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Pay-TV Channels remain top buyers of US scripted drama

The study found that only in Spain and Sweden did SVOD platforms emerge as the leading US drama buyers with standalone subscription services HBO España and HBO Nordic making over 60 first window acquisitions each over the past three years. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2ITicJ9 [photo: 3Vision]

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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

Twitter COO predicts streaming devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast will go extinct in 5 years

“Over the next five years, we’ll see a melding of distribution devices,” [COO Anthony Noto] explained. “Today, you walk into your house and your cell phone attaches to your WiFi instantly. Over the next five years when you walk into your house, your cell phone will automatically connect to the television. There will be no device. There will be no Apple TV, no Chromecast, no Amazon Fire, [no] Microsoft Xbox.” – Taylor Soper, GeekWire http://ift.tt/2EOM0lD

AMC launches a $5 per month ad-free TV streaming service — but not for cord cutters

We understand that AMC doesn’t currently have plans to go over-the-top with Premiere — it sees it more as an upgrade option for pay TV customers. But it does plan to bring it to more cable companies, satellite providers and telcos in the future. (Whether or not that means it will eventually cut deals with TV providers like Dish or AT&T, which now operate their own cord-cutter-friendly streaming services, is less clear.) – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2uobelr

Charter tests streaming-only cable service for $20/month

According to Reddit users who have been offered Spectrum Stream, the service costs $20/month and has 25 TV channels, including local broadcast networks, AMC, TNT, FX and the Food Network. For an additional $15 per month for three years, users can subscribe to a higher tier that includes more premium channels. Networks such an HBO and Showtime are an additional $7.50 per month each. It takes yet another additional $12/month for access to sports networks. – Swapna Krishna, Engadget http://ift.tt/2soIf4G
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