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Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Operators, Pay TV, Sports
Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Oct 25 2016 9:45 AM

Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network is offering NBA Team Pass to its subscribers, the first pay-TV provider in the U.S. to make the $119 single-team package available. The deal delivers any out-of-market game for any of the leagues’s 30 teams live to subs. (Dish also will continue to offer NBA League Pass, which includes up to 40 live and on-demand out-of-market games for $199.)

AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Content
AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Oct 24 2016 7:45 AM

Another blockbuster deal in the media landscape means another battle with regulators after AT&T this weekend agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion.

Report: Content best positioned to profit from OTT disruption
OTT, Content, Broadcaster
Report: Content best positioned to profit from OTT disruption
Oct 17 2016 7:45 AM

OTT has become the fastest-growing method of video content consumption, and that growth is putting content owners in the best position to capitalize on the increasing audience fragmentation being caused by the rise of on-demand services, according to a new study that posits the demand for high quality content will remain strong across the board.

Canal+ looks to partnerships, new pricing models & Millennials to drive crucial growth
EMEA, Pay TV, Millennials
Canal+ looks to partnerships, new pricing models, Millennials to drive crucial growth
Oct 14 2016 7:30 AM

France’s Canal+ Group wants to double the number of subscribers it has by 2018 and this week previewed  an ambitious plan that includes a new pricing model with “skinny” bundles of content, expanded partnerships, a new set-top box scheduled to deploy next year and a very targeted play to Millennials that features a no-contract offer of any streaming-only package that delivers to PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Should your goal be a Netflix killer? Or a killer SVOD consumer experience?
SVOD
Should your goal be a Netflix killer? Or a killer SVOD consumer experience?
Oct 03 2016 10:15 AM

Last week’s announcement from Canadian cablecos Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications that they planned to unplug their SVOD joint venture, shomi, highlights the challenges to launching a broad spectrum subscription video on-demand service to battle goliaths in the space like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Overall satisfaction with online video services drives cord cutting
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
Overall satisfaction with online video services drives cord cutting; costs operators in US >$1B
Oct 03 2016 8:45 AM

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.

SVOD, Pay TV, EMEA
SVOD-only homes increasing as younger users turn to ‘DIY bundles’
Sep 30 2016 7:30 AM

Industry pundits for years have been characterizing SVOD service like Netflix and Amazon Prime as “complimentary” to pay-TV services, pooh-poohing the concepts that they were a real threat to operators’ revenue streams.

Turns out they were very, very wrong.

APAC, Pay TV, EMEA
Report: Americas see 1st quarterly loss in pay-TV subs; APAC booming
Sep 26 2016 8:15 AM

North, Central and South Americas recorded their first pay-TV subscriber loss even, according to the quarterly informitv Multiscreen Index, a modest 290,000 customers, but a loss nonetheless.

9% of Millennials ‘very likely’ to cut pay-TV cord in 2016
Pay TV, Millennials, Cord Cutting
9% of Millennials ‘very likely’ to cut pay-TV cord in 2016
Sep 26 2016 8:00 AM

Nearly 6% of pay-TV subscribers say they are “very likely” cutting the cord this year, 50% more than were considering it a year ago, according to a study from researcher Frank N. Magid Associates. In its annual Magid Media Futures report, the industry researcher said that among Millennials, a recognized at-risk demographic in the pay-TV industry, that number was a whopping 9%.

Comcast chief Roberts on the future, technology and Netflix
Pay TV, SVOD, Search and Recommendation
Comcast chief Roberts on pay-TV's future, technology and Netflix
Sep 20 2016 12:45 PM

Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings may not be BFFs, but the two have a shared vision, Roberts said during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Broker Conference Call Tuesday, and it revolves around the consumer, a concept that hasn’t always seemed to be in the cable operator’s top of mind.

Rush to SVOD services seen doubling revenue to $34.6B by 2021
SVOD, Pay TV
Rush to SVOD services seen doubling revenue to $34.6B by 2021
Sep 19 2016 8:15 AM

SVOD revenues from service like Netflix and Amazon are expected to more than double to more than $34.6 billion by 2021, from $14.6 billion this year, as viewers increase their migration away from traditional liner TV.

Twitter stream of NFL game scores; wave of the future?
Sports, Live Streaming, OTT
Twitter scores with NFL stream; the wave of the future? Yep
Sep 16 2016 9:45 AM

A couple of buffers, a bit of delay (maybe 30 seconds?), but Twitter’s stream from its inaugural NFL Thursday Night Football game played better than the Buffalo Bills, who lost – for the record -- to the New York Jets, 37-31.

Picture quality on an iPad, connected TV (via Apple TV) and on my phone was solid, even when playing at the same time. And, surprise, there were no hoops to jump through to watch the game, no pay-TV authorization, no logging in, nada.

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