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.