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TDS Confidence in Video Business Continues with Move to TiVo for its Next Generation TV Platform

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TDS will move to the TiVo platform for its next generation TV platform, bringing it to both its cable and IPTV operations across the country. The new TiVo platform will be featured with both existing and new video subscribers, the companies report. In addition to...Learn More

Report: Amazon Prime Spending Grows, But Membership Growth Slows

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As Amazon’s “Primeday” kicks off today, a research firm’s study released today showed that the 95 million Amazon Prime members in the U.S. spend an average of $1,400 annually. By contrast, the average non-Prime customer spends an average of $600, according to Amazon Prime spending...Learn More

Data Reveals Subscriber Choices for Video Packages Among Major Pay-TV Providers

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New video tiers, sometimes referred to as “skinny bundles,” are becoming increasingly important in the pay-TV business as service providers seek to minimize the impact of a consumer shift toward more economical offerings streamed “over the top” using broadband connections. Video tiers are under transition...Learn More

Parks: Broadband Household Viewing of Facebook Video and the Like Hits Two Hours Weekly

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U.S. broadband household viewing of Facebook video and similar “alternative content” has reached two hours weekly on average, according to Parks Associates. Alternative content includes live streaming, user-generated content, short-form videos and Web video series, according to Parks’ definition. Other alternative content sources include  SnapChat,...Learn More

Report: While Still a Niche Market, Esports Taps an Important Hard-to-Reach Demographic

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Ten percent of U.S. broadband households are watching esports, according to new esports video gaming research from Parks Associates. The research firm defines esports as “professionally or semi-professionally organized competitive video gaming events, including popular gaming titles such as ‘League of Legends,’ ‘Call of Duty’...Learn More

Higher Priced Premium Netflix on the Way?

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A trial in some European markets for a premium Netflix subscription is creating speculation that the leading OTT provider may bring such an offer to the U.S. eventually. The premium offer, with pricing assumed to be at $16.99/month would be $3 more than Netflix’s current...Learn More

DIRECTV NOW is Latest OTT Streaming Service to Raise Pricing

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One advantage OTT streaming video services like Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW have over traditional pay-TV services is lower cost. But for how long? These two providers, owned by DISH and AT&T respectively, are both raising their monthly subscription fees. For Sling TV, the hike...Learn More

fuboTV Is First Virtual MVPD To Launch 4K HDR Beta

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NEW YORK – JULY 2, 2018 – fuboTV (fubo.tv), the leading sports-first live streaming TV service in the U.S., has launched 4K HDR10 support in Beta, becoming the first virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) to offer content in ultra-high definition and high dynamic range. Starting today, main broadcasts*...Learn More

Latest Sling TV Enhancements Push Streaming Service Towards A La Carte TV Model

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The pay-TV business continues to evolve, with video providers experimenting with new models in the hopes of finding the right mix that appeals to a very diverse audience of consumers. The latest attempt comes from Sling TV, who will now offer individual channel subscription options,...Learn More

CTA: Smartphone Penetration Second Only to TV in U.S. Households, and Closing Fast

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Smartphone penetration has hit 87% of homes in the United States, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s “20th Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study.” Only televisions, which are present in 96% of U.S. homes, are ahead of smartphones. With laptops owned in 72% of homes,...Learn More

AT&T To Acquire AppNexus

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AT&T announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire AppNexus. AppNexus will become a part of AT&T advertising & analytics, led by Brian Lesser, CEO.  AppNexus is a technology company that operates a leading global advertising marketplace and provides enterprise products for...Learn More

Report: Millennial OTT Penetration May Have Topped Out, More Than Half Subscribe to Two Services

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More than 85% of millennials in U.S. households subscribe to one or more OTT video services and penetration among Baby Boomers and older people grew more than 10% between 2016 and last year, according to OTT video demographics research from Parks Associates. “Overall penetration of...Learn More

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