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IDC: global pay TV and telecom service revenues to grow 0.6% this year

Worldwide spending on telecom and pay TV services will increase by 0.6% in 2018 in constant dollar terms to reach US$1.65 trillion, according to the IDC Worldwide Telecom Services Database. Although IDC reported a “notable decrease in the growth rate” compared to the 1.2% recorded in 2017, it attributed this to new accounting rules that […]

MPA: Chinese cord-cutting to impact pay TV uptake in Asia Pacific

Pay TV penetration in Asia Pacific will decline in the next five years thanks largely to an acceleration of cable cord cutting in China, according to research by Media Partners Asia (MPA). The new report claims that Asia Pacific’s pay TV subscriber base will grow at a 2% compound annual growth rate between 2018 and […]

European SVOD subscriptions tipped to triple over four years

The number of SVOD subscriptions in Europe will triple between 2015 and 2018 to reach 76 million this year, according to Digital TV Research. The latest stats indicate that SVOD’s share of European TV subscriptions will climb from 13% in 2015 to 29% in 2018, with traditional pay TV still making up the bulk of […]

Leichtman: US pay TV use down to 78% of homes

The proportion of US TV households that subscribe to some form of pay TV service has dropped by eight percentage points in the past five years, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG). The new study claims that 78% of US television homes currently take pay TV, down from 86% in 2013, 87% in 2008 and […]

Digital TV Research: OTT to spur TV revenue growth in 2018

Global revenues from pay TV and over-the-top services are set to climb this year, with OTT gains more than compensating for a decline in pay TV revenues, according to Digital TV Research. The report claims that global revenues from traditional pay TV and OTT TV episodes and movies will climb from US$254 billion in 2017 […]

OTT to account for 46% of Western Europe TV revenues in 2023

Over-the-top-delivered content will account for 46% of all Western European TV revenues by 2023, up from 26% in 2017, according to Digital TV Research. The new report claims that OTT revenues for TV episodes and movies – both from ad-supported and subscription services – will more than double from US$10 billion to US$23 billion over […]

Global pay TV and SVOD subs to reach 1.88bn in 2023

The number of global pay TV and SVOD subscriptions will increase by 37% between 2017 and 2023 to reach 1.877 billion, according to Digital TV Research. The new report estimates that worldwide subscription video-on-demand user numbers will more than double from 366 million in 2017 to 777 million in 2023 – an increase of 411 […]

GfK MRI: ‘Vast majority’ of US viewers not ready to cut the cord

The “vast majority of US consumers” are still not ready to give up on pay TV, despite an increase in cord cutting and cord shaving, according to GfK MRI. The research firm’s New Cord Evolution study claims that 71% of all US consumers have cable, satellite, or telco TV services and say they have no […]

US subscribers to OTT pay TV services climbs 119%

The number of US subscribers to over-the-top delivered pay TV services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV grew by 119% year-on-year to 6.73 million in Q2, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s second quarter US pay TV update said that while the entire virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) market is growing, […]

Paywizard: viewers prefer OTT customer experience

Consumers prefer over-the-top services like Netflix and Amazon to traditional pay TV services at almost “every stage of the customer journey,” according to research by billing company Paywizard. Respondents gave OTT providers higher positive ratings in eight out of 10 categories – including making sign-up easy, recommending content, dealing with billing, and facilitating service cancellation. The only […]

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