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  1. As Cords Are Cut, Antennas Proliferate

    According to Parks Associates, the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use only antennas to receive TV has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15%. The research house says the increase coincides with a drop in pay TV subscriptions and an increase in Internet -only video subscriptions. "Pay TV subscriptions have dropped each year since 2014, falling to 81% of U.S. broadband households in Q3 2016," said Brett Sappington, Parks' senior director of research. "Several factors have played a part in this decline, including growth in the OTT video market, increasing costs for pay TV services, and consumer awareness of available online alternatives." Parks notes declining pay TV satisfaction in each of the last three years. Only one-third of pay TV subscribers report being "very satisfied" with their pay TV service. The research house says 63% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service, and 31% of U.S. broadband households have multiple OTT service subscriptions. "Pay TV providers are adapting to address a fundamentally different video services market than existed three years ago. Challenges still remain for consumers in aggregating and discovering their favorite content and being able to watch on their preferred screen. Live broadcasts of high-profile events remain a challenge for online delivery, though pay TV and broadcast TV conquered live distribution long ago," Sappington said. "These challenges represent areas in which pay TV providers, or new entrants, can still win consumer attention, viewership and revenue." Other findings indicate: In 2016, twice as many subscribers downgraded (12%) their pay TV service than upgraded (6%) it. The likelihood of non-subscribers adopting pay TV has declined since 2012. Only one-half as many Cord Nevers adopted pay TV in 2016 (2%) as in 2015 (4%). The size of the Cord Never segment is slowly increasing. "With the continued decline of traditional pay TV subscriptions, 2017 will be characterized by the rise of online pay TV services," Sappington said. "While traditional pay TV provides superior viewing quality, OTT video commonly excels in discovery, portability and personalized user experiences. Consumers care less about the network used to deliver the content than they do about access to the content, ease of use, and convenience."

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  2. Cablevision Argentina Upgrades Backbone with Ciena

    Cablevisión Argentina is upgrading its network to 200G with Ciena's (NYSE:CIEN) converged packet optical solutions. The upgrade is intended ...

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  3. Light Brigade Adds Two Fiber Courses

    The Light Brigade, AFL's training and education division, is partnering with Fiber Insight to offer design and engineering customers two new ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  4. Russian OTT Provider Deploys Elemental

    MegaFon, a telco and mobile operator in Russia, is using Elemental Technologies for its MegaFon.TV over-the-top ( OTT ) TV service, which has ...

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    Fri, 13 Jan 2017

  1. Shaw Looks for BlueSky TV via Comcast X1 Platform

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. VITEC Buys Stake in OTT /IPTV Software Company Anevia

    VITEC has decided to complement its existing work in advanced video encoding and streaming products by buying an 8% stake in Anevia, a provider of OTT and IPTV software.

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  3. CES Video Trends: Wheat vs. Chaff

    As the 2017 International CES wraps up in Las Vegas, it's time to sort the wheat from the chaff. Amongst the Internet-connected scarves and WiFi hair brushes (I am not making this up), a number of interesting ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  4. Comcast Courting OTT Providers

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Technology Solutions - whose portfolio includes the Video Platform for video management, publication, distribution ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  5. ThinkAnalytics Ties Marketing to Content Discovery

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, ThinkAnalytics is previewing ThinkMarketing, a suite of marketing-oriented dashboards and consoles that are ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  6. TiVo Takes Aim at Ad Management

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) announced the availability of the Audience Management Platform (AMP), intended to deliver ...

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  7. Broadpeak, Wyplay Team on Live TV Everywhere

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Broadpeak and Wyplay will unveil a joint solution for the distribution of live TV Everywhere services over managed ...

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

  8. You.i TV Adapts Cartoon Network App for OTT

    You.i TV says it has adapted Turner's Cartoon Network app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The expansion of the app is the latest cross ...

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    Thu, 5 Jan 2017

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