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    Albert Lai on May 19, 2014

    WWE made headlines again on Friday, though not necessarily the spotlight that Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was hoping. With fanfare and anticipation from both wrestling fans and industry observers, WWE launched the WWE Network in February. Despite the bumpy start, the service signed up 667,000 subscribers. Despite falling short of the whispered breakeven goal of 1 million subscribers, WWE saw its stock price climb to a 52-week high of $31.98 in March. Read More →

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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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    Sophie Rayers on March 21, 2014

    Multiscreen TV continues to be an exciting growth story. Pay TV operators and OTT service providers are extending the reach and revenue potential of their content by targeting devices including tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and game consoles. 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 3, 2014

    Another week, another slew of Apple TV rumors…only anticipation of Richard Sherman's post-Super Bowl interview created as much excitement last week. Read More →

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    Albert Lai on January 22, 2014

    GigaOm recently published an article citing some pretty dramatic piracy data: a new report is out that says ABC's restriction for next-day online viewing to cable customers and Hulu Plus subscribers has led to a 300 percent increase in illegal downloads (for one specific show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Read More →

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    David Morel on November 18, 2013

    David Morel, Brightcove vice president of customer success, weighs in on the future of television: Read More →

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    Albert Lai on November 13, 2013

    Yesterday, Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia--the Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee--announced that he planned to introduce the Consumer Choice in Online Video Act. The proposed legislation aims to afford online video streaming services with the same access to content that cable and satellite providers enjoy. Here's my take on this news: Read More →

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    Albert Lai on October 24, 2013

    This week, Sling Media announced that Apple TV owners can now stream live TV content via the Slingbox app for the iPhone and iPad. This news arrives when the rumor mill activity surrounding a potential "traditional" Apple TV set is again heating up. What gives? Read More →

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    Albert Lai on July 29, 2013

    Telling a joke is easy - being funny is not. In my childhood home, we had stacks of VHS and Betamax tapes in the living room. Hidden behind the magnetic memories of obligatory family celebrations and recordings from broadcast television were a handful of videos that were reserved for those nights when the parents were away, the liters of Coke were open and the popcorn was fresh from the microwave. Don't worry - nothing scandalous. I'm talking about the best routines of my favorite stand-up comedians. Read More →