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ProSiebenSat.1 expands online dating presence with The Meet Group acquisition

German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and General Atlantic, the joint owner of ProSiebenSat.1’s ecommerce arm NuCom, have agreed to acquire US online dating and social entertainment provider The Meet Group. ProSiebenSat.1, which has invested heavily in ecommerce and online dating as part of a drive to diversify away from a declining linear TV advertising business, said […]

US Pay TV penetration drops to two thirds with 6 million subs cutting cord in 2019

US pay TV providers lost 6 million subscribers in 2019. According to analyst MoffettNathanson, the alarming loss represents a 7% year-over-year decline in paying subscribers, with Q4 alone seeing 1.5 million households cut the cord. AT&T was the biggest loser in Q4, losing 1.16 million paying TV subs. Comcast saw a dip of 149,000 while […]

C-band plan presents risks and rewards for satellite operators

Satellite operators with C-band rights stand to share about US$9.7 billion (€8.9 billion) to clear 300MHz of spectrum for reallocation to 5G mobile under proposals outlined by the FCC at the end of last week – which places the allocation in the middle of expectations about how much the operators stood to gain.   Analysts […]

ViacomCBS ‘working on plan’ for new combined streaming service

ViacomCBS is working on a plan to combine existing streaming offerings including CBS All Access into a new premium service with advertising, according to a report by CNBC. According to the news service, citing unnamed sources, the new service is likely to be built around premium SVOD offering CBS All Access but will also include […]

Minerva and Com Net approve WISI for YourTV Now

Minerva Networks and Com Net Inc (CNI) have approved broadband and TV technology company WISI, for customer installations within their cloud video service Minerva YourTV Now. CNI, which has provided a centralised headend for 22 companies in Ohio and Michigan for 15 years, has forged a nationwide US partnership with Minerva Networks to deliver a […]

Parks Associates: streaming devices and smart TV on the rise in US

Over 70% of US broadband households now own at least one streaming entertainment product and 50% own a smart TV, according to research by Parks Associates, published ahead of CES. According to Parks Associates’ 360 Deep Dive, Demand and Perception of Connected TVs, 77% of smart TVs owned by US broadband households are now connected […]

Disney+ and CBS All Access makes gains but Netflix retains top US streaming slot

CBS All Access made the strongest gains among established US streaming services in 2019, according to statistics compiled by Parks Associates, although Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu’s premium SVOD service retain the top three slots.  According to Parks Associates, which measured subscriber growth up to October, before the launch of Disney+ and Apple TV+, […]

Telco and pay TV revenues to increase in US despite cord cutting trends

Despite ongoing subscriber losses, revenues from telco and pay TV services in the US are predicted to rise over the next five years.  According to new research from GlobalData, revenues are predicted to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.7% between 2019 and 2024 to reach US$419.4 billion by 2024. The short-term […]

Satellite operators cut out as FCC decides on public C-Band auction

The US FCC has unveiled plans to hold a public auction of the C-band spectrum currently used by satellite operators in a move that attracted immediate criticism from the C-band Alliance (CBA), the group comprising satellite players Intelsat, SES and Telesat that had lobbied for a private sale of spectrum.  FCC chairman Ajit Pai said […]

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