Dish Network is the first major pay-TV operator to integrate the Netflix app into its set-tops, announcing Wednesday that second-generation versions of its Hopper DVR currently enable the SVOD service.
Netflix responded to an open letter sent to it last week by Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, who accused the SVOD provider's private content delivery network of being an Internet "fast lane" that harms competition.
While it has negotiated deals to get its app integrated into the program guides of smaller cable operators like Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Suddenlink, Netflix has been largely shut out from the set-tops of the larger pay-TV operators.
While conceding that Netflix and other SVOD companies are causing noticeable audience erosion for linear television, CBS research chief David Poltrack told a New York banking audience Monday that streaming is doing more good than harm for networks these days.
The number of U.S. homes with broadband service but lacking a pay-TV subscription spiked from about 1.1 million in October 2013 to 2.8 million at the end of third quarter.
In an open letter to Reed Hastings dated Tuesday, Dec. 2, FCC commissioner Ajit Pai questioned the Netflix CEO about published reports suggesting that the SVOD company is undermining efforts to develop standards for streaming video.
Citing its usual assortment of unnamed sources, the New York Post reports that Amazon is on the cusp of launching an advertising-supported over-the-top service.
After a limited trial in New York City, Verizon has expanded an aggressive triple-play promotion that offers new FiOS voice, data and TV subscribers a $150 Visa gift card and a free year of Netflix.
Offering some of the most illuminating data available in the murky area of audience research for streaming content, Sandvine's latest bi-annual traffic trends report shows fledgling SVOD service Amazon Prime Instant Video has nearly doubled its footprint over the last six months as usage for the sector's dominant player, Netflix, has remained largely flat.
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