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In the US, pay-TV companies are required to compensate free-to-air broadcasters to carry their content, in the form of retransmission fees. It’s an important revenue source for the likes of NBC, CBS and FOX in the US, and contributes to their budget for content carriage.
Nielsen is plotting a major shift in its ratings measurement approach that will implement mathematical modelling to augment the TV viewing information flowing back from viewing logs and people meters (which, incidentally, were the last major upgrade in the firm’s measurement approach, back in 1987).
In what will be one of the first subscription-based video on demand (VOD) service launches by a major North American operator, Canadian cable TV giants Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications have formed a joint venture to introduce an online video service dubbed Shomi.
Aereo has hit the end of the road. The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals has denied it a court hearing in its pursuit to be recognised as a cable company.

Recognising that streaming over-the-top (OTT) video directly to a television screen has become a rather common thing, YouTube is reinventing its user interface for some devices to provide more of a typical electronic programming guide (EPG) look and feel.
Netflix has received a boost for its self-image this quarter, as CEO Reed Hastings noted via his Facebook page: