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Twitch viewership dropped after it lost Ninja, Shroud, and other top streamers

According to the latest report from Streamlabs and Newzoo, total hours watched fell to 2.3 million during the final quarter of the year, down from 2.6 million the quarter before. The figure puts Twitch slightly lower than where it sat in the final quarter of 2018, despite a year of overall growth. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge » https://ift.tt/38fC82K

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Quarter of US broadband households use free, ad-based OTT services

25% of US broadband households have watched video on a free, ad-based OTT service in the past 30 days and no single service dominates the market. Among the leaders, 7% of US broadband households use The Roku Channel, 6% use the Pluto TV AVOD service and 6% use Crackle and 31% of the households subscribed to HBO, the market leader in premium channels. While a quarter of the households used an antenna to watch live TV channels, overall just over three-quarters watched live TV channels. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/30wFo7t

ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV’s big upgrade

The benefits of this standard are clear: Better reception, 4K HDR video support, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support, on-demand video, and possibly even streaming to mobile devices and automobiles. (The standard also has also some iffier aspects, such as targeted advertising.) But ATSC 3.0 comes with one big caveat as well: While the new standard will work with any antenna, it’s incompatible with the ATSC 1.0 tuners built into today’s TVs, converter boxes, and DVRs. – Jared Newman, TechHive » https://ift.tt/38aASOA

How to Install Any App on an Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV devices, like Amazon Fire tablets, don’t have access to the standard Google Play Store, so you can’t get at as many audio, video and other apps as you can on, say, an Android TV. You don’t have to settle for this state of affairs though—you can sideload just about any app you want on to a Fire TV device by jumping through a few hoops. – David Nield, Gizmodo » https://ift.tt/35WA8uK [photo: Amazon]

Antennas Direct buys Mohu to create indoor/outdoor TV antenna giant

Antennas Direct will focus on making its antennas smaller, more powerful and more resistant to interference. Schneider said his company can hopefully get higher gain while reducing the size. He also wants the combined R&D teams to work on smart antennas that are self-structuring, meaning they can receive feedback from a tuner and reconfigure themselves. He said the U.S. military already has antenna technology like that, but his company working on doing it at a price point that consumers can accept. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/3a3aKH3

Analysts question Quibi offer

In a research note, Strategy Analytics analyst Nitesh Patel said that Quibi was treading a fine line between potential success and failure. He asked: “Quibi is clearly a unique proposition compared to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other SVOD services…But will 10 minute episodic content format on a mobile device hook users and also bridge the divide between two needs, immersive entertainment and killing time?” – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2TfUM6p

SVOD surge as UK video industry grows by 9.5% in 2019

The top line figures in the survey that showed that fundamentally the UK video category grew by 9.5% over the year with physical formats accounting for 56% of transactional spend and electronic sell through (EST) increasing 3.5% to £263 million. In addition, the survey showed that 4K/Ultra HD now accounts for 3% of total Blu-ray spend. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/36xz69Y

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