US cord cutting slows; DTH loses record customers
The pressure on traditional multichannel subscriptions abated in the second quarter – a positive direction that is further supported by the forwarded momentum of virtual services Sling TV and DirecTV NOW, according to the Q2 2018 U.S. Multichannel Subscriber Report by Kagan, the media research group in S&P Global Market Intelligence.…
Vodafone Spain pay-TV free for a year
With the battle for its football pay-TV subscribers ongoing, Vodafone has launched a new promotion that offers its pay-TV service for free for a year. This is Vodafone’s response to the low cost promotions currently being offered by Movistar and Orange in their fight to capture Vodafone’s 400,000 football subscribers…
BBC4: Experimental AI and archive programming
BBC 4.1 Artificial Intelligence TV will bring two nights of experimental programming to BBC Four on September 4th and 5th featuring new and classic programmes exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI). This includes Made by machine: When AI met the archive, a new and experimental programme part-made by AI to help show…
US connected TV audience grows, but ad-spend lags
Connected TV households now make up nearly three-quarters of all US households, but those penetration levels don’t necessarily add up to a huge advertising market—yet. eMarketer forecasts there will be 182.6 million connected TV users in the US this year, up 8.1 per cent from 2017. That works out to…
Sony leads VR market
Sony announced that is has sold over 3 million Playstation VR (PSVR) headsets to date, making it the clear market leader in the premium/standalone VR platform sector over its HTC Vive and Oculus Rift competitors. These numbers are exactly in line with the hardware sales forecasts in Digi-Capital’s AR/VR/XR Analytics…
beIN Sports accuses Arabsat
The controversy over which satellite is illegally beaming out pirated signals deepened with a statement August 16th from Qatar-based beIN Sports. The broadcaster accuses beoutQ and Arabsat as facilitating blatant sports piracy “on an industrial scale”. beIN says that independent examinations by three of the world’s “leading digital security, media…
Jail term for ISD seller
Warren Gleave, of Burnley in the northwest of England, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison having been found guilty of selling illicit streaming devices pre-loaded with premium content. Gleave was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court and was immediately taken into custody. Over a three year period, Gleave unlawfully…
WWE SummerSlam Kickoff show in VR
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced that this weekend’s Summerslam PPV event will offer viewers the chance to watch the Kickoff show in VR. Wrestling fans can experience the SummerSlam Kickoff in VR with Oculus Go and NextVR’s 180-degree virtual reality experience, available through the NextVR and Oculus Venues apps.…
BT Sport extends Ligue 1 TV rights deal
BT Sport has agreed a new deal to show exclusively live Ligue 1 Conforama football and the Coupe de la Ligue in the UK and Republic of Ireland until 2021. Football fans will be able to enjoy action from the French top flight league with up to five live and…
XUMO viewership up 325%
XUMO, the US live OTT service, has released growth metrics for its free streaming TV service, reporting a rise in viewership of 325 per cent and a 90 per cent increase in user consumption over the past year. Underscored by this traction, XUMO also announced the launch of 6 additional…
DPP and SMPTE launch IMF spec
The Digital Production Partnership (DPP), the media industry’s international business network, has announced the release of a new technical specification to support the mastering and international exchange of content: SMPTE TSP 2121:2018 IMF Application DPP (ProRes). The new specification builds on the existing Interoperable Master Format (IMF) standard developed by…
Verizon 5G home service coming to Indianapolis
Verizon has announced Indianapolis as the fourth city scheduled to receive 5G residential broadband service in the second half of 2018. The company previously said it would launch 5G in four cities this year, and Indianapolis joins Houston, Los Angeles and Sacramento as the first U.S. cities to get 5G…
comScore: The Rise of the Virtual MVPD
Susan Engleson, Senior Director of Emerging Products looks at the emergence of Virtual MVPDs, In a blog post she writes: OTT adoption is on the rise, increasing 17 percent year-over-year. With such astounding growth, it isn’t a surprise that the industry is buzzing about OTT and how it is impacting…
© Advanced Television 2018