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T-Mobile US pay TV service to launch in H1 2019

T-Mobile’s delayed US home TV service is due to launch in the first half of this year, the company confirmed on its fourth quarter 2018 earnings call. Responding to a question about the company’s TV strategy, chief operating officer Mike Sievert said T-Mobile is “quality-driven”, not “date-driven,” adding that its TV service rollout is closely […]

Apple: breakdown of the cable bundle to accelerate in 2019

Apple CEO Tim Cook has predicted that the “breakdown of the cable bundle” will take place at a much faster pace this year and said Apple is well placed to help usher in this change in viewing habits. Speaking on Apple’s first quarter earnings call, Cook said that Apple will participate in “a variety of […]

Ofcom: TV ‘of lessening importance’ as kids spend more time online

Children in the UK aged five to 15 now spend around 20 minutes more online, in a typical day, than they do in front of a TV set, according to Ofcom research. The UK broadcast regulator’s annual study on children’s media use noted that while TV sets are still used by almost all children, TV […]

Love Nature 4K announces Turkish channel launch with TV+

Love Nature 4K, a joint venture with Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks, has launched its linear TV service on Turkish pay TV platform TV+. Turkcell subscribers will have access via IPTV and OTT to Love Nature 4K’s library of original programming, which includes hundreds of hours of natural history content in 4K and HD. […]

Futuresource: global TV shipments return to growth in 2018

The TV market experienced a return to growth in 2018 with global shipments up by an estimated 3% year-on-year, following a decline in shipments in 2017, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm said that 4K continues to attract consumer spend, driven in part by easier access to 4K content as streaming services gain a […]

Futuresource: US video and TV spend up 1% in 2018

The US video and TV industry saw a 1% rise in consumer spend in 2018, taking the market to US$133 billion, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm estimates that the US market accounted for 53% of the global industry total last year and predicted modest annual increases for the coming years, reaching US$136 billion […]

Apple to launch new services this year

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will launch new services this year, fuelling speculation that an Apple television offering is on the horizon. In an exclusive interview with CNBC, Cook said “you will see us announce new services this year, there will more things coming.” While Cook didn’t go into specifics, he indicated that […]

Roku reports 68% year-on-year increase in streaming hours in Q4

Roku reported a 40% year-on-year increase in active accounts and a 68% increase in streaming hours in preliminary data for the fourth quarter of 2018. The streaming company disclosed the stats ahead of business meetings at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, claiming that active accounts topped 27 million in Q4. Fourth quarter streaming hours […]

CTA: US consumers to spend US$18bn on SVOD this year

US consumers will spend some US$18 billion on subscription video streaming services this year, up 27% compared to 2018, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The latest edition of CTA’s ‘US Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts’ report, released ahead of CES this week, predicts that spend on music and video streaming services combined will […]

LG to unveil latest AI-powered TVs at CES

LG Electronics is set to introduce its latest flagship TVs with ThinQ artificial intelligence technology and algorithmically-enhanced image quality at CES next week. The new TVs will run LG’s second-generation Alpha 9 processor (α9 Gen 2) and will use a new algorithm to analyse source content and recognise ambient conditions in order to enhance picture […]

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