2014 Subscription OTT Video Revenue Estimated at $5.8 Billion

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Having experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, subscription OTT video revenue will rise from $5.8 billion this year to just over $10 billion in 2018, Infonetics Research forecasts. Globally, revenue for the Pay-TV market as a whole rose 3.9 percent in 1H 2014, a year-over-year...Learn More

LRG: Broadband Subscriber Growth Accelerates for Largest Carriers

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The 17 largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. added more than 700,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers in 3Q 2014. Accounting for about 94 percent of the market, broadband subscribers numbers for the largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. totaled 86.6 million...Learn More

Ambitious Midcontinent Communications Gigabit Plan for the Northern Plains Region Revealed

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Regional cable MSO Midcontinent Communications (Midco) plans to bring gigabit service to the Northern Plains region, eventually covering approximately 600K homes and 55K businesses with ultra-broadband services. Midco’s Gigabit Frontier Initiative outlines plans to upgrade their network in hundreds of communities across South Dakota, North...Learn More

Comcast Leans on Ethernet for New Cloud Connectivity

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Nov 17, 2014 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast Business today announced a data center and cloud program designed to provide customers with more efficient access to their own cloud solutions. This new initiative will give businesses more freedom and added flexibility to perform critical processes...Learn More

LRG Finds Record-Breaking Pay-TV Subscriber Losses

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The largest pay-TV service providers in the U.S. lost some 150,000 video subscribers on a net basis in 3Q 2014 – the most of any previous 3Q, according to new market data from the Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The 3Q loss is greater than that...Learn More

Census Finds 75% of Metro, 63% of Non-Metro Households With Fast Internet

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A bit slow in coming they may be, but the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey series of reports provide perhaps the most comprehensive and granular view of Internet connectivity and usage across the country. Released November 13, Census’s latest ACS reveals that 78.1 percent...Learn More

Streaming Video Alliance Seeks Open Standards

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Responding to the ongoing surge in online video viewing, a host of leading companies spanning the industry value chain have joined to form the Streaming Video Alliance. Counting a large, diverse range of online video “ecosystem” participants, the new industry alliance aims to foster “creation...Learn More

DirecTV Begins Delivering 4K Ultra HD Programming

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November 13, 2014 — EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DIRECTV continues its two-decade legacy of TV innovation this week by becoming the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers’ TVs. Tomorrow, DIRECTV will begin offering a variety of new releases, popular...Learn More

Details Revealed Regarding Sony OTT Video Package

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We’ve known for some time that Sony has been busy building an OTT video product that they hope will rival traditional pay-TV packages. We now have much more detail regarding these efforts. Sony will begin testing the service this month and plans a staggered roll...Learn More

UltraHD Set-Top Boxes Forecast to Reach 48 Million by 2020

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Worldwide shipments of UltraHD set-top boxes (STBs) will reach 48 million by 2020 while HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) STB shipments will grow even faster, to 88 million units per year, by 2020, according to a forecast from ABI Research. Some 60,000 high-end gateway STBs...Learn More

TNS: Propensity to Upgrade Pay TV Subscription Rises with OTT Video Use

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As well as posing a long-term competitive threat, the rising tide of over-the-top (OTT) alternatives to pay-TV programming may be providing benefits to pay-TV service providers, according to new market research from TNS. “The quantity and diversity of video content entering the home via paid...Learn More

Reasons for Video Cord Cutting May Be Different Than for “Cord-Nevers”

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The recent decisions by HBO and CBS to launch their own branded over the top video streaming services naturally have refocused questions about when OTT services will start to challenge the linear video business model in a significant way. Opinions differ, as the decline of...Learn More