South Korean service provider KT has rolled out a new mobile shopping service that allows subscribers to search for and buy products that are related to content they are watching on its IPTV service, Olleh TV.
KT, which is the biggest provider of IPTV service, with 6.5 million subscribers at the end of 2015, also is South Korea’s biggest fixed-line phone and broadband operator.
There’s no way to confuse CenturyLink with Comcast; one has some 269,000 pay-TV subscribers, the other 22.3 million. But the Monroe, La.-based telco believes it can create an alternative market in the Twin Cities and nearly two-dozen surrounding cities with its Prism IPTV service.
The company says it’s deploying a multi-tier offering that starts at $35 monthly for its 140-channel Prism Essential product, to $80 monthly for its 320-channel Prism Premium package.
Vodafone Ireland has rolled out TV services in Ireland, enabling viewers to catch up, record and restart programs at any point, and also have included a dedicated Netflix button on their remote control.
Vodafone TV is a premium service available from €40 per month to all new and existing Vodafone Home customers who subscribe to Vodafone Broadband with speeds of at least 40mbps.
Urban Communications, a decade-old Internet service provider in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, is rolling out a new IPTV service based on its recently launched 1 Gbps Internet service. Its IPTV play includes a basic package of 90 channels (35 HD) for $29/mo.
Windstream, following up on a promise it made in October, has launched its Kinetic TV service in Lexington, Kentucky, the second market in which the telco has rolled out the IPTV product.
Suddenly, the little engine that could just can’t as subscriber growth for IPTV providers – the lone bright star in the pay-TV constellation – has followed cable and satellite subscriber numbers off the track.
This time, it’s not about the economy, not about intra-provider churn, and it can’t be attributed to the “myth” of cord cutting. It’s about consumer choice and an increasing adoption of SVOD and OTT services.
Europe’s pay-TV landscape is continuing to see change as telcos push IPTV platforms deeper into many major markets, seeing growth of up to 30% by 2019.
A new study from Futuresource Consulting forecasts IPTV will outperform satellite and cable growth in Western Europe and other regions. Cable is expected to lose up to 9% of its subscribers while satellite grows about 6%.
Mexican fiber to the home (FTTH) operator TotalPlay says it will start deploying a Sagemcome HD PVR to deliver 4K TV to customers next month.
The Broadcom-based 4K PVR supports the HEVC standard, with access to 4K content. This connected device, thanks to a dual band concurrent Wi-Fi n/ac with access point capability, also can be used as an Ultra HD recorder thanks to its slot for a removable Hard Disk Drive.
The second quarter is shaping up to be a dismal one for pay-TV operators who routinely see seasonal declines in their subscriber numbers as customers trim or disconnect from the services as spring moves into summer, or simply churn for better pricing.
But this quarter appears to be unique.
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.
A second wave of Argentina’s new breed of IPTV “cooperativas” – locally focused service providers – has rolled out across the country to deliver services across their networks, following deregulation of the telecommunications market in the country.
The association representing the co-operatives, Catel, is deploying Amino set-top boxes in key cities across the country.
Cable-TV revenues worldwide will drop from 46% of total pay-TV revenues to 40% in 2020, a new report says, with satellite pay-TV becoming the top revenue generator this year.
The study, from Digital TV Research, forecasts cable TV will see revenues decline to $81.9 billion from their peak of $93.8 billion in 2012; satellite is expected to grow to $94.8 billion in 2020.