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Verizon etches out next OTT strategy; Comcast claims TiVo-less future

A couple of major US operators have been kicked into life following a frantic CES, with reports emerging in the wake of the world’s largest electronics show that Verizon has leaked some details on the launch of its new OTT video service, while Comcast has taken its feud with TiVo to the next level by claiming to have built its own version of the X1 operating system. Comcast has transformed its Xfinity X1 platform into a valuable business, to the extent that the technology is being licensed by other major operators, for which Rovi has stubbornly pursued license fees for its extensive patent portfolio. Despite Comcast’s defense that the platform was developed entirely in-house, it has essentially mimicked TiVo technology…

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