Also today, subscription fatigue increases, the UK loves OTT, Liberty Latin America shows mobile and broadband gains and Disney details a new content bundle.
AT&T plans to debut AT&T TV, a thin-client broadband TV offering in select markets by the end of this quarter, extending the service nationwide early next year, AT&T CFO John Stephens told attendees at the 22nd Annual Oppenheimer Technology, Internet and Communications Conference in Boston today. Since the service doesn't need a truck roll to install a satellite receiver on each customer's roof, it has lower deployment costs. AT&T TV will be available via any broadband network, and will have an improved subscriber experience via an enhanced interface, improved search and in-app support, Stephens said. Since the amenity isn't reliant on line of sight, the addressable video market extends beyond satellite (and adds to improved CX), AT&T noted.
Disney will offer a new bundle -- comprised of ESPN+, Hulu and the upcoming Disney+ -- for $12.99 a month, CEO Bob Iger said during the company's earnings call. That marks a decent discount from the $18.99 it would cost subscribers to lease each offering separately. (See Disney Preps a Super Streaming Bundle .)
In an aside, 47% of consumers surveyed had "subscription fatigue" back in a May 2019 report by Deloitte. They complained about the 300 choices they faced. Could the percentage of sufferers increase in proportion to the number of choices. Guess we'll find out in May 2020.
Is it any surprise, then, that almost half (47%) of UK homes subscribe to OTT services, according to Ofcom's newly released "Media Nations" report. That's up 39% from last year, to 13.3 million people versus 11.2 million folk; several households pay for more than one streaming service, generating 19.1 million subscriptions in 2019 compared with 15.6 million last year, Ofcom found. (See Eurobites: Brits Head Online for TV Fix, second item.)
Crossing a Continent
Liberty Latin America sees broadband demand growing in its LatAm footprint, according to Q2 earnings.
Liberty Latin America reported rebased second-quarter revenue growth of 3% to $983 million and "solid" subscriber growth of 67,000 fixed -- including 44,000 new broadband subscribers -- and 44,000 mobile additions. Liberty LatAm has added about 240,000 broadband subs in the first half of 2019, said CEO Balan Nair in a statement. For the first six months of the year, revenue grew 3% to $1.93 billion.
Two satellites set off on their extra-terrestrial adventures last night: Intelsat's eponymous 39 launched from Kourou, on its first step to provide connectivity services to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. SpaceX blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 7:23 pm EDT yesterday, carrying the AMOS-17 for Israeli satellite broadband provider Spacecom.
It would cost about $70 billion over 10 years to bring all-fiber fixed-access broadband to rural and small-town America, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers in this month's exclusive BBWN column. The ROI? Priceless.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
The cable industry took a major step in the battle for Gigabit broadband supremacy with the announcement of its 10G Platform vision. The key to realizing this vision hinges on leveraging the right access technologies and network architectures to provide the best balance of benefit versus cost.
One network path has the MSO embracing Next-Generation Hybrid Fiber Coax (NG HFC), which includes:
Distributed Access Architecture (DAA)
Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX)
Virtual Cable Converged Access Platforms (vCCAP)
Fiber-to-the-Home/Business (FTTH/B) is another network option, affording gigabit broadband scalability and 10Gbps service capability. How is an MSO to decide where which option works best and what to do now to prepare its networks for the onslaught of high-bandwidth residential and business applications?
During this webinar, Jack Burton, principal of Broadband Success Partners, outlines current and new access network architectures. Additionally, he will examine the facts and debunk some common misconceptions surrounding both fiber and NG HFC network deployment and maintenance.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.