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Netflix, a company once considered to be on life-support by Wall Street gambling wags, is expected to dominate HBO in paid U.S. subscribers by the end of 2013. Estimates put Netflix at roughly 31 million subscribers as of the 4th quarter of this year, with HBO at around 29 million paid customers.
Netflix, a company once on the verge of everyone's tech death pool, has begun discussions with several pay-TV service providers to be included as an app on smart set-top boxes, and may finalize their first deal as early as the first business quarter of 2014.
CBS and Time Warner have renewed their deal for reprogramming fees and a full content carriage agreement for CBS channels including CBS Sports Network and Showtime.
CBS Corp has reach a three-year agreement for their programming package with Verizon's FiOS TV service today. The deal offers Verizon FiOS customers over-the-air (OTA) and video-on-demand (VOD) access for standard CBS network and premium programming including Showtime and the CBS Sports Network.
It's official. Having threatened their own customers for weeks, Time Warner has finally put CBS on blackout status in three major U.S. markets: Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. Other metropolitan areas affected include Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Detroit.
The 1st Quarter, 2012 Nielsen Cross-Platform Report was released today, and it shows folks are cutting the cord on cable in increasing numbers, with youth skewing hardest against what the company calls "traditional TV."
The future for video-on-demand looks particularly bright this week. A recent study published by Infonetics Research has shown that spending for video-on-demand and content servers as well as other VOD infrastructure components and devices by cable and IPTV service providers to be steady at $625 million in 4Q09