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BTIG's Greenfield disputes Nielsen, says SVOD ratings unnecessary

BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield dismissed Nielsen's move into SVOD ratings as an unnecessary action made in a "misguided and flawed" effort to keep the audience measurement company relevant in the digital age.

Charter, TWC facing federal inquiries into how they might deal with online video competition

The FCC has requested information from Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable pertaining to how the two companies, which are engaged in a $56.7 billion merger proposal, will deal with online video competition.

Amazon introduces 4K Fire TV, further extends SVOD's Ultra HD advantage over pay-TV

Nascent 4K services launched by pay-TV operators like Comcast and DirecTV have remained fairly bereft of programming relative to the major SVOD services.

Execs from Discovery, Roku and others warn the skinny bundle will hamper content creation

AMSTERDAM-- While some in Hollywood are heralding a golden age of quality TV, driven by investments in new shows and movies by the likes of Netflix and Amazon, some content providers here at the IBC show are warning of a slowdown in content innovation. Specifically, some executives here believe the growing interest in a la carte options and skinny bundles could ultimately stifle the development of new and experimental TV programs and content.

Amazon Prime enables video downloads for Android and Apple mobile devices, beats TVE to punch

Amazon has taken a major competitive leap forward in the area of mobile video, announcing a new feature that lets users of its SVOD Prime Video service download select movies and TV shows to Android and Apple mobile devices.

Report: Apple in talks with Hollywood execs about producing original video programming

Apple is reportedly the latest technology giant to approach Hollywood about producing original programming.

Premium cable channel Epix gets booted from Netflix, signs deal with Hulu

Illustrating a changing tide in the SVOD distribution business, pay-TV programmer Epix has shifted on-demand streaming of its content from Netflix to Hulu.

Smart TVs now in 50% of homes in U.S., NPD Group says

More than half of all American households now own Internet-connected TVs, according to the NPD group.

New Zealand ISP offers NightShift from Aterlo to preload Netflix content for users with slow connections

An Internet service provider in New Zealand called Wireless Nation is now selling a $229 device designed by Canadian startup Aterlo Networks that plugs into users' Internet routers and helps to preload Netflix video at night so that users with poor or slow Internet connections can still watch Netflix video without grainy pictures or buffering.

Atlantic Broadband becomes nation's 12th largest cable operator with $200M purchase of MetroCast

Atlantic Broadband said it is now the 12th largest cable operator in the United States thanks to its just-completed acquisition of MetroCast from Harron Communications for $200 million. Announced in June, the closing of the deal solidifies Atlantic Broadband's owner, Canada's Cogeco Cable, as a notable player in the U.S. cable market.