Industry News

Subscribe to Industry News feed Industry News
Designed specifically for the satellite broadcasting professionals, SBCA SmartBrief is a FREE, weekly e-mail newsletter. It provides the latest news, trends and technology in the satellite broadcasting industry. Click  here to subscribe.
Updated: 6 min 40 sec ago

DIRECTV features U.S. Open in 4K UHD

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:46
TV Technology (6/13)

Adobe unveils Advertising Cloud TV

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:46
Adobe has augmented its Experience Cloud with Advertising Cloud TV, which enables advertisers to target all TV audiences using their own data. Ad inventory is available across linear, connected, over-the-top and video-on demand from broadcasters such as A&E Networks, NBCUniversal and Discovery Communications. Broadcasting & Cable (6/19)

Report examines viewing habits of SVOD subscribers

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:46
SVOD subscribers tend to be younger and more tech-savvy than the average broadband subscriber, a Diffusion Group report states. One-quarter of consumers who subscribe to streaming services see SVOD services as their first option for TV viewing. Telecompetitor (6/16)

Nielsen: Multichannel TV subs hit 97.6M

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:46
The number of multichannel TV subscribers, 97.6 million, has risen 68,000 since May, and it rose 261,000 between April and May, Nielsen data indicate. This is a positive sign for cable, showing that networks are making up for lost cable subscribers through platforms such as Sling and PlayStation Vue. Bloomberg (6/15)

SmartBrief Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 17:46
We are updating our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and we want to share the details with you. Effective May 18, 2017, updates will go into effect for SmartBrief's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may view the updated documents by selecting the following links. Terms of Use Privacy Policy For your convenience, the following is a summary of the important changes. We recommend reviewing each document fully. Terms of Use Allows us to notify you of changes to our Terms of Use by posting a notice on our website. Updates the license you grant us to use content that you provide to us. Privacy Policy Updates to address how we share information with our social media partners and other service providers. Includes information for California residents on their state privacy rights.

ViaSat 2 to significantly increase ViaSat's broadband capacity

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
ViaSat's new ViaSat 2 satellite will expand the company's broadband internet service coverage seven-fold, enabling the company to increase its offerings in North America, Central America, the Caribbean and part of South America, the company says. Boeing is expected to build two more satellites for ViaSat under its ViaSat 3 line. Via Satellite online (6/6)

DIRECTV Now airs national TV spot

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
AT&T's DIRECTV Now has introduced its first national TV spot for the over-the-top service, with actor Mark Wahlberg touting a new promotion plus the absence of both a set-top box and a long-term contract. Multichannel News (6/6)

Russian rocket sends up US satellite

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
A Russian rocket with a US communications satellite aboard successfully launched from a Kazakhstan facility Thursday. The Proton-M booster rocket, which encountered an engine problem in a 2016 launch, sent the EchoStar 21 satellite into orbit. The Washington Times (6/8)

Fox adds national live stream to Hulu in select markets

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
Fox has added a 24-hour national feed to Hulu across more than 70 markets where affiliates don't have streaming agreements with the network. The feed features nightly news and programming, as well as daytime content from other Fox-owned stations, including Fox News, Fox Business and National Geographic. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/12)

Visa explores contactless pay tokens

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
Visa has created a contactless sticker that can be used to make payments by using tokenization to replace sensitive data with a digital identifier. Visa created the technology to be used with home devices, allowing consumers to make purchases just by tapping connected items. Engadget (6/10)

Amazon's Alexa may be coming to a set-top box near you

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
Amazon has released a set of tools for cable providers and streaming companies that will enable customers to control their TVs through virtual assistant Alexa. Providers can update their connected boxes to allow customers to navigate channels, search for content and perform other hands-free functions through Amazon's voice-activated devices. Fortune (6/8)

Study: Older Americans going mobile for news

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
Two-thirds of US adults age 65 or older accessed news on mobile devices in March, as did 8 in 10 adults in the 50 to 64 age bracket, according to the Pew Research Center. Both figures are up sharply from a year before, indicating that older Americans are catching up to their younger counterparts in mobile news consumption. MediaPost Communications (6/12)

SmartBrief Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 18:05
We are updating our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and we want to share the details with you. Effective May 18, 2017, updates will go into effect for SmartBrief's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. You may view the updated documents by selecting the following links. Terms of Use Privacy Policy For your convenience, the following is a summary of the important changes. We recommend reviewing each document fully. Terms of Use Allows us to notify you of changes to our Terms of Use by posting a notice on our website. Updates the license you grant us to use content that you provide to us. Privacy Policy Updates to address how we share information with our social media partners and other service providers. Includes information for California residents on their state privacy rights.

ViaSat 2 satellite could offer 100 Mbps broadband

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
The ViaSat 2 broadband satellite, which was launched last week, could help ViaSat provide internet download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second when it goes into service early next year. CEO Mark Dankberg says he expects that most subscribers will pay for tiers slower than 100 Mbps. Multichannel News (6/2)

AT&T, Amazon team up on free Fire TV Stick for DIRECTV Now subs

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
New subscribers to AT&T's DIRECTV Now streaming service will receive a free Amazon Fire TV Stick under a promotion between the companies. Also, DIRECTV and CenturyLink are among the over-the-top providers in line to receive local ABC station signals under an affiliate agreement ABC has signed with TV station giant Nexstar. Business Insider (6/1)

Sling TV's latest campaign says be picky

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
Sling TV has introduced a new ad campaign starring actor Danny Trejo that calls on viewers to be picky about their TV provider, just as they are about everyday choices, such as what kind of coffee to order and where to vacation. The campaign includes digital, mobile, social, print and TV elements. Multichannel News (6/2)

AT&T exec discusses DIRECTV Now fine-tuning

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
AT&T continued to learn about its DIRECTV Now streaming product even as take rates exceeded expectations, AT&T Entertainment Group's Brad Bentley says. For example, he said, the service has attracted younger, apartment-dwelling subscribers who may have avoided DIRECTV's satellite service. The Hollywood Reporter (5/31)

DIRECTV Now available on Roku

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
The DIRECTV Now streaming service is now available on most Roku models. The service can be downloaded from the Roku channel in the Roku store, and a free one-month trial is available for new subscribers. Engadget (5/30)

Industry execs tout the benefits of HDR

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 18:30
Executives in the streaming video industry argued the benefits of HDR over 4K during the Streaming Media East conference. HDR looks better and is less expensive to produce and easier to deliver, the executives said, raising the question of whether the two technologies will ever diverge. TechHive (6/5)

Pages