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41% of customers surveyed said they’ll cut, cancel pay TV in next 12 months
Cord Cutting, Millennials, Pay TV
41% of customers surveyed said they’ll cut, cancel pay TV in next 12 months
Oct 31 2016 12:30 PM

A new report says that more than four-in-10 pay-TV subscribers say they’ll either cut the cord or shave their pay-TV bill by reducing services in the next year, a number that would be downright apocalyptic for the industry.

Sling CEO Lynch: We’re not competing with DirecTV Now, big pay-TV
OTT, Cloud TV, Pay TV
Sling TV CEO Lynch: We’re not competing with DirecTV Now, big pay-TV
Oct 26 2016 2:45 PM

Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch isn’t one for convention. He is, after all, the boss of one of the more disruptive OTT services on the market… it’s even disrupted the pay-TV business of its parent, Dish Network, reportedly adding subscribers each quarter as Dish – and the rest of the pay-TV industry loses them.

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.)

AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Content
AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Oct 24 2016 7:45 AM

Another blockbuster deal in the media landscape means another battle with regulators after AT&T this weekend agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion.

Report: AT&T deal for Time Warner could happen this weekend
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV
Report: AT&T deal for Time Warner could happen this weekend
Oct 21 2016 5:30 AM

Talks between senior executives of AT&T and Time Warner are spurring takeover talks that bumped Time Warner stock nearly 5% Thursday and nearly 10% Friday after a report that a merger could come as soon as this weekend.

Canal+ looks to partnerships, new pricing models & Millennials to drive crucial growth
EMEA, Pay TV, Millennials
Canal+ looks to partnerships, new pricing models, Millennials to drive crucial growth
Oct 14 2016 7:30 AM

France’s Canal+ Group wants to double the number of subscribers it has by 2018 and this week previewed  an ambitious plan that includes a new pricing model with “skinny” bundles of content, expanded partnerships, a new set-top box scheduled to deploy next year and a very targeted play to Millennials that features a no-contract offer of any streaming-only package that delivers to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Pay TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Oct 12 2016 10:00 AM

Charter has tapped Arris to develop a next-gen hybrid set-top box that allows users to access Internet content as well as content delivered by the pay-TV operator. Charter, the nation’s second-largest broadband provider and third-largest pay-TV operator, plans to deploy the new WorldBox 2.0 platform across its entire footprint, including on systems it acquired when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Pay TV subs slide in Brazil; 42% of all video viewing is online
LatAM, Pay TV, OTT
Pay TV subs slide in Brazil; 42% of all video viewing is online
Oct 11 2016 11:15 AM

Brazil’s pay-TV woes continued in August with Y/Y subscriber numbers falling to 18.9 million from 19.6 million in 2015, the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) reported. The 3.5% decline puts the industry down about 673,000 customers, as a sluggish economy and increased number of OTT users continue to take a toll.

When compared to July 2016, the number of pay-TV subscribers was down by 20,737. 

virtual reality, Pay TV
VR revenue forecast to top $50 billion by 2021
Oct 05 2016 10:15 AM

New research forecasts revenues from virtual reality (VR) hardware – including headsets, peripherals and 360º cameras – could exceed $50 billion by 2021, some 10X more than sales in 2016.

Overall satisfaction with online video services drives cord cutting
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
Overall satisfaction with online video services drives cord cutting; costs operators in US >$1B
Oct 03 2016 8:45 AM

Customers using paid streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, or, skinny bundle offerings like SlingTV and PlayStation Vue, as well as programming apps like HBO Now are significantly more satisfied compared to pay-TV service providers, a new study says.

SVOD, Pay TV, EMEA
SVOD-only homes increasing as younger users turn to ‘DIY bundles’
Sep 30 2016 7:30 AM

Industry pundits for years have been characterizing SVOD service like Netflix and Amazon Prime as “complimentary” to pay-TV services, pooh-poohing the concepts that they were a real threat to operators’ revenue streams.

Turns out they were very, very wrong.

Pay TV
Subs up, revenues flat for global pay-tv players through 2021
Sep 29 2016 10:15 AM

Nearly one-in-three (29%) of the world’s top operators are expected to see revenues from subscriptions and pay-per-view remain flat between 2015 and 2021, according to a new report.

Digital TV Research reports that revenues for the 400 operators – that currently account for 83% of global totals -- will be flat at $206 billion and lose share to about 80%.

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