Cord-cutting could claim another 6.2M video subs in 2020

“We now expect industry losses to remain in the 6-7% per year range for the medium term, suggesting worsening trends in domestic core affiliate into next year,”

I have been trying to tell people that STILL have cable and satellite connections about the need to cut the cord. Some people are getting the message and some are not. I think the resistance is based on comfortability. They simply want to have a sense of normal in their life and they were thinking that kind of stability comes with sticking with the old systems.

They don't care much about being left behind as they care more about stability and being comfortable. But paying more money then you need to pay is really catching on a little bit at a time.

But across the US things are happening at break-neck speed. Check this article out from FierceVideo.

Cord-cutting and pay-TV subscriber losses greatly accelerated in 2019 – thanks largely to rapid erosion of AT&T’s base – and that trend is expected to continue in 2020.

UBS predicted that the U.S. pay-TV industry will lose another 6.2 million video subscribers in 2020, down slightly from the 6.4 million the analyst firm predicts will be lost in total this year. If that loss comes to bear it will represent a 6.7% rate of decline, ahead of 6.2% in 2019 and well ahead of 1.2% in 2018 when video subscriber losses totaled 1.2 million.

“We now expect industry losses to remain in the 6-7% per year range for the medium term, suggesting worsening trends in domestic core affiliate into next year,” wrote UBS analyst John Hodulik in a research report. He said that improvement at AT&T will likely be offset by worsening trends for cable providers and other MVPDs.

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That doesn’t mean that AT&T is out of the woods just yet with video subscriber declines. UBS predicts that the company will lose another 2.6 million subscribers in 2020, down 13% from 2019 when the company is expected to account for approximately two-thirds of all U.S. video subscriber losses.

In the meantime, cable providers’ continued focus on the internet and not video as their key product could lead to accelerated video subscriber losses in 2020.

“Charter's recent price increase and the likely adoption of the Flex/Peacock bundle by the industry are signs that video sub losses have fallen down the list of concerns with cable mgmt,” wrote Hodulik. “We now expect the cable industry to lose 2.8M subs in 2020, up from 2.1M in 2019, offsetting much of the benefit of fewer losses at AT&T.”

UBS also expects virtual MVPD growth to slow down in 2020, particularly as PlayStation Vue prepares to shut down in January and AT&T TV Now appears to be winding down. The firm said it has seen fewer promotions at the large vMVPDs and that Disney guidance for improving Hulu losses make them unlikely. UBS believes Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV have been adding around 100,000 to 200,000 subscribers per quarter and expects that trend to continue while smaller providers struggle with financing.

Cord-cutting even worse than ‘freaking ugly’ in Q3

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As "streaming TV" gets better you are going to see more and more people getting rid of their dish, cable and well all of the slower and less robust platforms. It's just the way business works!

The question I have is when will you cut your cord and join the rest of us in the digital age? Check out this report that showed up on FierceVideo blog post.

With many of the biggest U.S. pay-TV providers already having reported third-quarter results, analyst firm MoffettNathanson outlined a cord-cutting picture even more dreadful than the previous quarter.

In July, after AT&T, Charter, and Comcast reported an aggregate of more than 1.2 million video subscriber losses, MoffettNathanson called it “freaking ugly.” Now, the firm is struggling for a phrase to describe the escalating situation.

“Since AT&T provided initial guidance of massive subscriber losses in early September, media investors have been bracing for an even uglier quarter than 2Q, which we labeled ‘freaking ugly,’” wrote Michael Nathanson in a research note. “Well, with earnings now in the books for Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Charter, we can definitively say that the early read on tradition cord-cutting is uglier than before.”

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According to the firm, those four video distributors have reported 1.74 million in aggregate video subscriber losses, 1.23 million worse than the 506,000 aggregate subscribers lost in the year-ago quarter. AT&T accounted for the biggest share of those losses. The company lost approximately 1.16 million premium video subscribers (DirecTV and U-verse) and lost another 195,000 AT&T TV subscribers for a total of about 1.358 million during the quarter.

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As a result of the losses posted so far, MoffettNathanson estimates the rate of traditional cord-cutting will hit 6.2% in the third quarter (the worst it’s ever been). After factoring in virtual MVPD additions, the rate comes down to 3.8% but that’s still a new low for the rate of all-in cord-cutting.

“Even if Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV crush expectations this quarter, we still expect to see a dramatic continued acceleration in the rate of pay-TV subscriber declines,” Nathanson wrote. The firm also noted that its vMVPD estimates don’t account for the fact that PlayStation Vue is shutting down in January.

Comcast lost 238,000 video subscribers (222,000 residential and 16,000 business video customers) during the quarter. The total losses were substantially higher than the 106,000 Comcast lost in the same quarter of 2018.

