German public broadcaster ZDF is open for partnerships with commercial competitors to increase its chances in the bidding races for attractive sports rights following its loss of the TV rights for the UEFA Champions League and the Olympic Games.
YouView is to run a pilot scheme that will give viewers a voice controlled TV experience around Amazon Alexa.
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“We all have a problem”, Lutz Schüler, CEO of German cable operator Unitymedia, said in the opening discussion of the ANGA COM 2017 congress in Cologne: “We live from the inertia of the German customers.”
People aged 55-64 are yet to embrace SVoD services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, preferring linear TV channels and their catch-up services, according to a study of TV viewing habits in 13 countries by Ampere Aanlysis.
US pay TV provider DISH customers with a Hopper or Wally and an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap can watch hands-free TV with Alexa. DISH is now also available on on Fire TV
Amazon will shortly roll out an OTT service with linear TV channels and on-demand content in the UK and Germany.
Netflix has won around 5 million customers two and a half years after its launch in Germany.
Ownzones Media Network (OMN) has signed an agreement with Amazon to make Ownzones available on the Amazon Fire TV Stick.
20% of US pay-TV subscribers say they are dissatisfied with their pay-TV service, representing a 100% increase since early 2013.