Could second quarter pay-TV subscriber losses in the United States top 1 million, the highest figure ever? In a word, yes.
The second quarter routinely is a weak one for operators and in the current environment – remember the first quarter saw more than 800,000 subscribers cut the cord, according to Kagan – reaching one million may be an easy task.
Brazil’s pay-TV subscriber numbers grew Q/Q during the third quarter by 47,000, the first gains the sector has shown in at least seven quarter. And, although those numbers represent a decrease of 558,000 (almost 3%) from a year ago, the slight upward tick is, hopefully, a sign of things to come.
Brazil’s 18.96 million pay-TV subscribers makes it the second-largest in Latin America, behind only Mexico.
Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, available on Apple TV, making it the first pay-TV service from the Great White North to be available on the device.
The battle for disenchanted pay-TV subscribers is heating up, with a pair of operators today taking two different paths using skinny bundles as chum they hope will attract viewers.
Dish Network, which also has gone to a straight OTT offering to attract cord cutters and cord nevers with Sling TV, today floated a flexible skinny bundle to its pay-TV customers.
New research says strong pay-TV growth is anticipated in the Middle East and Africa region with subscriptions expected to reach 54.1 million by 2021, an increase of 67% since 2015, despite continued pressure from OTT video.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of video service providers and three-quarters (73%) of content producers believe that consumers will pay 10% to 30% more for access to 4K/UHD content.
It’s only June so Dish Network isn’t likely to catch too much flak over its decision to drop the NFL Network and NFL RedZone from its pay-TV service during a carriage-fee fight that’s taken to the traditional he-said-she-said tone so many of these disputes do.
Dish is displaying a message on the now-vacant channel the NFL fare usually is on saying it’s open to a “fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to customers.”
Some good news/bad news for the U.S. pay-TV industry in terms of subscribers in the first three months of 2016.
The good, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG), is that the 13 largest pay-TV providers – which represent about 95% of the market – added about 10,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2016.
The bad? That’s 160,000 fewer than it added in the same period a year ago.
There’s been an awful lot of conversation about the survivability of the cable bundle, with new entrants like DirecTV Now, Sling TV et al., beginning to test the waters of “real” consumer demand for skinny bundles (along with other alternatives being floated) to counter the bloated 230+ channel bundles operators prefer.
Content? Check. Platform? Check? Market opportunity? Double check. A report from the New York Post says Apple is poised to launch a Cloud TV service as early as this fall, and says all the major networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and many of their affiliates -- are very close to being onboard.
The explosion of video-enabled, Internet-connected devices means the global pay-TV market is undergoing a significant evolution; it is predicted that by 2019 there will be 1.1 billion pay-TV subscribers.* With the rise of new platforms, devices and distribution models, it is becoming a strategic imperative for operators to embrace the TV Everywhere vision.
Increasing competition, aggressive discounting and cheaper double- and triple-play prices are stalling pay-TV revenue growth for European operators.
Pay-TV specific revenues are forecast to reach $40.35 billion in 2014, up just 0.6% from 2013’s $40.12 billion. Since 2010, pay-TV revenues have increased just more than 9% from $36.67 billion.