Welcome to News Views, CASBAA’s news round-up culled from sources across the industry for the week ending June 3rd. Curated by CASBAA, News Views keeps you in the loop. We always value your feedback, so tell us what you think!
Video will account for roughly 70% of mobile data traffic in 2021 after growing by some 55% annually over the next five years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The study noted a “significant increase” in video traffic share on smartphones and tablets and said that “viewing is gradually switching from traditional TV to streaming video on smartphones”.
Chief Policy Officer
It’s pretty cool to work in an industry where our members (in this case, Thaicom and SpaceX) are doing stuff like this. It fires the imagination – maybe SpaceX really will go to Mars in two years. And for an even better understanding of what it means to drop a rocket onto a barge in the middle of the sea, watch the end of this slowed-down version, which has the landing platform location photo-shopped in, so you can see it way way way below, while Falcon 9 is still in space. Awesome, really. (On a side-note, Thaicom and SpaceX really hit the PR bonanza with that 30-second video…….almost 2 million Youtube views in a few days – hope Google is sharing the ad revenue!)
Vice President, Programme
Applehas moved intothe number three spot in the OTT Set Top Box market. The results, based on revenue in the overall global set-top box market saw Apple move to third place in 2015 from ninth the year before. More than 10 million Apple TVs were shipped in 2015, the fifth largest volume in the world — following Arris, Technicolor, Skyworth and ZTE. The Set Top Box market has certainly grown since 2007, when Steve Jobs originally described theApple TV business as a hobby.
Vice President, Singapore
Michael Wolfe takes an interesting look at the economics of the skinny bundle and determines that maybe Fat is the New Skinny He indicates that “cord shaving and cutting come largely from the barely or temporarily connected young and from basic subscribers constantly shopping for a better deal — marginal or unprofitable customers whose business often fails to cover the cost of their cable box. In other words, the fight over them is something of a battle for a worthless prize”. In related news, James Murdoch thinks that “most of the big MVPDs in the U.S. will probably seek to go out-of-market, competing with each other on an over-the-top basis.”
Favorable reports from India on IP issues: the Commerce Minister just got the Copyright Registrar’s Office moved under her, and she admits there has been a “complete absence of enforcement of copyright” despite the laws on the books. And she goes on to say “we have to stop this; it tarnishes the image of the country.” Dedicated police units would be a good way to enhance enforcement; in a CASBAA-led panel at last March’s FRAMES conference, Telangana police announced they intended to introduce a new Telangana IP Crime Unit (TIPCU), and now that seems to be going forward. Meanwhile, Star TV filed a bunch of complaints against cable pirates, obtaining police raids and seizures of equipment from several cable operators.