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HBO Now official subscriber count is 800K, disappointing investors

Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, has finally come out with the number of subscribers to the linear version of the premium network, HBO Now. So far, total subscribership after just nine months is 800,000. That is much lower than a 2015 guesstimate by MoffettNathanson that pegged the subscriber count at 1.6 million.

What can Yahoo's online video assets do for Verizon?

Verizon would roll Yahoo's video assets in with AOL, the unit that until its purchase last May was a direct competitor to Yahoo. But what benefits could Yahoo's assets provide to Verizon's video strategy? Which ones would be redundant?

StreamNation to shut down in March as company pivots to Project Noah

StreamNation, a service that enables subscribers to stream their personal and owned videos and music directly from its cloud-based storage facilities, announced that it will shut down operations on March 8, leaving subscribers just four weeks to shift or download their media files.

SVOD use keeps growing as 57 percent of U.S. homes subscribe to Big Three, study says

The number of U.S. households that stream over-the-top video using a subscription video on demand service has risen to 57 percent, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group. Furthermore, 48 percent of U.S. adults stream either Amazon, Hulu or Netflix on a monthly basis.

Amazon, Netflix series 'Mozart,' 'Orange' get renewal nods

Call it a performance bonus: Amazon original series Mozart In The Jungle, which debuted last year and recently walked away with two Golden Globe awards, has been renewed for a third season. Likewise, Netflix extended the run for one of its multiple award-winning shows, Orange Is The New Black, renewing the series for three more seasons.

As CBS and Verizon compile results, Super Bowl streaming scores viewer points for quality

Live streaming may have a scored a decisive win during the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but not just in viewer numbers. Online watchers also saw a very reliable online video stream, with few major problems reported -- at least, anecdotally.

Verizon may buy Yahoo, if it gets 'the right price'

As Yahoo's growth prospects continue to stay flat and analysts predict the company may be broken and sold off, Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed that the service provider is taking a hard look at buying the Internet search and online video company -- or at least some of its assets.

Google's new set-top box opens can of worms in Washington

Late last week, word got out that Google had produced a set-top box that meets many of the specifications that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would like to see cable operators implement in their STBs. It was curious on a lot of levels, until one realizes that Google has become one of the biggest influencers in Washington, D.C., says FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel.

Solving the live streaming latency conundrum

Can live streaming really grow this year the way it's been forecast? What is standing in the way of greater adoption and availability?

ESPN, Tencent ink partnership deal to live-stream sports content in China

Sports network ESPN will have a presence on Chinese online video provider Tencent's platform following a deal between the two companies. Under the agreement, ESPN will create and distribute locally-focused live sports content in China across Tencent's digital platforms.

Live streaming latency: As Super Bowl preps its largest live stream ever, the OTT industry scurries to catch up to broadcast


Live streaming has come an awfully long way: from the early days of watching pandas mosey in and out of frame on simple, bandwidth-starved live cams to delivering this weekend's Super Bowl championship game to multiple millions of online and mobile viewers, the difference is huge. But providers are still trying to solve a nagging problem: delays in a streamed video's delivery as long as two minutes, which can ruin a sports fan's day.

Yahoo says Mavens isn't going anywhere, will lay off 15 percent of workforce

Yahoo plans to keep a tight focus on Mavens, its mobile, video, native and social media initiative, with CEO Marissa Mayer calling it a key monetization strategy. However, the company plans to realign in the wake of a late-2015 scuffle with investors who wanted it to cancel a planned sell-off of its Asia-Pacific assets -- including a layoff of 15 percent of its workforce.

YouTube helps drive Google's core business to $74.5B in Q4

Google's chart-topping video asset, YouTube, helped drive the unit's core Internet business -- which includes search and Android as well -- up 14 percent to $74.5 billion in 2015, Alphabet said in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report.

A tale of two cloud providers: Amazon's miss on sales sends stocks down, while Microsoft's Azure soars

Retail giant Amazon, despite touting a 51 percent annual boost in new subscribers to its Prime membership program -- which includes online video streaming -- completely missed analyst estimates for sales in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company saw earnings per share of $1 on $35.75 billion in sales, well below forecast EPS of $1.56. Meanwhile, its cloud streaming competitor Microsoft posted EPS of 78 cents on $25.7 billion in revenue for its fiscal second-quarter 2016, well above Wall Street estimates.

Indonesia blocks Netflix as local pay-TV operators, regulators complain about its content

Global content rights are no longer Netflix's biggest problem, at least in Indonesia: the country's state-run telecommunications provider, Telkom, has blocked the SVOD provider citing objectionable content in its lineup as well as permit issues.

Too big to fail? Virtual reality gets big push from content, cable providers

Virtual reality is not 3D TV: that's the consensus in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, where the technology got plenty of attention thanks to a heavy hype cycle. The reason certainly isn't hype, a new FierceCable special report says -- companies like Facebook are investing billions of dollars in VR.

FilmOn acquires CinemaNow, pushes into $2B TVOD market

CinemaNow, the transactional video on demand (TVOD) service once owned by Best Buy, has found new life: it's being acquired by FilmOn for an undisclosed amount.

Innovations in content discovery, quality key to improving users' streaming media experience

As the lines between device makers, network operators, and content providers blur, the user experience has become more critical both as a point of competitive differentiation and a way to increase customer satisfaction.

VideoBlocks shifts CMO Leonard into CEO role as subscriber base passes 130K

Online video stock footage doesn't sound like a compelling market segment, but as content creators multiply, so does demand for high-quality video filler. That has driven a huge boost in subscribership at VideoBlocks, a Web-based stock video footage provider, which in turn is driving a minor strategy pivot as co-founder Joel Holland steps out of the CEO role and into a new position as executive chairman. TJ Leonard, formerly chief marketing officer, is taking over as CEO.

Amazon Prime may have 54M subscribers, must focus on retention, analyst says

Amazon's Prime membership program, which includes access to its Prime Instant Video streaming service, may have as many as 54 million subscribers in the United States, according to one analyst firm's estimates. If so, that indicates subscriber growth year-over-year of 35 percent, up from an estimated 40 million members at the end of 2014.