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“TV A La Carte”:  in the News:

Amazon Is Hungry and It’s Coming for Your Cable Channels – NBC News

NBC News is reporting on Amazon’s nearly insatiable appetite for content acquisition. As we had previously reported here about Amazon using it’s e-tail/e-commerce muscle to convert existing customers to its PayTV service (Amazon Channels), it appears that Amazon is going “all in” on a content acquisition spree.

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Hulu vs. YouTube vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV vs. PlayStation Vue

A recent CNET article provides an a la carte TV shoppers paradise.   The article provides a concise matrix comparing some of the best a la carte TV content packages. This is a must-read for anyone who is contemplating cutting the cord.

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DirecTV Now adds CBS to its over-the-top TV service

USA Today is reporting that DirecTV Now will be rolling out local CBS affiliates in five major US Markets to include those in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco…

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DIRECTV NOW More Than Doubles Its Live Local Channel Lineup

AT&T announced it has expanded it’s live local coverage with ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates starting this week.

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AT&T TRIES TO REIGNITE DIRECTV NOW GROWTH WITH BEST BUY PROMOTION | FIERCECABLE”

FierceCable is reporting: “With subscriber growth of its virtual pay-TV platform, DirecTV Now, flatlining in the first quarter, AT&T continues to try to goose the platform with promotions.”  FierceCable had previously reported that DirectTV Now’s exceptional Q4 response to it’s OTT service offering had fallen flat in Q1.  AT&T (conspicuously) did not break out the numbers for new OTT subscribers in Q1 and stated they pulled back promotions to allow the platform to “mature”.

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CenturyLink Stream Debuts as Latest OTT Virtual Pay-TV Service, Starting at $45/month – Telecompetitor

Telecompetitor is reporting that CenturyLink is entering the “TV a la carte” fray with its own streaming OTT service.  CenturyLink Stream is now in beta release and offers a formidable live channel-line up.

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FUBOTV reaches agreement with CBS Corporation to add top networks to live streaming TV service

A June 21st, 2016 Press Release by CBS Corporation provides a glimpse into FuboTV’s future aspirations.  Not so surprising is FuboTV has negotiated carriage rights to the CBS Sports slate of entertainment.  This includes all CBS NFL pre-season, regular season and playoff broadcasts carried by CBS.  FuboTV has adeptly positioned itself in the sports streaming vertical market by capturing retransmission rights to the likes of FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus, YES and the Golf channel.

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The Top 10 Most Popular Streaming Services: The list may surprise you!

A recent Cord Cutters News article sites a TiVo survey of 3000 video streaming subscribers.  Netflix ranked number one by more than half of all respondents (54%). Rather impressively, Amazon Prime Video  garnered more than a quarter of all respondents coming it at 27%. There was significant movement further down the list with DirectTV NOW leapfrogging both Sling TV and Playstation Vue.

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“Amazon Channels” offers viewers convenient “drop/add” features of TV ala carte.

A recent article published by Tom’s Guide delves into Amazon’s latest video offer “Amazon Channels“.  The service moves one step further to what consumers want in a true TV a la carte package.

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Amazon Prime – Creating more “a la carte” channel options…

Amazon is leveraging it’s retail subscriber muscle to expand into untapped markets. Amazon will expand its Prime content offering in Germany, the U.K. and Austria with 25 – 42 On-demand and Live channels from its content partners.  Additionally, Amazon is creating new channel lineups focused on Anime and Bollywood.  “The company had 80 million Prime subscribers in the U.S. as of March 31, up 36 percent from a year earlier, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners LLC. Memberships lock in loyalty, making it tough for competitors” according to the Bloomberg report.

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AppleTV eyes 4K streaming in next release.

Apple appears to be signaling it’s future plans to release a new AppleTV platform with support for 4K streaming using the new HEVC codec.  This represents Apple’s latest attempts at playing catch-up with other mainstream offerings from Roku, Amazon and Google.

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AT&T enters “TV a la carte” fray with a $35 a month offering…

AT&T has entered the “TV a la carte” fray with it’s own $35 a month online television offering.

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Cord Cutters

Cord-cutting gets even worse as pay TV sees another quarter of historic declines
FastCompany is reporting cord cutting in the 2nd Quarter of 2017 expanded at its most rapid pace to date.  Those cancelling their traditional Pay-TV subscriptions approached nearly 1 million subscribers during the quarter…

Source:  FastCompany

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Reelgood combines all of your streaming services.  Here’s how it works. – CNBC

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Finally cut the cable TV cord in eight easy steps – The Washington Post
A recent Washington Post article outlines the step-by-step process of cutting the cable TV cord. This article breaks down the cord cutting process in eight easy steps…

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Cable TV cord cutting intensifies in Southwest Florida
Cord cutting trends for residents of Southwest Florida provides industry watchers a microcosm of national trends.  A NewsPress.com article highlights that since Pay-TV’s Golden Age, satellite & cable TV providers have lost nearly 7 million subscribers.

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Cord Cutters becoming “cord shavers” in the quest for “TV a la carte”…
A recent OTTSquared article highlights the changing sensibilities of discerning viewers.  Gone are the days of TV consumers paying hundreds of dollars per month for hundreds of channels they never watch.  This has led to a new paradigm of “cord shavers”, that is, consumers opting for smaller bundles that contain a portion of their favorite content.

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TV Bundles

Skinny Bundles Boom: Charter, CenturyLink Latest to Target Cord Cutters With Streaming Services
Variety is reporting Charter Communications and CenturyLink have entered the crowded skinny bundle field with new offerings of their own giving consumers additional TV viewing choices.
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TheRinger.com reports
on the Winners and losers with the rise of TV’s “Skinny Bundle”.

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Services like CBS All Access and Amazon  Prime should be additive, not replacements for cable — it’s the only path to protect both consumers and profits, writes a partner at entertainment law firm Ziffren Brittenham.

Source: How TV Can Weather the “Skinny Bundle” Storm of Streaming Services (Guest Column) | Hollywood Reporter

The “TV a la carte” panacea, in search of a “sweet spot”…

A recent LA Times article highlights the challenge faced by Pay-TV providers. The article sites a TiVo survey of 2000 viewers.  More than three quarters of those surveyed noted they would like an “a la carte” channel option.

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