Well, there was a big surprise in this quarters Global Video Index (Q2 2017, you can download it here): Overall the global growth of viewing on mobile devices stalled, growing less than one percent.
The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated $50 million deal for Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime this season.
Audiencewise, the Yahoo and Twitter deals were just probes, testing the waters and the technology.
Globally, subscription video on-demand (SVOD) is on a rocket trajectory and Latin America is deeply in the mix. While Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been the leaders of subscription video on-demand growth, an increasing array of subscription services – there are more than 100 in the U.S. and Canada alone – are seeing fast subscriber growth and adoption across demographic groups.
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.
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.
Could second quarter pay-TV subscriber losses in the United States top 1 million, the highest figure ever? In a word, yes.
The second quarter routinely is a weak one for operators and in the current environment – remember the first quarter saw more than 800,000 subscribers cut the cord, according to Kagan – reaching one million may be an easy task.
Fox Networks Group has joined Google in offering a six-second ad format that can’t be skipped on its digital properties, with the goal to eventually bring them to its linear TV networks as well.
"This is the first time that a broadcast television company has committed to the ad format, which YouTube introduced last year," the companies said, adding that he ultra-short sports strikes “a balance between appreciable brand lift and optimal user experience."
Consumers in APAC watched 11% more video on mobile devices than those in North America, according to Ooyala’s Q1 2017 Global Video Index, a variance that shows that there’s little homogeneity in how content is consumed globally and underlines the need for solutions that don’t follow a one-size fits all strategy.
Skinny bundles from cable operators – and their OTT surrogates like Sling TV – are becoming more common as the companies try to look more attractive to consumers tired of paying for 200-plus channels when they really only watch a dozen or less. Survey after survey has shown that subscribers are hungry for not just a slimmed down offering but also for the subscription savings smaller bundles would engender.
When the Big Two come to play in your backyard, it’s time to up your game.
Netflix and Amazon have launched a push into Europe that will likely result in some bad nights of sleep for operators, pay-TV channels and broadcasters looking themselves to do more business over the top.
Just in time for the annual NAB Show, a new report has surfaced with a forecast that’s sure to prompt an antacid surge among broadcast execs in Las Vegas next week: OTT viewership worldwide will outnumber traditional TV viewership before the end of the decade.
Live sports – once seen as the sure bet for TV ratings – have suddenly gone cold with fans. Attendance at events is down and the bigger money maker, TV ratings, also continue to decline.