American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Exceeding the normal bounds; immoderate; extravagant: "The hotel pours it on. You're in for an over-the-top experience” ( Travel & Leisure).
- adj. alternative spelling of over the top.
- adj. far more than usual or expected
“The style in Burkeville could be described as over-the-top, and how well this meshes with farm food depends on the dish.”
“Instead of renting Carnegie Hall, however, Vice is hosting what it is calling an "over-the-top, unnecessarily lavish to-do" in Brooklyn.”
“But he also acknowledges the allure of video watched over the Internet—sometimes dubbed "over-the-top"—rather than through a cable box.”
“But so-called over-the-top providers such as Netflix struggle to compete with the quality of programs provided by Time Warner, CBS and Viacom.”
“Non-traditional TV broadcasters, known as "over-the-top" services, are a key concern for large telecom companies - not only do they allow consumers to cut their cable cord, they avoid regulation, such as paying into Canadian Media Fund and simultaneously increase the strain customers put on their Internet providers.”
“The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said today a fact-finding mission it launched in May to look into such services, known as "over-the-top" TV, led to "inconclusive results," The Globe and Mail's Susan Krashinsky reports.”
“While the continent's increasingly digitized homes are bringing in higher revenue for operators, they are also seeing TV customers deserting them for Internet TV, or IPTV, and other so-called over-the-top providers that bypass cable packages and provide content directly through Web browsers.”
“But AT&T has an advantage that companies like Vonage or Netflix lack: it can simply reserve a dedicated portion of the line for its IPTV and VoIP traffic, while Internet competitors called "over-the-top" providers in ISP-land all have to squeeze into the unmanaged Internet portion of the line.”
“Several major technology companies including Microsoft, Google (GOOG.O) and Amazon.com (AMZN.O), have been in long negotiations with the programmers and Hollywood to see if they can provide so-called 'over-the-top' online video services which could rival traditional cable television.”
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