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YouTube TV rolls launches in 34 new metro areas

YouTube has rolled out its subscription YouTube TV service to 34 new metro areas, making it now available in more than 80 cities and locales across the US. The new launch areas include Albany, Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Colorado Springs, Des Moines, Flint, Rochester, Fresno, Knoxville, New Orleans, Omaha, Providence, Spokane, Toledo, Tulsa and Tuscon. YouTube […]

Disney in clear as Comcast drops out of Fox race

Comcast will not pursue an acquisition of a suite of entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox, leaving The Walt Disney Company in the clear to complete a deal. NBCUniversal owner Comcast was one of a few companies with the scale to buy the available Fox assets, but has confirmed it is not moving forwards with […]

TiVo survey: US consumers want skinny bundles

Desire for à la carte skinny bundles fuelled by frustration at the amount they are forced to pay remains the number one factor that would convince North American pay TV subscribers to stay with their provider, while a growing number are also interested in gaining access to third-party services on top of their offering, according […]

Sullivan lands Fox president post after Freer’s Hulu exit

Brian Sullivan has been named president and COO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), with former incumbent Randy Freer now bedded in at Hulu. Former Sky Deutschland chief Sullivan takes on a broad operational role that will see him in charge of revenue and distribution at Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners. […]

CuriosityStream joins Sling TV

CuriosityStream, the factual subscription video-on-demand service created by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has joined the Sling TV OTT platform operated by Dish Network in the US. CuriosityStream can be purchased as a premium add-on channel with select services, and its 1,500 titles will be available in Sling TV’s on-demand library. Subscribers of Sling Orange, […]

Vidme failure highlights challenges facing VOD services

Self-styled YouTube-meets-Reddit video-on-demand service Vidme is to shut down, citing competition from Google and Facebook. The US-based streaming service, which provided videos curated by community members across a range of categories, was created in 2014 and claimed at its peak to have close to one million registered content creators and 25 million unique monthly users. […]

TDG: US legacy pay TV services to lose 26% of subscribers by 2030

US pay TV providers will lose 26% of their legacy subscriber base by 2030 amid growing competition from virtual pay TV providers, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). The research and advisory firm said it expects legacy multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to experience “considerable subscriber losses” in the coming years. TDG tips legacy pay […]

More than half of US OTT homes subscribe to multiple services

More than 50% of US over-the-top subscription households subscribe to multiple video streaming services, compared to just 20% in 2014, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that of these multi-OTT homes, 81% use Netflix plus another service or combination of services – typically Amazon or Hulu. “A common assumption is that consumers who […]

Scripted content reigns supreme for millennials – study

A Eurodata study of 15-34-year-olds from ten countries including the UK, US and Japan shows that scripted programming dominates consumption for the age group. Scripted programming on average captures 35% of TV consumption for millennials across Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the UK and US. For certain nations the figure can reach […]

Poland the ‘top European market for OTT TV’

A higher proportion of people watch over-the-top video on their home TV sets in Poland than in five other major European markets and the US, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. The research found that 81% of adult internet users polled in Poland said they watch streamed video on their TV sets, compared to 79% […]

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