The No. 1 pay-TV operator is finally going to let users of the top OTT device stream the leading premium channels. According to an FCC document just unearthed by Re/code, Comcast and Roku quietly reached an agreement in late November that will let the MSO's subscribers stream HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on their Roku devices.
HBO will outsource the technological backbone of its new streaming service to a white label solution provided by Major League Baseball Advanced Media and launch the new product in April, coinciding with the season premiere of Game of Thrones.
With traditionally linear TV companies now at the point where they must invest significantly more in IP video delivery, and no clear monetization strategy yet gelling, investors want to know if TV is still a good bet. It is--if broadcasters and networks can wrap their heads around OTT delivery.
Developing a new over-the-top, a la carte service is bound to create drama for HBO at some level. Some of that was revealed today as reports surfaced that the premium network will outsource its streaming to MLB Advanced Media--and news broke that HBO's chief technology officer, Otto Berkes, has resigned.
Terms in HBO's carriage agreement with DirecTV could hinder the Time Warner Inc. premium network's plans to extend its service to an online a la carte model in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports.
HBO may not have disclosed much, at all, about its planned standalone over-the-top service in the United States, but the premium network is about to make waves in China, announcing a deal with online video giant Tencent that will see many of its series distributed through Tencent's website "in the very near future." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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.
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 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.
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.