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Verizon Snags Broad HBO Now Rights

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Verizon Communications Inc. and Home Box Office (HBO) Inc. announced a sweeping deal Tuesday that gives the big US telco the right to distribute HBO NOW to its 9.2 million standalone broadband customers today, including both DSL and FiOS subscribers. Verizon thus joins one of its chief broadband and pay-TV rivals, Cablevision Systems Corp., in offering the new HBO OTT service to its customers. Like Cablevision, Verizon is offering the service for $14.99 a month, following a 30-day free trial. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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Study Sees OTT Revenues Soaring

[T]he study, conducted by research firm MTM for Ooyala Inc. and Vindicia, projects that annual OTT market revenues will more than double from $4 billion in 2014 to well over $8 billion in 2018. It also predicts that service and content providers will keep spending more and more on content as they seek to stand out in an increasingly crowded, fragmented market. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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Bidding War for TWC Looks Likelier

time_warner_cable_logo The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night that Patrick Drahi, the French billionaire who heads Altice, met in New York earlier this week with TWC Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus. […] Drahi’s reported meeting with Marcus comes as Charter Communications Inc. continues to woo Time Warner Cable as well, following last month’s collapse of Comcast Corp. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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Cable Starts Scoring With OTT

Pay-TV providers are testing multiple combinations of broadband, traditional television and over-the-top (OTT) video services to see which variations deliver the highest returns. Most of these trials are still relatively new, but a few have started to produce results. […] In a note of caution, however, the pay-TV providers on the panel acknowledged that offering their own OTT services can put them in direct competition with their programming partners, many of whom also want to reach consumers over the web. TWC’s [Tom Gonder], remained unconcerned, pointing out that cable companies still provide the delivery pipe for video. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading 
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Why Charter Fancies Bright House

[P]ress reports that Charter Communications Inc. has quietly been talking to Bright House Networks about buying the smaller US cable operator for months. Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg reported Thursday that Charter is negotiating to acquire Bright House in an all-stock deal that could be valued at $12 billion. […] why would Charter chase after privately held Bright House, the sixth largest US cable operator with about 2.5 million overall subscribers, right now? After all, Charter is already set to inherit up to 3.9 million cable subscribers from Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. if federal regulators approve Comcast’s proposed $45.2 billion takeover of TWC. That transaction would nearly double Charter’s size, leapfrogging it from the fourth biggest to the second biggest MSO in the land. – Alan Breznick, Light Reading
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Europe’s FTTH Subs to Double by 2019

By the end of 2019, according to [Graham Finnie,Heavy Reading]’s forecast, that number should have risen to almost 62 million, representing about 19% of the 324 million households in those 44 countries. Of those near 62 million, Finnie expects almost half (47%) to be delivered by incumbent national telcos, with 46% delivered by competitive operators and 7% by municipalities or utility companies. Multi-dwelling units will account for about 70% of all connections, while 55% of connections will be based on PON technology and 45% on point-to-point (P2P) Ethernet technology. – Ray Le Maistr, Light Reading 
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Parks Predicts HBO OTT Success

Without any public information on pricing for the upcoming over-the-top video service from HBO, Parks Associates Research is already projecting that 17% of US broadband households “are likely to subscribe” to the pay-TV programmer’s new standalone online offering at an assumed cost of $14.99 per month. The research firm also suggests that 91% of those online HBO subscribers will be existing pay-TV customers, and that about half of those individuals who sign up will discontinue their more expensive TV packages in favor of keeping HBO as a standalone product. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading 
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Who Will Own Cable’s Content Security?

The cable industry isn’t against the idea of downloadable security, but there are debates about how it should be standardized and deployed. Cisco Systems Inc. (previously Scientific Atlanta) and Arris Group Inc. (previously Motorola) have dominated the conditional access (CA) market for decades. However, widespread adoption of a new downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) could change the power dynamics significantly. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading 
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Synacor Scoops Up NimbleTV

The TV portal and authentication specialist announced Wednesday that it has picked up the online video company NimbleTV . No terms of the deal were disclosed. NimbleTV went live in 2012 with a TV Everywhere and DVR service that was designed to stream users’ entire pay-TV lineup over the Internet. Unlike Aereo Inc. , NimbleTV negotiated directly with programmers and paid retransmission fees before streaming content to consumers. However, the video startup didn’t create formal relationships with pay-TV operators, and that created some friction in the industry. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading
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AT&T Kicks Off LTE Broadcast

Multicast LTE, known officially as evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), uses a slice of spectrum to broadcast content to nearby compatible devices. Instead of sending each user a dedicated stream of content, multicast LTE provides one content stream that users can tune in to, much like a traditional broadcast TV solution. The technology significantly improves bandwidth efficiency and can be used to target content delivery in a specific place, during a specific time period. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading
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