North America

North American pay TV use to drop to 75%

Pay TV penetration in North America is set to drop to 75.2% by 2022, from a peak of 87.4% in 2013, according to new research. The Digital TV Research report predicts that the number of pay TV subscribers in the US and Canada will drop by 9% in the ten years from 2012 to 2022 […]

BritBox names BBCWW exec as president

BritBox, the forthcoming US subscription VOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, has appointed Soumya Sriraman as president, North America. Sriraman, who was most recently executive vice-president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, takes up her new role effective immediately. She will be responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, […]

North American SVOD market to reach 110m subs in 2021

The North American SVOD market will grow to 109.6 million subscribers by 2021, with multiple subscriptions “key to US SVOD growth”, according to new research. Digital TV Research’s ‘North America OTT TV and Video Forecasts’ report claims that the number of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) subscribers will grow by nearly 30 million subs from 81.8 million […]

One in eight American homes to own a UHD TV this year

By the end of this year one in eight homes in North American – some 11 million households – will own an Ultra HD television, according to Strategy Analytics.    The research firm said that price drops to “increasingly affordable levels” and changing product line-ups will contribute to the growth, with almost half of North […]

IHS: smart TV shipments exceed 100m units in 2015

For the first time global smart TV shipments exceeded 100 million units in 2015, according to new stats by IHS. The research firm said that in the fourth quarter alone 34.2 million smart TVs were shipped, accounting for 48.5% of all TVs sent out. IHS predicts that smart TV shipments will continue to grow at […]

Irish TV goes over-the-top in North America

An Ireland-based international TV channel is due to go direct to North American viewers after signing an over-the-top deal with Tata Communications. Irish TV will be accessible to some 40 million Irish residents in the US, with international expansion plans in other regions to follow “in the near future”, according to the firm. “We needed […]

North American pay TV subs to drop to 80% of homes in 2021

Pay TV penetration in the US and Canada will fall to 80.3% in 2021 as the number of subscribers continues to fall, according to Digital TV Research. The Digital TV North America Forecasts report claims that the number of pay TV subscribers in North America will fall from a peak of 112 million in 2012 […]

Intelsat and Harmonic to launch UHD demo channel

Satellite service provider Intelsat and video delivery infrastructure firm Harmonic are launching a linear Ultra HD demo channel in North America. The HVN Intelsat UHD channel will be broadcast via Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite located at 127° West and will allow pay TV operators to prepare and test their UHD transmissions. Intelsat claims that its […]

Switzerland-based Viewster opens LA office

Switzerland-based video streaming service Viewster has opened an office in Los Angeles and appointed former Bandai Namco Games executive, Rob Pereyda, to lead its North American efforts. Pereyda becomes chief strategy officer and CEO of Viewster’s US subsidiary. He will lead global strategy and develop the North American market for Viewster, which aims to launch […]

SES launches Ultra HD demo channel in North America

SES has launched a new Ultra High Definition (UHD) demo channel in North America to allow cable operators and content distributors to prepare their networks for the technology. The channel is SES’s first UHD demo channel serving this market and joins three UHD demo channels that are already available across Europe. The new demo channel […]