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Over-the-top (OTT) has changed how people watch television, and in some regions is on track to overtake broadcast, cable, and satellite. Look below for the latest news in OTT technology and programming, as well as insights and analysis into where the OTT market is headed.

Cord-Cutting Is Only a Factor in North America, Says Kagan Report

The number of broadband-only homes in the U.S. will continue to decline, but globally cable and IPTV are strong.

SVOD and Broadcast TV Will Have Same Viewing Times by 2023

Netflix will remain the market leader in the near future, but Rethink Technology Research sees the SVOD leader's market share diminishing.

CuriosityStream Takes $140M in Funding, Deepens Content Library

The science, technology, and nature streaming service will create more 4K content and promote itself outside the United States.

Epix Debuts Epix Now Streaming Service, Starts With Mobile

The $5.99 per month service includes a library of movies and series, original programming, and downloadable content for offline viewing.

SeaChange Acquires Xstream in $5.5 Million Deal

The Copenhagen-based Xstream, which generated $6.6 million in SaaS revenues in 2018, sold to SeaChange in a cash and common stock deal valued at $5.5 million.

Disney Reveals Streaming Plans With Direct-to-Consumer Segment

Yesterday's Walt Disney earning call was the first to spotlight the company's direct-to-consumer segment, showing deep investments in Disney+.

More U.S. Households Now Have Netflix Than Pay TV, Says PwC

In a major milestone, adoption of the leading SVOD service now beats pay TV. Viewers have more choices than ever, and they're happy about that.

Criterion Channel to Launch April 8th, a New Home for Cinephiles

Charter subscribers will enjoy a discount for the life of their membership, and can start streaming weekly movies today.

Apple TV to Launch in Mid-April, Says Unconfirmed Report

Is the long-awaited Apple TV OTT service nearing launch? Apple told its entertainment partners to be ready, says one report.

The Roku Channel Begins Offering Premium Subscriptions Today

Set-top box users will get access first, followed by Roku TVs. On mobile, the Roku iOS app can now view The Roku Channel.

Analysts Respond to Hulu Price Drop, See the Move as Savvy

A recent price hike by Netflix could have consumers reevaluating their OTT spending. By lowering costs, Hulu helps avoid churn.

Viacom Acquiring AVOD Pluto TV in $340M All-Cash Transaction

In one deal, Viacom is buying a major entry into the ad-supported streaming market. But could its corporate culture slow growth at Pluto TV?

YouTube TV Expands to 95 New Markets, Now Has 98% U.S. Coverage

Just in time for the Super Bowl, YouTube TV is now available to nearly all households in the United States.

Ovid.TV Aims to Fill Gap in Independent and Arthouse Films Online

Launching in March, Ovid.TV will lead off with a collection of documentaries that can't be found on other streaming services.

Disney to Give First Look at Disney+ at April 11 Investor Day

UBS believes the Disney+ service will grow quickly, with 5 million subscribers in its first year, but original content costs will start at $1 billion per year.

Netflix Claims 10% of Total Television Screen Time in the U.S.

Is the leading SVOD worried about the upcoming debut of Disney+? No, it says, noting that Fortnite is a bigger competitor than HBO.

How Common Is Video Service Password Sharing? 16% Do It

Biometric methods of signing onto services are more secure, but consumers prefer traditional password access.

NBCU to Debut Ad-Supported Streaming Video Service in 2020

The service will be a competitor to Hulu while Comcast retains 30 percent ownership in Hulu, something that will change if Disney has its way.

ESPN+ Gains Personalization, Offline Viewing, New Platforms

The ESPN+ experience get tailored with recommendations customized for each subscriber, while the mobile apps can download favorite shows.

CBS Sports Plans Extensive Streaming Coverage for Super Bowl LIII

CBS is aiming to drive traffic to its CBS Sports HQ free streaming service, with over 30 hours of live content coming from Atlanta.