U.S. Cable Channels Forecast: Dark Clouds With Silver Linings. Takeaways

Industry analyst SNL Kagan forecasts a big decline in U.S. multichannel video subscriber homes: 2015: 98.1 million. 2027: 77.4 million. That’s down 21%. There are 119.6 million U.S. TV Homes  today. SVOD Expands: According to SNL Kagan the online video subscriber base will expand to 94.6 million homes from around 80 million today. The SVOD …

MIP CANCUN: New Co-production Matchmaking Market. Cancun, Mexico. November 15-17, 2017

The new MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market promises to become the leading one-to-one partnership forum for Latin America. The format includes guaranteed pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings, roundtable networking, screenings and more. Participants in the co-production market will have cross-networking opportunities with those at the MIP Cancun Distribution Market, including top buyers in Latin America and international …

Facebook Originals Are Coming! Update: What Will They Pay?

Facebook aims to launch its slate of commissioned programs next month. There are two buckets for the 24+/- greenlights to date: Signature, bigger budget programs “Shorter, less expensive shows of about 5- 10 minutes that would refresh every 24 hours.” Reporters Nathan McAlone and Alex Heath uncovered some of the mystery of Facebook video in …

Netflix: Licensed and Not Original Shows Dominate the SVOD Giant’s TV Streams

Netflix is a lot like Discovery Channel in the late 1980’s. Like Discovery back in the day, Netflix viewers watch a lot more acquisitions than original commissions. Only 15% of its total U.S. streams in 1Q ’17 were for Netflix Originals. More than than 85% were licensed acquisitions. Those findings were reported by research firm …

Coproduction: A Growing Trend in Factual. MIPDOC Panel Preview

I’m looking forward to MIPDoc, and particularly to the Coproduction Summit and the SVOD panel. Here is the Agenda: MIPDOC COPRODUCTION SUMMIT Sunday, 2 April 8.45      Fire-Side Chat with David Royle, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, Smithsonian Networks, USA 9.05      Roundtable discussion 9.20      Panel Discussion / Market evolution when it …

Amazon Prime Video Undercuts Netflix in Worldwide Rollout

Amazon has officially launched Prime Video in 200+ countries and territories. Prime Video will be included for Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain. In countries with no “physical goods” or Amazon warehouse presence, Prime Video is being offered for either $2.99 or 2.99 Euros per month for the first 6 months. It …