This week, Multichannel News covered Wurl’s announcement that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan via WOW’s “Streamland” service, which is available on its ARRIS-made Ultra set-tops.
In other industry news, TV News Check highlighted a MoffettNathanson Research study that found that new over-the-top (OTT) services that offer no or limited broadcast networks are not likely to be as attractive to consumers.
Separately, Digital TV Europe reported new findings from market intelligence agency Mintel that show that streaming video on demand (SVoD) is set to account for 38 percent of the total UK video market by 2019.
Broadband TV News included coverage of a recent ABI Research report that shows that the worldwide pay TV market generated US$ 257 billion in 2014 and is on track to surpass 1.1 billion subscribers in 2020.
Finally, The Washington Post noted that broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and that all but seven states saw increases in average connection speeds between the third and fourth quarters of 2014, indicating that Internet connection capacity across the country will continue to grow.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
Wurl's Streaming Platform Powers WOW's Integrated OTT (March 25) By Leslie Jaye Goff, Multichannel News: Wurl, a provider of streaming-video programming to pay TV operators, confirmed Wednesday that its 1Guide streaming platform has rolled out to WideOpenWest subscribers via the cable system's "Streamland" service in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Illinois and Michigan. Streamland is WOW's branded over-the-top streaming service available on its Ultra TV set-tops, which are manufactured by Arris.
Study: OTT Services Need Broadcast Nets (March 25) By Harry A. Jessell, TV News Check: The best hope of the new breed of OTT TV services is for them to include the broadcast networks, which reach seven times more viewers than the average cable network and two times more than the most popular cable networks.
UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 (March 23) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: The subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of £1 billion (€1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, according to new research.
Global pay TV subscribers to surpass 1.1 billion in 2020 (March 26) By Staff Writer, Broadband TV News: The worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers, according to ABI Research.
Map: The state of broadband in the states (March 25) By Niraj Chokshi, The Washington Post: Broadband speeds are expanding nationwide and the conditions seem good for even more growth.