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Finding OTT's tipping point: three factors could push it past pay-TV subscriber totals

The evolution of content distribution and the consistent growth of over-the-top streaming generates industry predictions of the inevitable decline and fall of pay TV. As video ecosystems collide, the industry remains in a state of great change.

Turner, CBS sign $8.8B, eight-year multiplatform deal extension with NCAA

Turner Sports and CBS announced that they have extended their multiplatform licensing deal with the NCAA for its Division I Men's Basketball Championship by another eight years, through 2032. The landmark agreement, worth a total of $8.8 billion, is both a vote of confidence in the joint broadcast and live-streamed OTT strategy used for March Madness since 2011, and a solid lock-in of rights for one of sports' most profitable tournaments.

BroadbandTV stalks Google, Facebook in number of monthly views

Broadband TV, the Vancouver-based online video vendor that got its start, like other companies such as AwesomenessTV, within YouTube's multichannel network ecosystem, is now closing in on Google Sites and Facebook when it comes to monthly views of its video content.

Netflix's original content spending may be paying off as it trumps HBO in viewer survey

For the first time, Netflix led the pack in a Morgan Stanley-conducted viewer survey on original content. The SVOD provider was picked by 29 percent of respondents as having the best original programming, beating out HBO, which scored just 18 percent.

Verizon buys minority stake in AwesomenessTV, raising its value to $650M

New over-the-top player Verizon has purchased a 24.5 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, a youth-focused digital media company that branched out from its original roots as a YouTube multichannel network.

Alliance for Open Media launches open-source video project for 4K, other codecs

The Alliance for Open Media, an organization created to develop open-source codecs that are royalty-free as an alternative to HEVC, has launched a new video project to promote active development of an open-source video codec.

Twitter nabs NFL streaming contract, while Yahoo Sports sticks to game-a-day strategy with MLB

Short-form social media site Twitter is going long on its video strategy, beating out a field of linebacker-sized contenders like Verizon and Amazon to win the rights to stream 10 of next season's NFL games. Twitter reportedly paid less than $10 million for the entire package, even though other OTT providers bid over $15 million for the rights, according to Re/code.

Starz takes a page from HBO's playbook, launches standalone OTT service

Premium network Starz has finally made good on CEO Chris Albrecht's pledge to bring its content to online audiences in a subscription format, announcing a new $8.99 monthly standalone service that allows viewers to stream its content on demand without having to go through a pay-TV provider.

YipTV, Dailymotion, others bulk up T-Mobile's Binge On streaming lineup

International-focused streaming service YipTV and OTT provider Dailymotion are among a block of over-the-top providers and TV networks that have signed on to T-Mobile's streaming service, Binge On, setting a challenge to its primary mobile-first video streaming challenger, Verizon's Go90 service.

Analyst on Netflix: Don't worry about U.S. subscriber growth

Investors who are worried that Netflix won't post significant increases in U.S. subscribers for the first quarter should relax, a Pacific Crest Securities analyst said, as the SVOD provider's international strategy will keep it on a meaningful growth track.

Internet of Things, 4K, virtual reality signal a critical need for broadband speed

What will the home of the (near) future need when it comes to broadband speeds? Considering the technologies coming down the pike, the FCC's definition of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps is barely adequate. The Internet of Things, 4K streaming and virtual reality "will render my DSL connection as useless as a 56K modem," says FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel.

AOL, Yahoo and Verizon could make for powerful competitive trifecta: report

Yahoo recently set April 11 as the date to submit preliminary bids for its core search and display advertising business, setting off speculation again about whether Verizon will acquire the embattled Web property. But while gaining Yahoo's ad business wouldn't "catapult Verizon to the top" of the advertiser heap, a new Wall Street Journal article says, the purchase would give Verizon and AOL a stronger competitive edge.

Beamr acquires Vanguard Video, boosting its OTT service portfolio

Vanguard Video, an HEVC and H.264 video encoding provider with customers like Netflix, Microsoft, Imagine Communications and other major OTT service providers, has been acquired by Beamr, a media optimization vendor, for an undisclosed amount.

Conviva sues NPAW, alleging analytics patent infringement

Online video optimization vendor Conviva sued Nice People at Work, a big data and business intelligence provider that recently stepped into the online video analytics space, alleging that NPAW is violating a number of its U.S. patents.

Netflix's revelation about mobile streaming sets off net neutrality watchdogs on both sides

Thought the controversy between Netflix and major Internet service providers on data throttling was in the past? Hardly, as the SVOD provider said that it has been lowering the quality of its video streams for five years to wireless carriers worldwide, including Verizon and AT&T.

Google reportedly hopes to catch mobile live-streaming wave

Google may be adding another live streaming component to YouTube: VentureBeat reports that the company is creating a new app, YouTube Connect, which would face off against Twitter's Periscope and Facebook's live streaming initiative.

Wireless providers including Verizon line up to grab broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum

As broadcasters prepare to release much of the coveted 600 MHz spectrum for the Federal Communication Commission's incentive auction, bidders are lining up. And the commission has released the names of the 104 applicants, including Verizon and T-Mobile, two wireless carriers that are also competing to win viewers on their go90 and Binge On over the top services.

Facebook live streaming could help TV build symbiotic relationship, analyst says

Since Facebook announced its live streaming capability last December, the social media giant has been testing its usability and popularity with its membership. Now, monetization is coming into the picture as E! Online announced it will stream a daily infotainment series, Live From E!, on Facebook.

Content moves: NFL and Amazon launch new series, while Showtime targets binge watchers

The NFL is taking its presence a bit further into the OTT world, this time announcing a new original series that will debut this summer on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The factual series, titled All or Nothing: A Season With The Arizona Cardinals documents the NFL team's behind the scenes activity during the 2015 season.

End of a device: ESPN, Verizon remove Xbox 360 app support

So long, Xbox 360 -- or at least, some of the TV Everywhere apps available on the aging gaming console. Both Verizon and ESPN are pulling their apps from the device, and Verizon is targeting other devices as well for app removal.