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Segmenting SVOD

General entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime along with the rise of more genre-focused over-the-top video services that have entered the fray have been fueling the growth of subscription VOD services.

TiVo Nearing Wider Deployment of ‘Project Hydra’ UI

If a move toward field trials offers any indication, TiVo appears to be inching toward the wider rollout of a new user interface code-named “Project Hydra.”

Margaret Schmidt, TiVo’s chief design officer and vice president of product development, recently tweeted that the company was seeking people to try it out, directing them to a web page with more detail about the field trial and a way for consumers to sign up for it.

Netflix to Hit 128M Subs by 2022: Forecast

Thanks in part to its ongoing global expansion, Netflix is poised to rake in 128 million subscribers by 2022, a 44% rise from the 89 million it had at the end of 2016, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research.

Netflix ended Q1 2017 with 98.78 million streaming subscribers worldwide (50.85 million in the U.S., and 47.89 million everywhere else).

TiVo May Soon Get Its Voice

TiVo appears to be inching toward the launch of a product line that supports voice navigation, according to details uncovered by tech blogger Dave Zatz.

Dish Checks in With Android TV-Powered ‘Evolve’ Device

Dish Network confirmed that it has soft-launched the Evolve, a “set-back box” for hotels and other segments of the hospitality industry that is powered by Android TV.

TechHive was first to report on it, noting that the Evolve was designed and developed by Dish and manufactured by LG Electronics. Dish, which has a hotel and hospitality-focused business, said it’s the one selling it.

Comcast Starts to Deploy 4K/HDR X1 Box

Comcast has begun to deploy a new whole-home DVR for its X1 platform called the XG4 that supports 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, an industry source confirmed.

Global Gigabit Growth

Some 219 million people worldwide have 1-Gig speeds available to them, or about 3% of the globe’s population, Viavi Solutions estimated in its latest Gigabit Monitor, a database that tracks those deployments.

In all, there are about 603 gigabit internet deployments, up 72% since June 2019, Viavi found.

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Study: Consumers Place Most Trust in Friends for Movie, TV Recommendations

People place more trust in their friends to make movie and TV recommendations than they do in their partners or significant others, according to a study commissioned by Roku that is being released ahead of National Streaming Day (May 20).

Per the survey, conducted by Macro Inc. from April 24 to May 1 involving 1,068 U.S. adults, about 44% placed that trust in friends, versus 19% in partners and significant others.

Demand for ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Spiked Following Hack

Orange is the New Black saw a sharp increase in demand around the world in the wake of a hack that spread the fifth season of the Netflix original series ahead of its scheduled premiere on the OTT SVOD service, according to data culled by Parrot Analytics.

Over a seven-day period, there was a rise in demand for the series following the breach, with demand in the U.S. up as much as 40% compared to that during the series’ fourth season, the company said.

CenturyLink Pushes OTT TV Launch to Early Q3

CenturyLink is inching toward the launch of a slimmed-down OTT TV product, anticipating a commercial launch in the early part of the third quarter.

“We are still in the process of technically trialing the product in four markets,” Maxine Moreau, CenturyLink’s president of consumer markets, said this week on the company’s Q1 earnings call.