One year after announcing that it would offer authenticated subscribers access to a live streaming version of Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting said Wednesday that it will soon stream TNT and TBS.
Discovery Communications wants to distribute its hit series through TV Everywhere online video portals and mobile video apps from cable affiliates, but hasn't been able to agree on a fair price for the content, CEO David Zaslav said Tuesday.
Aside from exclusive programming like DirecTV's Audience Network or Time Warner Cable's New York 1, there's little difference in the packages of linear networks pay TV providers sell today. But when it comes to authenticating which subscribers get access to TV Everywhere online video portals and apps offered by networks in their bundles, anything goes.
Comcast saw a backlash from both TV critics and subscribers in 2009, when its first TV Everywhere service, Fancast Xfinity Online, debuted. The service forced customers to install an application on their computers called Comcast Access before they could watch full-length episodes of programs. How far have authentication services come since then?
In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.
Synacor stock jumped about 22 percent Wednesday after it announced a deal to provide TV Everywhere authentication for Verizon's FiOS TV subscribers.
Challenging comScore in the online video ratings business, Nielsen said Tuesday that it will test measurements of TV shows that are viewed online through a pilot program that includes Discovery Communications, A&E Networks, ABC, AOL, CBS, NBC, Fox, Univision and The CW.
Comcast's Golf Channel launched a Golf Live Extra app for Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google Android mobile devices that lets authenticated subscribers watch live programming anywhere with an Internet connection.
Pay TV service providers should invest in content delivery networks (CDNs) if they want to hold off the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, according to Guy Bisson, research director for television at IHS.
CBS Corp. said it bought a minority stake in Syncbak, an Iowa-based company that has been pitching broadcasters an authentication platform that could be used to stream local TV station programming to viewers on mobile devices.