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Industry Updates–Streaming Content Gets Big

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Industry Updates–Streaming Content Gets Big



Lots of changes took place in the TV/streaming content industry in the past few weeks. Let’s pause and look at what has happened.

Supreme CourtABC vs. Aereo–the Supreme Court heard this case on April 22 and the public can expect a ruling in June. Mohu covered it in an earlier blog. Two issues are at the core of the case. The first is does Aereo’s “re-transmission” of OTA content constitute a public or private showing? If it is a public showing, does Aereo owe retransmission fees to the broadcasters? The second issue is murkier and relates to storing items in the cloud. The Supreme Court Justices are more concerned with items in the cloud and the impact their ruling will have on other cloud-based content–anything from iTunes to DropBox.

Netflix is Moving to Cable–Netflix has long lived on computers and streaming devices and, along with an HDTV antenna, is cord-cutting staple. However, according to the Washington Post, Netflix signed a deal with three small cable companies (RCN, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications) and will become a cable channel on their TiVo DVR boxes. Viewers will need a separate Netflix subscription to watch Netflix content. However, this is the first time Netflix has explicitly put its content on a cable box.

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Changes in OTA and Cable



Two big news items going on in the world of television are the impending Comcast purchase of Time Warner Cable and Aereo’s court battles.

no-comcast-twc-merger-300x300Comcast is planning to purchase Time Warner Cable for $45 billion pending regulatory approval. The purchase will give the combined company (yet to be named) about a 30% share of the cable TV market and 40% of the broadband market. In a letter to Time Warner consumers, the CEO assures current customers that, “The combined company will innovate faster and deploy even better products and features, including a superior video guide, faster Broadband Internet speeds and even more WiFi access points so you can access the Internet wherever you go.”

On the other hand, many in the media think otherwise. The Washington Post shares several concerns such as the merged company having the power to demand higher retransmission fees from broadcasters which could leave markets with network blackouts. Comcast/TWC will also have the power to raise rates since there is no competition in their markets. At some point, they may increase the number of cord-cutters as monthly rates increase.

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What is Apple’s secret TV project?



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Apple TV

Here’s why we think Apple has a secret TV project:

It began in October of 2011 when Walter Isaacson’s official biography quoted the late Steve Jobs:

“‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels.  ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’”

Part two came in December of 2012 when Jobs’ successor Tim Cook showed that he was comfortable with an Apple CEO’s duty to tease and hedge:

“BRIAN WILLIAMS: What can Apple do for television watching? What do you know that is gonna change the game, that we don’t know yet? More →







Televisions of 2014 and how they’ll connect with antennas



There are two universal laws about technology: 1) What you own will soon be obsolete, and 2) The new stuff will be very cool.

At CE Week in New York City this June, a lot of exciting advances in the world of television technology were showed off. Below are the three most interesting announcements, as well as how they will connect with your antenna.

1. Ultra High-Definition

Proving that the only thing better than high definition is “higher,” Ultra HD—also known as 4K—essentially means an even sharper, more vibrant picture. This is accomplished by packing more pixels into your screen—exactly like Apple’s retina display—like so:

The difference between standard definition and full high-definition is apparent to most of us watching today: if you have at least one tech enthusiast in your home always wanting to switch from the regular channels to the HD ones, this is why. As you can see above, 4K will be even more dramatic.

The good news is that Mohu’s antennas are ready for Ultra HD, so whenever broadcast television makes that transition, you’ll be ready for it.
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