Sling TV Free Preview Tied to Two Year Anniversary, Expands Cloud DVR Trial

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Sling TV is celebrating its second anniversary with some promotions, including a Sling TV free preview. In a blog post, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch recounted the organization’s growth and development. Offering live TV programming and content via the Internet at a starting price of...Learn More

Will CenturyLink Ditch IPTV Too? OTT’s Appeal May Sink Prism TV

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CenturyLink executives had some blunt talk on their 4Q16 earnings call regarding their IPTV product Prism TV. Its days may be numbered. CenturyLink execs, including CEO Glen Post, expressed a preference for an OTT offer over Prism TV, due to OTT’s lower cost structure. If...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

AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo Lays Path For 5G, Future of Networking

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AT&T announced several big moves involving 5G wireless today, including plans for deployments in Austin and Indianapolis and a new platform dubbed Network 3.0 Indigo that will use software defined networking (SDN) and will underlie AT&T 5G networks. Austin also will house two new 5G...Learn More

Poor Pay-TV Customer Experience Leads One in Four to Cancel Subscription

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Relying on the strength of their content to attract and retain subscribers is no longer an option for pay-TV service providers. In an increasingly competitive market, they have to “raise their customer relationship management game,” according to new research about the pay-TV customer experience from...Learn More

TDG: Connected TV Penetration Rises to 74% in Broadband Households

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The march towards using the Internet and IP-based networking platforms to host and distribute all types of media, including TV programming, continues amidst the growing wave of mobile video viewing and IoT tech. Case in point: connected TV penetration in broadband households has grown nearly...Learn More

T-Mobile Hulu Promotion Taunts AT&T DIRECTV NOW

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In true-to-form combative style, T-Mobile launched a new T-Mobile Hulu promotion that offers a free year of Hulu service to customers who took advantage of their previous AT&T DIRECTV NOW promotion. The initial promotion offered a monthly credit to pay for a year of AT&T’s...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

AT&T Says Total DIRECTV NOW Subscribers Push Video Net Adds to 200K

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In an 8-K filing with the SEC, AT&T revealed total DIRECTV NOW subscribers drove 200K net adds to their video portfolio, as of the end of 2016. The filing highlights an expected quarterly loss of $1 billion for AT&T, driven primarily by pension and benefits...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

IHS: Global Smartphone Base to Hit 6 Billion by 2020

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Smartphones and tablets now account for over 60 percent of all smart connected consumer devices, according to IHS Markit. That’s up from 17 percent in 2008. The market research provider predicts that the global smartphone base will rise from 4 billion in 2016 to more...Learn More

Parks: Antenna-Only TV Households are 15% of Broadband Households

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Antenna-only TV households now comprise 15 percent of U.S. broadband households, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Antenna-only households have been on the rise since 2013, researchers note in “360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households.” Parks also found a coincident decrease...Learn More