OTT stands for “Over-The-Top”

Described by Wikipedia: Over the top (OTT) media service is a streaming media service offered directly to viewers over the Internet. OTT bypasses cablebroadcast, and satellite television platforms that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content.[1]

The term is most synonymous with subscription-based video-on-demand services that offer access to film and television content (including existing series acquired from other producers, as well as original content produced specifically for the service), including Prime VideofuboTVHuluNetflixHotstarZee5Now TVSling TV, MercTV, PlutoTVShudder and Sky Go as well as a wave of "skinny" television services that offer access to live streams of linear specialty channels similar to a traditional satellite or wireline television provider, but streamed over the public Internet, rather than a closed, private network with proprietary equipment such as set-top boxes.

Over the top services are typically accessed via websites on personal computers, as well as via apps on mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets), digital media players(including video game consoles), or televisions with integrated smart TV platforms.


Content being used by OTT providers

OTT television, usually called online television or internet television or streaming television, remains the most popular OTT content. This signal is received over the internet or through a cell phone network, as opposed to receiving the television signal from a terrestrial broadcast or satellite. Access is controlled by the video distributor, through either an app or a separate OTT dongle or box, connected to a phone, PC or television set. By mid-2017, 58 percent of US households would access one in a given month and advertising revenues from OTT channels exceeded those from web browser plug-ins.[13]

The record of simultaneous users watching an OTT event was set at 18.6 million by Disney's Indian video streaming platform Hotstar.[14]

OTT messaging is defined as instant messaging services or online chat provided by third parties, as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator.[15][16] An example is the Facebook-owned mobile application WhatsApp, that serves to replace text messaging on Internet-connected smartphones.[17][18] Other providers of OTT messaging include ViberWeChatSkypeTelegram and Google Allo[19]

OTT voice calling, usually called VOIP, capabilities, for instance, as provided by SkypeWeChatViber, and WhatsApp use open internet communication protocols to replace and sometimes enhance existing operator-controlled services offered by mobile phone operators


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New streaming TV service AT&T TV will be available nationwide by early 2020

T&T has been slowly building a new streaming TV service, AT&T TV, and the product is still in the testing phase. But AT&T expects it will ramp up quickly after launch.

AT&T said AT&T TV will launch in select markets by the end of the third quarter before expanding to nationwide availability in early 2020.

For AT&T, the service is not so much about replacing DirecTV satellite service but creating new addressable markets while reducing customer acquisition costs related to satellite dish installations and service setup. Last month, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the lower customer acquisition costs will allow AT&T to offset rising programming costs so it can decrease price points for AT&T TV. For example, he pointed toward AT&T’s current carriage dispute with Nexstar Media, which he said asked for a 100% increase in broadcast television retransmission fees in its initial renewal offer.

“We’ve got to find a way to get the cost curve down on this product so we can keep people into the product for a longer-term basis,” Stephenson said.

AT&T is pitching AT&T TV as improved user experience with a modern user interface, better search capabilities, and in-app support. The company is also testing a proprietary Android TV set-top box that will accompany the service.

For continuity sake, AT&T is changing the name of DirecTV Now, one of its other multichannel streaming services, to AT&T TV Now. But the name change could also be aimed toward delineating (and maybe disassociating) AT&T’s streaming TV operations from its struggling satellite TV business.

DirecTV contributed to AT&T losing 778,000 traditional TV subscribers in the second quarter. The company attributed those elevated losses to increased churn resulting from DirecTV customers coming off two-year promotional price locks. The company said that the amount of traditional pay-TV subscribers on promo pricing declined by 600,000 during the second quarter, leaving another 1 million still on promo pricing. AT&T said that means video subscriber churn will remain high throughout the rest of 2019.


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Scammers Are Targeting Roku Owners, Especially New Roku Owners

For years now we have been warning Roku owners that scammers have been trying to target them. One of these scams has been targeting new Roku owners and, for some reason, in the last week scammers have once again been focusing on new Roku owners.

We have been getting a growing number of complaints from readers that Roku is charging a fee sometimes as high as $100+ to activate the Roku they just purchased. This is a scam! We have also heard people say they have had to sign up to a yearly subscription to use their Roku. This, too, is a scam.

Cord Cutters News has confirmed with Roku that setting up your Roku is 100% free after you buy your Roku.

