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  • Net neutrality passes, but leaves paid prioritization issue open

    Call it a cautious win for the online video industry: After a commission meeting marked by strenuous dissent from its Republican commissioners, the FCC voted 3-2 to adopt net neutrality rules that classify broadband as a service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Profiling the wireline industry's rising stars

If online video's future--particularly when it comes to 4K streaming--depends upon the capacity and speed of the nation's networks, then companies like Google play a critical role. Google Fiber's ongoing challenge to other Internet service providers is to bring 1 Gbps services to consumers at a reasonable price.

Long-form content has its day in the sun as ad views jump 43%, FreeWheel says

Views of video ads on long-form content jumped 43 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to FreeWheel's latest report.

Cord cutting increased by 1.4M homes in 2014, analyst says

As many as 1.4 million U.S. households either cut their pay-TV subscription or never had one in the first place last year, a number that "appears to have markedly increased" over past years, according to analysts Michael Nathanson and Craig Moffett. The data could spell bad news for cable and satellite operators, which managed to stem the tide of video subscriber losses somewhat in the fourth quarter.

IBM partners with Kaltura to power Turner's multiscreen play in Latin America

Over-the-top service provider Kaltura and IBM are providing platform and infrastructure support to Turner Broadcasting as it launches an authenticated multiscreen service in Latin America and Brazil. The partnership is IBM's first hybrid cloud services foray into the media and entertainment industry.

Groupflix pivots into Pilotly, climbs into data analytics niche

For online video startups, the OTT landscape is one that appears ripe with possibilities but in reality can be hard to realize. Streaming video startup GroupFlix is wading through that mire now and, in an attempt to expand a less-exploited niche, is shifting its focus a bit. The business is changing its name to Pilotly and, taking a page from the Amazon playbook, will offer viewers the ability to watch and rate pilot episodes of TV series.


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Mozilla is teaming with major operators like Verizon Wireless to bring Firefox OS devices to developed countries where it currently has very little traction. The first Firefox OS phones sold by Verizon will likely hit the U.S. market in 2016.


Samsung Electronics unveiled the next versions of its flagship line of smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with high hopes that these devices will be a bigger hit than their predecessor, the S5.  The two smartphones are dramatically different from the pastic-backed progenitors of the Galaxy S family because they have metal bodies.