DISH gets Sling assets in swap with EchoStar | DIRECTV Now becomes go-to source for Taylor Swift content | ViaSat prepares for significant satellite broadband growth
February 7, 2017
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DISH gets Sling assets in swap with EchoStar
DISH gets Sling assets in swap with EchoStar
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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.
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DIRECTV Now becomes go-to source for Taylor Swift content
DIRECTV Now becomes go-to source for Taylor Swift content
Swift (Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
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.
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ViaSat prepares for significant satellite broadband growth
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 San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/5) 
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FCC drops "zero-rating" inquiry
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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/3),  Variety (2/3),  TechCrunch (2/3) 
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Parks research: 19% of broadband households have canceled an OTT service
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. (2/2) 
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TV dominates Twitter's prime-time trending topics
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.
The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (2/2) 
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Comcast's Xfinity app launches on Roku
Comcast has launched its Xfinity beta app on Roku. The app features on-demand and live programming, local broadcasts and cloud DVR capability, but it requires a Comcast set-top box.
TechCrunch (1/31) 
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Hulu, Amazon closing SVOD gap in customer satisfaction, but Netflix still on top
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.
eMarketer (1/31) 
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