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Factors contributing to OTT Success 20 June 2017

Future success of over-the-top video services can be attributed to right pricing, relevant content and apt user interface according to a panel of experts at the Next TV Summit. Hulu and YouTube recently made an entry into the OTT Live Streaming world and priced at $40 and $35 per month respectively. This is less than …

“IROKO +” SVOD platform launched in Cameroon 16 June 2017

IROKO + which is part of Canal+ is collaborating with Orange to introduce an internet package in Cameroon priced at US$ 0.35 (200 FCFA) wherein customers get 24 hours access to IROKO + catalog along with a 300MB data plan. More than 2500 hours of programs will be accessible to customers. According to Claire Soustiel, …

US gains market leadership in TVOD and SVOD film industries in the EU 16 June 2017

The United States is leading in video-on-demand films in the European Union according to a report from the European Audiovisual Observatory. 68 transactional VOD services in the EU were considered for the study namely Apple’s iTunes, Microsoft’s Movies, Wuaki.tv, Chili TV, SF Anytime and 14 additional national transactional video-on-demand (TVOD) services. EU films made up …

Cable usage on the decline, video streaming on the rise 12 June 2017

Internet users prefer streaming video than cable according to a new research conducted by CBS. According to a study by Fluent LLC based on cable and TV habits of internet users, 67% of people from all age groups used some form of video streaming like Hulu, Netflix or Amazon whereas only 61% had a cable …

Low-income customers to benefit from low Amazon Prime membership rates 12 June 2017

In an attempt to entice low-income Walmart shoppers, Amazon prime (video streaming service) monthly membership is being offered at a discounted rate for people who are given government assistance. So anyone with a valid electronic benefits card or food stamps will only have to pay $5.99 a month for a year. The typical Prime membership …

Live TV Support for Over-The-Air channels to be introduced by Plex 05 June 2017

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 …

We’ve seen a decline in piracy since we launched says Nitesh Kripalani of Amazon Video India 31 May 2017

Amazon Prime Video, which is a subscription-based VOD (video-on-demand) platform, was launched in India in December 2016. It boasts of over 9.5 million active subscribers (Source: FICCI-KPMG 2017 Report; as on January 2017) and ranks at third position after Hotstar (63 million) and Voot (13.2 million), in India. Nitesh Kripalani, Director and country head of …

Spanish audience move towards pay-video 22 May 2017

According to a report from “The Cocktail Analysis and Telefónica”, more than half of Spanish internet users subscribe to pay-TV or (over-the-top) OTT platforms. Increasingly Spaniards are finding OTT and pay-TV more attractive than linear, free-to-air (FTA) TV. Only 53% of Internet users have FTA as their first audio-visual entertainment option, even though it leads …

Western Europe consumer spending driven by Online Video growth 22 May 2017

IHS Markit, research firm expects home video consumer spending in Western Europe to increase with a CAGR of 3.5% per year and estimates that by 2020, it will reach €8.7 billion. Reaching €7.9 billion, the market demonstrated a great expansion over 2016 at 2.6 percent. Physical videodisc, paid-for online video (electronic sell-through or EST and …

Viu arrives in Thailand 22 May 2017

Viu, PCCW Media’s pan-regional video streaming service that has a presence in 14 countries in Asia and the Middle East will be launched in Thailand. Premium Asian content with Thai subtitles consisting of dramas and variety shows from Korea and Japan will be available for local audiences. They can be accessed via a mobile app …

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