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84% US households pay-TV subs

Consumer research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) finds that about 84 per cent of US households subscribe to some form of pay-TV service. While the reported number of pay-TV subscribers has been fairly flat over the past four years, occupied housing in the US has grown. Consequently, penetration of pay-TV among residential households has waned from its peak in 2010 […]

Netflix disrupts video distribution models

At a time when Netflix is shaking up classic video distribution models, IDATE has released its latest report on the future of television, delivering an analysis of ongoing disruptions in TV content distribution. It explores the dramatic changes in viewer behaviour and industry structure, and predicts how stakeholders’ role in the equation will evolve over time. IDATE’s Deputy CEO, Gilles […]

Mobile video on LTE surpasses 3G

Citrix has released its Mobile Analytics Report for the second half of 2014. The Mobile Analytics Report provides insight into subscriber behaviour and related factors that determine quality of experience (QoE) for mobile data services. Key findings from the report include: LTE Surpasses 3G Mobile subscribers on LTE networks are 1.5 times more likely to watch video than subscribers on […]

NOW TV on Chromecast, adds ITV Encore

BSkyB has confirmed that its NOW TV OTT service is available on Google’s media streaming device Chromecast. Sky says the arrival of NOW TV to Chromecast offers customers another new way to enjoy the latest blockbuster movies, live action from all Sky Sports channels and must-see shows on 13 of the best pay-TV channels from NOW TV all up on […]

Emmy wins lead to piracy surge

According to findings from CEG TEK International, a provider of in-depth business intelligence and comprehensive anti-piracy solutions, piracy rates for five Emmy-winning shows surged over 340 per cent within a day of the broadcast. CEG TEK has been tracking the daily rate of illegal downloads of all the Emmy contenders one week before and after the 66th Primetime Emmys broadcast […]

Netflix targets 30% French market in 5 years

Reed Hastings

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, speaking to French daily newspapers, has said the company is aiming to capture 10 per cent of French subscribing households within two to five years, and one third from five to 10 years from now. The service launches in France on September 15th. This despite, so far, failing to agree a deal with pay-TV or broadband […]

Spain to judge Telefonica-Canal Plus deal

The acquisition by Telefonica of Canal Plus will be scrutinised by the Spanish Competition Authorities since the EC has returned the case to Spain on the grounds that it does not have a European dimension. The National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC) will investigate whether the Telefonica’s deal with Canal Plus and Mediaset to acquire 100 per cent of pay […]

GSMA calls for early broadcast spectrum release

Trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has called on the European Commission to accelerate the repurposing of the UHF spectrum band (470-790MHz) better to respond to the changing ways content is being accessed. The move puts the GSMA in direct opposition to the European Broadcasting Union, which argues that an early release date is […]

Dutch digital TV market now 6.7m


The number of digital TV connections in the Netherlands grew by 0.8 per cent during the second quarter of 2014 to 6.76 million on June 30th 2014. Digital TV was used by 87.7 per cent of TV subscribers in the Netherlands, including 3.73 million cable subscribers who also have analogue TV connections.  The total TV market grew to 7.71 million […]

UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”

Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat. Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of […]

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