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Desktop Video Market Share: Google Dominates, Says comScore

ComScore on November 20 released market research reports ranking the leading digital multi-platform media properties and desktop online video services. Both online media sector rankings are based on market data drawn from comScore’s Media Metrix (MMX) Multi-Platform and Video Metrix services. Google continued its reign...Learn More

Frontier Says Video Bundle is Still Important, Doubles Down on IPTV

Frontier will soon launch a new ‘home grown’ traditional linear and VOD pay-TV bundle, bucking the trend of retreating from video services as a margin challenged business line. The new service, currently called Frontier TV, takes lessons learned from Frontier’s growing video business in acquired...Learn More

Report: App Overload May be Limiting TV App Penetration

Carrying out new consumer-based research regarding habits and preferences for viewing content on smart TVs, Altman Vilandrie & Co. found that nearly 9 in 10 survey respondents want a single app for video watching across all devices. Furthermore, 70 percent of consumers have not downloaded...Learn More

Parks: Sports Channels Grab 3 of Top 10 OTT Subscription Services

New market data from Parks Associates reveals the growing extent OTT services are being used in U.S. broadband households. According to Parks’ OTT Video Market Tracker, OTT services were used in about 6 in 10 U.S. broadband households in the past 30 days, the market...Learn More

AMC Renewal: Network Ups Ante on Programming Carriage Negotiations, Targets NCTC Members

AMC Networks has taken the all familiar content licensing fees dispute to a new level. The provider of popular programming series like ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ and ‘Mad Men’ is ramping up content renewal agreements with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), and  implementing a rather...Learn More

LRG: Telco TV Loses Momentum, 3Q15 Worst Quarter on Record

The 13 largest U.S. pay-TV providers lost a net 190,000 video subscribers in this year’s third quarter (3Q’15). That compares, and adds to, the net 155,000 lost in 3Q’14, Leichtman Research Group (LRG) revealed in its latest market research report. The dominant force in the...Learn More

Will TabletTV Be Any Less Disappointing Than Other Mobile Broadcast TV Offerings?

The developer of a small tuner/ digital video recorder (DVR) and app designed to enable a wireless tablet to receive broadcast TV signals has begun to take orders for the offering, known as TabletTV Plus. The launch raises the question of whether market response to...Learn More

Options for Skinny TV Bundles via Streaming Video Continue to Grow

Comcast turned on Stream TV in Boston yesterday, offering a skinny bundle of local broadcast channels and HBO for around $16/month (final price dependent on total retransmission fees and local taxes). The streaming service was first announced in July of this year and joins a...Learn More

Video Programming Costs: “Pass Them On,” Says Cable ONE CEO

The idea that broadband providers have to offer video is a myth, said Tom Might, chairman and CEO of Cable ONE, at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom conference today, which was also webcast. “Our experience [is that ] there is very little...Learn More

Connected TV Device Forecast: 231 Million by 2018

Some 231 million devices able to deliver apps and content to Internet-enabled TV sets will be installed and connected by year-end 2018. That would be a rise of 82 percent over the 2014-2018 period, according to The NPD Group’s latest “Connected Home Entertainment Forecast.¨ Increased...Learn More

TDG Finds Decreased Interest in Video Cord Cutting

The percentage of adult broadband users ¨moderately¨ or ¨highly likely¨ to ¨cut the cord¨ on pay-TV services dropped nearly 20 percent between early 2014 and 2015, The Diffiusion Group (TDG) highlights in its latest market research report. The rising trend in ¨cord cutting¨ has been...Learn More

How Disruptive Will T-Mobile Free Video Streaming Technology Be?

Until now, T-Mobile’s Un-carrier strategy has been primarily about creating disruptive new plans and pricing. But the company’s latest move also brings potentially disruptive technology into the mix. In an offering known as “Binge On” T-Mobile said yesterday that it will give customers the ability...Learn More