DISH Network has completed a tax-free swap with sister company EchoStar in which DISH has taken Sling TV's assets, as well as set-top operations and various other components. The move prompted speculation among analysts that Charlie Ergen, who controls both companies, is preparing to complete a major deal with DISH.
Singer Taylor Swift performed her one and only concert of the year Saturday, which means fans will have to subscribe to DIRECTV Now if they want access to exclusive content from the star. AT&T and Swift signed a content deal in October granting DIRECTV Now rights to content and performances.
ViaSat says it is preparing to double its installed satellite broadband capacity with the launch of its new ViaSat-2 satellite in March or April. CEO Mark Dankberg says an increase in over-the-top services such as HBO Now and DIRECTV Now is creating "an enormous demand for bandwidth."
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday ended its probe into "zero-rating" practices, in which carriers exempt certain video and music-streaming services from their data limits. AT&T allows DIRECTV Now subscribers unlimited access to the streaming-video service under its wireless data plans.
Nineteen percent of US broadband households have canceled an over-the-top service in the past year, showing that consumers are experimenting with OTT services, Parks Associates research has found. The study found that video churn is lowest for Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
On average, TV shows account for 79% of Twitter's trending topics during prime-time hours, the Video Advertising Bureau has found. Live sports made up 68% of ad-supported TV themes, while entertainment accounted for 25% and 6% was taken up by news.
Hulu and Amazon Prime Video are closing the customer satisfaction gap with Netflix, per a UBS study. However, Netflix still outperformed the other subscription-video-on-demand services in a number of key areas, including original content, price and lack of advertisements.
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