AT&T celebrated the one-year anniversary of its DIRECTV Now over-the-top service by passing 1 million subscribers. Features coming to the service next year include a cloud-based DVR, 4K Ultra HD video and additional on-demand titles.
The UK's Satellite Solutions Worldwide has signed a sales and marketing contract with ViaSat and Eutelsat's joint venture to roll out a new broadband-by-satellite service in Europe. The service will first roll out in Poland and Norway.
AT&T sees its DIRECTV Now video-streaming business as a long-term play to mitigate cord cutting and churn even though the service's margins might be thinner, company executives recently told Jefferies analysts. "[M]anagement believes the platform could ultimately yield higher customer lifetime value," analyst Scott Goldman wrote in a note.
An ongoing court case will not derail the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to repeal net neutrality rules this month despite opponents' appeals to delay the vote to avoid a potential regulatory gap. "This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's office said in a statement.
Discovery Communications has raised its stake in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to more than 70% thanks to a $70 million payout to Winfrey's Harpo. Under the deal's terms, Winfrey will remain CEO of the network and work exclusively for OWN through 2025.
The churn rate for over-the-top services -- excluding Netflix and Amazon Prime -- is in excess of 50%, Parks Associates reports. Research also showed that more than half of OTT households use more than one service, while 63% subscribe to five or more services.
Single sign-on functions are boosting the metrics for TV Everywhere, per an Adobe study. Authenticated video starts were up 46% from last year, while authenticated viewers rose 25%, per data from September.
Mojio, a Canadian startup working on technology to connect cars to the internet, raised $23 million in a funding round that included Amazon's Alexa Fund. Mojio says more than 500,000 vehicles are using its technology.
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