Streaming Subscribers Watch Less TV

indexNielsen has collected data to show the correlation of VoD subscriptions and less live TV viewing.
After people sign up for streaming video services, they watch less TV than they used to, Nielsen found: 20% less, in the 18-34 demographic, and 19% less in 25-54.
The report also found that people who are video subscribers, on the whole, watch less TV than nonsubscribers: 20% less, among 18 to 49-year-olds.

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New Evicence For Cord-Cutting

6a00e5520719b088340148c84d7e42970c-320wiUS Pay-TV companies just had the worst business quarter in recent history when it comes to customer attrition. The 13 leading Pay-TV suppliers lost 150.000 subscribers in the third quarter of 2014.

Go to Fiercecable for an overview of operators and losses.

Disclosure Of Pay-TV Deals By FCC Ahead?

fcc-seal_rgb_emboss-on-white-largeThe FCC has had to review two major mergers in the content industry: Comcast and Time Warner, AT&T and DirectTV. As a part of these reviews, the FCC requested the Pay-TV deals that these companies are involved in to be made available for third parties. “The documents in question, which would be released Thursday unless the court acts, contain details of the agreements between channels and pay-TV providers, including business terms such as the price for carrying channels and guidelines for making content available online.”

TV channel owners Walt Disney Co., CBS Corp, Viacom Inc., 21st Century Fox, Time Warner Inc., Scripps Networks Interactive and Univision Communications Inc. requested that releasing the details of these deals would cause substantial harm to their businesses in the competitive TV programming market.

Go to WSJ for more.

How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider ‘Music’

What is music these days?


YouTube finally unveiled its subscription music service today, and in some ways it’s very much like existing streaming music services, especially since it comes bundled with Google Play Music All Access. But YouTube Music Key also very much not like other streaming music services, because of the ways in which music is (or rather isn’t) defined on YouTube.

One of the first questions I had about Google Music Key was how the company would define what kind of content from YouTube gets included: Would a home-shot cover of a Black Keys song with 253 views be as ad-free as the official music video for the original? Or was this a private club, designed for the traditionally defined music industry? Turns out, the nature of what Music Key encompasses is somewhat of a moving target, and the limited beta access that will initially gate entry to the service is in part…

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Samsung’s New Smart TV Development Platform Runs On Tizen

Samsung is not going to end fragmentation of Smart TV platforms as it keeps pushing Tizen.


Samsung is hoping to make it easier for developers to build apps for its smart TV devices. As part of that effort, the consumer electronics giant has decided to enable developers to leverage the Tizen operating system to do so.

Today at the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung exec Eric Anderson talked up the company’s Tizen-based Smart TV SDK, which will replace the company’s former smart TV developer platform. The SDK is aimed at courting web developers to build apps for smart TVs, but also to enable more cross-platform apps within its ecosystem of devices.

Samsung has been trying to increase developer interest in Tizen for years, placing the Linux-based operating system in a number of its devices. That includes mobile phones like the Samsung Z and its Galaxy Gear watches.

The company touts cross-platform HTML5 and JavaScript support as the main reason for adopting Tizen, which could enable…

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Sony Is Launching Its Own Internet TV Service, PlayStation Vue, In Early 2015

Playstation Vue, Sony’s TV streaming service is set to launch in the US in 2015 at a “fair and competitive price”. It will feature content from CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal and others. It will allow users to chose from live, on-demand and catch-up TV as well as movies on demand. The system will make the last three days of TV content available for re-watching.
Looks like Sony is doing alot of things right!


Sony is the latest contender to throw its hat into the content streaming ring after it announced plans for PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based service that includes programming from 75 channels. PlayStation Vue will be able available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

The TV service, which Sony said will initially be available in an invite-only beta starting in New York this month, will include content from the likes of CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal and others. It revealed that a full commercial launch will take place in the first quarter of 2015, but it isn’t revealing how much it will cost as yet.

The company did explain, though, that it will be available via a monthly subscription plan that’s priced at a “fair and competitive price.” It isn’t clear yet whether (or indeed when) it will be available outside of the U.S..

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PlayStation Vue will offer customers live, on-demand, and catch-up shows and movies. Sony said the last three…

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Ad Revenues Under Pressure

The major media conglomerates have reported on their Q3 ad revenues – and they’re the worst since the Great Recession. Cable networks dropped 0,6%, while broadcasters lost 0,3%.

These losses can be explained through seasonal factors (i.e. no big live sports events), smaller TV budgets by several key ad spenders (auto, retail, movies) and, of course, the shift to OTT streaming services.

Read more at fiercecable.