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Yahoo Screen goes dark as tech giant refocuses video efforts
Online Video
Yahoo Screen goes dark as tech giant refocuses video efforts
Jan 04 2016 12:00 PM

The turmoil at Yahoo continues as the once venerable Internet portal continues to redefine itself, this time by shutting down its Yahoo Screen app, which it had backed with some pretty pricey content, including episodes from Saturday Night Live, clips from NFL games, original content and even the relaunch of the popular comedy Community after NBC dropped the show.

But the end of Yahoo Screen doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Yahoo’s video ambitions.

IBM, Harmonic shore up video efforts with a pair of tech acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions, Online Video
IBM, Harmonic shore up video efforts with a pair of tech acquisitions
Dec 08 2015 3:15 PM

Chomp, chomp… that’s the sound of ongoing consolidation in the digital video infrastructure market where Harmonic announced a $75 million deal to acquire Thomson Video Networks for $75 million in cash, plus $15 million in post-closing adjustments. The other chomp? IBM also announced it had acquired Clearleap for an undisclosed sum.

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, Partners
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.

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. 31, with the Women’s title match on Saturday, Sept. 12 and the Men’s on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The coverage will be massive, with more than 130 hours on ESPN, ESPN2 and WatchESPN and another 1,100 hours on ESPN3.

Last year, just 100 hours was on TV and 400 on ESPN3.

Will €1 price hike in Europe stall Netflix's international growth? Not likely
EMEA, SVOD, Online Video
Will €1 price hike in Europe stall Netflix's international growth? Not likely
Aug 19 2015 8:45 AM

With an eye on continued expansion of its content catalog, Netflix this week said new customers in many of its European markets would see a €1 increase in the price of its standard subscription to €9.90 ($10.90), and informed current customers that they’d also see the price bump, but not for another 12 months.

More than 50% of consumer 12+ rent or buy digital movies, TV
SVOD, Online Video
More than 50% of consumers 12+ rent or buy digital movies, TV
Aug 19 2015 7:45 AM

More than half of all U.S. consumers aged 12 and above bought or rented movies or TV shows digitally in the past six months, a new report says.

Tonight’s GOP presidential debate leaves non-pay-TV subs in the dark
Live Streaming, Online Video, Pay TV
Tonight’s GOP presidential debate leaves non-pay-TV subs in the dark
Aug 06 2015 10:00 AM

OK, time for a little Political Science rant (it’ll be short, promise).

The Donald (Trump, of course) will be a big part of tonight’s Republican presidential candidates debate, along with nine other potential candidates who want to be the GOP 2016 nominee. That’s not such a big deal, as there will be several more before the preferred candidate finally is anointed.

Report: Mobile video growth speeds up decay of linear TV viewership
Online Video, Online Video Advertising, Mobile
Report: Mobile video growth speeds up decay of linear TV viewership
Aug 03 2015 10:00 AM

Yet another report is predicting linear TV viewing will nosedive in coming years as more consumers turn to online and mobile video for their entertainment.

ZenithOptimedia forecasts a 23% increase in the amount of time people will spend consuming online video daily in 2015, and an additional increase of nearly 20% in 2016.

Videomind Podcast July 29: Dismal Q2 to pay TV, cord cutting, piracy and more
OTT, Online Video, Pay TV, Ooyala News
Videomind Podcast July 29: Pay TV's dismal Q2, cord cutting, piracy, ESPN a la carte and more
Jul 30 2015 10:00 AM

In this week's Videomind podcast , Hack and Flack discuss the week's top TV and media news and trends, including a look at just how dismal Q2 was for pay-TV operators, how Netflix and its line up of new Originals is changing TV, research about cord cutting and how -- GASP! -- making premium content affordable and easy to access could put an end to piracy. 

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