Aside from exclusive programming like DirecTV's Audience Network or Time Warner Cable's New York 1, there's little difference in the packages of linear networks pay TV providers sell today. But when it comes to authenticating which subscribers get access to TV Everywhere online video portals and apps offered by networks in their bundles, anything goes.
CBS Corp. said it bought a minority stake in Syncbak, an Iowa-based company that has been pitching broadcasters an authentication platform that could be used to stream local TV station programming to viewers on mobile devices.
Almost a decade after Qualcomm's MediaFlo, Crown Castle's Modeo and Aloha Partners' Hiwire first tested the mobile TV game, with less-than-stellar results, a new crop of startups are rolling out essentially the exact same technology with hopes for a very different outcome.
Aereo has already drawn the ire of broadcasters, but it is now facing yet another challenge from Dyle, an emerging mobile video company backed by NBC, Fox and other broadcasters.
Aereo continues to draw more attention with its online video platform, but a bigger player worth keeping an eye on is Dyle, a mobile video company that is backed by NBC, Fox and other broadcasters that are attempting to shut down Aereo.
LAS VEGAS -- DyleTV, the mobile TV service backed NBC, Fox and several station groups, said it will expand to Baltimore, Jacksonville, Fla., and Salt Lake City.
Mobile Content Venture, the broadcaster coalition behind the Dyle mobile digital TV effort, is teaming with consumer electronics firm Elgato to introduce EyeTV Mobile, a TV tuner accessory enabling consumers to view live programming via devices running iOS.
The streaming video market continues to be reshaped even as it continues to explode, and FierceCable sister publication FierceOnlineVideo now has a spotlight report on five of the most dynamic game-changing ventures in the current streaming environment.
Several TV station group owners officially launched the Dyle mobile TV service Thursday at an event in Washington, D.C., where they boasted that Dyle, which uses broadcast spectrum, wouldn't be impacted by mobile data caps.
U.S. consumers haven't exactly leaped en masse at the chance to watch live broadcast TV on their handsets, so I have to wonder how aggressively operators will jump onto the next generation of mobile TV technologies.