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More Connected TVs, Streaming Devices in U.S. Homes Than Cable Boxes

Leichtman Research Group reports that internet-connected TV devices now represent greater numbers than pay-TV set-top boxes in the U.S. According to new findings, 65 percent of U.S. TV households have at least one television set connected to the internet via a video game system, a smart TV set, a Blu-ray player and/or a stand-alone device (like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV).

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Survey: Netflix Beats Out HBO for Best Original Programming

For the first time in six years, Netflix has surpassed HBO in having the "best original programming," according to a survey by Morgan Stanley. The percentage of the survey population picking Netflix as best in original programming increased from 23 percent last year to 29 percent this year, moving the service ahead of HBO, which came in second at 18 percent.

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More Premium Content Available Digitally in U.S.

Popular and critically acclaimed films and TV shows have become more digitally accessible in the U.S. than in previous years, according to a new SNL Kagan report. The new study, titled U.S. Availability of Film and TV Titles in the Digital Age, found that 98 percent of premium films and 94 percent of premium TV series were digitally available on at least one of the 33 online VOD distributors and 14 TV Everywhere on-demand services reviewed.

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SNL Kagan: U.S. Multichannel Sub Loss Tops 1 Million in 2015

The downward trajectory of the U.S. multichannel segment continued in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a recent report from SNL Kagan, despite a resurgence in cable subscriptions and solid direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) results. SNL Kagan estimates the combined cable, DBS and telecommunications (telco) sectors lost more than 1 million video customers in 2015.

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Adobe: TV Everywhere Usage Continues to Climb

According to Adobe Digital Index's latest Digital Video Benchmark report, the number of TV Everywhere users increased 22 percent in Q4 2015, particularly due to special programming such as the fall TV premieres and sports-related content. Authenticated video viewing continued to steadily grow throughout 2015, with most months showing increases in video viewing over the previous month.

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informitv: Top U.S. Pay-TV Services Lost 781,000 Subs in 2015

The six leading pay-TV services in the U.S. gained 125,000 subscribers overall in the last quarter of 2015, but collectively shed 781,000 subs over the year, according to informitv's Multiscreen Index. While four of the five leading services lost television subscribers over the year, only two reported subscriber losses in the last quarter of 2015.

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