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Parks: One-Fifth of U.S. Broadband Households Use Digital Antennas for Live TV

New consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas for live TV viewing in their home steadily increased to reach 20% near the end of 2017, up from 16% in early 2015. The new report, 360 View:...Learn More

TDG: Major TV Networks All In on Direct-to-Consumer OTT Streaming by 2022, Conflict Surely to Ensue

All the major television networks will offer standalone direct-to-consumer OTT streaming services by 2022, according to a report from The Diffusion Group. “Big media companies are reacting more boldly to changes in TV viewing behavior,” Mike Berkley, TDG’s senior advisor said in a press release....Learn More

Cord Cutting Hits Satellite, Telco Video Providers Hard as 1.49M Video Subs Lost Last Year

The top pay-TV providers in the United States lost almost double the amount of video subscribers last year than they lost in 2016, which itself was a very poor year for the sector, according to research from the Leichtman Research Group. Last year, large video...Learn More

It’s Playball for MLB and Facebook

Facebook and Major League Baseball announced a wide-ranging agreement for digital-only broadcasts for the upcoming season. The two parties said that a 25-game package – one game per week – will be exclusively distributed in the United States on Facebook Watch via the MLB Live...Learn More

Report: Rural Online Transactions Valued at Nearly $1.4 Trillion Annually

A new report from iGillott Research for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) estimates the value of rural online transactions at nearly $1.4 trillion annually – about 14% of all online transactions or seven percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The report, titled “A...Learn More

AT&T DIRECTV NOW Roadmap: More Flavors to Come, Will Follow Mobile Product Strategy

As consumer preferences shift away from traditional pay-TV linear video offerings and toward over-the-top offerings, AT&T intends to “make sure we gain more than our fair share” of OTT video, said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, today. Donovan outlined an AT&T DIRECTV NOW roadmap,...Learn More

Telco Video Landscape Changing as Consolidated Launches DIRECTV NOW Streaming OTT

Consolidated Communications will begin marketing AT&T’s OTT streaming service DIRECTV NOW, the company announced today. DIRECTV NOW (DTVN) offers a streaming live channel line-up and video-on-demand and is positioned as a lower-cost option to traditional pay-TV video, delivered over-the-top. It’s an interesting move for Consolidated,...Learn More

Verizon CFO Still Bullish on Fios Future

Despite an industry-wide shift away from traditional pay TV, Verizon is still bullish about its Fios offering, which traditionally has bundled broadband with other services including pay TV and/or voice. The company still sees growth in the Fios future, on both the broadband take rate...Learn More

Amdocs Completes Vubiquity Acquisition, Expanding Media Business

ST. LOUIS – Feb. 22, 2018 – Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Vubiquity, a leading provider of premium digital content services and technology solutions. This acquisition adds premium...Learn More

YouTube TV Adds Markets, Networks and Hikes Price

Video streaming service YouTube TV announced today that it has or soon will offer a number of networks, added markets in which it will operate and said that its subscription price will increase by $5 beginning next month. YouTube TV markets will include Lexington, Dayton,...Learn More

Mobile Video Streaming Research: AT&T Offers Best Reliability, T-Mobile Loads the Fastest

AT&T’s network had high marks for video streaming reliability, while T-Mobile’s network tended to load videos faster than the other three major carrier networks, according to new mobile video streaming research from Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. According to the research, 98% of videos streamed over...Learn More

Consumer Reports, Roku Exchange Fire Over Streaming Device Security

Consumer Reports this week posted a story that raises questions about the security and data stewardship of Roku devices. Roku, in turn, released a statement that said its products are safe to use. The Consumer Reports, Roku exchange focuses on two areas. The first is...Learn More

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