Aereo continues to live a charmed life. Multichannel video programmer distributors (MVPDs) of all stripes--including, but not limited to cable, satellite and IPTV service providers--are paying increasingly higher fees to retransmit over-the-air broadcasts of such stellar fare as Splash and Hell's Kitchen . Aereo, meanwhile, is allowed to grab those same signals off-air without a fee and present them to consumers for $8 a month.
Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) worried about losing customers to OTT video offerings should include that content as part of their pay TV packages, research from Parks Associates suggests.
Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) who need to evolve into Multiscreen Video Programming Distributors still have a rough row to hoe, according to Infonetics Research's recently released Multi-Screen TV Service Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey.
For any number of reasons, multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) subscribers are not rushing out to watch TV Everywhere, says a study by GfK Media, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Rovi Corp., which recently said it would sell off its online video unit, continued to cozy up to the pay TV universe at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, where it unveiled new IP software that "would enable pay TV service providers to cost effectively introduce IP-based multiscreen services and applications" within their traditional delivery system.
Even as cable operators continue to leak video subscribers and IPTV providers tread water in the pay TV space, it appears that yet another player--Sony, of all companies--thinks there's money to be made in selling television.
Netflix's blockbuster three-year deal with Walt Disney Co. will probably change the way multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) approach their premium content delivery and the over-the-top space. From a content provider perspective, Starz--one of the big three premium channels, along with HBO and Showtime--will certainly feel the heat as it loses its rights to Disney content.
A list of "Ten Things Cable TV Companies Won't Say" offers up a series of reasons to "cut the cord" and quit cable service, but it doesn't restrict its criticisms to just cable operators.
For the past several years--and maybe longer, who knows in this economy--MVPDs, particularly cable operators but more recently even telcos and satellite service providers, have pooh-poohed what seemed like an unending exodus of paying subscribers. Now it seems they may have been right all along.
Looked at through the seasonality prism, it hardly appears that the pay-TV industry is going away and over-the-top is taking over the roost. In fact, the opposite might be true, proving, perhaps, that numbers can lie.