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Karen Petruska

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  • Just six months ago, industry analysts were already prognosticating the demise of the over-the-top (OTT) set-top box
  • it would seem the analysts may have gotten this one wrong.
  • OTT revenue is made up of all the subscriptions consumers pay for watching anything from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, iTunes, CinemaNow and so on — plus the advertising dollars they attract

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  • policymakers in Washington are moving away from exclusive licenses towards a new framework based on flexible use and shared access to spectrum bands.
  • Spectrum sharing is not a new idea. Indeed, it led to the development of one of the most important economically valuable wireless technologies: Wi-Fi.
  • Spectrum originally dismissed as “junk bands” and the home of modest technologies like garage door openers and cordless phones are now home to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other unlicensed technologies central to fueling the growing universe of mobile devices.

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  • the company's earnings call. "All TV will be going on-demand," Bewkes said.
  • Amazon is likely to sell HBO Now to its customers once Apple's exclusivity window expires.
  • other Turner networks like TBS, TNT or Cartoon Network could find their way to HBO Now or a similar service.

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  • Online streaming service Hulu acquired the exclusive subscription video on demand rights to new and upcoming primetime scripted series from AMC, IFC, BCC America, SundanceTV and WE tv
  • Hulu users will have access to AMC series prior to each season’s network premiere

  • Select content companies have been turning to San Diego-based Luth Research, which has assembled a sizable panel of Netflix subscribers in the U.S. as a means of determining the most popular programs on the streaming service.
  • Daredevil,” the first of multiple superhero dramas coming to Netflix as part of a deal with Marvel, premiered April 10, and is seeing strong sampling, with an estimated 10.7% of subscribers watching at least one episode in its first 11 days on the streaming service.
  • Still, any way you look at it, “House of Cards” is clearly a big attraction for Netflix.

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  • ESPN has filed a breach of contract notice against Verizon following the telecom giant’s decision last week to offer streamlined bundles at lower costs to subscribers.
  • Verizon said in a statement to TheWrap that its new bundles fall within the terms of the contract with ESPN.
  • The Walt Disney Company, of which ESPN is a subsidiary, had joined Fox and NBC in protesting the new service, which offers a standard package plus several genre packs that can be added.

  • The Verge has obtained a contract between Sony Music Entertainment and Spotify giving the streaming service a license to utilize Sony Music’s catalog
  • Given the myriad ways Sony Music came out as the winner, it’s worth asking who really should shoulder the blame for the lackluster streaming payments that artists like Swift have been complaining about — the labels or the streaming service?
  • In section 4(a), Spotify agrees to pay a $25 million advance for the two years of the contract

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  • ISPs anticipate having to follow some version of the FCC's Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules that are applied to phone service, and they claim it will be a major burden. The extra work caused by protecting customer privacy is one of the recurring themes in declarations made by ISPs as part of the lawsuit filed on May 1 by the American Cable Association and National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
  • The FCC's CPNI rules cover not only the traditional Public Switched Telephone Network but also the VoIP telephony service offered by cable companies and other Internet providers.
  • CPNI rules for phone service prevent companies from using customer information to market new services without the customer's permission

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  • one of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s first stops was at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
  • Supported by President Obama and a number of major companies, the FCC’s move still had the air of a populist gesture, with news reports citing the millions of comments the regulator had received, all in support of an “open Internet.”
  • Yet here was Wheeler at an industry event that—like most of its type—amounts to a lavish networking and promotional event for rich executives

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  • The deal’s demise and the years leading up to it present a case study in corporate solipsism. Comcast, say many, has long acted like the company that never needed anybody—seeming to alienate networks on its cable system, Silicon Valley partners, and countless numbers of its own customers—to the point where it found itself with few allies when the merger was being reviewed.
  • So broad was the coalition that it made bedfellows of Tea Party TV talker Glenn Beck and über-liberal Minnesota Senator Al Franken.
  • n all, an unprecedented 300,800 comments were filed with the Federal Communications Commission, which with the Justice Department was one of the two government bodies tasked with evaluating the proposed merger’s effect on consumers and competition.

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  • As the borders between the Internet and television fall, Comcast is grabbing more land than anyone, and in more ways than one.
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