NAB preview: The taming of over-the-top

Amazon’s FireTV unveiling comes on the eve of the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas, where one of the main focuses will be on making traditional TV platforms look and feel more like watching over-the-top video.

Dish Hops over the top

Dish Network’s linear streaming deal with Disney won’t be the last of its kind. But don’t expect the floodgates to be thrown open generally just yet, either.

Amazon’s curious TV denial

Amazon is famous for not overly prioritizing delivering profits to investors, but there’s no way that it would not lose hundreds of millions of dollars standing up a live, linear TV service.

Must-see TV still must-see

The findings of a new study by Ericcson give empirical support to the points actor Kevin Spacey made in his widely quoted comments at the Edinburgh International Television festival last week.

Watching the game

Apart from that means for the linear TV service, by making nice with the service providers Microsoft may be able to use those integration deals to ensure that Xbox Live game play and downloads also don’t count against a user’s bandwidth cap.

Taking the game out of game consoles

Like Microsoft, Sony has also reportedly developed a sophisticated UI that integrates linear and on-demand channels into a single app for seamless discovery and switching. But the two console makers’ approach to linear TV integration differ in other important respects, however, that could go a long way toward shaping the future competitive landscape of the console business.