Hulu rolls out a (really) ad-free SVOD service
Online Video Advertising, SVOD
Hulu rolls out a (really) ad-free SVOD service
Sep 02 2015 11:15 AM

Hulu is pulling the trigger on an ad-free service designed to compete more directly with Netflix, but it comes at a price: $11.99 a month, $4 more than the $7.99 alternative Hulu offers with “limit

Dutch live TV viewing declines 15% in past six months to just 39% of total
EMEA, VOD, OTT
Dutch live TV viewing declines 15% in past six months to just 39% of total
Sep 02 2015 7:15 AM

More than 60% of Dutch TV viewers’ time consuming video is spent on forms other than linear TV, new research shows.

Ad Technology
SpotXchange rebrands to change video ad exchange’s image
Sep 02 2015 7:00 AM

Just more than a year after German broadcaster RTL took a 65% stake in ad exchange SpotXchange, the digital ad player is rebranding to SpotX.

Spain’s Vodafone ready to put Netflix on its STB at launch
EMEA, SVOD, Connected TVs & Devices
Spain’s Vodafone ready to put Netflix on its STB at launch
Sep 01 2015 11:00 AM

Not wasting any time, Vodafone has announced it’ll be the first pay-TV provider to offer Netflix in Spain when it launches in the country in October.

UHD, Online Video
Industry alliance targets new royalty-free, open source 4K codec
Sep 01 2015 9:15 AM

Looking to get the jump on developing an open-source, royalty-free codec specification that will easily handle 4K content, a Who’s Who of Internet companies -- including Amazon, Cisco, Goo

Sling TV ‘resolves’ zombie crash issues & rolls out app for Amazon tablets
SVOD, Live Streaming, Pay TV, OTT
Sling TV ‘resolves’ zombie crash issues & rolls out app for Amazon tablets
Sep 01 2015 7:15 AM

Want to watch Fear the Walking Dead on your Sling TV but worried the service will crash as it did for the Fear TWD premiere?

Rumor mill: Apple finally is ready to jump into original content
Content Deals, apple, Live Streaming
Rumor mill: Apple finally is ready to jump into original content
Sep 01 2015 6:45 AM

The other shoe for Apple’s TV intentions may finally be about to drop, as Variety is reporting the company is looking to expand its desires to be a force in the entertainment industry by following

ESPN plans deep coverage of US Open in US & Latin America as Williams looks for Slam
LatAM, Sports, Pay TV, Online Video
ESPN plans deep coverage of US Open in US & Latin America as Williams looks for Slam
Aug 31 2015 7:30 AM

With Serena Williams looking to net the first calendar year Grand Slam in nearly three decades, the U.S. Open will be presented on ESPN exclusively starting Aug.

ooyala videomind podcast with hack and flack
Podcasts, Ooyala News
Videomind Podcast August 29: Zombies eating L.A., Netflix in Japan, millennials and more
Aug 29 2015 12:45 PM

In this week's Videomind Podcast, Hack and Flack discuss what happens when everyone tunes in at the same time to watch zombies eating L.A., more research on the impact of millennials on the growth

Millennials key to out-of-footprint OTT plays that’ll rock pay-TV's boat
SVOD, OTT, Pay TV
Millennials key to out-of-footprint OTT plays that’ll rock pay-TV's boat
Aug 28 2015 6:45 AM

A new report says distribution of an over-the-top video product by established pay-TV service providers – like Dish’s Sling TV and DirecTV’s Yaveo -- has the potential to help distributors reach be

50% of U.S. homes now have a connected TV device and (most) actually are hooked up
Connected TVs & Devices, SVOD
50% of U.S. homes have a connected TV device and (most) actually are hooked up
Aug 27 2015 6:15 AM

A growing crop of connected TVs in big box CE stores across the nation has helped push the penetration of Internet-ready devices in U.S. households (HH) above 50% for the first time ever.

As Netflix readies launch in Japan, Amazon Prime video says it plans to launch there, too
APAC, SVOD
As Netflix readies launch in Japan, Amazon Prime video says it plans to launch there, too
Aug 27 2015 4:30 AM

On the eve of Netflix’s Sept. 2 launch in Japan, rival Amazon Prime Instant Video has announced it, too, will roll out its streaming media service in the country in the fall.

LatAm to see surge in smartphones, tablets, connected & UHD TVs by 2018
LatAM, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
LatAm to see surge in smartphones, tablets, connected & UHD TVs by 2018
Aug 26 2015 6:30 AM

A new study says the number of TV screens – be it traditional TV sets or mobile devices – is expected to soar in Latin America by 2018.

Pay TV, Content Deals
Sinclair stations go dark in 79 US markets as retrans fight with Dish flares
Aug 26 2015 5:15 AM

Dish subscribers in 79 markets across the U.S.

Hulu plans private ad exchange this fall using Facebook’s LiveRail
Ad Technology, Programmatic, OTT
Hulu plans private ad exchange this fall using Facebook’s LiveRail
Aug 25 2015 10:45 AM

Hulu is moving to programmatic ad tech, planning to launch a private ad exchange in the third quarter, according to published reports.

Ad Technology
Dressed for Success: Videoplaza Is Now Officially Ooyala
Aug 25 2015 10:45 AM
A year ago this month, Ooyala proudly became part of Telstra, one of the world’s leading tele
Cablevision becomes 1st MSO to offer CBS All Access OTT product
Content Deals, Pay TV, OTT
Cablevision becomes 1st MSO to offer CBS All Access OTT product
Aug 25 2015 7:45 AM

Cablevision today announced it had signed the mother of all content carriage agreements with CBS that included its OTT products, an indication that pay-TV providers may finally have decided that ov

Charter closes on $3.8B in loans to help fund TWC, Bright House buys
Pay TV, Mergers & Acquisitions
Charter closes on $3.8B in loans to help fund TWC, Bright House buys
Aug 25 2015 6:15 AM

A little quick housekeeping… Charter Communications has closed on $3.8 billion in loans it needs to help

Sling TV’s collapse during ‘Fear TWD’ debut a black eye for OTT? Or, Dish?
OTT, Live Streaming, Pay TV
Sling TV’s collapse during ‘Fear TWD’ debut a black eye for OTT? Or, Dish?
Aug 25 2015 6:00 AM

Freeze during a college basketball game, shame on you, but freeze during the debut of Walking Dead prequel Fear the Walking Dead and get ready for some vitriol.

Cross MediaWorks acquires BlackArrow in deal estimated at $90M-$120M
Mergers & Acquisitions, Ad Technology, Pay TV
Cross MediaWorks acquires BlackArrow in deal estimated at $90M-$120M
Aug 24 2015 8:45 AM

The consolidation of the TV ad tech industry continues unabated, with Cross MediaWorks announcing today it had acquired BlackArrow, which provides software solutions to help pay-TV providers delive

Report: Mobile, programmatic advertising gain as TV loses traction, effectiveness
Ad Technology, Mobile
Report: Mobile, programmatic advertising gain as TV loses traction, effectiveness
Aug 24 2015 7:00 AM

Nearly nine in 10 media planners (86%) say they expect mobile’s share of advertising to increase over the next three years, with a nearly equal number (88%) saying they are buying programmatically

SoftBank will sell Netflix subscriptions in Japan, ponders content deal
APAC, SVOD
SoftBank will sell Netflix subscriptions in Japan, ponders content deal
Aug 24 2015 5:00 AM

Netflix – which is scheduled to launch its service in Japan Sept. 2 – is weighing a content partnership with telecommunications, Internet and entertainment company SoftBank Group.

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