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FitzyTV Uses Your TV Everywhere Credentials to Stream 75+ Live Channels From a Single App

[FitzyTV] currently supports 77 channels, which appear on a standard grid guide. Some of those channels include locals like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and cable channels like CNN, Discovery, USA, TBS, and TNT. It even works with sports networks like ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, as well as Regional Sports Networks like NBC Sports Chicago, MSG, and NESN[.] – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » http://bit.ly/2R9jaSC

Big Media’s ‘TV Everywhere’ Streaming Plan Moving Slowly

A report out Friday from Adobe Digital shows that just 13.6% of households that subscribed to pay-TV in the third quarter used TV Everywhere sites or apps, which let users view television channels on mobile and set-top streaming devices so long as they can enter login information that proves they are pay-TV subscribers. That represents growth of merely 8% over the same quarter last year. […] The main reason for the slow growth, Mr. Helfand said, is the lack of awareness of TV Everywhere in the marketplace, as well as technical limitations like the lack of a good television guide for digital content that make the interface hard to use. Limitations on digital content rights in the carriage agreements between television channels and pay-TV distributors also played a role, he said. – Keach Hagey, The Wall Street Journal
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The ESPN app now streams live sports from WatchESPN

The network has announced that users can now enjoy WatchESPN‘s streams without having to leave its main ESPN app, with the update rolling out for iOS and Android. “This is just the first step in marrying our two largest apps and two largest mobile audiences,” an ESPN spokesperson tells Engadget. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget
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ABC Lines Up Original Series for New Streaming Effort (EXCLUSIVE)

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WatchABC allows users to access new and previous episodes of current ABC series, in addition to a live stream of the networks’ linear feed in some markets, on mobile devices and PCs. Some of the content is only available to pay-TV subscribers. How exactly Disney-ABC Television Group will utilize the originals on WatchABC is still being debated, say insiders. [The] series could be reserved just for pay-TV subs or made freely available; it’s also possible to see a blended strategy in which new episodes are free but previous ones require authentication. – Andrew Wallenstein, Variety
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How To Stream College Football

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Well fall is on its way and so is College Football. There are more ways than ever to access one of the most popular sports in America these days. While football is always on TV both via cable and via over the air antennas the amount of streaming options has exploded in the past few years. We have put together a comprehensive guide for watching college football through streaming on a variety of services from free apps, conference digital networks and the big networks. Stream On! – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor
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Cable-Only Presidential Debates are the New Poll Tax

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Here’s the big story behind this. The linear — traditional — model of TV is crumbling, slowly, as more people find programming they’re happy with online. But sports programming remains the Gibraltar of the pay TV bundle: the bedrock, the real-time, must-have stuff that Americans will still pay for. And so pay TV executives, looking to smooth the obvious glide path sloping towards the irrelevance of thick bundles of TV-plus-data just long enough so their retirements will be secure and well-funded, want to turn new categories of programming into sports. Presto: debates become sports, unavailable in livestream form to anyone who doesn’t have a cable or satellite subscription. – Susan Crawford, BackChannel via Medium
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Comedy Central lands on Roku with select free content for cord cutters

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Roku users have a new reason to smile — and to laugh. Comedy Central has been added to the channel store, making it now possible for the Roku faithful to stream the network’s shows. According to Variety, some content will require users to have a TV subscription, but other content will be available for free. – Stephanie Topacio Long, Digital Trends
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Apple Dominates Authenticated ‘TV Everywhere’ Streaming With 62% Market Share

A new report out today by Adobe Digital Index (ADI) put Apple atop a list of streaming media providers (via CMO), the Apple TV and iOS devices representing 62 percent of all authenticated pay-for-TV video views, or any online app that requires a cable subscription to access. Measuring all video content from free ad-based YouTube clips to “shows accessed through an authenticated app-based or TV subscription service,” ADI reports that the streaming industry as a whole has grown a drastic 282 percent year over year. – Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors
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Amazon Fire TV update includes support for streaming in hotels and dorm rooms

Amazon.com this morning announced a series of updates for its Fire TV set-top box and Fire TV Stick, including a new feature that will allow the streaming devices to work over WiFi in hotels, dorm rooms and other networks that require special web authentication before getting online. […] The updates are Amazon’s latest move to compete with the likes of Roku and Google’s Chromecast in the market for streaming media devices. – Todd Bishop, GeekWire
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Comcast May Be Infringing Net Neutrality With Shady HBO Go Deals

HBO Go just made its way to Playstation 4—except Comcast subscribers can’t get it. Customers have been complaining that they can’t watch HBO on their PS4, even though they pay for it—and there’s been no explanation from Comcast. […] This sort of blocking isn’t new. For Comcast subscribers, HBO doesn’t work on Playstation 3 and it also doesn’t work on the Amazon Fire streaming box. It didn’t work on Roku, an internet-connected streaming box, until December, after Roku filed a complaint with the FCC about it. For customers who use other service providers, such as Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T, HBO Go works fine on Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Roku, and every other streaming device. – Jason Koebler, MOTHERBOARD
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