Rumor du jour: Netflix has its eyes on Spain for next expansion in 4Q2015

July 30, 2014
With a third quarter launch planned for six European countries just a month or so away, Netflix, according to a rumor in Europa Press this week, has set its sights on another launch… this one in Spain in 4Q2015. Europe Press, citing an unnamed source, said there likely would be other countries launched at the same time, but had no additional details.

Data access: The final frontier

July 30, 2014
In developed countries, where an iPhone with near-unlimited data access seems almost de rigueur, it is hard to imagine that nearly half of all mobile phones sold globally are actually feature phones. It is perhaps even harder to imagine a situation where data access is strictly metered, and way too slow for smoothly-delivered video streams.  But that’s the reality.

Report: OTT to surge beyond $10 billion in APAC by 2020

July 30, 2014
Revenues for online TV and video delivered over fixed broadband networks in the Asia-Pacific region are forecast to exceed $10.1 billion in 2020, an increase of nearly 280% from the $2.68 billion recorded for the region in 2013.

Australia’s SBS rides Tour de France multiplatform coverage to big numbers

July 29, 2014
Sports programming, whether live or VOD, continues to be a major draw for viewers, as Australian broadcaster SBS found with its multiplatform coverage of the 2014 Tour de France. SBS said TV coverage reached a total of 5.38 million Australians (metro and regional), up 2% Y/Y. SBS provided an array of options to watch Le Tour. In addition to TV, Tour action could be viewed online on tablets and on mobile phones. The online video segment saw more dramatic gains than TV programming, SBS said.

UK’s Freesat gains 6,000 HH in Q2, adds VOD service, enhances mobile app

July 29, 2014
U.K. satellite TV provider Freesat, which requires no subscriptions for users of its service, said it added 6,000 new homes in the second quarter, bringing its total to 1.85 million. The service said large numbers of viewers tuned into several programs, including, “The Honourable Women,” “Happy Valley,” the new series of “Episodes” and the World Cup in HD. For the first half of the year, Freesat has added some 24,000 households in the UK and says it has 3.85 million viewers overall.