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Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Mobile, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Aug 22 2016 7:45 AM

Mid- and high-end smartphone sales are accelerating globally, said researcher GfK, with high-volumes of device sales expected from emerging markets like Africa, parts of Asia and China.

Mobile video is likely a significant market driver as the percentage of sale of phones with larger screens also has increased.

Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
APAC, Mobile, OTT
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
Aug 18 2016 7:15 AM

Singtel is expanding its mobile reach in Thailand and India, raising its stakes in Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS and Indian integrated telecom Bharti Airtel with a $1.84 billion cash purchase of investment company Temasek's 21% share of Intouch Holdings.

Intouch controls 7.4% percent of Bharti Telecom, the holding company for Airtel, and is the largest shareholder in AIS.

Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Mobile, Social TV
Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Aug 18 2016 4:45 AM

A new report says consumers in the U.S. now spend more than 50 hours a week using a "screen" -- a television, personal computer, tablet, or mobile phone – and posits that, increasingly, time spent on smartphones is driving that growth.

AVOD, Content Deals, Mobile
NBC’s expanded content play with Snapchat a reach for younger viewers
Aug 09 2016 8:30 AM

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is hoping to engage Snapchat’s 100 million users with a slate of original episodic content for the messaging app, adding another layer to the original deal with Snapchat is signed in April to show highlights of the Rio Olympics, the first time NBC has allowed distribution of sports highlights outside its own platform.

The new multi-year content and advertising deal is aimed at the same demographic as its Olympics play, Millennials.

A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Connected TVs & Devices, Mobile
A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Jul 29 2016 9:15 AM

Global tablet shipments continued to slide in the second quarter of 2016, but researcher Strategy Analytics says there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the pace of the decline slowed from 10% to 8% and average selling prices increased 9% as buyers turned to more powerful units.

Shipments in Q2 2016 were 46.7 million units, up slightly from 46.5 million units in Q1 2016, but down from 50.8 million units a year ago.

Verizon’s buy of Yahoo will fuel growth of new mobile video, ad business
Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Ad Technology
Verizon’s buy of Yahoo will fuel growth of new mobile video, ad business
Jul 25 2016 7:30 AM

Verizon, the odds-on favorite to buy Yahoo, today finalized the deal, paying $4.83 billion for Yahoo’s Web assets and in the process expanding its digital advertising business.

92% of European operators offer multiscreen video services
EMEA, Mobile, Operators
92% of European operators offer multiscreen video services
Jul 19 2016 11:30 AM

Multiscreen video service is nearly ubiquitous in Europe, with 92% of service providers now offering multiscreen services, nearly half (49%) providing access to third-party OTT services on their platforms, and 30% offering standalone, unbundled OTT services. 

Report: Mobile video viewing to overtake fixed devices this year
Mobile, OTT
Report: Mobile video viewing to overtake fixed devices this year
Jul 19 2016 10:30 AM

The long-expected move of mobile devices into the No. 1 platform for viewing online video is forecast to occur in 2016, as mobile viewing is expected to rise 39% over 2015, according to ZenithOptima’s Online Video Forecasts 2016.

Ad blocking in US expected to hit 32% in 2017
Ad Technology, Mobile
Ad blocking in US expected to hit 32% in 2017
Jun 23 2016 10:00 AM

More than a quarter of U.S. Internet users are likely to use ad-blocking technology this year, a 6% increase from a year ago, a new study says. And, it’ll be worse next year, with forecasts expecting nearly a third (32%) of Internet users to use ad blockers.

eMarketer reports that nearly 87 million Americans will block ads in 2017, up frpom just less than 70 million this year and 52 million a year ago.

Irish mobile operator Eir offers subscribers ‘free’ data for social media use
EMEA, Mobile
Irish mobile operator Eir offers subscribers ‘free’ data for social media use
Jun 23 2016 5:45 AM

Competition in Ireland’s mobile phone market is heating up and operator Eir is looking at social media – which includes, of course, video – as a principle battleground.

The service provider is offering users unlimited use (to a point) of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with no data charges up to 60GB a month. Users can add another 15 GB for 20 euros.

Online Video Advertising, Mobile, Research
Mobile, wearables to lead global ad spend forecast at $285B by 2020
Jun 20 2016 8:00 AM

Global digital advertising spend across mobile, wearable and online devices will exceed $285 billion by 2020, an increase of 78% from an estimated $160 billion in 2016.

Netflix teams with Millicom to reach mobile consumers in LatAm
LatAM, Mobile
Netflix teams with Millicom to reach mobile consumers in LatAm
Jun 14 2016 10:30 AM

Latin America is a huge smartphone market, on track to become the second largest behind Asia Pacific. In LatAm, Millennials are especially likely to purchase a mobile phone in lieu of a television set. So, it’s notable that Netflix is looking to leverage that predilection by making a deal with Latin American operator Millicom to preload its Netflix app on the service provider’s Tigo and TigoUNE customers’ Android smartphones.

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