pay-tv operators


SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials, Cord Cutting
Q2 likely to be miserable as operators brace for big customer losses; OTT anyone?
Jul 24 2017 3:00 PM

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.

Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a quarterly upturn, but it’s still down 3% Y/Y
LatAM, Pay TV, Operators
Q3 brings Brazil’s pay-TV operators a subscriber upturn, but sector is still down 3% Y/Y
Nov 15 2016 8:30 AM

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.

Connected TVs & Devices, Operators
Bell Fibe TV becomes 1st Canadian pay-TV service on Apple TV
Nov 07 2016 7:30 AM

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.

Dish & CenturyLink: Two operators with very different takes on skinny bundles
Pay TV, Operators, OTT
Dish & CenturyLink: Two operators with very different takes on skinny bundles
Aug 04 2016 11:45 AM

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.

EMEA, Operators
Big growth seen in MENA pay-TV market as 2021 revenues seen toping $11.47B
Aug 01 2016 5:00 AM

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.

Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
UHD, Operators, Content Owners
Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
Jul 26 2016 9:45 AM

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 game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Content Deals, Operators
It’s game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Jun 17 2016 5:30 AM

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.”

Pay TV subscriber adds in Q1? A mixed bag, says report
Pay TV, Cord Cutting
Pay TV subscriber adds in Q1? Meh
May 17 2016 6:00 AM

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.

Natural selection and the evolution – extinction? - of the cable bundle
Pay TV, Content
Natural selection and the evolution – extinction? - of the cable bundle
Mar 03 2016 9:00 AM

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.

Apple TV service rumors gains some new legs
Pay TV, Mobile, Content Deals
Apple TV service rumors gain some new legs
Jul 14 2015 8:00 AM

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.

Commentary, Pay TV
Next-gen subscriber management: Helping operators monetize the TV Everywhere landscape
Sep 04 2014 10:45 AM

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.

EMEA, Pay TV, Online Video, TV Everywhere
European pay-TV revenues flat as competition, discounts depress margin
Jun 11 2014 9:00 AM

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.