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Online TV & movie piracy losses to soar to $52 billion
Online Video
Online TV & movie piracy losses to soar to $52 billion
Oct 30 2017 8:30 AM
If your Halloween costume includes an eye-patch, cutlass, some serious swagger and the phrase, “Aye, matie,” you’ll probably be best advised to stay away from Hollywood parties where the word “pirate...
IBC, broadcasters
Metadata one of top trends at IBC
Oct 30 2017 8:00 AM
Streaming content was the bread and butter of this year’s IBC, topped with a big dollop of data. In our most recent white paper, Top Trends from IBC 2017, join me as we take a deeper dive into what...
Sports, APAC, Live Streaming
NFL making a pass at China
Aug 22 2017 12:00 PM
The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated...
LatAM, SVOD, Mobile
Latin America seeing golden age of TV in form of SVOD
Aug 22 2017 7:30 AM
Globally, subscription video on-demand (SVOD) is on a rocket trajectory and Latin America is deeply in the mix. While Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been the leaders of subscription video on-demand...
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM
Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current...
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017 5:15 AM
Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the...
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...
Live sports
Wimbledon 2027: how will fan engagement and marketing change?
Jul 20 2017 3:45 PM
This article originally appeared in The Drum.   Wimbledon is here again, but let’s take a moment to reflect on how the ways that we consume sports has changed over the past 90 years since the BBC's...
online video play button
Online Video, Online Video Advertising
Digital, data and dollars at Vidcon
Jul 03 2017 2:00 PM
An estimated 30,000 online video creators, fans and industry players recently gathered for another successful Vidcon, the annual online video conference, in Anaheim, California.   Advances in digital...
Online Video Advertising, broadcasters
Fox joins YouTube in offering 6-sec. ad format; will other nets follow?
Jun 22 2017 9:00 AM
Fox Networks Group has joined Google in offering a six-second ad format that can’t be skipped on its digital properties, with the goal to eventually bring them to its linear TV networks as well. "...
production, content protection
Hollywood Under Cyberattack: How to Defend Against the Big Hack
Jun 08 2017 3:00 PM
This post originally appeared in Variety.  The Dark Overlord is threatening the content community. Time to unsheathe your lightsabers.   "The Dark Overlord," of course, is the person or persons who...
Pay TV, Live sports, Millennials
A skinny bundle without sports? Duh
May 25 2017 10:30 AM
Skinny bundles from cable operators – and their OTT surrogates like Sling TV – are becoming more common as the companies try to look more attractive to consumers tired of paying for 200-plus channels...
Live Streaming, OTT
What are your firsts in 2016?
Dec 22 2016 1:30 PM
As the year comes to an end, I reminisce over some of the things I did. A few firsts come to my mind. I watched a live Opera for the first time ever. 2016 also happens to be the year I finally...
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
OTT, Advertising, SVOD
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
Dec 20 2016 5:30 AM
Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three. Buffering remains the...
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
EMEA, Broadband, Operators
Cable operators in EU see revenue gains, subscriber losses
Dec 19 2016 12:15 PM
Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross...
Connected TVs & Devices
Report: Installed Internet-connected TVs, devices to top 238M by 2019
Dec 19 2016 8:15 AM
The number of devices connected to the Internet and capable of delivering apps to TV screens is expected to grow 59% by 2019, totaling more than 238 million devices. Connected TVs are forecast to...
Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
OTT, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Wrapping up 2016 on a high note for streaming industry, consumers
Dec 19 2016 7:15 AM
A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT...
Operators, Cord Cutting
In the U.S., service providers face triple cord-cutting threat
Dec 15 2016 11:30 AM
U.S. operators – especially telcos – are facing a triple cord-cutting threat as subscribers are dropping their landlines, traditional pay-TV subscriptions and, increasingly, broadband plans, as...
Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Research, Mobile, Millennials
Report: Mobile video mainstreaming with Millennials
Dec 15 2016 11:00 AM
More than 20% of U.S. Millennials watch at least three hours of video each week on the smartphones, with nearly 12% saying they watch more than five hours. And, according to a new report, 53% say...
As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
SVOD, Operators
As Amazon nips at its heels, operator deals become crucial for Netflix’s global growth
Dec 15 2016 7:00 AM
Netflix is now available to Liberty Global customers in a pair of European countries, part of its deal with the international cableco that will give it direct access to millions of potential...
SVOD
AMC, BBC, ITV partner on SVOD service for US
Dec 14 2016 1:00 PM
More big-name players are entering the subscription video on-demand brouhaha in the United States. This time, it’s AMC partnering with BBC Worldwide and broadcaster ITV – the two largest broadcasters...
DirecTV Now is back in the NFL game… sort of
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Live sports
DirecTV Now is back in the NFL game… sort of
Dec 14 2016 12:45 PM
DirecTV Now viewers who signed up for AT&T’s new streaming hoping to watch the NFL on local Fox channels were disappointed last weekend when they discovered the content was blacked out. They may...

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