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U.S. cord cutters to reach 33 million this year, faster than expected

The pace of cord cutting in the U.S. is increasing faster than expected, according to a new forecast released this week by eMarketer. The analyst firm is now projecting the number of those ditching their subscriptions to cable and satellite TV will climb 32.8 percent this year to reach 33 million …

Discovery and ProSiebenSat.1 team up for major German OTT TV plan

<b>Discovery and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 have teamed up to launch a new integrated streaming platform for Germany that will incorporate</b> …

Skinny No More: How 'Mesomorph Bundles' Are Fueling vMVPDs' Explosive Growth - TV[R]EV

Ask most observers about vMVPDs (virtual MVPDs, or pay-TV that’s delivered via the open internet rather than via cable or satellite), and they’ll …

Pay-TV

Live Video Makes its Move Into the Enterprise - TV[R]EV

Live video continues to make its way through the enterprise as brands and retailers have seen what is possible, first with experimenting on social …

Learning

Amazon, Facebook Poised To Acquire More Streaming Sports Rights

Amazon and Facebook are likely to ramp up their bidding over the next 12 to 18 months for the rights to stream live sporting events, according to a …

Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile

Netflix is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile viewers.<p>The previews look much like Stories because the thumbnails are circular and the content plays with virtual videos, so there’s no need to move your phone to …

Apple will reportedly sell streaming video subscriptions through its TV app

Apple will follow the path of Amazon this year and offer customers the ability to subscribe to popular streaming services from its TV app, according to a new report from <i>Bloomberg</i>. Normally, consumers must download and subscribe to services like Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, and others on …

Viewers Are Ditching Cable For Streaming Faster Than Anyone Expected

“Cord cutting” has been a kind of ghost story for cable providers for much of the past decade—a tale that, while foreboding, didn’t seem entirely …

Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

Will Disney destroy the movie theater?<p>No company has been more responsible for shaping the modern entertainment landscape than Walt Disney. In 1937, with <i>Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs</i>, its first feature film, Disney invented the family blockbuster. In 1954, with <i>Disneyland</i>, an anthology series …

Mobile screens essential for live TV services

The continual expansion of display real estate, faster data speeds, specialised data plans and improved video displays present a real opportunity for …

The streaming video wars are just getting started

ESPN, the long-time jewel in cable’s crown, has a new head to sit upon—and its name is streaming video.<p>Disney took the first big step toward its streaming future this week with the debut of ESPN+, the hotly anticipated $4.99-a-month subscription service tied to its popular sports-TV channel. Next …

Advertisers will spend $40 billion more on internet ads than on TV ads this year

Thank social, video and mobile.<p>Online advertisers are expected to outspend TV advertisers by $40 billion this year.<p>That means 40 percent of the world’s ad spending is expected to take place online in 2018, according to new forecasts from advertising measurement company Zenith. Online ad spending …

Cord-cutting is happening faster than anyone predicted

Cable companies are terrified by the onset of “cord-cutting,” the term that analysts have attached to the trend of young people not wanting to fork …

Cord-Cutting

How Netflix is about to become a victim of its own success

In 2018, Netflix will deliver around 700 TV shows at a cost of $8 billion.<p>That's a truly unprecedented output, dwarfing its rivals. After years of …

Facebook and Google are eating your TV

Bad news for network television: 2017 seems to have been the first year where digital advertising significantly eroded the growth of traditional TV advertising. That is to say, Google and Facebook–commanding most of the marketplace–grew their ad businesses to new heights last year, as TV ad dollars …

Major US pay-TV providers lost 1,495,000 subs

The largest pay-TV providers in the US, representing about 95% of the market, lost about 1,495,000 net video subscribers in 2017, according to …

Canal Digital taps Conax to secure Android TV service

<b>Nordic pay TV operator Canal Digital has tapped Kudelski Group-owned Conax to provide content security for its new OnePlace Android TV-based advanced</b> …

People still rely on other people more than algorithms to find TV shows to watch

Streaming-video platforms like Netflix and Amazon pride themselves on algorithms that deliver personalized recommendations for TV shows and movies to watch. Netflix, for example, is constantly tweaking its recommendation engine to draw on subtle patterns in a user’s viewing behavior, similarities …

Netflix tests gamification of children’s shows

Now you can earn patches for watching Trollsand Trollhunters<p>Netflix is testing out a new feature for children that lets them earn “patches” for watching episodes of certain shows. The new feature gamifies the streaming experience for kids, incentivizing them to watch particular shows that Netflix …

Cord-Cutters Are Ditching Cable TV For Streaming Faster Than Ever Before

The pay TV industry is in the midst of a huge change. Half a million pay TV customers cancelled their contracts in the last three months of 2017 …

Television Industry

Hollywood's Movie Dilemma: Gamble at Box Office or Sell to Netflix?

Midbudget titles that would've been theatrical fare in years past (like 'Cloverfield Paradox') are going direct to streaming as studios minimize risk …

Box Office

Channels officially launches for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV

When it first emerged, Channels was interesting firstly for jumping from iOS and Apple TV, and secondly because the DVR portion can be set up on the …

The Netflix effect: TV networks' shifting video on demand strategies

“This is a premium brand space, there is so much opportunity."<p>This summer it launched a 'Summer Love' program, with a suite of "nostalgia" shows and …

Tom Weiss: Can TV currencies survive the OTT revolution?

Since the early 1980s, European networks and advertisers have benefited from audience currencies that provide the reliable measurement of the vast …

Cord Cutting Isn’t The Future Of TV — It’s Cord Shifting

In January 2015, Dish launched what was then billed as an “online skinny bundle” service. Called Sling TV, the service offered a handful of channels …

Set-Top Boxes

5 Cable-Cutting Problems You Probably Didn't Think About

Some important things to keep in mind before you cut the cord.<p>As alternatives to live television ― such as Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu Live ― improve and other streaming services ― like Netflix and Amazon Prime ― add better original programming, it’s become increasingly tempting to cut the …

Swiss TXT brings live subtitling to the cloud

By migrating subtitling infrastructure to its own cloud, Swiss TXT is revolutionising the live subtitling market with a SaaS solution.<p>The service was …

Sky D to show first handball game in Ultra HD

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will transmit a handball match in Ultra HD resolution for the first time in Germany.<p>The game between SG …

BBC iPlayer achieves best-ever year

Changes to the BBC iPlayer have paid off for the BBC with the streaming service recording its best-ever year.<br>The number of streams grew by 11 per …

Canal Digital launches Android TV UI with 3SS

German multiscreen software provider 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) was selected by Canal Digital to design and develop a customised set-top box front end …