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AMC To Launch A New Video Streaming Platform

The American entertainment giant AMC Networks is planning to launch a free video streaming OTT platform aimed at millennial cable TV subscribers, as reported by Reuters. The new service wouldn’t be available as a standalone package and will not feature any advertisements. The new service may come between price range of $4.99 and $6.99 for …

Cord Cutting Over The Horizon : 5 Reasons Why OTT VOD Is Going To Rule

  A decade back, not owning a TV was because you could not afford it. Today, it’s the ‘in-thing’. Yes, and they call it ‘cord cutting’. Even more, it’s the most reasonable thing to do because you could watch TV anywhere, anytime you wanted without having a huge flat screen take up space on your …

Seeking Support for Open Internet, FCC Chairman Plays the Cable TV Card

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler courted broadcasters’ support for the FCC’s Open Internet rules in his keynote address to the National Assn. of Broadcasters Wednesday, comparing the government’s plans with “must carry” rules broadcasters have advocated and supported. “Broadcasters have always been concerned about gatekeepers. The must carry rules are a manifestation of that concern. It was that kind …

How Growth of OTT Video-on-Demand Influences Mobile Operators’ TV Business

The TV and Video on Demand (VoD) space is continuing to see increased participation from Mobile Network Operators(MNOs) and Communication Service Providers(CSPs), especially in the recent year. The expansion of MNOs’ and CSPs’ business to these two segments, which have in the past, been a tightly controlled domain of both traditional players such as cable …

FCC Proposes Treating Online TV Like Cable TV; Amazon Objects If It’ll Stop You From Binge-Watching ‘The Wire’

There’s another internet-related firestorm a-brewing at the FCC. This one is not as broad or as contentious as the now infamous net neutrality ruling, but it is bringing all the big players out to have their say. And what, you might ask, has everyone worked up? It’s the big bandwidth bugaboo of the twenty-teens: online …

Cord Cutting Continues in Canada as Cable Companies Lose Thousands More Customers

Canada’s large cable and satellite providers have had another year of declining subscriber numbers. The seven largest cable, satellite and IPTV providers lost a total of over 24,000 subscribers between Aug. 31, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014, according to disclosures filed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and released last week. Only IPTV & VoD …

Cable’s ‘TV Everywhere’ Strategy Appears Strong To Take Off

It’s been six years since the cable biz first started working on “TV Everywhere”: services that let subscribers stream TV VoD content to multiple Internet devices, designed to ensure people will stay in the pay-TV fold. But only now is TVE on the cusp of becoming mainstream, according to a new study. In 2014, about 13% of pay-TV subscribers on average …

Google to roll out revolutionary TV ad-tracking program

Google Fiber is about to change the way TV ads look for subscribers in Kansas City. And it has the potential to upend the entire TV industry in the very near future. In the next few weeks Google will roll out a small but revolutionary TV ad-tracking program, tipped early today at Adweek. Google’s new program …

Canada Wants Cable-TV Bundle Model Dismantled by 2016

Like in the U.S., the Canadian cable industry is grappling with a shift to VoD platforms. Some customers are shutting off their traditional pay-TV services and watching video exclusively online – the so-called cord-cutters. Canada’s communications regulator will require cable companies to let customers choose the channels they want, one of the first countries in the …

Cable has to go OTT now, says Alan Breznick at Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies 2015

Alan Breznick, head of the cable-video practice for both Heavy Reading and Light Reading, kicked off a day-long exploration of Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies by contrasting cable’s declining market share in the declining pay-TV market with its remarkable success in the broadband business. In its traditional video business, cable lost 1.4 million subs in …

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