Australian SVoD market to grow 17-fold

Australian subscriptions to streaming services like Netflix, Presto and Stan will grow by a factor of 17 between the end of 2014 and the end of 2019, according to new research. The new Ovum study claims that subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) services have grown rapidly in Australia since Netflix moved into the market in May, with […]

Ovum: BBC Three online transition a ‘disaster’

The closure of the BBC Three linear channel in the UK is “a disaster disguised as a pioneering strategic initiative”, according to an influential media analyst at research house Ovum. In a blog post entitled ‘Why the BBC is wrong about kids and TV’, Ovum’s digital media practice leader Nick Thomas said the decision to […]

Ovum: 1bn mobile broadband subscriptions in Africa in 2020

The number of mobile broadband connections in Africa will climb from 147 million last year to reach one billion in 2020, according to Ovum. The research firm said that the ongoing rollout of 3G W-CDMA and 4G LTE networks and the increasing affordability of smartphones and other data devices will help drive the “rapid growth” […]

Ovum: OTT will have limited impact on pay TV growth

Pay TV will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, while OTT services such as Netflix will make only a limited impact on the pay TV market, according to Tony Gunnarsson, senior analyst at Ovum. Speaking at the Digital TV CEE conference in Warsaw, Gunnarsson said that the number of global pay TV subscribers […]

Concern about Netflix ‘overstated’

Concern over the recent dip in Netflix’s share price that followed mixed financial results is “overstated”, as the streaming service “continues to go from strength to strength”, according to an analyst. Netflix added 880,000 US subscribers in the third quarter of 2015, missing a 1.15 million forecast and falling 110,000 on the previous year. This […]

Residential gateways and set-tops to drive TR-069 growth, says Ovum

The number of residential gateways, TV set-top boxes and other consumer premises equipment in use that support the Broadband Forum’s TR-069 standard will reach 356 million in 2016, as a growing number of service providers embrace the management protocol to support demand for ultrafast-broadband and smart-home services, according to research by Ovum.  Residential gateways will […]

OTT subscriber numbers to top 100 million this year

The total number of subscribers to online streaming services will pass 100 million on a global basis this year, according to new research by analysts Ovum. Describing a “new era of streaming entertainment”, Ovum pointed to growing appetite for emerging on-demand platforms as evidence of the swing away from downloads and pay TV. Ovum predicted […]

Half of CEE homes have signed up to pay TV, says Ovum

More than half of homes in eastern Europe have signed up to pay TV services, creating a market that could be worth almost US$11 billion (€8.8 billion) by 2019, according to research by Ovum.  Ovum predicts that ARPU levels in the region are now likely to rise after a period when a plethora of low-cost […]

African countries will miss analogue switch-off deadline

Major African territories such as South Africa and Nigeria are set to miss a deadline to switch off analogue television signals, according to new research. “Most” sub-Saharan countries in Africa fail to meet the 2015 deadline, according to Ovum, which is part of DTVE publisher Informa Telecoms & Media. However, determination among regulators and governments […]

OTT in CEE to grow rapidly from low base

Internet-enabled TVs should in CEE should exceed 20 million by 2018, and will be the most high-growth category of devices in the region, according to research group Ovum. Media streamers will see high growth from 2016-17 from a low base to around six million by 2018, while other device types will also grow from a […]