from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Exceeding the normal bounds; immoderate; extravagant: "The hotel pours it on. You're in for an over-the-top experience” ( Travel & Leisure).

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of over the top.

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  • adj. far more than usual or expected


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  • Increasingly devices such as tablets, PCs, mobile phones, car systems and home products are network connected, so that you can download content from the Internet or what they call over-the-top content, directly to a device and play it back in high-quality DTS sound.

  • The style in Burkeville could be described as over-the-top, and how well this meshes with farm food depends on the dish.

    The New Yorker

  • Instead of renting Carnegie Hall, however, Vice is hosting what it is calling an "over-the-top, unnecessarily lavish to-do" in Brooklyn.

    NYT > Home Page

  • But he also acknowledges the allure of video watched over the Internet—sometimes dubbed "over-the-top"—rather than through a cable box.

    Time Warner Cable Sees Its Balance Shifting to Web

  • 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.

    Netflix UK Launch: U.S. Giant Takes A Gamble As Fierce Web-TV Battle Shapes Up With Amazon

  • 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 Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • 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.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • 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.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • 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.

    Ars Technica

  • Several major technology companies including Microsoft, Google (GOOG.O) and (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.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion


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