• Inside the Stream Podcast: The Impact of Disney’s D2C Price Increases

    On this week’s episode of Inside the Stream nScreenMedia’s Colin Dixon and I discuss Disney’s direct-to-consumer (D2C) performance in its fiscal third quarter, ending July 2, 2022 and the impact of upcoming price increases across all of its streaming services. Disney now has over 221 million streaming subscribers of which 152.1 million are Disney+ subscribers (up 14.4 million in the quarter).

    But these Disney+ subscribers will see their monthly fee increase by 38% in December, from $7.99 to $10.99, no doubt causing higher churn. Disney hopes to offset this with its new ad-supported “Disney+ Basic” tier which will run $7.99 per month. Hulu will increase by $1 per month to $7.99 and ESPN+ will increase by $3 per month to $9.99 as previously announced. Colin and I explore all these changes and what impact they’re likely to have (and Colin has a nice recap of the changes).

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  • Connected TV’s Share of Ad Impressions Remained Strong in Q2

    Connected TV’s share of ad impressions remained strong in Q2 2022, according to new data released by Extreme Reach. CTV accounted for 38% of ad impressions the company served which was comparable to Q1 2022 and up from 35% in Q2 2021. CTV has had the largest share of impressions vs. other devices for 17 straight quarters.

    Extreme Reach highlighted that for advertisers who use CTV, they tend to lean into it. In Q2, of the advertisers using CTV, three quarters of them allocated 50% or more of their impression volume to CTV. Of these advertisers, 36% allocated more than 80% of their impressions to CTV.

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  • Inside the Stream Podcast: Can FASTs Become the New Cable?

    This week on Inside the Stream nScreenMedia’s Colin Dixon and I welcome our friend and industry analyst Alan Wolk to discuss his new report, “FASTs are the New Cable” (complimentary download). Alan is the co-founder and lead analyst at TVREV. He is a veteran TV industry follower who coined the term FAST for free ad-supported streaming TV.

    Alan explains the similarities between FASTs and cable TV networks. He views FASTs as one of two streaming business models, with the other being paid subscriptions. But both models feature on-demand and linear content. The FAST ecosystem is complex and Alan describes the three key levels and how they interrelate. He also shares a number of predictions about where FASTs are heading.

    For anyone interested in better understanding FASTs and the impact they’re having, the interview and report are highly valuable.

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  • Inside the Stream Podcast: Exploring the Launch of NFL+

    This week on Inside the Stream nScreenMedia’s Colin Dixon and I explore the launch of NFL+, the new direct-to-consumer streaming service the NFL announced earlier this week. The service is mobile-only and most of the content is non-exclusive, leading Colin and me to wonder who is the target customer, and how big a market is it?

    But given the contraction in the pay-TV industry, in the long-term the NFL may be heading to all streaming future, either direct-to-consumer or with partners. So NFL+ gives the league a new opportunity to connect directly with fans.

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