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U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

According to data from comScore, Inc., cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study indicates. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2tIXWTT
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More Than Half Of Streaming Users Are Sharing Their Passwords

Nearly 3 out of every 4 (72% exactly) Americans who have cable also have access to at least one streaming service and 8% of cable subscribers plan to eliminate their service in the next year. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re paying for their streaming service. New numbers from a study conducted by Fluent HQ show that the majority of Americans are sharing passwords to their streaming video services. Well over half of millennials (aged 18-34) – 60% – are either using someone someone else’s password or giving their password to someone else. And just under half – 48% – of non-millennials are doing the same. – Artie Beaty, Streaming Observer http://ift.tt/2rVI8cT

Report: 25% Of Americans Won’t Have A Traditional TV Subscription By 2018

[The Convergence Research Group], which has been releasing its “Couch Potato” reports for more than a decade, says 2015 saw a decline of 1.16 million US TV subscribers, followed by an estimated 2.05 million dip last year. This year is forecast to see a 2.11 million decrease in subscribers, analysts wrote, which comes out to 24.6% of U.S. households without a subscription from a cable, satellite, or telecom provide. – Mary Beth Quirk, Consumerist http://ift.tt/2orVsYx

15 million Americans could flock to disruptive live-TV packages from Hulu, YouTube, or even Amazon

One big difference is that because of how aggressively these services are priced, the margins are razor-thin, especially compared to the fat margins of normal pay TV. That means if someone swaps a cable package for a streaming one, the cable company is going to lose some revenue — sometimes a lot. UBS says that cable companies will be able to offset some of that financial impact by charging customers for the data they are using to stream TV, since many are delivering internet too. – Nathan McAlone, Business Insider http://ift.tt/2n6PD0k

5 ways TV networks are responding to the growing cord-cutting movement

[5. Fleece cable subscribers] Time Warner, […] saw a 14-percent increase in subscription revenue last quarter, not because it gained subscribers, but because it demanded higher carriage fees from TV providers. Those costs, of course, get passed onto subscribers, who keep seeing bigger bills for the same content. While this approach probably isn’t sustainable, old habits die hard… – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2kWJy5n

Starz launches a streaming service for cord cutters with support for downloads

This is the first time [Starz] has made its content library available through a subscription service, but unlike with HBO, it’s not breaking out its streaming service into a separate application. HBO, as you may recall, maintains two applications: HBO GO for cable TV subscribers and HBO NOW for those who stream its programming over the web. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch

Embattled ESPN Cries Uncle: Streaming Now On the Table

Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a conference Tuesday, “Rights are not an issue, It can be done… but there are issues we face doing it. Pricing is one of them.” […] A standalone, subscription streaming service might be an option to pick up some of those lost subscribers. In order to believe that, though, you have to believe that the 7 million lost subscribers were fans of ESPN. My guess is that most of those 7 million lost subscribers were not ESPN fans. Rather, they were individuals sick and tired of paying for an obscenely-priced cable or satellite package — and a big reason for that obscene pricing is ESPN. – John Nolte, Breitbart

AT&T Inc. Threatens Netflix With 3 New Streaming Strategies

AT&T’s entry into the streaming video market could hurt streaming leader Netflix in several ways. First, AT&T’s pay TV bundles feature live content and optional add-ons like HBO and its exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket Package — all features that Netflix lacks. AT&T hasn’t priced the packages yet, but it has stated that they’re aimed at consumers who want more content from streaming services but feel that traditional cable packages are too expensive. AT&T can leverage its position as a leading ISP and wireless carrier to add its new streaming packages to broadband and wireless bundles, which might win over cord-cutters. – Leo Sun, The Motley Fool
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