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Sky Deutschland unveils OTT service

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Pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland has launched what it describes as a new, easy, and flexible way to experience its content, at home or on the go. For the first time, the new, standalone online TV service Sky Online makes it possible for everyone without a traditional Sky subscription to register at www.skyonline.de and immediately enjoy the latest series, most recent […]

Time Warner Cable disappoints with video subs

Time Warner Cable the cable company awaiting regulatory approval to merge with Comcast reported profit behind analysts’ estimates as more video subscribers canceled service and programming costs rose. Time Warner Cable lost 184,000 video customers in the third quarter, while rising costs for sports programming cut into profit. The company lowered its revenue forecast for the year to $22.8 billion, […]

Sky Sports converts RFU partnership

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Sky Sports have extended their partnership with a new five-year broadcast deal which will also see Sky Sports become a top level RFU partner, with a range of partnership rights for the first time. The agreement strengthens one of the longest running broadcast partnerships in sport, taking it until the end of the 2019/20 […]

Verizon bundles free Netflix

Verizon Communications will be giving all new customers in the US a free one-year subscription to Netflix if they subscribe to its FiOS triple play service. The announcement follows Verizon’s failed partnership with Redbox to start its own streaming service, Redbox Instant. The service was launched in March 2013 but was shut down earlier this month. “The joint venture partners […]

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned […]

FCC proposes updated MVPD definition

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, says the industry has passed from an era where it was necessary to build a purpose-specific pathway to deliver video, and accordingly, the Commission is putting forth proposals to update FCC rules to recognise this new reality and, as a result, expand competition and consumer choice, a move that could benefit OTT players such as Aereo […]

Discovery “record-breaking” quarter

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Discovery Networks International has closed the books on its biggest-ever quarter, with record viewing levels and online growth internationally.  Reaching 643 million viewers outside the US (+6 per cent year-on-year) during Q3 2014, the pay-TV programmer continues to enjoy exponential growth – charting its highest-ever average audience (+8 per cent) and delivering new highs among digital audiences for its non-US […]

US broadband subs to exceed pay-TV

While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the number of home broadband subscriptions will surpass the number of home pay-TV subscriptions. While asserting a causal relationship between these […]

920m global pay-TV subs by year end

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The worldwide pay-TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014 according to ABI Research. Overall, pay-TV average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to drop slightly due to increasing price competition, but at a lower rate compared to the ARPU drop in 2013. “The growing number of HD subscribers as well as major sporting […]

Pay-TV booms in Central America

Pay-TV is booming in the Central America region, with Honduras subscribers growing 23.24 per cent year-on-year, according to Dataxis’s numbers (in the period to June 30th). Honduras ended the period with a total of 640,000 pay-TV subs out of a population of some 8 million. Honduras is not alone. Other Central American markets which experienced significant year-on-year growth level were […]

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