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%.
Multiscreen video service is nearly ubiquitous in Europe, with 92% of service providers now offering multiscreen services, nearly half (49%) providing access to third-party OTT services on their platforms, and 30% offering standalone, unbundled OTT services.
European Union member households with mobile Internet access and no fixed line access have nearly doubled in the past year to 13%, and have more than tripled since 2011, underlining the increasing pace with which consumers – especially Millennials -- are adopting an all-mobile lifestyle.
And, according to the European Commission’s eCommunications Survey, 69% of EU households have mobile Internet access, up 21% Y/Y.
The over-the-top and SVOD virus is spreading across Australia with record-setting subscription numbers and usage figures being tossed around like rugby balls at a barby.
But, consumers are finding there may be a price to pay for ditching more traditional appointment-based TV: Recurring ads and ad loads on free catch-up TV services.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has long been expected to this week propose the Commission be allowed to regulate the Internet like a public utility, something ISPs have staunchly objected.
The number of Internet users in China – already the largest such community in the world – grew to 649 million users by the end of 2014. And, according to a report from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), nearly 86%, some 557 million users, access the Internet via mobile devices.
CNNIC, according to Reuters, said Internet users increased 31 million in 2014, growth that was outpaced by mobile users, which increased by 57 million.
The number of fixed broadband subscriber in the United States continues to inch closer to the number of pay-TV subscribers, as Internet TV and over-the-top video services continue to gain traction with American consumers.
Leichtman Research Group said telco and cable providers added some 700,000 new subscribers in Q3, and now count more than 86.6 million subscribers, compared to about 95.3 million pay-TV subscribers.
Charter Communications reported Q3 revenue of $2.29 billion, up 8% from a year ago and in line with Wall Street’s expectations, but recorded a loss $53 million, or 49 cents per share, 56 cents worse than analysts had expected. Charter lost $70 million in the quarter a year ago.
Shares slipped 2% in early trading, down $3.19 this morning.
By 2020, it’s expected that more than 33 billion devices will be connected to the Internet, the equivalent of 4.3 devices for every person in the world.
New research from Strategy Analytics suggests that there will be some 12 billion Internet-connected devices in use worldwide by the end of 2014, about 1.7 devices for every person on the planet.
Among the findings from the SA report:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality roadmap got the support it needed – barely – from commissioners in a 3-2 split-decision along party lines.
The proposal, amended to more directly address the specter of a tiered Internet and “fast lanes” for priority traffic, now will move into what is likely to be a months-long process of public hearings and private arm wrestling between the various sides in the net neutrality debate.
Get out the birthday candles; the Web turns 25 on March 12 and it’s harder to give up than, well, just about anything, including TV.
Pew said its national survey found more than half (53%) of U.S. Internet users said they would find it “very hard” to give up the Internet, compared to just 35% of adults who said TV would be “very hard” to break up with.
Not surprisingly, among 18-29 year olds, only 12% said it would be very hand to give up TV.
On the heels of Google Fiber’s expansion announcement, Time Warner Cable today said it would begin offering a 300 Mbps service in Austin, Texas, which already is seeing 1 Gigabit service being deployed by AT&T and is on Google’s to-do list for deployment.
TWC said its current 50 Mbps “Ultimate” tier, would be bumped to 300 Mbps; AT&T already is offering a 300 Mbps service over fiber in Austin.