Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 22, 2016

22 Jan 2016

In a move to take on Netflix, HBO announced that it will launch its standalone Web streaming service in Spain, reported Bloomberg Business. Residents in Spain will have access to the HBO streaming service without a pay-TV subscription by the end of the year.

Advanced Television reported that Spain’s Telefonica expressed interest in buying AT&T's operations across Latin America. Telefonica is the largest telco in Latin America and the deal will further strengthen its position in the region.

BTR offered perspective on the key video technology trends to watch in 2016. Key highlights include the increased proliferation of online video sources, distribution of online content via multiple screens, OTT integration into pay-TV offerings, and expansion of UltraHD/4K video.

MediaPost reported on a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research and found that 54 percent of pay-TV customers believe that TV Everywhere services would have an additional cost. The study also revealed that 53 percent of respondents have never used TV Everywhere as they were unaware of its existence.

According to Nielsen’s Q4 2014 Local Watch Report, live TV is still the primary medium to consume video, with adults aged 25-54 watching more than three hours of live TV per day, reported Broadcasting & Cable.

  1. HBO Plans to Take On Netflix in Spain With Streaming Service (January 18, 2016) By Gerry Smith, Bloomberg Business: By the end of this year, residents in Spain will have access to an HBO streaming service for the first time, making the Time Warner Inc.-owned network’s programming available without a pay-TV subscription.
  2. Telefonica eyes AT&T’s LatAm TV assets (January 18, 2016) By David Del Valle, Advanced Television: Spain’s Telefonica is reportedly interested in buying AT&T’s pay-TV assets in Latin America, with an enterprise value of over €9 billion.
  3. Video Trends to Watch in 2016 (January 18, 2016) By Ron Hendrickson, BTR: 'Tis the season for predictions, and we're all wondering what the video technology picture is going to look like through 2016.
  4. Study: Pay TV Consumers Believe TV Everywhere Isn't Free: (January 19, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: More than half of pay TV consumers that know about "TV Everywhere" believe it would be an additional cost from networks or pay TV providers.
  5. Live TV Remains Dominant Viewing Habit in Nielsen’s Local Watch Report (January 20, 2016) By Jonathan Kuperberg, Broadcasting & Cable: Adults 25-54 in 24 of top 25 markets watch over 3 hours of live TV a day.
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