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Younger viewers prefer watching linear TV

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Viewers age 2 to 11 watched an estimated 17 hours of linear TV a week, finds a Nielsen study covering the fourth quarter of 2016. Children also spent about 4.5 hours per week watching content on other devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (4/17)

Details emerge about Hulu's live TV service

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Details about Hulu's live TV service are coming to light, with sources saying the service will cost $39.99 a month. The company will offer premium channel add-on packages and will likely give bundled discounts to current Hulu subscribers, and it is also reportedly considering a DVR add-on package. TechCrunch (4/13)

Netflix Q1 sub growth falls just short of expectations

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Netflix's first-quarter subscriber growth fell short of expectations, with the company adding 1.42 million subs in the US and 3.53 million internationally. The over-the-top service, which expects to surpass 100 million total subscribers this week, saw profits grow in Q1, despite slowed growth, due to lower content costs. Recode (4/17)

Roku introduces new features with launch of updated OS

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 17:42
Roku has launched a software update that will provide new features for Roku TV and device users. Standout updates of the new OS include the "More Ways to Watch" feature, which suggests related content; an option for home screen personalization; and the ability to add broadcast channels to a favorites list. TechCrunch (4/11)

Sling TV releases cloud DVR service for Android, Roku

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Sling TV has launched its cloud-based DVR service for Roku and Android devices and TVs and has plans to release the feature for more devices in the near future. Sling TV customers can purchase 50 hours of storage for $5 per month. Multichannel News (4/10)

AT&T adds free HBO to entice wireless subs

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
AT&T continues to leverage HBO to sell other products by offering the service free to wireless subscribers on its Unlimited Plus plan who also receive the telecom's DIRECTV, DIRECTV Now or U-verse TV video services. AT&T Entertainment Group's David Christopher says most unlimited wireless customers are heavy video consumers. Deadline.com (4/5)

ViaSat debuts Gen-2 in-flight internet system

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
ViaSat has released its Gen-2 in-flight internet equipment. The technology was designed to handle the increased capacity from the company's ViaSat 2 and ViaSat 3 satellites, which means faster internet speeds and better in-flight performance. SatelliteToday.com (free registration) (4/6)

Sling TV adds Showtime to lineup

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
DISH Network's Sling TV has added Showtime to its lineup, making it the first streaming service to carry all four premium channels -- HBO, Cinemax, Starz and Showtime. Subscribers can add Showtime to their existing packages for $10 per month. TechCrunch (4/5)

YouTube TV users have to watch ads on certain DVR'd shows

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
YouTube TV has agreements in place with programmers including Disney and NBCUniversal that will require viewers to watch advertisements on some DVR'd shows. Users who record a new show will have to watch the on-demand version if it's available, which doesn't allow the skipping of advertisements, the company confirmed. Tubefilter (4/10)

ComScore: 53% of Wi-Fi households use OTT services

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Fifty-three percent of US households with Wi-Fi are using at least one streaming service, comScore reports. The data also show that 11 over-the-top services reach at least 1 million homes each month, and while Netflix still takes the top spot, competitors such as YouTube are gaining ground. TechCrunch (4/10)

Study finds consumers want voice control at home

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Roughly 55% of households in the US that use broadband internet service are interested in voice control in smart home and entertainment devices, per a Parks Associates study. Two-thirds of responding smart home product owners said privacy and security features on the devices made them much more "appealing." Telecompetitor.com (4/7)

Report: US teens spend 3 hours-plus watching smartphone video

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 17:56
Seventy-one percent of US teen smartphone users spend three hours or more each day watching video on their devices, per Ipsos and Think with Google. Fifty-two percent spend three hours or more on messaging apps, and 51% invest the same amount of time on social. eMarketer (4/7)

DIRECTV shows 2 NASCAR events in 4K UHD

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
DIRECTV featured a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup event in 4K UHD on Sunday and will feature a second race May 13 at the Go Bowling 400 at Kansas Speedway. The races are the latest moves in the company's shift toward 4K UHD sports content, which has also included MLB Network games, college football, golf, basketball and the Rio Olympics. CEDMagazine.com (3/31)

Trump reverses FCC broadband privacy rules

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a resolution that reverses Federal Communications Commission broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to obtain permission before using customer data. Opponents, including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and the Federal Trade Commission's Terrell McSweeny, have expressed concerns over eliminating the rule without implementing a replacement. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/3)

VisSat taps McObject tool to implement DMAS debugging system

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
ViaSat will use eXtremeDB from McObject to implement its Data Metric Aggregation System, a new physical layer satellite debugging tool. ViaSat expects DMAS to improve the quality of its metrics data, which it can use to improve analytics and better target market groups. SatelliteToday.com (free registration) (3/28)

What's DISH's next move with $15B in wireless spectrum?

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has led the company in its acquisition of $15 billion worth of wireless spectrum over the past five years, but most of his plans, including mobile services, have yet to come to fruition, writes Bob Scherman in this commentary, originally for Satellite Business News. A deal with a major wireless company seems to be off the table, and some speculate that the company could make a move into the internet of things market, Scherman writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/27)

DIRECTV Latin America to carry BBC content

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Rapid TV News (U.K.) (4/4)

Nielsen: TV viewing higher among older demographics

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:09
Live TV viewing fell by four minutes in the fourth quarter -- compared with 2016's Q4 -- to four hours and 23 minutes per day, while time-shifted viewing on DVR and smartphone video viewing increased during the period, a Nielsen report states. The report also showed that TV use increases as adults get older, with the 65-or-older demographic rising to 51 hours and 10 minutes per week of DVR and live TV viewing. Broadcasting & Cable (4/3)

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