TalkTalk adds 160,000 TV subscribers (Original)

talktalk-logoUK telecom operator TalkTalk added 160,000 new TV subscribers to its YouView service in the three months to the end of June, taking its total number of TV customers to 390,000.

Announcing fiscal first quarter numbers in an interim management statement, TalkTalk said that June was its “strongest ever month for TV sales,” in spite of competition from the likes of BT and Sky who have been taking each other on with Premier League football coverage.

“We’re fast becoming the natural home for families seeking great value mass-market entertainment and starting their pay TV journey. For our loyal customers it’s a great way to upgrade from their existing TV service,” said TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding.

The firm said that early data indicates 75% of TalkTalk sign-ups are people upgrading from Freeview and Freesat – which it claimed is “strong testimony to the appeal of YouView.”

TalkTalk’s triple play offering also attracted customers, with 25% of the past quarter’s additions choosing to switch their phone and broadband in order to also take its TV service.

Some 26% of TalkTalk TV customers also bought paid for content in the quarter, the firm said, with the top-selling film rentals being Life of Pi, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Wreck-it Ralph.…

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Netflix Q2 earnings show 1.2 million new subscribers; plans for original stand-up comedy, documentaries (Original)

Netflix has revealed its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013 which shows its worldwide customer base has grown by 1.2 million. The company now has "nearly" 30 million customers in the US (up 630,000) and 8 million internationally (up 610,000), with streaming revenue up 26 percent domestically and 155 percent outside the US. That compares well with the same period last year, when it added 530,000 customers in the US. This year has been highlighted by Netflix's push into original programming and just last week that initiative resulted in a bounty of 14 Emmy nominations. Expect more in the future, as Reed Hasting's letter mentions the company expand into documentaries and stand-up comedy specials.

According to the report, the new $11.99 family plan that supports four simultaneous streams has seen "limited uptake" (did anyone know it was available?), while the new individual profiles will be implemented in Q3. The company has rolled out a new streaming platform to its partners, and says its next goal is a single UI that works with various input devices, whether voice, pointer or d-pad. While we paw through the financial documents for more details, don't forget Netflix plans to live stream video of its investors call on YouTube later.…

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Netflix Is the New Premium-Channel Standard (Original)

With the entertainment industry recognizing what Netflix is doing, it's time we realized that the streaming service is the new standard in premium channels.


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TV channel apps used by 14% of smartphone, tablet users (Original)

iPad miniSome 14% of smartphone and tablet users used TV channel apps from networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and USA Networks in the first quarter of the year, according to US research firm Parks Associates.

The study found increasing consumer use of apps from TV channels and shows and reported a 75% satisfaction rate among those that did use TV content apps in the quarter.

The most common consumer activities with these apps were watching video, looking up information related to programs, and purchasing related music or merchandise, according to the TV Channel and Network App Users study. Viewers also used the apps to check broadcast dates and times.

The research found millennials to have “much higher” interest in programme and channel specific apps than older consumer segments, and said that shows aimed specifically at this audience – like Gossip Girl – were “wise to develop a robust app offering.”

“This ‘second-screen’ generation is accustomed to consuming content on multiple devices,” said John Barrett, director of consumer analytics, Parks Associates.

Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates added: “Companies in the television industry are experimenting with several approaches to TV-related apps for mobile devices. Some are already noting several benefits, including greater viewer immersion, the ability to appeal to viewers outside of the broadcast window, and new aspects to storytelling.…

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Deutsche Telekom launches Entertain to Go (Original)

Deutsche Telekom has launched its multi-screen TV service Entertain to Go service, offering access to around 40 TV channels from PC, laptop and iPad.

The service, which was first announced by the German operator last year, is priced at €4.95 per-month and gives access to content on a users’ home WiFi network. Entertain video library content can also be accessed over wireless networks.

The offering includes public broadcast networks such as ARD, ZDF and 3sat as well as private channels ProSieben, Sat.1, RTL and VOX.

The iPad version of the service is available to download now, with iPhone and Android versions in the works.

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Almost half of US consumers have tried Netflix, but loyalty level low (Original)

Almost half of US consumers in the 13-to-54 demographic have used Netflix at some point, but 51% of the streaming service’s customers would churn if their pay TV provider offered a similar service, according to new research.

Netflix is notoriously shy when it comes to revealing how its users engage with its content, but research group GfK’s Over the Top TV study sheds light on how Netflix’s customers use the service.

It found that the average Netflix user watches five TV shows and about three movies per week, equating to eight hours of viewing.

GfK says that 47% of 13- to 54-year-olds have now used Netflix, and 39% are monthly users – up from 35% in 2011. However, there is a lack of loyalty among that customer base with the number saying they would switch if there was a pay TV alternative rising to 51% compared to the 45%.

It also found that viewing numbers for series including Mad Men, Breaking Bad as well as older shows including Heroes outstripped those for its US$100 million (€76 million) original series House of Cards.

“In a short time, Netflix has carved out a powerful role in US media, providing the kind of content control and user-friendly interfaces that consumers demand now,” David Tice, senior VP of GfK Media.…

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Google in talks over online TV service (Original)

Google Logo ThumbGoogle has reportedly approached media companies about licensing content for an internet TV service, in a bid to offer a cable TV-style service over the web.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google has made “made overtures to some programmers in recent months” about the initiative, and is looking to license linear channels – most likely in the standard programming bundles taken by cable and satellite operators.

The search giant is reportedly looking to go up against other new entrants in the space like Intel – which is preparing a subscription set-top service that is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.

Sony is also said to be looking at entering this space, offering content to Sony devices like PlayStation games consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players.

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Intel reportedly prepping OnCue TV brand name (Original)

Intel logoIntel’s forthcoming TV service will reportedly launch under the name OnCue after applying for brand trademarks around the world.

According to a GigaOM report, Intel, through a shell company called Sest, has registered OnCue trademarks in countries including the US, Canada and Mexico – as well as in Europe.

Intel is also reportedly using integrated communications agency OMD to help develop and lead the launch of the OnCue OTT TV service.

According to reports last month, Intel is trailing its forthcoming TV product among some 2,000 company employees and has started to build a call-centre operation ahead of the launch.

The subscription set-top service is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.


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Set-top shipments to hit record highs (Original)

Set-top box shipments will set record highs in 2013 and the next two years, climbing 8% this year alone, according to new research by IHS.

The Set-Top Box Market Monitor report claims that shipments of set-tops for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are set to reach 269 million units this year, up from 250 million in 2012.

This year is also tipped to be “the most valuable year in the history of the market” with STB revenue tipped to grow to US$22.2 billion (€17 billion).

In 2014, shipments are will grow by another 6% to 286 million and will increase by a further 1% in 2015 to 290 million – a market peak for “the foreseeable future” – according to IHS.

After this, shipments are expected to start to decline, decreasing by 5% in 2016 and by another 2% in 2017.

Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, said that operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices means that the STB is under threat as the dominant pay TV video consumption device.

“However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now,” he said.…

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Xbox One vs. PS4: Which will reign as the streaming TV hub of the future? (Original)

Beyond all the exclusive games that are coming out for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which console will benefit your home theater the most? We break it down for you in our home theater showdown.

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