Weekly Rewind: 2011's Most Popular Video and More

By Adam Sewall on Dec 24 2011 at 8:00 AM

What was the most popular video of 2011? Will you watch the Super Bowl on your phone? Is Siri headed to a bigger screen? All that and more in your weekly rewind.

Most-watched YouTube video of 2011? Rebecca Black. Online viewers of the world, you have disappointing taste.

It might be the end of 2011, but it's never too early to think about the Super Bowl. The NFL announced Tuesday the Super Bowl will be streaming to computers and mobile devices for the first time come February.

Microsoft might have beaten Apple to the punch by letting you talk to your TV, but that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have something up its sleeve. Company execs have told media that Apple is working on creating a connected TV that streams shows, movies and other content, with gesture and voice recognition. Is that you, Siri, on a bigger screen?

Speaking of Xbox, three of the most popular game consoles — Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii — saw huge jumps in streaming time, according to Nielsen. The reason? Netflix, Hulu and all those other connected services.

With demand for set-top boxes on the decline, buyers this holiday season are saying they'd choose connected TVs over 3D.

Likewise, cable set-top boxes are also on the decline, a new report suggests. With cable operators tightening their budgets and the prevalence of cord cutters, will the cable box go the wayside?

And a special treat for you guys embedded below. Happy holidays!

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Netflix app now No. 2 mobile video app, following YouTube, in the Netherlands
EMEA, Mobile, Online Video
Netflix app now No. 2 mobile video app, following YouTube, in the Netherlands
Nov 24 2015 5:15 AM

Netflix has become a mainstay of Dutch smartphone users with more than 1.7 million consumers installing the SVOD company's app on their smartphones, a new report said.

Telecompaper said Netflix now is as popular as Dutch public broadcaster NPO, and trails only YouTube – which has 6 million app downloads as the Netherlands most popular video app.

thePlatform realigns under Comcast Wholesale
OTT, Online Video
thePlatform realigns under Comcast Wholesale
Oct 13 2015 7:30 AM

One-time startup thePlatform, was acquired by Comcast in 2006 from founder Ian Blaine; it's been operating as a standalone unit since, but, no more. The company said it is now under the guidance of Comcast Wholesale.

Marty Roberts, co-CEO of the company for a little more than the past year, has left the Seattle-based online video platform and Jamie Millar, who served with Roberts as co-CEO, now will report to Comcast Wholesale SVP and GM Matt McConnell.

LatAm OTT revenues, subscribers expected to more than triple by 2018
LatAM, SVOD, Online Video
LatAm OTT revenues, subscribers expected to more than triple by 2018
Sep 21 2015 5:45 AM

Latin America’s crowded OTT market is expected to generate $1.84 billion in revenue by 2018, up 262% from $509.2 million in 2014.

Researcher Dataxis looked at transactional video one demand (TVOD) as well as subscription (SVOD) and download to own (DTO) service revenues in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

Currently, nearly 90 services operate in the region.

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, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix – have announced as founding members of the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia).

The seven say the group wants to deliver an open, royalty-free and interoperable solution for the next-gen of video delivery.