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HBO's Plepler: OTT service isn't 'either/or, it's additive'

Speaking in Los Angeles Thursday, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler staunchly resisted claims that his company's soon-to-launch, a la carte, over-the-top programming service would "cannibalize" HBO's existing premium cable business.

Netflix disrupts, but still dependent on content owners' traditional business models

NEW YORK--Netflix may be an online disruptor, but it's still dependent on upstream content producers using traditional models. There's no money in transactional VOD. HBO never said it was going direct to consumers with its pure-play OTT service. And there are more eyeballs on Hulu's content than anywhere else. These are a few of the statements made by online video executives at the OTT Video Executive Summit held Tuesday here, in a panel session discussing the economics of over-the-top video.

Netflix becomes part of BT cable bundle in the U.K.

Netflix has crossed a threshold in the United Kingdom that it has been unable to surpass in the United States, with telco giant BT now bundling in the SVOD programmer as part of the regular pay-TV service it offers to subscribers.

Pay-TV fees overcome slow quarterly ad sales for Time Warner Inc. and Fox

Shrugging off a sluggish ad economy with growing subscription fees for their cable networks, both Time Warner Inc. and 21 st Century Fox posted better-than-expected third-quarter earnings results Tuesday.

Linear broadcast over OTT would throw viewers 'back to 1985,' analyst says

While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says.

Comcast exec Burke's surprise at HBO and CBS announcements doesn't seem genuine

Speaking to investors during Comcast's third-quarter earnings call last week, NBCU chief executive Steve Burke said he was surprised by recent announcements from HBO and CBS introducing new a la carte streaming services.

HBO online doomed? Don't bet on it

This week, we take a look at 10 online video services that either died an untimely death, or are struggling in today's super-competitive environment. As disrupted as the online video environment is, it's easy for pundits to predict the demise of other hopefuls that are on the verge of going all-in on the OTT gold rush. You know, young upstarts like HBO.

Running the numbers on a la carte vs. pay-TV

Fresh off last week's big a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS, gleeful cord cutters are crunching the numbers, adding up the monthly bills on the SVOD series they'll need to once and for all ditch that dreaded cable bill. As TV News Check shows, you can cobble quite a few of these services together and still come out way ahead in terms of the average monthly pay-TV bill.

'Doomed before it starts': HBO's OTT service to run at a pricey $15 a month, report says

HBO's new streaming service will be priced at around $15 per month, an uncompetitive $6 higher than Netflix's most common $8.99 plan. This is according to a Monday report in The Information, which cites an unnamed source said to be familiar with the HBO service's development.

Careful what you wish for, cord cutters: Unbundled TV could prove more expensive

"Cord cutters rejoice" has been the oft-written headline preamble to numerous stories written this week about the groundbreaking a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS. But in a world in which every programming network is stripped out of the pay-TV bundle and sold individually, consumers could find themselves paying a lot more to get the channels they want.