Aereo draws surprising support from consumers eager for change

April 15, 2014
With Aereo’s date in the Supreme Court just one week away, a little good news/bad news about public perception of the streaming device. First, the good news (at least if you’re an Aereo exec) from a Centris Marketing Science survey:

TalkTalk, Sky plan 1 GB fiber for York in challenge to BT, Virgin Media

April 15, 2014
U.K. telco TalkTalk and satellite provider Sky are partnering with fiber infrastructure provider CityFibre to build a 1 GB broadband service in York, a city about 210 miles north of London. The network would be more than three times as fast as BT’s best available network speed.

Economic recovery will prod Eastern European pay-TV growth to double

April 15, 2014
Continued economic recovery will help drive Eastern European pay-TV revenues to almost double between 2010 and 2020, a new report forecasts. Pay-TV revenues in Eastern Europe will hit $7.3 billion, a 48% increase from $4.9 billion in 2010. The dominant technology in the region – satellite – will see 22% growth in the period, being out p\gained on a percentage basis by both digital cable and IPTV, which both will likely more than double, said Digital TV Research.

Research says 1.2M homes in US likely to cut cord in 2014

April 14, 2014
Cord cutting is likely to increase to 6.23 million households in the U.S. (about 6%) by the end of 2014, a bump of some 1.17 million, or 23%, from the total of all cord cutters between 2008 and 2013, Canadian researcher The Convergence Consulting Group says.  Year-over-year, 2014 is expected to be slightly less costly to operators than 2013, when 1.25 million U.S. HH turned to Netflix, over-the-air broadcasts or other online sources for video entertainment, Convergence said.

For operators, tracking quality of service on TVE delivery is critical

April 14, 2014
At NAB, a recurring theme was broadcasters (and whichever cable operators had a presence there) and online video, a mode of delivery that has increasingly taken center stage at shows like NAB and the upcoming Cable Show. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, for example, made adoption of OTT services the keynote of his address to broadcasters – most of who sat as quietly as the opposing party does during the State of the Union Address. But, that doesn’t mean they weren’t listening.