When the Big Two come to play in your backyard, it’s time to up your game.
Netflix and Amazon have launched a push into Europe that will likely result in some bad nights of sleep for operators, pay-TV channels and broadcasters looking themselves to do more business over the top.
Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV yet? Not to worry, there’s really not that much content available for it yet, anyway. What there is, is an increasing flow of HDR content, juiced up content that looks more vibrant and feels a bit like you may expect from 4K.
Amazon Prime this week announced it was releasing the second season of its Amazon Original Series, Bosch, along with a number of films in High Dynamic Range (HDR).
The number of pay-TV subscribers “unsatisfied” with their pay-TV provider reached 24% in Q3 2015, an increase of 2.5% in the past two year, a new report says.
And, while “poor customer service” was one of the top three reasons – as one would expect – “increasing fees” for pay-TV was No. 1, according to Digitalsmith’s Video Trends report, cited by more than 68% of respondents to the survey, and rising fees for Internet was No. 2 (40%).
In this week's Videomind Podcast, Hack and Flack dig into the launch of Verizon's millennial-focused go90 streaming video service, the latest Chromecast device, Hulu's new ad-free subscription offer, and the ongoing battles for eyeballs among the top streaming TV services. Tune in to hear about who's wagering on new original content and what the ongoing experimentation with monetization models means for consumers.
In this week's Videomind Podcast, Hack and Flack discuss what happens when everyone tunes in at the same time to watch zombies eating L.A., more research on the impact of millennials on the growth of OTT services, Dish Network's new retransmission deal, Netflix and Amazon Prime entering Japan, and more. Also, Jim breaks out some new bright pink headphones.
AT&T is making a play for cord nevers – those Millennials who are used to getting their video entertainment online sans a cable subscription – with a package of basic U-verse TV, broadband, HBO and Amazon Prime, all for $40.
The package includes local TV stations only, a non-DVR receiver, up to 45 Mbps Internet service, HBO on Demand, HBO Go and Amazon Prime.
When Netflix raised its subscription fees in the summer, that kicked off a series of moves that irked customers and worried investors. Customer backlash killed the attempted spin-off of the door-to-door DVD rental business before it even saw the light of day. This is to say nothing of Netflix’s valuable licensing deal with Starz, which came to an end in February.