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dimanche 18 octobre 2015
Two ways to watch the TV World
Here are two remotes, for the same household, in Cambridge (near Boston, Massachusetts). Same TV set, same TV world.
One belongs to the Samsung TV. The other one belongs to the local cable operator, Comcast.
On the Samsung remote there is a button for Pandora, a radio / music operator (more than 4 million paying subscribers).
There is also a big button, right in the middle, for Netflix.
Netflix has 43.2 million subscribers in the USA, twice as many as Comcast (Multiple System Operator, MSO).
Samsung showcases the two brands Netflix and Pandora; it obviously has a commercial agreement with the two brands (bundling), which sell subscriptions and, in Pandora's case, advertising time. Both services can be used on the TV set, if connected (streaming).“One in 3 US adults now owns a connected TV and one-third of them stream video to their TV daily", says IAB.
At the top, the Comcast / Xfinity remote shows 9 buttons for "my DVR" and one big button for "ON DEMAND" TV. This makes sense since Comcast earns money from renting DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) and from On demand TV (VOD, catchup).
Samsung could very well target, among others, the cord-cutters, TV viewers who, instead of subscribing to cable services, can combine over-the-air antenna (free broadcast TV: networks and local stations) and OTT on their connected TV, along with Netflix (movies, exclusive series). This solution is cheaper than cable: a Netflix subscription costs $10 / month.
Millennials indeed seem to be less likely to subscribe to cable; younger generations (18-39) get their programming from OTT services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube), until they start a family. Cable operators hope young Millennials will subscribe once they have kids... unless they never subscribe at all (cord-nevers). In order to satisfy families with young children, Netflix now proposes a large choice of programming for kids, as does Amazon.
On another hand, an increasing number of broadcast-only homes, reaching 12.7 million households according to Nielsen (The Total Audience Report, September 2015), could very well be a sign of another change in behavior.
Comcast has a new remote with voice commands (voice searching, etc.): "Say it and see it".