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.

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.

UHD TV sales increase slowly as TV market shows some gains Y/Y

July 28, 2014
If slow and steady wins the race, Ultra HD televisions are set to be a big item in consumers’ homes… someday. A new report says UHD sets are making steady gains globally but still haven’t attained significant market penetration.

'Deal mania' strikes UK media market as BSkyB, others look to grow

July 25, 2014
It’s not just the US that has been experiencing TV operator consolidation fever recently. Today news broke that BSkyB will take control of its continental cousins Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland. BSkyB is only 39% owned by Rupert Murdoch’s company 21st Century Fox, in comparison to Sky Italia (100% Fox owned) and Sky Deutschland (57% Fox owned).

TWC adds SEC Network; will DirecTV, Charter pay a price for saying 'no'?

July 25, 2014
And then, there were two. DirecTV (Nasdaq:DTV) and Charter (Nasdaq:CHTR) remain the only major pay-TV providers in the United States that haven’t signed a deal with SEC Network after Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks announced their deals this week. The SEC Network, which operates in conjunction with ESPN, now has a potential market of about 60 million homes in the U.S.

BSkyB pays $7.2 billion for Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland

July 25, 2014
How 21st Century Fox (Nasdaq:FOXA) is planning to use the $7.2 billion it will be adding to its coffers a

Liberty Global willing to shed Film 1 to acquire Ziggo in the Netherlands

July 24, 2014
Could Dutch cableco Ziggo be headed for a date with U.S. cable giant Liberty Global? The deal may have taken a big step forward Thursday when Liberty Global told EU antitrust regulators that it was willing to sell Film 1, a pay-TV channel, as part of a deal that would speed approval. Reuters reported the offer, citing an unnamed source. John Malone’s cable company isn’t holding back in its bid to acquire the rival. Reuters said Liberty Global also offered to guarantee it wouldn’t block any over-the-top providers from using its network, at least not for the next four years.

Brightcove cuts Q2 loss, restates full year guidance on customer loss

July 24, 2014
Online video platform Brightcove today reported earnings per share and revenue that topped Wall Street estimates. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company had a loss of 4 cents per share, 7 cents better than analysts had expected, despite seeing losses that increased to $1.4 million from $1.1 million a year ago. Revenues were $31 million, $770,000 better than analysts forecast, and up $26.9 million, or 15%, Y/Y.

Connected TV and streaming device ownership to be 2X the number of US Internet households by 2017

July 24, 2014
Any number of pundits will tell you we’re in the “New Golden Era of TV,” as SVOD and TVOD services enlarge the known universe of content. But we’re also in a “New Age of Discovery” as more ands more devices come to market with the aim of connecting users more easily to that content through the biggest screen available in the house. Connected TVs, game consoles, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more all are competing for that prime real estate in the living room.

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