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Media Execs See OTT Video as Supplementing – Not Replacing – Pay TV


StreamingMedia-OTT-Challenge-to-Pay-TV-Sept2013Media industry executives feel that over-the-top (OTT) video services such as Netflix are more likely to lead to cord-shaving than cord-cutting behavior, according to [download page] a recent report from Among the 758 executives surveyed, 51% said they believe that consumers are responding to the emergence of pure OTT video services by cutting back on their pay-TV channel packages and supplementing them with OTT content. By comparison, 23% feel that consumers are responding by canceling their traditional pay-TV subscriptions in favor of OTT video.

Netflix subscribers themselves appear to hew more closely to the former view, at least when it comes to content consumption. Last year, a GfK study found Netflix users saying that their regular TV content consumption was unaffected by their subscription. In a more recent study, GfK discovered that a majority of Netflix users said that they watch less premium cable as a result of their subscription.

Interestingly, the study finds that pay-TV operators are far less likely to believe that consumers will cut the cord due to the emergence of OTT video. Just 5% of pay-TV operators responding to the survey believe that’s the case, compared to 22% of technology vendors and 25% of content providers. Instead, pay-TV operators are more likely to believe that consumers are responding to OTT video by cutting back on channel packages.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 news No Comments

Google Chromecast review: can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?


Google Chromecast review: can you make your dumb TV a smart one for just $35?

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Despite the best efforts of Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG and others, most of the televisions in people’s homes these days are not of the smart variety. However, there are hundreds of millions of regular televisions packing HDMI ports, and Google’s new Chromecast device offers a way to put some brains into those dumb TVs by giving them access to web-based content. Having a Chromecast dongle connected to your TV means you can stream videos straight from a Google Play, Netflix or YouTube app, or mirror the content in any open tab in Google’s Chrome browser using a tab casting feature.

Sure, we’ve seen devices with almost identical functionality, like Plair, but Chromecast is backed by Google, whose relationships with content providers and developers mean that the Google Cast technology powering it will soon be popping up in even more apps. Not to mention, there’s the price. At $35, it’s almost a third of the cost of Plair and also Roku 3 and Apple TV, the current most popular devices that bring internet video to your TV. Even for such a paltry outlay, is it a worthy addition to your living room? And is it really “the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV” as Google’s marketing would have us believe? Read on to find out.

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Monday, July 29th, 2013 news No Comments

Prepaid Smartphones Are Increasingly Popular In The U.S.


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iphone 4s angle 400One-Third Of All U.S. Smartphone Sales Were Prepaid In The First Quarter (CNET)
Mobile financing patterns are changing. According to the NPD Group, prepaid smartphones accounted for 32% of all U.S, smartphone sales in the first quarter, up from 21% a year prior. NPD attributes the jump to consumers buying older models of flagship phone models, like the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the iPhone 4S. It may also explain why smartphone penetration is reaccelerating. Read >

How To Break Into Mobile Native Advertising (Mobile Marketer) 
Interviews with executives from Klip, SessionM and Sharethrough on the best ways to get started with mobile native advertising campaigns. The main advice is to design context-sensitive ads that help customers solve problems in their day-to-day lives, and to focus on limited concrete goals at first, like getting users to share content. Read >

Apps Begin To Arrive on Google Glass (New York Times)
CNN, Elle, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and Evernote will soon unveil new apps for Google Glass as it begins builds out its developer ecosystem. Path and the New York Times were previously the only apps available. Read >

AT&T CEO: Content Providers Will Subsidize Consumers’ Dat! a (F ierce Wireless)
Carriers are eager to ward off consumer dissatisfaction with data plans. AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan conference that he expects content providers and app developers to unveil new models that let consumers access their content without egregiously high data bills. “There will be models that emerge where they defray consumer charges by paying it themselves, or by advertising.” Read >

YouTube Is The Largest Source Of Mobile Traffic (Sandvine)
But who will be in the carriers’ crosshairs when the all-you-can-eat data party ends? YouTube accounts for a quarter of North American mobile traffic during peak period, according to Sandvine. Facebook chips in another 10%. Real-time entertainment (i.e., mobile video) accounts for 44% of peak mobile traffic. Read >

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Consumer Spending On iOS Games Passes Dedicated Handheld Games (App Annie)
For the first time, gaming revenue on the iOS app store surpassed gaming-focused handheld devices, like Nintendo DS or Sony PlayStation Portable, further underscoring how smartphones are disrupting markets for devoted devices, such as MP3 players or cheap cameras. Games are the app store’s real success story. Games represent about 40% of downloads and 70 to 80% of consumer spending in both the App Store and Google Play. Read >

iOS And Android Combine For 92 Percent Of First Quarter Smartphone Shipments (IDC)
IDC reported slightly higher smartphone shipments than Gartner for the first quarter: 216 versus 210 million, respectively. Both showed Android opening up a massive lead in platform market share. IDC’s numbers also showed Microsoft’s Windows Phone overtaking BlackBerry as the number three operating systemRead >

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Friday, May 17th, 2013 digital No Comments



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Netflix announced its first quarter earnings this afternoon.

