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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.

Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017 5:15 AM

Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the next five years.

OTT, Content
Kids SVOD market heats up with YouTube Red original programming
Feb 15 2017 4:00 PM
As more niche audiences flock to OTT services devoted to their specific interests today, a focus on kids SVOD programming is becoming a popular strategy for OTT providers to capture and keep cord-cutting adults and their offspring. 
 
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
LatAM, Broadband, OTT
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
Jan 03 2017 1:45 PM

Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously were not able to afford service offerings.

That new class of subscribers, in turn, is influencing operators to invest in expanded networks, especially fiber-to the-home (FTTH).

Live Streaming, OTT
What are your firsts in 2016?
Dec 22 2016 1:30 PM
As the year comes to an end, I reminisce over some of the things I did. A few firsts come to my mind. I watched a live Opera for the first time ever. 2016 also happens to be the year I finally watched a Broadway show live in a theater.
 
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
OTT, Advertising, SVOD
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
Dec 20 2016 5:30 AM

Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three.

Buffering remains the No. 1 frustration for viewers, especially as high-speed broadband becomes more common.

Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
OTT, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
Dec 19 2016 7:15 AM

A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT was higher than with pay TV and that they were more likely to recommend an OTT service to a friend or family member than a pay-TV service.

OTT is booming globally, but issues remain
Cloud TV, SVOD, OTT
OTT is booming globally, but issues remain
Dec 09 2016 8:15 AM

Nearly a third of all consumers in six key world markets are planning to take an SVOD subscription but, according to a new report, 50% of new subscribers will cancel their subscriptions within six months.

The report, from subscription, billing and CRM specialist Paywizard, also says about one-in-eight existing SVOD subscribers will take an additional pay-TV subscription.

PCCW deploys Viu OTT service in Philippines
APAC, OTT, AVOD
PCCW deploys Viu OTT service in Philippines
Nov 29 2016 7:15 AM

Just more than a year after its launch, PCCW Media’s OTT video service, Viu, has rolled out in the Philippines.

The ad-supported service originally launched in Hong Kong in October 2015, and has since deployed in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
OTT, Cloud TV
Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
Nov 28 2016 8:00 AM

Sling TV is rolling out a limited cloud DVR beta program for Roku users, with features that include conflict-free recording, the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content, and simple space management.

The launch, currently by invitation only, is scheduled for December, and Sling TV said it will have support for additional devices in the coming months.

OTT, Broadband
ISP Cogent calls OTT ecosystem’s long-term winner
Nov 23 2016 9:00 AM

Count Internet Service Provider (ISP) Cogent as one of the video service providers that believe over-the-top delivery will be the long-term winner in the battle for eyeballs because “it’s cheaper, it is affordable, it is time shiftable and it allows you a much greater choice in content.”

A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC
OTT, SVOD, AVOD
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC
Nov 21 2016 8:15 AM

This is the first in a three-part series looking at critical trends emerging from IBC.

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