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HBO Now may have over 850K subscribers, analyst says

While HBO isn't forthcoming about its subscriber numbers, particularly for its shiny new standalone service HBO Now, an online video industry analyst pegged the number of subscribers to the OTT variant at more than 850,000, "and the number could very well be around 1 million."

Netflix confirms launch in Japan this fall; signs content deal with Fuji Media

Subscription video on demand leader Netflix will launch this fall in Japan, about six months after announcing it would bring its service to the country. And in keeping with its model of blending locally produced content with its other internationally licensed movies and TV series, Netflix has signed a deal with Fuji Media Holdings to feature two of its series on the service.

Meerkat may be overtaking Periscope in views, engagement, advertiser's test suggests

Is live-streaming app Meerkat edging out Twitter-owned Periscope for views? An informal test being run throughout this summer by brand advertiser Bolthouse Farms is generating some interesting early results.

Internet access neither 'necessity nor a human right,' FCC's O'Rielly says in live-streamed panel

The Internet is likely the greatest invention created in FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's lifetime, but despite its importance to both consumers and businesses, he maintains that access to it is neither a necessity nor a human right.

Amazon's HDR play, like 4K, may have limited audience

With 4K off to a stuttering start in the online video space, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors like Netflix, announcing that some of its original series, including Mozart In The Jungle, will be available in the newly standardized high dynamic range format.

Funding news: Qwilt pockets another $25M, while spycam.io creators get bootstrappy with Cameleon

Video platform developer Qwilt, which helps pay-TV operators and other Internet service providers to deliver OTT video content to their subscribers, has received $25 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Disrupt-ive, and brings the company's total funding to $65 million.

Price war? Showtime joins forces with Hulu as premium SVOD competition heats up

Hulu is continuing its bid to be a one-stop service for exclusive TV series and movies by announcing a content partnership with Showtime that will enable Hulu subscribers to sign up for the premium network's online service for considerably less than Showtime's standalone monthly rate. The move could be the first big cannon shot in a potential SVOD price war.

Meet the top 15 startups in online video

The online video industry is expanding by leaps and bounds. That's no surprise, and neither is the sheer number of startups bringing new ideas and technologies to the segment. There are dozens, perhaps hundreds, of new companies contributing to the IP video ecosystem. That made picking just 15 of the most compelling online video startups something of a challenge.

Parks: Meeting consumer demand for TV Everywhere and OTT services

Pay-TV and OTT providers face an ongoing and expanding challenge to attract and retain consumers as the OTT video space gets crowded and consumer video habits continue to evolve. Many companies are finding it difficult to formulate business strategies given the dynamic changes in consumer habits. Several factors are keeping those usage habits in flux:

Verizon's ad-supported OTT pricing may signal new business models to come

Telecom giant Verizon Communications completed its $4.4 billion deal to acquire AOL, meaning that with video delivery and an owned-and-operated programmatic advertising platform in place, it's now poised to launch its over-the-top streaming service for Verizon Wireless customers. But can Verizon's ad-supported, subsidized data model compete with the bevy of OTT providers jumping into the space?

Lifetime's 'Deadly Adoption' scores in online engagement

If the Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig Lifetime Original movie A Deadly Adoption was a bit of a head-scratcher for fans of the comedic duo, the movie's weekend debut still scored a solid win for social media engagement.

Netflix board approves 7-to-1 stock split as shares jump to near $700

Update: After weeks of rumors that it would do so, Netflix's board has approved a seven-for-one stock split. The move, according to The Wall Street Journal, could generate renewed interest in the SVOD provider's stock price, driving up the newly split shares' value more quickly.

SeaChange's Samit: Business models, legal issues hold back IP video technology

NEW YORK--The media and entertainment industry is struggling with new ways to package their content for a younger, OTT-friendly audience. But most are getting in their own way by adhering to traditional TV business models. It especially dampens the effect that current technology could have on IP-based, over-the-top video.

Digitalsmiths: Over 32% of cable subs are 'on the fence' about cord-cutting

Add one more study to the litany of cord-cutting woes faced by pay-TV providers. According to a new Digitalsmiths study, 32.4 percent of current cable, satellite and IPTV subscribers say they're "on the fence" about keeping their service and would need enticement to stay. And consumers are increasingly aware of the expanded OTT options available to them, such as Sling TV, making for interesting times in the cable biz.

Kwicr, A2Zlogix among wireless industry's startups to watch

The wireless industry has seen enormous change over the past two decades, but consolidation and the move toward 5G technologies have some wondering if much innovation can occur in the segment. Don't worry: there's still plenty of innovation to go around.

MobiTV, Boost join forces to attract prepaid subs with live sports, VOD lineup

Boost Mobile is staking its claim in the mobile OTT space by teaming with MobiTV, a multiscreen video service provider, to deliver prepaid online video services to its mobile customers. The companies announced that they are working together on the service, which offers both live and on-demand video content.

Philo leads traditional TV toward campus cord-cutters, and maybe OTT's future

What will linear TV of the future look like? With millennials' ambivalence when it comes to buying pay-TV bundles, traditional cable and satellite operators are struggling to find a middle ground to attract a younger generation. They may find that perfect medium on college campuses, where increasingly, operators like Comcast and AT&T have begun to offer over-the-top streaming packages.

With YouTube Gaming, Google may finally have a viable competitor to Twitch

After several months under wraps, Google's answer to live-streamed gaming was unveiled on Friday. But does it have the ability to unseat Twitch as the leader in this segment? According to a review of the new service, it has a chance.

Alibaba to launch SVOD service in China's competitive, $6B OTT market

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the global counterpart to e-tail giant Amazon, is adding subscription video on demand to its expansive fold, with plans to launch Tmall Box Office (TBO) in China within two months.

Cable tries to counter OTT onslaught with TV Everywhere, VOD services

Can we panic now? The depressingly slow growth in new subscribers to pay TV--less than 10,000 for the first quarter of 2015, a record low--should signal to traditional cable operators that a sea change in the way viewers consume video is well under way. But some appeared to cling to the notion that some growth means things are still going well in the linear TV space.