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Re/code reported that Comcast is planning to offer cellular services, using spectrum provided by Verizon. This move will enable Comcast to provide its customers with Internet, TV, home phone and cell service. It is likely that Comcast will test out Wi-Fi™ first with Verizon before rolling out other services commercially.
Following the footsteps of a number of media companies that launched over-the-top (OTT) services, Disney is planning to introduce a subscription streaming service next month in the UK called the Disney Life. According to BBC News, the service will include movies, TV series, books and music.
RCR Wireless published an analyst’s take on the growth of the Wi-Fi market and the opportunities ahead. The story noted that as service providers are evolving their business models to better meet consumer demands, we will see the creation of new Wi-Fi-based services.
According to Future Market Insights, the global Video on Demand (VOD) market is expected to reach $263 billion by 2016, reported Rapid TV News. While North America remains a major market for VOD services, Asia Pacific is on its way to become the world’s second largest VOD market by 2020.
MediaPost covered a study by Altman Vilandrie & Co., showing the importance of TV Everywhere to Millennials. Of note, 54 percent of younger Millennials are more likely to subscribe to a service provider offering TV Everywhere capabilities.