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J.D. Power Finds Cord Stackers More Satisfied with Streaming Video Services

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Pay-TV customers who ¨stack¨ a streaming video service on top of their traditional cable or satellite subscriptions are more satisfied overall, according to new market research from J.D. Power. While cord stackers were the most satisfied, overall satisfaction was lowest among ¨cord cutters.¨ The inaugural...Learn More

Windstream Applies to Bring Its Kinetic TV Service to North Carolina

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Little Rock, Arkansas — Aug. 25, 2016 — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, submitted a formal bid on a cable TV franchise agreement with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State to bring its Kinetic television service to more...Learn More

TDG: Use of New Social-Mobile Video Poised for Massive Growth

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The confluence of smartphone penetration and social media is fueling Social-Mobile video (SoMo) consumption, a new market segment that market researcher firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) expects will grow rapidly in coming years. Consumers now spend an average of more than 50 hours per week...Learn More

LRG: Pay-TV Subscriber Losses Added Up to a Net 665,000 in 2Q16

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U.S. pay-TV subscriber losses continued to add up in 2Q 2016, some 120,000 more than they did in 2015’s second quarter, according to the latest market data from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). Accounting for some 95 percent of the market, the 11 largest U.S. pay-TV...Learn More

4K OTT Video Penetration to Reach 10% by 2021

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Viewing of 4K UHD video via OTT services is poised to soar over the next five years, according to a 4K OTT video penetration forecast from Juniper Research. More than 189 million unique users worldwide will tap into 4K OTT services to view content by...Learn More

U.S. Cable Industry Revenue Forecast to Hit $141 Billion in 2026

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A U.S. cable industry revenue forecast from SNL Kagan sees bright prospects ahead for the industry over the next 10 years despite threats from OTT video service providers. Revising its previous 10-year outlook slightly higher, the S&P Global Market Intelligence unit sees revenues growing for...Learn More

Broad 4K Video Adoption Expected by 2020

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Video service providers (Pay TV and OTT) and content providers believe the majority of consumers and operators will adopt 4K UHD TV by 2020, according to a survey about 4K video adoption made by SNL Kagan and digital platform security provider Irdeto. Most respondents also...Learn More

New DISH Skinny Bundle, Flex Pack, Priced at $40

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A new DISH skinny bundle, announced today, is the latest offer in an ongoing trend to tinker with the traditional pay-TV channel line-up. Skinny bundles typically provide a core channel line-up, with options for additional channel packs. The goal is to offer a lower cost...Learn More

Hulu Streaming Channel Line-Up Takes Shape After $580 Million Time Warner Investment

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Time Warner announced a $580 million investment in Hulu that will also bring Turner networks to the upcoming Hulu streaming channel line-up. The investment secures a 10% stake in Hulu, valuing the OTT provider at $5.8 billion. Time Warner joins The Walt Disney Company, 21st...Learn More

FCC Acts on Retransmission Battle in $9.5M Sinclair Retransmission Consent Settlement

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, a television broadcaster operating 173 stations in 81 U.S. markets, will pay $9.495 million to resolve an FCC Media Bureau investigation involving retransmission consent. The FCC alleged that Sinclair retransmission consent negotiations were not conducted in good faith. The action is significant...Learn More

NTCA Report Highlights 15 Year Rural Broadband Progress

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Rural broadband has come a long way in the last 15 years, according to new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. One hundred percent of NTCA’s small rural telco members who responded to a 2015 survey offer broadband to some part of their...Learn More

Future of Pay-TV: Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Sort Of)

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If you follow the broadband industry closely, you have probably seen a pay-TV forecast or two that suggests pay-TV’s brightest days are in the past. Cord cutting and OTT alternatives are now ‘in vogue’ and some say the future of pay-TV is in jeopardy as...Learn More