Archive | October 2014

Netflix Has Disrupted Broadcast TV

HBOThe digital age will change the way we watch TV, just like it has changed the way we listen to music or read books and newspapers.

Netflix has achieved such widespread success as an OTT streaming offer, that it has driven two giants of the “old world”, namely HBO and CBS, to go down the OTT road by announcing their own streaming services. “And in sidestepping cable in some instances, HBO — likewise CBS — will have its hands on precious viewer data, an asset Netflix has used to lucrative ends.”

Opening new connections to their customers also gives them leverage when dealing with monopolistic cable companies.

Read the whole NYT article here.


British Broadcaster Sky Invests $7 Million In YouTube Video Network Whistle Sports

BSkyB is next among the growing list of traditional media companies that are pushing for the young audience on Youtube by acquiring sports-focussed Youtube network Whistle Sports. A move that makes sense, given the strong footprint in sports that Sky has.

Young Adults aka Millennials Driving Change In TV/Video Landscape

viewingbyplatformThe so-called Millennials are the first to adapt to the wide variety of devices and OTT content sources that are rapidly changing the way we consume media.

“In fact a sixth of Millennials said they did not watch any original TV series from traditional TV sets within the past 30 days…Millennials were also significantly more likely to watch TV from a connected device such as a Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast devices as well as via a gaming console (eg Xbox, PlayStation, etc) or Blu-ray Player. The inference to be drawn, said the analyst, was that when Millennials do watch original series content on a traditional TV set they often do so through a digital connection and content streaming.”

The threat for Pay-TV is obvious. A new generation is growing up that may choose to spend their budget on OTT streaming services and watch free web video instead of buying an expensive cable bundles full of channels nobody wants or needs.

Read more here.

US Broadband Customers Watch More Non-Linear TV Than Linear TV

parks_lineartv2014And the gap keeps expanding!

Homes that are equipped to do so, watch 17,4 hours of non-linear content (DVR, VoD, SVoD) per week, while their “normal” TV viewing is down to 11,5 hours.

Another interesting finding with regards to the young adult demographic (18-34) shows that 25% of them don’t watch video on a TV set at least once a week.

Find out more here.

The Future Of TV Is Online

internet_tv_header_deIn a recent article on, the author predicts a full shift of TV viewing to online TV. He has data to back up his claim, too: “Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.”

Online TV viewing is no longer a niche populated by tech savvy geeks. Streaming devices are making it easier to access online TV sources on your big screen TV. Add tablets and phablets to the hardware mix, add HBO and CBS to the OTT content source mix and you have a recipe for success.

Read the whole article here.

Get the Adobe research data here.

Mamor: Einfluss des Internet auf Fernsehpublikum noch gering

Laut Aussage des ARD-Vorsitzenden Lutz Mamor wird der Einfluss des Mediums Internet mit seinen Online-Video-Angeboten noch stark überschätzt, stattdessen sei die Konvergenz von Internet und TV viel langsamer unterwegs als manche Experten glauben.

Auf den Medientagen in München geht es genauum dieses Thema.

Hier geht’s zum Artikel im Handelsblatt.

Pay-TV Remains Top Dog – SVOD Spendings Rising

Pay-TV services are taking around 95% of video services spendings by households in the USA. Of the services battling for the rest, SVOD is climbing rapidly, driven by Netflix and Amazon Instant.

Analysts at Gartner expect SVOD to rise by nearly 30% in 2014. It will claim some of the budget that would otherwise go to additional Pay-TV packages – cord-thinning, rather than cord-cutting. On the other hand, it seems feasible for a new generation of households to become cord-nevers, by relying on OTT services for video and TV.

Read more at RapidTVnews.