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TV’s future: It’s right up front

The killer app for television? It might be an interface. As the ecosystem evolves, an area worth watching involves the way programs are surfaced and presented regardless of underlying brand association. Apple, Google, Roku, and others continue to fine-tune interfaces that shuffle TV episodes and movie titles drawn from multiple sources into a unified presentation …

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Sports bars, streaming, and Sundays

The most remarkable aspect of the NFL’s new, 10-year media rights arrangement is how unremarkable it turned out to be. True, some games will end up on Peacock, Paramount+ and Tubi. And there was language in press releases about streaming video extras like “premiere VOD,” highlight compilations, condensed games and a special “NFL experience” on …

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The Tik-ing of Microsoft’s video clock

Among the five largest U.S. companies, only one lacks a direct-to-consumer video service. That could change, and soon. Press reports naming Microsoft as a lead candidate to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations, possibly in a partnership with Walmart Inc., signal that Microsoft perceives it’s missing an important piece of the consumer business portfolio. Although Microsoft Corp.’s …

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For U.S. telecoms, OTT video beckons

Comcast’s recent arrangement to make Sling TV available over Comcast’s Flex platform dovetails with a widening embrace of over-the-top video among multiple U.S. telecommunications providers. The willingness to light up the Sling TV app over Flex, a streaming video platform targeted to Internet subscribers, is the latest and most meaningful example of the migration among …

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