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Cord Cutters: Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For A Starz Streaming Service

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“We said in October 2014 and have said all along that we will evaluate the fast-moving marketplace,” a Starz rep explained to Fierce Cable. “Our focus is working with our core [pay-TV] distributors in selling Starz, be it through traditional means or working in developing creative ways–i.e., place Starz on top of a skinny video bundle–in tapping new growth opportunities.” – Chris Morran, The Consumerist

Roku’s content partners accuse service of ‘acting like a cable company’

[A]ccording to a GigaOm report, one Roku content provider made an accusation that amounts to damnation on the self-satisfied streets of Silicon Valley: Roku, the publisher told the tech blog, is “acting like a cable company.” […] Gigaom‘s Janko Roettgers says he talked to “a number” of Roku content providers, all of whom spoke anonymously. They said Roku reps are now aggressively seeking greater shares of advertising, subscription and transactional revenue. […] Roku currently touts a growing list of about 1,800 channels, ranging from huge SVOD services like Netflix to small mom-and-pop-backed apps. Deal structures, meanwhile, vary widely among publishers. – Daniel Frankel,Fierce Cable 
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Former Hulu CEO Kilar names his well-backed startup … but what is Vessel?

Eighteen months after leaving his CEO post at Hulu, Jason Kilar on Tuesday announced a name for his anticipated new content startup, Vessel, as well as some powerful backing. […] Kilar referenced lead investors including Benchmark, Greylock Partners and Bezos Expeditions, which is headed by his former boss, Amazon.com founder and chief Jeff Bezos. […] So is Kilar’s new venture a video-on-demand play meant to compete with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, as well as the pay TV industry? – Daniel Frankel, Fierce Cable http://ift.tt/Tko54Z