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A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Cloud TV, SVOD
A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Nov 30 2016 7:00 AM

After much ado about a big investment in developing its own streaming TV platform that didn’t go as expected in time for its launch, HBO turned to BAMTech for its April 2015 rollout.

52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Millennials, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Nov 22 2016 7:15 AM

A new study says U.S. households have an average of eight connected devices, and said a third (32%) of homes have at least one streaming media player connected to the Internet, a modest increase of about 7 million homes over a year ago.

That penetration is likely to increase the number of consumers interested in streaming 4K UHD content, but the large number of connected devices could put a strain on the home network’s ability to handle 4K content delivery.

UHD
Is this the year 4K UHD TV sets finally become mainstream?
Nov 22 2016 7:00 AM

A pair of studies forecast a surge in sales for 4K UHD TVs this holiday season as consumers will have more brands, options and screen sizes from which to choose, and as prices continue to fall.

4K UHD television sales are set to grow by 40% Y/Y in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Assoc., and account for more than half (56%) of all TV sales during Q4.

Cox hopes ‘Glosi’ SVOD service can draw valuable Hispanic OTT audience
Operators, SVOD
Cox hopes ‘Glosi’ SVOD service can draw valuable Hispanic OTT audience
Aug 02 2016 3:15 PM

The race to capture the hearts and minds (not to mention pocketbooks) of Hispanics in the U.S. will soon be adding another streaming video entity: Glosi.

The soon-to-launch service from Cox Communications (it’s set to debut later this month) will be subscription based and ad free, according to the Atlanta-based pay-TV operator.

SVOD penetration catches DVR in US households
Research, SVOD
SVOD penetration catches DVR in US households
Jun 28 2016 3:45 PM

The DVR, which was celebrated in U.S. pay-TV households for making it possible for viewers to throw away the “TV appointment book,” is slowly becoming an also-ran as more Americans adopt SVOD services.

A new study from Nielsen said 50% of U.S. households now subscribe to at least one SVOD service, like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.

Report: Love of TV grows even as streaming becomes more commonplace
OTT, Broadcaster, NAB
Report: Love of TV grows even as streaming becomes more commonplace
Apr 19 2016 9:15 PM

A new report contends nearly three-quarters of “core streamers” -- viewers who spend at least 20% of their TV/video viewing time streaming content – consider access to broadcast networks a top features in a TV/video service.

"Broadcast is alive, well, and continues to deliver value in today's fragmented ecosystem," asserted Howard Horowitz, president of Horowitz Research, during Tuesday's Online Video Conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Roku plans to integrate 4K streaming services in new TCL TV sets
Connected TVs & Devices, Online Video, UHD
Roku plans to integrate 4K streaming services in new TCL TV sets
Jan 05 2016 6:45 AM

Virtual reality is making big headlines at CES this year, but 4K/UHD remains a major staple of the show after making a big splash last year.

Roku this week said it plans – along with hardware partners TCL, Hisense and Haier – to introduce some 60 models that have company’s streaming platform built in to them in 2016, up from 40 this year, and said some of them will be 4K UHD screens.

Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Broadband
Opposition mounts to Charter merger plans, but will it sway the FCC?
Oct 14 2015 8:30 AM

It hasn’t reached the level of vitriol seen in Comcast’s aborted attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable, but opposition to Charter’s bid to acquire TWC is picking up as competitors, public interest groups, industry accosiations and vendors put pressure on the FCC to block the deal that would make Charter the second largest cable operator in the U.S.

NAB wants station ownership review first

thePlatform realigns under Comcast Wholesale
OTT, Online Video
thePlatform realigns under Comcast Wholesale
Oct 13 2015 7:30 AM

One-time startup thePlatform, was acquired by Comcast in 2006 from founder Ian Blaine; it's been operating as a standalone unit since, but, no more. The company said it is now under the guidance of Comcast Wholesale.

Marty Roberts, co-CEO of the company for a little more than the past year, has left the Seattle-based online video platform and Jamie Millar, who served with Roberts as co-CEO, now will report to Comcast Wholesale SVP and GM Matt McConnell.

Ooyala News
Ooyala partners with Accenture to deliver more personalized TV experience
Sep 15 2015 7:15 AM

Accenture is partnering with Ooyala to deliver a more advanced video offering to broadcast, cable TV, digital media, and telecommunications service providers.

Accenture says it will integrate Ooyala Pulse, the company’s advertising server and advertising management technology, Ooyala IQ, an award-winning analytics tool, and Ooyala Discovery, a technology that provides content recommendation capabilities, into its Accenture Video Solution.

Canada’s Bell Media taking its SVOD service, CraveTV, over the top
SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials
Canada’s Bell Media taking its SVOD service, CraveTV, over the top
Jul 14 2015 5:00 AM

Canadian operator Bell Media is stepping outside its footprint with its seven-month-old subscription video-on-demand service, CraveTV, saying the service will be available over the top direct to consumers in the Great White North starting in January.

Massive growth projected in mobile, programmatic advertising by 2019
Ad Technology, Mobile, Online Video Advertising
Massive growth projected in mobile, programmatic advertising by 2019
May 11 2015 5:15 AM

Annual global advertising spend on mobile devices is expected to more than double to $105 billion by 2019, up from an estimated $51 billion this year.

A new study from Juniper Research, Digital Advertising: Online, Mobile & Wearables 2014-2019, also forecasts that Programmatic advertising will drive the growth in digital advertising as the technology advances over the coming years.

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