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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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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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Roku Plans More Pay-TV Apps

Roku has had a number of announcements this week, including deployments on new smart TVs and the introduction of a 4K reference design that the company plans to release to hardware partners in the near future. However, the most important aspect of Roku is the content it provides, and pay-TV services continue to be largely absent from the platform’s roster. […] Outside of the US, pay-TV apps on the Roku platform have gained some traction. British Sky Broadcasting Group plc in London has delivered its NOW TV service on Roku boxes since 2012, and Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG plans to offer a new IP-based service on the Roku platform in Germany and Austria. Roku would clearly like to bring more operators on board and extend its reach both in the US and abroad. – Mari Silbey, Light Reading  
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