Only 8 percent of mobile users in the U.S. say they would download all of their free apps again if they were required to pay for them, according to a poll from the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA).
Flying in the face of rampant dissent toward the deal among programmers, Ovation CEO Charles Segars blogged strident support for the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Already in various states of impasse with Turner Networks and CBS Corp. over program-rights renewals, Dish Network is facing the prospect of four Comcast-owned regional sports networks going dark on its service during the first week of December.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.
Speaking in Los Angeles Thursday, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler staunchly resisted claims that his company's soon-to-launch, a la carte, over-the-top programming service would "cannibalize" HBO's existing premium cable business.
Embattled OTA-over-OTT provider Aereo filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Friday in the Southern District of New York, citing an "uncertain regulatory and legal climate" that has kept the startup from operating since June.
With its carriage deal with Dish Network expiring Thursday, Nov. 20, CBS Corp. has agreed keep its channels on the satellite operator's program guide until Nov. 25.
With the NFL jumping into online video with its NFL Now app, and regional networks like Pac-12 debuting their own OTT experiences, the idea of watching sports online is transitioning from an optional activity to must-see video. And next year, "broadband sports," as TDG analyst Joel Espelien dubs it, is set to take off in a big way.
Trumpeting the debut of U.S. pay-TV's first 4K service with a Nov. 13 press release announcing a hodgepodge of older Paramount titles and K2 nature films in the Ultra HD format, DirecTV said its subscribers needed only a Genie DVR and Samsung 4K TV set to enjoy the super high-resolution fare.
While Major League Baseball has restricted regional sports networks from acquiring multiscreen rights when they carve out broadcast deals with individual teams, the practice has been encouraged by the National Basketball Association.