Discovery to launch global online video service

Discovery is due to announce plans to launch a global streaming service. The company is taking a global view of its online video strategy, with some localisation. It is the latest move from companies that were once a key component of the traditional television subscription bundle now going direct to consumer. Discovery will launch its strategy on 2 December, followed by a separate investor briefing.
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Limelight Realtime Streaming without delay

Limelight Networks is offering online video with less than a second delay for time-sensitive applications that enable live interaction with viewers. It uses techniques originally developed to support real-time applications such as videoconferencing, together with a global network to enable this to scale to large audiences. Applications include in-game betting on events and viewer participation in online sports.
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United Kingdom online video subscriptions

There are now 17 million households in the United Kingdom with an online video subscription. That is up by 2 million in six months. It means that 60% of households in the United Kingdom have access to such a subscription service, having past 50% by the end of 2019. Netflix continues to be the largest single service, available to an estimated 14.8 million households in the United Kingdom.
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Disney+ passes 73 million subscribers

Disney+ passed 73.7 million paid subscribers by October 2020, within a year of launch, boosted by the Hotstar customers in India and Indonesia. Annual direct to consumer and international revenue was up 81% to $16.97 billion, although that produced an operating loss of $2.81 billion. Theme parks were hit hard by the coronavirus, with annual Disney revenues down 6% to $65.38 billion, with a net loss of $1.74 billion.
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Virgin offers superior home experience

Virgin Media in the United Kingdom has lifted the lid on its latest box, and accompanying Mini box, which offer seamless ultra-high-definition viewing around the home. Powered by the Horizon platform developed in-house by parent company Liberty Global, it offers competition to the Sky Q box. It will be available to new customers as standard, or as a free upgrade to those on its ultimate bundle.
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Subscriber attrition slows in the United States

The top 10 service providers in the United States that provide figures collectively lost 862,800 television subscribers in the third quarter of 2020, as reported by the informitv Multiscreen Index. 8 of the top 10 services in the United States lost television subscribers in the third quarter, although their combined losses were lower than in the previous quarters of 2020. The leading services have lost 4.72 million television subscribers between them in the first three quarters of 2020.
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