Since the Supreme Court's decision in favor of broadcasters stating that its online streaming business violated copyright laws, Aereo has paused its service as it explores options. But a number of moves in the online video market are now taking place, and Aereo's ultimate fate remains unclear. FierceCable and FierceOnlineVideo are following the results of this historic decision.
How much are online video providers spending on original content this year? While Netflix has always been pretty open about the amount of money it's dedicating to its original series, others like Amazon and Hulu are not so forthcoming. We take a look at the billion-dollar bets these providers are making on content.
What's behind the huge spike in bandwidth around live sporting events like the World Cup? A rabid fan base certainly helps, but another key indicator is the ability of those fans to access live events online.
BroadbandTVcon 2014 covered a number of issues affecting the OTT and traditional pay-TV market segments. FierceCable was on hand in Santa Clara, Calif., covering the events, keynotes and panels. Review all our show coverage here from Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek and Editor Daniel Frankel. (Image courtesy of The Cable Show.)
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