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Streaming Options Grow But Cable Still Looms Large

As these new offerings illustrate, un-bundling – the holy grail for cord-cutters who’d rather pay for channels a la carte – isn’t likely to become widespread. HBO is one of very few networks with both the viewer demand to make a standalone offering compelling for large numbers of consumers and the deep pockets to provide the necessary customer service and billing infrastructure such a move requires. Channel bundling is largely dictated by the content providers themselves. It’s no coincidence that Sling TV’s lineup includes not just ESPN, but the Disney Channel and ABC Family. They’re all owned by Walt Disney Company. which almost certainly made the inclusion of the latter two networks a requirement for allowing Sling TV to carry ESPN. – Amadou Diallo, Forbes
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What CES 2015 made clear: The cable industry has lost its power to control how we watch TV

The big cable-related game changer at CES this year was Dish Network’s announcement that it would soon offer a standalone web TV service called Sling TV that will give you access to ESPN, ESPN 2, the Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim for $19.99 per month. Couple this with recent announcements that HBO has already announced plans to launch a standalone streaming service next year and consider that Showtime is reportedly going to soon follow suit, and you can see the traditional cable bundle is coming unraveled. – Brad Reed, BGR
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This Handy Website Shows You Where To Legally Stream Movies And TV Shows

WhereToWatch is the creation of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), according to Re/code. In an age when practically any movie or TV show is only a Google search and a shady link away, WhereToWatch is the MPAA’s latest attempt to cut down on piracy. […] WhereToWatch pulls from a long list of content — you’ll see results from Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Flixster, Paramount Movies, Bravo Now, CNBC Full Episodes, E! Now, Esquire TV Now, Oxygen Now, Sprout Now, Syfy Now, ABC, ABC Family, Disney Movies Anywhere, VUDU, Xbox Video, Sundance Now, SnagFilms, Fandor, WolfeOnDemand, Target Ticket, Movies On Demand, Reelhouse, IndieFlix. – Steven Tweedie,Business Insider
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Dish Plans to Charge Internet TV Subs Extra for Live Local Broadcast Channels: Sources

Dish Network, which is assembling one of the first Internet-delivered pay-TV services in the U.S., is planning to offer local broadcast TV networks to subscribers of the over-the-top service as a separate, premium-priced tier, according to industry sources. […] So far, Dish has inked deals with Disney, covering linear and video-on-demand content from ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, along with cable nets from A&E Network and Scripps Networks Interactive. […] The satellite TV operator has rights to distribute live and on-demand content from ABC, including the Alphabet’s eight owned-and-operated local TV stations. But those ABC stations — as well as other local TV channels — may not be included in the baseline price of Dish’s OTT services. […] At this point, the satscater has not reached deals with CBS, NBC or FOX. Meanwhile, Dish has other challenges in its move to go over the top: Per its Disney deal for ESPN, ABC and the other nets, it’s limited to a single video stream per household, while the A+E and Scripps pacts allow for multistream access. – Todd Spangler,Variety
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