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Why Comcast’s Mobile Hotspot Plans Have Major TV Everywhere Implications

Comcast-LogoThe San Francisco Chronicle reports that Comcast plans to “turn thousands of wireless Internet routers in private homes in the Bay Area into publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots” and that, with 8 million hotspots in 19 U.S. cities available to customers and non-customers alike, the company may be angling to create a wireless phone network.

Mobile hotspots will also have major TV Everywhere implications. The theory is that even if consumers continue to cut cords and unsubscribe from cable packages – and recent Viacom and Adobe TV Everywhere studies show that this is far from the case – a Comcast-Time Warner deal would still give the cable and internet giant control over the bandwidth required to stream – whether through AirPlay or Google Chromecast, or through over-the-top devices like Amazon Fire TV and Roku. If consumers want to unsubscribe from expensive cable packages, so it goes, they cannot unsubscribe from a relationship with Comcast-Time Warner. Read more

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Adobe Digital Index: TV Everywhere Consumption Up 246% Year-Over-Year

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 10.04.50 PMAdobe Digital Index this week released its “U.S. Digital Benchmark” report for the first quarter of 2014. The report touches on a wide range of social TV trends, but focuses mainly on TV Everywhere and online video trends.

In terms of TV Everywhere, Adobe’s report confirms what Viacom found late last month in its own TV Everywhere study: pay TV subscribers are increasingly using other devices to authenticate and access programming. While Viacom’s report centers on the added value of TV Everywhere for pay TV subscribers, Adobe’s report shows the breadth of its usage: TV Everywhere consumption has grown 246% year-over-year across devices, and 21% of pay TV households now access TV Everywhere content across devices and browsers (a 31% increase in just the last six months).

But, as New York Times reporter Molly Wood points out: “However, Adobe’s numbers do not include Netflix, which has about 48 million subscribers worldwide, so cord-cutting might not be entirely off the table.”

While Netflix was not taken into account, it is clear from both Adobe’s and Viacom’s studies that TV Everywhere use is not slowing down, and more, that networks benefit from providing consumers with more accessibility. Read more

Viacom Study: TV Everywhere Users Watch More TV Overall

viacom-logo1Viacom today released the results of ‘TV Here, There, (Not Quite) Everywhere,’ a study the company conducted to explore how consumers are using TV Everywhere apps and websites.

In the study, TV Everywhere users are defined as those watching full TV episodes on sites and apps by authenticating with their pay TV log-in information. Online surveys were conducted with more than 1,300 Viacom viewers ages 13-49 and more than 600 kids ages 2-12. Participants included both users of TV Everywhere and non-users.

The most important takeaway from the study is that TV Everywhere use actually results in increased TV viewing overall: 64% of those using TV Everywhere functionalities said that they watch more TV. As discussed at our TV Everywhere panel during December’s Lost Remote Show in L.A., networks and advertisers grasp that TV Everywhere apps and websites do not replace first-screen viewing, but rather supplement it. Read more

A+E expands TV everywhere offerings with Apple TV app

ae_appletv-100262542-largeWhile an app store like the one we all know for iOS doesn’t yet exist for Apple TV, more and more TV content is becoming available on the popular internet TV device. A+E Networks recently became the latest network to offer content from A&E, HISTORY and Lifetime on Apple TV. Here are the details. Read more

SideReel app lets fans watch and track their favorite shows on iOS devices

81c39a76-7a7f-4750-90f7-6d4458999644Before Hulu and the ability to stream Netflix there was All Media Network’s SideReel. SideReel aggregates links from other websites that host or embed full episodes of TV shows. Yesterday, SideReel iOS was released and the free app lets fans find, track and watch their favorite TV series on iOS devices.

SideReel’s tracker allows fans to mark off episodes of shows that they’ve watched and receive alerts when new episodes of favorite shows are airing on TV. The tracker also features a discovery element, as the deep content library of more than 27,000 shows and 100,000 episodes that SideReel has amassed over the years is easily sortable by genre and user ratings.

“Everyone loves TV. From superfans to casual watchers, everyone has a favorite show they love to watch,” said Laura Murphy, President of All Media Network. “With the huge volume of content across multiple online platforms, it’s hard for busy consumers to discover new shows and keep track of their favorites. SideReel makes it easy for viewers to find and track their TV favorites and points them in the right direction for where to watch.” Read more

Infographic: Slingbox users are watching live sports on the go

sling-media-logo-courtesy-sling-media-inc1In November, we published an infographic from Slingbox detailing how its users Sling. Now, Sling Media has begun publishing a weekly list on the Slingbox blog of the top 10 sporting events and top 10 TV shows being accessed by Slingbox owners and those who use devices and services like Dish’s Hopper, which utilizes built-in Sling technology.

The first infographic is below, and not surprisingly, it shows that people love using it to watch sports. In a recent episode of Bill Simmons’ popular podcast ‘The B.S. Report,’ Simmons rehashes a story about a dilemma he faced: watching his beloved New England Patriots take on the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game or attend his daughter’s soccer game. His solution? Watching the game on the Slingbox app while at his daughter’s soccer game. Problem solved.

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USA Network announces TV Everywhere as streamed TV becomes the norm

USA Network isn’t only unifying their screens but they’re widening the platforms in which you can watch they’re linear programs. Today, the network announced the launch of TV Everywhere, which will be available on their website and via a new app called “USA Now.” Here are the details. Read more

Are the cable TV walls about to crumble?

In recent days media has been consumed by one Edward Snowden who revealed a Skynet-type infrastructure called Prism that the government is running. At the same time it appears as if traditional cable TV business is gearing up for a Game of Thrones-style war with many “kingdoms” that include Intel, Aereo, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube and more. Are the cable TV walls about to crumble? Read more

Synacor adds social login capabilities to TV Everywhere authentication

We originally wrote about Synacor before the company had gone public. Their technology is the glue that has allowed cable companies to provide TV content on the web, across multiple devices. During the Olympics, Synacor's authentication technology allowed viewers to access the live stream on the NBC Sports iPad app. Our readers smartly acknowledged in the comments how the company was "taking the stage" by making the second screen Olympics possible. Now the Buffalo-based company (SYNC on NASDAQ) is adding social...

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Meet the team that created HBO GO

HBO is known for their massive library of addicting original TV content. In February 2010 the premium cable network launched HBO GO, a TV Everywhere platform that allows you to watch their content on multiple devices as long as you have a login. The platform has grown so popular that a movement was started by Jake Caputo to "take my money HBO" for a standalone version of Go that isn't tied down to an MSO subscription. In late May we went to uncover the developers and creative minds who built this platform that has changed the way HBO content is consumed. Meet the team that built Go with the smart executives at HBO who green lit this project.

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