A recent study by Parks Associates reveals that consumer spending on subscription over-the-top TV services has not changed in three years, remaining at an average of nearly $8 a month. Changes may be looming, however, with new streamers entering the market, which could increase the number of streaming households, pull subscribers from leader Netflix or raise the average spending amount.
Atlantic Broadband is rolling out its Enhanced WiFi to former MetroCast customers in several states, including Maine, Virginia and New Hampshire. "With today's launch of E-WiFi, our customers will have access to powerful technology that will take internet performance to new heights," says Vice President of Programming and Products Heather McCallion.
Comcast is boosting its diversity by making two networks aimed at the black community, Afro and Cleo TV, more widely available. Cleo aims to offer quality programming with Gen X and millennial women in mind, while the Afro network will provide content for various sectors, recognizing that "the African-American community is not a homogeneous group."
Ann Curry is returning to TV in July with the TNT/TBS debut of "Chasing the Cure," a medical series focusing on health issues for which diagnoses are wrong or nonexistent or for which a cure has yet to be found. The networks have put in a 10-episode order for the series, which will have Kim Bondy as showrunner.
Sky has secured a new licensing deal with the BBC that will bring several classics to its on-demand service, including "Absolutely Fabulous," "McMafia" and "The Young Ones." The shows, which will also be available on Now TV, will be rolled out starting next month.
Video creators discuss their experience of using TikTok as a platform to engage fans, and how the social video app provides digital and in-person support to creators and asks for their feedback on product decisions. "I love that they value what their creators think because they understand that the content creators are the heart of the app," says Drea German, who has 2.5 million TikTok fans.
The Disney-Fox merger culminated early this morning, bringing together some of the most valuable assets in Hollywood. The merger is expected to fortify Disney's ability to compete against Netflix, as well as give the media giant more leverage over box office revenue when dealing with theaters.
Video advertising is moving beyond business-to-consumer to business-to-business, and YouTube leads the way with a variety of ad and targeting options. Social media networks also stand out as the place to be to raise awareness of a brand or service.
One fact that has been confirmed ahead of Apple's big March 25 reveal event is that Netflix will not be part of its streaming service, a choice that further solidifies the media giants' high level of competition. Other details Apple is expected to share next week concern cost, distribution and content specifics.