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ESPN+ Streaming OTT Service Launches Next Week

The ESPN+ streaming service, which will feature live sports events, on-demand content, original films and shows and studio programming, will launch on April 12. ESPN+ is a product of ESPN, Disney Direct-to-Consumer and BAMTECH Media. The monthly subscription fee will be $4.99. The linchpin will...Learn More

Increasingly, Consumers are Subscribing to OTT Through Their Legacy Pay-TV Provider

The percentage of households that subscribe to an online video service through their pay-TV provider has more than doubled compared to last year, according to a Parks Associates report. The report, “360 View: Access and Entertainment in U.S. Broadband Households,” suggests that a driver of...Learn More

Report: Big Four Broadcast Networks Are Most Desired for Skinny TV Bundles, ESPN Didn’t Make Top Ten

Broadcast networks top the list for most desired TV channels groups, according to new skinny TV bundles research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). In the survey of 2,030 connected consumers about the five network families they’d prefer to have included in a 5-group skinny TV...Learn More

Parks: One-Fifth of U.S. Broadband Households Use Digital Antennas for Live TV

New consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas for live TV viewing in their home steadily increased to reach 20% near the end of 2017, up from 16% in early 2015. The new report, 360 View:...Learn More

TDG: Major TV Networks All In on Direct-to-Consumer OTT Streaming by 2022, Conflict Surely to Ensue

All the major television networks will offer standalone direct-to-consumer OTT streaming services by 2022, according to a report from The Diffusion Group. “Big media companies are reacting more boldly to changes in TV viewing behavior,” Mike Berkley, TDG’s senior advisor said in a press release....Learn More

Cord Cutting Hits Satellite, Telco Video Providers Hard as 1.49M Video Subs Lost Last Year

The top pay-TV providers in the United States lost almost double the amount of video subscribers last year than they lost in 2016, which itself was a very poor year for the sector, according to research from the Leichtman Research Group. Last year, large video...Learn More

It’s Playball for MLB and Facebook

Facebook and Major League Baseball announced a wide-ranging agreement for digital-only broadcasts for the upcoming season. The two parties said that a 25-game package – one game per week – will be exclusively distributed in the United States on Facebook Watch via the MLB Live...Learn More

Report: Rural Online Transactions Valued at Nearly $1.4 Trillion Annually

A new report from iGillott Research for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) estimates the value of rural online transactions at nearly $1.4 trillion annually – about 14% of all online transactions or seven percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The report, titled “A...Learn More

AT&T DIRECTV NOW Roadmap: More Flavors to Come, Will Follow Mobile Product Strategy

As consumer preferences shift away from traditional pay-TV linear video offerings and toward over-the-top offerings, AT&T intends to “make sure we gain more than our fair share” of OTT video, said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, today. Donovan outlined an AT&T DIRECTV NOW roadmap,...Learn More

Telco Video Landscape Changing as Consolidated Launches DIRECTV NOW Streaming OTT

Consolidated Communications will begin marketing AT&T’s OTT streaming service DIRECTV NOW, the company announced today. DIRECTV NOW (DTVN) offers a streaming live channel line-up and video-on-demand and is positioned as a lower-cost option to traditional pay-TV video, delivered over-the-top. It’s an interesting move for Consolidated,...Learn More

Verizon CFO Still Bullish on Fios Future

Despite an industry-wide shift away from traditional pay TV, Verizon is still bullish about its Fios offering, which traditionally has bundled broadband with other services including pay TV and/or voice. The company still sees growth in the Fios future, on both the broadband take rate...Learn More

Amdocs Completes Vubiquity Acquisition, Expanding Media Business

ST. LOUIS – Feb. 22, 2018 – Amdocs (NASDAQ: DOX), a leading provider of software and services to communications and media companies, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Vubiquity, a leading provider of premium digital content services and technology solutions. This acquisition adds premium...Learn More

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