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Esquire Network to become digital-only brand

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
Esquire Network has announced that it is moving to digital-only and will remove its linear network from TV after AT&T decided in December to drop the network from DIRECTV and U-verse. The upscale men's network, which has shown consistent ratings growth since it launched in 2013, plans to switch this spring. (1/18)

TV and Facebook are a popular pairing, Nielsen reports

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 18:21
US adults spend 22% of their total media time on social, Nielsen reports, with 61% of Facebook interactions about TV shows coming from women, compared to 39% from men. Fifty-seven percent of adults who watch TV while using their tablets turn to Facebook compared to 24% who visit Twitter, closely mirroring the percentages for those who watch TV while using a smartphone. The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (1/17)

Sling TV CEO: DVR service pilot has been positive

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
Sling TV launched a trial DVR service on Roku devices in December, and the results have been positive, says CEO Roger Lynch, who added that the company hopes to have a full launch in the coming months. The company recently announced an "Optimized for Sling TV" certification program, which aims to help consumers discover whether a device is Sling TV compatible. TechHive (1/11)

ViaSat unveils newest satellite

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
ViaSat recently unveiled its most advanced satellite in a bid to help strengthen its competitiveness in the internet market. The ViaSat-2 will have approximately double the capacity of the ViaSat-1, providing customers with download speeds of 25 to 50Mbps. The Coast News (Encinitas, Calif.) (1/12)

Opinion: Providers need to focus on quality to keep OTT alive

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
Maintaining strong playback quality to ensure a consistent user experience is one of the most important components over-the-top services must focus on to survive in today's competitive landscape, writes Kurt Michael of IneoQuest. An "end-to-end operational and behavioral correlation analytics architecture" is the best structure companies can use to avoid failures and to respond promptly to failures, he writes. Multichannel News (1/10)

Trump administration could scale back corporate merger oversight

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
President-elect Donald Trump's administration seems poised to relax antitrust laws and scale back on oversight, according to industry groups and experts. While Trump has spoken out against the proposed AT&T and Time Warner merger, members of his team -- including Federal Trade Commission transition team lead by Joshua Wright and FCC picks Mark Jamison and Jeffrey Eisenach -- have all spoken in favor of corporate mergers. The Hill (1/15)

Report: Global digital video consumption to grow 8.2%

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
The number of consumers watching digital video will rise by 8.2% and hit 2.15 billion this year, per eMarketer. The top global online video resources include streaming services such as Netflix, Vimeo and Hulu, along with social platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. eMarketer (1/13)

Digital TV ad slots lie empty due to complex system

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
The complexity of inserting ads into digital TV streaming means that many slots are still not filled, with issues relating to programmatic, filtering out location-based TV spots and contractual agreements adding to the problem. Observers say digital TV ads will see greater investment when advertisers get more proof about the size of digital audiences. Digiday (1/11)

Smart home devices projected to hit $83B

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:02
The smart home industry is forecast to hit $83 billion in sales for 2017, per a Juniper report. Amazon, Alphabet, Samsung and Apple hold the largest portion of that market. CNET (1/10)

Sling TV CEO talks cloud DVR service

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
Sling TV is testing a new cloud DVR service that allows subscribers to record up to 100 hours of their favorite TV shows. "That's going to be really [transformational] for our business," said CEO Roger Lynch, adding that the trial has received a lot of interest. Multichannel News (1/6)

AT&T may transmit DIRECTV Now wirelessly via 5G

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
AT&T hopes to begin using 5G-based millimeter wave spectrum technology to deliver its DIRECTV Now service wirelessly to homes, having achieved speeds of 14 gigabits per second in lab tests with partners that include Intel, Ericsson and Qualcomm. AT&T's John Donovan says the carrier plans to offer commercial point-to-point 5G next year. Bloomberg (1/4)

Streaming Video Alliance announces open caching architecture testing

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
The Streaming Video Alliance last week said that a group including Charter, Viacom, Yahoo, ViaSat and Verizon will begin testing the Open Caching Request Routing Functional Specification. During the trials, the participants will test "a range of use cases" for live and video-on-demand traffic using the new routing specification. Multichannel News (1/3)

The CES 2017 technologies moving toward mainstream use

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
New technology seen at CES 2017 will disrupt the industry, with high dynamic range, 4K Ultra HD and 8K video changing media viewing experiences, writes Greg Tarr. This technology and others seen at CES are poised to become more widespread as costs go down and people become more aware, he writes. HD Guru (1/9)

Samsung adds enhancements to Smart TV platform, updates Smart View app

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
Samsung has updated its Smart TV platform to focus on three services: Sports, Music and TV Plus, which offer viewers customization options including alerts and song recommendations. Also, the company has updated its Smart View app to offer notifications, show recommendations and remote control options compatible with the Smart Hub platform. TechCrunch (1/9)

Disney to launch Kids TV streaming box, ESPN streaming service

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
Disney plans to launch its Disney Kids TV streaming box this year; the device runs on a modified Android OS, supports 4K viewing and features movies, shows and other Disney content. The company also plans to launch a stand-alone streaming service for ESPN that will feature events and other content not found on its linear channels. FierceCable (1/9)

Hulu adds CBS content to live streaming lineup

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
Hulu on Wednesday announced that it has made a deal with CBS to add the company's cable channels and broadcast network to its upcoming live streaming service. NFL football, NCAA basketball games and events including the Grammys will be available through the service, which Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins says will cost less than $40 per month. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/4)

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Tue, 01/10/2017 - 19:31
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DIRECTV adds ESPN App to set-top boxes

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 19:11
DIRECTV and ESPN have begun rolling out a new service dubbed ESPN App, which allows subscribers to move seamlessly between ESPN live and on-demand streaming. "This hybrid experience seamlessly blends what customers traditionally get from a set top box with the features and content of standalone streaming devices," said Sean Breen, senior vice president of affiliate sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks. Multichannel News (12/28)