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A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT was higher than with pay TV and that they were more likely to recommend an OTT service to a friend or family member than a pay-TV service.
Customers using paid streaming video services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, or, skinny bundle offerings like SlingTV and PlayStation Vue, as well as programming apps like HBO Now are significantly more satisfied compared to pay-TV service providers, a new study says.
Australian households that subscribe to SVOD services have increased the number of services to 1.7 from 1.5 a year ago, with more than 2.7 million new active subscribers by the end of this month, an increase of 46% compared to the same period a year ago.
More than a quarter (27%) of the United Kingdom’s population now subscribe to at least one video on demand service (SVOD), and consumers overall are spending more of streaming media services than on subscriptions to newspapers and magazine.
A new report from relationship business management company Zuora, usinfg data from a YouGov survey, found that 24% (about 12.4 million) consumers subscribe to Netflix, 14% (7.2 million) to Sky Go and 13% (6.7 million) to Amazon Prime.
Comcast today reported it added 53,000 subscribers in Q1, it’s best first quarter subscriber results in nine years, on top of better-than-expected earnings.
The operator reported EPS of 84 cents, beating the 79 cents Wall Street expected. It also beat on revenues, reporting $18.8 billion, besting the forecast $18.6 billion. Revenue for the quarter was $18.79 billion, topping last year’s Q1against figure of $17.85 billion.
Got a hankering for some 4K/UHD video?
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) said it plans to launch its their new 4K streaming service —Ultra — on April 4. The catch? The content will only be available, initially, on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs with Android TV, and… movies will cost $30 each.
Plans for the 4K digital service were announced originally at CES in January.
Indonesia says it will crack down on global Internet firms that do business in the country but aren’t paying , saying it will block services that don’t have “permanent establishment” status there.
The country wants firms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Netflix to establish a local presence in Indonesia, as do other companies in industries like oil.
That local presence, at minimum a representative office, would then allow firms to be taxed.
In August, Cablevision and CBS agreed to a comprehensive multi-year carriage agreement that included the stipulation that the operator would be the first MVPD partner to live stream the CBS signal and Showtime. That’s a done deal now, as Cablevision's Optimum TV subscribers can now watch CBS programs in all dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – online and on mobile devices… as long as they’re in a markets served by a CBS-owned stations (ie.
Looks like the economic malaise in Brazil has claimed another victim (in addition to pay-TV subscription numbers which has plummeted): The Live TIM Blue Box service will shut down at the end of this month.
Brazilian operator TIM blamed the current “macro-economic scenario” for the shutdown, but lack of customer interest may have been a major cause, as well.
Smart TVs were supposed to be the bastard children of the digital video revolution, too expensive with too long a replacement cycle and too unwieldy to be able to pivot as the technology behind video evolved.
Turns out they may be the favorite after all, at least in the United States.
If there’s anything likely to help the tech industry’s lagging self-confidence after lackluster earnings from Apple and Netflix’s apparent swift fall from grace, it’s got to be Facebook, which reported Q4 revenue that topped $5.8 billion, a subscriber base that’s climbed to 1.59 billion and a claim that more than 500 million Facebookers watch 100 million hours of video daily on the social media site.
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.