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SNL Kagan Projects U.S. Retrans Fee Gains

By 2022, U.S. TV station owners will receive $11.6 billion in retransmission fees from multichannel operators, according to SNL Kagan. U.S. retrans fees hit $6.4 billion last year and are set to reach $7.7 billion this year, a 20-percent gain. SNL Kagan observes that while retrans fees are gaining, including annual increases in dollar-per-subscription rates, margins are under pressure.

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U.S. Pay-TV Operators Retain Subs

The top six pay-TV operators in the U.S., as ranked by informitv's Multiscreen Index, maintained their subscriber numbers in the first quarter of 2016, adding in total 33,000 video customers. These six operators have a total of 78.31 million video subscribers between them.

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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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