While the weather may be cooling down for this most jolly of seasons the OTT market space will be heating up as the streaming stats for the holidays comes out in January.

 

Ofcom: 3m UK homes can access full-fibre broadband

Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report analyses the availability of broadband and mobile services across the UK and its nations. This year’s report highlights further progress from industry in rolling out their networks, with the availability of full-fibre increasing by 67 per cent and all four mobile networks launching 5G.

 

As Streaming Wars Heat Up, Consumers Say They’ll Drop Some Services to Try New Ones

Survey of 2,000+ US users: 50% plan to subscribe to new OTT services, of which 64% intend to downgrade/cancel existing subs; say they spend ~$76/month on video.

 

MoffettNathanson estimates that TV live streaming services have ~9M subscribers, up 33% YoY; Hulu Live TV has ~2.7M subscribers while YouTube TV has ~1.6M

Collectively, vMVPDs have nearly 9 million subscribers according to MoffettNathanson’s estimates. This is up 33% from the 6.7 million Live TV Streaming Services during the third quarter last year. The question is, with continued price hikes on the horizon, at what point will customers either switch back to cable, or more importantly forgo live TV completely.

 

Netflix Film Chief Scott Stuber Says Streamer Planning to Release More Audience Numbers

“We’re not hiding anything,” he adds. “I just want it to be articulated correctly to protect the filmmaker and protect the movie because [box office is] not the whole business for us.”

In a follow-up interview with Variety after his panel at the summit, Stuber says the goal is to be able to release audience data with enough detail to provide the entertainment media proper context for their meaning.

 

Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service in over 200 countries

Plex today is launching its own ad-supported streaming service, a rival to The Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu’s Movies on Us and others that offer a way to stream movies and TV for free without a subscription.

 

First Look Media launches Topic, to provide a more meaningful streaming service

Amid the crowded streaming service market that includes big players like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, a new player called Topic wants to be an additional component in your entertainment life by providing thoughtful and meaningful content.