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Roku launches ad supported video streaming channel

Roku is introducing an ad supported streaming video channel that will be available on its platform. The Roku Channel will be offered to viewers for free on the Roku platform. It will include films from Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Brothers as well as content from channel publishers like Fandor, FilmRise, Nosey, …

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Growth of HDTV and VOD in Germany

According to Digitisation Report 2017, 25.2 million households in Germany receive HDTV which corresponds with the growth of the share of HD homes in Germany from 53.1% to 65.7% within a span of 1 year. Also more than a third of the German population use video on demand services. The transition to DVB-T2 HD on …

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Hulu losses rise by 81% to $353M in 2017

Hulu’s losses in the first 6 months of 2017 have risen 81% to $353 million as per BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield. His analysis also shows Hulu’s losses going from $72 million in the first 6 months of 2015 to $195 million in the first half of 2016. Further the findings reveal that losses are …

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Android, Apple TV support to be added to Plex Live TV

Plex’s new live TV feature is now offered on Apple TV and Android platforms. It already offers support on the iOS, Android TV and the Plex web app platforms. Also Apple TV will now be able to use Plex live TV. Also Android users will get access to live TV and DVR. Plex is adding …

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Streaming TV apps and skinny bundles – latest data

According to comScore an increasing number of households that are outside of the U.S are streaming TV and entertainment content on an average of 49 hours each month. Half of Americans have resorted to cord-cutting and many are including OTT apps such as Netflix, Hulu or YouTube with traditional cable TV. About 54% of all …

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Saudi Arabians prefer viewing online video content on smartphones and tablets – Ampere Analysis

According to a 13-country study by Ampere Analysis, internet users in Saudi Arabia are the top users for accessing TV and video content online as well as viewing content on their smartphones and tablets. 87% of viewers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) watch online video content on their smartphones according to the survey. …

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Netflix subscriber base to grow to 128MN subscribers over next five years

According to forecasts by Digital TV Research Netflix will have 128 million subscribers by 2022 which will be up 44% from 89 million at the end of 2016. Non- US subscribers that are estimated to outgrow the core American audience by early 2018. Netflix, the SVOD leader has grown to 130 more countries in January …

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Youtube channels required to be ad-friendly

Youtube has set updated guidelines on keeping their channels advertiser-friendly. Ever since the Times of London reported that hate site videos had video ads from top brands playing alongside, the top concern has been brand safety. Hateful content (inappropriate use of family characters and demeaning language) should not be included if ads are to be …

Rheo promising to be the next big thing in social media, offers ‘mood-based’ curation

An exciting new social media platform: Rheo, has just launched and has been founded by iOS streaming Apps creator Alan Cannistraro and Apple News designer Charles Migos. It aims to deliver a series of short-form videos which are curated and personalized according to viewer’s viewing habits and preferences. Rheo boasts of being the first of …

Internet transforming traditional TV viewing habits in MENA

The increased usage of smartphone and internet has transformed TV viewing patterns in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to Frost & Sullivan. According to research conducted by the business consulting firm, the large, young population present in the MENA region is responsible for garnering investment in the OTT video services space. There …

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