For consumers, Wi-Fi has quickly evolved from a “nice to have” to a “must have”. According to ARRIS’s annual Consumer Entertainment Index, the average household in Europe has 6+ connected media devices and watching mobile TV on-the-go is an increasing trend.
Wi-Fi is quickly becoming the delivery method of choice for communications and video entertainment, but performance issues have begun to pose a challenge for service providers. If you missed our recent webinar with Digital TV Europe on Wi-Fi Services, you can catch the replay now and hear Dave Brown from ARRIS along with Johan Terve from Aptilo Networks and John DePietro from Benu Networks as they discuss:
- New revenue opportunities that are available with Wi-Fi
- How service providers can better monetize Wi-Fi
- HomeSpots: the operator’s hidden asset
- Is a “Wi-Fi first” initiative viable for Europe?
- Service provider cooperation to maximize Wi-Fi footprint
You can access the webinar at Digital TV Europe
On Monday, The New York Times reported that the European operator Liberty Global agreed to buy telecom company Cable & Wireless Communications for $5.5 billion. As part of the deal, Cable & Wireless shareholders will receive a one-time 4.5 cent dividend following the close of the transaction with the stock offer valued at $1.32 a share.
Digital TV Europe reported that Ericsson and Airtel Nigeria are launching NuVu, a SVOD content service that gives subscribers in Nigeria access to around 3,000 local and international TV and film titles. The offering, to be launched in 2016, will initially be available on Android with plans to expand to other platforms.
Variety reported that HBO signed an exclusive content deal with Japan’s pay TV platform, Star Channel. According to the terms of the deal, Star Channel will be the “exclusive TV home” of many HBO titles including the new season of Game of Thrones.
According to a recent survey by Parks Associate, household income, house size and age contribute to the adoption rate of smart-home devices, reported Twice. While the adoption rate of smart-home devices is higher among millennials, they own fewer devices compared to older households.
Finally, IP & TV News reported that SVOD is gaining popularity in Australia with the launch of many new SVOD services in 2015. A recent survey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that 17 percent of adults in Australia used SVOD services in six months.
- Liberty Global to Buy Cable & Wireless for $5.5 Billion (November 16, 2015) By Mark Scott, The New York Times: Liberty Global, the European cable and wireless operator controlled by John C. Malone, agreed on Monday to buy the British telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Communications for $5.5 billion.
- Ericsson and Airtel Nigeria to launch SVOD service NuVu (November 18, 2015) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Ericsson and telecoms company Airtel Nigeria are due to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service called NuVu in Q1 2016.
- HBO Signs Exclusive Deal with Japanese Pay TV Service Star Channel (November 18, 2015) By Leo Barraclough, Variety: Japan’s premium pay TV platform Star Channel has agreed to a new exclusive television content deal with HBO. The operator will be the exclusive television home in Japan to HBO titles, including the new season of “Game of Thrones.”
- Smart Home Owners Skew Younger, But Older Households Buy More Devices (November 16, 2015) By Joseph Palenchar, Twice: Younger households adopt smart-home devices at a higher rate than older households, but older households with smart-home devices own more devices on average, Parks Associates found in a survey.
- Survey: 17% of Australians watched SVOD in last 6 months (November 17, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is growing rapidly in Australia, according to a new ACMA survey of 1,505 Australian adults.
Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications signed a national licensing deal with Comcast’s X1 video platform and launched a new version of its Contour video service in San Diego. Contour includes features like access to TV Everywhere apps along with X1’s voice-activated remote control.
On Monday, Mashable reported on the launch of Beachfront Media’s Rise, a new OTT service that offers a platform for video creators to target millennials across connected TV and mobile devices.
With the aim to be the “Netflix of live TV,” Telletopia, a nonprofit organization is working to bring over-the-air broadcast TV stations online, reported MediaPost. The service will launch in 14 California television markets next year with plans to expand across the U.S. in the next two years.
Variety reported that CBS Studios International signed a multi-year licensing agreement with China’s leading online video streaming operator, PPTV. The deal covers exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in China.
Finally, a recent study from the Video Advertising Bureau shows that the usage of TV Everywhere has risen by 25 percent between Q2’14 and Q2’15, according to Media Life Magazine. The study attributed the rise in popularity to the 2014 World Cup, when viewers signed up for TV Everywhere and continued to use it afterwards due to its ease of use.
- Cox Inks National X1 Deal with Comcast (November 11, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Bows X1-Powered ‘Contour’ Service in San Diego.
- New OTT service aims to connect creators to consumers across devices (November 10, 2015) By Saba Hamedy, Mashable: A new, premium, over-the-top service is hoping to give content creators more tools to monetize their work by making it easier for them to connect with consumers.
- Telletopia To Start Cable-Like Internet OTT Service (November 10, 2015) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: In sharp contrast to other recent controversial cable-like OTT Internet services, a new nonprofit startup will offer a live, local TV over-the-top Internet-delivered service with one big difference: Financial deals with TV networks and stations.
- CBS Studios International Inks Pact With China’s PPTV Video-Streaming Service (November 12, 2015) By Todd Spangler, Variety: CBS Studios International announced a multi-year licensing deal with China’s PPTV video-streaming service for exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in the world’s most populous nation.
- Finally, TV Everywhere starts catching on (November 9, 2015) By Staff, Media Life Magazine: In concept, TV Everywhere, or the idea that people should be able to watch TV content outside of their television sets, has always held a lot of promise.
FierceCable confirmed that Comcast started beta testing Stream in Boston. Stream is Comcast’s streaming service that will work on all OTT devices and will be available only to existing Comcast Internet users. The final version of Stream will be launched in the near future.
