The writing appears on the wall as Samsung quits out of the Blu-ray player market with an increasing number of OTT services (including our own) offering 4K streaming as consumers turn to VOD on the kind of big screen rather than the big silver screen.

1.    Streaming victim – Samsung stops selling Blu-ray players in the US

Samsung will stop selling Blu-ray players on the US market, apparently a victim of the success of streaming services such as Netflix.

“Samsung will no longer introduce new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market,” a Samsung spokesperson confirmed to Digital Trends. The statement implies that the company might continue to offer the devices in overseas markets like Europe.

2.  VoD challenging cinema for movie choice

According to the study of 2,417 consumers in the UK and US, less than half (48 per cent) of UK consumers still head to the cinema to watch a new film, putting the box office in a precarious place. The role Netflix now plays in determining what audiences watch can be seen from the viewership of 2018’s award winning films.

3.    Single-sub SVoD homes declining

The number of people with more than one online streaming service is continuing to grow according to the latest consumer research from Ampere Analysis. In a survey of 33,000 Internet users across 16 countries, more than half (50 per cent) 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 SVoD Stackers – those taking more than one service. As more major players – such as Disney – enter the SVoD marketplace in 2019 and beyond, the billion-dollar question is, just how many services will consumers pay for?

4.    Cisco VNI: 5.5bn mobile users by 2022

Mobile technologies continue to connect more people and things than ever before. In 2017, there were five billion mobile users worldwide, but over the next five years, that number will increase by half a billion to 5.5 billion users, which represents about 71 per cent of the global population. By 2022, there will be more than 12 billion mobile-ready devices and IoT connections (up from about nine billion mobile-ready devices and IoT connections in 2017). By 2022, mobile networks will support more than eight billion personal mobile devices and four billion IoT connections.

5.    Liberty Global report: European consumers ‘value broadband more than sex’

European consumers value broadband network quality and coverage more than competitive pricing, and would be more willing to give up sex, holidays, their favourite TV channels and chocolate than their home broadband connection, according to a study commissioned by Liberty Global from AT Kearney.

The study, based on a survey of 8,000 consumers in the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, found that 38% cited qualities of broadband such as coverage, network quality and innovation as most valuable to them, compared with 33% who cited speed and bundle size and only 16% who cited price.

6.    IHS Markit: US D2C market to add $3.6 billion by 2023

Major new subscription services to add $3.6 billion to the US Direct-to-Consumer Video Market by 2023, said IHS Markit.

New direct-to-consumer online video subscription services from the Walt Disney Company, Apple, and Warner Media are expected to launch in 2019, with NBCUniversal following in 2020. These new services have the potential to add 53 million paying subscriptions to the United States market by 2023, effectively growing the total number of subscribers by 25 percent. This subscription growth would generate up to $3.6 billion dollars in incremental revenue for the direct-to-consumer channels business in the US by 2023, according to business information provider IHS Markit.

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