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UHD, Live Streaming
YouTube adds 4K support for live streaming
Nov 30 2016 3:15 PM
There still may be a paucity of content and just a sliver of buy-in among consumers, but YouTube is going all in with 4K/UHD, offering content providers the opportunity to live stream 4K live streams...
APAC, SVOD, Mobile
Online content driving profound changes in Australia’s comm industry
Nov 30 2016 2:45 PM
More than three-quarters (77%) of Australian adults use mobile phones to access the Internet, more than on laptops (75%) desktop computers (61%) and tablets (54%), according to a report from the...
Netflix goes all in on offline viewing in time for the holidays
SVOD, Netflix
Netflix goes all in on offline viewing in time for the holidays
Nov 30 2016 9:00 AM
Christmas arrived a little early for Netflix subscribers around the world. The streaming giant, in a blog post today, said it has begun to offer a download option for subscribers worldwide that...
Amazon gives Spanish viewers a peek at Prime Instant Video
EMEA, SVOD
Amazon gives Spanish viewers a peek at Prime Instant Video
Nov 30 2016 8:15 AM
Spanish subscribers to Amazon Prime are getting a sneak peak of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video SVOD service. Following on the heels of HBO’s deployment of its own streaming service in Spain, Amazon...
A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Cloud TV, SVOD
A marriage on the rocks: HBO reportedly looks to dump BAMTech
Nov 30 2016 7:00 AM
After much ado about a big investment in developing its own streaming TV platform that didn’t go as expected in time for its launch, HBO turned to BAMTech for its April 2015 rollout. But, as things...
Hooq looks to leverage SingTel in its Singapore launch
APAC, SVOD
Hooq looks to leverage SingTel in its Singapore launch
Nov 29 2016 9:00 AM
Hooq, the subscription video on-demand service backed by SingTel, Sony and Warner Bros., has deployed in Singapore, looking to gain a bigger foothold in its battle with Netflix. The SVOD company,...
PCCW deploys Viu OTT service in Philippines
APAC, OTT, AVOD
PCCW deploys Viu OTT service in Philippines
Nov 29 2016 7:15 AM
Just more than a year after its launch, PCCW Media’s OTT video service, Viu, has rolled out in the Philippines. The ad-supported service originally launched in Hong Kong in October 2015, and has...
AT&T’s DirecTV Now: Legacy pay-TV offering in sheep’s (streaming) clothing
Cloud TV, Operators, Mobile
AT&T’s DirecTV Now: Legacy pay-TV offering in sheep’s (streaming) clothing
Nov 28 2016 2:30 PM
AT&T today detailed its new DirecTV Now streaming offer, targeting the growing number of cord cutters and cord nevers in the United States who are looking for alternatives to the traditional pay-...
Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
OTT, Cloud TV
Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
Nov 28 2016 8:00 AM
Sling TV is rolling out a limited cloud DVR beta program for Roku users, with features that include conflict-free recording, the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content, and simple...
EMEA, Broadband, Mobile
UK plans aggressive spend to upgrade broadband, wireless networks by 2020-21
Nov 23 2016 10:30 AM
The U.K. government is planning to spend more than $1.24 billion (£1.0 billion) to modernize the country’s digital infrastructure with the goal of full-fiber broadband and 5G wireless technology...
OTT, Broadband
ISP Cogent calls OTT ecosystem’s long-term winner
Nov 23 2016 9:00 AM
Count Internet Service Provider (ISP) Cogent as one of the video service providers that believe over-the-top delivery will be the long-term winner in the battle for eyeballs because “it’s cheaper, it...
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC (Part 3)
IBC, Monetization, Analytics
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC (Part 3)
Nov 23 2016 9:00 AM
This is the final installment in a series looking at the industry trends that came out of IBC. Part 1 looked at how over-the-top services have been embraced by virtually all players in the industry...
2020 Vision: Connected TV HHs to near 98M by decade’s end
Connected TVs & Devices
2020 Vision: Connected TV HHs to near 98M by decade’s end
Nov 22 2016 12:45 PM
Connected TV growth in the United States is expected to track at a nearly 2.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2020, slower than the growth rate for almost every other streaming media...
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Millennials, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Nov 22 2016 7:15 AM
A new study says U.S. households have an average of eight connected devices, and said a third (32%) of homes have at least one streaming media player connected to the Internet, a modest increase of...
UHD
Is this the year 4K UHD TV sets finally become mainstream?
Nov 22 2016 7:00 AM
A pair of studies forecast a surge in sales for 4K UHD TVs this holiday season as consumers will have more brands, options and screen sizes from which to choose, and as prices continue to fall. 4K...
user interfaces, virtual reality critical to next-gen OTT
IBC, User Experience, virtual reality
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC (Part 2)
Nov 22 2016 5:00 AM
This is the second installment in a three-part series looking at the industry trends that came out of IBC. Part 1 looked at how over-the-top services have been embraced by virtually all players in...
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC
OTT, SVOD, AVOD
A look back: The 6 most important video industry trends from IBC
Nov 21 2016 8:15 AM
This is the first in a three-part series looking at critical trends emerging from IBC. If IBC 2016 showed anything, it’s that too many broadcasters, operators and content owners still have their...
Global OTT revenues seen growing at 14.5% CAGR through 2026
Research, OTT, AVOD
Global OTT revenues seen growing at 14.5% CAGR through 2026
Nov 21 2016 7:00 AM
The increasing penetration of smartphones, tablets and high-speed broadband is driving global OTT revenues at an increasing pace, with forecasters expecting it to see a compound annual growth rate (...
Online video consumption in APAC nearly matching traditional TV viewing
APAC, Research, SVOD
Online video consumption in APAC nearly matching traditional TV viewing
Nov 21 2016 6:15 AM
Consumers in APAC watch more than 1.6 hours of online video content daily, nearly matching the 2.0 hours of traditional TV they consume daily, a new report says. And, according to Kantar TNS’s...
UK kids spend more time online than with TV; 41% own smartphones
EMEA, Research, Online Video
UK kids spend more time online than with TV; 41% own smartphones
Nov 16 2016 6:15 AM
A new report from British telecom regulator Ofcom says that – for the first time ever – kids are spending more time online than watching television weekly. The report said five- to 15-year-olds in...
AMC takes a piece of Funny or Die as it looks to grow audeince
Mergers & Acquisitions, Content
AMC takes a piece of Funny or Die as it looks to grow audience
Nov 16 2016 5:45 AM
AMC has taken a minority share in Funny or Die, the online comedy channel, in a deal that aims to leverage the strength that AMC-owned IFC has in the linear space and Funny or Die has online and in...
Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
EMEA, Mobile, Broadband
Germans to spend more time with digital content than TV in 2017
Nov 16 2016 5:15 AM
Next year, for the first time, adults in Germany will spend more time with online digital media than viewing TV, a shift in viewing patterns that are even showing up with older consumers. eMarketer...

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