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.

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.

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!

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.