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Amid satellite customers drop, DirecTV Now hits 1.5 million subscribers

AT&T owned subscription streaming service, DirecTV continues to lose satellite TV subscribers to cord cutting although it managed to beef up its total subscribers count to 1.5 million during the same period. The Q4 proved to be a mixed bag for the satellite service as it lost around 188,000 customers with shares tumbled by nearly …

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Spotify announces “Spotlight” to enhance podcast quality

Swedish streaming giant, Spotify has announced the year’s first major feature announcement in a format called “Spotlight” that allows podcasters to complement their audio presentations with visual media. The media can be photos or text as well. While the first Spotlight-enabled podcasts focus on music, pop culture, politics, and sports, other podcasts with specific topics …

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Indians are the 2nd largest public bingers in the world

According to a new study by streaming giant, Netflix India has become the second largest public bingeing nation with 88% in the world after Mexico with 89%. The study suggests that the public bingeing population in the country has grown by 71% since a year ago. Some interesting figures suggested by the study are that …

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Spotify to Launch R&D Hub in London

Spotify is set to launch a Research & Development unit in London. This will be the third R&D unit for the streaming company. Spotify is actively seeking resources in engineering, product design, research, and related fields. Jason Richman, VP for product at Spotify said, “London has made the decision of where to grow our next …

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Turner launches new kids OTT service; Nordic to distribute

Turner EMEA launched its brand new kid-targeted streaming service called Toonix. It will be distributed on HBO Nordic in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The Nordic platform is the first partner on board for Toonix. Toonix is an ad-free OTT service designed for three to twelve-year-olds and will house more than 2,000 episodes of TV …

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Facebook has launched it’s video streaming feature ‘Watch’

Social media giant Facebook has introduced its new video streaming feature called “Watch” that allows anyone to submit a video It includes shows from leading publishers like Walt Disney’s ABC, Buzzfeed, Vox, to name a few, as well as live sports events like college football games.

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Young viewers are being lured back to TV by networks

Streaming full episodes of new shows online or on apps before they are aired on TV is the step Discovery Communications and Time Warner’s Turner are taking to attract younger viewers. CBS Corp’s Showtime which is one of the premium channels has been doing this for years to attract new subscribers. However, cable networks have …

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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 …

Live TV Support for Over-The-Air channels to be introduced by Plex

A live television feature is being integrated into Plex’s video streaming and media application for iOS and Android TV. This will enable Plex’s subscribers to stream live TV on their smart devices wherever they are based. Live TV is supported only under the Plex Pass subscription tier that starts at $4.99/month. For using Plex Live …

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