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Report: North America to Lose Fewer Pay-TV Subs

The number of pay-TV subs in Canada and the U.S. is predicted to fall from 112 million in the peak year of 2012 to 106 million in 2021, according to the fifth edition of the Digital TV North America Forecasts report. The number of pay-TV subscribers declined by 2 million in 2015. Before 2015, much of the pay-TV fall was attributed to the loss of analog cable subscribers (which still fell by 1.1 million in 2015).

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Survey: Media Buyers Are Bullish About Linear TV Advertising

A new survey of media and advertising executives points to TV's continued relevance despite shifts in video consumption, and an optimistic year-on-year outlook for the growth of the medium. Of surveyed participants, 73 percent predict that over the next three years there will be an increase in the consumption of full-length shows online; 77 percent predict an increase in smartphone video viewing; and 79 percent predict more time will be spent watching smart TVs with a direct internet connection.

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Physical Home Entertainment Market Eroded by Netflix

A new report from IHS points to a correlation between Netflix's launch in a market and a reduction in consumer spending on buying and renting movies and TV series on disc. Consumers spent $20.9 billion buying and renting movies and TV content in the U.S. in 2006, the report observes. By last year, total spending on this segment was down by 17 percent to $17.3 billion.

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Digital Value Chain, Scale to Drive Continued M&A Activity

PwC is projecting that 2016 will see “robust” merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the U.S. entertainment, media and communications (EMC) sector, driven by companies’ need to build presence, scale and digital value chains. According to PwC’s US Entertainment, Media & Communications Deal Insights report, U.S. deal value in 2015 was $149 billion, a 13-percent increase on the year-ago period. Deal volume was down 7 percent to 818. Q4 was one of the slowest M&A quarters in recent history, PwC said.

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Analysis: Netflix International Pricing High vs. Pay-TV ARPU

Digital TV Research has analyzed the fees that Netflix charges in international markets compared to what pay-TV ARPU is in those countries, finding that the rates appear high in the short term. Looking broadly, Netflix charges $8 per month for one screen, $10 per month for two screens and $12 per month for four screens and HD content in its 130 new territories.

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NATPE Panel: Sophie Turner Laing on Scale, Superbrands

Interviewed by World Screen’s Anna Carugati for the international keynote at NATPE, Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing discussed the power of the company’s production and distribution network, maintaining “superbrands” like Big Brother and MasterChef and exploring how nonscripted entertainment evolves in the digital age.

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