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Witbe’s Planche, EPIX’s Ziv, and OTT Digital Services’ Harnsberger Take Top Honors at the OTT Video Executive Summit

OTT trophy winners awarded by a forum of fellow executives.…

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Added by Brian Mahony on November 14, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

TV Watching Habits

Ever since I discovered Netflix I have been hooked. I rarely watch regular cable television anymore, not only do I enjoy Netflix my kids love it. There are so many choices for the kids to watch such as; movies, cartoons to films that relate to young teens. I especially enjoy Netflix because I have been able to see movies that have not been released in theaters and that I probably wouldn't haven't watched otherwise. I tend to watch movies on the weekend with the family to catch up from the…

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Added by Susan Romero on November 6, 2014 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Will OTT be assimilated into existing Pay TV business models, or destroy them?

I know this might sound trite, but 2014 could be the year of "Over-the-Top." Perhaps not the year it became so mainstream that it rivaled the decades-old Pay TV business model, but at least the year when seeds where planted, some with roots that might break concrete.

Consider the recent announcements by HBO, CBS, Univision and others. It used to be that these content players had too much to risk to upset the Pay TV apple cart,…

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Added by Brian Mahony on October 27, 2014 at 11:10am — No Comments

With all the major OTT news from HBO and CBS, FreeCast's simple but innovative Rabbit TV Plus says "Yup, we've been waiting for you."

FreeCast continues to make news among announcements from some of the content giants. And I happen to know there's even bigger news in the works.



Sometimes simple is better too. Can Rabbit TV Plus succeed where so many more complicated solutions have failed? The price is hard to beat:…

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Added by Brian Mahony on October 22, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Endavo Media’s Paul D Hamm Announced as Featured Speaker at OTT Video Executive Summit

September 8, 2014. New York City. Endavo Media, a leading digital media distribution company that is reinventing consumer TV and premium over-the-top video services, announced that CEO Paul D Hamm will be a featured speaker at the Over-the-Top Video Executive Summit (…

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Added by Brian Mahony on September 8, 2014 at 10:13am — No Comments

OTT Video Summer Reading List for stories you might have missed

OTT Video Summer Reading List



I have been doing some research, reading, and writing this past summer and wanted to share some of the highlights with you. Use this as an interesting, but probably incomplete, reading list to catch up on the major developments in over-the-top video: 



* Streaming/Mobile TV becoming mainstream: …

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Added by Brian Mahony on September 3, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

How Teens See the Mobile Movement

As time evolves, so does the functionality of certain objects. The television started out simply to enable us to watch programs, but has evolved to being able to use the Internet and play video games, among other things. Gaming systems were plain and simple, but now have evolved into allowing us to watch movies, stream the Internet, download photos, and download apps. The device that has gone through the most change, however, is the mobile phone. It started out as basic as can be, just for…

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Added by Akshay Bhardwaj on August 13, 2014 at 12:44pm — No Comments

Three Things You Need to Remember When Shopping Online

The internet has definitely changed the way we function as consumers, making everything much more convenient, giving us more access to information and products that we wouldn’t have been able to purchase in the…

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Added by Sookie Lioncourt on July 31, 2014 at 12:45pm — No Comments

How Binge Watching Affects our Relationship with Media

As an avid TV watcher, I know and understand the pains of cable TV. Shows generally air once a week, cliffhangers and teases are everywhere, and timings often conflict with our own schedules. The couch and TV is one area of my life which I do not get to go to as much as I used to, simply because of a busy schedule. Trying to balance work, school, family, and friends prevents more time to be given to casually couch crashing and TV surfing as I would when I was younger. But, like many other…

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Added by Akshay Bhardwaj on July 29, 2014 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Teenagers like me prefer Comcast for variety of content, Netflix for accessibility from any device.

Being a teenager, I've had the opportunity to experience watching TV using different sources, and also to observe my fellow teenage friends consuming TV. Here are my insights on teenage TV consumption to increase the TV hours of the teenage demographic.

