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Content, UHD
Amazon Prime ups HDR content availability, promises more; 4K? What 4K?
Jun 28 2016 4:15 PM
Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV yet? Not to worry, there’s really not that much content available for it yet, anyway. What there is, is an increasing flow of HDR content, juiced up content that looks more...
Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Sling TV upgrades UI on Roku devices
Jun 28 2016 4:00 PM
Just two weeks after making its debut on Apple TV – with a highly touted redesign of its user interface – Sling TV has brought the UI to Roku. The UI highlights include: My TV – Users can select...
SVOD penetration catches DVR in US households
Research, SVOD
SVOD penetration catches DVR in US households
Jun 28 2016 3:45 PM
The DVR, which was celebrated in U.S. pay-TV households for making it possible for viewers to throw away the “TV appointment book,” is slowly becoming an also-ran as more Americans adopt SVOD...
Australian streamers to outnumber pay-TV subs by 2019
APAC, SVOD
Australian streamers to outnumber pay-TV subs by 2019
Jun 28 2016 3:15 PM
Australian households that subscribe to SVOD services have increased the number of services to 1.7 from 1.5 a year ago, with more than 2.7 million new active subscribers by the end of this month, an...
APAC, Ad Technology, Research
PwC says programmatic is helping to spur Japan’s media market
Jun 27 2016 11:00 AM
PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 17th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020 said Japan’s increasingly automated media buying is helping to grow ad spend, noting that strong demand for...
Ad blocking in US expected to hit 32% in 2017
Ad Technology, Mobile
Ad blocking in US expected to hit 32% in 2017
Jun 23 2016 10:00 AM
More than a quarter of U.S. Internet users are likely to use ad-blocking technology this year, a 6% increase from a year ago, a new study says. And, it’ll be worse next year, with forecasts expecting...
Research, SVOD, Millennials
Report: Content availability driving SVOD adoption, cord cutting
Jun 23 2016 7:45 AM
Availability of premium content online and a wider range of OTT options, not price, are accelerating cord cutting among American consumers, a new report posits. And, according to Limelight’s latest...
Road trip! Amazon Prime Video may launch in Australia in Q1 2017
APAC, SVOD
Road trip! Amazon Prime Video may launch in Australia in Q1 2017
Jun 23 2016 7:15 AM
Amazon Prime Video, which has firmly established itself as Netflix’s No. 1 competitor in the U.S., U.K. and German SVOD markets, could launch as early as Q1 2017 in Australia, according to published...
EMEA, Ad Technology
2017 will be launching point for programmatic
Jun 23 2016 6:30 AM
Is 2017 the year programmatic advertising takes off? No doubt, Tim Barnes, chief product officer of AudienceScience told The Drum. “Next year will truly be the year where we are starting to see a lot...
Irish mobile operator Eir offers subscribers ‘free’ data for social media use
EMEA, Mobile
Irish mobile operator Eir offers subscribers ‘free’ data for social media use
Jun 23 2016 5:45 AM
Competition in Ireland’s mobile phone market is heating up and operator Eir is looking at social media – which includes, of course, video – as a principle battleground. The service provider is...
Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Connected TVs & Devices, Internet TV
Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Jun 22 2016 11:00 AM
PlayStation Vue, Sony’s Internet TV package, just launched on another platform – Roku – making it just a little bit easier for cord-cutter wannabes to dip their toes in the water before taking the...
Social TV
Twitter takes user videos up to 140-sec. limit
Jun 22 2016 9:30 AM
Twitter, which earlier this year struck a deal to stream NFL Thursday Night Football games, is continuing to refine its own video game, this week announcing it would allow users to tweet 140-second-...
EMEA, Content, SVOD
AMC partners with Machinima for SVOD gaming channel in Spain, Portugal
Jun 22 2016 6:15 AM
AMC International Networks Iberia is partnering with many2many programming service Machinima to launch a gaming, eSports and heros SVOD channel for Spain and Portugal. The channel will be available...
Altice wraps Cablevision takeover; plans more moves after 2016 integration
Mergers & Acquisitions, Operators
Altice wraps Cablevision takeover; plans more moves after 2016 integration
Jun 21 2016 6:45 AM
European telecoms group Altice has wrapped up its $10B acquisition of Cablevision, which it now will merge with Suddenlink to create the fourth largest broadband provider in the United States. Altice...
Facebook’s rumored post-LiveRail play not getting much love from publishers
Ad Technology
Facebook’s rumored post-LiveRail play not getting much love from publishers
Jun 21 2016 6:15 AM
Facebook is offering former clients of its now-closed LiveRail programmatic ad tech platform the option of riding on an abbreviated version of the platform, but that still means publishers will need...
APAC, OTT
Voot partnering with IIAF 2016 in Madrid
Jun 20 2016 12:30 PM
Viacom18’s OTT service Voot is partnering with the International Indian Film Academy for IIFA 2016, later this month in Madrid. India’s most awaited and celebrated film celebration, IIFA 2016, will...
EMEA, Cord Cutting, Millennials
23% of Irish HH have cut the pay-TV cord; more look to ditch broadcast TV
Jun 20 2016 11:45 AM
Irish Millennials are nearly ubiquitous in their streaming of online video. Some 95% of 18-35 year olds with fixed-line broadband stream video content, compared to 88% of all adults, according to a...
Online Video Advertising, Mobile, Research
Mobile, wearables to lead global ad spend forecast at $285B by 2020
Jun 20 2016 8:00 AM
Global digital advertising spend across mobile, wearable and online devices will exceed $285 billion by 2020, an increase of 78% from an estimated $160 billion in 2016. Much of the growth will be in...
UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
EMEA, Sports, Live Streaming
UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Jun 17 2016 9:45 AM
German, Austrian and Swiss sports fans are getting a new over-the-top service from U.K.-based Perform Group that will deliver content ranging from NBA and NFL games to tennis, handball, ice-hockey...
EMEA, Research, SVOD
27% of consumers take at least one SVOD services in UK
Jun 17 2016 9:15 AM
More than a quarter (27%) of the United Kingdom’s population now subscribe to at least one video on demand service (SVOD), and consumers overall are spending more of streaming media services than on...
BBC says Wales vs. England Euro 2016 match breaks streaming records
EMEA, Live Streaming, Sports
BBC says Wales vs. England Euro 2016 match breaks streaming records
Jun 17 2016 8:15 AM
It’s been a year of significant sporting events generating solid Internet TV audiences, and Thursday’s Wales vs. England soccer match, part of the Euro 2016 action, is a good example of how important...
It’s game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Content Deals, Operators
It’s game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Jun 17 2016 5:30 AM
It’s only June so Dish Network isn’t likely to catch too much flak over its decision to drop the NFL Network and NFL RedZone from its pay-TV service during a carriage-fee fight that’s taken to the...

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