Subscriber fees from HBO and Turner Networks channels helped Time Warner Inc. beat analysts' profit forecast for the 24 th consecutive quarter, even with a soft advertising market.
Since hitting a rough patch in 2011 with its failed decision to spin off its DVD business, Netflix has, remarkably, embarked on a period of huge growth while keeping its market capitalization rising steadily.
Smoothing down fears that 7 million consumers might cancel their pay-TV subscriptions this year once HBO launches its over-the-top subscription service, Parks Associates added a bit of context to its initial report. The gist? Don't panic…yet.
Time Warner Inc. has been unable to get pay-TV operators to help it market its new a la carte HBO service, so it is looking for new partners in the online media realm.
A number of pay-TV operators have lowered the price on HBO as the premium programming provider prepares to launch an a la carte SVOD service.
A recent survey by Parks Associates found that 17 percent of U.S. broadband households are likely to subscribe to HBO's over-the-top video service, once it launches this spring. That's an encouraging number, but not exactly an overwhelming pledge to try OTT services. Could Dish Network's new OTT offering, Sling TV, sway those cord-maybes?
Research firm Parks Associates says 17 percent of U.S. broadband homes are likely to subscribe to HBO's over-the-top, a la carte video service when it launches later this year.
Comparing premium cable networks like Starz, HBO and Showtime, with their subscription-only requirements, to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, which rely solely on subscribers for revenue, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told investors this week that established players in the media and entertainment industry--networks, distributors and MVPDs--need to start playing the same game as subscription video on demand providers. And that means creating more original content and finding innovative ways to expand their subscriber base.
Those in the online video industry got to see their market mature significantly during 2014. After years of mediocre content and audience that forced the segment to take a backseat to pay TV, the online video space blossomed this year with headlining developments.
The No. 1 pay-TV operator is finally going to let users of the top OTT device stream the leading premium channels. According to an FCC document just unearthed by Re/code, Comcast and Roku quietly reached an agreement in late November that will let the MSO's subscribers stream HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on their Roku devices.