Weekly Rewind: Netflix Downgrade

By Adam Sewall on Apr 06 2012 at 9:00 AM

Netflix gets downgraded. YouTube goes 3D. Google TV is heading to Europe. All that and more in your weekly rewind.

Barclays downgrades Netflix's stock to hold, worried about looming competition from Amazon, skyrocketing acquisition costs and an increasing number of competitors.

More employers are banning access to heavy-bandwith sites, such as Pandora and Netflix, in varying degrees. Employees at Procter & Gamble, GE Aviation and Major League Baseball are occupying themselves by doing actual work.

Yet another cord cutting study has been released. Convergence Consulting Group found 1.05 million people stopped their pay TV subscriptions in 2011, rising from 1 million people the year before.

Video monetization takes an intriguing new form. SpotXchange, a video ad company, is letting viewers opt out of pre-roll ads if they pay 10 cents for each skipped ad.

The paywall effect: March Madness online traffic declines this year.

YouTube's new editing tools now include one-click 2D to 3D video conversion.

Sony's France marketing director said Google TV will head to Europe in September.

About 500 Paramount movies, including hits such as "Ferris Bueller" and "The Godfather," will be available for rental on YouTube and Google Play -- even though both of their parent companies are in a legal battle over copyright infringement.

YouTube is now buddy-buddy with Buddy Media, a marketing platform will let consumer brand clients stylize their video pages, much like Facebook pages.

Aframe, the cloud-video production platform, raised $7 million in Series A funding, and it has its sights on taking on video-editing heavyweight Avid.

Ustream launched Facebook integration, allowing users to share live videos they're watching with Facebook friends in real time.

Amazon's Instant Video service lands on the PlayStation Network (finally).

A painful week in Silicon Valley: Yahoo cuts 2,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, and warns of more layoffs.


UK, Canada, Brazil and Mexico top 4 international markets for Netflix
UK, Canada, Brazil and Mexico top 4 international markets for Netflix
Jun 29 2015 7:15 AM

Netflix is forecast to reach nearly 70 million subscribers by the end of 2015, with one million subscribers or more in nine countries, according to a report from Digital TV Research. That’s up 28% year-over-year from 54.48 million at end-2014.

PlayStation Vue takes a (half-hearted) swing at a la carte, expands to LA, SF
SVOD, Content, Cloud TV
PlayStation Vue takes a (half-hearted) swing at a la carte, expands to LA, SF
Jun 16 2015 6:00 AM

Strictly speaking, a la carte it’s not, but Sony’s PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service says it is, at least, starting down that path with Machinima, Showtime and Fox Soccer Channel being offered as individual channels to consumers and, executives say, more on the way.

Speaking at the E3 2015 conference Monday, Sony Computer Entertainment President and Global CEO Andrew House said a partially unbundled streaming service would be available in July.

SVOD growing faster than anticipated, revenues could reach $51B by 2020
SVOD, APAC, Online Video Advertising
Global SVOD growing faster than thought; OTT revenues could reach $51B by 2020
Jun 15 2015 7:00 AM

Global OTT revenues could nearly double between 2015 and 2020 to more than $51 billion, driven by faster-than-anticipated subscription video on demand growth, much of it from Netflix. Global revenues, which were just $4.2 billion in 2010, are expected to reach $26 billion in 2015.

SVOD revenues in the United States have rocketed in the past decade. In 2010, revenues stood at $753 million; by 2020, that will rise to more than $6.5 billion, an increase of 765%.

Marriott Hotels ‘welcome home’ Netflix on their guest room TVs
Jun 10 2015 1:00 PM

Marriott Hotels have added a Netflix app to in-room TVs, becoming the first hotel chain to allow guests to access their Netflix accounts directly.