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European cableco Liberty Global looks to double its mobile services bundling among subscribers
EMEA, Mobile, Operators
European cableco Liberty Global looks to double its mobile services bundling among subscribers
Nov 07 2016 6:30 AM

European cable giant Liberty Global expects to more than double the take rate its mobile service has among its 17 million broadband subscribers in Europe, dramatic growth that CEO Mike Fries says will deliver “huge benefits” to the companies base of customers and delivering higher ARPU, lower churn, and happier customers.

Netflix ‘looking at’ offline viewing, but not for developed markets
Netflix, SVOD
Netflix ‘looking at’ offline viewing, but not for developed markets
Nov 07 2016 6:00 AM

Bad news for commuters and road warriors hoping to catch up on The Crown or House of Cards: There’s no truth to the rumors – rampant over the past couple of weeks – that Netflix will be offering content for offline viewing in the near future (or, ever for that matter)… at least not in the United States and probably not in any market that has a highly developed WiFi and broadband infrastructure, like most of Western Europe.

Mobile video viewing up more than 200 hours since 2010
Research, Mobile, VOD
Mobile video viewing up more than 200 hours since 2010
Nov 03 2016 7:45 AM

Over the past four years, watching video on mobile devices has increased by nearly 210 hours annually while viewing on traditional TV sets has fallen by 130 hours, according to a new report. It’s a trend that’s accelerating and helps illustrate why more operators, broadcasters and content owners are ramping up their mobile video initiatives.

U.S. mobile ad spend pops 89% in first 6 half of 2016
Advertising, Mobile
U.S. mobile ad spend pops 89% in first half of 2016
Nov 02 2016 9:45 AM

U.S. mobile advertising spend in the first half of 2016 nearly doubled over 2015, with revenues coming in at $15.5 billion, up 89%, and made up nearly half of all digital ad spending.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau said U.S digital ad revenues totaled $32.7 billion, a 19% increase over the similar 2015 period.

Advertising on smartphones and tablets has become a must for brands looking to reach Millennials and an increasingly mobile-centric U.S. audience.

Verizon’s got game with free NBA League Pass for some mobile subs
Mobile, Live sports
Verizon’s got game with free NBA League Pass for some mobile subs
Oct 31 2016 7:15 AM

Verizon finally has added some real value – if you’re an NBA fan – to its under-performing Go90 mobile app.

Publishers say smartphone, tablet traffic up last year, worry about ad blocking
EMEA, Analytics, Ad Technology, Mobile
Publishers say smartphone, tablet traffic up last year, worry about ad blocking
Sep 07 2016 5:30 AM

Some 60% of publishers in the United Kingdom are expecting the number of programmatic partnerships to rise in 2016, according to a new survey, that also shows 80% of respondents believe monetization of data to be an important part of their business.

Mobile
Tablet shipments see rebound, screen-size increase through 2020
Aug 31 2016 11:00 AM

A rebound in the worldwide tablet market is forecast for 2018 as more users turn to detachable tablets to replace desktop and laptop computers.

Although year-over-year shipment growth is expected to decline this year, with just 183.4 million units shipped, International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracker report expects more than 194.2 million units to ship annually as growth continues through 2020.

North American HH own 7 connected devices; game consoles all about video
Connected TVs & Devices, Mobile, OTT
North American HH own 7 connected devices; game consoles all about video
Aug 24 2016 8:30 AM

The average North American household now has more than seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices, a new report from Sandvine said.

Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
LatAM, OTT, Mobile, Content Deals
Argentina’s Telecom Group adds Disney content to OTT plays
Aug 23 2016 6:30 AM

Subscribers to Argentinian OTT platforms Arnet Play and Personal Play Video now have access to select content from Disney, including some future releases.

Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Mobile, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Global smartphone sales up as consumers opt for pricier, bigger devices
Aug 22 2016 7:45 AM

Mid- and high-end smartphone sales are accelerating globally, said researcher GfK, with high-volumes of device sales expected from emerging markets like Africa, parts of Asia and China.

Mobile video is likely a significant market driver as the percentage of sale of phones with larger screens also has increased.

Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
APAC, Mobile, OTT
Singtel drops $1.84B to push deeper into India, Thailand
Aug 18 2016 7:15 AM

Singtel is expanding its mobile reach in Thailand and India, raising its stakes in Thailand’s largest mobile operator AIS and Indian integrated telecom Bharti Airtel with a $1.84 billion cash purchase of investment company Temasek's 21% share of Intouch Holdings.

Intouch controls 7.4% percent of Bharti Telecom, the holding company for Airtel, and is the largest shareholder in AIS.

Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Mobile, Social TV
Report: Social-Mobile video set for massive growth over next decade
Aug 18 2016 4:45 AM

A new report says consumers in the U.S. now spend more than 50 hours a week using a "screen" -- a television, personal computer, tablet, or mobile phone – and posits that, increasingly, time spent on smartphones is driving that growth.

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