This is the final installment in a series looking at the industry trends that came out of IBC. Part 1 looked at how over-the-top services have been embraced by virtually all players in the industry and the growing dominance of offering software as a service.
Irish broadcaster RTÉ is partnering with Freesat to develop a new product for Ireland’s free digital television service Saorview.
“Saorview Connect,” will deliver a range of on-demand content, as well as the Saorview television channels, to viewers and will be integrated in a new set-top box with a range of additional features.
Further consolidation in the pay-TV set-top box sector as U.K.-based Amino Technologies has conditionally purchased one of its competitors in the space, U.S.-based Entone.
Amino said the deal would be worth some $73 million.
In addition to absorbing a direct competitor, the deal also gives Amino some immediate scale and some immediate cost synergies.
Milk and cookies, peanut butter and chocolate, love and marriage... some things just go together. Add streaming video and pay-TV to that list.
While a new study says consumers are more satisfied with streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu than the VOD offerings from their pay-TV providers, it also found that when they have both, they tend to be happier with their service provider.
The pay-TV industry has been slow to acknowledge that it’s having trouble keeping subscribers – most simply blame the economy for the losses – despite continuing erosion that eventually could resemble the Grand Canyon.
The fact that it has a tough time attracting younger viewers, the so-called "cord nevers" to its product, on the other hand, has been easier to admit.