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Verizon/AOL buy of Millennial Media is a $240M bet on mobile ad growth
Mergers & Acquisitions, Ad Technology, Mobile
Verizon/AOL buy of Millennial Media is a $240M bet on mobile ad growth
Sep 04 2015 6:15 AM

While mobile video viewing has continued to accelerate as Millennials and younger viewers move most of their viewing time off the big screen, mobile advertising spend has failed to keep pace, something highlighted by Mary Meeker in her annual “State of the Internet” report earlier this year.

With Verizon mobile deal, HBO just got an extra 109.5 million prospects
OTT, Mobile, SVOD
With Verizon mobile deal, HBO just got an extra 109.5 million prospects
Jul 29 2015 8:15 AM

You know the 10 million additional potential customers HBO hoped to reach in the United States with its over-the-top play, HBO Now?

Q2 for pay-TV operators? With IPTV lifeline falling short, it will be dismal
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, OTT, IPTV
Q2 for pay-TV operators? With IPTV lifeline falling short, it will be dismal
Jul 28 2015 10:45 AM

The second quarter is shaping up to be a dismal one for pay-TV operators who routinely see seasonal declines in their subscriber numbers as customers trim or disconnect from the services as spring moves into summer, or simply churn for better pricing.

But this quarter appears to be unique.

Verizon’s mobile video service will begin testing soon, be ready in 8 weeks
Mobile, OTT, Pay TV
Verizon’s mobile video service will begin testing soon, be ready in 8 weeks
Jul 28 2015 8:15 AM

Eager to be one of the chosen for Verizon’s beta test of its Go90 mobile TV service? Well, you’ll have to wait until later this summer to get a full look, but your chances are pretty good of at least getting a peek soon…. Verizon is planning on testing the service with thousands of customers in the next few weeks.

Verizon signs VICE to its developing mobile video play
Mobile, Content Deals, Pay TV
Verizon signs VICE to its developing mobile video play
Jul 14 2015 7:15 AM

Verizon moved a big step closer today to crafting a Millennial-appealing mobile video service, announcing it was partnering with VICE to add the brand’s content to Verizon’s mobile video platform that is set to launch later this year.

The deal will see a broad selection of VICE digital content, including original domestic and international programming produced exclusively for Verizon – all through a mobile-first video offering.

How pay TV’s lousy customer satisfaction opens the door for challengers
Pay TV, Broadband, OTT, Commentary
How pay TV’s lousy customer satisfaction opens the door for challengers
Jun 02 2015 6:15 AM

Just how much do Americans love their ISPs and pay-TV providers? OK, trick question.

Both rank right up there with long-lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles and airlines when it comes to things we loathe.

Case in point: The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) which today delivered its annual report card on almost four-dozen industries.

Want to guess where pay-TV providers ranked? If you said “dead last,” go ahead and move to the front of the class.

Comcast, TWC account for 74% of cable broadband adds in Q1
Broadband, Pay TV
Comcast, TWC account for 74% of cable broadband adds in Q1
May 15 2015 7:00 AM

U.S. pay-TV operators continue to see stronger growth in their broadband businesses, with the 17 largest operators adding more than 1.2 million Internet subscribers in Q1, apace their Q1 2014 adds.

Cable and telco operators now control more than 88% of the broadband market.

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4B, moving closer to offering a virtual pay-TV service
Mergers & Acquisitions, OTT, Pay TV
Verizon buys AOL for $4.4B, moving closer to offering a virtual pay-TV service
May 12 2015 6:00 AM

Verizon took a big step forward today in helping to make sure its soon-to-be-offered mobile TV service makes money, spending $4.4 billion to acquire AOL and its fast-growing programmatic ad business.

The all-cash deal makes AOL a division of Verizon, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong told employees in a memo.

Videomind_Podcast_Top_TV_and_Media_Headlines
Online Video, OTT, Podcasts
Videomind podcast: This week's top TV & media headlines, May 1
May 01 2015 10:45 AM

In this week's Videomind podcast, "Hack and Flack" discuss the fizzing out of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, TWC's apparent denial of an urgency around millennial-focused OTT services, and the mounting tensions between networks and operators as exemplified by ESPN suing Verizon. 

  With ESPN suing, CBS Sports willingly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Pay TV, Content Deals
With ESPN suing, CBS Sports eagerly joins Verizon’s Custom TV Sports Pack
Apr 27 2015 12:30 PM

ESPN may have dropped a breech of contract lawsuit on Verizon after the telco launched its “Custom TV” skinny bundle that moved the sportsnet off the basic tier, but not every sports network is looking askance at the new $55 a month deal.

ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Pay TV, Sports, Content Deals
ESPN sues Verizon over ‘Custom TV’ skinny bundle plan
Apr 27 2015 9:45 AM

Disney has decided to play hardball with Verizon for offering its ESPN cable channel as an add-on to its new Custom TV FiOS package rather than as part of its basic tier. This morning ESPN filed a lawsuit alleging breech of contract.

Shammo: Verizon’s ‘Custom TV’ a nod to changing consumer demands
Pay TV, OTT
Shammo: Verizon’s ‘Custom TV’ a nod to changing consumer demands
Apr 21 2015 8:30 AM

Verizon today defended its decision to offer a “skinny bundle” of its own, saying it didn’t need to ask programmers for permission before reconfiguring more subscriber-friendly bundles, and said it was intent on giving consumers what they want.

“This is a product that the consumer wants,” Fran Shammo, Verizon’s CFO told analysts on the company’s earnings call this morning.

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