Jim O'Neill

An award-winning industry expert and futurist who specializes in the convergence of traditional TV and the Internet. My focus includes pay TV, Cloud TV, OTT, multiplatform media delivery, the ecosystem that surrounds it and consumer trends. A frequent speaker at CES, NAB, Digital Hollywood, Park’s Associates Connections events, Streaming Media and Digital Entertainment World, among others. I'm the Editor of Videomind, which in the past year has won awards from Editor & Publisher and Digiday. I'm also the Principal Analyst at Ooyala. I'm based in Michigan. I formerly was an analyst at Parks Associates and editor of FierceOnlineVideo and FierceIPTV. 


LatAM, Online Video
Growing HD channel count in Latin America bodes well for Internet TV
Dec 10 2013 8:00 AM

My first engineering physics course in college convinced me to learn Russian and major in political science.

But I still remember the lecture about potential energy because the professor used a functioning miniature roller coaster to explain how pulling the cars to the top of the first hill created potential energy, which then became kinetic energy as the coaster started down the hill.

Online Video, Connected TVs & Devices, Pay TV
Research: 70% of households have DVR, Netflix, or use VOD
Dec 10 2013 8:00 AM

Nearly half of all U.S. TV households have at least one digital video recorder, a 17% increase from 2010, according to newly released consumer research.

Leichtman Research Group’s newest consumer survey found DVRs in 47% of U.S. TV households, up from 40% in 2010 and 23% in 2007.

Online Video, TV Everywhere
CBS research chief: Significant changes in TV viewing in past two years
Dec 10 2013 8:00 AM

Video on demand has grown almost 60% this season for CBS shows, the network’s head of research said, part of a dramatic change in how viewers – especially younger ones -- are consuming entertainment content.

David Poltrack, chief research officer for CBS, Monday told the annual UBS Global and Media Communications Conference in New York that the network also is seeing a 40% overall increase of online viewing of its programming.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online Video
Verizon buys CDN EdgeCast and accelerates its own online video plans
Dec 09 2013 8:00 AM

Verizon has just added some depth to its bench and increased its ability to deliver online video content, agreeing to buy content delivery network EdgeCast for between $350 million and $400 million, according to reports. The deal should close in the first half of 2014.

The acquisition follows on the heels of Verizon’s pick up of encoding specialist upLynk and significantly accelerates the communication company’s commitment to Internet TV and delivering online video.

Online Video, Pay TV, OTT
Time Warner Cable’s ‘Starter TV with HBO’ not enough to draw cord nevers
Dec 04 2013 8:00 AM

The pay-TV industry has been slow to acknowledge that it’s having trouble keeping subscribers – most simply blame the economy for the losses – despite continuing erosion that eventually could resemble the Grand Canyon.

The fact that it has a tough time attracting younger viewers, the so-called "cord nevers" to its product, on the other hand, has been easier to admit.

Analytics, SVOD, OTT
Can OTT play with pay-TV? Absolutely
Dec 03 2013 8:00 AM

Subscription Video on Demand and transactional VoD have gained significant traction with consumers eager to access online content and take advantage of Internet TV opportunities, but not all service providers believe the mix of new and old television can co-exist without some pain and suffering.

Ooyala News
Ooyala Named to 'Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry' List
Dec 02 2013 8:00 AM

Trying to figure out who the top 100 companies in the digital content industry are? Don’t work too long on it, EContent already has done the legwork for you in its "2013-2014 EContent Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry" ranking, which takes a broad look at online video.

And -- you shouldn’t be surprised -- Ooyala is on the list, along with the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google, Hulu, Netflix and Facebook.

Mergers & Acquisitions
Charter, Comcast to double-team Time Warner Cable buyout bid?
Nov 25 2013 8:00 AM

Looking to buy a rival and avoid scrutiny from regulatory bodies?

You might try the strategy Comcast and Charter Communications reportedly are pondering in their pursuit of Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator.

Pay TV, Broadband
Telcos, Cable Operators see Broadband Subscriber Numbers Skyrocket
Nov 22 2013 8:00 AM

Despite an erosion of pay-TV subscriber numbers, service providers are seeing broadband subscriptions numbers soar, with the top pay-TV service providers adding more than 520,000 broadband customers in the most recent quarter, new research says.

It’s a trend that’s likely to continue as more U.S. viewers, eager to access online video sites and services like ESPN, Netflix, Hulu and CBS, turn to their providers for access to high-speed Internet.

Pay TV, Connected TVs & Devices, Online Video
HBO Go Launches on Chromecast as Mobile Video Mainstreams
Nov 22 2013 8:00 AM

Add HBO GO to the growing list of content owners looking to expand its opportunities to go over the top to consumers via mobile devices. The premium cable channel has announced it’s now available on Google’s TV dongle, Chromecast.

Live Streaming, Online Video
Broadcast or Online, Viewers Just Want to Watch TV
Nov 19 2013 8:00 AM

From the 1939 New York World’s Fair televised on RCA, to the 11 million viewers worldwide who watched the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969, to the 2009 inauguration of President Obama, with more than 7 million simultaneous live streams, television -- especially live television -- and how we watch it has been on the evolutionary fast-track.

Now, instead of watching TV marathons, we binge view online with services like Netflix delivering a season, or two, or more to us in one big gulp.

Leadership, Ooyala News
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Nov 19 2013 8:00 AM

On three, ready? One... two... THREE: “Welcome home, Jim!” 

OK, so maybe Silicon Valley really isn’t my home, per se, but I’ve been following the online video industry long enough, and I’ve attended enough conferences and meetings here, to feel like it is.