Fierce editors were on site at the RAI Amsterdam for IBC 2014, Sept. 11-16. Check this page for continuing insights from the show.
In the wake of FCC rules that require television programs, movies, and short clips to have closed captions even in the online video space, broadcasters and OTT providers are scrambling to make sure their online catalogs are captioned. The captioning crisis has created an opportunity for startups using new technologies, including cloud platforms, to do the job faster and cheaper. But can they also do it better than established caption providers?
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.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. As we've noted recently, over-the-top providers like Hulu and Netflix are no longer stealing a march on traditional distributors. Broadcasters like CBS, cable operators, channels like A+E Networks and others are finally making multiscreen a bigger priority--as long as the technology fits within their current moneymaking model.
More online video news from across the Web:
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> Twitch got "an incredible amount of feedback," mostly negative, after implementing changes to its terms of service that include muting unlicensed music detected in on-demand videos on the site. Story
> Less than half of Netflix subscribers watch Emmy nominees House of Cards or Orange Is The New Black. Story
> A Denver resident, D.C. Barns, will appear in the upcoming Star Wars movie after winning the Force for Change donation challenge, a video on the Star Wars YouTube channel announced. The challenge raised over $4 million for UNICEF. Video
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IBC, arguably the Continent's biggest broadcasting and media conference, can be a bit dizzying. Going over notes in the wake of a five-day whirlwind of conference sessions, meetings and networking events is a somewhat herculean task. But paging through two notebooks' worth of material revealed a few underlying trends at this year's event.
AMSTERDAM--Content providers, cable companies and distributors trying to figure out where to put their online investment dollars would be wise to invest in content rights and distribution, panelists said at an IBC 2014 session here on managing content portfolios. But to make the right decisions, they need to strike a balance between viewer preferences and maintaining the integrity of their brand.
France-based Bouygues Telecom has signed a deal to make Netflix available on its set-top boxes and to mobile devices beginning in November. The announcement coincided with Netflix's launch into the country, one that the industry is watching closely as the online video provider expands further into a wary European market. FierceWireless:Europe has all the details here.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix may have intentionally caused slowdowns of its own video stream during its well-publicized disputes with Verizon and Comcast, the director of a conservative technology organization said.
The online video explosion appears, on the surface, to be a great environment for content owners to redistribute older television shows and movies. After all, Netflix built a huge business on licensing existing content, long before it leaped into original series. However, it's not easy being an archive in today's market, according to panelists at an IBC session here.
The personal computer remains the preferred viewing device for over-the-top video worldwide, followed by tablets and smartphones, a new survey conducted by SPB TV reveals. But the television is still holding its own as a home for high-quality "destination" viewing such as sports.
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The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today to long lines in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The new phones are not officially on sale in China yet, but that is not stopping gray-market electronics dealers from hawking the new phones for hefty premiums.
Over 90 of AT&T's wireless industry partners have come together to jointly make their voice heard at the FCC in protesting the service provider's pending acquisition of DirecTV.