On-demand streaming services are set to take over the entertainment industry. According to Engadget, BroadwayHD launched a new streaming service this week that features more than 100 Broadway shows, for a monthly fee of $15.
Additionally, Rapid TV News covered a study by IHS Research on the recent surge in Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) services, predicting that Netflix will continue to lead the charge. To keep up with the influx in SVOD services, linear TV channels are offering Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) services.
Separately, a recent report by GfK found that monthly Netflix subscribers watch 10 TV shows and 4 movies a week on an average showing that it has doubled in number from the same study conducted in 2014, reported Multichannel News. The study also revealed that 24 percent of users watch Netflix on mobile devices, which has doubled in the last 3 years.
A recent Dataxis study revealed that the Brazilian pay-TV market is expected to reach 27.7 million households by 2018, indicating a growth of 30.7 percent from 2015, according to IP & TV News. The study further notes that Direct-to-Home (DTH) services make up 60.9 percent of the total pay-TV homes in Brazil in 2015.
- Comcast’s Strauss: MSO is testing Stream OTT service in Boston; launch is ‘imminent’ (October 27, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Comcast video chief Matthew Strauss told FierceCable that the company is conducting beta trials of its new streaming skinny bundle, dubbed Stream, in Boston.
- BroadwayHD streaming service brings the theater to you (October 26, 2015) By Edgar Alvarez, Engadget: There’s no doubt live and on-demand streaming services are the future of entertainment.
- Direct to consumer channels spur online video surge and Netflix to 100MN subs by 2018 (October 27, 2015) By Staff, Rapid TV News: The arrival of the likes of Netflix has left an indelible mark on a TV business which is now is a state of flux according to analysis by IHS.
- Netflix Regulars Watch 10 TV Shows Per Week (October 28, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Level has doubled in three years, study says.
- Brazilian pay-TV households to hit 27.7M by 2018 (October 27, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP & TV News: The Brazilian pay-TV market will reach 27.7 million households (HHs) by 2018, according to data published today by Dataxis.
Imagine not having Wi-Fi® problems. Better yet, imagine not waiting as long for downloads; having apps load and connect faster; and streaming video effortlessly all around your home. That’s what happens when Wi-Fi works, but we know that it’s not always perfect…
The good news is that you can do something about it. Today, we’re introducing the ARRIS SURFboard® SBR-AC1750 Wi-Fi Router—it’s a new way to get great Wi-Fi.
The SURFboard SBR-AC1750’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Concurrent radios command speeds of up to 1750 Mbps—delivering the fastest speeds available for all of your devices. Meanwhile, a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet router and a USB port let you wire in important devices—like network storage, printers, and more. And the new 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet lets the SURFboard SBR-AC1750 use less power.
As you connect more and more devices to your network, not only can you trust that the SURFboard SBR-AC1750 will dish out piping-hot Wi-Fi to every one of them, but you can also rest assure that it’s preset security features (like WPS 2.0 and embedded firewall and parental control protection) will keep all of your connections safe and secure.
Speed, performance, and reliability—everything you expect from an ARRIS SURFboard product: standard on the SBR-AC1750.
You can find it today on Amazon, NewEgg and the ARRIS store for $129.99. And for those Carl Edwards fans out there, we have a special No. 19 Edition coming soon to the online JGR Store. Also check out a few photos of the unboxing below.
Re/code reported that Comcast is planning to offer cellular services, using spectrum provided by Verizon. This move will enable Comcast to provide its customers with Internet, TV, home phone and cell service. It is likely that Comcast will test out Wi-Fi™ first with Verizon before rolling out other services commercially.
Following the footsteps of a number of media companies that launched over-the-top (OTT) services, Disney is planning to introduce a subscription streaming service next month in the UK called the Disney Life. According to BBC News, the service will include movies, TV series, books and music.
RCR Wireless published an analyst’s take on the growth of the Wi-Fi market and the opportunities ahead. The story noted that as service providers are evolving their business models to better meet consumer demands, we will see the creation of new Wi-Fi-based services.
According to Future Market Insights, the global Video on Demand (VOD) market is expected to reach $263 billion by 2016, reported Rapid TV News. While North America remains a major market for VOD services, Asia Pacific is on its way to become the world’s second largest VOD market by 2020.
MediaPost covered a study by Altman Vilandrie & Co., showing the importance of TV Everywhere to Millennials. Of note, 54 percent of younger Millennials are more likely to subscribe to a service provider offering TV Everywhere capabilities.
- Comcast Moves Closer to Offering Cell Service, Activates Deal With Verizon (October 21, 2015) By Ina Fried Re/code: In recent months, the cable giant notified Verizon it intends to exercise its option to resell cellular service using the carrier’s network, according to a source familiar with the company’s plans. Comcast and several other cable operators got the option several years back as part of a spectrum deal with Verizon.
- Disney to launch Netflix video streaming rival in UK (October 22, 2015) By Chris Foxx, BBC News: Disney is to launch its own subscription-based video streaming service in the UK.
- Analyst Angle: High-growth areas for Wi-Fi based services (October 21, 2015) By Adlane Fellah, WiFi360, RCR Wireless: As more Wi-Fi services enter the market, consumer demand increases.
- Asia on course to become second largest VOD market (October 20, 2015) By Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News: The Asia Pacific is set to become the world’s second largest video-on-demand (VOD) market after the US, accounting for over 22% of the US$103 billion global industry by 2020.
- TV Everywhere Key To Attracting Millennials (October 19, 2015) By Aaron Baar, MediaPost: Millennials might be more inclined to subscribe to pay television services if their current (or potential) providers were to make a more concerted effort to demonstrate how the services can be used anywhere, on any device.