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The latest news, developments and trends for video services. Gain valuable insight into the implications of OTT, IPTV, Cable TV, Satellite TV, Mobile Video and more.

Set-Top Box Energy Efficiency Agreement Bears Fruit

A voluntary energy conservation agreement between pay-TV industry participants, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates is bearing fruit. Set-top box (STB) energy-efficiency enhancements have resulted in American consumers saving some $168 million in energy bills, according to the “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement the...Learn More

IHS: Conditional Access STB Market to Peak in 2015

Revenue in the global market for conditional-access set-top boxes (STBs) has surged along with strong growth in pay-TV over the past ten years. That’s going to change in coming years, as pay-TV market growth slows and reaches saturation, according to new market research from IHS...Learn More

Report: African-American Cord-Cutting Could See Big Rise

When it comes to home TV, Internet and phone services, African-Americans are some of the biggest spenders in the U.S. And while African-American households are the most likely to subscribe to digital add-ons like DVR, HD and premium channels, they’re also more likely than their...Learn More

Cable Operator Revenues Approach Historic Shift

Leichtman Research Group (LRG) says the largest U.S. cable TV operators now have more high speed access customers than they do video customers, according to  Bruce Leichtman, LRG president and principal analyst. And, sometime in 2015, it is possible AT&T will have more fixed network...Learn More

LRG: Cable Broadband Subscribers Exceed Video Subscribers

Representing about 93 percent of the market, the seven largest U.S. cable companies and telcos added nearly 385,000 new high-speed Internet subscribers on a net basis in 2Q 2014. High-speed Internet subscriber rolls among the seven now total more than 85.9 million, according to the...Learn More

ABI: 4K Mobile Device Sales to Reach 478M Units by 2019

A new generation of 4K/Ultra HD smartphones is expected to hit the market in 2015, competing with the 2K, “Quad HD” smartphones that currently comprise the premium end of the market. The higher resolution offered by 4K/Ultra HD mobile devices is “more about marketing and...Learn More

IHS: Android TV Platform Poses Biggest Threat to Roku, Amazon Fire TV

Roku and Apple TV dominate the market for streaming media players, but Google could disrupt the market with the introduction of its Android TV platform, according to IHS Technology. The global installed base of streaming media players is growing fast, with IHS forecasting it will...Learn More

Benchmarking, While Valuable, Has Disruptive Implications

Benchmarking–the practice of comparing one’s performance against other firms in the same industry–is widely practiced. Typically, such measures provide an indication of how well a firm is doing, compared to its competitors. Benchmarking across industries likewise can be quite useful, highlighting gaps or areas where...Learn More

ABI: 4K TV Adoption Will Vary Between OTT and PayTV

Next-gen Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution offers TV and video network and content providers a means of differentiating their services, with different categories of provider more or less likely to be early adopters of the technology for distribution across different types of devices and services,...Learn More

Study: Smart TVs are OTT Device Preference

Having the ability to connect to the Internet and stream content is the most important factor among U.S. households considering the purchase of a new TV or video device, according to a new study carried out by GfK  for the Council for Research Excellence (CRE)....Learn More

Strategy Analytics: OTT Video Revenue Will Surpass DVD Revenue in 2019

The North American market for over-the-top (OTT) video, which includes subscription video-on-demand (VoD) services such as Netlfix and Hulu, will grow 21 percent in 2014, reaching $10.7 billion, according to new market research from Strategy Analytics. Overall, OTT video revenues are expected to nearly double...Learn More

Parks: Cloud DVR Sees Growing Interest, Legal Clarity

The recent Aereo Supreme Court case, while not exactly positive for Aereo, may help drive cloud DVR adoption, according to Parks Associates’ Research Analyst Glenn Hower. And with growing interest in the application, video service providers “…can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to...Learn More