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PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

SVOD, Operators, Netflix
Should European operators worry about cord cutting as Amazon, Netflix push deeper into their market? Absolutely
May 25 2017 8:15 AM

When the Big Two come to play in your backyard, it’s time to up your game.

Netflix and Amazon have launched a push into Europe that will likely result in some bad nights of sleep for operators, pay-TV channels and broadcasters looking themselves to do more business over the top.

Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
EMEA, Broadband, Operators
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
Dec 19 2016 12:15 PM

Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.

More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.

Operators, Cord Cutting
In the U.S., service providers face triple cord-cutting threat
Dec 15 2016 11:30 AM

U.S. operators – especially telcos – are facing a triple cord-cutting threat as subscribers are dropping their landlines, traditional pay-TV subscriptions and, increasingly, broadband plans, as consumers look to mobile as their one-source supplier.

Researcher Ovum’s World Broadband Information Service says the trend is “looming” over U.S. operators, but adds that other regions also are potentially facing disruption on all three fronts.

As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
SVOD, Operators
As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
Dec 15 2016 7:00 AM

Netflix is now available to Liberty Global customers in a pair of European countries, part of its deal with the international cableco that will give it direct access to millions of potential subscribers and help Liberty Global reduce churn and cord cutting, while also potentially attracting younger consumers to its larger service.

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).

Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a quarterly upturn, but it’s still down 3% Y/Y
LatAM, Pay TV, Operators
Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a subscriber upturn, but sector is still down 3% Y/Y
Nov 15 2016 8:30 AM

Brazil’s pay-TV subscriber numbers grew Q/Q during the third quarter by 47,000, the first gains the sector has shown in at least seven quarter. And, although those numbers represent a decrease of 558,000 (almost 3%) from a year ago, the slight upward tick is, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

Brazil’s 18.96 million pay-TV subscribers makes it the second-largest in Latin America, behind only Mexico.

Pay-TV losses on pace for worst-year ever
Pay TV, Operators, Cord Cutting
Pay-TV losses on pace for worst-ever year
Nov 14 2016 1:30 PM

Pay-TV subscription declines continued at a record pace, with the industry losing an estimated 430,000 subscribers in the third quarter, bring the loss for the first 9 months of the year to 1.3 million, the most ever for the first nine months of the year.

Research firm SNL Kagan said the Q3 loss was higher than a year ago, with the telco segment hit the hardest, fueled by AT&T’s continued move to satellite delivery via DirecTV from its legacy U-verse IPTV product.

Connected TVs & Devices, Operators
Bell Fibe TV becomes 1st Canadian pay-TV service on Apple TV
Nov 07 2016 7:30 AM

Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, available on Apple TV, making it the first pay-TV service from the Great White North to be available on the device.

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.

Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Operators, Pay TV, Sports
Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Oct 25 2016 9:45 AM

Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network is offering NBA Team Pass to its subscribers, the first pay-TV provider in the U.S. to make the $119 single-team package available. The deal delivers any out-of-market game for any of the leagues’s 30 teams live to subs. (Dish also will continue to offer NBA League Pass, which includes up to 40 live and on-demand out-of-market games for $199.)

Telefónica asks regulators, gov’t to work with it as it vows $3B spend in Peru
LatAM, Operators
Telefónica asks regulators, gov’t to work with it as it vows $3B spend in Peru
Oct 11 2016 7:45 AM

Telefónica has reaffirmed its commitment to drive Peru’s digital transformation, promising to spend $3 billion expanding products and services there by 2020.

Chairman José María Álvarez-Pallete said the Spanish multinational would bolster its IoT investments in the areas of health, education and security, among others, saying “We are convinced that digital life is an essential part of being human.”

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