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Connected TVs to double by 2017 as Blu-ray players fade away
Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV, VOD
Connected TVs to double by 2017 as Blu-ray players fade away
Mar 03 2015 5:15 AM

Blu-ray Disc players continue to lose favor in U.S. homes as consumers’ connection to physical media loses its glue. A new report says connected TVs have moved past the former must-have hardware into third place among connected devices in U.S. households, and the hardware was adopted more rapidly than had been forecast.

YouTube Kids rolls out with family-friendly content, parental controls
Cloud TV, OTT, VOD
YouTube Kids rolls out with family-friendly content, parental controls
Feb 23 2015 8:45 AM

Want to create loyal consumers who naturally gravitate to your product? Get ‘em while they’re young and impressionable, and give them exactly what they want… to a point.

That’s YouTube’s strategy for its new kid-focused app “YouTube Kids,” a family-friendly version of its mainstay that rolled out today in the United States. It’s the first Google product, it says, that’s “built from the ground up with the little ones in mind.”

Personalization, VOD growth pushes operators toward ‘nimble’ solutions
Cloud TV, VOD, Pay TV
Personalization, VOD growth pushes operators toward ‘nimble’ solutions
Feb 19 2015 7:45 AM

Increasing demand for video on demand (VOD) and a growing constellation of consumer devices – smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs – are combining to drive the growth of pay-TV middleware solutions, resulting in a market likely to exceed $2 billion globally by 2020.

No surprise: Target punches ticket on its video rental business
OTT, VOD
No surprise: Target punches ticket on its video rental business
Feb 10 2015 2:15 PM

Target Ticket -- the “me, too” offering that retailer Target launched 18 months ago -- is shutting down this week. That really shouldn’t be a big surprise.

The brick and mortar retailer tried to make a foray into the deep digital forest, but it did so without a map, did nothing to differentiate itself from other players who already knew their way around and tried to take a small piece of the electronic-sell-through pie, a la Walmart and its Vudu franchise.

2020 Vision: Global IPTV revenues forecast to reach $79.3B
Pay TV, SVOD, VOD
2020 Vision: Global IPTV revenues forecast to reach $79.3B
Feb 04 2015 8:30 AM

Yet another report is circulating that sets high hopes for the IPTV industry, this one saying that 2020 revenues could exceed $79.3 billion, up from just $24.9 billion in 2013.

The report, from Transparency Market Research, said the market – expected to see a CAGR of better than 18% -- primarily is being driven by two factors, increasing broadband penetration and decreasing IPTV subscription prices around the world.

Euro streamer Wuaki.tv plans 15 country expansion in 2015
VOD
Euro streamer Wuaki.tv plans 15 country expansion in 2015
Jan 23 2015 9:00 AM

Streaming VOD company Wuaki.tv, which has been fighting for users in Spain and the United Kingdom, is planning to expand its service to 15 additional European markets in 2015.

The company, owned by Japan’s Rakuten, also launched in France, Germany and Italy in 2014, but has faced strong headwinds, especially in France.

Netflix daily streaming up among pay-TV subs and non-subscribers
Pay TV, SVOD, VOD
Netflix daily streaming up among pay-TV subs and non-subscribers
Jan 05 2015 6:15 AM

More than three quarters of U.S. households have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix, or use on-demand video from a pay-TV provider, new research says.

The research, from Leichtman Research Group, said more than a quarter (26%) use more than one of the services and 11% use all three.

UltraViolet fighting to become relevant, has an uphill battle
VOD
UltraViolet fighting to become relevant, has an uphill battle
Dec 18 2014 8:15 AM

UltraViolet, which consumers ignored en masse at its launch in 2011 because of confusion over what it was, a difficult user interface and spare content, is showing signs of life.

Connected TVs & Devices, SVOD, VOD
Amazon heats up streaming device segment with Fire TV Stick
Oct 27 2014 7:45 AM

Hot on the heels of a pretty lackluster Q3 earnings report last week, Amazon today is rolling out a new product, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, that’s going to heat up the streaming media device market.

The Fire TV Stick is a $39 dongle that’s targeting both Google’s $35 Chromecast and Roku’s $50 Streaming Stick.

Amazon Prime members can get Fire TV Stick for $19 for the next two days… including the 2-day shipping that comes with a Prime membership.

$25M funding round beings Roku to $153M
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT, VOD
Roku SEC filing shows new $25 million funding round
Oct 24 2014 9:15 AM

Earlier this month, BSkyB filed papers that it had invested an additional $700,000 in streaming media STB company Roku… turns out that was just the tip of a pretty big investment round for the month by the Saratoga, Calif.-based company.

In papers just released today, Roku acknowledges it raised $25 million in its latest round, but doesn’t disclose the multiple investors who took part.

Wuaki.tv plans to launch in Germany in November
EMEA, VOD, OTT
VOD service Wuaki.tv heading to Germany in November
Oct 24 2014 7:00 AM

More competition for Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as the rest of the lot in Germany, as Wuaki.tv says it’s planning to launch in Deutschland in late November.

Published reports say the VOD provider, which already is in Spain and the United Kingdom, will offer films from Hollywood and Germany, as well as content from other European countries.

Pay TV, VOD, OTT
Global pay TV nears 1B subs, $269B in revenue in 2014
Oct 23 2014 3:45 PM

The global pay-TV market is closing in on 1 billion subscribers, and is forecast to end 2014 just 80 million shy of the benchmark number.

But even as that number climbs, average revenue per user globally is expected to decline, the result of increasing competition.

But, says researcher ABI, the decline in ARPU will be smaller this year than last.

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