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Millennials’ Video Preferences Drive New Video Products, Platforms

The battle for the eyeballs of millennials is on, as evidenced by the launch of Verizon’s Go90 and Comcast’s Watchable. Both conglomerates are investing heavily in new video products and platforms in the hope of capturing the prized millennial generation. Verizon has invested hundreds of...Learn More

Exec: Frontier FiOS Plans Will Mimic Verizon’s, Post-Acquisition

If Frontier’s acquisition of Verizon operations in California, Texas and Florida is completed in March of next year as planned, the company doesn’t expect to change much about the FiOS offering that will be the crown jewel of the purchase. “We like the plan they’ve...Learn More

Mobile Video Calling Survey: 23% of U.S. Adults Have Taken Part

US adults are making more use of video calling via mobile devices, whether mobile phones, e-readers or tablets. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of those surveyed by market research specialist GfK reported taking part in a video call using one or other of these devices in...Learn More

Netflix Subscriber Forecast: 130 Million by 2020

Market research specialist Ampere Analysis predicts the number of Netflix subscribers will grow to reach more than 130 million by 2020. Outside content suppliers may not be all that pleased, however. Netflix management will invest much more in producing original content, such as House of...Learn More

Video Content Costs Survey: 54% of Rural Providers Saw Jump of 100% or More in Latest Contract

More than half of small rural video providers saw an increase in programming costs of 100% or greater in their latest contract negotiations, according to a survey conducted recently by Vantage Point Solutions, an engineering and consulting firm serving rural telcos. VPS surveyed 180 clients...Learn More

Video Cord-Cutting Survey: Sports Could Lure 37% Back

New market research carried out by Frank N. Majid Associates for Stamford, CT-based ONE World Sports recommends pay-TV providers turn to sports content as preventive medicine for cord-cutting. Two of five (37 percent) of those surveyed who ¨cut the cord¨ on their pay-TV services during...Learn More

Frontier Freedom TV is Latest Hybrid Video Model, Favors OTT and Local

The quest to find the right video product in a changing broadband and pay-TV landscape continues with the introduction of Frontier’s Freedom TV service. The package bundles over-the-air local broadcast TV, OTT services, and DVR functionality as an alternative to a traditional pay-TV service delivered...Learn More

Retransmission Consent Reform: FCC Sets Out Legal Arguments

The FCC is on strong legal grounds in revising rules governing retransmission consent agreements between broadcasters and pay TV providers, argued Bill Lake, chief of the FCC media bureau, in a blog post yesterday.  For years pay TV providers – including cable companies, satellite TV...Learn More

Survey: 80% Interested in A La Carte Video

By now, it’s common knowledge that cable/pay TV subscribers don’t watch many of the channels they’re paying for in their service packages. Taking a cue from fast-rising OTT rivals, so-called ¨a la carte¨ service packages that let subscribers choose the channels they want to include...Learn More

GfK: Streaming Video Engagement About the Same as for Linear TV

Contrary to common assertions and perception, online streaming and on-demand platforms do not lead to higher levels of end-user engagement, according to new market research from GfK. Collecting and analyzing data during primetime TV viewing hours revealed that the percentages of TV viewing segments that...Learn More

Online Ad Research: Half of Impressions Now From Mobile Devices

Mobile video viewing continues to grow in popularity, and mobile ad spending is rising along with it. Half of advertising publishers’ overall online impressions (49 percent) originated from mobile devices during 2Q 2015, an 11 percent rise on a sequential quarterly basis, according to Ooyala’s...Learn More

EVP: Frontier Video Launch Planned This Year

Frontier Communications expects to begin offering a “linear video” service this year, said John Jureller, Frontier executive vice president and chief financial officer, at the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Communacopia Conference yesterday. The event, which took place in New York City, was also webcast. Advances in...Learn More