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A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Connected TVs & Devices, Mobile
A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Jul 29 2016 9:15 AM
Global tablet shipments continued to slide in the second quarter of 2016, but researcher Strategy Analytics says there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the pace of the decline slowed from 10...
UK’s Young Millennials eschew TVs for laptops and PCs; still love TV content
EMEA, Millennials, Research
UK’s Young Millennials eschew TVs for laptops and PCs; still love TV content
Jul 29 2016 8:15 AM
Young Millennials (18-24 years old) in the United Kingdom spend the majority of their time watching TV content on PCs and laptops and not on televisions, according to a new report. The report, GfK’s...
TVRunway launches new interactive ad service with Stream Now TV
Online Video Advertising
Can interactive advertising make a difference for AVOD services?
Jul 28 2016 10:30 AM
Most media companies earn money from over-the-top video in one of two ways: through subscriptions or through ads. SVOD dollars are on the rise as services continue to sign up new users, and some...
Netflix plans to top $6 billion content budget in 2017
Netflix, Content
Netflix plans to top $6 billion content budget in 2017
Jul 28 2016 7:00 AM
Netflix is planning to increase its investment in original and licensed content beyond the $6 billion it spent this year, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos told the Television Critics Assn. in...
Amazon plans Prime Instant Video launch in India; plans major content play
APAC, SVOD
Amazon plans Prime Instant Video launch in India; plans major content play
Jul 27 2016 3:30 PM
Amazon’s bringing its Prime Instant Video SVOD service to India, initially making it available in more than 100 cities, and rumors are flying that it plans a significant spend on local content. The...
Is Comcast ready to let OTT pass? Hardly, it’s waiting for the right moment
Operators, OTT
Is Comcast ready to let OTT pass? Hardly, it’s waiting for the right moment
Jul 27 2016 12:30 PM
Despite adding 220,000 broadband customers, seeing huge success with its next-gen, cloud-based video platform, X1, and the continued erosion of its traditional pay-TV audience -- down another 4,000...
Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
UHD, Operators, Content Owners
Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
Jul 26 2016 9:45 AM
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of video service providers and three-quarters (73%) of content producers believe that consumers will pay 10% to 30% more for access to 4K/UHD content. The survey, from Irdeto...
Watch out ESPN et al, Twitter’s got game… maybe
Live Streaming, Sports
Watch out ESPN et al, Twitter’s got game… maybe
Jul 26 2016 8:00 AM
Twitter is continuing to gain momentum in its bid to become a major player in major sports, this week announcing it had signed deals with Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to...
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Mergers & Acquisitions, SVOD
Private equity firm buys Redbox parent Outerwall for $1.6B
Jul 25 2016 12:00 PM
Outerwall, which is parent to the Redbox movie rental service, is being acquired by Apollo Global Management for $1.6 billion, about $52 a share. Apollo plans to take the firm private. Redbox, which...
EMEA, Pay TV, SVOD
Report: Pay-TV, SVOD set for strong growth in German-speaking Europe
Jul 25 2016 10:45 AM
German pay-TV and SVOD revenues are forecast to increase as much as 11% to $2.78 billion euros ($3.08 billion) in 2016 and revenues in German-speaking territories (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)...
Verizon’s buy of Yahoo will fuel growth of new mobile video, ad business
Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Ad Technology
Verizon’s buy of Yahoo will fuel growth of new mobile video, ad business
Jul 25 2016 7:30 AM
Verizon, the odds-on favorite to buy Yahoo, today finalized the deal, paying $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s Web assets and in the process expanding its digital advertising business. The all-cash deal...
Report: Vivendi’s Watchever SVOD service slated to close by end of year
EMEA, SVOD
Report: Vivendi’s Watchever SVOD service slated to close by end of year
Jul 22 2016 8:15 AM
Germany’s hot OTT market has seen its first major casualty: Vivendi is shuttering its Watchever SVOD service at the end of the year, citing heavy competition, with losses reported in excess of 66...
Sports, Live Streaming
ACC makes it official as it announces plans for a new network with ESPN
Jul 21 2016 10:30 AM
Add the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to the lineup of sports college athletic conferences with their own networks. The ACC announced it signed a 20-year agreement with the sportscaster that will...
Amazon sharpening focus on sports, posts ad for content acquisition pro
Sports, Live Streaming
Amazon sharpening focus on sports, posts job for content acquisition pro
Jul 21 2016 9:45 AM
Back in May, Amazon hired James DeLorenzo – who previously ran digital video for Sports Illustrated – to head up its Amazon Prime Video sports initiative. Now, it’s looking for a principal content...
Report: Cord cutting accelerates in Brazil and economy, Netflix hurt pay-TV
LatAM, SVOD, Cord Cutting
Report: Cord cutting accelerates in Brazil and economy, Netflix hurt pay-TV
Jul 21 2016 7:45 AM
While uncertain economic conditions certainly have prompted a slide in Brazil’s pay-TV subscriber numbers, a recent study shows nearly 12% of subscribers may be leaving for a familiar reason (to...
Ad Technology
73% of media buyers will shift bigger share of budget to programmatic TV buying in 2017
Jul 20 2016 11:15 AM
Nearly three-quarters (73%) of U.S. media buyers say they’ll shift more of their budgets for TV advertising to programmatic TV in 2017, according to a new report. The report, Programmatic TV Insights...
Adoption of SVOD among US consumers continues to grow
SVOD, Pay TV, Research
Adoption of SVOD among US consumers continues to grow
Jul 20 2016 8:00 AM
A pair of reports this week point to SVOD becoming more central in American’s video viewing, as more than half of U.S. households now have at least one subscription video service. Leichtman Research...
In UK, view-through rate remains key indicator for brands, agencies
EMEA, Ad Technology
In UK, view-through rate remains key indicator for brands, agencies
Jul 20 2016 5:45 AM
More than half (58%) of U.K. advertisers and agencies optimize campaigns using view-through rate as the priority when looking at campaign objectives, according to a new report. According to the...
92% of European operators offer multiscreen video services
EMEA, Mobile, Operators
92% of European operators offer multiscreen video services
Jul 19 2016 11:30 AM
Multiscreen video service is nearly ubiquitous in Europe, with 92% of service providers now offering multiscreen services, nearly half (49%) providing access to third-party OTT services on their...
Report: Mobile video viewing to overtake fixed devices this year
Mobile, OTT
Report: Mobile video viewing to overtake fixed devices this year
Jul 19 2016 10:30 AM
The long-expected move of mobile devices into the No. 1 platform for viewing online video is forecast to occur in 2016, as mobile viewing is expected to rise 39% over 2015, according to ZenithOptima’...
Global OTT video revenues to more than double to $64.8B by 2021
SVOD, AVOD, Research
Global OTT video revenues to more than double to $64.8B by 2021
Jul 19 2016 5:30 AM
Expansion in both mature and emerging OTT markets around the world is expected to add more than $35.4 billion in new revenue by 2021, bringing the market to $64.78 billion, up 120% from $29.4 billion...
EMEA, Pay TV, OTT
Broadcasters OTT catch-up initiatives stoke strong OTT market in Germany
Jul 18 2016 12:45 PM
The German TV market has long been a bit confusing for traditional pay-TV service providers and OTT players as it has largely been dominated by free-to-air public and ad-supported channels. But even...

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