Comcast has reportedly acquired rights that will allow it to sell online video services nationwide outside of its markets. The rights were acquired under "most favored nation" contract clauses negotiated through carriage deals; the company reportedly does not have plans to sell nationwide services.
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Comcast is considering a "mid-split," which would bring fiber closer to the home to eliminate the number of amplifiers needed between the node and the home, which would boost the spectrum dedicated to upstream to 85 MHz. The company is also looking at Full Duplex DOCSIS to keep up with capacity demands.
Broadband consumers selected 19 channels for a la carte packages in a recent Hub Entertainment survey, which asked 1,500 respondents to create their own bundles. However, when shown average pricing, more than half of the respondents cut their lists to nine networks; 48% chose at least one subscription-video-on-demand network.
4C Insights has unveiled tools to help TV advertisers gain a more in-depth understanding of viewers, using social media analytics, real-time viewing stats and household-level data. Products in the suite include programmatic buying with predictive capabilities and linked digital and TV ads.
Disney will not be among the studios that offer theatrical releases for home viewing through a premium video-on-demand service, sources say. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is making headway on releasing films 17 days after they hit theaters, studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara says.
Music streaming service Spotify says it has acquired MightyTV, a startup that developed an app that makes suggestions to viewers about what TV shows and movies to watch. Spotify said the company's technology will help it target specific groups for advertising.
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