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Up Ahead

Oct 29: WarnerMedia Investor Day; NYC

Oct 29: House Communications Subcmte Hearing on the C-Band

Nov 4-5: DC5G; Arlington, VA

Nov 14: WICT Rocky Mountain Tech It Out; Denver, CO

Nov 21: Gracies Leadership Awards; NYC

Dec 5: Cablefax Most Powerful Women 2019; NYC

Research

➢ Americans are watching more video than ever: 8 hours and 33 minutes every week.

➢ 52% of Americans say rebuffering is the most frustrating aspect of streaming, with 55% stopping streaming after 2 rebuffers.

➢ Americans are most accepting of ads during an online video if they can skit it (65%) and if it’s a short ad before a free video (61%).

➢ 60% would ditch their SVOD subscriptions if the price jumped.
(Source: Limelight Networks)

Quotable

“I won’t answer specifically to the question about the NFL [Sunday Ticket] package. But we know the NFL is really valuable. But the answer is yes, we will be looking to buy more rights for ESPN Plus as they become available. And I imagine down the road, ESPN – the linear channel is still very valuable to us and distributers, but down the road, you could see a shift to some extent of some product from those services to ESPN Plus. But that’s at a time when we believe the shift from a consumer perspective is significant enough to warrant that.”

— Disney CEO Bob Iger on CNBC’s “The Exchange”

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