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LatAm pay-TV revenue growth to trail subscriber additions
LatAM, Pay TV, OTT
LatAm pay-TV revenue growth to trail subscriber additions
Aug 24 2016 7:00 AM
Despite expected strong growth in Latin American pay-TV subscriber numbers of more than 16%, revenues are forecast to grow just half as much, as competition between providers -- and from OTT services...
Netflix’s international subs to outnumber US customers by 2018
SVOD, Netflix
Netflix’s international subs to outnumber US customers by 2018
Aug 23 2016 8:30 AM
As Netflix’s subscriber growth in the United States, where the streamer already is in 45 million households, slows, it should come as no surprise that the bulk of its future growth is expected to...
Iflix hopes celebrity ‘favorite’ content lists will help engage viewers in APAC
APAC, SVOD, Search and Recommendation
Iflix hopes celebrity ‘favorite’ content lists will help engage viewers in APAC
Aug 23 2016 7:15 AM
Discovery and recommendation is a crucial part of the OTT mix, increasing the amount of time viewers spend on a website and the amount of content they consume, both of which are important to...
Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
LatAM, OTT, Mobile, Content Deals
Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
Aug 23 2016 6:30 AM
Subscribers to Argentinian OTT platforms Arnet Play and Personal Play Video now have access to select content from Disney, including some future releases. The services, both operated by Argentina’s...
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Mobile, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Aug 22 2016 7:45 AM
Mid- and high-end smartphone sales are accelerating globally, said researcher GfK, with high-volumes of device sales expected from emerging markets like Africa, parts of Asia and China. Mobile video...
CBS is ‘all in’ with All Access, OTT plans
Broadcaster, OTT, Advertising
CBS is ‘all in’ with All Access, OTT plans
Aug 19 2016 7:15 AM
Think CBS is just dabbling with its over-the-top CBS All Access and Showtime plays? Think again. The company is making money, gaining access to an audience it may not have had access to before and is...
APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
APAC, Pay TV, OTT
APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
Aug 18 2016 9:15 AM
APAC pay-TV operators are in line for some big subscriber growth over the next five years with a new study forecasting the region will see more than 100 million new subscribers by 2021 with pay-TV...
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
APAC, Mobile, OTT
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
Aug 18 2016 7:15 AM
Singtel is expanding its mobile reach in Thailand and India, raising its stakes in Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS and Indian integrated telecom Bharti Airtel with a $1.84 billion cash...
Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Mobile, Social TV
Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Aug 18 2016 4:45 AM
A new report says consumers in the U.S. now spend more than 50 hours a week using a "screen" -- a television, personal computer, tablet, or mobile phone – and posits that, increasingly, time spent on...
Cable net Pivot, citing changing market, to shut down
Pay TV, Content, OTT
Cable net Pivot, citing changing market, to shut down
Aug 17 2016 1:15 PM
Participant Media today said it was shuttering its nearly four-year-old standalone cable network, Pivot, citing a changing media landscape that has become more difficult for independents. “We have...
LatAM, Pay TV
Brazil’s pay-TV industry sees small rebound from sub losses in Q2
Aug 16 2016 12:30 PM
After a lackluster first quarter that saw Brazil’s pay-TV subscriber growth come to a grinding halt and churn into losses, the country’s telecom regulator reports that Q2 has seen steady – albeit...
Sinclair partners on $1M HD antenna handout to promote broadcast TV
Broadcaster, Broadband
Sinclair partners on $1M HD antenna handout to promote broadcast TV
Aug 16 2016 11:15 AM
Pay TV? You don’t need pay TV. Just ask Sinclair Broadcasting, which is taking part in a five-state “broadcast liberation tour” to remind consumers that they can access dozens of local broadcast TV...
2B minutes streamed from Rio; opportunities missed?
Live Streaming, Sports
2B minutes streamed from Rio; opportunities missed?
Aug 15 2016 10:00 AM
Streaming is the gift that keeps on giving to NBCUniversal, which is struggling to reach the traditional TV viewership levels in Rio that it experienced in London. Through Friday, NBCOlympics.com and...
Pay-TV sub losses in past 12 month 86% higher than prior year
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Pay-TV sub losses in past 12 month 86% higher than prior year
Aug 15 2016 8:45 AM
Yet another report out today pointing to growing U.S. pay-TV subscriber losses as customers continue to bail on traditional television. Leichtman Research Group (LRG) said the 11 biggest pay-TV...
Virgin Media’s TiVo box get significant ‘intelligence’ upgrade
EMEA, Pay TV, Search and Recommendation, OTT
Virgin Media’s TiVo box get significant ‘intelligence’ upgrade
Aug 15 2016 7:30 AM
The argument over “lean-forward” and “lean-back” TV viewing experiences has been, largely, pushed into the background as more viewers become increasingly comfortable with the need to do a little bit...
Report: 4K consumption to rocket by 2021; 8K ramping up slowly
Research, 4K
Report: 4K consumption to rocket by 2021; 8K ramping up slowly
Aug 15 2016 6:30 AM
A new study says 4K OTT services will attract more than 189 million unique users globally by 2021, up from just 2.3 million this year, driven by greater content availability and compatible devices....
Pay TV, Research, Broadband
Broadband growth will be key to cable revenues over next decade
Aug 12 2016 5:00 AM
The cable industry will be buoyed by its growing broadband business as consumer preferences change over the next decade, and it expected to drive  residential revenues to $117.7 billion in 2026, up...
Q2 sees subscriber troubles for operators, cable networks
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Q2 sees subscriber troubles for operators, cable networks
Aug 11 2016 11:30 AM
It’s been a tough quarter for pay-TV operators and cable networks. Every major U.S. operator – with the exception of DirecTV -- lost subscribers in the quarter, led by AT&T’s U-verse TV which...
Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
OTT, Content, Workflow
Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
Aug 10 2016 11:00 AM
By 2017, Hollywood could be producing as many as 500 scripted TV shows, a 20% increase from last year’s record 417, according to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, who told a Television Association...
Disney BAMTech investments puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
OTT, Mergers & Acquisitions
Disney BAM Tech investment puts it smack in the middle of the OTT race
Aug 10 2016 6:00 AM
No, the world hasn’t ended, but hell apparently, has frozen over. ESPN is going over the top, direct to consumers, something the pundits said would never happen. Disney CEO Bob Iger, Tuesday talking...
Mexico sees increase in OTT use as pay-TV growth reportedly stalls
LatAM, OTT, Pay TV
Mexico sees increase in OTT use as pay-TV growth stalls
Aug 09 2016 2:15 PM
More than a quarter of Mexican consumer watch video online, with smartphones being their primary device for consumption. OTT is playing an increasing role among consumers in Mexico where just 46% of...
AVOD, Content Deals, Mobile
NBC’s expanded content play with Snapchat a reach for younger viewers
Aug 09 2016 8:30 AM
Comcast’s NBCUniversal is hoping to engage Snapchat’s 100 million users with a slate of original episodic content for the messaging app, adding another layer to the original deal with Snapchat is...

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