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Over-the-top (OTT) has changed how people watch television, and in some regions is on track to overtake broadcast, cable, and satellite. Look below for the latest news in OTT technology and programming, as well as insights and analysis into where the OTT market is headed.

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93 Percent of Media Subscribers Are at Risk of Cancellation Every Month

From Audio, TV, Sports, News, and Gaming, New Research from PCH Consumer Insights Uncovers Consumer Churn as a Significant Ecosystem Threat

Netflix Steadies the Ship with a Smaller Piece of the Pie

With Netflix' new ad-supported service included for the first time in its earnings results, there were encouraging signs that the streamer has stemmed the crisis that had seemed to engulf it after losing customers in the first half of 2022.

State of Streaming Autumn 2022 Report Launched

New report expands on details provided during recent Streaming Media West keynote

Roundup: Streaming Industry Predictions for 2023

Predictions gathered here from industry experts and analysts for the streaming industry 2023 in five categories: Monetization, AVOD, Hybrid, and FAST; CTV and OTT; Rights, Piracy, Security, and Privacy; Expansion and Contraction; Gaming and Esports; Content Delivery; and "2023 Will Be The Year Of..."

BBC’s Internet-Only TV Is a Threat, Not a Promise

The BBC is preparing to shut down its traditional television and radio broadcasts and shift everything online, but will do so only if the principal of universal affordable access is maintained.

Gambling on Sports Is a Sure Bet for Streamers

The travails of FuboTV aside, streamers are advancing on incorporating Sportsbooks into their live product

While U.S. Households Subscribe to More Streaming Services than Ever, Customer Satisfaction Declines

J.D. Power has published a detailed and revealing new report highlighting recent trends in streaming preferences. The industry is in flux and may be heading into a difficult period, though there are also some positive findings.

Sharethrough Announces New CTV Ad Enhancements to Help Brands Drive Viewer Attention and Performance

Sharethrough, one of the top global independent omnichannel ad exchanges, has unveiled two CTV ad enhancements that will help brands drive viewer attention and performance as we head into the holiday shopping and prime sports seasons - countdown overlays and sports tickers

As Netflix Goes Hybrid, Zype CEO Ed Laczynski Talks OTT's Ad-Tiered Present and Future

As last week brought the long-awaited, and arguably overhyped debut of Netflix's new ad tier, I had the chance to sit down with Ed Laczynski, CEO of enterprise OTT app and platform builder Zype—a perennial Streaming Media 50 honoree—to talk about what Netflix's move means in the context of the ever-evolving OTT monetization landscape, and get some perspective on longtime, current, and emerging trends. We also talked a bit about how will impact the current and coming ad inventory ecosystem.

Streaming-Based Political Advertising's Impact Growing in 2022 Midterms, New Study Says

With the 2022 midterms political ad spending set to hit a record $9 billion this year, the ubiquity of campaign advertising is almost inescapable on social media, TV, and online. One area where political advertising is also becoming omnipresent is on streaming platforms, and a newly released study by Effectv highlights the growing importance of streaming advertising for political advertisers as an essential complement to traditional TV.

Netflix Follows Broadcast-Centric Business Models After Years of Innovation

Netflix reported a strong third quarter after the market closed on Tuesday, with more growth anticipated in Q4 after its Basic with Ads tier launches November 1 in twelve countries as part of a wider development in the streaming ecosystem that will see streaming platforms engage with the metrics of linear broadcast for the first time.

Breaking Apple: AppleTV+ Adds Vince Gilligan's Upcoming Series to its Prestige TV Lineup

What Apple's growing portfolio of high-profile programming reveals about how its lifestyle bundle stacks up against TV-only services like HBO and Netflix

Google and Paramount at IBC 2022: Use Data for Personalization, Storytelling, and Customer Retention

Data is worth its weight in gold to digital service providers who can mine it effectively. Power that data extraction with AI and ML and it will drive personalized content recommendations, and improved search and discovery to help differentiate a service and stem churn. This was a major topic across the IBC showfloor in Amsterdam this week. 

Warner Bros. Discovery Talks Synergies, Scale, and Live in IBC Keynote

"We want to be whatever we wish to be in the content landscape," said Warner Bros. Discovery CIO Dave Duvall in a keynote at the IBC media and entertainment technology trade show in Amsterdam. "Our ambition is not limited by resource. Now it's about product market fit with our D2C business and scale is a big driver." 

Real-Time Streaming Business Value Report Launched

Report delves into ways to deliver, monetize real-time streaming

Discovery + HBO: Streaming App Merger Inevitable but Risky

As of summer 2023 for US customers, the two apps will be one consolidated service, with both an "ad-lite" and an ad-free version becoming available. A LatAm expansion follows, and the European market launch is in 2024. 

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Comcast Urges Advertisers to Buy into FAST

In a report designed to focus advertiser attention on its own FAST service Xumo, Comcast finds that FAST penetration has more than doubled year-over-year. 

Netflix and Microsoft Team for Ads as Wider Consolidation Looms 

Having signalled its intent to launch an ad-supported service earlier this year, Netflix' announcement of Microsoft as its partner in the venture prompted immediate speculation about Redmond's intent to buy the streamer wholesale.