The issue seems to come when new Roku owners are told to go to Roku’s site and enter a code on their screen. A growing number of buyers are not just entering the address shown on the screen but Googling Roku Activation and looking for a phone number to set up their Roku.

Roku does not offer help to set up your Roku via phone. You have to use the link shown on your TV when you first turn on your Roku and set it up. Don’t go to any other sites or use any phone number to set up your account.

How To Set Up Your Roku Without Getting Scammed

If you need help setting up your Roku, just follow the on-screen instructions. At some point, it will give you a 5-letter/number code that looks like “XD12G.” (That is just an example, every Roku has a different code.)

Go to and enter the code you see on your Roku. Do not Google Roku Activation. Just enter the link as shown above or click that link to open a new window.

From there, Roku will ask you to log in if you already have a Roku account or to create a free account by entering a username and password. That account will allow you to easily set up new Roku players just by logging in.

Now you are ready to use your Roku. (Your Roku will automatically complete the set up after you finish setting up your Roku account.)

Remember: There is no cost to set up a Roku after you buy it. Also, remember to be careful that the website you are on is the real website—not a fake one. Any website that is not is not a Roku-owned website.

Hopefully, this helps you avoid spending money on something that is free.

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Dish loses 79K video subscribers, adds 48K Sling TV subscribers

Dish Network’s second-quarter results were marked by a significant decrease in satellite subscriber losses and continued (albeit slow) growth at Sling TV.

Dish lost 79,000 satellite subscribers and added 48,000 Sling TV subscribers, equaling a net pay TV subscriber loss of approximately 31,000 subscribers in the second quarter. That’s compared to 151,000 net losses in the second quarter of 2018 and 334,000 net losses in the previous quarter.

The company closed the second quarter with 12.03 million total pay TV subscribers, including 9.56 million Dish TV subscribers and 2.47 million Sling TV subscribers.

Despite the slower rate of subscriber attrition, Dish’s revenues still declined significantly. The company reported revenue totaling $3.21 billion for its second quarter, down from $3.46 billion one year ago. In a filing with the SEC, Dish blamed the decrease on its dwindling satellite subscriber base.

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“Our subscriber-related revenue has been declining due to, among other things, the continuing decline in our Dish TV subscriber base. We expect this trend to continue,” Dish wrote.

Net income attributable to Dish Network totaled $317 million for the quarter, down from $439 million in the year-ago quarter.

While Dish didn’t post blockbuster subscriber growth figures, it did considerably better than DirecTV and DirecTV Now. AT&T’s satellite operator contributed a net loss of 778,000 traditional video subscribers, and DirecTV Now posted a net loss of 168,000 subscribers.

Dish likely continues to suffer from not being able to sell HBO and Cinemax directly to its subscribers. The company and AT&T have been at an impasse since October 2018, and Dish said it has been unable to negotiate the terms and conditions of a new programming carriage contract.

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Netflix gets sued over Q2 subscriber losses

Netflix Gets Sued

Adding insult to injury, Netflix is being sued by shareholders after the company missed its subscriber growth projections for the second quarter by a wide margin.

After the first quarter, Netflix predicted it would add 5 million new paid memberships during the second quarter. Flash forward to last week when the company reported additions of 2.7 million, including a net loss of approximately 130,000 domestic subscribers, for the second quarter.

The shocking results drove down Netflix stock more than 11% in the hours immediately following the earnings announcement. And now, the company is getting sued on top of it.

Johan Wallerstein filed a complaint in California federal court against Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO Spencer Neumann. The class action suit alleges that Netflix’s April 2019 letter to shareholders included “materially false and/or misleading” statements that did not disclose the potential impact of factors including price increases and content releases on subscriber growth figures.

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According to Variety, a shareholder lawsuit after a disappointing earnings report is not a surprising development. The publication spoke with a legal expert who said that Netflix would likely respond by attempting to get the suit tossed and, if that doesn’t work, would likely settle the complaint.

During last week’s earnings call, Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann acknowledged the potential impact that price increases (between $1 and $2 per month) during the quarter may have had on Netflix’s subscriber growth but said that any side effects are worth it since price hikes are revenue accretive.

“While there may be some short-term slowdown in subscriber growth because of pricing, that increased revenue is very good for our business and ultimately for our members because we reinvest the bulk of that back into great content and great product experience for our members,” Neumann said, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.

