UK TV viewers are not as focused as they once were, according to new research from BT (British Telecom), which suggested almost eight in 10 (78%) now perform other activities while in front of their television set.
Wide adoption of tablets and smartphones means UK consumers can easily distract themselves. Forty-seven percent of respondents checked email, 37% shopped and 36% used social media.
A recent study found 47% of pay-TV households in the U.S. market have at least one Digital Video Recorder (DVR) – that’s an increase from 40% in 2010, and 23% in 2007. In addition, 50% of households with a DVR now have service on more than one TV set.
However, the $7.99/month video streaming service offerings — such as Netflix or Hulu — appears to have dampened many American consumer’s interest in DVRs, which typically are $10/month or more.
The world market for on-demand video entertainment will be close to 6.2 billion EUR in 2017 on managed networks — mainly telcos and cablecos — or 44% of the total video market.
The big challenge remains the capacity of telcos to develop further the SVoD market (which may grab some market shares from the VoD market) for which they are only capturing 25% of revenues.
In the boom and bust cycles of the American pay-TV business, being the incumbent cable provider sets you up for the predictable subscriber losses.
We expect IPTV subscriber growth to continue, and satellite to remain flat. And while the nations largest cable operator is showing signs of renewed subscriber growth, it will not be enough to propel them out of negative territory.
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Incumbent U.S. pay-TV service providers would rather forget 2013 — since it will be remembered as one more year where the major MSO cable operators collectively reported hundreds of thousands more video subscriber disconnects and service downgrades each and every quarter.
“Telco IPTV operators continue to enjoy strong growth in new subscribers and ARPU, showing that competitive providers with differentiated services can successfully steal share away from incumbent cable operators,” notes Jeff Heynen.
Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its latest global market study and associated report, which tracks pay-TV subscribers and video equipment sold to telco IPTV, cable and satellite television service providers.
“Pay-TV providers are sweating their existing encoding assets as they wait for the next generation of platforms that support HEVC (high efficiency video coding) so they can reduce current bandwidth requirements while preparing for ultra-definition TV, such as 4K,” said Jeff Heynen
The global Smart TV installed base will exceed 150 million units by the end of 2013 — representing 12% of the total number of Flat Panel TVs in use. This base of TV sets will reach over 730 million units by 2017 as Smart TV becomes an increasingly standard feature.
Over the same period, global household ownership of Smart TVs will grow from just 7% of homes in 2013 to 29% by 2017.
According to research, just over 42% of internet users in North America watched news video content on their smartphones, and more than 36% watched previews for TV shows or movies.
That compared with 30.9% of respondents who said they watched full-length movies on their phones, and 27% who watched TV show reruns.
Online adults in Canada are spending about 43% of their time with digital content on PCs — and nearly 28% on smartphones. Add in tablets, which account for 19.1% of total online time, and mobile makes up 47 percent of total online media time.
The bulk of online time among internet-using adults in Canada is spent watching video.
Hulu has reached 5 million paying subscribers for its Hulu Plus subscription service. Just a year ago, Hulu had three million subscribers, and in April, had accrued four million. Hulu also expects to have generated $1 billion in revenue this year.
Sources of revenue are both ad-funded and subscription based. 59 percent ($585 million) of Hulu’s revenue is ad-related and 41 percent ($406 million) is subscription revenue.
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