Charter posted a net loss of 75,000 video subscribers, as 77,000 lost residential subscribers were offset only somewhat by 2,000 new small and medium business video subscribers. The loss outpaced the 54,000 video subscribers Charter gave back in the year-ago quarter but was an improvement over the 141,000 lost in the second quarter of 2019.

Verizon reported a net loss of 67,000 Fios video subscribers.

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WHAT IS “OTT” AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO EVERY ENTREPRENEUR?

OTT stands for “Over-The-Top”

Described by Wikipedia: Over the top (OTT) media service is a streaming media service offered directly to viewers over the Internet. OTT bypasses cablebroadcast, and satellite television platforms that traditionally act as a controller or distributor of such content.[1]

The term is most synonymous with subscription-based video-on-demand services that offer access to film and television content (including existing series acquired from other producers, as well as original content produced specifically for the service), including Prime VideofuboTVHuluNetflixHotstarZee5Now TVSling TV, MercTV, PlutoTVShudder and Sky Go as well as a wave of "skinny" television services that offer access to live streams of linear specialty channels similar to a traditional satellite or wireline television provider, but streamed over the public Internet, rather than a closed, private network with proprietary equipment such as set-top boxes.

Over the top services are typically accessed via websites on personal computers, as well as via apps on mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets), digital media players(including video game consoles), or televisions with integrated smart TV platforms.

 

Content being used by OTT providers

OTT television, usually called online television or internet television or streaming television, remains the most popular OTT content. This signal is received over the internet or through a cell phone network, as opposed to receiving the television signal from a terrestrial broadcast or satellite. Access is controlled by the video distributor, through either an app or a separate OTT dongle or box, connected to a phone, PC or television set. By mid-2017, 58 percent of US households would access one in a given month and advertising revenues from OTT channels exceeded those from web browser plug-ins.[13]

The record of simultaneous users watching an OTT event was set at 18.6 million by Disney's Indian video streaming platform Hotstar.[14]

OTT messaging is defined as instant messaging services or online chat provided by third parties, as an alternative to text messaging services provided by a mobile network operator.[15][16] An example is the Facebook-owned mobile application WhatsApp, that serves to replace text messaging on Internet-connected smartphones.[17][18] Other providers of OTT messaging include ViberWeChatSkypeTelegram and Google Allo[19]

OTT voice calling, usually called VOIP, capabilities, for instance, as provided by SkypeWeChatViber, and WhatsApp use open internet communication protocols to replace and sometimes enhance existing operator-controlled services offered by mobile phone operators

 

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New streaming TV service AT&T TV will be available nationwide by early 2020

T&T has been slowly building a new streaming TV service, AT&T TV, and the product is still in the testing phase. But AT&T expects it will ramp up quickly after launch.

AT&T said AT&T TV will launch in select markets by the end of the third quarter before expanding to nationwide availability in early 2020.

For AT&T, the service is not so much about replacing DirecTV satellite service but creating new addressable markets while reducing customer acquisition costs related to satellite dish installations and service setup. Last month, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the lower customer acquisition costs will allow AT&T to offset rising programming costs so it can decrease price points for AT&T TV. For example, he pointed toward AT&T’s current carriage dispute with Nexstar Media, which he said asked for a 100% increase in broadcast television retransmission fees in its initial renewal offer.

“We’ve got to find a way to get the cost curve down on this product so we can keep people into the product for a longer-term basis,” Stephenson said.

AT&T is pitching AT&T TV as improved user experience with a modern user interface, better search capabilities, and in-app support. The company is also testing a proprietary Android TV set-top box that will accompany the service.

For continuity sake, AT&T is changing the name of DirecTV Now, one of its other multichannel streaming services, to AT&T TV Now. But the name change could also be aimed toward delineating (and maybe disassociating) AT&T’s streaming TV operations from its struggling satellite TV business.

DirecTV contributed to AT&T losing 778,000 traditional TV subscribers in the second quarter. The company attributed those elevated losses to increased churn resulting from DirecTV customers coming off two-year promotional price locks. The company said that the amount of traditional pay-TV subscribers on promo pricing declined by 600,000 during the second quarter, leaving another 1 million still on promo pricing. AT&T said that means video subscriber churn will remain high throughout the rest of 2019.

 

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Scammers Are Targeting Roku Owners, Especially New Roku Owners

For years now we have been warning Roku owners that scammers have been trying to target them. One of these scams has been targeting new Roku owners and, for some reason, in the last week scammers have once again been focusing on new Roku owners.

We have been getting a growing number of complaints from readers that Roku is charging a fee sometimes as high as $100+ to activate the Roku they just purchased. This is a scam! We have also heard people say they have had to sign up to a yearly subscription to use their Roku. This, too, is a scam.

