Tag Archives: Norway

40% of Nordic OTT viewers using ad block services

According to Mediavision over 40% of daily OTT viewers use a service to block ads. The heaviest usage of ad blockers is among the most frequent OTT viewers, ie young men. While usage is increasing rapidly, content providers apply different strategies to counter this trend. Some allow ad block users to consume content without restrictions, whilst others try to limit the users’ experience in one way or another. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

Pirate Party Offers Uncensored DNS to Bypass Pirate Bay Blockade

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The Norwegian Pirate party has made a big statement by launching a free DNS service which allows Internet users to bypass the local Pirate Bay blockade. The party advocates a free and open Internet for everyone and believes that the recent website blockades set a dangerous precedent. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

75,000 Popcorn Time users will be getting a surprise in the mail this fall

photo: Popcorn TIme

photo: Popcorn Time

Authorities in Norway have told users of the popular pirate streaming service Popcorn Time to expect “a surprise in the mail,” after the Rights Alliance claims it has has gathered data on 51,000-75,000 users of the site. […] The Rights Alliance is legally allowed to monitor people it suspects to be pirating. However, monitoring IP addresses is one thing, it would need to go through the courts to be allowed collaborate with ISPs to obtain the names and addresses behind them. – Amanda Connolly, The Next Web

Mills Kaviar TV – Sekund for sekund (Second by second)

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Norwegian food company Mills has just added to it’s YouTube channel what it calls “Super Slow TV” broadcasting caviar aging for the next 11 months. “The slow broadcast started on Aug. 19 and will run through July 19, 2016 (totaling 7,392 hours), at which point the roe will be sufficiently matured, and “ready to take its next step on its journey towards the breakfast tables of thousands of Norwegians”. Mary Beth Quirk, of the Consumerist writes. While questionable to watch, at the time of sharing the live feed has already had quite a number of viewers tuning in. – Michael Whay, Streaming-TV

Popcorn Time Blamed For Movie Streaming Piracy Explosion

According to [Mediavision], which analyzes consumer behavior within the sphere of digital media, around 750,000 Norwegians from a five million population are now obtaining video from illegal sources, up 17% on the previous year. However, it is the manner in which they are doing it that’s causing additional concern. According to the researchers, illegal consumption of streaming content has doubled in the past year. And no prizes for guessing who anti-piracy groups are blaming. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Streaming music massive in Scandinavia

An estimated 8 million Nordic music fans regularly use music streaming services such as Spotify or WiMP Music, according to a study from Polaris Nordic. […] The study reported that fully 78 percent of Nordic internet users aged 15 to 65 are digital music consumers and have used services such as YouTube, Spotify, Wimp or iTunes to access music content at some time in the past 12 months. […] The Polaris Nordic Digital Music Survey was conducted in Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden in June 2014. The online survey targeted 4,000 internet users (1,000 per country) aged 15 to 65. – Ray Weaver,The Copenhagen Post
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Netflix Looks to the Old World for New Growth

France, meet “Yeux Fous.” This month, Netflix, the world’s largest subscription streaming video service, will offer the original series Orange Is the New Black and other programming to six European nations, including Germany and France. It aims to reduce its reliance on the U.S. market and establish global dominance before Time Warner’s HBO GO and Amazon.com’s Prime Instant Video do. […] HBO and sister channel Cinemax have 127 million worldwide customers. The cable channel is expanding internationally with HBO Go, the mobile and streaming product that already competes with Netflix in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway, Amazon operates in the U.K. and Germany, where it offers Instant Video to subscribers of its Prime delivery service. – Lucas Shaw,Bloomberg Businessweek
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Streaming Accounted for 63% of Danish Revenues in First Half of Year

Streaming represented 63 percent of Danish recorded music revenue, an increase from 45 percent last year. Digital downloads’ share of revenue declined to 19 percent from 29 percent. Revenue from physical products — CDs and vinyl LPs — declined to 18 percent of revenues from 26 percent a year earlier. […] Other streaming-heavy countries in Scandanavia have had similar gains in the first half of the year. In Sweden, the home of Spotify and the country with the quickest embrace of music subscription services, streaming revenues grew 12 percent and accounted for 81 percent of all recorded music revenue. In Norway, streaming revenues increased about 16 percent and accounted for 77 percent of recorded music revenues. – Glenn Peoples,Bilboard
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HBO Streaming May Expand To Countries In Europe And Asia

Two years after HBO began offering its television shows as a standalone subscription service in Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway through a service called HBO Nordic, it’s now looking into expanding the model to other countries, according to an article published Sunday in the The Wall Street Journal. […] The move comes as HBO subscriptions have begun to shrink in the U.S., according to Variety, and as video content competition increases from online services such as Netflix Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and other providers. At the same time, HBO’s revenue in the international market is growing quickly, accounting for about one-quarter of the company’s $4.9 billion in annual revenue. In September, Netflix plans to launch its own streaming service in six European countries, including Germany and France. – Luke Villapaz,International Business Times