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OTT revenues hit US$8 billion (Original)

NetFlix tumbThe over-the-top video market grew 60% last year to pass US$8 billion (€6.09 billion), driven by companies like Netflix, Hulu, Apple, and Amazon, according to new figures by ABI Research. 

The research found that the three largest markets – North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific – experienced year-on-year growth in excess of 50% in 2012.

ABI predicted that as mobile devices like tablets and other connected devices continue to spread, the market will pass US$20 billion by 2015.

“The shift to digital and OTT distribution is accelerating, particularly as content providers increasingly warm up to these channels,” said ABI senior analyst Michael Inouye.

“While pay-TV services are still afforded many advantages we are approaching the proverbial fork in the road when content owners will decide if they continue down the same path or forge ahead, shaking up the primary means of media distribution as we’ve known it.”

ABI said that currently subscriptions are bringing in more significant revenues in North America than in Europe or Asia-Pacific, but said in the future there would be greater diffusion across different business models as consumer demand moves towards new forms of digital content distribution.

ABI tipped the share of OTT video revenue from subscriptions to fall to less than 32% by 2018, compared to 58% in 2012.…

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Facebook Still Reigns Supreme With Teens, But Social Media Interest Dwindling (Original)

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Teens still love Facebook. No news there. According to a recent study by Piper Jaffray, 33 percent of the 5,200 teens surveyed choose Facebook as their most important social network.

Following behind, Twitter has 30 percent of the vote, while 17 percent of teens say that Instagram is the most important social network.

What’s notable, however, is that interest in Facebook seems to be declining heavily among teens. Though teens still dub Facebook their most important social network, Piper Jaffray reports that the numbers are down regarding how many teens see Facebook as the most important social media website.

Over the past year, the number of teens who deem Facebook as the most important social media site has dropped from more than 30 percent to just over 20 percent. But it’s not just Facebook. Almost all social media sites have either seen a decline or stagnation in their importance to the teen demographic.

YouTube may usurp Facebook soon as the most important social media site, though it too has shown a decline in importance. As it stands right now, YouTube also has around 22 percent of the vote, but seems to be declining at a much slower pace.…

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Study shows decline in PC sales is here to stay, and it’s your phone’s fault (Original)

A new study released by research firm Gartner declares that the decline in sales of PCs has no end in sight. The decline can be largely attributed to the decreased prices of tablets.…

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Is the ‘Uncarrier’ working? T-Mobile gains subscribers for the first time in four years (Original)

Is the Uncarrier for real or is it just a marketing ploy? While we're not entirely sure just yet, T-Mobile is posting a growth for the first time in four years.…

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Microsoft expected to launch Google Glass competitor in 2014 (Original)

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Before Google Glass was even being whispered about, a leaked document detailing the future of Xbox revealed that Microsoft had designs on building something similar. Late last year, a patent filing for such……

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Audi revs up $15/month in-car Wi-Fi data plan deal with T-Mobile – for $450 upfront (Original)

Audi is hoping to lure in more tech-driven buyers with a new in-car Wi-Fi data plan with T-Mobile that cuts the cost for using all those cool in-vehicle connectivity features in its tech suite. According to Audi, it’s a feature many prospective owners very much want. With the new data plan, Audi owners (and passengers) [...]…

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Rising to the OTT challenge (Original)

Malaysian cellcos should take cues from their peers in APAC

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Happy Birthday! The first mobile call was made 40 years ago (Original)

The first-ever mobile phone call was made 40 years ago today. The call, made by Motorola's Marty Cooper on the company's DynaTAX 8000x, helped to pave the way for the modern day smartphone.…

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Rostelecom reports pay TV increase (Original)

Russian state-backed telecom operator Rostelecom reported a 12% year-on-year increase in pay TV subscribers to 6.6 million, it announced.  Detailing its Q4 and full-year 2012 earnings,… Read more

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Report says that tablets will outsell desktops this year (Original)

A new report from research company IDC predicts that tablets will finally outsell desktops this year. The report cites emerging markets as being a big factor in boosting sales.…

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