Pay-TV subscription declines continued at a record pace, with the industry losing an estimated 430,000 subscribers in the third quarter, bring the loss for the first 9 months of the year to 1.3 million, the most ever for the first nine months of the year.
Research firm SNL Kagan said the Q3 loss was higher than a year ago, with the telco segment hit the hardest, fueled by AT&T’s continued move to satellite delivery via DirecTV from its legacy U-verse IPTV product.
That Americans binge watch streaming video is no surprise; reports on our proclivity to watch more than one episode at a single sitting have been floating around since Netflix started streaming complete seasons of TV shows. But, a new report from Deloitte, its most recent iteration of the Digital Democracy Survey, points out that it’s clearly more than just House of Cards, Transparency and past seasons of Game of Thrones that has us enthralled.
Turns out streaming may not be the death knell of traditional media after all.
The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) said that retail revenues in the music industry increased about 1% last year, to nearly $7 billion, and attributes much of the growth to paid subscription streaming services like Spotify. Paid subscription streaming brought in $1.2 billion in 2015, an increase of 52% Y/Y, which more than offset losses from physical media and digital downloads.
As more consumers migrate away from traditional broadcast and pay TV to online video, streaming companies are looking fro more ways to differentiate themselves from their competition.
The increased availability of quality premium content to stream, along with the growing number of services delivering over-the-top content, is fueling rapid growth in the number of broadband households in the United States that have at least one TV connected to the Internet.
There’s not a lot of love lost between media research firm Nielsen and TV and advertising executives who bemoan the rating company’s sampling approach to measuring the viewership of homes.
For years those execs have challenged the accuracy of basing a TV show’s popularity on the viewing habits of 25,000 Nielsen homes and even when the company recently bumped that sample to 40,000 homes – out of 116.4 million potential TV households – critics scoffed at the move.
Dish Network and CBS Saturday agreed to a multiyear retransmission contract a day after CBS pulled its content, putting the network back on the air for about 4.2 million of Dish’s 14 million subscribers affected by the blackout.
CBS had pulled its programming Friday, affecting Dish subscribers in more than a dozen markets where CBS owned the local affiliate, markets that included New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit, among others.
AirTies Wireless Networks is partnering with Norigin Media on a multi-media casting set-top box that will cast TV and video streams from mobile devices onto larger screens at home.
The STB will be on display at IBC 2014, at the AirTies stand (Hall 5, B33) and the Norgin Media stand (Hall 14m H16).
The reports of the death of the pay-TV set-top box may have been a bit premature, depending upon how you define “STB.”
The industry, which has been written off multiple times by industry analysts as streaming digital devices moved into the spotlight, had its best revenue year ever in 2013, if you include sales of a growing home media gateway (HMG) segment. IHS reports that sales were up 3% from 2012, to more than $20 million.
Despite losing its case with broadcasters in the Supreme Court last week, streaming video startup Aereo says it may be down, but it’s not out -- yet.
A company spokesman in an email Saturday said that “We want to emphasize that this is a pause, and that the company is not shutting down. Aereo is consulting with the court and mapping out next steps.”
In a letter to subscribers, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia wrote:
It’s not time to sound the death knell for Redbox, the video rental kiosk company that looked to take Netflix’s spot in the DVD rental market, but it may be time to sound a note of caution.
The company, which also has a deal to be Verizon’s movie streaming service of choice, looks to be losing steam as the bonds between the physical world of discs and those of consumers who would prefer to stream continue to weaken.