Stacking builds up as single SVOD service households decline globally

In a survey of 33,000 internet users across the 16 countries, more than half (50%) of respondents in 13 of those countries had at least one SVOD service, while in 10 of the 16 markets, more than half of SVOD homes were so-called SVOD stackers, that is taking more than one service. Ampere added that as more major players such as Disney enter the SVOD marketplace in 2019 and beyond, the question is just how many services will consumers pay for? – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2tBlgRK

Spectrum has a streaming service that’s basically its cable package for $15 a month

The “streaming service” of sorts is called Spectrum TV Essentials and it includes popular cable networks like the The Weather Channel, Food Network, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Unlike other streaming services that offer individual movies and shows, TV Essentials basically takes a few dozen of Spectrum’s channels and offers them to its internet subscribers. These are the channels the cable company offers already in its standard packages, albeit for much higher price tags. In fact, it’s so familiar that it sounds like the a la carte plan that Spectrum’s sales representatives offered quietly to customers in 2018 to lure them back to cable. – Shannon Liao, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2IrTAcz

YouTube is ‘aggressively approaching’ solution to child exploitation controversy

This week, YouTube has further limited which videos some ads can run on and has applied those ad restrictions to millions of videos, according to a memo sent to advertisers, which was obtained by Adweek. The memo describes how YouTube is trying to protect children as major companies, including Disney, Epic Games, AT&T, and Nestle, pull ads from the platform. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2IrqVEA

Loop acquires ScreenPlay to build its streaming library

While you may not have heard of ScreenPlay, the company has licensed a library of 200,000 music videos and movie/game/TV trailers, which it broadcasts in thousands of venues for partners like Hard Rock Cafe, Norwegian Cruise Line, Yard House, Buffalo Wild Wings and Caesars Entertainment. This announcement comes just a week after Loop TV officially came out of stealth — and in fact, co-founder and CEO Jon Niermann (previously an executive at EA – Electronic Arts and Disney) said he’s always seen ScreenPlay’s content library as the foundation for Loop’s business. – Anthony Ha, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2BNpcU4
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