While usage of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV providers has increased markedly over the last two years, only 12.5 percent of cable, satellite and IPTV customers regularly use TV Everywhere services. This is the conclusion put forth by Adobe in its U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.
ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.
It might be too late to put the OTT genie back in the bottle, but DirecTV has announced yet another major expansion of its TV Everywhere wherewithal.
TV Everywhere's top programming asset finally has an app on the leading streaming device. The Walt Disney Company and Roku have struck a deal to put the WatchESPN app on the Roku devices.
TV Everywhere access to live NBC programming has finally arrived, provided you live in a metropolitan area close to one of the conglomerate's owned and operated stations.
Comcast's XFinity TV Go platform continues to gain traction with subscribers. The company revealed that more than 30 percent of its Xfinity TV customers are now using its authenticated TV Everywhere app to watch shows, representing about 20 percent year-over-year growth.
Culminating a broad-reaching licensing deal signed in October, Verizon announced Wednesday that it has added access to 24 live Viacom channels through its FiOS Mobile App.
Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. In an interview with FierceCable, McKinney discussed why Wi-Fi is such a focus right now for MSOs, how Wi-Fi can affect the TV Everywhere model, and using LTE in unlicensed spectrum. Hot Seat
Culminating one of 2014's most anticipated rounds of pay-TV deal making, DirecTV has finally announced the finalization of a broad-reaching licensing agreement with the Walt Disney Company.
Despite haggling that dates back to the early part of the year, DirecTV and Disney will likely end 2014 without a new long term program licensing deal in place.