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SVOD customer satisfaction far exceeding that of pay TV

Customer satisfaction with streaming video services such as Netflix in the US far exceeds that for traditional pay TV services, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an annual survey of consumer attitudes to services including pay TV, video streaming, ISPs and fixed and wireless phone. Customer satisfaction with pay TV services fell 3.1% […]

US pay TV subscriber losses narrow year-on-year

The major US pay TV providers – representing about 95% of the market – lost about 305,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 515,000 in Q1 2017. This is according to Leichtman Research Group, which claimed that even though overall subscriber losses narrowed year-on-year, the top cable and satellite providers fared worse […]

MGM to revitalise Epix premium service with more content and distribution

MGM is planning to “reposition and expand” its underperforming premium subscription service Epix one year after acquiring it from its joint venture partners, according to chief operating officer Chris Brearton. Speaking after MGM posted Q1 results, Brearton said the service was “under-distributed, under-subscribed and under-monetised” before MGM’s acquisition of it, adding that its original programming […]

‘New Fox’ names management team headed by Lachlan Murdoch

Twenty-first Century Fox (21CF) has named Lachlan Murdoch (pictured) as the executive chairman and chief executive officer for the proposed ‘New Fox’, which will be established as Disney purchases Fox assets in the coming year. The new structure will also see Rupert Murdoch serving as co-chairman and John Nallen, 21CF’s chief financial officer, taking a […]

CBS’ Moonves gets Upfronts ovation as legal battle heats up

CBS chief Leslie Moonves received a standing ovation from buyers at its Upfronts presentation last night, as the company faces a crunch after launching a lawsuit against its controlling shareholders, the Redstone family, on Monday In an atypical Upfront presentation, Moonves walked out to a standing ovation from a sizeable portion of the crowd who […]

Fox Sports to broadcast US Open in 4K HDR over 5G

Fox Sports is to use 5G technology to stream 4K video for broadcast across the US at this year’s US Open golf championship in June. The broadcaster has tapped the services of its own Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T for the transmission. The 5G wireless technology will transmit 4K HDR images […]

US top 10 TV providers lost 200k subs in Q1

The top 10 TV service providers in the US lost over 200,000 customers between them in Q1 2018, according to Informitv’s Multiscreen Index. According to the research outfit, there were 373,000 fewer satellite subscribers and 245,000 fewer cable TV customers among the top 10 US providers at the end of the quarter. Over the same […]

Hulu strikes extended deal with Telemundo

Hulu has inked a further deal with NBCUniversal’s Telemundo to provide more Spanish-language titles for the platform. The deal, which was announced at Telemundo’s Upfronts last night, will see Hulu add 28 Spanish-language series to its catalogue. Shows include El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Alguien Te Mira, La Casa de al Lado, Perro Amor, The Riveras and I Love Jenni.  […]

Hulu unveils new expansion plans as it passes 20m milestone

US OTT TV service Hulu has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its offering as its subscriber base passed the 20 million milestone. Hulu now has over 20 million US subscribers. Among new innovations for the service, Hulu is to introduce advertising in its live TV offering for the first time. Beginning later this quarter, the […]

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile to merge with Sprint

Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary T-Mobile US is to merge with rival Sprint to create a mobile telco with a combined value of US$150 billion in an all-shares deal. The combination will take the form of a takeover by T-Mobile US of Sprint in a stock swap that will see Deutsche Telekom hold about 42% of […]

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