Sling TV brings streaming app to Windows 10 | AT&T, Discovery strengthen distribution ties | FCC more than doubles carriage fees charged to satellite operators
September 13, 2016
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Sling TV brings streaming app to Windows 10
Sling TV brings streaming app to Windows 10
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Sling TV on Thursday announced that its streaming app is available for Windows 10 through the Windows App Store. The responsive app supports touch and Windows 10's Live Tiles, works with Cortana for voice search and can adapt to different screen sizes.
TechCrunch (9/8) 
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AT&T, Discovery strengthen distribution ties
AT&T and Discovery Communications have finalized a distribution agreement that will expand the content choices for AT&T subscribers and strengthen Discovery's long-term revenue prospects.
Variety (9/8) 
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FCC more than doubles carriage fees charged to satellite operators
The Federal Communications Commission has raised its annual fees for satellite providers DISH Network and DIRECTV to 27 cents per subscriber, which brings the fee closer to the $1 per sub paid by cable providers. Last month, DISH criticized the FCC for the proposal, writing that it would "harm consumers who will ultimately be forced to shoulder the burden of any increased regulatory fees."
FierceCable (9/6) 
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Linear TV still most lucrative platform, report shows
Linear TV is still ahead of streaming when it comes to revenue per viewer hour, bringing in 30 cents per person per hour, compared with just 11 cents on Netflix and 3 cents on YouTube, per a report by analyst Laura Martin. The report also looked at trends such as the rise in omnichannel content and live-streaming.
Broadcasting & Cable (9/11) 
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FCC's Wheeler reveals new proposed rules for set-top-box proposal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's latest set-top-box proposal guidelines stipulate that companies will be required to offer free apps that subscribers can download to their devices to watch pay TV. Wheeler says the proposal would allow integrated search and encourage device and app innovation.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/8),  Engadget (9/8) 
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Can YouTube become a major player in pay-TV?
YouTube's "Single by 30" comedy series is just one of 20 TV series, films and documentaries the company is adding to its YouTube Red subscription streaming service. Critics say YouTube has several challenges to overcome in the pay-TV industry, including strong competition and users' reluctance to pay for previously free content.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/6) 
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LG readies new OLED, quantum dot TVs
LG is preparing to debut an OLED TV with "an exclusive hardware platform" at CES in January, and is readying a lineup of quantum dot TVs to compete with Samsung at a level below LG's most premium sets. The quantum dot TVs will utilize a quantum dot filter on an LCD TV and sell for approximately $1,000 less than LG's OLED TVs.
BusinessKorea magazine online (9/6) 
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