DISH Debuts Hands-Free TV on Hopper DVR with Amazon Alexa

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Englewood, Colorado —  May 22, 2017 –DISH is changing the way that people watch TV with Amazon Alexa. Available today, DISH customers with a Hopper or Wally and an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap can watch hands-free TV with Alexa. DISH is the...Learn More

Comcast: X1 Will Win the Day for Us Even Against OTT

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We lost track of how many times Comcast’s new CEO Dave Watson touted the company’s X1 user interface at an investor conference today. But it was in the range of a dozen times or more. Among the X1 competitive benefits cited: reducing churn, improving customers’...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

Availability of Complete Series Boosts Xfinity Watchathon Week Viewing

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The ability to “binge watch” episodes of TV series on big and small screens alike has helped change the way viewers watch television. Having introduced Xfinity TV subscribers to “Watchathon Week” in 2013 — two years prior to the term “binge watch” being named “Word...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

Comcast Free Netflix Promotion Underlies Remarkable Co-opetition Evolution

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A new Comcast free Netflix promotion highlights a partnership between these two heavyweights that just a few years ago would have been unthinkable. In many ways, it demonstrates the intersection of broadband and entertainment and the importance that intersection now plays for service providers. Netflix...Learn More

LRG: Households with Netflix Now Surpass Those With DVR

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Just over 8 in 10 U.S. TV households have a DVR, a Netflix or cable or telco pay-TV video-on-demand (VOD) subscription, according to new consumer research from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). Thirty percent of the 82 percent use two of these services, while 14 percent...Learn More

Parks: OTT Video Churn Holds Steady At Around 20 Percent

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Roughly 1 in 5 U.S. broadband households (19%) have canceled an OTT video service in the past 12 months, according to new market research from Parks Associates. The rate of OTT video customer churn has remained stable overall during the past year, even as market...Learn More

GfK MRI: Millennials Comprise 43% of Cordless Video Market

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Young adult Millennials (18-34) make up 43 percent of the U.S. cordless video market, defined as those who never have had cable, satellite or fiber optic TV service or “cut the cord” on these services, according to GfK MRI’s latest Cord Evolution research. Nearly one-third...Learn More

Report: HBO Shines in SVOD Customer Satisfaction

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HBO Now came out tops in SVOD customer satisfaction across 11 of 14 categories among subscription streaming VOD (SVOD) service providers covered in market research released by Strategy Analytics Jan. 19. HBO Now earned the highest SVOD customer satisfaction scores in all but three of...Learn More

ABI: Pay-TV Provider OTT Will Fuel $7 Billion Live Linear OTT Market by 2021

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Cable, satellite and telco pay-TV providers are shifting their marketing efforts away from traditional and IPTV services and products towards live, linear OTT platforms that compete with market leaders Netflix and Amazon. Pay-TV provider OTT will generate $7 billion in live, linear OTT services revenues...Learn More

Cord Cutter’s Dream? AirTV is Now on Sale, Integrates Locals, Sling, and Netflix

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A new OTT set-top-box, the AirTV is now on sale, and it promises to introduce a compelling option for interested pay-TV cord cutters. The new DISH/Sling featured digital media player STB runs on Android and creates interesting competition for Roku, Apple TV, and other OTT...Learn More

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