DIRECTV Now surpasses 1M subs | ViaSat, Eutelsat joint venture signs deal to boost European broadband | AT&T: DIRECTV will create long-term value
December 5, 2017
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DIRECTV Now surpasses 1M subs
AT&T celebrated the one-year anniversary of its DIRECTV Now over-the-top service by passing 1 million subscribers. Features coming to the service next year include a cloud-based DVR, 4K Ultra HD video and additional on-demand titles.
Variety (12/5) 
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ViaSat, Eutelsat joint venture signs deal to boost European broadband
The UK's Satellite Solutions Worldwide has signed a sales and marketing contract with ViaSat and Eutelsat's joint venture to roll out a new broadband-by-satellite service in Europe. The service will first roll out in Poland and Norway.
Advanced Television (free registration) (12/5) 
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AT&T: DIRECTV will create long-term value
AT&T sees its DIRECTV Now video-streaming business as a long-term play to mitigate cord cutting and churn even though the service's margins might be thinner, company executives recently told Jefferies analysts. "[M]anagement believes the platform could ultimately yield higher customer lifetime value," analyst Scott Goldman wrote in a note.
FierceCable (12/1) 
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Pai rejects protesters' demands to delay internet vote
Pai rejects protesters' demands to delay internet vote
Pai (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
An ongoing court case will not derail the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to repeal net neutrality rules this month despite opponents' appeals to delay the vote to avoid a potential regulatory gap. "This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's office said in a statement.
Ars Technica (12/4) 
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Discovery pays $70M to take majority stake in Oprah's OWN
Discovery pays $70M to take majority stake in Oprah's OWN
Oprah (Alberto Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Discovery Communications has raised its stake in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to more than 70% thanks to a $70 million payout to Winfrey's Harpo. Under the deal's terms, Winfrey will remain CEO of the network and work exclusively for OWN through 2025.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/4),  Deadline Hollywood (12/4) 
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Parks Associates: OTT churn rates climb to more than 50%
Parks Associates: OTT churn rates climb to more than 50%
The churn rate for over-the-top services -- excluding Netflix and Amazon Prime -- is in excess of 50%, Parks Associates reports. Research also showed that more than half of OTT households use more than one service, while 63% subscribe to five or more services.
MediaPost Communications (12/1) 
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Adobe: TV Everywhere sees boost thanks to single sign-ons
Single sign-on functions are boosting the metrics for TV Everywhere, per an Adobe study. Authenticated video starts were up 46% from last year, while authenticated viewers rose 25%, per data from September.
Multichannel News (11/28) 
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Amazon fund joins $23M round for connected car startup Mojio
Mojio, a Canadian startup working on technology to connect cars to the internet, raised $23 million in a funding round that included Amazon's Alexa Fund. Mojio says more than 500,000 vehicles are using its technology.
GeekWire (11/30) 
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