This week, Sony’s PlayStation Vue virtual pay-TV service made its long-expected jump to a nationwide offering, after percolating in a handful of launch cities for the past several months.
Adoption of Sony’s PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service at $50 a month apparently has been under whelming enough that it’s prompted Sony to drop the price 20% to $40 – and add more content.
On its PlayStation Vue blog, the company today announced “a big boost in live sports, family, and primetime TV programming. Added to the platform’s line up were a batch of Disney and ESPN Media Networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Disney Channel, and more.
Cord cutting over? Hardly.
For the first time since Verizon and AT&T launched their TV services in 2006, the Top 6 pay-TV providers in the U.S. lost subscribers for a full year. If that’s not indication enough of the change in the market, the somewhat murky subscriber numbers delivered by those companies for the fourth quarter and full year 2015 may be making the numbers look less awful than they actually are.
The growth of SVOD services like Netflix, Amazon and, to a much lesser extent, Hulu have inured us to massive subscriber growth numbers. Netflix routinely adds 5 million or more subs a quarter, Amazon could have as many as 50 million subscribers to its Prime service, many of whom likely use its Prime Instant Video product and Hulu reportedly has about 10 million subs.
It might be a little early to hold your breath for this one, but ESPN is considering its streaming options. John Skipper, chief of the sports network, confirmed published reports that it’s exploring deals with Amazon and Apple, among others, but said ESPN won't be offered as a standalone product.
More than 68 million mobile device subscriptions across the world were added in Q4 2015, including 21 million in India, 6 million in China, 5 million in each of the U.S. and Myanmar and 3 million in Nigeria, with mobile traffic growing 65% year-over-year.
Globally, there are 7.3 billion subscriptions, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, which was released for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, roughly the same number as there are people in the world.
In August, Cablevision and CBS agreed to a comprehensive multi-year carriage agreement that included the stipulation that the operator would be the first MVPD partner to live stream the CBS signal and Showtime. That’s a done deal now, as Cablevision's Optimum TV subscribers can now watch CBS programs in all dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – online and on mobile devices… as long as they’re in a markets served by a CBS-owned stations (ie.
After a nearly two-year planning and execution process, youth-oriented BBC Three Tuesday launched as a Cloud TV channel, turning off its conventional broadcast feed.
Cinemax is joining sibling HBO Now on Sling TV with a $10/mo. price tag on top of Sling TV’s
Best of Live TV $20/mo. core offering.
Cinemax will be available as a live linear service and also will offer an on-demand library of more than 500 programs.
“Sling TV is the first live standalone Internet TV service to deliver Cinemax to an audience of cord-cutters and cord-nevers,” said CEO Roger Lynch.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ is partnering with Freesat to develop a new product for Ireland’s free digital television service Saorview.
“Saorview Connect,” will deliver a range of on-demand content, as well as the Saorview television channels, to viewers and will be integrated in a new set-top box with a range of additional features.
Spain has one of the highest rates of broadband-only households in the world; although nearly three-quarters of all households have a broadband connection, just more than half of them subscriber to a pay-TV service.
That huge population of cord cutters and cord nevers makes Spain a significant outlier among its EU fellows, but also a major prize for OTT and SVOD companies.