Operator American Movil is trolling for new customers in Latin America, rolling out a free streaming service called Claro Video Básico in a number of markets.
The service, on the same website as its SVOD and TVOD offerings, has a very limited catalog of some 500 titles, including content for kids, movies, short films and documentaries and sports. It does include Claro Video’s original productions La Hermandad and El Torito.
A couple of buffers, a bit of delay (maybe 30 seconds?), but Twitter’s stream from its inaugural NFL Thursday Night Football game played better than the Buffalo Bills, who lost – for the record -- to the New York Jets, 37-31.
Picture quality on an iPad, connected TV (via Apple TV) and on my phone was solid, even when playing at the same time. And, surprise, there were no hoops to jump through to watch the game, no pay-TV authorization, no logging in, nada.
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.
Canadian startup You.i has landed $12 million in Series B funding in a round led by Time Warner Investments, with plans to use the funds its global sales channels and IP.
Existing investor Vistara Capital Partners and new investor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors joined in the round.
Pay-TV operators increasingly are looking for easier ways to deliver video to their customers, and are beginning to understand the value of the SaaS model.
Ken Morse, Cisco’s CTO of video software, said more operators are getting comfortable with the idea of transitioning to a software delivery model that helps eliminate the silos the companies face today.
Business models are an ongoing issue for pay-TV and OTT service providers, that are working to devise plans that better appeal to consumers than traditional ad-supported or subscription services have.
It remains a moving target, with more operators throwing any combination of hybrid models hoping to hit a bull’s-eye.
Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, a standalone TV service by the end of Q1 2017.
Fibe TV customers no longer will be required to sign up for Fibe Internet service to access the service, a move executives think will serve to further Fibe TV’s expansion across Canada. The service has seen strong growth since its original introduction in late 2010 and vaulted Bell into Canada’s top TV provider by the end of 2015.
One of Amazon Fire TV’s best features is its ability to search outside Amazon Prime Instant Video. Yes, the search still prioritizes its master’s content, listing availability on Prime Instant Video and Prime’s electronic sell through before other sources. But search on Amazon Fire TV devices has just gotten better, as Netflix, HBO Go and, soon, HBO Now, have been added to the list.
For current device owners, a free over-the-air upgrade will install the new software.
The average North American household now has more than seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices, a new report from Sandvine said.
Despite expected strong growth in Latin American pay-TV subscriber numbers of more than 16%, revenues are forecast to grow just half as much, as competition between providers -- and from OTT services -- and bundling of home services combine to constrain video service prices.