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OTT video trend spotlights fibre needs

The key takeaways from the [Kagen] report are:
– Of the 16 major markets in Western Europe, only Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Portugal and Spain host broadband markets with fibre controlling more than 20% of broadband homes.
– Sweden is far ahead with 60.7% of its broadband market on fibre, while Spain sits at 46.8%, Norway 42.3%, Portugal 38.6%, Finland 33.2% and Denmark 22.5%.
– OTT video usage will continue to grow, as its integration into multichannel, hybrid free-to-air and connected TV/smart TV platforms deepens. Most platforms in Western Europe now integrate OTT services — Netflix in particular. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2Eg6gkt
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Netflix earnings: Was the streaming giant’s second-quarter miss really just a blip?

Netflix still leads in the living room, according to a Cowen & Co. survey of 2,500 U.S. consumers published in a Wednesday note. When asked which platforms users used most often to view video content on TV, 27% of respondents said they used Netflix, followed by basic cable with 20%, broadcast with 18% and YouTube with 12%. – Sarah Toy, MarketWatch https://ift.tt/2OSXME9

Emma Roberts To Topline Figure Skating Drama Series ‘Spinning Out’ For Netflix

Created by Samantha Stratton (Mr. Mercedes), a former competitive figure skater herself, Spinning Out centers on Kat Baker (Roberts), an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who’s about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life. On and off the ice, Kat and her new partner will face daunting odds, injury to body and soul, financial sacrifice, and even potential mental breakdown on their way to realizing their Olympic dream. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood https://ift.tt/2yv4d6f

Guillermo del Toro and Sam Raimi signed to produce shows for new Quibi streaming service

The horribly named Quibi (short for “quick bites”) is a new streaming service focused around short-form video content for mobile devices. It’s helmed by ex-Disney and DreamWorks executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and ex-HP CEO Meg Whitman. Aiming to take on video services from Instagram and Facebook, Quibi has already raised $1 billion in an initial funding round. – Jon Porter, The Verge https://ift.tt/2Edaauo

California governor signs nation’s toughest net neutrality bill into law

That means there’s certainly going to be a lawsuit. The first and most immediate question is whether the FCC’s ban on state-enacted net neutrality rules will hold up. The last time the FCC tried to undermine state laws — it wanted to allow cities to build their own broadband networks, even if states said they couldn’t — it lost in court. This is a similar situation, though the FCC has different reasoning for why the restriction of state laws is necessary. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge https://ift.tt/2QjoHpw

New Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes hit Netflix this Thanksgiving

The new season will run for six episodes, and, as is usually the case with Netflix shows, all six of them will be available to stream right away. The entire season 11 cast will return to reprise their roles, including Jonah Ray Rodrigues as the everyman host, Felicia Day as the villain, Patton Oswalt as her sidekick, Baron Vaughn as Tom Servo, Hampton Yount as Crow T. Robot, and Rebecca Hanson as Gypsy. – Samuel Axon, Ars Technica https://ift.tt/2xIZwWJ

Dave Chappelle Is Going To Do Three Comedy Specials For Netflix

The shows ― one of which will reportedly be a Netflix original special, and two of which will come from past performances at Austin City Limits Live and the Hollywood Palladium ― will constitute his first TV specials in 12 years, after the comedian largely disappeared from the public eye at the height of his celebrity. The two already-recorded specials will be released simultaneously in 2017. – Maxwell Strachan, The Huffington Post http://ift.tt/2gbI6L2

Netflix says Amazon paid a whopping $250 million for its new Jeremy Clarkson show

If “The Grand Tour” is Amazon.com’s calling card in its worldwide ambitions, it didn’t come cheap. Conventional wisdom had said Amazon paid about $160 million for it. But [Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Netflix] claimed Amazon paid much more. “That’s an under-reported number,” Sarandos told The Telegraph. “It was about a quarter of a billion dollars. We’ll be able to figure out later what it was that made the show the show. It’ll be interesting with ‘Grand Tour’ to see how much of that is the players, who in many cases are big personalities, but what elements of ‘Top Gear’ will people miss?” – Narthan McAlone, Business Insider http://ift.tt/2fUCTEa
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