Cord Cutters News has confirmed with Roku that setting up your Roku is 100% free after you buy your Roku.

The issue seems to come when new Roku owners are told to go to Roku’s site and enter a code on their screen. A growing number of buyers are not just entering the address shown on the screen but Googling Roku Activation and looking for a phone number to set up their Roku.

Roku does not offer help to set up your Roku via phone. You have to use the link shown on your TV when you first turn on your Roku and set it up. Don’t go to any other sites or use any phone number to set up your account.

How To Set Up Your Roku Without Getting Scammed

If you need help setting up your Roku, just follow the on-screen instructions. At some point, it will give you a 5-letter/number code that looks like “XD12G.” (That is just an example, every Roku has a different code.)

Go to https://my.roku.com/link and enter the code you see on your Roku. Do not Google Roku Activation. Just enter the link as shown above or click that link to open a new window.

From there, Roku will ask you to log in if you already have a Roku account or to create a free account by entering a username and password. That account will allow you to easily set up new Roku players just by logging in.

Now you are ready to use your Roku. (Your Roku will automatically complete the set up after you finish setting up your Roku account.)

Remember: There is no cost to set up a Roku after you buy it. Also, remember to be careful that the website you are on is the real website—not a fake one. Any website that is not Roku.com is not a Roku-owned website.

Hopefully, this helps you avoid spending money on something that is free.

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Dish loses 79K video subscribers, adds 48K Sling TV subscribers

Dish Network’s second-quarter results were marked by a significant decrease in satellite subscriber losses and continued (albeit slow) growth at Sling TV.

Dish lost 79,000 satellite subscribers and added 48,000 Sling TV subscribers, equaling a net pay TV subscriber loss of approximately 31,000 subscribers in the second quarter. That’s compared to 151,000 net losses in the second quarter of 2018 and 334,000 net losses in the previous quarter.

The company closed the second quarter with 12.03 million total pay TV subscribers, including 9.56 million Dish TV subscribers and 2.47 million Sling TV subscribers.

Despite the slower rate of subscriber attrition, Dish’s revenues still declined significantly. The company reported revenue totaling $3.21 billion for its second quarter, down from $3.46 billion one year ago. In a filing with the SEC, Dish blamed the decrease on its dwindling satellite subscriber base.

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“Our subscriber-related revenue has been declining due to, among other things, the continuing decline in our Dish TV subscriber base. We expect this trend to continue,” Dish wrote.

Net income attributable to Dish Network totaled $317 million for the quarter, down from $439 million in the year-ago quarter.

While Dish didn’t post blockbuster subscriber growth figures, it did considerably better than DirecTV and DirecTV Now. AT&T’s satellite operator contributed a net loss of 778,000 traditional video subscribers, and DirecTV Now posted a net loss of 168,000 subscribers.

Dish likely continues to suffer from not being able to sell HBO and Cinemax directly to its subscribers. The company and AT&T have been at an impasse since October 2018, and Dish said it has been unable to negotiate the terms and conditions of a new programming carriage contract.

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Netflix gets sued over Q2 subscriber losses

Netflix Gets Sued

Adding insult to injury, Netflix is being sued by shareholders after the company missed its subscriber growth projections for the second quarter by a wide margin.

After the first quarter, Netflix predicted it would add 5 million new paid memberships during the second quarter. Flash forward to last week when the company reported additions of 2.7 million, including a net loss of approximately 130,000 domestic subscribers, for the second quarter.

The shocking results drove down Netflix stock more than 11% in the hours immediately following the earnings announcement. And now, the company is getting sued on top of it.

Johan Wallerstein filed a complaint in California federal court against Netflix, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO Spencer Neumann. The class action suit alleges that Netflix’s April 2019 letter to shareholders included “materially false and/or misleading” statements that did not disclose the potential impact of factors including price increases and content releases on subscriber growth figures.

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According to Variety, a shareholder lawsuit after a disappointing earnings report is not a surprising development. The publication spoke with a legal expert who said that Netflix would likely respond by attempting to get the suit tossed and, if that doesn’t work, would likely settle the complaint.

During last week’s earnings call, Netflix CFO Spencer Neumann acknowledged the potential impact that price increases (between $1 and $2 per month) during the quarter may have had on Netflix’s subscriber growth but said that any side effects are worth it since price hikes are revenue accretive.

“While there may be some short-term slowdown in subscriber growth because of pricing, that increased revenue is very good for our business and ultimately for our members because we reinvest the bulk of that back into great content and great product experience for our members,” Neumann said, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript.

After the fallout from the second quarter, Netflix is hoping that hits like “Stranger Things” will put its subscriber growth trajectory back on track. The company expects to add 7 million paid memberships (800,000 in the U.S. and 6.2 million internationally) in the third quarter.

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