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UK households forecast to spend extra £600MN a year on streaming

The [uSwitch.com] survey from price comparison and switching service calculates that just over three-fifths of UK households (61%) currently watch streaming services, rising to more than three-quarters (77%) of 18- to 34-year-olds. Just over two-fifths of over-55s were found to have also signed up to at least one streaming provider. Netflix is currently the most watched service, used by two thirds (67%) of streaming fans, with the BBC iPlayer in second place with 58%, and 44% of viewers enjoying Amazon Prime. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/37IK51j

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Traditional pay TV providers lost nearly 2M subs in Q3, Kagan says

According to Kagan, a TMT research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, traditional pay TV providers (including cable, telco and satellite operators) lost approximately 1.9 million video subscribers in the third quarter. That’s 25% higher than the previous largest drop in the second quarter of 2019. Cable, telco and DBS providers ended the quarter with a combined, estimated 85.1 million video subscribers, down more than 5.8 million in the trailing 12 months at a 6.4% year-over-year rate of decline. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2NO9qir [Photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

Sony plans to shut down PlayStation Vue in 2020

John Kodera, deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said that PlayStation Vue will close down January 30, 2020. Active paid subscribers will receive their final charge for the service in December 2019 unless they cancel prior to their billing date. The company also said it will turn off the ability for new or existing customers to purchase packages, standalone or add-on channels in the near future. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2owULOK

Rush to cord-cutting, online video exaggerated claims VAB study

The principal myth debunked is that everyone is cutting the cord and moving away from cable for other video substitutes and subscription, yet VAB says that the reality is the vast majority of US households today have a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) subscription (82 million) and it’s is still by far the leading video distribution access point for consumers, followed by over-the-air (OTA) -only delivery (18.4 million); over the top (OTT) -only (16.4 million); and virtual MVPD delivery (9.3 million). VAB noted that in 2020, projections estimate there will be four times more households with MVPD subscriptions (78.8 million) than OTT-only households (18.3 million) and seven times more than virtual MVPD households (10.8 million). – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2VovItb

Top US TV providers lose a record 1.3MN subscribers in Q1

AT&T had a net loss of about 625,000 subscribers across its three pay-TV services (DIRECTV (satellite), AT&T U-verse (IPTV) and DIRECTV NOW (vMVPD) in 1Q 2019 – compared to a net gain of about 125,000 subscribers in 1Q 2018. The leading pay-TV provider in the US, this meant that AT&T accounted for 47% of the net losses in the quarter. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2Q7v3cN

It’s time for accountability from streaming TV bundles

There is a glimmer of hope that streaming providers might start holding themselves accountable: The Consumer Technology Association, a major tech industry trade group, is now developing “Quality of Experience” measurements for streaming video services, based on recommendations from another trade group called the Streaming Video Alliance. Within three to six months, they hope to have a standard way to measure things like startup speed, smoothness, video quality, and the ability to play an entire program without interruption. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2EuOWYc

Study: Cord Cutters Save $115 Per Month on Average

A new study conducted by personal finance website LendEDU found that cord cutters save an average of $115 per month by gutting back on bloated cable TV bundles. The survey, with an admittedly small sample size of 500 consumers, found that 58.60% of those surveyed axed their traditional cable TV subscription because they couldn’t justify the high price tag of such services. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2npPCDw
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