"Pay TV" articles

Stories about the pending purchase of 21 st Century Fox assets have dominated the media industry headlines over the past few weeks, with Comcast conceding to Disney’s $71 billion cash and stock offer for said assets. However, The United States’ Department of Justice recently ruled that they will approve a sale of these assets to Disney only if they agree to divest Fox’s 22 regional sports networks (RSNs) as part of the deal, due to monopoly concerns stemming from the...
Esports is going to be aired on ESPN during prime time. Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Overwatch , has announced a deal with Disney that will see the Overwatch League playoffs be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN 3, Disney XD, and ABC. While other esports such as Heroes of the Storm have been broadcast on Disney XD and ESPN before, this agreement will see the first day of the Overwatch League finals broadcast at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN with later highlights and analysis of the finals airing on...
Amazon created the new template for services seeking to create a one-stop shop for streaming media content with their Amazon Channels offering in late 2015. What started with a simple platform for content aggregation has turned into a new strategy for players in the OTT space to create a more desirable—and affordable—content offering for their consumer with the ease of convergent billing. Several platforms/services have followed Amazon’s lead in aggregating content...
 
by Parks Associates | Jul. 16, 2018
Tags: online video, OTT, pay TV
By Brett Sappington and Billy Nayden What a great coincidence that AT&T’s acquisition of the company that brought us the power struggles of Westeros and Game of Thrones is likely to set off a new era of competition in pay TV. With a federal judge approving AT&T’s $85 billion buyout of Time Warner late Tuesday afternoon, the courts cleared a path for a number of imminent media deals that will undoubtedly bring substantial change to the media landscape....
Another day of meetings and discovery at CES 2018. Here are a few additional thoughts on what I have seen at the show on day two. 8K is moving closer to reality. Yes. I understand. 4K is just gaining a foothold in the market, and HDR provides a visual pop at retail that may be more compelling than 4K alone. Yet, new 8K-based products are in evidence, with several slated for public release later this year. Samsung’s massive 146-inch “The Wall” TV (which is actually modular...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 11, 2018
Tags: 4K, CES, connected CE, Google, operator, pay TV
Speaking from an entertainment focus at CES, nearly everyone I met with talked about being able to provide a single, unified interface for all the video products and services that consumers are using. And when you think about it, it makes complete sense why that is such a big deal. We have reached the point where using two or more video services is becoming the norm rather than the exception to a rule, and because users have to sort through the several different services they use to...
In the recently published Churn and Retention of OTT Video Services , I was really surprised to see that for those under age 35, only 83% are subscribing to an OTT video service like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. This indicates that while many Millennials and Generation Z seem to wear their cord cutting status like a badge of pride , it isn’t something that is universal. Many Millennials and Generation Z members can live without Game or Thrones or Orange is the New Black ....
 
by David Mitchel | Sep. 11, 2017
Tags: cord cutting, millennials, online video, OTT, pay TV, smart TV, streaming
“Hey, did you watch that popular show last night where the thing happened?” “No. I haven’t watched it yet. Thanks a lot.” “Oh… Sorry…” The penultimate season of HBO’s global hit series Game of Thrones is in the books. While many of the show’s die-hard fans are sure to have watched it through the season finale, coverage in the media suggests otherwise. Media outlets have been careful to mask key plot developments in their headlines and...
 
by Glenn Hower | Aug. 31, 2017
Tags: digital content, digital media, online video, OTT, pay TV, TV Everywhere

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