tune in pursuit of OTT subs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
DISH Network's Sling TV has responded to newly competitive entrants among over-the-top video providers by altering its original strategy of not trying to compete with the traditional cable bundle, DISH CEO Charlie Ergen says. "There's no question now that it's game on to convert a cable subscriber to an OTT subscriber for essentially the same services," Ergen said after DISH reported earnings last week. FierceCable (5/2)

Microsoft gives more details on upcoming smart speaker launch

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Microsoft will be launching the Invoke smart speaker this fall to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home. The Invoke will use Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant to perform functions including playing music and getting traffic reports, and users will be able to make phone calls using Skype. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/8)

Amazon reveals touch-screen Echo Show

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Amazon extended the reach of its Echo product line with the introduction of the Echo Show, a home device featuring a 7-inch touch screen that allows users to make video calls and watch YouTube videos and see products. The $230 device will ship beginning June 28, most likely in the US first. TechCrunch (5/9)

Snapchat collaborates with TV partners to bring original content to Snap TV

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Snapchat has signed deals with media companies including NBCUniversal, ESPN and ABC for original content on Snap TV. Snapchat staff have worked closely with the companies to find ways to better present content, and Snapchat has even provided detailed instructions to help its partners better expose content to Snapchat's younger user base. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/4)

Epix launches streaming app for connected TVs

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
Epix has launched its Epix Cast mobile app, which allows users to watch streaming content on connected TVs without installing the app on the TVs. The app is compatible with several smart TVs, plus Sony Blu-ray players and Google Chromecast, with support for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox and TiVo expected in the future. TechCrunch (5/4)

The real affliction of old age is remorse.

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 17:43
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AT&T plans Q2 marketing push for DIRECTV Now

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
AT&T will expand the second-quarter marketing of its DIRECTV Now virtual service, Chief Financial Officer John Stephens told analysts last week. "We're still only five months since the DIRECTV Now launch, but we like what we see and feel very good about the service and where it's headed," Stephens said. FierceCable (4/28)

Dish's Sling Media plans live-streaming production tool

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Dish Network subsidiary Sling Media is preparing to release a new live-streaming production device dubbed SlingStudio. It marks the first hardware Dish has developed since purchasing Sling Media from sister company Echostar Corp. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (4/25)

ViaSat confirms June 1 launch for ViaSat-2

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
ViaSat has confirmed that it plans to launch its ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The unit was scheduled to launch April 25 but was delayed due to civil issues in French Guiana. The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/26)

Sling TV remains strong, Dish Network says

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Before it released first-quarter earnings today, Dish Network reportedly told analysts that the growth of its Sling TV platform remains strong, with Sling TV ending Q1 with roughly 1.3 million subscribers. FierceCable (4/28)

What smart TV means for advertisers

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Matter More Media's Tracey Scheppach explains the opportunity for advertisers in the growing connected, smart TV market, including the need to serve useful content to viewers more likely to switch off from ads. She also discusses the potential of capturing data via IP addresses in cross-platform campaigns, and real-time ads for linear TV. MediaPost Communications (4/28)

Liechtman study: 25% of adults watch TV through connected device each day

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Sixty-nine percent of US households have a TV connected to the internet via a smart TV, connected Blu-ray player or streaming device, and 76% of those homes have more than one connected device, a Liechtman Research Group study has found. The study also found that 25% of adults in homes with TVs watch content through a connected device every day. Broadcasting & Cable (4/27)

Twitter pivoting to 24/7 live video

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Twitter's Anthony Noto has revealed that the platform intends to run live video 24 hours a day, seven days a week to build on its success from airing over 800 hours of live streaming during the first quarter of this year. Live video is boosting the platform's sale of 15- and 30-second unskippable ads and is also expanding conversation volume, Noto explained. BuzzFeed (4/25)

RCA to release Roku-powered HDTVs this summer

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
RCA and Roku this week signed a licensing deal that will bring Roku to RCA's smart TVs in the US and Canada this summer. The HDTVs will run Roku's operating system and will bring over 5,000 streaming channels directly to viewers. VentureBeat (4/25)

AT&T plans Q2 marketing push for DIRECTV Now

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
AT&T will expand the second-quarter marketing of its DIRECTV Now virtual service, Chief Financial Officer John Stephens told analysts last week. "We're still only five months since the DIRECTV Now launch, but we like what we see and feel very good about the service and where it's headed," Stephens said. FierceCable (4/28)

Dish's Sling Media plans live-streaming production tool

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Dish Network subsidiary Sling Media is preparing to release a new live-streaming production device dubbed SlingStudio. It marks the first hardware Dish has developed since purchasing Sling Media from sister company Echostar Corp. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (4/25)

ViaSat confirms June 1 launch for ViaSat-2

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
ViaSat has confirmed that it plans to launch its ViaSat-2 satellite on June 1 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The unit was scheduled to launch April 25 but was delayed due to civil issues in French Guiana. The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (4/26)

Sling TV remains strong, Dish Network says

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 18:21
Before it released first-quarter earnings today, Dish Network reportedly told analysts that the growth of its Sling TV platform remains strong, with Sling TV ending Q1 with roughly 1.3 million subscribers. FierceCable (4/28)

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