Revenue is inline with analyst’s expectations but EPS killed and the stock is up about 20% after-hours.

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The big numbers are:

  • Revenue: $1.02 billion verses $1.02 billion
  • EPS: $0.31 versus $0.20
  • Earnings guidance: sees Q2 EPS $0.23-$0.48 versus expectations of $0.30 EPS
Here’s the full outlook for Q2 2013:
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Netflix added three million subscribers in the first quarter bringing the total to 36 million.
They say two million of the new subscribers were added to the streaming business in the U.S. alone attributed in part to positive reception of the first original series House of Cards. International membership grew by one million.
In all markets Netflix saw growth and improved profits or reduced losses.
In regards to exclusive content and deals with other content providers, Netflix says that, “as we continue to focus on exclusive and curated conte! nt, our willingness to pay for non-exclusive, bulk content deals declines.”

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Monday, April 22nd, 2013 news No Comments

Hulu’s 2011 Revenue Comes In At $420 Million (NWS, CMCSA, DIS)


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Hulu CEO Jason Kilar just revealed some big numbers from 2011 on the company’s blog.

The web video startup generated $420 million in revenue, up 60% from the year prior.

Other key stats from Kilar:

  • Hulu Plus has 1.5 million paying subscribers and is gaining at double the rate it was last year. It reached 1.5 million faster than any other video subscription service.
  • Since 2010, Hulu’s content offering has grown 40% and Hulu Plus’ has grown 105%.
  • Hulu’s business model allows them to compensate content providers 50% more per subscriber in licensing fees than its competitors.
  • The service plans to invest $500 million in content in 2012.

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Thursday, January 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Mark Cuban foretells Netflix demise, sees a future filled with on-demand video


To call Mark Cuban eccentric would be akin to describing the ocean as wet, but what’s not so often acknowledged about the Dallas Mavericks owner is the sharp mind and commercial nous that have gotten him to the position of hiring and firing millionaire ball players. One of Mark’s recent blog posts, entitled “The future of TV … is TV,” got the attention of NewTeeVee, who sought to debunk his contention that VOD (video on demand) services from cable operators would become the primary means by which we consume digital media in the future. They cite the growing success story of Netflix’s digital distribution model, as well as the 12 million hours of March Madness video consumed via CBS’ web portal, in arguing that web streaming is indeed the great new hotness.

Mark’s response tackles Netflix head on, and points out that the company’s rapid growth is about to start working against it, with movie studios and other content providers likely to jack up prices and demand further concessions from the streaming service as it turns into a real competitor to cable companies. According to him, Netflix is presently getting its content at prices that are unsustainable, and his prognostication is that content owners seeking bigger levies — together with the expansion of VOD choice, which he sees as foolproof compared to the overwhelming complexity that web streaming entails — will lead to Netflix passing costs on to the consumers and losing out to cable operators. Irrespective of whether you agree with him, the whole exchange is well worth a read. Use the links below to get filled in.

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Friday, May 7th, 2010 news 1 Comment

Chrome brings Flash Player into the fold, trains it to kill iPads?


If Apple had its way, we expect that the iPad would go down in history as the device that nearly single-handedly destroyed Adobe’s empire of Flash. While HTML5 has been in development for years, content providers like the Wall Street Journal, NPR, CBS and more have only begun transitioning video services to the new standard (and subsequently, away from Flash) now that it’s time for Cupertino’s big release. But this week, Adobe has found an ally in Google, which has just announced that the Chrome browser — and more importantly, Chrome OS — will not merely support but natively integrate the technology. In the short run, what this means is that the Chrome browser won’t require you to download Adobe Flash Player or spend time updating it before back-to-back YouTube viewings and marathon Newgrounds sessions. In the long run, Google explains that it intends Flash to become an integral, seamless part of web design up there with HTML and Javascript — and if we extrapolate, an integral part of its new Chrome OS as well. Pardon us for thinking out loud, but it sounds like Google’s found an exclusive feature to highly tout, when it inevitably brings a Chrome OS tablet to! market.

[Thanks, Adam]

Chrome brings Flash Player into the fold, trains it to kill iPads? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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