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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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Houses don’t buy video. People do.

Tucked into Netflix’s second quarter earnings report was an interesting wrinkle about industry semantics. Co-CEO Reed Hastings made a point of diverting from the familiar metric known as ARPU (for average revenue per “unit”) and instead using the term average revenue per “membership,” or ARM. The pivot is designed to remind investors, analysts, and Netflix …

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Deal me in: Is an OTT price war ahead?

Just what the hotly competitive streaming video market needed: a price war. There’s no open declaration of hostilities just yet, but an offer spotted recently from Walt Disney Co. suggests there’s willingness on the part of the category’s fastest-growing player to leverage one of the “3 Ps” of classic marketing theory: price. A promotion circulating …

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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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