Amazon Prime passes 200 million subscribers

In his final annual letter to shareholders as Amazon chief executive, Jeff Bezos reported that the company now has more than 200 million subscribers to its Amazon Prime service. That is up from 150 million in January 2020 and 100 million in April 2018. That makes Amazon Prime Video one of the most widely available subscription video services in the world.
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Nielsen defends measurement methods

Nielsen has defended its ratings measurements over the last year, saying that the coronavirus pandemic amplified changes in media behaviour in the United States but many of the trends were already established. It follows industry criticism of systematic undercounting since Nielsen lost a fifth of its measurement panel. The research company concedes that its audience estimates are subject to an increase in margin of error but insists that this is not material.
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70% of American homes have smart television

Smart televisions are now in 70% of homes with a television in the United States and account for over half of all their sets, as reported by recent research. The survey also found that over half of television homes had either Roku or Fire TV incorporated in their television or as a separate device.
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T-Mobile moves TVision to Philo and YouTube

T-Mobile is ‘upgrading’ its recently launched TVision service to Philo and YouTube TV, with its current live television services winding down at the end of April. It follows financial challenges facing platform provider MobiTV. T-Mobile will continue to offer the TVision Hub, based on Android TV, on which YouTube TV will now be featured.
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Report recommends retaining licence fee

A report on the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom says that changes will be required to ensure that the system remains sustainable in the context of an increasingly global media market. It recommends retaining the television licence fee funding model until at least 2038. Meanwhile, it suggests that public service broadcasters should collaborate on a single online video platform.
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MobiTV seeks protection and buyer

Long-time online video service provider MobiTV has sought voluntary bankruptcy protection and is aiming to restructure its business and prepare for a sale to address its debt obligations. T-Mobile is providing funding to ensure the continuing operation of its online service TVision. Meanwhile other service providers are circling.
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