Netflix's $1 price hike encourages investors … temporarily

Netflix stock took an upward turn after the SVOD provider announced it will implement another price hike on Nov. 11, charging new subscribers $9.99 monthly for its popular two-device streaming tier. The boost in revenues will help offset costs related to its increased focus on original content.

Netflix an acquisition target? The case for and against

About a month ago, Paolo Pescatore, an analyst with CCS Insight outlined the idea that Netflix may be a shiny acquisition target. While the thought seems a little far-fetched -- Netflix almost certainly has no interest in being bought -- it isn't the first time this possibility has been floated, and now other outlets have picked up the ball and are outlaying cases for acquiring Netflix.

Cord-nevers outnumber cord-cutters nearly 3 to 1, Forrester report says

The cord-nevers demographic, once looked upon with mild interest by the pay-TV industry, has "eclipsed" cord-cutters in size, a new report from Forrester Research states, and the industry needs to learn now how to best serve this upcoming generation of video consumers who have never had a cable subscription and likely never will.

Bad for consumers, bad for pay-TV: why is the set-top box still around?

Set-top box rental fees imposed by cable operators add up to more than $231 per year for each of their subscribers -- and 99 percent of all subscribers rent their boxes directly from their cable provider, with few other options available to them. While that lock on the customer should provide a nice margin for pay-TV operators, the industry argues that set-top leasing is hardly a profitable business.

ABC Family changes its name, takes a multiplatform angle

Disney-owned television network ABC Family is changing its name to "Freeform" in January, a move it says will better reflect its content offerings and its audience's multiscreen viewing behaviors.

Hulu CEO Hopkins: No international expansion for now

Don't look for Hulu to expand into countries outside the U.S. anytime soon: its CEO, Mike Hopkins, told attendees at a Cannes, France event that while the global broadband market makes a compelling case for doing so, the SVOD provider is only going to look at potential expansion scenarios for now.

Newly launched 4K-capable Roku 4 purpose-built for streamers, eschews gaming component

Roku's latest device, the Roku 4, has a number of new features: a new operating system, OS 7; 60 frames-per-second 4K compatibility; and a remote control with voice search capability, among others. What it doesn't have is added gaming capabilities, and that was done on purpose according to Roku CEO Anthony Wood.

Amazon's move to pull Google, Apple streaming devices 'pretty dumb,' analyst says

By the end of the month, Amazon shoppers won't be able to buy Apple TV or Google Chromecast streaming devices from the online retail giant's website. While ostensibly made to prevent "customer confusion," some analysts are scratching their heads.

NewsON, Watchup, ZypMedia target the oft-overlooked local TV streaming opportunity

At the risk of throwing too many clichés at you, this is the best of times and the worst of times for the broadcast industry. The potential to reach a greater audience is bigger than ever, but the cost and complexity involved in leveraging OTT technologies makes adding an OTT strategy somewhat risky.

Comscore, Rentrak merge to create massive digital challenger to Nielsen

Digital measurement firm comScore is acquiring set-top box data measurement specialist Rentrak in an all-stock, share-for-share merger that could set venerable TV ratings firm Nielsen back on its heels.

Google rolls out new Chromecast; Sling TV app included

As predicted, Google introduced a newly redesigned Chromecast at its press event, with a sleeker form factor that it says will be easier to plug into TVs with crowded ports. It also has improved Wi-Fi capability, supporting the latest standards, and features an updated content discovery capability on the Chromecast app. Furthermore, the new device supports Sling TV.

Verizon go90's partnership deals: Publicis, New Form Digital sign on

As Verizon's new go90 mobile-focused OTT service rolls out, the provider is announcing a number of partnership deals designed to boost both its content offerings and its advertising inventory. At an Advertising Week event in New York, AOL, which is leading go90's ad sales strategy, announced a year-long partnership with the world's third largest advertising group, Publicis Groupe, in a deal worth $50 million.

Local TV stations' day in the OTT sun: $40B market is theirs to take, if they can reach it

With one of the largest station groups in the U.S. consolidating its advertising efforts among affiliates and a consortium of broadcasters looking to start a streaming app service for their regional-local affiliates, the market for local TV stations appears to be ready to bust wide open. What is the market potential for local TV stations -- what size audience can they reach, and what opportunities to monetize do they have?

Google, Yahoo, AOL go head-to-head with new platforms, strategies

As Advertising Week kicks off in New York, Yahoo, Google and AOL separately gave the multiday confab an OTT-centric push, announcing major updates to their advertising and streaming platforms. Yahoo said it has made BrightRoll its unified brand for programmatic advertising, while Google announced two key updates ad features on its platform.

Amazon, Netflix land more exclusive streaming deals

The rights just keep on comin': Amazon Prime announced that it has landed exclusive streaming rights to hit series Mr. Robot, while Netflix -- despite increased focus on original content -- nabbed global streaming rights to three more hit series, locking in Colony, Zoo, and Jane the Virgin.

Netflix's potential $6B original content drive could have ripple effect on licensing costs

As Netflix moves forward with its focus on more original series, a new study by Ampere Analysis predicts that the SVOD provider will up its spending to $6 billion before 2018 as it tracks toward a library offering 50 percent original content.

Reported ESPN layoffs signal deep disruption in top sports network

Disney-owned ESPN, which charges the highest per-subscriber fees for retransmission rights to pay-TV providers and linear OTT service Sling TV, may lay off 200 to 300 of its employees as it looks to slash $100 million from its budget next year.

Roku reportedly will announce 4K-capable device in wake of Amazon Fire TV update

In the wake of Amazon's announcement that its next version of Fire TV will be 4K-capable, rumors have kicked up that Roku will announce its own 4K device in the very near future.

YipTV's Tribolet: We're a first-tier platform for our audience

Since launching its SVOD service on May 7 with 50 international linear channels, YipTV, a Fierce 15 winner, has been on a growth trajectory content-wise, boosting its available streamed channel to 73 with 25 more pending. YipTV CEO Michael Tribolet sat down with Samantha Bookman to talk about the OTT provider's latest moves, its benefit to immigrant communities in the U.S. looking for a taste of home, and his take on the FCC's consideration of virtual MVPDs.

Verizon's OTT play, go90, at risk as competition moves in, capex becomes an issue, report says

Fixed-line content distributors such as Comcast and new mobile-first distributors like Verizon's go90 service all have the potential to be hugely popular OTT services, but only if they can figure out how to turn a profit on the data traffic around that service, a new report from Macquarie Research reveals.