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Sports rights rise, viewership declines… what happening here?
Sports, Monetization, Commentary
Sports rights rise, viewership declines… what's happening here?
Oct 13 2016 9:45 AM

After seeing double-digit growth rates for the past three years and a compound annual growth rate of nearly 8.6% between 2010 and 2015, media rights for North American sporting events for TV and streaming are forecast to moderate slightly through 2020 to a CAGR of 5.5%, a new study says.

Cablevision’s Hulu deal is a big step toward a different pay-TV future
Pay TV, SVOD, Commentary
Cablevision’s Hulu deal is a big step toward a different pay-TV future
Apr 08 2016 7:30 AM

U.S. operator Cablevision this week became the first operator to integrate Hulu’s SVOD service into its set-top box, allowing customers to access Hulu content on a dedicated channel directly from its interactive program guide.

Customers who already subscribe to the Hulu service simply turn to the channel and signing into their Hulu account. Non-Hulu subs can trial the service for free.

Report: Sling TV subs top 600,000 in Q4, could see 2M by end of 2016
Cloud TV, Pay TV, Commentary
Report: Sling TV subs top 600,000 in Q4, could see 2M by end of 2016
Feb 19 2016 9:30 AM

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.

Good news/bad news story for SVOD still has a very happy ending
SVOD, Millennials, Commentary
Holiday good news/bad news story for SVOD still has a very happy ending
Dec 09 2015 8:15 AM

This is kind of a “glass half empty,” “glass half full” thing…

Some new research from PayWizard says this Christmas will be a banner one for SVOD providers with 52% of viewers globally planning to watch Internet TV this season, up from the current 25% audience worldwide.

The bad news? About 15% plan to drop those services after a 30-day trial and another 30% said they would likely cancel their subscriptions within the next six months.

So?

Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband, Commentary
Can Dish’s Charlie Ergen sink ‘New Charter’ before it floats? Maybe
Dec 03 2015 6:00 AM

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has taken the satellite operator’s campaign against the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger to a new level, this week slamming the deal at a gathering of top FCC staffers as one that could harm “degrade” or “destroy” online video competition, and again singled out his own OTT play, Sling TV, as a potential casualty if the merger is approved.

Optus scoops up EPL in Oz
APAC, Commentary
In a bold move, Aussie telco Optus snatches rights to EPL
Nov 02 2015 1:30 PM

We were waiting for a tipping moment for IP sports broadcasting in Australia? Well... we just got it.

Optus a telco provider in Australia have just taken the rights to the coveted English Premier League from under pay TV's nose with an audacious bid, said to be "more than $50 million" that took the country by surprise.

So what does this mean for the popular competition in Australia from August 2016?

Did Yahoo upsets the broadcasting apple cart with NFL stream Sunday? Not yet, but...
Sports, OTT, Commentary
Did Yahoo upsets the broadcasting apple cart with NFL stream Sunday? Not yet, but...
Oct 27 2015 12:30 PM

Humans are pretty keen on routine. In fact, we’re so fond of the rut we’re in that there’s even a name for the phobia that is linked to a fear of change: Metathesiophobia, which is really a long way of saying: “I just want to watch the NFL on my TV at home on Sunday.” Got some bad news. Change is coming.

Study: OTT subs churn… is that really a bad thing?
OTT, SVOD, Pay TV, Commentary
Study: OTT subs churn… is that really a big deal?
Jul 31 2015 8:30 AM

Turns out it’s not just pay-TV operators who are struggling with a churning subscriber base; a new report says subscribers to over-the-top services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video also are prone to testing new waters.

An ad-free Hulu? Too little, too late
SVOD, Online Video Advertising, Commentary, Monetization
An ad-free Hulu? Too little, too late
Jul 21 2015 8:00 AM

Late last week, rumors emerged that Hulu was considering adding an ad-free option to its streaming service.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Hulu could debut the service later this fall, with a price of between $12 and $14 per month, more than Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Showtime and in line with HBO Now.

Hulu already operates a paid tier (originally known as Hulu Plus, an $8 a month service) and a free, Basic Hulu.

For Latin America, the gateway to OTT content will be a mobile one
Commentary, LatAM, OTT, Mobile
For Latin America, the gateway to OTT content will be a mobile one
Jun 11 2015 8:45 AM

Latin America’s adoption of over-the-top video has been rapid as consumers have seen multiple offers from incumbents and new players stretch the market.

Netflix kicked off the rush initially in 2011, deploying to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has more than 5 million subscribers in Latin America and has begun to roll out more of its own original Spanish-language content.

The OTT gold rush is officially on: Showtime follows HBO Now to the Cloud
Cloud TV, SVOD, OTT, Commentary
The OTT gold rush is officially on: Showtime follows HBO Now to the Cloud
Jun 03 2015 1:15 PM

If there’s was any doubt the over-the-top gold rush was on, CBS’s announcement today that it would follow HBO into the Cloud with a Showtime offering that doesn’t require a pay-TV subscription should put an end to it.

Taking a page from rival HBO, the premium cable network will debut on Apple devices initially. The cloud TV offering will roll out in July, in time for the new seasons of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.

How pay TV’s lousy customer satisfaction opens the door for challengers
Pay TV, Broadband, OTT, Commentary
How pay TV’s lousy customer satisfaction opens the door for challengers
Jun 02 2015 6:15 AM

Just how much do Americans love their ISPs and pay-TV providers? OK, trick question.

Both rank right up there with long-lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles and airlines when it comes to things we loathe.

Case in point: The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) which today delivered its annual report card on almost four-dozen industries.

Want to guess where pay-TV providers ranked? If you said “dead last,” go ahead and move to the front of the class.

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