Amazon sees 53% Prime growth in Q4; sees payoff from SVOD service
SVOD
Amazon sees 53% Prime growth in Q4, payoff from SVOD service
Jan 30 2015 7:45 AM

Amazon invested more than $1.3 billion in its Prime Instant Video service in 2014, and with good reason: It pays big dividends for the company.

Nickelodeon joins the hip kids with an OTT-only offering
OTT, Pay TV, Content Deals
Nickelodeon joins the hip kids with an OTT-only offering
Jan 29 2015 7:45 AM

The Nickelodeon network will join HBO, CBS and Showtime in offering its content over the top to consumers without requiring they have a subscription to cable TV.

Lexus targets Facebook users with 1,000 Lexus video ads
Online Video Advertising
Lexus targets Facebook users with 1,000 Lexus video ads
Jan 29 2015 7:00 AM

Lexus has created more than 1,000 30-second video ads for its latest campaign, planning to target niche audiences on Facebook using data from the social media site to help target ads to users, acco

TWC shows some promise in Q4, but still bleeds video subscribers
Pay TV, Broadband, OTT
TWC shows some promise in Q4, but still bleeds video subscribers
Jan 29 2015 5:15 AM

Time Warner Cable, Comcast’s merger in waiting, reported it lost 38,000 video customers in Q4 2014, and also missed earnings and revenue expectations.

WWE hits 1M subs as it moves to month-by-month plan in Q4
SVOD, OTT, Live Streaming
WWE hits 1M subs as it moves to month-by-month plan in Q4
Jan 28 2015 11:45 AM

Last January, WWE announced it was switching distribution from pay-per vi

As Super Bowl nears, NFL launches channel on YouTube
Mobile, Sports, Online Video
As Super Bowl nears, NFL launches YouTube channel
Jan 27 2015 4:45 AM

With “Deflategate” firmly in the rearview mirror, can we move on to some more important news? Like the NFL finally pushing some content to its new YouTube channel?

Ooyala’s Fulcher: Sling TV succeeds if it can personalize experience
Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Ooyala’s Fulcher: Sling TV succeeds if it can personalize experience
Jan 27 2015 4:15 AM

This week, Dish Network’s newest product, Sling TV is set to begin limited ov

US streaming media player penetration to see 27% CAGR through 2017
Connected TVs & Devices, Online Video, OTT
US streaming media player penetration to see 27% CAGR through 2017
Jan 26 2015 8:45 AM

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, was it the streaming device or streaming media?

Colombia passes 8M pay-TV subs, but Chile has region’s best growth
LatAM
Colombia passes 8M pay-TV subs, but Chile has region’s best growth
Jan 26 2015 8:15 AM

Colombian pay-TV subscriptions topped 8 million in 2014, an increase of 4.3% since the end of 2013, according to new figures from BB Business Bureau’s latest Market Estimates report.

APAC, OTT
Elemental enables OTT delivery for Hong Kong's TVB
Jan 26 2015 6:45 AM

Hong Kong broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) has tapped Elemental Technologies to process and manage live linear broadcast channels in real time for its over-the-top (OTT) content deli

Cablevision opens door to more mobile video with WiFi phone service Freewheel
Mobile, OTT, Connected TVs & Devices
Cablevision opens door to more mobile video with WiFi phone service Freewheel
Jan 26 2015 6:15 AM

Operator Cablevision is launching a WiFi phone that will take advantage of the 1.1 million hotspots the company already has deployed in the New York metro area, and will offer users unlimited data

Euro streamer Wuaki.tv plans 15 country expansion in 2015
VOD
Euro streamer Wuaki.tv plans 15 country expansion in 2015
Jan 23 2015 9:00 AM

Streaming VOD company Wuaki.tv, which has been fighting for users in Spain and the United Kingdom, is planning to expand its service to 15 additional European markets in 2015.

Texas fans finally get Longhorn Network content on DirecTV
Sports, Pay TV
Texas fans finally get Longhorn Network content on DirecTV
Jan 22 2015 2:00 PM

The cost of sports programming continues to rise, but the cost to pay-TV providers that don’t have it all can be fatal.

Verizon: Content owners are opening up to different models
Mobile, Pay TV, OTT
Verizon: Content owners are opening up to different models
Jan 22 2015 8:15 AM

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo, during a Q&A with analysts during the company’s earnings call, said the telco would be launching its over-the-top mobile first video product sometime this summer, and p

Netflix CEO: Sling TV ‘attractive’ at $20, as Internet TV goes mainstream
OTT, Pay TV, SVOD
Netflix CEO: Sling TV ‘attractive’ at $20, as Internet TV goes mainstream
Jan 21 2015 3:00 PM

Does Dish’s Sling TV, the $20 a month “Millennial Catcher” announced at CES this month, have a future? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks so.

US online video ads to see sharp increase in 2015 as TV, print get hit
Online Video Advertising, OTT
US online video ads to see sharp increase in 2015 as TV, print get hit
Jan 21 2015 12:00 PM

A new study says digital will be the fastest growing ad spend in 2015, helping to drive a 3.2% increase in overall ad spending in the United States to $186.6 billion.

With movie production, too, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with
SVOD, Content Deals, OTT
With movie production, too, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with
Jan 20 2015 12:15 PM

When Amazon launched its Prime Instant Video service in 2011 with just 5,000 movie and TV title, the announcement was downplayed by pundits as a “me, too” bid by the giant etailer.

DirecTV puts a higher price on its NFL Sunday Ticket package
Pay TV, Sports, Live Streaming
DirecTV puts a higher price on its NFL Sunday Ticket package
Jan 20 2015 8:00 AM

DirecTV is bumping up the price of its NFL Sunday Ticket plans, according to published reports, putting the price of the basic package to $252, a 5% increase, and it Sunday Ticket Max plan to $354,

CBS lands Thursday Night Football deal, but no digital rights... yet
Sports, Content Deals, OTT
CBS lands Thursday Night Football deal, but no digital rights... yet
Jan 20 2015 6:00 AM

CBS and the NFL have agreed to partner on at least one more season of NFL Thursday Night football in 2015, after last year's experiment paid big dividends for the league and network.

Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US
SVOD, OTT
Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US
Jan 16 2015 8:30 AM

Streaming media companies Netflix and YouTube claimed two of the top three spots in this year’s YouGov Brand Index, with Amazon – which is a streaming service in its own right – scoring the top spo

Netflix shares jump as analyst, citing original content, upgrades stock
SVOD, Content Deals, Pay TV
Netflix shares jump as analyst, citing original content, upgrades stock
Jan 16 2015 7:15 AM

Netflix shares got a boost today pre-market as analyst Cowen upgraded its expectations of the company to “out perform” based on strong user survey results and, not surprisingly, the streamer’s plan

FCC asks Dish for info on Sling TV content deals as it continues Comcast-TWC review
Pay TV, OTT, Content Deals
FCC asks Dish for info on Sling TV content deals as it continues Comcast-TWC review
Jan 16 2015 5:45 AM

Some interesting reading is about to be added to the Federal Communications Commissions file on the review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

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