Jim O'Neill

An award-winning industry expert and futurist who specializes in the convergence of traditional TV and the Internet. My focus includes pay TV, Cloud TV, OTT, multiplatform media delivery, the ecosystem that surrounds it and consumer trends. A frequent speaker at CES, NAB, Digital Hollywood, Park’s Associates Connections events, Streaming Media and Digital Entertainment World, among others. I'm the Editor of Videomind, which in the past year has won awards from Editor & Publisher and Digiday. I'm also the Principal Analyst at Ooyala. I'm based in Michigan. I formerly was an analyst at Parks Associates and editor of FierceOnlineVideo and FierceIPTV. 

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Is live TV dying? No, but it’s not as healthy as it once was
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
Is live TV dying? No, but it’s not as healthy as it once was
Jan 04 2017 3:15 PM

Viewing time of live TV continued to decline in Q3, albeit by only a minute in from a year ago, as viewers increasingly tune in to time-shifted TV and online video.

Nielsen said live TV viewing per day slipped to four hours and six minutes in the third quarter, a minute less than in Q3 2015, and a much smaller decrease than the six-minute drop between Q3 2014 and Q3 2015.

The extra minute went to DVR viewing, which increased to 29 minutes from 28 minutes.

Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Jan 04 2017 11:45 AM

Hulu’s entry into live streaming will launch within the next few months for less than $40/mo., according to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who also announced the service had reached a deal with CBS for its live content to go along with ABC and Fox.

Missing still is NBCUniversal, which, interestingly, is one of Hulu’s owners.

Iflix looks to Hum for local content in Pakistan as it sets to deploy
APAC, SVOD, Content Deals
Iflix looks to Hum for local content in Pakistan as it sets to deploy
Jan 04 2017 7:15 AM

Iflix, the Netflix wannabe that has gained a toe-hold in some Asia-Pacific countries, is extending its content reach, signing a multi-year programming deal with Pakistan’s entertainment channel Hum TV.

Iflix is set to deploy in Pakistan this year, so the content deal – which includes dramas and other episodic programming – gives it a bit more panache with Pakistani audiences. Included in the deal are shows like Bin RoyeHumsafar and Udaari.

LatAM, Live sports
Could streaming be the only way to watch Argentinian soccer?
Jan 03 2017 2:30 PM

Consumers’ appetite for live sports streamed online is continuing to create opportunities for leagues and teams around the world to expand their audiences and create new means to monetize their product. An array of sporting events from the Olympics to the Premiere League have found that audiences have grown increasingly accustomed to watching live sports online.

Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
LatAM, Broadband, OTT
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
Jan 03 2017 1:45 PM

Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously were not able to afford service offerings.

That new class of subscribers, in turn, is influencing operators to invest in expanded networks, especially fiber-to the-home (FTTH).

Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
OTT, Advertising, SVOD
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
Dec 20 2016 5:30 AM

Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three.

Buffering remains the No. 1 frustration for viewers, especially as high-speed broadband becomes more common.

Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
EMEA, Broadband, Operators
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
Dec 19 2016 12:15 PM

Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.

More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.

Connected TVs & Devices
Report: Installed Internet-connected TVs, devices to top 238M by 2019
Dec 19 2016 8:15 AM

The number of devices connected to the Internet and capable of delivering apps to TV screens is expected to grow 59% by 2019, totaling more than 238 million devices. Connected TVs are forecast to drive 45 percent of the growth over the coming four years, while less expensive, content-heavy streaming media players are projected to drive 35 percent growth.

Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
OTT, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
Dec 19 2016 7:15 AM

A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT was higher than with pay TV and that they were more likely to recommend an OTT service to a friend or family member than a pay-TV service.

Operators, Cord Cutting
In the U.S., service providers face triple cord-cutting threat
Dec 15 2016 11:30 AM

U.S. operators – especially telcos – are facing a triple cord-cutting threat as subscribers are dropping their landlines, traditional pay-TV subscriptions and, increasingly, broadband plans, as consumers look to mobile as their one-source supplier.

Researcher Ovum’s World Broadband Information Service says the trend is “looming” over U.S. operators, but adds that other regions also are potentially facing disruption on all three fronts.

Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Research, Mobile, Millennials
Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Dec 15 2016 11:00 AM

More than 20% of U.S. Millennials watch at least three hours of video each week on the smartphones, with nearly 12% saying they watch more than five hours. And, according to a new report, 53% say they watch at least an hour a week.

As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
SVOD, Operators
As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
Dec 15 2016 7:00 AM

Netflix is now available to Liberty Global customers in a pair of European countries, part of its deal with the international cableco that will give it direct access to millions of potential subscribers and help Liberty Global reduce churn and cord cutting, while also potentially attracting younger consumers to its larger service.

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