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Charter/ Bright House Deal: Cable Industry Looks More and More Like Telecom

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The cable industry is looking more and more like the telecom industry with Charter Communications’ announcement today that it plans to acquire Bright House Networks. Charter already was positioned to be the nation’s second largest cableco as the result of a pending deal that would...Learn More

OTT Video Satisfaction Survey: Streaming Problems Drive 75% Away

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Consumers of over-the-top (OTT) video don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to the performance of  content delivery systems, according to an inaugural market survey and report from Conviva, which specializes in optimization of the online video experience. According to Conviva’s “How Consumers...Learn More

Mobile Video Viewing Forecast to Surpass Desktop by 4Q 2016, TV Everywhere on the Rise

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Viewing of video on mobile devices is poised to surpass desktop viewing as early as 4Q 2016, according to the inaugural “Adobe Video Benchmark Report.” As a result, “mobile video advertising could be a big opportunity in the near future, as consumer eyeballs flock to...Learn More

ComScore Finds Huge Growth in Mobile Media Consumption

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Strong growth in mobile devices and multi-platform content consumption continued unabated in 2014, as new research from comScore illustrates. “Perhaps more so than at any other time in recent memory, changes were not merely incremental but rather seemed to represent key inflection points in the...Learn More

With Smartphone Video Usage at 122 Million, Nielsen Looks to Capture Total Media Audience

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Spurred on by the need to better track and understand the flood of customer data flowing in through connected devices and digital media channels, media market research companies are racing to develop better methods and tools. Aiming “to total up audiences across devices and burgeoning...Learn More

Report: Pay TV Revenues Peaked at $103 Billion in 2013

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North American pay-TV revenues peaked at $102.86 billion in 2013, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research. Revenues will drop 11.7 percent ($12.04 billion) from 2014-2020, coming in at $90.71 billion in 2020, according to the researchers. Cable revenues across Canada and the...Learn More

Rochester Telephone to Use Inca Networks for IPTV

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Vancouver, CANADA, March 24, 2015 – Inca Networks announced today that triple-play telecommunications provider, Rochester Telephone Company (RTC Communications Corp.), has deployed the Inca 4400 Modular Series video platform in its IPTV and CATV networks for ASI to IP conversion, satellite MPTS demultiplexing and high-density...Learn More

WSJ: Sony, HBO, Showtime Want Internet Fast Lanes After All

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Just weeks after the FCC adopted new Net Neutrality rules, those rules could soon face their first test. The Wall Street Journal reports today that several content providers planning new subscription video streaming offerings have talked to major broadband providers about having their streaming services...Learn More

Another Day, Another Streaming OTT Option – Today it’s PlayStation Vue

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Sony took the wraps off its streaming OTT service today, PlayStation Vue, making it available in three markets, including Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The latest OTT entrant will offer a streaming OTT channel line-up and VOD content for packages ranging from $50 to $70...Learn More

While Sling TV Beefs up Streaming Content, Apple OTT Rumors Persist

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By the end of 2015, we may have three OTT streaming services offering real alternatives to the traditional pay-TV model. Sling TV was first out of the gate and rumors about a looming Apple OTT streaming service persist, with the Wall Street Journal adding fuel...Learn More

Nielsen Finds 13% of Homes With Multiple OTT Video Subscriptions

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Americans continue to fuel growth in subscriptions to streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) services. According to Nielsen’s “Total Audience Report,” 41 percent of U.S. homes had access to an SVOD service in 4Q 2014. Breaking down its research demographically, Nielsen’s latest SVOD report reveals that 71 percent...Learn More

TDG: Over 20% of OTT Subscription Video Users are Cord Cheaters

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More than 20 percent of adult broadband users who stream video via an online subscription service are “cord cheaters,” according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). These online video streaming viewers use account names and passwords of service subscribers that don’t live...Learn More