Most Netflix Subs Stream to TVs

Here's a quick look at today's cable news.

  • The majority of Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) subscribers stream their video to TV screens, while 89 percent of Hulu LLC users watch video on a computer, according to The Nielsen Co. It also found about half of Netflix subscribers watch streaming video on gaming consoles such as the Nintendo Wii, Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE)'s PS3, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Xbox Live. Here's how they stacked up:

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) could be forced to alter the terms of its merger with NBCUniversal LLC , six months after the deal closed. Citing concerns about arbitration terms for online video providers, a federal judge says he may not sign off on a settlement Comcast reached with the U.S. Department of Justice to win approval for the deal. (See FCC Blesses Condition-Laden Comcast-NBCU Deal.)

  • Even though it refuses to carry Bloomberg TV in a channel "neighborhood" near other news channels, Comcast insists it's not violating conditions placed on its merger with NBCU.

  • Targeted ad tech firm Visible World is expanding to high-definition programming, supplying advertisers with tools that allow them to create customized spots that can run on hi-def nets. (See Invidi Sues Cablevision, Visible World.)

  • Big Ten Network is allowing authenticated subscribers to access streaming video of college football and basketball games. Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) subs can also access BTN2Go content on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad and iPhone.

  • Charter Communications Inc. won approval to expand into Birmingham, Ala., where it could compete against Bright House Networks and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s U-verse TV.

  • Cox Communications Inc. could lose the signals from Hearst Television stations in Louisiana, Georgia, and other markets unless it reaches a retransmission consent agreement by Sept. 1.

  • Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) bought UK-based interactive TV firm Pushbutton, which designed interfaces that let its LOVEFiLM International Ltd. stream video to Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming consoles and Bravia connected TVs.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:57:50 PM
    re: Most Netflix Subs Stream to TVs

    I do most of mine via the iPad or PC... don't do much via the Wii, PS3 or the Samsung Blu-ray because I've got a bit of a kluge set-up going with HomePlug and I usually experience more buffering situations when I use those. JB

    RodolfoLaMaestra 12/5/2012 | 4:57:49 PM
    re: Most Netflix Subs Stream to TVs

    I have not seen the original Nielsen study but according with the text and graphic in the column, the title “Most Netflix Subs Stream to TVs” may have actually meant to be “Most Netflix Streaming Subs Stream to TVs”, which is different, considering the whole Netflix subscribers base.

    If you actually meant that most Netflix subscribers are streamers please provide supporting information, otherwise a change of the title is in order.

    Best Regards,

    Rodolfo La Maestra

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