After seeing double-digit growth rates for the past three years and a compound annual growth rate of nearly 8.6% between 2010 and 2015, media rights for North American sporting events for TV and streaming are forecast to moderate slightly through 2020 to a CAGR of 5.5%, a new study says.
U.S. operator Cablevision this week became the first operator to integrate Hulu’s SVOD service into its set-top box, allowing customers to access Hulu content on a dedicated channel directly from its interactive program guide.
Customers who already subscribe to the Hulu service simply turn to the channel and signing into their Hulu account. Non-Hulu subs can trial the service for free.
The growth of SVOD services like Netflix, Amazon and, to a much lesser extent, Hulu have inured us to massive subscriber growth numbers. Netflix routinely adds 5 million or more subs a quarter, Amazon could have as many as 50 million subscribers to its Prime service, many of whom likely use its Prime Instant Video product and Hulu reportedly has about 10 million subs.
This is kind of a “glass half empty,” “glass half full” thing…
Some new research from PayWizard says this Christmas will be a banner one for SVOD providers with 52% of viewers globally planning to watch Internet TV this season, up from the current 25% audience worldwide.
The bad news? About 15% plan to drop those services after a 30-day trial and another 30% said they would likely cancel their subscriptions within the next six months.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has taken the satellite operator’s campaign against the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger to a new level, this week slamming the deal at a gathering of top FCC staffers as one that could harm “degrade” or “destroy” online video competition, and again singled out his own OTT play, Sling TV, as a potential casualty if the merger is approved.
We were waiting for a tipping moment for IP sports broadcasting in Australia? Well... we just got it.
Optus a telco provider in Australia have just taken the rights to the coveted English Premier League from under pay TV's nose with an audacious bid, said to be "more than $50 million" that took the country by surprise.
So what does this mean for the popular competition in Australia from August 2016?
Humans are pretty keen on routine. In fact, we’re so fond of the rut we’re in that there’s even a name for the phobia that is linked to a fear of change: Metathesiophobia, which is really a long way of saying: “I just want to watch the NFL on my TV at home on Sunday.” Got some bad news. Change is coming.
Turns out it’s not just pay-TV operators who are struggling with a churning subscriber base; a new report says subscribers to over-the-top services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video also are prone to testing new waters.
Late last week, rumors emerged that Hulu was considering adding an ad-free option to its streaming service.
The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, said Hulu could debut the service later this fall, with a price of between $12 and $14 per month, more than Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Showtime and in line with HBO Now.
Hulu already operates a paid tier (originally known as Hulu Plus, an $8 a month service) and a free, Basic Hulu.
Latin America’s adoption of over-the-top video has been rapid as consumers have seen multiple offers from incumbents and new players stretch the market.
Netflix kicked off the rush initially in 2011, deploying to 43 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has more than 5 million subscribers in Latin America and has begun to roll out more of its own original Spanish-language content.
If there’s was any doubt the over-the-top gold rush was on, CBS’s announcement today that it would follow HBO into the Cloud with a Showtime offering that doesn’t require a pay-TV subscription should put an end to it.
Taking a page from rival HBO, the premium cable network will debut on Apple devices initially. The cloud TV offering will roll out in July, in time for the new seasons of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan.
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.