Longtime executives in the telecom industry have seen their fair share of disruption over the decades. But where should today's telecom executives look for the next big wave of disruption? Fierce has assembled a list of executives who are looking blazing a trail to the future -- executives who we believe are poised to deliver the next big thing.
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.
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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.
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Netflix will soon be streaming The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in almost every country where its SVOD service is available -- sorry, Canada -- thanks to a first-ever global licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution.
Comcast-owned NBCUniversal may be at the lead edge of a purge of smaller TV networks, according to its CEO Steve Burke, who said on the cable conglomerate's second-quarter earnings call that NBCU plans to trim channels from its lineup.
The BBC's digital video service, iPlayer, may not yet be in the U.S., but once it gets here -- if it gets here, rather than as a differently packaged subscription service -- it could have a feature that no other major OTT provider has: subtitles on live-streamed content.
Social media website Twitter is "betting its future" on live-streamed, mobile-focused video -- and if its strategy fails, the company could become an acquisition target.
Net Insight, a Stockholm-based company offering a synced live-streaming solution called "Sye" that it claims reduces online video latency to less than 10 seconds, got a huge endorsement from Streaming Media analyst and VP Dan Rayburn, who said the solution is unique in the OTT market in that it addresses latency along with picture quality when it comes to a good user experience.
Two years after pulling the plug on its disastrous SVOD partnership with Verizon, Redbox is giving OTT streaming a try again. The video rental service is trialing a transaction video on demand (TVOD) service with a "small subset" of its customers.
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AT&T may have set an aggressive path to virtualize its network, but being a global player, the service provider said what will help drive adoption across the service provider community will be an accelerated standards effort.
Shares of Google parent Alphabet jumped four percent after the company said quarterly profit rose 24 percent in the latest quarter thanks largely to revenues from mobile ads. Google's ad business generated $21.5 billion, up 21 percent year-over-year.