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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.
This past weekend, the main Australian subscription TV company, FOXTEL, screened a much-anticipated boxing match on its pay-per-view channel (PPV); the cost of the bout was $60 AUD and it was available to all subscribers regardless of the tier they subscribed to. There had been a lot of promotion, as you would expect for such a high profile event.
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.