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For the first time ever, the 'Big 6' US pay-TV providers lost subs for a full year
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, Cloud TV
For the first time ever, the 'Big 6' US pay-TV providers lost subs for a full year
Feb 22 2016 10:15 AM

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 pay TV model is in significant decline; content owners need to go OTT to thrive
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, APAC
The pay TV model is in significant decline; content owners need to go OTT to thrive
Jan 29 2016 4:00 PM

Cord cutting has been established as a continuing threat to the pay-TV industry in the United States, and a new report from a research company in Great Britain maintains that consumers globally – especially in mature markets – also are opting to abandon the traditional pay-TV ecosystem, and it advises content owners to create direct-to-consumer offering to mitigate losses associated with cable, satellite and telco TV.

AT&T no-cap wireless data plan aims at growing its pay-TV service
Mobile, Pay TV, Cord Cutting
AT&T no-cap wireless data plan aims at growing its pay-TV service
Jan 11 2016 7:00 AM

AT&T is offering unlimited data plans to its new and existing wireless customers with the caveat that they also must subscriber to its pay-TV service.

TWC – for first time in 9 years – says it added video subscribers for full year
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
TWC – for first time in 9 years – says it added video subscribers for full year
Jan 04 2016 11:30 AM

After nine years of pay-TV subscriber losses, Time Warner Cable today said it had added 32,000 pay-TV subs, a preview of what CEO Rob Marcus called a “stellar” 2015.

The operator also added one million broadband subscribers and more than one million voice customers over the past 12 months.

The news came in advance of the company’s scheduled Jan. 28 Q4 earnings release.

Will 2016 be pay TV’s Waterloo? A new PwC survey says ‘probably’
Millennials, Cord Cutting, Pay TV, SVOD
Will 2016 be pay TV’s Waterloo? A new PwC survey says ‘probably’
Dec 09 2015 5:45 AM

Nearly 20% of consumers could cut the pay-TV cord in 2016 a new survey from PricewaterhouseCooper posits, as SVOD services like Netflix and Amazon Prime gain traction and consumers' angst and aggravation at paying for channels they don’t watch boils over.

“Consumers’ relationship with video content is fundamentally changing – and the shift shows no signs abating,” PwC said.

‘Unsatisfied’ pay-TV subscriber numbers grow as OTT usage swells
Pay TV, SVOD, Cord Cutting
‘Unsatisfied’ pay-TV subscriber numbers grow as OTT usage swells
Dec 02 2015 3:15 PM

The number of pay-TV subscribers “unsatisfied” with their pay-TV provider reached 24% in Q3 2015, an increase of 2.5% in the past two year, a new report says.

And, while “poor customer service” was one of the top three reasons – as one would expect – “increasing fees” for pay-TV was No. 1, according to Digitalsmith’s Video Trends report, cited by more than 68% of respondents to the survey, and rising fees for Internet was No. 2 (40%).

Reducing friction in TV Everywhere authentication is key to growth
TV Everywhere, Cord Cutting, Pay TV
Reducing friction in TV Everywhere authentication is key to growth
Nov 23 2015 3:45 AM

The Streaming Media West Conference just wrapped in Huntington Beach, CA, and “Friction-Free TV Everywhere Authentication” was one of many lively panels on issues facing the industry.

Pay-TV waving goodbye to the ‘Good Old Days?’
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Pay-TV waving goodbye to the ‘Good Old Days’
Nov 16 2015 8:45 AM

Remember the “Good Old Days” when pay-TV providers would recoup all of their losses – and more – from the doldrums of summer and the second quarter?

Long gone.

O, Canada! Cord-cutting losses accelerate through 1st nine months of 2015
Pay TV, OTT, Cord Cutting
O, Canada! Cord-cutting losses accelerate through 1st nine months of 2015
Nov 11 2015 12:00 AM

More bad news for North American pay-TV providers, this time from the Great White North where a look at the nine-month numbers for publicly traded service providers show the industry lost 7X more subs this year than over the same period a year ago.

Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog said the top providers were down 153,000 TV subscribers in their respective three fiscal 2015 quarters – record losses – compared to 22,000 subs lost in the same quarters in 2014.

Dish sub losses double in Q3; earnings beat, revenue misses
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Dish sub losses double in Q3; earnings beat, revenue misses
Nov 09 2015 7:30 AM

Dish subscriber losses for the third quarter more than doubled to 23,000 from 12,000 a year ago, the company reported Monday. The company said it lost 81,000 subscribers in the traditionally difficult second quarter.

Is the cord cutting bogeyman dead? Absolutely not
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Is the cord cutting bogeyman dead? Absolutely not
Nov 09 2015 1:00 AM

Is the cord-cutting bogeyman finally crawling back under the pay-TV bed in the United States? A number of analysts say that it has, but the numbers just don’t add up to the point where we can put that baby to bed.

Here’s why:

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OTT, Cord Cutting
On the Record with Paula Minardi: All About the Cord, Cutters, and Nevers
Oct 15 2015 11:00 AM

In this edition of On the Record, Videomind catches up with Ooyala's Paula Minardi, who sheds light on best practices for engaging and maintaining audiences with continued increase in cord cutting, and discusses how audeinces are evolving (read: fragmenting).

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