Netflix and the need for speed

The average speed of a Netflix stream in 2016 was just over 3 megabits per second, ranging by country from little more than 1 Mbps to slightly more than 4 Mbps, with the United States outside the top 15 at 3.5 Mbps. So is this sufficient for an online video service? Around 90 million paying subscribers suggest that it is.
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Search for even higher efficiency compression

The search is on for improvements in video compression beyond the latest High Efficiency Video Coding standard, otherwise known as HEVC or H.265. The ITU and MPEG working groups are looking for advances in video coding with the potential to drive the development of a standard with double the video compression capability of HEVC by 2020.
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Virgin attracts few new video customers

Virgin Media gained just 2,100 new customers for its television services in the United Kingdom over 2016, despite adding 10,500 in the second half of the year. It now has 3.73 million television subscribers, which is around the same number it had in mid-2010. Including Ireland, Virgin Media has just over four million television customers, 4,033,900 to be precise, which is 36,400 fewer than a year previously. However, it has 5.28 million internet customers.
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Tricolor TV gains 140,000 subscribers

Tricolor TV added over a third of a million homes in 2016, increasing its total to 12.14 million active subscribers in Russia. The National Satellite Company, which operates under the Tricolor TV brand, claims to have overtaken Sky in the United Kingdom and Ireland in terms of television customer numbers. It now has its sights set on surpassing Dish Network in the United States.
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The Grand Tour pays off for Amazon

An estimated 2.3 million viewers in the United Kingdom watched The Grand Tour on Amazon in December, based on a survey of subscribers by a market research company. The motoring show was by far the most popular programme on Amazon Prime. 45% of all Amazon Prime users surveyed had watched at least one episode of the programme.
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HBO Now reaches 2 million subscribers

HBO Now has more than 2 million subscribers in the United States. The standalone streaming service more than doubled its subscriber base in 2016. Even with viewers through pay-television platforms, it has fewer subscribers in the United States than Netflix, but it remains far more profitable.
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