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  • IBC 2014 wrap: Content rights loom large as multiscreen moves to the forefront

    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.

Cable channels on OTT: Listen to the audience, but don't forget the brand

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.

Bouygues Telecom to make Netflix available to subscribers

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.

Netflix peering dispute with Verizon, Comcast intentional, pundit says

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.

Archived content providers battle broadcasters for share of OTT market

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.

PCs still hold sway for OTT viewing audience, survey says

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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