After much ado about a big investment in developing its own streaming TV platform that didn’t go as expected in time for its launch, HBO turned to BAMTech for its April 2015 rollout.
A new study says U.S. households have an average of eight connected devices, and said a third (32%) of homes have at least one streaming media player connected to the Internet, a modest increase of about 7 million homes over a year ago.
That penetration is likely to increase the number of consumers interested in streaming 4K UHD content, but the large number of connected devices could put a strain on the home network’s ability to handle 4K content delivery.
A pair of studies forecast a surge in sales for 4K UHD TVs this holiday season as consumers will have more brands, options and screen sizes from which to choose, and as prices continue to fall.
4K UHD television sales are set to grow by 40% Y/Y in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Assoc., and account for more than half (56%) of all TV sales during Q4.
The race to capture the hearts and minds (not to mention pocketbooks) of Hispanics in the U.S. will soon be adding another streaming video entity: Glosi.
The soon-to-launch service from Cox Communications (it’s set to debut later this month) will be subscription based and ad free, according to the Atlanta-based pay-TV operator.
The DVR, which was celebrated in U.S. pay-TV households for making it possible for viewers to throw away the “TV appointment book,” is slowly becoming an also-ran as more Americans adopt SVOD services.
A new study from Nielsen said 50% of U.S. households now subscribe to at least one SVOD service, like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.
A new report contends nearly three-quarters of “core streamers” -- viewers who spend at least 20% of their TV/video viewing time streaming content – consider access to broadcast networks a top features in a TV/video service.
"Broadcast is alive, well, and continues to deliver value in today's fragmented ecosystem," asserted Howard Horowitz, president of Horowitz Research, during Tuesday's Online Video Conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Virtual reality is making big headlines at CES this year, but 4K/UHD remains a major staple of the show after making a big splash last year.
Roku this week said it plans – along with hardware partners TCL, Hisense and Haier – to introduce some 60 models that have company’s streaming platform built in to them in 2016, up from 40 this year, and said some of them will be 4K UHD screens.
It hasn’t reached the level of vitriol seen in Comcast’s aborted attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable, but opposition to Charter’s bid to acquire TWC is picking up as competitors, public interest groups, industry accosiations and vendors put pressure on the FCC to block the deal that would make Charter the second largest cable operator in the U.S.
NAB wants station ownership review first
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.
Accenture is partnering with Ooyala to deliver a more advanced video offering to broadcast, cable TV, digital media, and telecommunications service providers.
Accenture says it will integrate Ooyala Pulse, the company’s advertising server and advertising management technology, Ooyala IQ, an award-winning analytics tool, and Ooyala Discovery, a technology that provides content recommendation capabilities, into its Accenture Video Solution.
Canadian operator Bell Media is stepping outside its footprint with its seven-month-old subscription video-on-demand service, CraveTV, saying the service will be available over the top direct to consumers in the Great White North starting in January.
Annual global advertising spend on mobile devices is expected to more than double to $105 billion by 2019, up from an estimated $51 billion this year.
A new study from Juniper Research, Digital Advertising: Online, Mobile & Wearables 2014-2019, also forecasts that Programmatic advertising will drive the growth in digital advertising as the technology advances over the coming years.