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Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017 5:15 AM

Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the next five years.

Operators, Cord Cutting
In the U.S., service providers face triple cord-cutting threat
Dec 15 2016 11:30 AM

U.S. operators – especially telcos – are facing a triple cord-cutting threat as subscribers are dropping their landlines, traditional pay-TV subscriptions and, increasingly, broadband plans, as consumers look to mobile as their one-source supplier.

Researcher Ovum’s World Broadband Information Service says the trend is “looming” over U.S. operators, but adds that other regions also are potentially facing disruption on all three fronts.

Netflix inks deal with Pakistan telecom PTCL
APAC, Netflix
Netflix inks deal with Pakistan telecom PTCL
Oct 31 2016 8:30 AM

Pakistan’s PTCL has signed a partnership agreement with Netflix for the Pakistan market, with each said saying they’ll “use their respective resources for mutual benefit, utilizing and maximizing the viewing experience and penetration of Netflix services in Pakistan.”

Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Pay TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Oct 12 2016 10:00 AM

Charter has tapped Arris to develop a next-gen hybrid set-top box that allows users to access Internet content as well as content delivered by the pay-TV operator. Charter, the nation’s second-largest broadband provider and third-largest pay-TV operator, plans to deploy the new WorldBox 2.0 platform across its entire footprint, including on systems it acquired when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

virtual reality, Pay TV
VR revenue forecast to top $50 billion by 2021
Oct 05 2016 10:15 AM

New research forecasts revenues from virtual reality (VR) hardware – including headsets, peripherals and 360º cameras – could exceed $50 billion by 2021, some 10X more than sales in 2016.

25% of American’s who moved in the past year ditched pay TV
Pay TV, Virtual MVPD, Cord Cutting
25% of US households that moved in the past year ditched pay TV
Sep 23 2016 8:45 AM

Here’s another reason pay-TV operators are looking longingly at virtual MVPDs (V-MVPDs): Fully a quarter of all Americans who moved this past year no longer subscribe to a pay-TV service.

Accelerating pay-TV subscriber losses point to OTT’s continued adoption
Cord Cutting, Pay TV
Accelerating pay-TV subscriber losses point to OTT’s continued adoption
Aug 30 2016 6:15 AM

Nielsen is using updated census numbers to apply a balm to the sting of subscriber defections for many cable networks like ESPN, but industry analyst firm SNL Kagan has no lotion that will sooth the sting of what it says was the worst quarterly losses ever for the U.S. pay-TV industry.

APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
APAC, Pay TV, OTT
APAC pay-TV market forecast to reach 536M subs, $31B in revenues
Aug 18 2016 9:15 AM

APAC pay-TV operators are in line for some big subscriber growth over the next five years with a new study forecasting the region will see more than 100 million new subscribers by 2021 with pay-TV subscription and PPV revenues topping $31 billion.

Digital TV Research, in its latest Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operator Forecasts report said the top 65 operators in 17 countries will top 536 million subs by 2021, up from 438 million in 2015.

Pay TV, Research, Broadband
Broadband growth will be key to cable revenues over next decade
Aug 12 2016 5:00 AM

The cable industry will be buoyed by its growing broadband business as consumer preferences change over the next decade, and it expected to drive  residential revenues to $117.7 billion in 2026, up from $108.4 billion this year.

Researcher SNL Kagan’s 10-Year Cable Projections also forecasts a slowing of cord cutting, and offers a slightly improved outlook for the video segment, and says bundling of services also will increase.

Q2 sees subscriber troubles for operators, cable networks
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Q2 sees subscriber troubles for operators, cable networks
Aug 11 2016 11:30 AM

It’s been a tough quarter for pay-TV operators and cable networks.

Every major U.S. operator – with the exception of DirecTV -- lost subscribers in the quarter, led by AT&T’s U-verse TV which lost 391,000 subs, its worst loss since Q1 when 381,000 customers bailed.

Cox adds new pay-TV programming targeting Hispanics
Operators, Pay TV, Content Deals
Cox adds new pay-TV programming targeting Hispanics
Aug 09 2016 7:15 AM

With Hispanic consumers gaining increasing attention from brands in the U.S., pay-TV operators have begun to scramble to get more content for their services. Atlanta-based Cox Communications is no exception, today announcing it had signed a deal to add Pasiones, a Spanish-language network that features telenovelas and drama series, and WAPA America, the cable network arm of the top broadcast network in Puerto Rico. Both networks are available on Cox’s Latino Pak video service.

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.

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