After the fallout from the second quarter, Netflix is hoping that hits like “Stranger Things” will put its subscriber growth trajectory back on track. The company expects to add 7 million paid memberships (800,000 in the U.S. and 6.2 million internationally) in the third quarter.

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Netflix shows weakness as it loses 130K U.S. subscribers

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Subscriber growth is still the key metric by which Netflix’s performance is measured, and by that standard, the company just posted some disastrous second-quarter results.

The company added 2.7 million paid memberships, dramatically fewer than the 5 million it had forecast. Moreover, the company posted a net subscriber loss (down approximate 130,000) in the U.S. for the first time since 2011. The company pegged the losses and forecast miss on a weaker content slate during the quarter and promised the third quarter would see a return to growth. With help from the hit new season of “Stranger Things,” Netflix expects to add 7 million paid memberships (800,000 in the U.S. and 6.2 million internationally) in the third quarter.

During the company’s earnings call, Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann acknowledged the potential impact that price increases (between $1 and $2 per month) during the quarter may have had on Netflix’s subscriber growth but said that any side effects are worth it since price hikes are revenue accretive.

“While there may be some short-term slowdown in subscriber growth because of pricing, that increased revenue is very good for our business and ultimately for our members because we reinvest the bulk of that back into great content and great product experience for our members,” Neumann said, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.

Whatever the reason for the subscriber growth miss, Netflix is feeling the effects in the stock market, where its shares plummeted more than 11% since the closing of the market Wednesday.

Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar said that by missing so badly on its second-quarter subscriber forecast, Netflix runs the risk of losing credibility with its forecasts going forward. He also noted the upcoming loss of important licensed content combined with the launch of new competitors like Disney+ will make the next few quarters crucial for the company.

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“We believe the next three quarters are likely to be pivotal for the next phase of the NFLX story – another bad quarter will probably make it tough to make a pricing power argument but if the company is able to add more subs this year than last year and into Q1'20, there would be no credible bear case left in the story, in our view,” wrote Venkateshwar in a research note. “Therefore, in some ways, the next three quarters could define the next phase for the stock.”

MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson said that if Netflix’s third-quarter subscriber forecast holds up, the company’s domestic net subscriber adds will still be pacing at 60% of 2018, amounting to the first meaningful year-over-year deceleration for the company.

“In other words, the S-Curve in the U.S. may be finally flattening after all these years of growth,” wrote Nathanson in a research note. “As such, it will increase doubts about Netflix’s final resting subscriber base,” adding that the number could be closer to 80 million rather than the 88.4 million MoffettNathanson assigned in its previous valuation for Netflix."

Neil Begley, lead Netflix analyst and senior vice president at Moody’s, said Netflix’s weak second-quarter subscriber additions are symptomatic of a maturing U.S. market for the company, seasonal volatility and the growing importance for Netflix to maintain a steady string of hit content releases.

“Still, we remain confident that Netflix will continue to grow subscribers year over year, reaching 200 million paid streaming subscribers in FY 2021. We also project that the company has the ability to reach cash flow break-even by 2023 as it grows total margins to the low to mid 20% range,” wrote Begley in a research note. “However, we believe that initial low-priced new streaming entrants such as Disney+ will garner subscriber attention, which could limit Netflix’s future pricing power until those new entrants reach parity in price and new content.”


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FX+ subscription service shutters following Disney acquisition

The FX+ subscription streaming video service, which launched in 2017, is shutting down. The move comes after Disney’s acquisition of Fox and planned November launch for Disney+.

A note on FX+’s website explains that the service will no longer be available beginning August 21, 2019. Subscribers can continue watching through August 20. Current subscribers can access past seasons of FX and FXX originals through August 20, 2019 in the FXNOW app or online at

FX said it will automatically stop billing for the service on August 21.

“There is no need to cancel your subscription. If you subscribe through your TV provider, your TV provider will discontinue billing you for the service,” the company wrote on its website.

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FX+ launched on Comcast's Xfinity platform in September 2017, and about one year later it became available for customers of many other pay TV providers. Unlike lots of other streaming video services, FX+ required customers to have a pay TV subscription before they could get FX+’s commercial-free service. The service was available for $5.99 per month.

But FX+ is done now, as Disney likely found the service incongruent with its streaming strategy anchored against ESPN+, Hulu (of which Disney now has full control) and the upcoming Disney+.

