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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...
Ad Technology, OTT
Back to the basics: ad creative formats holding back the future of OTT monetization
Jul 21 2016 4:00 PM
An edited version of this article first appeared in Exchangewire. As outlined by eMarketer, The Diffusion Group reports that the weekly average time spent watching OTT TV with US internet users will...
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...
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...
Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Content Deals, SVOD
Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Jul 18 2016 8:15 AM
Netflix has wrapped up a deal with CBS Studios International giving it exclusive global rights outside the U.S. and Canada to the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise that CBS plans to roll...
APAC, Big Data, IPTV
KT leverages big data to launch shopping service tied to IPTV
Jul 18 2016 5:45 AM
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...
Ad Technology, Programmatic, EMEA
Programmatic Video: Growth Influencers In U.S., Europe
Jul 14 2016 2:45 PM
This post originally appeared in MediaPost How will programmatic video expand globally in the months and years to come? Socintel360 reported that programmatic video revenues will nearly double from...
OTT competition, economy slowing APAC pay-TV growth
APAC, Operators
OTT competition, economy slowing APAC pay-TV growth
Jul 14 2016 9:00 AM
Increasing competition from OTT services, pressure from piracy and an uncertain economy are expected to slow pay-TV growth in the APAC region, a new report says, although its expansion is expected to...
Western European OTT revenues, subscribers to double by 2021
EMEA, OTT, SVOD
Western European OTT revenues, subscribers to double by 2021
Jul 14 2016 5:15 AM
OTT TV and video revenues in Western Europe will more than double to $14.6 billion in 2021, up from $8.2 billion this year and $6.4 billion in 2015, a new study says. The United Kingdom is expected...
OTA usage growing as more US households turn away from traditional TV
Cord Cutting, Research, Broadcaster
OTA usage growing as more US households turn away from traditional TV
Jul 13 2016 1:15 PM
The Big Stick is back. A new study shows that 17% of U.S. TV households now rely on over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts for their TV viewing – up from 15% in 2015 – and another 6% say they only use...

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