From transmission to attrition? How telcos and OTTs are disrupting the traditional broadcast industry

| August 21, 2018

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In recent years, we’ve seen a huge shift toward video being distributed and accessed via the internet and as more viewers turn to the internet to watch video and TV shows, this trend appears to be unstoppable.This is putting significant pressure on traditional players, who are not only facing competition from over-the-top (OTT) players like Netflix, but also face competition from telcos Telia, AT&T and Telefonica have all recently done deals that put them in direct competition with traditional broadcasters.But are telcos there to threaten or assist traditional players? And how can traditional broadcasters ensure they remain competitive in the media and entertainment market?

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Rakuten TV (previously known as Wuaki.tv) is a video-on-demand (VOD) streaming service within the Rakuten's services group family, offering thousands of hours of high quality movies and TV series for subscription (only in Spain) rental and purchase. Rakuten TV’s extensive catalogue includes content from major Hollywood studios including Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and local distributors and independent labels, giving consumers access to new releases, blockbusters, classic movies, local independent movies and TV series on the device of their choosing. Rakuten TV’s content can be streamed to Internet-connected PCs, laptops, Chromecast, gaming consoles, tablets, iPhones and Smart TVs.

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