4K/UHD Picking Up Steam

4K-labelThe shipment numbers for 4K TVs have begun to look a lot more promising for the manufacturing industry through this year’s 3rd quarter. When compared to last year, sales have risen by 500% over the first three quarters, totalling 6,4 million sets. Korean giant Samsung leads the way, earning a market share of 35%.

Fiercecable has more.

Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

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Let’s have a look at how social networks are growing, courtesy of Techcrunch. Hint: Tumblr wins.

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With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%.

And in overall member growth, Pinterest took the lead with 57% growth while Facebook’s member base grew by 6%.

Instagram, LinkedIn,Twitter, YouTube and even Google+ all grew faster than Facebook.

In mobile apps specifically, while Facebook is the largest app today, Snapchat — with an emphasis on teen and 20-something users — is the fastest growing of them all, up 56% this year. It is however followed closely by Facebook Messenger and Instagram — a sign of not just how Facebook’s mobile apps continue to represent the company’s growth drivers, but…

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Some Thoughts On The Future Of Cable and OTT

The announcement by HBO and CBS to offer their services to OTT customers, unbundled from cable pay-TV packages, caused quite a stir in the industry. It comes on the heels of Netflix’s successful worldwide expansion strategy.

This Techcrunch article adds some opinions on what OTT means for the industry:

- As Will Richmond of VideoNuze recently articulated, the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of traditional cable bundles could very well become more attractive to consumers in the face of proliferating streaming services whose fees will start to add up.”

- “Rather than a binary future with cord-cutters on one end and cable subscribers on the other, we can start to see a continuum of behavior take shape, with a middle ground populated by individuals who subscribe to one or two streaming services, along with a lightweight cable package like the one that Comcast rolled out last year.

- “One potential scenario is for Netflix to seek out partnerships with cable providers. Their content is already distributed via traditional cable packages overseas and to subscribers in some very small markets in the US, so now may be the time for them to start forging deals with the bigger players in order to straddle both worlds.”

Read the whole article here.

Add-Supported Video Service By Amazon?

Amazon is reportedly planning to offer a free, add-supported video streaming service alongside its subscription-based Amazon Instant Video.

There have been rumours for some time and Amazon actually spread some first episodes of shows for free, to get users to upgrade to the Instant Video subscription, which is bundled with Amazon Prime.

The bigger game seems to be that video ads are the most coveted ads nowadays and Amazon is looking for more ways to sell video ads.

Go to Techcrunch for more.

More Time Spent On Mobile Devices Than In Front Of TV

header_moduleAccording to Flurry, US consumers spent more time with their mobile devices in the third quarter of 2014 than with their TV sets (177min – 168min).

However, the data does not reflect second screen time, when users are using mobile and tv at the same time and it doesn’t mean that users are watching more video content on mobile than on TV. Still, this seems like a watershed moment.

Read more at fiercecable.

TV bleibt Europas Liebling (noch)

RICOHDas konstatiert der Verband der europäischen Privatsender (ACT). So schauen 87% der Europäer täglich mindestens eine TV-Sendung. Interessanterweise werden TV-Sendungen, die im Internet geschaut werden, mitgezählt. Am Weltfernsehtag ist also alles gut.

Hier gehts zum Artikel der W&V.

Streaming Subscribers Watch Less TV

indexNielsen has collected data to show the correlation of VoD subscriptions and less live TV viewing.
After people sign up for streaming video services, they watch less TV than they used to, Nielsen found: 20% less, in the 18-34 demographic, and 19% less in 25-54.
The report also found that people who are video subscribers, on the whole, watch less TV than nonsubscribers: 20% less, among 18 to 49-year-olds.

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