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Binging is big, small screens’ share rising, original content scores
Mar 23 2017 6:45 AM

Binging is big in the United States; it has been since Netflix first made it possible to watch a season of House of Cards over a long weekend, and that has made it critical for competing – or complimentary – services to assure that their own content is easily discoverable and easily accessible.

AT&T pushing 5G mobile tech to support rapid DirecTV Now expansion
Mobile, Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD
AT&T pushing 5G mobile tech to support rapid DirecTV Now expansion
Jan 05 2017 5:30 AM

Think AT&T is looking at its DirecTV Now as a complementary service to its satellite-delivered DirecTV service or wired service U-verse TV? Think again.

AT&T at CES this week previewed its 5G wireless technology, and said it would begin testing the tech this year with its DirecTV Now service as a major piece of the delivery matrix.

Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Research, Mobile, Millennials
Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Dec 15 2016 11:00 AM

More than 20% of U.S. Millennials watch at least three hours of video each week on the smartphones, with nearly 12% saying they watch more than five hours. And, according to a new report, 53% say they watch at least an hour a week.

Global SVOD subs on track to hit 428M by 2021
SVOD, APAC, Mobile
Global SVOD subs on track to hit 428M by 2021
Dec 12 2016 7:30 AM

Global SVOD revenues are expected to grow nearly 61% to $32.18 billion in 2021 from $20 billion in 2015, a whopping 18X the $1.74 billion seen in 2010, with the APAC region being a key growth driver.

That revenue growth is reflected in strong consumer uptake globally, as the number of SVOD homes is forecast to reach 428 million, up from 248 million at the end of this year and 177 million in 2015, according to Digital TV Research’s Global SVOD Forecasts report.

Bollywood entertainment platform Eros tops 2 million subs
APAC, SVOD, Mobile
Bollywood entertainment platform Eros tops 2 million subs
Dec 09 2016 7:30 AM

Eros Now, an over-the-top (OTT) Bollywood entertainment platform owned by Eros International, says it has topped two million paid subscribers worldwide after signing deals with a number of 4G-focused telecom players in India, including Reliance Jio, Airtel, IDEA Cellular Network and more recently Vodafone.

The four platforms give Eros a potential reach of 686 million subscribers, nearly 60% of India’s total mobile user base of more than 1 billion.

Ooyala’s Q3 2016 Global Video Index: Longer content migrating more rapidly to mobile
Video Index, Mobile, EMEA
Ooyala’s Q3 2016 Global Video Index: Longer content migrating more rapidly to mobile
Dec 08 2016 8:00 AM

There were more video views on mobile devices in Q3 than on any other device, continuing a growth trend that began with the earliest iterations of Ooyala’s Global Video Index. But it’s the kind of video that viewers are watching on mobile devices that we found most interesting in Ooyala’s Q3 2016 Global Video Index.

APAC, SVOD, Mobile
Online content driving profound changes in Australia’s comm industry
Nov 30 2016 2:45 PM

More than three-quarters (77%) of Australian adults use mobile phones to access the Internet, more than on laptops (75%) desktop computers (61%) and tablets (54%), according to a report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

That growth is being driven, in large part, by the increasing consumption of online video, a trend that is having a major impact on the communications industry.

AT&T’s DirecTV Now: Legacy pay-TV offering in sheep’s (streaming) clothing
Cloud TV, Operators, Mobile
AT&T’s DirecTV Now: Legacy pay-TV offering in sheep’s (streaming) clothing
Nov 28 2016 2:30 PM

AT&T today detailed its new DirecTV Now streaming offer, targeting the growing number of cord cutters and cord nevers in the United States who are looking for alternatives to the traditional pay-TV landscape.

The service will launch Wednesday and promises “on-demand and live programming from many networks” in addition to premium add-ons and some significant gaps (notably CBS and Showtime).

EMEA, Broadband, Mobile
UK plans aggressive spend to upgrade broadband, wireless networks by 2020-21
Nov 23 2016 10:30 AM

The U.K. government is planning to spend more than $1.24 billion (£1.0 billion) to modernize the country’s digital infrastructure with the goal of full-fiber broadband and 5G wireless technology nationwide by 2020-21.

Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
EMEA, Mobile, Broadband
Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
Nov 16 2016 5:15 AM

Next year, for the first time, adults in Germany will spend more time with online digital media than viewing TV, a shift in viewing patterns that are even showing up with older consumers.

eMarketer forecasts that German adults will spend 3 hours and 44 minutes per day online compared to 3 hours and 38 minutes watching television; in all, digital media consumption will be up by 5.8% among consumers 18 and older, while daily TV viewing time is forecast to decline 0.3%.

European cableco Liberty Global looks to double its mobile services bundling among subscribers
EMEA, Mobile, Operators
European cableco Liberty Global looks to double its mobile services bundling among subscribers
Nov 07 2016 6:30 AM

European cable giant Liberty Global expects to more than double the take rate its mobile service has among its 17 million broadband subscribers in Europe, dramatic growth that CEO Mike Fries says will deliver “huge benefits” to the companies base of customers and delivering higher ARPU, lower churn, and happier customers.

Mobile video viewing up more than 200 hours since 2010
Research, Mobile, VOD
Mobile video viewing up more than 200 hours since 2010
Nov 03 2016 7:45 AM

Over the past four years, watching video on mobile devices has increased by nearly 210 hours annually while viewing on traditional TV sets has fallen by 130 hours, according to a new report. It’s a trend that’s accelerating and helps illustrate why more operators, broadcasters and content owners are ramping up their mobile video initiatives.

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