Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MPEG-DASH Royalties: What We Know So Far

Who will owe royalties on MPEG-DASH? We spoke to MPEG LA to find out. Bottom line: If you use Media Presentation Descriptions (MPDs) in a player or app, it's time to call your attorneys.

Monday, November 21, 2016

DirecTV Now Announces Nov. 28 Launch Event

AT&T has invited media to a launch event for its upcoming DirecTV Now OTT service, Nov. 28 in New York. The company has been busy over the last several months lining up about 100 networks to be on its new streaming service, which will be priced at $35 a month.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Several companies have either launched or announced plans to get into the virtual MVPD business. Dish Network’s Sling and Sony’s PlayStation Vue are already up and running. Hulu is expected to launch a live service next year and YouTube is working on one as well. But DirecTV looks like it will be particularly aggressive with DirecTV Now.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hulu Signs Disney, 21st Century Fox for Live OTT Service

Hulu announced that it has signed up Disney and 21st Century Fox for its upcoming live TV streaming service. The deal covers 35 networks in total, including ABC and Fox broadcast networks as well as Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2 and BTN; ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN-SEC and ESPN 3; Fox Regional Sports Networks across dozens of national markets; Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior; Fox News and Fox Business; Freeform; FX, FXX and FXM; and National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild.
WHY THIS MATTERS: NBCUniversal is said to be nearing a deal for its networks to be carried in the Hulu OTT bundle, scheduled to launch in early 2017. The service is part owned by 21st Century Fox, the Walt Disney Company, Time Warner and Comcast.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

41% of Satellite TV, Cable Customers Plan to Cut, Scale Back Service

A new study by market research firms FocusVision and Zanthus found that more than 40% of cable and satellite TV subscribers are planning to cut back on or sever their pay TV subscriptions.
WHY THIS MATTERS: In the study, which surveyed more than 1,000 customers, 41% of respondents said they were planning to cut back or drop their pay TV service, compared to just 16% of over-the-top customers. OTT customers of services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video also were more likely to recommend their service than pay TV customers, and 59% of OTT customers said they were satisfied with their service, compared to just 27% of pay TV customers.