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With Google's help, Latvian wireless carrier launching OTT TV service
EMEA, Mobile, OTT
With Google's help, Latvian wireless carrier launching OTT TV service
Mar 25 2016 5:45 AM

Google is partnering with Latvian mobile network operator Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) to launch an OTT TV service to complement its 4G mobile offering.

The service, called LMT Majas Televizija (LMT Home TV), will begin a trial service next month. If successful it will be rolled-out in the second half of 2016.

NFL looking for new rights deal on its ‘Thursday Night Football’ package
Pay TV, Sports, SVOD
NFL looking for new rights deal on its ‘Thursday Night Football’ package
Jan 13 2016 11:15 AM

The NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcasting rights remain up for grabs with CBS possibly sharing the regular-season games with another broadcast network, according to published reports.

CBS has, for the past two year, shared the games with cablenet NFL Network, but the latest proposal from the league has raised the possibility that another broadcaster – or two – could join the party.

NBC and Fox are the most likely to participate.

Apple, Google in running to live stream 3 NFL games from London in 2016
Sports, Live Streaming, Online Video
Apple, Google in running to live stream 3 NFL games from London; Thursday games in play, too
Jan 08 2016 11:00 AM

Listening to NFL execs after last October’s regular-season experiment, in which it partnered with Yahoo for a first-ever live Internet broadcast of a regular season game, there was little doubt the league wanted to move forward.

The big questions were: With whom? When? And to what extent?

The answers: Google or Apple, next season and limited.

Latest NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ plans include simulcast streaming
Sports, Content Deals, Cloud TV
Latest NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ plans include simulcast streaming
Dec 16 2015 11:00 AM

Google, Apple, Yahoo and Amazon are among the digital partners the NFL has sent RFPs to as it puts the rights to Thursday Night Football back on the auction block, according to a published report.

Sports Business Daily is reporting that the league is looking to craft a one-year deal with a league option for a second year, leaving room for a quick change as the marketplace evolves.

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.

Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US
SVOD, OTT
Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US
Jan 16 2015 8:30 AM

Streaming media companies Netflix and YouTube claimed two of the top three spots in this year’s YouGov Brand Index, with Amazon – which is a streaming service in its own right – scoring the top spot for brand perception.

YouGov’s brand buzz index among American consumers for 2014 ranked Amazon No. 1, YouTube No. 2 and Netflix, which was ranked 12th a year ago, at No. 3.

Online Video, VOD, LatAM, APAC, EMEA
Google pushes Play Movies into 37 new markets, including 16 in Latin America
Mar 26 2014 9:00 AM

Over-the-top movie services in Latin America have rolled out in fits and starts, and, they’ve met with mixed success.

When Totalmovie – backed by Gruppo Salinas – was launched in 2011, it was ballyhooed as LatAm’s first legal premium streaming service and seen as a potential Netflix killer.

Connected TVs & Devices
Sean Knapp Shows Off Google Nexus Tablet - VIDEO
Jul 03 2012 9:00 AM

Fresh from the Google I/O event, Ooyala CTO Sean Knapp sat down with me to show off the latest Google Nexus tablet (complete with Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean).

Online Video
Weekly Rewind: Where's My Google TV?
Jun 29 2012 9:00 AM

Google took the wraps off a number of products at its I/O conference, including Nexus 7 tablet and Jelly Bean, the newest Android operating system.

Monetization
Google: Video Ads One of Fastest-Growing Segments in Advertising
Jun 27 2012 9:00 AM

No company knows digital advertising like Google.

Online Video
Weekly Rewind: TV Upfronts Expected to Total $20 Billion
May 18 2012 9:00 AM

TV upfronts will bring in $20 billion this year, six to nine times more than online video spending for the whole year.

Big Data, Analytics, Video Index
What is Big Data?
Feb 22 2012 8:00 AM

You may have seen my recent Video Index interview talking about online video and Big Data. As a data scientist, I’m thrilled that Big Data is in the news lately.

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