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Netflix to reach 100 million subs by 2018

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“The traditional linear channel will be around for a long time to come, but it will become increasingly marginalized by a plethora of online services, from catch-up TV to TV Everywhere, pay TV channels’ streaming offerings and YouTube multi-channel networks.” Direct to Consumer (D2C) offerings are emerging as key new services for traditional channels. “HBO Now, Discovery DPlay and DisneyLife are leading the way and employing a strategy that not only gives them more power in carriage-fee negotiations, but also allows them to grab their piece of the growing online-subscription revenue pie,” Ted Hall,IHS said. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Google announces new Android TV partners

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Google has added Hisense, TCL, and several other smart TV manufacturers to the Android TV family. In addition Android TV will also come to set-top boxes from Pace, Sagemcom, Technicolor, and pay TV operators KDDI (Japan) and Telecom Italia. Existing Android TV partners include Nexus Player, Philips/TPVision, Sony, Sharp, Razer Forge TV, and Nvidia Shield. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Sandvine: Netflix making gains in new European markets

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Highlights of the [Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report] include: Netflix is making gains in the new European markets they entered late last year, with the service now accounting for almost 10% of peak downstream traffic in Austria and France. […] YouTube is the top mobile application in both Europe and Asia-Pacific, making it the global leader in mobile traffic. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Netflix raises subscription fee across Europe

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Netflix has raised its monthly subscription fee for new members with one euro to €9.99 across Europe. The increase will affect most European countries where Netflix operates, including Germany, France and the Netherlands. In Switzerland, the company announced a similar hike, increasing its standard subscription to CHF 14.90 a month from CHF 12.90. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

One in three Dutch homes have their TV connected

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The Media Standard Survey found that cable is continuing to decline, but with 55% is still the most popular platform, followed by 13% IPTV on DSL, 8% IPTV over FTTH, 7% KPN’s DTT service Digitenne and around 6% for satellite DTH. 36% of households have digital video recorders, of which 26% sits a in a set-top box and 13% in a DVD player. The share of homes with a DVD player has fallen from 51% in the second half of 2014 to 47% at the end of June 2015. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Digital TV Labs to develop HbbTV2.0 test suite

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The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, today announced its selection of suppliers for the HbbTV 2.0 specification test suite. […] HbbTV 2.0 is the latest generation of the DVB broadcast hybrid standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services, through connected TVs and set-top boxes. HbbTV 2.0, which also includes HTML 5.0, HEVC and DVB DASH among other technologies, […]. Such services could include Ultra HD, rich second screen companion applications, push-VOD and ad-insertion, as well as broadcast video synchronised with broadband delivered audio or subtitle tracks. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Latin America OTT TV and video ready for take-off

The Americas OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates 24.05 million SVOD (subscription video on demand) homes by 2020, up from 10,000 in 2010 and an expected 9.84 million by end-2015. From the 17.38 million SVOD home additions between 2014 and 2020, Brazil will supply 7.24 million and Mexico 3.32 million. Colombia will overtake Argentina to take third place in 2016. By 2020, 15.9% of the region’s TV households will subscribe to a SVOD package, up from only 4.8% by end-2014. Puerto Rico (22.5%) and Chile (20.0%) will have the highest penetration by 2020. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News

Vivendi in talks to buy Dailymotion, PCCW out

For the second time, French government seems to have prevented Orange’s video portal Dailymotion falling into the hands of a foreign company. The board of Orange is meeting today, April 7, to consider a EUR 250 million offer from Vivendi to buy 100% of video portal Dailymotion, according to Les Echos. Meanwhile, Vivendi has confirmed it had made an offer for Dailymotion without disclosing any further details. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News 
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