Is Google Fiber sputtering? Dropping 8 markets and new television services

Is Google Fiber struggling?  The rollout of high speed Gigabit internet has been slower than expected and the company has cut back on the markets where it’s installing.  In October, it scrapped plans to expand into 8 markets.  It’s been hampered by both the cost and time it takes to deploy, while competitors in impending … Continue reading Is Google Fiber sputtering? Dropping 8 markets and new television services

Study: Media Measurement missing 66% of all video consumption

Global marketing company Omnicom handles ad services for more than 5,000 clients in over 100 countries.  They are a big deal in ad circles.  So, when they talk, people do listen.  Here’s what they’re saying: 66% of TV and Video on content consumed by Millennials and Gen Xers is not being captured by current media … Continue reading Study: Media Measurement missing 66% of all video consumption

Facebook, Apple join the billion dollar club for spending on original video content

Everybody, it seems, wants to be in the TV business.  OK, it’s really the video business, but it’s the same thing the TV networks have been doing for years:  producing original television content. The WSJ reports that Facebook is looking to spend A BILLION DOLLARS on original video content for its Watch video platform.  Recently, … Continue reading Facebook, Apple join the billion dollar club for spending on original video content

FCC signals rollback on net neutrality rules; Nearly 11 million comments filed

Before the Federal Communications Commission takes action, it puts out proposals and asks for public comments.  When it comes to net neutrality rules, the public commented big time.  Nearly 11 million comments have been filed. There’s no question the issue is a lightning rod.  In 2015, the FCC voted in the rules which prohibit broadband … Continue reading FCC signals rollback on net neutrality rules; Nearly 11 million comments filed

I love my cable / satellite / streaming / internet provider (said nobody ever)

Nobody, it seems, is happy with their cable, satellite, or streaming provider.  Overall cost, hardware problems, streaming issues, and quality – take your pick.  When you’re paying that much money, you just want to watch something of quality and have it work right without issues.  When it doesn’t, people get mad.  Sometimes, really mad. Echelon … Continue reading I love my cable / satellite / streaming / internet provider (said nobody ever)

A huge number of Millennial Men aren’t watching any TV on any device

  How big a deal is this cord-cutting thing for TV?  It may depend on who you ask.  The number of people cutting out cable has slowed, but it’s still a growing number.  But when you slice and dice those dropping (cord-cutters) or never subscribing (cord-nevers), this new report shows one demographic that’s cutting at … Continue reading A huge number of Millennial Men aren’t watching any TV on any device

75 million U.S. homes now have internet connected TV

Nearly three-quarters of broadband-connected homes now have a TV connected to the internet.  The adoption of internet-connected TVs has mirrored the adoption of broadband in the US, but has slowed recently as more homes were connected. According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), the penetration of Internet-connected TVs among US broadband households has … Continue reading 75 million U.S. homes now have internet connected TV

Broadband Only homes rising, 15% get TV without cable or satellite

  In 2013, just 9% of US residents did not subscribe to pay-TV (cable or satellite)  to get television.   By the third quarter of 2016, that number had risen to 15%. That equates to 17 million broadband-only homes, according to TDG (The Diffusion Group) as reported in MediaPost.  Park Associates shows the trending:  last year, … Continue reading Broadband Only homes rising, 15% get TV without cable or satellite

YouTube struggling to get paid subscribers

You really have to wonder about that whole “give it away for free and then later we’ll charge for it” model.  Here’s yet another example:  YouTube is the world’s largest video streaming service and streams more music than anyone else.  It’s been free from inception, but YouTube has been touting its paid service, YouTube Red … Continue reading YouTube struggling to get paid subscribers

YouTube, Facebook are now trying to take over your TV set

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this thing that showed up on YouTube a while back.  When you’re playing a video on a mobile device and you’re in the vicinity of a TV set that’s on the same WiFi network, you can hit the Cast icon and watch the video on your TV set. That’s … Continue reading YouTube, Facebook are now trying to take over your TV set

GfK Study: 25% of homes are without cable or satellite TV

In recent years, it’s been typical to find cable and satellite penetration numbers reaching into the low-to-mid 90% range in most metro areas.  That’s changing. According to a study released today from GfK, this cord-cutting thing is real.  I know, people have been talking about this for a while, but the trend line was small … Continue reading GfK Study: 25% of homes are without cable or satellite TV

Subscription, on-demand video services hit important milestone (but Live TV viewing is still King)

You may not have heard the term OTT before.  It means “over-the-top” delivery of video programming – through a set-top box or internet-connected TV.  But I’ll bet you know some of the products and have even used them. Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are OTT products and the news today is that the number of … Continue reading Subscription, on-demand video services hit important milestone (but Live TV viewing is still King)