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Pay-TV's revolutionary OTT services are coming up short on revolution

I can't say I'm not intrigued by the possibility--seemingly real this time--that Apple will launch a streaming pay-TV service. But at the end of the day, will it really matter to me if I'm seeing it via a groundbreaking $40-a-month OTT service, or the TV Everywhere component of a stripped down $40-a-month traditional cable package?

My dabble into cord-cutting: Made a lot of complicated decisions, saved 8 cents

Let me first say that I'm not a cord cutter. Really, I'm not. I'm just experimenting. Lots of guys who aren't cord cutters do it. But after two weeks of liberation from packaged video entertainment programming, I've reached some interesting conclusions.

Presidents Day publishing break

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Living in an OTT bubble: Digital Entertainment World panels declare pay-TV bundles dead

If there was a unifying theory at Digital Entertainment World this week, it was that of Ralf Jacob, chief revenue officer for Verizon Digital Media Services: The check is already in the mail for bundled cable, satellite and telecommunications programming services, and we're about to see cord-cutting statistics shoot up like a media technology conference sushi buffet line.

Cut-rate bundles are not a valid competitive response to Sling TV

Reviews of Dish Network's new OTT service generally say that it is technologically elegant, but lacking in the breadth and depth of programming necessary to render it "game-changing." Yet Sling TV has a few key differentiating factors that make it more than just a cheaper version of cable.

Wireless biz should look past Freewheel's limitations and into Dolan's beady eyes

Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service  to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.

MLK holiday publishing break

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Ergen dangerously hops onto the pay-TV bashing bandwagon

Monday's Dish Network press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show was as jarring as a ride across the outback in a pouch. It started off with CEO Joseph Clayton being escorted onto the Mandalay Bay stage by a small marching band of kangaroo-costumed players, a reference to the Hopper DVR the executive would soon laud.

Ultra HD finally evolves beyond CES hype and into real products

It has been hard to observe all the 4K/Ultra HD hype at CES the last few years without a healthy dose of cynicism. With a multiscreen revolution going on outside, the touting of the television industry's next great resolution standard felt a little tone-deaf. Who is worrying about screen resolution at a time when we don't really know what the primary screen is anymore?

Ready or not, 4K is coming ... and you need a roadmap

As anyone involved in the launch of HD a decade ago can tell you, getting a new resolution standard into the consumer mainstream isn't easy. And once again, we are embarking on an epic resolution upgrade quest, with the industry in the early stages of adopting 4K/Ultra HD. As consumed as we are with mega-mergers and OTT disruption, we all have to wrap our heads around 4K, because it's really happening.