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BBC iPlayer to launch on Apple TV

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Already the BBC iPlayer is present on the majority of the top-selling smart TVs as well as streaming boxes that include the Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. It has however been absent from the Apple device. An earlier attempt to create a hacked version of the iPlayer for Apple TV was shut down by BBC lawyers. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Netflix to reach 100 million subs by 2018

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“The traditional linear channel will be around for a long time to come, but it will become increasingly marginalized by a plethora of online services, from catch-up TV to TV Everywhere, pay TV channels’ streaming offerings and YouTube multi-channel networks.” Direct to Consumer (D2C) offerings are emerging as key new services for traditional channels. “HBO Now, Discovery DPlay and DisneyLife are leading the way and employing a strategy that not only gives them more power in carriage-fee negotiations, but also allows them to grab their piece of the growing online-subscription revenue pie,” Ted Hall,IHS said. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Vice News to launch 12 linear channels in Europe

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In an interview with CNBC VICE CEO Shane Smith said he would launch a dedicated linear channel in the United States with a dozen more in Europe. In the US, Vice will work with a local, unnamed, partner, while in Europe the plan is to acquire existing networks. […] Vice grew out of a Canadian punk magazine, Voice of Montreal, which launched in 1993. Vice News was launched in December 2014; it has focused primarily on hard-hitting documentaries, working in the UK with Channel 4. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

US growth slows as Netflix goes global

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The over forecast for the US was in its view due to involuntary churn, driven partly by the transition to chip-based credit and debit card. However, in terms of US net additions in the first nine months of the year Netflix was slightly ahead on the same period in 2014 and it expects to finish the year at around 2014 levels. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News

EU wants to lift digital borders in Europe

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EU digital commissioner Günther Oettinger wants to create a single market for digital services in Europe to gain more weight in the competition with the United States and Asia. […] Oettinger said at the Broadband Congress 2015 of German cable operator association FRK in Leipzig.[…] The further discussion rounds at the congress focused on the expansion of broadband networks in Germany, subsidies and business models as well as changes in media consumption. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News

Google announces new Android TV partners

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Google has added Hisense, TCL, and several other smart TV manufacturers to the Android TV family. In addition Android TV will also come to set-top boxes from Pace, Sagemcom, Technicolor, and pay TV operators KDDI (Japan) and Telecom Italia. Existing Android TV partners include Nexus Player, Philips/TPVision, Sony, Sharp, Razer Forge TV, and Nvidia Shield. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Netflix names the day in Spain, Portugal and Italy

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[Netflix] will make its debut in Spain on 20 October; Portugal will follow a day later on 21 October and Italy on 22 October. Pricing across all three markets is identical with a standard definition, basic single connection for €7.99 per month; two simultaneous connections in the HD format cost €9.99 and a premium plan of four simultaneous connections in Ultra HD for €11.99. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Sandvine: Netflix making gains in new European markets

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Highlights of the [Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report] include: Netflix is making gains in the new European markets they entered late last year, with the service now accounting for almost 10% of peak downstream traffic in Austria and France. […] YouTube is the top mobile application in both Europe and Asia-Pacific, making it the global leader in mobile traffic. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

OTT trends: the latest findings

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[T]he majority of the OTT audience falls within the 22-29 age range (29%), followed by 30-39 (6%). […] Most users of premium VOD services reside in big cities – 32% in a population of over 8 million and another 28% in those with over one million. This is completely different for free OTT services, with 41% of respondents living in cities with populations of up to 500,000. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News

Sling TV looks to Apple

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Speaking in a keynote and subsequent Q&A at IBC, [CEO Roger J. Lynch] added that the OTT service, which launched in the US seven months ago, is already available on Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Kindle, Roku and Xbox, and following the consumer and what they want. Lynch revealed that over 90% of its customers also have Netflix, which he sees as a complementary service. Furthermore, while almost two-thirds create their package on their phone, they invariably still go on to watch the content on TV. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News
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