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CES launches underline consumers' exodus to mobile devices for video consumption
Cloud TV, Mobile, Millennials
CES launches underline consumers' exodus to mobile devices for video consumption
Jan 11 2016 8:00 AM

Nearly two thirds of consumers globally prefer to access Internet TV on mobile devices, a new study says, a trend underlined by last week’s CES launches of 4K screens on mobile devices and debuts of new Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast enabled devices.

Sling TV leverages real-time data to create personalized content guide, new UI
Cloud TV, Analytics, Millennials
Sling TV leverages real-time data to create personalized content guide, new UI
Jan 06 2016 7:15 AM

Navigating Sling TV just got a little easier – or, perhaps, just got a lot more like Netflix and Amazon Prime -- pushing the most popular shows to the top of its listings rather than siloing content in traditional channels.

The new UI leans heavily on real-time data collected from viewers to create personalized offerings, something that’s crucial for content owners looking to engage audiences in an increasingly crowded content space.

Report: 3 of 4 US Internet users to watch Cloud TV by 2019
Cloud TV, OTT, Netflix
Report: 3 of 4 US Internet users to watch Cloud TV by 2019
Dec 21 2015 8:15 AM

eMarketer is forecasting nearly three-quarters of U.S. Internet users – some 199.6 million people -- will watch over-the-top video services by 2019, with YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu being the top four destinations.

That means, the company said in it Q4 2015 State of Video: Monetization, Audience, Platforms and Content report, that nearly 90% of digital video viewers would watch OTT, and increase of nearly 3% from 2015.

Sony PlayStation Vue adds Chromecast to supported platforms
Cloud TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Sony PlayStation Vue adds Chromecast to supported platforms
Dec 15 2015 3:45 PM

Chromecast just joined the ever-expanding lineup of supported devices or Sony’s cloud TV play, PlayStation Vue, joining Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Sony’s own PS4 and PS3, iPhone and iPad.

Users have been waiting fro Chromecast since Sony announced it would be joining the family back in mid-November. Support for Chromecast is initially being offered via compatible iOS devices.

Just in time for Christams, BBC iPlayer comes to the new Apple TV
EMEA, Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Just in time for Christmas, BBC iPlayer comes to the new Apple TV
Dec 14 2015 8:00 AM

U.K. public broadcaster BBC has deployed its iPlayer streaming TV app for the latest iteration of Apple TV, joining other streaming apps that were available when Apple TV launched in October and filing a noticeable gap in iPlayer’s accessibility… and, it’s just in time for all of the BBC’s Christmas programming, which will make consumers – and the folks in Cupertino, Calif. -- a tad more jolly.

CBS chief: Apple puts Internet TV plan on hold, for now
Pay TV, OTT, Cloud TV
CBS chief: Apple puts Internet TV plan on hold, for now
Dec 08 2015 8:00 PM

New reports say Apple is suspending its efforts to create an over-the-top Internet television service, deciding instead to make it easier for content owners to go direct to consumers through its App Store.

CBS Chief Les Moonves Tuesday said Apple had put the project on hold, during a discussion at the Business Insider Ignition conference, adding that he believes the company will eventually move forward with the plan.

Rumor Mill: Time Warner Cable launching NYC Cloud TV play
Cloud TV, Pay TV, Millennials
Rumor Mill: Time Warner Cable launching NYC Cloud TV play
Oct 26 2015 8:45 AM

New York City subscribers to Time Warner Cable’s broadband service could soon have an opportunity to test a Cloud TV service the operator reportedly is planning to float as one way to attract cord cutters and cord nevers.

NBC set to launch SVOD comedy Cloud TV offering
Cloud TV, SVOD, Millennials
NBC set to launch comedy Cloud TV subscription service
Oct 15 2015 8:30 AM

SeeSo, NBCUniversal’s planned comedy-focused subscription video on demand service, is set to launch in beta in December with plans for general availability in January online, on mobile devices and on several OTT platforms.

Fall TV season viewer figures dive as online migration accelerates
Cloud TV, Millennials
Fall TV season viewer figures dive as online exodus accelerates
Oct 15 2015 7:45 AM

Forget about the Detroit Lions and their five losses to start the NFL season, TV execs are worried they may be on the same streak as TV viewing this fall season has dropped nearly 12% among Millennial men.

And, according to the Los Angeles Times, viewing by Young Millennials (18-24 years old) dropped an even more alarming 16% (viewing by Young Millennial women is down nearly 9%)… and those numbers are across live linear and time-shifted viewing.

Kids app Hopster launches dedicated French-language version
EMEA, OTT, Mobile
Kids app Hopster launches dedicated French-language version
Oct 05 2015 7:30 AM

U.K.-based kids-content app Hopster, which already is available in some 100 countries in English, is deploying a dedicated French-language version of its app.

The app – available in iOS initially – will deliver more than 500 French language episodes from Peppa Pig to Les Musiques de Mouk. Hopster, which is offering a discount on the service launch to 1.99 euros ($2.45), also will include games based on French school curriculum.

Despite sub loss, ARPU – and OTT opportunities – rise for providers in North America
Pay TV, OTT, Cloud TV
Despite sub loss, ARPU – and OTT opportunities – rise for providers in North America
Aug 20 2015 7:30 AM

Despite a dismal quarter for subscriber losses – 2Q15 saw the worst defections ever for a three-month period in the United States and Canada -- the North American pay-TV industry continued to see average revenue per user (ARPU) increase. And, as more operators roll out over-the-top products – like Dish Network’s Sling TV – there remains plenty of opportunity in the space.

Showtime goes over the top – ahead of schedule
SVOD, OTT, Pay TV
Showtime goes over the top – ahead of schedule
Jul 07 2015 10:30 AM

Showtime has joined the OTT fray, launching its over-the-top service a week ahead of schedule on Apple, Roku, Hulu and Sony PlayStation Vue.

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