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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

“HBO Now” coming this spring for $15 per month, with Apple as launch partner

At $15 per month, the service will be priced similarly to what consumers pay to add HBO onto their cable packages. The International Business Times estimates that an online streaming version of HBO could capture up to 70 million customers who currently don’t subscribe to a pay-TV service. – Megan Geuss, Ars Technica
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HBO Now: New report reveals everything you need to know about HBO’s streaming service

On Wednesday, the International Business Times published a report revealing that HBO’s upcoming streaming service will be called HBO Now and will cost $15 a month. HBO is working with its partners to have the service ready to launch in early April, before the premiere of the fifth season of Game of Thrones on April 12th. […] The price and launch date for the service have not yet been finalized, as HBO wants to ensure that the problems that plagued HBO GO during the busy season last year won’t befall its new service as well. – Jacob Siegal, BGR
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NBCUniversal looks to entice cord cutters with standalone comedy streaming service

NBCUniversal is hoping to snag the attention of that all-important cord-cutting demographic with a new comedy-focused subscription streaming service, which it is looking to launch some time “later this year,” reports The Wall Street Journal. […] Pricing reportedly hasn’t been set yet for the service, though rumors point to anywhere from the $2.50-$3.50/month range. That price point, which falls well below more comprehensive services like CBS’ $6/month standalone app, CBS All Access. The model suggests NBCUniversal might be considering other such themed television packages, possibly branching into other genres like horror, drama, animation, or even sports. This is, of course, just speculation. – Christine Persaud, Digital Trends 
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HBO Says Streaming Service Will Be Priced As “Premium Product”

That would seem to indicate that the $15-20/month estimate that many prognosticators have put on the service is accurate, as it would be about double the cost of Netflix and Hulu ($8/month each), Amazon Prime ($99/year, which comes out to $8.25/month), and about the same as Dish’s recently launched Sling TV, which charges $20/month. – Chris Morran, Consumerist.com 
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Nickelodeon breaks out of cable’s cage, preps standalone streaming service

This new business model is promising for those who have been craving TV packages that are more customized. But one must wonder if the better option would be to partner up with a Netflix or Hulu or Amazon and let these guys take care of the on demand needs. Sure, the more a la carte options customers have, the better. But at some point, those costs will add up and customers will come full circle, looking once again for a one-stop-shop solution that’s tailored to them, and offers exactly the channels they want. Surely, the industry can meet somewhere in the middle. – Christine Persaud, Digital Trends 
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ESPN offers standalone subscription for the Cricket World Cup

Talks of ESPN’s standalone options are nothing new, and for the Cricket WorldCup 2015, the network is offering a cable-free standalone subscription. Access to the event’s six-week slate of 49 matches will cost viewers $100 for viewing on the web. […] The matches won’t air on WatchESPN or any of the traditional channels, but pay-TV companies like Dish Network and Time Warner Cable will serve it up as a pay-per-view add-on — if you’re looking to bundle the bills. – Billy Steele, Engadget
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Turmoil At HBO Ahead Of Standalone Streaming Service’s Launch

The idea was that the technology would not only support HBO but potentially other Time Warner offerings, such as Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. The platform, which would power a product that doesn’t require a cable subscription, would be used globally and was supposed to be ready in 2016, said the sources, who worked on that effort. […] To justify to shareholders why they shouldn’t consider the Australian-born media tycoon’s overtures, Time Warner said that its own strategic plan would deliver more value to shareholders than Murdoch could. – Reuters via The Huffington Post  
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Nickelodeon’s standalone streaming service is coming in February

With networks announcing new streaming options on the regular, Nickelodeon is set to reveal a standalone service of its own. During an investor call this morning, Viacom chief Philippe Dauman said the kid-friendly channel will announce its subscription plans in February, targeting mobile devices. – Billy Steele, Engadget 
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