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  • I/O bits: Google Play gets HBO Now; YouTube to become 'VR hub'

    Consumers using Android devices or Chromecast who felt left out when HBO debuted its new over-the-top service exclusively on Apple's iOS platform now can join the Game of Thrones streaming club. Google announced during its I/O conference that HBO Now will be available this summer through Cast on Android and via web browsers.

Cisco: Video will eat up 80% of all IP traffic within four years

By 2019, 80 percent of all IP traffic will be video--a 13 percent increase from 2014, when video took up about 67 percent of IP-based traffic. That's the latest forecast from Cisco, which has released its 2015 Visual Networking Index. But mobile traffic won't be the biggest part of that figure. Advanced video services including 4K/Ultra-High Def, 360-degree/spherical video, and video-centric M2M applications will be among the biggest bandwidth hogs.

Tivo's $27.5M acquisition of Cubiware boosts its international presence

With better-than-expected quarterly results, an announcement that it's acquired middleware provider Cubiware, and rumors increasing that TiVo is working out a way to provide a linear OTT service using the tech it acquired from defunct Aereo, analysts are looking on the DVR maker with a more favorable eye.

New Netflix user interface to roll out in June

Rumors have been swirling since January, but Netflix finally confirmed this week that it will launch a redesigned user interface for its SVOD service in June, in line with its recent earnings-call promise to do so in the second half of 2015. But why all the hullaballoo over what seems like, on the surface, a few minor changes to how the menu looks?

Tennent online video campaign may be bellwether of faster shift from TV to OTT

Could beer show the way to online ad profits? As OTT video ad spending begins its upward growth, U.S. advertisers might be wise to keep an eye on the way a single Scottish company tackles next-generation ad strategy--and how its millennial-aged consumers respond.

Lycos looks to online video advertising in quest for new life as it sheds old patents

What a long, strange trip it's been for Lycos: The Internet's first really big search engine has remade itself as a digital media company. This week the company released its fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 results, declaring that it plans to become "one of the larger video advertising players" worldwide, with a focus on mobile advertising.