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  • Sling TV to include HBO access starting with 'Game of Thrones' premiere

    Dish Network representatives confirmed that the company's just-announced contract extension with HBO will include access to the premium channel on Dish's new over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV. For an additional $15 a month, users of Sling TV's basic $20-a-month "Best of Live TV" core package will be able to access one live HBO channel, as well as its VOD programming.

Dish inks new deals with Turner, HBO; reportedly allows Sling TV users to access premium network

Turner Networks announced that has signed a long-term carriage agreement with Dish Network, and that its Time Warner Inc. pay-TV sibling, HBO, has done the same.

Verizon's 'managed services' plan for video streaming could violate net neutrality rules

Verizon is aggressively moving forward with a streaming pay-TV service targeted to younger mobile video enthusiasts. This service will leverage the wireless giant's 4G cellular network, and Verizon will have to remove data caps from what it classifies as a "managed service" in order for its customers to use the offering.

Rumor mill: Comcast tells FCC it shouldn't have to sell NBCU programming to rival OTT services

In a closed-door hearing, Comcast executives reportedly told FCC officials that it should not be forced to sell NBCUniversal programming to the OTT services of rivals beyond 2018.

Netflix is fast-tracking 4K, HDR to push Open Connect, beat cable

Despite nascent consumer demand for 4K/Ultra HD, Netflix has been the most aggressive supplier on the programming end, driving up the already high cost of producing original series like House of Cards by shooting them in 6K, for example.

Netflix's plan for beating VPN masking: make content the same around the world

The process of VPN masking as it relates to Netflix--fooling the network about your IP address so you can access the SVOD company's lineup in another global territory--doesn't exactly count as digital piracy. One still has to subscribe to Netflix in order to pull it off.

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