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Verizon Invests in Content Discovery

NEW YORK – To accelerate OTT video efforts and roll out of enhanced content discovery and innovative features, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire the technology and software that underlies Vessel’s online video subscription service, which...Learn More

CBS, Sling TV, Showtime Move Up Among Top 10 OTT Subscription Services

Netflix’s reign as the largest subscription-based over-the-top (OTT) streaming video on-demand (SVOD) service continues (no surprise there), but there was movement in Parks Associates’ ranking of the top 10 OTT subscription services during 3Q, according to a company update. CBS All Access joined the ranks...Learn More

Report: Amazon Prime Subscription Growth Surging, Netflix and Hulu’s Slip

Amazon Prime subscription growth is getting a boost as the OTT video provider ¨unbundles¨ its streaming and shipping services. Subscription growth at Netflix and Hulu is falling short or expectations, however; prompting eMarketer to raise its original 2016 forecast for Amazon and lower it for...Learn More

AT&T Time Warner Regulatory Approval is But One Hurdle for the Blockbuster Deal

AT&T continues its move to transform itself into a media and mobile powerhouse with news of its Time Warner acquisition, announced over the weekend. With the move, AT&T could gain several blue chip media brands including HBO, CNN, Turner Networks, and Warner Brothers Studios, among...Learn More

Dish YouTube Deal Integrates YouTube into Dish Set-Top-Box

A Dish YouTube deal announced today will incorporate YouTube among the OTT video content services included in Dish’s TV set-top box (STB) line-up. Dish said it is the first pay-TV provider in the nation to offer this capability. The Dish YouTube deal is the latest...Learn More

Millennial Video Habits: Heavy Usage, But Inclination to Show Dump

Young adults have voracious appetites for TV and video content, according to a new Millennial video habits survey from TiVo. Whether it’s delivered via conventional pay-TV or OTT services, Millennials don’t have a lot of patience, however, at least when it comes to the search...Learn More

Amazon, Netflix Programming Budget is More than CBS, HBO, and Turner

An examination of the annual Netflix programming budget reveals it spent more on developing TV content in 2015 than CBS, HBO and Turner, as well as most nations, including Australia and South Korea, IHS Technology highlights in new market research. The same can be said...Learn More

FCC Confirms Soaring Costs for Video Programming, Retransmission Fees

The average price for basic cable TV service increased 2.3% to $23.79 for the 12-month period ending January 1, 2015, driven in large part by soaring costs for video programming, according to a new FCC pay TV price survey. Expanded basic cable service rates increased...Learn More

Multiple OTT Subscription Households are Growing, Giving Rise to Self Bundling

One streaming video OTT service isn’t enough, at least not for the 16% of the U.S. “viewing population,” who now live in multiple OTT subscription households. That’s up from 10 percent three years ago, according to a new market research report from GfK. The viewing...Learn More

AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself, Part I

At an industry analyst meeting held last week in Dallas, an AT&T strategy of disruption of its own business was a key theme throughout. “We are setting out to disrupt ourselves,” said AT&T vice chairman Ralph de la Vega in his opening comments to the...Learn More

NPD: Smartphone Video Data Consumption Nearly Triples in One Year

Smartphone video data consumption nearly tripled from 2Q’15 to 2Q’16 with young adult Millennials leading the way, according to new market research from NPD Group released Oct. 4. Well over half of Millennials that NPD surveyed (56%) reported making video calls via their smartphones, 14...Learn More

J.D. Power: OTT Video Satisfaction is Higher Than for Traditional Pay-TV

Whether it’s subscription-based or transactional streaming, OTT video satisfaction is significantly higher for U.S. viewers in comparison with traditional pay-TV offerings, according to J.D. Power. And that’s fueling the rising ¨cord-cutting¨ trend, according to the three latest J.D. Power U.S. ¨wireline¨ market studies released Sept....Learn More