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Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017
Pay TV, OTT
Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017
Sep 07 2016 7:00 AM

Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, a standalone TV service by the end of Q1 2017.

Fibe TV customers no longer will be required to sign up for Fibe Internet service to access the service, a move executives think will serve to further Fibe TV’s expansion across Canada. The service has seen strong growth since its original introduction in late 2010 and vaulted Bell into Canada’s top TV provider by the end of 2015.

APAC, Big Data, IPTV
KT leverages big data to launch shopping service tied to IPTV
Jul 18 2016 5:45 AM

South Korean service provider KT has rolled out a new mobile shopping service that allows subscribers to search for and buy products that are related to content they are watching on its IPTV service, Olleh TV.

KT, which is the biggest provider of IPTV service, with 6.5 million subscribers at the end of 2015, also is South Korea’s biggest fixed-line phone and broadband operator.

IPTV numbers top satellite TV in Western Europe
EMEA, Operators
IPTV numbers top satellite TV in Western Europe
Apr 13 2016 7:00 PM

IPTV households outnumbered satellite TV homes in Western Europe in 2015 for the first time, as rapid growth of IPTV delivery technology saw IPTV HH more than double since 2010. A new forecast from Digital TV Research expects that rapid growth to slow slightly, but still increase 27% to more than 32.5 million households in 2021, an increase of nearly 7 million.

LatAm pay-TV subscriber, revenue growth to slow thru 2015; IPTV rockets
LatAM, Pay TV
LatAm pay-TV subscriber, revenue growth to slow thru 2021; IPTV rockets
Mar 21 2016 6:30 AM

Latin America will add 14 million more pay-TV households by 2021, despite a region-wide economic malaise and a maturing market that will slow growth. The forecast growth is about half of the increase in households that was seen between 2010 and 2015, when 27 million new subscribers were added.

Canadian ISP rolls out new IPTV service on its 1-gig Internet
IPTV, Pay TV, Broadband
Canadian ISP rolls out IPTV service on its new 1-gig Internet
Jan 15 2016 7:15 AM

Urban Communications, a decade-old Internet service provider in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, is rolling out a new IPTV service based on its recently launched 1 Gbps Internet service. Its IPTV play includes a basic package of 90 channels (35 HD) for $29/mo.

Europe’s pay-TV sees worst growth since 2010, a sign OTT traction is gaining
EMEA, Pay TV, OTT
Europe’s pay-TV sees worst growth since 2010; a sign OTT traction is gaining
Dec 07 2015 5:45 AM

Looks like Europe may finally be feeling the effects of increased OTT traction as pay-TV subscriber growth hit 0.4% in Q2 2015, the slowest increase since the end of the Great Recession in 2010.

IHS reports that subscriptions declined in a significant number of markets throughout Europe and pointed to continued decline in the cable sector, which lost about 185,000 subscribers in the quarter.

Windstream launches Kinetic IPTV service in Lexington, opens new market for its broadband
IPTV, Pay TV
Windstream launches Kinetic IPTV service in Lexington, opens new market for its broadband
Dec 02 2015 12:15 PM

Windstream, following up on a promise it made in October, has launched its Kinetic TV service in Lexington, Kentucky, the second market in which the telco has rolled out the IPTV product.

IPTV subscriber losses in Q3 first ever slide for AT&T and Verizon
IPTV, Pay TV
IPTV subscriber losses in Q3 first ever slide for AT&T and Verizon
Oct 23 2015 7:30 AM

Suddenly, the little engine that could just can’t as subscriber growth for IPTV providers – the lone bright star in the pay-TV constellation – has followed cable and satellite subscriber numbers off the track.

This time, it’s not about the economy, not about intra-provider churn, and it can’t be attributed to the “myth” of cord cutting. It’s about consumer choice and an increasing adoption of SVOD and OTT services.

Google Fiber poses a considerable threat to incumbents, researcher says
Broadband, Pay TV
Google Fiber poses a considerable threat to incumbents, researcher says
Oct 13 2015 8:15 AM

Google Fiber continues to lurk on the radar screens of service providers worried (but not too) that the upstart service could gain momentum and be a challenger down the road.

They might want to up their guard a bit.

IPTV picking up share in European, US pay-TV markets
EMEA, IPTV, OTT
IPTV picking up share in European, US pay-TV markets
Sep 25 2015 6:45 AM

Europe’s pay-TV landscape is continuing to see change as telcos push IPTV platforms deeper into many major markets, seeing growth of up to 30% by 2019.

A new study from Futuresource Consulting forecasts IPTV will outperform satellite and cable growth in Western Europe and other regions. Cable is expected to lose up to 9% of its subscribers while satellite grows about 6%.

Q2 for pay-TV operators? With IPTV lifeline falling short, it will be dismal
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, OTT, IPTV
Q2 for pay-TV operators? With IPTV lifeline falling short, it will be dismal
Jul 28 2015 10:45 AM

The second quarter is shaping up to be a dismal one for pay-TV operators who routinely see seasonal declines in their subscriber numbers as customers trim or disconnect from the services as spring moves into summer, or simply churn for better pricing.

But this quarter appears to be unique.

Amino buys US hybrid TV player Entone for $73M
Mergers & Acquisitions, EMEA, Cloud TV
Amino buys US hybrid TV player Entone for $73M
Jul 21 2015 5:15 AM

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.

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