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Failure has to be an option. ... No important endeavor that required innovation was done without risk.
James Cameron, filmmaker
AT&T is offering new DIRECTV Now subscribers a free year of HBO if they sign up for the company's 100-channel Go Big plan or 120-channel Gotta Have It plan. HBO is home to shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Veep." CNET (3/20)
Sling TV has introduced a new interface for Xbox One that makes the "My TV" view easier to access and allows users to pre-select their favorite networks for easy streaming. The company, which recently collaborated with Microsoft, also announced that Sling TV now comes loaded on Windows 10 devices. Multichannel News (3/16)
More than 15 million Americans are expected to move to live-streaming TV services over the next several years as major players launch new options for streaming services such as DIRECTV Now, Sling TV and YouTube TV, per UBS analysts. The analysts report that three factors hindering growth are channel availability, quality and consumer awareness. Business Insider (3/20)
Nineteen percent of subscription-video-on-demand subscribers pay for three or more services, up 4% from last year, a 451 Research survey has found. The survey found that 50% of respondents subscribe for access to movies, 45% subscribe for TV series, and 33% subscribe for original content. FierceCable (3/20)
AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner has gotten the stamp of approval from the European Commission but is still awaiting approval from the US Justice Department. "The global clearance process is on track, and we look forward to creating a company that will lead the next wave of innovation in the media and telecommunications industries," AT&T's Bob Quinn said in a statement. Reuters (3/15)
Approximately 54% of video views came from mobile devices in 2016's fourth quarter, per Ooyala's Global Video Index. This number is expected to grow to 60% by the end of Q1, driven by long-form video, which accounted for 47% of mobile video play in Q4, the report shows. MediaPost Communications (3/17)
Netflix is planning to explore mobile-specific cuts that enhance viewing on smaller screens, says Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. Original movies and TV shows would feature different shots that are more immersive and visible on phone screens. The Verge (3/15)
I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: Turn back.
Erica Jong, writer
Mergers and acquisitions contributed to some overall gains among providers, including a 161,000 jump in subs for Comcast and a gain of 1.23 million subscribers for DIRECTV, per the informitv Multiscreen Index. "[T]he top ten services have 1.54 million more television subscribers between them than the top ten a year ago," informitv analyst Sue Farrell said. Rapid TV News (U.K.) (3/10)
Sling TV has expanded access to its Cloud DVR beta for subscribers using Amazon Fire TV boxes, Fire TV Sticks and Fire tablets. Sling TV First Look program users will have the option to purchase 50 hours of storage space for $5 per month. Broadcasting & Cable (3/9)
DISH Network unveiled plans Friday to sell an additional $1 billion in convertible notes, with plans to use the proceeds for strategic transactions. The funds could be used to help the company break into the wireless market with wireless and spectrum purchases. Android Headlines (3/11)
AT&T has begun a push for its DIRECTV Now streaming service with a promotion for current subscribers -- free HBO for a year or a $5-per-month rebate for six months. The move comes as YouTube gears up to launch a streaming service. 9to5Mac (3/7)
Game Show Network will focus on its new interactive elements during this year's upfront presentations. The network has teamed up with Megaphone TV to create an interactive platform across TV and mobile that allows viewers to participate for the chance to win prizes. Adweek (3/13)
Verizon Wireless subscribers who also subscribe to Fios TV will be able to stream all the elements of that service without it counting against their monthly data limits, the telecom said, noting that the mobile app includes live TV, DVR recordings and on-demand video. AT&T allows unlimited streaming -- so-called "zero rating" -- of its DIRECTV Now online service. Telecompetitor.com (3/9)
Amazon is open to streaming its Amazon Video service through cable set-top boxes, says Managing Director Alex Green. European operator Liberty Global is in talks to add video service Amazon Prime to its set-top boxes, although a deal has not yet been reached. Bloomberg (3/9)
Life is not lost by dying! Life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand, small, uncaring ways.
Stephen Vincent Benet, writer
Hughes Network Systems on March 16 will introduce a broadband service aimed at the 18 million US homes either without high-speed internet service or using slow dial-up technology. The company hopes the satellite-based HughesNet Gen5, which will offer downlink speeds of up to 25 megabits per second, will win favor with homes that are stuck with slower, copper-based DSL systems. FierceWireless (3/7)