Comcast acquiring rights for national service

Comcast is reported to be accumulating rights to offer channels nationwide. Comcast has acquired rights through clauses in existing contracts or as part of broader carriage negotiations with programming providers. Even if it does not market a nationwide service, the cable company needs to be able compete with the flexibility offered by online services.
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Traditional television still dominant

Traditional television viewing still dominates in the United States, according to comScore. Households with both traditional television as well as online television and video services still watch nearly five and a half hours of live television for every hour of online viewing. Netflix is watched for just under and hour a day on average per household with the service. Sling TV is the most watched online television and video service, with household viewing of around an hour and a half a day.
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Sky voice search

Sky has introduced voice search for its Sky Q boxes and it transforms the television experience, making it much quicker and easier to select programmes and channels. The technology is powered by TiVo and appears to work rather well, although it does not yet integrate with other voice control systems on the market.
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BBC iPlayer gains requests but growth slows

The BBC iPlayer received an average of 9.9 million requests a day in February, up from 9.8 million a day the previous month, which was also a record. Yet the average number of requests per month and the total annual requests rose less in 2016 than in any previous year, up less than 3%.
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Subscriber gains continue in India

The informitv Multiscreen Index of 100 leading television services worldwide shows subscriber growth of around 1% in the last quarter of 2016, despite losses in America. 10 services gained 2.83 million subscribers between them. Five of them were in India, gaining more than 17% over the year. DIRECTV in the United States and Sky in Europe were among the other highest gains.
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Global video index offers relative insight

The quarterly Global Video Index published by online video platform Ooyala offers the rather unsurprising insight that video has a different viewing profile depending on the region in which it is watched. It turns out that North America had the lowest proportion of viewing on smartphones and tablets, although it seems it is all relative.
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