special report

  • NBCU's Seeso, PlayStation Vue, Starz headline SVOD launches in Q1 2016

    After a flurry of announcements and hurried promises at the end of 2015, the first quarter of 2016 did not see too many actual launches of subscription video-on-demand services. Still, three significant SVOD products became available to the U.S. streaming market, and a slew of other services are queuing up for the second and third quarters.

Move over, Twitter: Snapchat gets Olympics streaming rights via NBC

NBC Olympics is making its first move to expand the availability of its coverage of the Summer Games online. The network has signed a deal with Snapchat to post highlights and create daily "live stories" using content from NBC as well as from athletes and attendees at the scene, all available on a dedicated channel via Snapchat's mobile app.

Netflix begins rolling out new billing option via Google Play

Netflix appears to be taking a cue from its increasingly mobile users and is rolling out in-app billing to a selected number of Android users in "all supported regions" via Google Play, Variety reports. The move is a big change for the SVOD provider, which previously only enabled setup and billing via its own website and app.

Akamai posts strong revenues of $568M in midst of realignment

Online services provider Akamai's move to shift the company away from a primarily CDN focus to tailoring its products toward industry verticals brought in earnings well above analyst estimates in the first quarter of 2016, posting revenues of $567.72 million, or $3.91 million above forecasts, and diluted net earnings per share of 66 cents, 3 cents higher than predicted.

NFL streaming win doesn't stem Twitter share drop after Q1 revenue miss

The investor rebellion against online video and social media stocks appears to be continuing after Twitter's shares fell 13 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following a first-quarter earnings report that missed analyst estimates by over $13 million. Revenues reached just $595 million, 36 percent higher than a year ago but much lower than its high point of $641 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Turner looks to Canvs for social media measurement as it launches first SVOD effort, FilmStruck

Turner Networks, long a stalwart of the cable world, is apparently keeping to its stated plan to launch several online video services over the next several months, and more: in addition to partnering with the Criterion Collection on its very first SVOD foray, FilmStruck, the company is deepening its audience knowledge by signing with Canvs to gauge engagement via social media platforms like Twitter.


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AT&T's ambitious move into live, linear 4K broadcasting via its DirecTV business has proven challenging, as the company was forced to cancel the first two of its planned 25 MLB game broadcasts due to technical challenges. The first broadcast was canceled due to problems with a third-party production truck, and the second was scratched when the satellite TV provider found the signal to be unacceptable in early testing.