APAC, Big Data, IPTV
KT leverages big data to launch shopping service tied to IPTV
Jul 18 2016

South Korean service provider KT has rolled out a new mobile shopping service that allows subscribers to search for and buy products that are related to content they are watching on its IPTV service, Olleh TV.

KT, which is the biggest provider of IPTV service, with 6.5 million subscribers at the end of 2015, also is South Korea’s biggest fixed-line phone and broadband operator.

Pay TV, Broadband, IPTV
CenturyLink expanding IPTV service in Minnesota; goes toe-to-toe with Comcast
Feb 02 2016

There’s no way to confuse CenturyLink with Comcast; one has some 269,000 pay-TV subscribers, the other 22.3 million. But the Monroe, La.-based telco believes it can create an alternative market in the Twin Cities and nearly two-dozen surrounding cities with its Prism IPTV service.

The company says it’s deploying a multi-tier offering that starts at $35 monthly for its 140-channel Prism Essential product, to $80 monthly for its 320-channel Prism Premium package.

Vodafone launched new broadband-delivered TV service in Ireland
Jan 25 2016

Vodafone Ireland has rolled out TV services in Ireland, enabling viewers to catch up, record and restart programs at any point, and also have included a dedicated Netflix button on their remote control.

Vodafone TV is a premium service available from €40 per month to all new and existing Vodafone Home customers who subscribe to Vodafone Broadband with speeds of at least 40mbps.

IPTV, Pay TV, Broadband
Canadian ISP rolls out IPTV service on its new 1-gig Internet
Jan 15 2016

Urban Communications, a decade-old Internet service provider in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, is rolling out a new IPTV service based on its recently launched 1 Gbps Internet service. Its IPTV play includes a basic package of 90 channels (35 HD) for $29/mo.

Windstream launches Kinetic IPTV service in Lexington, opens new market for its broadband
Dec 02 2015

Windstream, following up on a promise it made in October, has launched its Kinetic TV service in Lexington, Kentucky, the second market in which the telco has rolled out the IPTV product.

IPTV subscriber losses in Q3 first ever slide for AT&T and Verizon
Oct 23 2015

Suddenly, the little engine that could just can’t as subscriber growth for IPTV providers – the lone bright star in the pay-TV constellation – has followed cable and satellite subscriber numbers off the track.

This time, it’s not about the economy, not about intra-provider churn, and it can’t be attributed to the “myth” of cord cutting. It’s about consumer choice and an increasing adoption of SVOD and OTT services.

IPTV picking up share in European, US pay-TV markets
Sep 25 2015

Europe’s pay-TV landscape is continuing to see change as telcos push IPTV platforms deeper into many major markets, seeing growth of up to 30% by 2019.

A new study from Futuresource Consulting forecasts IPTV will outperform satellite and cable growth in Western Europe and other regions. Cable is expected to lose up to 9% of its subscribers while satellite grows about 6%.

Mexico’s TotalPlay plans to deploy 4K PVR to customers in October
Sep 21 2015

Mexican fiber to the home (FTTH) operator TotalPlay says it will start deploying a Sagemcome HD PVR to deliver 4K TV to customers next month.

The Broadcom-based 4K PVR supports the HEVC standard, with access to 4K content. This connected device, thanks to a dual band concurrent Wi-Fi n/ac with access point capability, also can be used as an Ultra HD recorder thanks to its slot for a removable Hard Disk Drive.

Pay TV, Cord Cutting, OTT, IPTV
Q2 for pay-TV operators? With IPTV lifeline falling short, it will be dismal
Jul 28 2015

The second quarter is shaping up to be a dismal one for pay-TV operators who routinely see seasonal declines in their subscriber numbers as customers trim or disconnect from the services as spring moves into summer, or simply churn for better pricing.

But this quarter appears to be unique.

LatAM, Broadband, IPTV
Costa Rican co-op’s IPTV to launch next week as region’s FTTH deployments accelerate
Jul 15 2015

Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste (Cooperative Rural Electrification of Guanacaste) says it will roll out IPTV and Internet services by July 24, using its new fiber optic infrastructure for the fiber to the home service.

The launch is the first step in a broad deployment it expects to finish by 2022, with about 8,000 homes reached by the end of next year.

Argentina sees ‘cooperativas’ gain speed in IPTV deployments
Jun 01 2015

A second wave of Argentina’s new breed of IPTV “cooperativas” – locally focused service providers – has rolled out across the country to deliver services across their networks, following deregulation of the telecommunications market in the country.

The association representing the co-operatives, Catel, is deploying Amino set-top boxes in key cities across the country.

Global pay-TV revenue forecast sees cable tumbling as IPTV, satellite grow
May 13 2015

Cable-TV revenues worldwide will drop from 46% of total pay-TV revenues to 40% in 2020, a new report says, with satellite pay-TV becoming the top revenue generator this year.

The study, from Digital TV Research, forecasts cable TV will see revenues decline to $81.9 billion from their peak of $93.8 billion in 2012; satellite is expected to grow to $94.8 billion in 2020.