Video hosting site Vimeo has created a $10 million fund to invest in promising indie films, taking a strategy originally used by Netflix to directly license films shown at independent film festivals and distribute them exclusively.
Dish Network's carriage deal with Walt Disney Co. inked earlier this week gives it the right to deliver ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC and other content via an over-the-top service that the company plans to launch soon. Many consider this to be a groundbreaking deal that will set Dish up as a leader in the OTT space.
Roku, the maker of an online video streaming set-top box and HDMI dongle, debuted a $50 version of its Streaking Stick that will begin shipping in mid-April. The device, which connects to the TV via an HDMI port, will compete with Google's $35 Chromecast stick in delivering streaming content to TVs and other devices.
As I write this Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, and his wife are at the hospital about to welcome their first child and embark on a whole new adventure in parenthood. As you may know, Josh has been the editor of FierceOnlineVideo for just about a year and during that time we've enjoyed his insightful commentaries and thoughtful news coverage.
Many would-be online viewers of the Academy Awards encountered problems Sunday, according to multiple reports. The technical problems were the latest in a series of online-video service issues to surface in recent weeks.
Nearly 80 percent of U.S. adults still get most of their video through traditional pay-TV services, though paid streaming video services and free services also make up a large portion of viewing, a CEA study found.
The Fierce team of editors is all over the Fira Gran this week in Barcelona, Spain, for the Mobile World Congress 2014 trade show, with reports from the show floor, keynotes and press conferences all gathered in one location: MWCLive 2014.
Washington loves a good analogy almost as much as Silicon Valley, and recent events are providing plenty of fodder for Internet analogies.
The QPlay is a Wi-Fi-connected box that streams playlists from a variety of online video sources, which can then be shared with friends or the public.
The Disney Movies Anywhere service for PCs and iOS requires an iTunes account now, but in the future Disney expects to work with other "provider partners."
The developments come as the broadcast networks lodged their arguments against Aereo with the U.S. Supreme Court and as Aereo set an early March date for introducing service in Austin, Texas.
The recent peering agreement between Netflix and Comcast is expected to prompt other deals between content companies and broadband network operators.
Judges' tally: NBC scores historic online video numbers at Sochi Olympics, but will it bank on OTT viewers?
The Winter Olympics officially ended Sunday night, and the results for online video viewing are beginning to roll in. As expected, the Sochi Games were the most streamed Olympics ever, surpassing the London Olympics. We detail some of the hallmarks of streaming video during the Games, including Live Extra views, advertising and Internet traffic rates.
Online video traffic peaks at 1.6 Tbps during U.S.-Russia hockey game, boosts Sochi Olympics to record
Increased use of second-screen devices has boosted the Winter Olympics in Sochi to a new mark: the Games have generated more online video streams than any other Olympics in history, despite having fewer events than the Summer Games. But the event has created a correlating increase in malicious attack traffic as well.
If the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal ultimately goes through, the market for broadband and cable service won't change much. But it will change in important ways. Comcast, for one, will soon be the gatekeeper to broadband customers and TV viewers in nearly every major market.
In what may be a sign of Microsoft's original content development ambitions, Xbox Entertainment studios has hired former WB Network CEO Jordan Levin.
Vice Media and FremantleMedia are developing an online food network full of new food video series, recipes and news and events, they said. The project does not yet have a name or a home online but will be available through multiple platforms.
If it actually works, the technology could reduce congestion on wireless networks or give new entrants into the wireless broadband industry a different cost structure for building a high-speed network.
Netflix traffic on some broadband providers has been sluggish, but in general subscribers can still watch Netflix programming at a lower quality or with some "startup delays" at peak viewing hours, a company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal this week.