A Canadian research firm continues to suggest that cord cutting is the reason why Canadian MVPDs ended up losing a net 19,624 subscribers in the second quarter, even though statistics seem to indicate the losses were only among incumbent cable operators.
I watch television. Importantly, for the statistics-keepers, I also pay a hefty fee to do so. Fortunately, today's TV still has enough unfunny sitcoms, plotless dramas and so-called reality shows to keep the snobs sniffing but it also offers a larger share of excellent entertainment across the entire spectrum than the previous Golden Age of TV.
AT&T, the nation's largest IPTV service provider, seems willing to accept the concept of paying regulatory fees to help support FCC activities, but it doesn't want to be lumped in with cable operators and it does want those fees to be restricted to video subscriber numbers.
Aereo continues to live a charmed life. Multichannel video programmer distributors (MVPDs) of all stripes--including, but not limited to cable, satellite and IPTV service providers--are paying increasingly higher fees to retransmit over-the-air broadcasts of such stellar fare as Splash and Hell's Kitchen. Aereo, meanwhile, is allowed to grab those same signals off-air without a fee and present them to consumers for $8 a month.
Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) worried about losing customers to OTT video offerings should include that content as part of their pay TV packages, research from Parks Associates suggests.
Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) who need to evolve into Multiscreen Video Programming Distributors still have a rough row to hoe, according to Infonetics Research's recently released Multi-Screen TV Service Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey.
For any number of reasons, multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) subscribers are not rushing out to watch TV Everywhere, says a study by GfK Media, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Rovi Corp., which recently said it would sell off its online video unit, continued to cozy up to the pay TV universe at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, where it unveiled new IP software that "would enable pay TV service providers to cost effectively introduce IP-based multiscreen services and applications" within their traditional delivery system.
Even as cable operators continue to leak video subscribers and IPTV providers tread water in the pay TV space, it appears that yet another player--Sony, of all companies--thinks there's money to be made in selling television.
Netflix's blockbuster three-year deal with Walt Disney Co. will probably change the way multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) approach their premium content delivery and the over-the-top space. From a content provider perspective, Starz--one of the big three premium channels, along with HBO and Showtime--will certainly feel the heat as it loses its rights to Disney content.