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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.

Comcast X1 at 3 years: Painfully slow rollout belies platform's potential to keep cable in the video business

Matthew Strauss describes the creation of company's X1 platform as a "big moment" for Comcast. He said the X1 takes "all the learnings we had from mobile and all the learnings we had from on-demand, and brings it back to the television."

HBO takes over 'Sesame Street,' looks to compete with Netflix for increasingly influential kids audience

Signaling the importance of kiddie audiences in direct-to-consumer subscription programing models, HBO has formed a unique partnership with PBS, taking first-run rights to the iconic series Sesame Street and fully backing the show's production.

FX's Landgraf: 'Peak TV' has arrived as pay-TV and OTT swamped with original content

With the number of original cable, broadcast and streaming series increasing from roughly 280 five years ago to more than 400 today, there is simply too much original programming relative to the amount of subscription and ad dollars needed to support it, said FX Network President John Landgraf last week.

WSJ: Hulu may include ad-free option to SVOD service for $12 or $14 per month

Seeking to keep its much larger SVOD rival, Netflix, within shouting distance, Hulu is contemplating the inclusion of a higher-priced, ad-free service.