TV Everywhere refers to a business model wherein access to streaming video content from a television channel requires users to “authenticate” themselves as current subscribers to the channel, via an account provided by their participating pay television provider, in order to access the content.
Few of the channels being:
- BBC America
- Comedy Central
- The CW
- Food Network
- Fox Sports
- HBO Go
- NBC Sports
Many of these apps now accept login credentials from DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and other OTT TV providers such as FuboTV.
ESPN+ is an over-the-top video streaming subscription service available in the United States, provided by sports broadcaster ESPN Inc. and Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
It is marketed as an add-on subscription on top of ESPN’s core linear networks. With content similar to or having been exclusively moved to the service from ESPN3. Such as combat sports, college sports, cricket, rugby union, soccer, and tennis. The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball’s out-of-market sports packages are sold through the platform as add-ons. The service also features archive content and ESPN original documentaries, and access to premium content on ESPN.com. As of September 20, 2018, the service has over 1 million paying subscribers.
Google Play TV and Movies
Google Play Movies & TV is an online video on demand service operated by Google. The service offers movies and television shows for purchase or rental, depending on availability. Google claims that most content is available in high definition, and a 4K Ultra HD video option was offered for select titles starting in December 2016. Content can be watched on the Google Play website, through an extension for the Google Chrome web browser, or through the mobile app available for Android and iOS devices. Offline download is supported through the mobile app and on Chromebook devices. A variety of options exist for watching content on a television.
With Google Play TV and Movies you can do the following things:
- Firstly, buy or rent your favorite movies and shows and watch them anywhere, anytime on your Chrome OS device, even when you’re offline.
- Secondly, manage your movies and TV show libraries effortlessly across all your devices, including Chrome OS, the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and also on supported Android and iOS phones and tablets using the Play Movies & TV app.
- Thirdly, watch them in HD on the big screen of any HDTV using Chromecast.
- On Chrome OS, download them to watch anytime, even when not connected.
- Finally, pause select movie scenes to see Info Cards about the actors and soundtrack songs.
HBO Now- a subscription video on demand service operated- American Premium cable and satellite television network HBO. Officially unveiled on March 9 and launched on April 7, 2015 the service allows subscribers on-demand access to HBO’s library of original programs, films and other content on personal computers, smartphones, tablet devices and digital media players.
Unlike HBO Go, HBO’s online video on demand service for existing subscribers of the linear television channel, HBO Now is available as a standalone service and does not require a television subscription to use, targeting cord cutters who use competing services such as Netflix and Hulu. As of February 2018, HBO Now has 5 million subscribers.
Netflix, Inc. an American media-services provider headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph founded Netflix in 1997 in Scotts Valley, California. The company’s primary business is its subscription-based streaming OTT service which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house. As of October 2018, Netflix has 137 million total subscribers worldwide, including 58.46 million in the United States. It is available worldwide except in mainland China, Syria, North Korea, and Crimea. The company also has offices in the Netherlands, Brazil, India, Japan, and South Korea.
Prime Video- an Internet video on demand service that Amazon developed, owned, and operates. It offers television shows and films for rent or purchase and Prime Video, a selection of Amazon Studios original content and licensed acquisitions included in the Amazon’s Prime subscription. In the UK, US, Germany, and Austria, access to Prime Video is also available through a video-only membership, which does not require a full Prime subscription. Countries like France and Italy, Rent or Buy and Prime Video are not available on the Amazon website and Prime Video content is only accessible through a dedicated website. In some countries Amazon Video additionally offers Amazon Channels. Which allows viewers to subscribe to other suppliers’ content, including HBO in the United States.
Hulu is an American entertainment company that provides “over-the-top media services”. Primarily oriented towards instant streaming of television series, carrying current and past episodes of many series from its owners’ respective television networks and other content partners. It is owned by Hulu LLC, a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company (holds 30% stake), 21st Century Fox (holds 30% stake), Comcast and AT&T. Through a proposed acquisition announced in December 2017. Disney is to acquire Fox’s partial ownership, giving it a majority stake if the deal closes.
When people watch TV, they tune into live sports, breaking news, sitcoms, dramas, and a number of other different types of programmes. Although there is a tonne of content to choose from, there are limitations to how you can watch it. You simply can’t watch TV when you want and on any screen without a contract. And you certainly don’t always have access to fancy TV features such as DVR.
YouTube TV is attempting to change that. Described as “live TV designed for the YouTube generation. Those who want to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments.”
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