Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of August 17, 2015

21 Aug 2015

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 billion in Q2 2015, driven by some major deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Media Industry M&A Rises to $76B in 2Q (August 19, 2015) By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable: Merger and acquisition activity in the media and communications sector totaled $76 billion in the second quarter, driven by a handful of huge deals in the cable, Internet and communications areas, according to PwC.
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