A new report from British telecom regulator Ofcom says that – for the first time ever – kids are spending more time online than watching television weekly.
The report said five- to 15-year-olds in the past year have increased their Internet time by some 79 minutes to 15 hours a week. Almost all of that time came at the expense of television. Young viewers in the past year spent 72 minutes less time with the television, and now average 13 hours and 36 minutes.
Next year, for the first time, adults in Germany will spend more time with online digital media than viewing TV, a shift in viewing patterns that are even showing up with older consumers.
eMarketer forecasts that German adults will spend 3 hours and 44 minutes per day online compared to 3 hours and 38 minutes watching television; in all, digital media consumption will be up by 5.8% among consumers 18 and older, while daily TV viewing time is forecast to decline 0.3%.
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.
Revenues for the Mexican pay-TV industry were up nearly 23% year-over-year in Q3, increasing to $953 million. Much of that growth is attributable to continued subscriber growth in the country as operators bundle services to decrease churn and increase customer loyalty.
But pay-TV operators are also rolling out inexpensive content packages and, perhaps more importantly, making it easy to access video-on-demand services and OTT.
Live sports have always been seen as a major edge for pay-TV operators, as its been the slowest to transition to operating over-the-top on a game-by-game basis, and hasn’t been beset by the disruption experienced by traditional operators and broadcasters.
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.
Opera TV is helping SVOD service Claro video expand its presence in Latin America’s growing market, helping Claro streamline its app development and deployment efforts.
Brunei telco DST is partnering with iflix to offer its subscribers a year’s worth of unlimited access to the streaming video service for $48.
The deal gives DST customers access to content on up to five devices, including phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, TVs and other connected devices. , and also allows them to download content to their mobile device to watch offline.
Pakistan’s PTCL has signed a partnership agreement with Netflix for the Pakistan market, with each said saying they’ll “use their respective resources for mutual benefit, utilizing and maximizing the viewing experience and penetration of Netflix services in Pakistan.”
Australian streaming video service Stan this week told investors it had more than 600,000 subscribers, up from 332,000 in May and 50,000 from numbers shared in September, and also said it expected to reach 1 million paying subs by the middle of Fiscal Year 2018. And, said the 16-month-old startup, it expects to reach the breakeven point by the second half of FY 2018.
The number of subscription video on-demand users in Latin America is expected to hit 31.81 million by 2021, a 161% increase from the 12.19 million subscribers in the region at the end of 2015. Nearly one-in-five TV households will subscribe to an OTT service, up from just 11% this year.
With more than 300 million Internet users and nearly one billion smartphone users, India is developing into a major market for over-the-top video, especially with nearly one third of the population consisting of consumers in the Millennials and Gen Edge generations.