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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.