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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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ESPN will be available through a streaming service, no cable required

For the first time ever, sports fans will be able to watch ESPN’s programming streamed online to their tablets, laptops, smartphones and TVs—all without paying a cable or satellite bill. For $20 a month, viewers will also be able to watch CNN, the Food Network and the Cartoon Network through a new streaming service, called Sling TV. Dish Network, which is launching Sling, said the service will debut sometime later this month., – Cecilia Kang, Washington Post
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HLN is making a Facebook TV show

The pilot has been picked up by HLN—the network that’s like CNN but isn’t CNN—and it will somehow “use the popular social network to find and tell interesting stories.” HLN says it doesn’t want it to “feel like The Facebook Show,” whatever that means, but beyond that we don’t know much about the project. Variety even says that “the network remains uncertain so far as to what form the program will ultimately take.” However, “the initial ideas…are very encouraging,” according to Facebook, which doesn’t really tell us anything. – Sam Barsanti,The A.V. Club (Full Story: http://ift.tt/1E3Exg9 )

Turner Networks, Including CNN, Return To Dish Network

The companies just made the terse announcement that they have “mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies: TCM, HLN, CNN en Español and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT” — but will have no “further comment.” That leaves unanswered the question of whether they have a deal yet. Also unknown is whether Turner’s channels will join Disney, Scripps Networks Interactive, and A&E on Dish’s streaming video service, which Chairman Charlie Ergen says he expects to launch before year end. […] Turner said it was mystified and disappointed by Ergen’s attacks “particularly given the fact that Dish agreed to our rates and carriage proposals” and the programmer was “supportive of the Dish OTT effort and had found common ground on the major issues there. While there were clearly deal points to get done, they were not the type you would usually go dark over.” – David Lieberman,Deadline Hollywood 
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Did HBO’s Streaming Service Play a Role In Dish-Turner Fracas?

It has been more than two weeks since satellite broadcaster Dish Network Corp. abruptly dropped several cable networks owned by Time Warner ’s Turner Broadcasting unit, including CNN and Cartoon Network. No resolution is in sight. […] Privately, though, several Turner executives say they suspect a major factor in the breakdown of talks was the decision by HBO, another Time Warner unit, to launch a standalone streaming video service. […] Dish has a history of not taking too kindly to programmers that offer their content online to consumers without requiring a pay-TV subscription. Earlier this year, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. launched its own over-the-top network and Dish retaliated by refusing to carry WWE’s pay-per-view events. – Joe Flint,The Wall Street Journal  
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Twitch is now bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV during prime time

One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn’t even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well. Right now Twitch has about 715,000 concurrent viewers during prime time, but will quickly eclipse that if its growth continues apace. – Ben Popper,The Verge
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ABC News Launches 24/7 Streaming News Channel

Using Apple TV as its platform, ABC News announced […] as of 10 a.m. Tuesday it has launched a 24/7 live streaming news network. […] Cable news networks CNN, msnbc, and Fox News already have a presence of some kind through various streaming platforms like Roku or their own apps, but those only replicate the experience of being online with features like access to video clips. – John Nolte, Breitbart http://ift.tt/1qeG2QZ
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