Report: OTT to surge beyond $10 billion in APAC by 2020

July 30, 2014
Revenues for online TV and video delivered over fixed broadband networks in the Asia-Pacific region are forecast to exceed $10.1 billion in 2020, an increase of nearly 280% from the $2.68 billion recorded for the region in 2013.

Australia’s SBS rides Tour de France multiplatform coverage to big numbers

July 29, 2014
Sports programming, whether live or VOD, continues to be a major draw for viewers, as Australian broadcaster SBS found with its multiplatform coverage of the 2014 Tour de France. SBS said TV coverage reached a total of 5.38 million Australians (metro and regional), up 2% Y/Y. SBS provided an array of options to watch Le Tour. In addition to TV, Tour action could be viewed online on tablets and on mobile phones. The online video segment saw more dramatic gains than TV programming, SBS said.

UK’s Freesat gains 6,000 HH in Q2, adds VOD service, enhances mobile app

July 29, 2014
U.K. satellite TV provider Freesat, which requires no subscriptions for users of its service, said it added 6,000 new homes in the second quarter, bringing its total to 1.85 million. The service said large numbers of viewers tuned into several programs, including, “The Honourable Women,” “Happy Valley,” the new series of “Episodes” and the World Cup in HD. For the first half of the year, Freesat has added some 24,000 households in the UK and says it has 3.85 million viewers overall.

Personalization: The ups and the downs

July 28, 2014
Sarah Perez at TechCrunch today offered her (decidedly downbeat) impressions of what happens when the Personalization algorithms of Yahoo! and Facebook conclude that she wants to hear about the world’s most horrifying news and events. Which got us to thinking: is personalization a definitively good, bad, or simply ‘present’ thing?

LatAm OTT growth skyrocketing with Colombia, Mexico in the lead

July 28, 2014
First quarter figures show Mexico and Colombia recorded the highest growth in their OTT services subscriber base over the past year in Latin America, with more growth indicated throughout the region. “With the gradual improvement of average broadband speed, the availability of increasingly attractive content (both in quantity and quality) and the success of connected devices sale, the OTT video subscription services are going through a marked liftoff period in Latin America,” said Juan Pablo Conti, a senior analyst at researcher Dataxis.