Since the Supreme Court's decision in favor of broadcasters stating that its online streaming business violated copyright laws, Aereo has paused its service as it explores options. But a number of moves in the online video market are now taking place, and Aereo's ultimate fate remains unclear. FierceCable and FierceOnlineVideo are following the results of this historic decision.
How much are online video providers spending on original content this year? While Netflix has always been pretty open about the amount of money it's dedicating to its original series, others like Amazon and Hulu are not so forthcoming. We take a look at the billion-dollar bets these providers are making on content.
What's behind the huge spike in bandwidth around live sporting events like the World Cup? A rabid fan base certainly helps, but another key indicator is the ability of those fans to access live events online.
BroadbandTVcon 2014 covered a number of issues affecting the OTT and traditional pay-TV market segments. FierceCable was on hand in Santa Clara, Calif., covering the events, keynotes and panels. Review all our show coverage here from Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek and Editor Daniel Frankel. (Image courtesy of The Cable Show.)
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> NBA Digital will show all 92 of its 2014 Summer League games across its platforms throughout July, including NBA TV, NBA.com and NBA Mobile. Story
> Picking up Community doesn't make sense if Yahoo's trying to woo more viewers, Nikki Finke says. Story
> AOL's library of content is now available on Apple TV. Story
> Fox is citing last week's Supreme Court decision against Aereo to bolster its claim against Dish Network's Hopper DVR. Story
> VOD users watch over an hour more linear TV than non-VOD users, Nielsen reports. Story
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Netflix's overall revenues surged around 25 percent year over year to $1.34 billion in the second quarter, and the company's profits more than doubled during that period, from $29 million to $71 million.
In a signal that heavy-handed anti-piracy tactics--and placing the burden of enforcement on ISPs--isn't working well, the United Kingdom is revising its "three strikes" plan which would boot illegal file sharers off their ISP after three warnings. Instead it will implement in 2015 a less rigid Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), which sends file sharers four warning letters … and does nothing else.
Reports that YouTube's audience growth is stagnating didn't dissuade Google executives from touting its benefits to advertisers as a key player in growing their digital campaigns.
Want to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket without carrying a DirecTV subscription as well? This could be your lucky season. The satellite provider is offering NFLSundayTicket.tv starting at $199.99--with certain restrictions.
Did Aereo ever try and negotiate content rights with broadcasters before taking its case to the Supreme Court? According to Les Moonves, CBS never got a call.
Those who have spent any time watching ad-supported online video are painfully familiar with the grueling amount of repeat ads they're subjected to. And a new Strata Marketing survey concurs, finding that a big chunk of consumers consider OTT ads more annoying than television ads.
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A week after one of his company's customer retention reps was caught in a virally distributed audio recording repeatedly refusing a service-cancellation request, Comcast COO Dave Watson sent a memo to company employees, essentially blaming the gaffe on company training.
Microsoft reported a 7 percent decline in its quarterly profit, largely due to the effects of incorporating Nokia's handset business. But the company's revenue increased with the addition of the $1.99 billion in revenues the company scored from Nokia's handset operations. Importantly, Microsoft reported selling 5.8 Lumia-branded Windows Phones, a decline from the 7.4 million Lumia smartphones Nokia sold during the second quarter of last year.