FX+ never released subscriber totals. But FX Networks CEO John Landgraf last year told FierceVideo that each week FX was seeing steady increases that were helped along by the launch of new shows.

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Roku has skyrocketed 240% this year. We spoke to 3 experts about why, and what investors should be looking for in the future. (ROKU)

  • Roku, a provider of smart TVs and a wildly popular streaming platform, has risen 240% since the start of the year. 
  • Markets Insider spoke with three Wall Street analysts to dive into the metrics, initiatives, and trends that have helped elevate Roku's market value this year. 
  • The analysts mentioned everything from Roku's ability to secure low-cost content, to how the company has positioned itself to soak up subscription revenue from new streaming platforms coming to the market. 
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The race to dominate the streaming world is on, with companies spending billions of dollars to acquire content rights and to build direct-to-consumer video platforms. So far, the company's that's grown faster than giants like DisneyNetflix, and Amazon is one that owns no content.

That would be Roku, which sells smart TVs and a wildly popular streaming player. The Los Gatos, California-based company seen it's stock price explode by more than 240% since the beginning of the year.

Roku acts as an operating system for streaming. Rather than owning content, it stitches together the fragmented marketplace by providing one location to access a variety of over-the-top media services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. Roku also offers its own ad-supported streaming option called The Roku Channel.

Markets Insider spoke with three Wall Street analysts about the five main drivers behind Roku's massive jump in 2019. Here's what they said:

(1) Every company wants a piece of TV and movie streaming, and that's a good thing for Roku

The direct-to-consumer streaming space is about to get a lot more crowded, with the likes of Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, and AT&T's HBO Max expected to roll out in the coming months.

Mark Mahaney, a managing director, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets says this is good news for Roku.

That's because Roku has positioned itself to benefit from the launch of new streaming platforms. If subscribers sign up for a streaming service on Roku, the company keeps a portion of that revenue.

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"Roku is trying to be the Switzerland of streaming, the operating system that everybody uses to get the large platforms," Mahaney told Markets Insider. "The role of Switzerland is a lot more valuable in a world where there are multiple superpowers rather than just one."

(2) Roku is the brand name in Smart TVs

Mark Zgutowicz, a senior research analyst at Rosenblatt Securities, said Roku's effort to brand itself as the go-to company for low-cost smart TVs has helped it beat out competitors like Amazon's Fire TV.

"You can't underestimate how important brand is," Zgutowicz told Markets Insider. "Despite Fire TV's competitive price, content, and interface, you see much more branding around Roku and that's really what sells in the end."

Roku's branding efforts appear to be paying off. Anthony Wood, the company's founder and chief executive officer, said in an earnings call that one in every three smart TV's sold in the US last quarter came from Roku.

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(3) Low-cost content

Companies with huge content portfolios like Disney and Comcast are rushing to building streaming platforms, and existing services like Netflix and Amazon Video are investing billions in new shows and movies. Roku, instead, has doubled-down on its position as a content distributor and operating system.

The company's lack of "Roku Originals" might work in its favor. Alicia Reese, a senior associate and equity research at Wedbush Securities, said Roku's strategy of procuring obscure, inexpensive content that can't be found anywhere else helps it compete with major content owners.

"Roku doesn't need to own the content, as long as it has relatively inexpensive but compelling enough content for the Roku Channel it can continue to keep eyeballs on its platform," Reese said.

(4) International growth

Investors are also looking at Roku's prospects for international growth as the company continues to reach higher levels of penetration in the US.

A recent report from Strategy Analytics, a provider of industry data and research, found that there are now as many as 41 million Roku devices in use, which represents a 15.2% chunk of all streaming devices in the US.

"I think they would have reasonable success in international markets as an operating system, and as a platform for ad-supported streaming and subscription supported streaming," Mahaney said.

(5) Profit potential

Roku lost $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2019, up from $6.6 million from the same quarter last year.

Reese said Roku is spending money on hiring new talent to expand globally, but they can pull back on that hiring if they need to.

"They do have full control over when they reach profitability and right now they're very consciously reinvesting in the business to grow internationally," she said.

The key metrics to look at for Roku are the average revenue per user and active accounts, which Reese said investors care about more than profitability.

"If they can increase the money they get from each account, that's a great sign," she said.

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