 

My friends usually watch about one and a half to two and a half hours of…

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Added by Casey Mahony on July 17, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

India Dreaming and Streaming

In the world today, the Indian population is on the rise in the United States. More and more citizens are migrating over to the States in order to pursue better opportunities for themselves. Indeed, parents often come here in order to raise their child in our elite academic system, which is renowned worldwide and has given birth to some of the greatest minds in history. But in coming to a whole new world, those Indians lose much of their former culture. Food, lifestyle, environment, daily…

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Added by Akshay Bhardwaj on July 15, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Calling Speakers for OTT Video Executive Summit New York-- Novermber 11, 2014

Save the Date!

I am pleased to announce the next OTT Video Executive Summit will take place on November 11, 2014 in New York city. Check out the new web site and check back frequently for updates: www.OTTVideoSummit.com. See photos and testimonials…

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Added by Brian Mahony on May 29, 2014 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Getting closer to cutting the cord completely

My daughter's friend was over the other day talking about her favorite shows and my daughter had no idea what she was talking about. It was then that I realized that my kids have already cut the cord from channel surfing the major channels. For about 3 years now, the majority of our content comes from Netflix, with a bit more from Amazon, Hulu, and YouTube, or directly from ABC.com, etc.

My kids have been mostly raised on documentaries and movies. My sons love "Famous Tank Battles"…

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Added by Brian Mahony on April 22, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

OTT Video Executive Summit Announces Sessions and Speakers

Boston, MA. March 4, 2014 — Sessions and speakers for the Over the Top Video Executive Summit (www.OTTVideoSummit.com), to be held at Boston’s Lenox Hotel on April 16, were announced today. The OTT Video Executive Summit brings together thought leaders in the…

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Added by Brian Mahony on March 4, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

Announcing the OTT Video Executive Summit

More details here: www.OTTVideoSummit.com

*** Please read below and respond/comment ***

Dear industry colleagues: 

I am pleased to announce a new executive conference that will be like no other you have attended. Of course the focus of the event is OTT video, but the format is guaranteed to make it highly strategic, educational, and lots of fun. In short, the conference will mingle industry executives, a panel of…

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Added by Brian Mahony on January 22, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Cutting the Cord Part 6: Roku Review— Simple and Easy OTT Video Device

(Click here for Parts 1: Why?, 2: Device Options, 3: OTA Channels,…

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Added by Brian Mahony on September 8, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Wireless speakers

Why can’t I use these speakers to play music from my computer?



      I’m sitting in my room at my parent’s house, watching the NBA playoffs on TV. Above my TV, I have 2 fairly large speakers that are hooked up to a relatively old stereo. The idea: convert these 2 unused speakers into wireless speakers that I can use from my computer.

      After doing a little research on wireless speakers I was not impressed. Most of the conversation is focused on surround sound or home…

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Added by Brian on May 15, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Remaining Upside Opportunities for Pay-TV Services

The legacy pay-TV services market can now be divided into two distinct groups. First, those regions where the market is fully saturated and customer churn is the primary activity. Second, the developing nations where local pay-TV providers can still find new customers willing and able to pay for their offerings.



According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global pay-TV market added nearly 47 million new customers in 2012 -- reaching a total of 864 million…

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Added by David H. Deans on April 25, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What is the future of location based services?

Everything today is in context. You can't read a news story, talk to a neighbor, watch a sporting event, or plan a vacation without understanding context. Who you are. Where you want to go. Your habits. Your friends and family. Finances. You name it.

 

So it is no surprise that advertisers for a long time have figured out that understanding the context of their target audience is worth more to them that just a static list of names and addresses. And in today's mobile world,…

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Added by Brian Mahony on January 16, 2012 at 10:14pm — No Comments

Netflix Takes Aim at the Cable Guys, With a Promise to Start Firing Tomorrow. What's Next for You?

Netflix, which is fighting with the cable guys and telcos over streaming video costs, says it will publish a ranking of the best broadband performers. Or in other words: Netflix says it will tell some broadband customers that the...http://tiny.cc/ky5kn            Read the full story

Added by JL Henry on June 26, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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