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FilmOn, Aereo laud FCC vote to explore MVPD reclassification

The FCC's five commissioners have all approved a rulemaking proposal that could make it possible for over-the-top providers with services similar to FilmOn or Aereo to be classified as multichannel video program distributors.

OTT moves: Vessel opens for business, while Popcornflix jumps onto Xbox

Just in time for those holiday streaming binges, a number of OTT players are getting in front of audiences. For one, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's new premium service, Vessel, is now open for video creators to upload content. Meanwhile, Amazon added the HBO Go app to its Fire TV streaming device, and Popcornflix became available on Microsoft's Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada.

Synacor takes new tack with syndicated content, teams with BuddyTV

Multiscreen service provider Synacor is adding a new dimension to its portfolio, announcing that it will launch syndicated content targeted at desktop and mobile online video viewers. Its first distributor: BuddyTV, which says the new content will expand its own opportunities to draw in revenue, primarily through advertising.

TV Everywhere is still behind the curve as OTT builds strength

Pure-play over-the-top video is continuing to eat TV Everywhere's lunch when it comes to time spent viewing videos (one of the most important new metrics in the industry). In today's spotlight, we take a look at one of FierceCable's biggest stories of the year, which explains why TV Everywhere has not taken off.

Mom, you're gettin' a Roku ... and Timmy, you're gettin' a Chromecast

I rarely buy electronics for family members. Older relatives aren't always enchanted by the latest smartphone or tablet, and younger folks either already have it--they trend as early adopters--or have specific technology preferences. But this year, I'm comfortable buying at least one consumer device for some of my immediate family: a streaming stick.

Amazon's Kindle Fire, Samsung's Galaxy top preferred video streaming devices, Adobe says

While Apple's iPad and iPhone dominate the overall mobile video viewing market, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found.

Comparing streaming sticks: How well will Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV Stick sell this holiday season?

How well will the top three streaming sticks sell this holiday season? We take a look at these popular devices in terms of usability, consumer reach and potential sales.

SVOD to outpace DVD sales in 2015, analyst says

Could the DVD be completely obsolete in just a few years? The market seems to be shifting that way: By the third quarter of 2015, subscription video on demand services will bring in more revenue than disc sales. And consumers will spend "at least" three times longer watching streamed video than DVDs, according to nScreenMedia.

JW Player index puts tablet viewing ahead of smartphones, desktops

Enterprise video services provider JW Player released its first-ever quarterly index, and its findings are similar to those in Ooyala's recent video index: Tablet users watch the most online video each month, with PC and smartphone users falling into second and third place, respectively.

Don't fear the reaper: Netflix, HBO competition may also be broadcasters' salvation

With traditionally linear TV companies now at the point where they must invest significantly more in IP video delivery, and no clear monetization strategy yet gelling, investors want to know if TV is still a good bet. It is--if broadcasters and networks can wrap their heads around OTT delivery.

Rumor mill: FCC majority votes to approve OTT reclassification

The industry may be closer to reclassifying some OTT services as MVPDs than originally thought. According to unnamed sources, a majority of FCC commissioners have voted to approve the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking circulated a few weeks ago by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

HBO dumps its OTT engine for MLB Advanced Media platform as April 2015 launch date looms

Developing a new over-the-top, a la carte service is bound to create drama for HBO at some level. Some of that was revealed today as reports surfaced that the premium network will outsource its streaming to MLB Advanced Media--and news broke that HBO's chief technology officer, Otto Berkes, has resigned.

Ooyala: Smartphone, tablet OTT viewing jumps 114% since last year

Americans are more in love with their mobile devices than ever, when it comes to over-the-top watching. Online video viewing on smartphones and tablets more than doubled between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014, to 114 percent, with views from both types of devices making up 30 percent of all video plays in the third quarter.

YouTube reportedly frets as stars tempted by competing OTT services

As the popularity of home-grown YouTube stars explodes, in many cases thanks to the efforts of multichannel networks, their cachet in the over-the-top world is growing, too. With potential suitors circling, Google-owned YouTube is throwing out some attractive lures of its own to keep those new celebrities in the fold.

Amazon, Vimeo announce 4K options for online video

Following through on promises that Ultra High-Def content would be available to subscribers soon, Amazon announced that some of its Prime Instant Video content can now be streamed in 4K. Likewise, Vimeo, an OTT provider that specializes in video by independent filmmakers, is easing into 4K, offering downloads of files in the format.

Netflix's Sarandos: Quality content will keep subscribers coming in

Despite the possibility of hitting a subscriber wall in the United States, Netflix is putting its focus on creating quality content to attract and retain viewers--both at home and abroad, according to Ted Sarandos, content chief for the SVOD provider. And that means premiering original content, either brand new series or movies, or a new season, every two and a half weeks on average--eventually.

Video becoming an 'essential skill' for employees, Kaltura says

Being able to produce video and distribute it online for one's company may be an essential skill for many employees in the near future, if the results of a new survey by Kaltura are any indication. The enterprise video service provider said that more than 90 percent of respondents believe that enterprise video improves knowledge sharing between employees as well as boosting marketing and communication efforts.

Parks: Roku leads the pack as 10% of broadband households buy streaming media devices in 2014

Ten percent of U.S. households bought a streaming media device in 2014 with Roku the leading choice, a survey by Parks Associates says.

Cuban: Streaming video doesn't threaten cable TV

Billionaire entrepreneur and sports team owner Mark Cuban isn't all that impressed with streaming video as a competitor to cable TV. In fact, he takes issue with boasts that streaming services such as Netflix will soon dance on cable's grave, arguing instead that the two media need each other.

Nielsen: Traditional TV viewing slides as online streaming views go up

Nielsen's new Total Audience Report has confirmed a trend that most industry observers believe: Online video streaming viewing went up 60 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of this year while traditional television viewing dropped 4 percent during the same time period.