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Internet Users in Middle East and Africa Choose Mobile for Access 08 July 2015

  There’s no doubt that the internet population in the Middle East and North Africa is a mobile-first one. According to 2015 data from Northwestern University in Qatar, Harris Interactive and the Pan Arab Research Center (PARC), 93% of internet users across Lebanon, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt went online via …

What Hannibal’s cancellation — and possible renewal — tells us about the future of TV 02 July 2015

  On June 22, 2015, NBC canceled Hannibal. That’s what the headlines (including this one) said, and it was probably the best way to communicate what had transpired: the network had announced that the brilliant serial killer drama would be allowed to finish its currently airing, abysmally rated third season, but after that, NBC would air …

HBO’s OTT Goal: Distribution Everywhere 30 June 2015

  HBO pulled the trigger on HBO Now, its new standalone OTT platform, for a fairly straightforward reason. “It was done to grow,” Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, said during an interview with Mark Robichaux, editorial director of Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.   Lombardo said the stand-alone offering, currently offered by Apple …

Netflix to enter India, DTH companies edgy 25 June 2015

  After Singapore-based on-demand internet video provider Hooq launched operations here, the pioneer of internet TV platform, US-based Netflix, has firmed up plans to enter India by 2016, according to people familiar with the matter. This has sent domestic DTH players into a tizzy with some of the major ones chalking out strategies to diversify …

Nine-tenths of connected Argentinians go for convergent offers 24 June 2015

  Although triple play offers are not common and quad play does not exist, Argentinians are choosing simple convergent offers for Internet TV platform and pay-TV services. According to figures reported by consultancy firm Carrier y Asociados, only 9% of the country has a triple play offer, but most of them (52%) choose a package …

Sony Extends Reach To Live Television Streaming 24 June 2015

  PlayStation owners and Sony fans alike were surely excited with the slew of announcements made at their recent E3 press event, but one in particular caught many by surprise, and we don’t mean the Final Fantasy VII remake. Earlier this year, following the trend they started when they implemented Spotify for players to use for music, …

Free-to-air television needs reform 22 June 2015

  Free-to-Air (FTA) television is in trouble. But the reasons are not as simple as you might think. The trouble is clear. Ten Network Holdings share price has tanked from around $1.50 in late 2010 to about 22 cents today. It is hoping that Foxtel will be the white knight that saves it – at …

Arab World holds much IPTV potential 20 June 2015

  GCC countries had the largest number of IPTV providers in the region. IPTV is in its initial stage of penetration in the Arab World, and is still developing, according to a new report from Arab Advisors Group overviews the IPTV service providers and services in the Arab world by April 2015. At present, fourteen …

What VoD Service Subscribers Think Of Third-Party Ads 19 June 2015

  Netflix, Inc. subscribers are ready to watch ads during video streams–if the online streaming company beefs up its content library by adding more TV shows and movies, according to a recent survey. The views of 100 Netflix users were considered in the survey, which was conducted by Exstreamist. In the recent survey, 54% of Netflix subscribers …

Next TV Summit: Ad Advances Key to New Distribution Deals 19 June 2015

  While new internet TV platforms and the push to expand content on many devices has opened up distribution opportunities, it has also highlighted the importance of developing better ways of monetizing that content via advertising, argued executives at the Next TV Summit & Expo, Los Angeles on Thursday. “The industry will be on a …

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