New AirTV App Distributes Local OTA Broadcast Channels In and Out of The Home

AirTV has upgraded their platform which integrates over-the-air (OTA) local broadcast channels with streaming OTT video. The growth of streaming services has given a second life to OTA. The new AirTV system enables free local channels received at homes via antennas to be sent to...Learn More

Report: Netflix Takes HBO Now to the Woodshed, Rated Best SVOD Offering

Netflix continues to provide more of what viewers want than competing subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, according to a new report about the best SVOD offering from customer experience research firm UserTesting. Netflix scored a 90 out of 100 in a ranking that considered...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Linear TV Model is Dead, We’re Looking for an OTT Partner to Bundle with 5G

Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam shed some light on their video strategy for 5G and it involves partnering with an existing OTT player. But which player? McAdam made it perfectly clear that Verizon has no intention of developing their own OTT video offer, but...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service...Learn More

AT&T CEO: “Radical” Upgrades to DIRECTV NOW Will Increase Price; OTT Alternative to DIRECTV DBS on Tap as Well

The user interface for AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform will soon get a “radical upgrade,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference this morning. DIRECTV NOW upgrades also will include support for a cloud DVR and three simultaneous...Learn More

Parks: Sports is the Key for Over One Quarter of Pay-TV Households

More than a quarter (27%) of pay-TV households subscribe for sports, according to a study from Parks Associates. Sports also has become increasingly important to OTT offerings, researchers noted. Brett Sappington, Parks Associates’ Senior Director of Research, noted CBS and ESPN recently have launched OTT...Learn More

Windstream: Bundling OTT Isn’t Helping Broadband, At Least Not Yet

Windstream reported their quarterly results today and cited a potential turn around in consumer broadband trends. Windstream has been losing broadband subscribers by the thousands each quarter, and earlier this year announced they would begin bundling OTT through a partnership with DIRECTV NOW to help...Learn More

Parks: More than Half of U.S. Broadband Households Subscribe to Pay-TV and OTT Video

Fifty-two percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to pay-TV and OTT video service — sometimes more than one OTT video service, according to Parks Associates. The firm’s “Market Snapshot: OTT and Pay TV: Partnerships and Competition” report found a transforming marketplace. “Today, it is less...Learn More

Report: U.S. vMVPD Subscribers to Grow to 28M by 2023, 77M Globally

Virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) revenue will reach $24 billion by 2023, according to Digital TV Research. vMVPDs include products like DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, and YouTube TV, among others. U.S. vMVPD subscribers will lead the globe, followed by India. The $24 billion figure...Learn More

AT&T: Ongoing Pay-TV Transition is Painful and Expensive, But We’ve Been There, Done That

The ongoing pay-TV transition, where consumers are increasingly embracing OTT, mobile TV, and SVOD options over traditional linear video, is a difficult one for a company like AT&T. But according to AT&T CFO John Stephens, the communications conglomerate is not only weathering the storm, but...Learn More

Report Advises Positioning Sling TV as a Mobile Offering

Sling TV is missing an opportunity, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, which advises positioning Sling TV as a mobile offering. In a new report, Strategy Analytics cites key factors in the success of Sling TV in addition to consumer motivations to replace traditional pay...Learn More

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