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    Albert Lai on March 28, 2014

    Apple and TV. When those words are mentioned in the same sentence, tech and media industry watchers take note. So while it's not the Apple TV news we've been anxiously awaiting, rumors that Apple is in talks with Comcast about a streaming relationship are understandably getting a lot of attention. Thus far, there is a hesitancy to embrace this news as "set in stone"--or to declare it as the driving force behind a massive industry shift. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on March 17, 2014

    On any lazy Sunday, I have access to hundreds of channels and VOD on my television, thousands of digital programs from Netflix and Prime Instant Video and countless hours of free, ad-supported and TV Everywhere authenticated programming accessible from numerous in-home devices: smart TVs, companion devices, smartphones and tablets. The options are almost limitless; however, when it comes to broadband Internet access at home, I have only one "choice." Read More →

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    Albert Lai on February 26, 2014

    Two highly anticipated over-the-top (OTT) services launched this week. While the Disney Movies Everywhere service may target an entirely different audience than the WWE Network service, both offerings aim to deliver a premium digital entertainment product to a highly targeted audience. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on February 24, 2014

    On literally a weekly basis, there's another rumor in the over-the-top (OTT) space. Apple has made industry watchers (and consumers) wait in anxious anticipation for its next iteration of the Apple TV. And, there's been consistent buzz--heating up last week--that Amazon is set to unveil an Apple TV and Roku competitor --killer?--in the form of a Web TV box. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on February 18, 2014

    Last week, Comcast announced that it has agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) for $45.2 billion. This is a deal between the country's two largest cable companies; here's our take on how this merger will shake out: Read More →

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    Albert Lai on February 13, 2014

     This post originally ran on Re/code Being a lover of all things tech and media--and an admitted TV fanatic--I was an early adopter of Chromecast, Google's $35 dongle that allows you to use your computer or mobile device to stream content to your TV-- and not just "smart" TVs, any TV with HDMI input--over a Wi-Fi connection. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on February 3, 2014

    Late last week, Amazon announced its quarterly earnings--which disappointed Wall Street by failing to meet expectations. During the earnings conference call, executives mentioned a potential price hike (from $20 to $40) for its Amazon Prime service. Prime is a membership that allows for expedited shipping and access to a large catalog of streaming video--including original series such as Alpha House and other titles from Amazon Studios. Read More →