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SVOD, AVOD, APAC, OTT
Asia-Pac to see SVOD numbers more than double by 2023
Jul 30 2018

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is growing on a global scale, nowhere more so than in APAC where users are expected to more than double by 2023 to more than 351 million.

Netflix is expected to be only the fourth largest service in terms of subscribers – at 24 million – behind a trio of Chinese services, Tencent (82 million subscribers), iQiyi (80 million subscribers) and Alibaba subsidiary Youku Tudou (33 million subscribers).

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Operators, Pay TV, EMEA, OTT
Is the rapid growth of OTT in Europe impacting pay-TV?
Jun 26 2018

While European pay-TV operators haven’t seen the same cord cutting trend as in North America, over-the-top video – both subscription based (SVOD) and advertising based (AVOD) – continues to gain traction on the continent.

A new report from Dataxis said the European pay-TV market grew by just 0.3% in Q1 2018 over Q4 2017, the lowest quarter/quarter net adds on record, ending the quarter with 185 million subscribers. Since Q 1 2017, pay-TV has seen its subscriber base grow 3.3%.

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Live sports, OTT
Streaming World Cup, US Open show increasing value of sports
Jun 15 2018

What a great week(end) for streaming.

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OTT, Social TV
Facebook loses teens; should content owners drop it, too?
Jun 05 2018

With teenagers leaving Facebook for Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube should content owners do the same?

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OTT
5 key trends in the digital media industry
Jun 01 2018

The global streaming video industry is in the middle of a growth spurt currently as new OTT services launch and traditional content owners and distributors weigh their entry into a market that’s nowhere near its long-term peak in terms of subscribers and revenue.

In 2012, there were about 46 million OTT subscribers worldwide, that’s estimated to have increased to 401 million last year. Researcher IHS Markit said it expects that number to reach 650 million in just three years.

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Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

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Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017

Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the next five years.

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OTT, Content
Kids SVOD market heats up with YouTube Red original programming
Feb 16 2017
As more niche audiences flock to OTT services devoted to their specific interests today, a focus on kids SVOD programming is becoming a popular strategy for OTT providers to capture and keep cord-cutting adults and their offspring. 
 
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LatAM, Broadband, OTT
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
Jan 03 2017

Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously were not able to afford service offerings.

That new class of subscribers, in turn, is influencing operators to invest in expanded networks, especially fiber-to the-home (FTTH).

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Live Streaming, OTT
What are your firsts in 2016?
Dec 22 2016
As the year comes to an end, I reminisce over some of the things I did. A few firsts come to my mind. I watched a live Opera for the first time ever. 2016 also happens to be the year I finally watched a Broadway show live in a theater.
 
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OTT, Advertising, SVOD
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
Dec 20 2016

Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three.

Buffering remains the No. 1 frustration for viewers, especially as high-speed broadband becomes more common.

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OTT, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
Dec 19 2016

A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT was higher than with pay TV and that they were more likely to recommend an OTT service to a friend or family member than a pay-TV service.

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