Tuesday roundup: Rosy prediction for PMP; OETA could face service cuts

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• Public Media Platform’s Marc Pultuskier tells Mediashift that within five years, “the PMP will be the backbone infrastructure of public media’s successful digital strategy, bringing public media content to millions of listeners, viewers and users.”

• If its state support continues to dwindle, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority may need to eliminate some rural service, Executive Director Dan Schiedel told Tulsa World. “We start losing that connectivity we have as a state network,” Schiedel said. “Really, the people are the ones that lose.” OETA’s annual state funding has fallen from $4.5 million in 2010 to $3.6 million in 2015.

• TiVo Inc. unveiled a new product Monday aimed at the cord-cutting TV viewers pursued by Aereo before it was stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR features a built-in antenna and hard drive that allows for recording over-the-air broadcasting.

TiVo is marketing the box as “Simple, Brilliant and Legal,” possibly a nod to Internet-streaming company Aereo’s legal battles. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo and its network of rented antennas and DVRs violated the Copyright Act. TiVo’s device comes with a 500-gigabyte hard drive that can store 75 hours of HD programming, apps including Netflix and Hulu, and a universal search option. The $50 box requires a $15 monthly subscription and one-year commitment.

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