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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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Peacock premium and the 25% solution

The content differential between the free-to-view and premium tiers on NBCU’s new Peacock streaming service will play an important role in shaping the service’s success, as NBCU works to stake its claim in both the ad-supported and subscription-backed market sectors. Doing so will require that Peacock establish a foothold in each category, with clearly distinguished …

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Gatekeepers 2.0: Meet the new MSO

A strong contender for the quote-of-the-month award goes to Andrew McCollum, the CEO of streaming video service Philo. McCollum recently talked to Variety about the rising influence of connected TV platforms that bridge the Internet and living-room TV sets. “Direct-to-consumer,” said McCollum, “is a bit of a myth.” That’s a perceptive read of a phenomenon …

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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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