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Cutting the Cord: Streaming video’s allure cuts into pay-TV subscriber base

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Of those who do not have pay TV, more than one-third (36%) of those surveyed said they canceled their service in favor of pay-as-you-go streaming-video services. And there could be more defections in the future: 19% of those currently with pay-TV service said they were considering reducing their programming packages in favor of streaming video delivered over broadband Internet, and 11% said they were considering canceling their pay-TV service altogether. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Video streaming service Hulu offers new ad-free subscriptions

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The online video destination, which is owned by ABC, FOX and NBC, is adding a $11.99 monthly subscription tier for commercial-free watching. Currently, viewers can watch some content for free with commercials or pay $7.99 monthly for limited commercials and access to recently released movies. Viewers of streaming video service Hulu can now opt to skip commercials completely. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Patent pool wants payment for streaming video

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A group of companies — expected to be among them are GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips, and Mitsubishi Electric — that hold patents for next generation video compression technology want to change the compensation model for such patents. […] H.265 is the successor to H.264, also known as Advanced Video Coding, widely used for HDTV and Blu-ray Discs. Already used in some devices, H.265 delivers improved video using less data, making it ideal for smartphones, tablets and Net-streamed video. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Sprint talking with Jay Z’s Tidal streaming music service

Some reports Thursday suggested that Sprint and its parent company SoftBank. had already invested in TIDAL, which hopes to compete with Spotify, Pandora and a new expected streaming service from Apple. But the company issued a statement that it is in discussions with Tidal about “how to best to make the service available to its customers.” Sprint has not made an investment in Tidal, the statement continued, but “we are working together in partnership for the vision of the common cause of reestablishing the value of music, it is NOT a financial investment or exclusive partnership.” Similarly, Softbank Corp. has not purchased a stake in Tidal, the company said. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Report: Apple planning streaming TV service

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is in talks with broadcasters to offer a TV bundle this fall with 25 channels, including ABC, CBS and Fox. The service would be available through Apple TV. The small bundle would include channels like FX, ESPN and other bigger channels. The report also says media executives believe the service would cost between $30 and $40 a month. – Brett Molina, USA TODAY
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ViewLift offers end-to-end streaming video services

The ViewLift team developed its well-rounded expertise having run the ad-supported independent film site SnagFilms for three years. Over that time, it also launched several other online video services including comedy app FunnyForFree and original comedy content site Thundershorts, as well as childrens’ site KiddoVid. “We have treated them as opportunities to reach consumers with a specialized portion of our content, but we have also treated them as R&D,” said [Rick Allen], who is also CEO of SnagFilms. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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The messy deals behind unwatchable streaming apps

My new Roku TV can’t run the WatchESPN app that works fine on my Roku 3 box. What’s the problem here?

[T]his resulted from a decision by ESPN and its corporate parent Disney (the WatchDisney app doesn’t work on Roku TVs either) to control the potential audience for their online streaming — essentially, saying that Internet viewing is only okay if it requires pressing or clicking enough buttons first. – Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY

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Will Cord Cutters Drive Ultra HD TV Adoption?

USA TODAY’s Mike Snider recently penned an article titled “Cutting the Cord: Smart TVs can be the ticket to 4K” discussing how cord-cutters–those who are canceling their cable/satellite subscriptions in favor of streaming services–may drive the adoption of 4K Ultra HD TVs. This makes sense, given that Netflix, Amazon, M-GO, and other streaming services are embracing 4K a lot faster than their broadcast, cable, and satellite counterparts…with the exception of DIRECTV, which is now offering 4K VOD to subscribers who own compatible equipment. – Home Theater Review¬†¬†
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Cord-cutters shake up consumer electronics

Black Friday’s frenzied buying masks tectonic shifts in the $207-billion consumer electronics industry. Mobile devices are upstaging traditional TVs in what could be the biggest change in mass entertainment since television supplanted radio and the movies after World War II. 2014 could mark the second consecutive year of declines in television sales. DVD sales are plummeting and Blu-ray, once the industry’s great high-definition hope, has plateaued. Meanwhile, smartphones, tablets, and streaming-video services are surging as “cord cutting” from cable or satellite TV accelerates. More consumers now value mobility and sharing over the picture and sound quality that marked the home theater era of the 2000s. […] While television sales decline from their peak of 40.3 million in 2012, smartphone purchases have tripled since 2010, to an estimated 163.5 million this year. Since 2010, tablet shipments have skyrocketed almost 700% to an estimated 80.4 million units in 2014, according to [the Consumer Electronics Association] .- Howard R. Gold,MarketWatch via USA TODAY

CBS launches ‘All Access’ subscription streaming service

Content companies are suddenly clamoring for cord cutters. Now, CBS is jumping into the so-called over-the-top TV with its own live streaming service called CBS All Access. […] The $5.99-per-month service from CBS […] will offer a catalog of on-demand episodes that includes full seasons from 15 shows including The Good Wife and Survivor. Episodes will be available on-demand one day after they air, too. The app, which is out today at CBS.com and in the Google Play and iTunes stores, will also stream live local CBS broadcasts in 14 of the largest U.S. markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. CBS plans to add more. […] Also available on CBS All Access: a CBS Classics catalog of more than 5,000 ad-free episodes of shows such as Star Trek, Cheers, Twin Peaks and CSI: Miami, as well as content from past broadcasts of The Grammy Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY
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