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7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

Russia’s pay-TV market sees strong growth

Russian pay-TV operators are flushed with success. A report from iKS-Consulting shows that the overall Russian pay-TV market grew last year by 16 per cent to a value of 54 billion Roubles. Satellite and IPTV operators enjoyed the most growth,

U-verse has 11.3m subs

AT&T said it ended the first quarter with 11.3 million U-verse subs (TV and high-speed Internet) following the addition of 201,000 U-verse TV subs for a total of 5.7 million in the category. AT&T ended 2013 with 10.7 million U-verse subs and 5.5 million TV customers. AT&T said U-verse broadband scored a first quarter net gain of 634,000 subs, giving [...]

Pay-TV hit by Kenyan authorities

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Kenya’s media regulator is hitting out at the nation’s three main digital pay-TV providers, StarTimes Group, Multichoice’s GOtv and the Pan-African Network as well as broadcasting distribution company Signet. Earlier in April the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled in favour of three media outfits (Nation Media, Standard Media and Royal Media) which had argued that the country was not ready [...]

Comcast adds 25,000 cable subs in Q2

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Comcast reported increasing subscription numbers for its cable service for the second consecutive quarter, defying fears of so-called cord-cutters. The company saw an improved performance thanks to its NBCUniversal unit, growth in its business services division and the performance of its high-speed Internet group. Pay-TV operators are increasingly fretting about cord-cutting, particularly among younger viewers who may be deterred from [...]

Who are the cord-cutters/cord-nevers?

Depending on whom you talk to, video cord cutters and cord nevers are sure to multiply exponentially or remain a rare commodity.  Reality is somewhere in the middle, says SNL Kagan. Video cord cutters,

Romania pay-TV subs up 6%

DTH subscribers in Romania fell back 0.2 per cent, but cable growth for 2013 was a healthy 8.7 per cent up on 2012, according to Romania’s media regulator ANCOM. The overall subscriber total at December 31st was 6.4 million pay-TV subs, with more than 85 per cent of Romanian TV homes now paying for TV services. Of that 6.4 million, [...]

Game of Thrones leads Oz (legal) downloads

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Following a fortnight in which Australia was identified as the country most prolific at pirating Season 4 of Game of Thrones, with pay-TV platform Foxtel publicly defending its exclusivity and pricing strategy, the fantasy drama also

DISH, EchoStar, deploy NAGRA DRM

Global satellite technology provider, EchoStar, and US satellite TV provider, DISH have deployed the NAGRA MediaLive Player (NMP) with NAGRA’s DECE-approved MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology, NAGRA’s studio-approved DRM solution, to enable and secure the DISH Anywhere multiscreen video-on-demand service, which provides premium content to computers, smartphones and tablets. “More and more consumers are demanding greater flexibility in the [...]

Sky launches #WatchOnSky Twitter tool

BSkyB is trialling a new feature that allows its customers to access content via icons contained within the broadcaster’s tweets. Sky subscribers can watch and record programming via their Twitter timeline when they see posts from Sky accounts containing the #WatchOnSky hashtag. Alternatively, viewers can tap the Sky+ ‘R’ to remotely set their Sky+HD box to record movies, TV shows [...]

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