As divulged by WikiLeaks, a materials access letter (PDF link) from Culver Digital Distribution, an entity associated with Sony Pictures Television, served as a formal agreement for “testing and/or preparing” 4K film and television content for non-exclusive distribution.
The results of a consumer survey released Wednesday by Digitalsmiths raised some eyebrows for what they said about pay-TV viewers’ channel preferences in a hypothetical a la carte pay-TV universe, particularly with respect to ESPN.
Asked if they would prefer to be able to select the channels they subscribe through a la carte, rather than in pre-selected bundles, nearly 82 percent said “yes.” That group was then given a list of 75 channels and asked to pick their own, ideal bundle. Fewer than 36 percent included ESPN in their ideal bundle, putting the top rated cable network in the U.S. well behind the Discovery Channel, which was cited by 62 percent of respondents.
Even Digitalsmiths was surprised.
“The top channels selected by this group were ABC, Discovery Channel, CBS, NBC, and the History Channel,” the company wrote in the accompanying report on the findings. “Digitalsmiths finds the high demand for the Discovery Channel (ranked second) to be very interesting, but even more shocking is ESPN, which ranked
twentieth. ESPN is some of the highest-priced content compared to other channels and is likely more expensive than the Discovery Channel” (full chart below). Read More »
According to data from Parks Associates , the number of subscribers to cloud DVR services still falls well below the 5 million mark globally, but by 2018 that total should roughly quintuple to around 25 million subs. And, anecdotally, Spriester can confirm that more than half of the operators he’s talked to in his position at Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT) have either already implemented cloud DVR or are seriously considering a deployment in the near future.
Sony has released an iPad app for PlayStation Vue, the over-the-top pay TV service that has been launched in three markets – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The iPad is the first mobile device and the first outside the Sony device ecosystem to support PlayStation Vue, which is currently available to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners in Sony’s initial set of markets.
Disney-owned ABC is among five major broadcast TV station groups that are joining forces to develop NewsON, a service that will provide live streaming of local newscasts to viewers in 84 viewing markets nationwide.The service will directly challenge live local streaming efforts by CBS, which is working to bring local newscasts to its CBS All Access service. The venture could also threaten Granite Broadcasting-owned, fledgling manufacturer TabletTV, an over-the-air antenna and streaming device that has been trying to solve the local news conundrum for cord cutters.