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UK pay-TV set to grow, but OTT opportunities being driven by high-speed broadband
EMEA, Pay TV, OTT, Broadband
UK pay-TV set to grow, but OTT opportunities being driven by high-speed broadband
Oct 20 2015 6:15 AM

More than four-in-10 U.K. households (HH) don’t have a pay-TV services, according to new research, which also forecasts only a slight improvement in the figure by the end of the decade.

According to new research from CCS Insight, more than one-third of HH will remain without a pay-TV service by the end of 2019.

And, said the report, expanding adoption of fiber broadband will help online video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant.

Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband
Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Oct 14 2015 8:30 AM

It hasn’t reached the level of vitriol seen in Comcast’s aborted attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable, but opposition to Charter’s bid to acquire TWC is picking up as competitors, public interest groups, industry accosiations and vendors put pressure on the FCC to block the deal that would make Charter the second largest cable operator in the U.S.

NAB wants station ownership review first

Google Fiber poses a considerable threat to incumbents, researcher says
Broadband, Pay TV
Google Fiber poses a considerable threat to incumbents, researcher says
Oct 13 2015 8:15 AM

Google Fiber continues to lurk on the radar screens of service providers worried (but not too) that the upstart service could gain momentum and be a challenger down the road.

They might want to up their guard a bit.

ooyala videomind podcast with hack and flack
Ooyala News, OTT, Broadband, Cloud TV
Videomind Podcast October 9: cord-nevers, the latest in streaming devices, content deals and TV for kids
Oct 09 2015 10:00 AM

In this week's Videomind podcast, Hack and Flack delve into new research on cord-nevers, streaming device adoption and its impact on Pay-TV subscriber loss, the new Roku 4, and OTT services for kids. Hear about whether content owners or service providers will be kings, and find out whether Paddington or My Little Pony gets more play time at Jim's house. 

LatAM, Broadband, FTTH, OTT
FTTH speeds broadband to homes in Argentina, Uruguay
Oct 07 2015 8:45 AM

A robust and widespread fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network is delivering some of the fastest broadband to Uruguay and Argentina, as well as some of the highest broadband penetration in Latin America, a new report contends.

Argentina’s INDEC reports that nearly two-thirds (65%) of Uruguay’s households and 61% of Argentina’s HH are connected to the Internet, oftentimes seeing average download speeds exceeding 10 Mbps.

Cable adds 500K broadband subs, as new report says Internet speed ups consumer spend
Pay TV, Broadband, Cord Cutting
Cable adds 500K broadband subs, as new report says Internet speed ups consumer spend
Aug 18 2015 9:15 AM

Cable operators added some 511,000 broadband subscribers in the second quarter, as the evolution of U.S. operators into ISPs continued apace in the second quarter.

Overall, the top 17 largest cable and telephone service providers in the nation added about 360,000 new Internet subscribers to their customer rolls, just less than the 385,000 they added in the same quarter a year ago.

Time Warner Cable earnings call focuses on broadband, OTT growth
Pay TV, Broadband, OTT
Time Warner Cable earnings call focuses on broadband, OTT growth
Jul 30 2015 9:30 AM

Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus left no doubt about where he believes the pay-TV industry is heading, noting during this morning’s second-quarter earnings call that the pending acquisition of TWC by Charter would “create a leading broadband services and technology company.”

Fixed broadband subscribers pass 720M worldwide
Broadband, OTT
Fixed broadband subscribers pass 720M worldwide
Jul 16 2015 6:45 AM

Fixed broadband networks continue to expand globally as demand for fast Internet connections – often specifically for over-the-top (OTT) video and subscription video on-demand (SVOD) – accelerates. Worldwide, the number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased to 720 million at the end of March 2015, some 50 million more than a year ago.

Costa Rican co-op’s IPTV to launch next week as region’s FTTH deployments accelerate
LatAM, Broadband, IPTV
Costa Rican co-op’s IPTV to launch next week as region’s FTTH deployments accelerate
Jul 15 2015 8:30 AM

Costa Rican cooperative Coopeguanacaste (Cooperative Rural Electrification of Guanacaste) says it will roll out IPTV and Internet services by July 24, using its new fiber optic infrastructure for the fiber to the home service.

The launch is the first step in a broad deployment it expects to finish by 2022, with about 8,000 homes reached by the end of next year.

Australia’s Netflix sub number 37% higher in one month, hits 559,000 HH
APAC, SVOD, Broadband
Australia’s Netflix sub number 37% higher in one month, hits 559,000 HH
Jul 14 2015 6:15 AM

More than a half-million Australian households already are subscribing to Netflix, which launched there in March, reaching an estimated 1.42 million viewers.

A new report from Roy Morgan Research says Netflix is now in 559,000 homes, adding about 151,000 more homes in the past month.

Spain sees 160% increase in FTTH lines
EMEA, Broadband
Spain sees 160% increase in FTTH lines
Jul 06 2015 7:30 AM

Spain’s fiber to the home (FTTH) network is booming, as operators go all-in to deploy super-fast broadband across the country. A new report from regulator Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) says the number of FTTH lines reached 1.933 million in the first quarter of the year, up from 740,000 a year earlier, an increase of more than 160%. As recently at 2013, Spain had just 288,000 FTTH connections.

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