USA Today highlighted findings from ARRIS’s Consumer Entertainment Index showing that more than 69% of binge-watchers in the U.S. do so alone. That is more than the international average of 60% but not as high as Japan, where 80% binge-watch alone.
Rapid TV News reported on a survey by Futuresource Consulting stating that live TV is still the primary viewing choice for almost two-thirds of respondents, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.
According to Digital TV Europe, a recent Nielsen report revealed that 41% of people buy or rent their content both physically and digitally, with just 12% of consumers having entirely digital means for their TV and movie consumption.
In other industry news, Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications has been testing a gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.
This week, Broadcasting & Cable posted a study from PwC revealing that M&A activity in the media and communications sector totaled 76 USD billion in Q2 2015, driven by some major deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas.
Cutting the Cord: We like binge-watching solo (August 16, 2015) By Mike Snider, USA Today: My wife is a solo binge-watcher. But technically she is not alone.
OTT availability threatens free, live TV as consumers’ favourite choice (August 18, 2015) By Staff Writer, Rapid TV News: On topic research from Futuresource Consulting has found that free and live TV are still the favourite choices of consumers, but over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming more popular and widely used, fuelled by their wider availability.
Just 12% of US views have switched to digital-only (August 20, 2015) By Staff Writer, Digital TV Europe: Half of the US population has bought or rented TVs or movies digitally in the past six months, but only 12% have shifted exclusively to digital viewing methods, according to Nielsen.
Cox Takes Subscription Gaming Over-The-Top (August 19,2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Communications has been quietly testing a subscription gaming service that streams titles to the TV via a special broadband-connected “Microconsole” that is paired to a handheld controller.
Media Industry M&A Rises to 76 USDB in 2Q (August 19, 2015) By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable: Merger and acquisition activity in the media and communications sector totaled 76 USD billion in the second quarter, driven by a handful of huge deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas, according to PwC.