Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sony, Intel team to bring 4K movie service to PCs

Sony says it's teaming with Intel to bring Ultra to Intel-powered PCs, opening up a new set of devices for its 4K movie streaming service.The service will debut on computers with Intel's seventh-generation Core processors starting in Q1 2017.

Ultra in turn will add new features, including 48-hour rentals as well as free 10-minute previews to let customers sample 4K resolution before paying.The streaming service had launched early this year on Sony's 4K televisions.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Top U.S. Pay TV Providers Shed 665,000 Subs in Q2

According to Leichtman Research Group’s latest market tally, the 11 largest pay-TV providers in the U.S., representing about 95% of the market, lost about 665,000 net video subscribers in the second quarter of 2016, compared to a loss of 545,000 subscribers in the year-ago period.
Why This Matters: The top six cable MSOs shed about 225,000 video subscribers in Q2, narrowed from a year-ago loss of 340,000, marking the fewest MSO losses in any Q2 since 2006, LRG said. Meanwhile, the nation’s satellite TV providers added 61,000 subs in Q2 (including gains from Dish’s Sling TV OTT service), versus a loss of 214,000 a year earlier.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Disney Buys One-Third of BAMTech for $1 Billion

Disney announced today that it is acquiring 33% of BAMTech, the tech services and video streaming division Major League Baseball for $1 billion. The deal gives Disney the option to acquire a majority stake in the coming years. With the investment, ESPN is planning to launch a new direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service.
Why This Matters: BAMTech is behind a wide range of OTT services, including HBO, WWE and many other top-tier video and TV entities. The company’s properties have 7.5 million total paid subscribers to its clients’ OTT products.