Judges' tally: NBC scores historic online video numbers at Sochi Olympics, but will it bank on OTT viewers?
The Winter Olympics officially ended Sunday night, and the results for online video viewing are beginning to roll in. As expected, the Sochi Games were the most streamed Olympics ever, surpassing the London Olympics. We detail some of the hallmarks of streaming video during the Games, including Live Extra views, advertising and Internet traffic rates.
How is NBC Sports getting its live coverage of the Winter Olympics to online video viewers? As the broadcaster completes the first week of its Winter Olympics coverage, we take a look at how viewers are getting their Games.
News that online video providers Netflix and YouTube take up nearly half of all Internet bandwidth in the United States during peak viewing hours is well known. But while consumer video content is front and center in the IP entertainment revolution, other critical but perhaps lesser-known content service providers have been growing in the background.
How are online video providers going after new subscribers this holiday season? With Black Friday and Cyber Monday looming, a few are already gearing up the marketing machine to entice viewers to switch to their channel or purchase their online video-capable equipment.
As I write this Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, and his wife are at the hospital about to welcome their first child and embark on a whole new adventure in parenthood. As you may know, Josh has been the editor of FierceOnlineVideo for just about a year and during that time we've enjoyed his insightful commentaries and thoughtful news coverage.
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Stephane Bourque, CEO of Incognito Software, shares his thoughts on the changes in store for ISPs and the over-the-top video landscape in 2014 and beyond.
More online video news from across the Web:
> The FCC will not appeal a federal court's decision to throw out most of its open Internet rules. Instead it will try to write new rules that fit with the court's guidance. Press release
> Hulu has hired Tian Lim, a former Sony Entertainment leader, to be its chief technology officer. Story
> Amazon licensed the streaming rights to the TV show "Teen Wolf" and a host of MGM-produced movies. Story
> Vevo and NUVOtv will work together on a new original series. Story
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Video hosting site Vimeo has created a $10 million fund to invest in promising indie films, taking a strategy originally used by Netflix to directly license films shown at independent film festivals and distribute them exclusively.
Dish Network's carriage deal with Walt Disney Co. inked earlier this week gives it the right to deliver ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC and other content via an over-the-top service that the company plans to launch soon. Many consider this to be a groundbreaking deal that will set Dish up as a leader in the OTT space.
Roku, the maker of an online video streaming set-top box and HDMI dongle, debuted a $50 version of its Streaking Stick that will begin shipping in mid-April. The device, which connects to the TV via an HDMI port, will compete with Google's $35 Chromecast stick in delivering streaming content to TVs and other devices.
Many would-be online viewers of the Academy Awards encountered problems Sunday, according to multiple reports. The technical problems were the latest in a series of online-video service issues to surface in recent weeks.
Nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults still get most of their video through traditional pay-TV services, though paid streaming video services and free services also make up a large portion of viewing, a CEA study found.
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A lot of developers probably use cloud computing to store their personal music library, stream movies at home or book hotels, but they may not be so sure about using the cloud to create their next mobile game. For the last few years, a number of firms have created mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaas) offerings that allow developers to offload chores like hosting or managing servers to keep apps up and running.