YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo and other online video providers have enjoyed significant success. But other OTT video players haven't been so lucky. Here are 10 online video companies either gone before their time, or that are struggling to keep from fading away.
For smaller MCNs and for individual content creators, YouTube is a challenging space to turn a profit. Enter the next generation of online distributors: companies that are providing ways for content creators to post and publicize their videos beyond YouTube.
Seems like everyone and their mother is trying to launch a content service over the top these days. But so far, the ever-growing number of available streaming services has brought in real profit to only a few--even Netflix is struggling to maintain decent margins--while frustrating consumers searching for the content they want to watch. Could alliances between online video providers--rather than industry consolidation--help resolve these problems?
FilmOn CEO: FCC 'extremely positive' toward MVPDs
Change is inevitable. That's the mantra being carried by Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn. The outspoken executive is attempting to rally support for a NPRM circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of an MVPD. FierceOnlineVideo chatted with David following his latest FCC visit to get his view of the climate at the commission, an overview of FilmOn's business model, and how he sees the OTT landscape evolving in the near future.
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DVR manufacturer TiVo, which has been offering OTT-enabled set-tops to both consumers and pay-TV operator partners, saw lower profits in its fiscal 2015 third quarter, coming in one cent below analyst estimates at 6 cents per share, with net income of $6.35 million.
HBO may not have disclosed much, at all, about its planned standalone over-the-top service in the United States, but the premium network is about to make waves in China, announcing a deal with online video giant Tencent that will see many of its series distributed through Tencent's website "in the very near future." Terms of the deal were not disclosed, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Streaming sticks will be one of the hottest stocking stuffers this holiday season, if new data from Parks Associates is any indication.
Embattled OTA-over-OTT provider Aereo filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Friday in the Southern District of New York, citing an "uncertain regulatory and legal climate" that has kept the startup from operating since June.
With the NFL jumping into online video with its NFL Now app, and regional networks like Pac-12 debuting their own OTT experiences, the idea of watching sports online is transitioning from an optional activity to must-see video. And next year, "broadband sports," as TDG analyst Joel Espelien dubs it, is set to take off in a big way.
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