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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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%.
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.
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.