Welcome to the IBC 2014 Preview Issue. This year, broadcasters, cable operators, and a host of service and equipment providers will converge in Amsterdam to explore one dominating theme: Can traditional television survive the onslaught of nontraditional media?
It's not a blip. In the second quarter, the U.S. linear television market grew its ad revenue at the slowest clip, 0.4 percent, since the Great Recession. And online video, which accounted for 98 percent of total U.S. ad market growth in Q2, is to blame.
Global consumption of linear television has remained largely flat, despite increased use of online video and a marked uptick in overall mobile media consumption.
Broadcasters--who are noticeably reluctant to do so--and online video providers are in a hurry-up mode when it comes to complying with FCC rules passed in 2012 that require TV programs and moves to have closed captions even if they're being shown on online video. That makes captioning a potentially contentious space.
Cable One has become the latest MSO to integrate the Netflix app onto the TiVo-enabled HD-DVRs it leases to subscribers.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's second quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
With its audience growth stagnating, rivals like Yahoo acquiring splashy new shows and its top creators moving off the platform, YouTube is reportedly in discussions about making yet another premium content push.
Hulu announced that it has obtained exclusive streaming rights to all 244 episodes of South Park. The online video provider has already started streaming the animated series on its free site. On Sept. 14, the show will move over exclusively to subscription-based Hulu Plus.
It's not just about Aereo. In its nebulous June 25 ruling against the streaming video company, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to kick the door wide open for Internet-based distributors to deem themselves cable operators under copyright law.
While the nearly completed World Cup soccer tournament has delivered TV Everywhere its highest usage to date, it has also laid bare an issue related to any kind of video delivered over the Internet: latency.