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OTT, Content
Kids SVOD market heats up with YouTube Red original programming
Feb 15 2017 4:00 PM
As more niche audiences flock to OTT services devoted to their specific interests today, a focus on kids SVOD programming is becoming a popular strategy for OTT providers to capture and keep cord-cutting adults and their offspring. 
 
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 social media.

Ooyala News, Content, Broadcaster
The world of content is moving beyond media asset management
Nov 01 2016 7:15 AM

Ooyala’s new white paper, A World Beyond MAM: What Broadcasters Need to Know About Media Logistics, discusses the demands that broadcasters now face in two distinct areas: content creation and delivery across linear and OTT platforms.

Amazon Prime video growth to outpace Netflix as Hulu falls away
SVOD, Connected TVs & Devices, Content
Amazon Prime video growth to outpace Netflix as Hulu falls away
Oct 24 2016 1:00 PM

Hulu’s decision to cut its free, ad-supported streaming service is expected to sharply reduce the number of users of the service, dropping its base by nearly half, according to new research that also says Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is booming.

AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Mergers & Acquisitions, Pay TV, Content
AT&T looks to build a giant, but faces regulatory hurdles in Time Warner buy
Oct 24 2016 7:45 AM

Another blockbuster deal in the media landscape means another battle with regulators after AT&T this weekend agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion.

Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
OTT, Content
Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
Oct 17 2016 8:30 AM

Only Disney and NBCUniversal are spending more on creating original content than Netflix and Amazon, a new report says, with the two streaming platforms’ spending exceeding stalwarts like CBS, HBO and Turner.

Report: Content best positioned to profit from OTT disruption
OTT, Content, Broadcaster
Report: Content best positioned to profit from OTT disruption
Oct 17 2016 7:45 AM

OTT has become the fastest-growing method of video content consumption, and that growth is putting content owners in the best position to capitalize on the increasing audience fragmentation being caused by the rise of on-demand services, according to a new study that posits the demand for high quality content will remain strong across the board.

Liberty Global shows Netflix some love, opening door for OTT growth
EMEA, Content, SVOD, Pay TV
Liberty Global shows Netflix some love, opening door for OTT growth
Sep 15 2016 8:30 AM

There have been a lot of fluttering hands over the past two quarters concerning Netflix’s international growth potential. But the streamer’s deal this week with Liberty Global to put Netflix on the pay-TV operator’s next-gen Horizon set-top boxes in more than 30 countries may soothe most of that nervousness.

The perfect UI for TV? IBC crowd says that’s a moving target
IBC, Pay TV, Content, OTT
The perfect UI for TV? A crucial moving target
Sep 13 2016 4:00 PM

Here’s an acronym that, if you’re not familiar with it now, you will be soon, because it increasingly describes vendors in the media industry: B2B4C… business-to-business for the consumer. Call it part of the consumer revolution, the move from “content is king” to “consumer is king.”

It’s a term you’ll often hear when designers of user interfaces get together to talk about the future.

Hooq sees original content as key ingredient to India’s OTT mix
APAC, Content
Hooq sees original content as key ingredient to India’s OTT mix
Aug 30 2016 5:45 AM

Is original content the recipe for online video success?

Netflix, which plans to spend at least $5 billion on original content in 2016 and another $5 billion next year certainly thinks it’s one of the main ingredients.

As does one of its rivals in India.

Cable net Pivot, citing changing market, to shut down
Pay TV, Content, OTT
Cable net Pivot, citing changing market, to shut down
Aug 17 2016 1:15 PM

Participant Media today said it was shuttering its nearly four-year-old standalone cable network, Pivot, citing a changing media landscape that has become more difficult for independents.

Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
OTT, Content, Workflow
Number of scripted shows continues to rise, as do costs associated with them
Aug 10 2016 11:00 AM

By 2017, Hollywood could be producing as many as 500 scripted TV shows, a 20% increase from last year’s record 417, according to FX Networks CEO John Landgraf, who told a Television Association Critics gathering that he anticipates up to 450 shows this year.

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