Verizon OTT Delay Can’t Help Fios Video Declines, So Why the Hold Up?

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Verizon announced quarterly results today, revealing a decline in Fios video subs of 18K. Verizon CFO Matt Ellis directly attributed the losses to cord cutting and competition from OTT services. It’s a 3Q 17 theme we’ve already heard coming from traditional pay-TV operators, including AT&T....Learn More

Add Xfinity Instant TV to Growing Streaming TV Options

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Xfinity Instant TV is the latest entrant into a growing field of streaming TV options. Comcast has launched a beta test of the ‘skinny bundle’ streaming service in select markets across the country. Xfinity Instant TV differs from other streaming TV options like Sling TV...Learn More

Report: Close to Half of Long Term Pay TV Subscribers Also Subscribe to OTT

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TiVo’s 2017 survey of pay-TV and OTT subscribers in the United States, Europe and Latin America found that respondents watch 4.4 hours of content per day. A considerable number of people are subscribers to pay-tv and ott as well. TiVo suggests that voice activated technology...Learn More

Limelight: U.S. Online Video Viewing Pegged at Over 6 Hours Weekly

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Though millennials are king when it comes to online video consumption, worldwide viewership for the entire category is significant and growing, according to Limelight Networks. U.S. online video viewing is slightly higher than the global average at roughly 6 1/2 hours weekly. The content delivery...Learn More

Comcast Streaming TV Service to Debut, Just Don’t Call it OTT

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A new Comcast streaming TV service, Instant TV will debut in the second half of 2017, the company confirmed on its 2Q17 earnings report conference call today. Comcast has discussed this service previously, calling it Stream TV in the past. Instant TV will be an...Learn More

Iowa TV News Report Highlights Complexity, Risks of Rural Broadband Regulatory Framework

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Local Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI featured a story recently on ‘cord cutting’ of wireline telephone service that highlights the challenges of the current rural broadband regulatory framework for small, rural telcos. The report is somewhat misleading, in that it doesn’t provide a full explanation....Learn More

TDG: Cord Cutting is Surging with 58% of U.S. Cord Cutters Cancelling Pay-TV in the Past Two Years

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Over half of U.S. cord cutters (51.8%) canceled their pay-TV service subscriptions in 2015 and 2016, according to new market research TDG (The Diffusion Group). One-third did so last year, TDG said. TDG predicted that high prices and the growing popularity of on-demand OTT (Over...Learn More

Sling Air TV Player Promotion Targets Cord Cutters

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A new Sling Air TV promotion is targeted squarely at cord cutters. Starting today, viewers willing to shell out for three months or more of Sling TV service will receive a wireless AirTV Player and adapter for $50. That’s more than 50 percent off the...Learn More

Report Finds Big Jump in Subscribers to Pay-TV Plus SVOD

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Growing numbers of TV viewers are approaching content and service offerings as a “smorgasbord,” mixing and matching traditional broadcast, pay-TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and streaming VOD/over-the-top (OTT) services to create their own “perfect TV offer,” according to new market research from Ampere Analysis.  Subscribers to pay-TV...Learn More

YouTube TV Launches, Joins Growing Field of vMVPD Cord Cutting Options

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YouTube TV officially launched yesterday in several markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. More markets will come soon, according to a press release. YouTube TV is the latest of many OTT cord cutting options that closely resemble a...Learn More

OTT Wars Just Got More Interesting, Xfinity Instant TV Now on Deck

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Comcast will soon launch a new streaming TV service, Xfinity Instant TV, according to a Reuters report. While not a nationwide OTT streaming service, Xfinity Instant TV will add an interesting dynamic to the growing competitive OTT streaming marketplace. Xfinity Instant TV will be a...Learn More

TDG: Pay-TV Decline Pegged to Broadband Household Growth

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New research from TDG highlights the relationship between broadband growth and pay-TV decline. Just over 1 in 5 broadband households (22%) have no legacy pay-TV subscription, representing roughly 22 million homes, according to TDG. TDG points to this pay-TV decline in the context of broadband...Learn More

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