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Sports, APAC, Live Streaming
NFL making a pass at China
Aug 22 2017 12:00 PM
The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated...
LatAM, SVOD, Mobile
Latin America seeing golden age of TV in form of SVOD
Aug 22 2017 7:30 AM
Globally, subscription video on-demand (SVOD) is on a rocket trajectory and Latin America is deeply in the mix. While Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been the leaders of subscription video on-demand...
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM
Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current...
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Pay TV, OTT, Big Data
Data? A growing, critical resource for the pay-TV and OTT industry
Jul 25 2017 5:15 AM
Earlier this year, a survey of pay-TV providers by the Pay-TV Innovation Forum 2017 found that the majority of pay-TV execs believed data and analytics will be critical to pay TV direction over the...
SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials, Cord Cutting
Q2 likely to be miserable as operators brace for big customer losses; OTT anyone?
Jul 24 2017 3:00 PM
Could second quarter pay-TV subscriber losses in the United States top 1 million, the highest figure ever? In a word, yes. The second quarter routinely is a weak one for operators and in the current...
Live sports
Wimbledon 2027: how will fan engagement and marketing change?
Jul 20 2017 3:45 PM
This article originally appeared in The Drum.   Wimbledon is here again, but let’s take a moment to reflect on how the ways that we consume sports has changed over the past 90 years since the BBC's...
online video play button
Online Video, Online Video Advertising
Digital, data and dollars at Vidcon
Jul 03 2017 2:00 PM
An estimated 30,000 online video creators, fans and industry players recently gathered for another successful Vidcon, the annual online video conference, in Anaheim, California.   Advances in digital...
Online Video Advertising, broadcasters
Fox joins YouTube in offering 6-sec. ad format; will other nets follow?
Jun 22 2017 9:00 AM
Fox Networks Group has joined Google in offering a six-second ad format that can’t be skipped on its digital properties, with the goal to eventually bring them to its linear TV networks as well. "...
production, content protection
Hollywood Under Cyberattack: How to Defend Against the Big Hack
Jun 08 2017 3:00 PM
This post originally appeared in Variety.  The Dark Overlord is threatening the content community. Time to unsheathe your lightsabers.   "The Dark Overlord," of course, is the person or persons who...
Pay TV, Live sports, Millennials
A skinny bundle without sports? Duh
May 25 2017 10:30 AM
Skinny bundles from cable operators – and their OTT surrogates like Sling TV – are becoming more common as the companies try to look more attractive to consumers tired of paying for 200-plus channels...
SVOD, Operators, Netflix
Should European operators worry about cord cutting as Amazon, Netflix push deeper into their market? Absolutely
May 25 2017 8:15 AM
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-...
Online Video
State of the media industry: data-driven video for the win
May 23 2017 3:30 PM
Ooyala’s new State of the Media Industry 2017 report shows that data-driven video has officially become the beating heart of the digital age.  
 Media platforms are morphing, monetization methods are...
SVOD the star of struggling US home entertainment industry in 2016
SVOD, Online Video, Monetization
SVOD the star of struggling US home entertainment industry in 2016
Jan 09 2017 11:15 AM
Some good news for the home entertainment industry – depending upon which segment of the industry you’re part of: Consumers spent nearly $18.3 billion in 2016, a 2% increase from 2015. Subscription...
Despite disparity in forecasts, programmatic continues rapid growth
Advertising
Despite disparity in forecasts, programmatic continues rapid growth
Jan 06 2017 6:00 AM
The global programmatic display ad market is expected to grow at a CAGR 49% by 2019, according to a new report from Future Market Insights. The global programmatic display advertising market was...
AT&T pushing 5G mobile tech to support rapid DirecTV Now expansion
Mobile, Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD
AT&T pushing 5G mobile tech to support rapid DirecTV Now expansion
Jan 05 2017 5:30 AM
Think AT&T is looking at its DirecTV Now as a complementary service to its satellite-delivered DirecTV service or wired service U-verse TV? Think again. AT&T at CES this week previewed its 5G...
Is live TV dying? No, but it’s not as healthy as it once was
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
Is live TV dying? No, but it’s not as healthy as it once was
Jan 04 2017 3:15 PM
Viewing time of live TV continued to decline in Q3, albeit by only a minute in from a year ago, as viewers increasingly tune in to time-shifted TV and online video. Nielsen said live TV viewing per...
Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Jan 04 2017 11:45 AM
Hulu’s entry into live streaming will launch within the next few months for less than $40/mo., according to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who also announced the service had reached a deal with CBS for its...
Iflix looks to Hum for local content in Pakistan as it sets to deploy
APAC, SVOD, Content Deals
Iflix looks to Hum for local content in Pakistan as it sets to deploy
Jan 04 2017 7:15 AM
Iflix, the Netflix wannabe that has gained a toe-hold in some Asia-Pacific countries, is extending its content reach, signing a multi-year programming deal with Pakistan’s entertainment channel Hum...
LatAM, Live sports
Could streaming be the only way to watch Argentinian soccer?
Jan 03 2017 2:30 PM
Consumers’ appetite for live sports streamed online is continuing to create opportunities for leagues and teams around the world to expand their audiences and create new means to monetize their...
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
LatAM, Broadband, OTT
Demand for bandwidth, OTT video spurs FTTH investment in LatAm
Jan 03 2017 1:45 PM
Growing consumer spending power and affordable multiplay service bundle are fueling the adoption of prepaid satellite pay-TV services (DTH) in Latin America, especially among consumers who previously...
Live Streaming, OTT
What are your firsts in 2016?
Dec 22 2016 1:30 PM
As the year comes to an end, I reminisce over some of the things I did. A few firsts come to my mind. I watched a live Opera for the first time ever. 2016 also happens to be the year I finally...
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
OTT, Advertising, SVOD
Buffering online video: Three strikes and you’re out
Dec 20 2016 5:30 AM
Call it the “three-strike rule.” A new survey from CDN Limelight found that 78% of OTT viewers will tolerate two buffering occurrences, but will abandon the video after three. Buffering remains the...

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