Showtime waded into the digital video fray over the past year with the launch of Showtime Anytime and its direct-to-consumer Showtime app. FierceOnlineVideo spoke with Showtime COO Tom Christie at the INTX Show in Boston about Showtime's online video strategy and his view of the changing multichannel industry.
In a study conducted by IneoQuest and Research Now into video buffering -- a distinct possibility for live-streamed video, besides latency -- two-thirds of the respondents rated their frustration with buffering video a seven out of ten, and two out of five would wait less than 10 seconds before presumably giving up.
Why is ad blocking taking off? That's easy: Consumers love it. Without ads bogging down processing speed on their computers, tablets and smartphones, their devices run much faster. But online video providers that derive their revenue from advertising are in a bind. Can a balance be found that keeps ads playing without chasing away audiences?
Verizon's $4 billion buy of AOL last year was initially a bit of a surprise to the industry, but made sense in the wake of the launch of go90, its mobile-first, ad-supported video streaming service. But although the provider is supporting digital advertising efforts around go90, Dan Ackerman, vice president of programmatic TV at AOL, says that the service is just one part of its broader portfolio.
The evolution of content distribution and the consistent growth of over-the-top streaming generates industry predictions of the inevitable decline and fall of pay TV. As video ecosystems collide, the industry remains in a state of great change.
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The addition of Warner Bros. Entertainment as a licensee of and a licensor to HEVC Advance indicates the patent pool effort is gaining steam, the administrator's CEO told FierceOnlineVideo.
Altice remains silent on U.S. launch of Zive SVOD service, following close of Cablevision, Suddenlink deals
Although the company has hinted that it will bring its Zive SVOD service to the United States, a U.S. spokeswoman for Altice declined to provide any details on a possible American version of the offering.
With the Summer Olympics in Rio fast approaching, Akamai pointed out that global average and average peak internet connections have more than doubled since the previous Games in London.
CBS All Access, Netflix get nearly 4 percent more viewers while YouTube viewing slips, Limelight says
Online video consumption is continuing to grow, with users spending more time watching over-the-top video than before, but price is gradually becoming less of a reason to cut the cord -- if audiences are cutting it at all. However, viewers are increasingly demanding better quality from their OTT video stream, and that may be behind a drop in YouTube viewing, a new Limelight report says.
The stars appear to be aligning for the mobile live streaming industry, as both Facebook and YouTube announced expanded capabilities for their respective apps, making live streaming more accessible and more directly competitive with Twitter-owned Periscope.
Twitter's mobile live-streaming app, Periscope, made history on two levels Wednesday, when a Democratic congressman used the app to broadcast a sit-in on the House floor, and C-SPAN relied heavily on the feed to broadcast the event, likely the first cable network ever to do so.
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SNL Kagan once again revised its projections for broadcast retransmission fees upward, pegging the total licensing cost to U.S. pay-TV operators to reach $10.6 billion by 2020.