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thePlatform teams with Verizon Digital Media Services for online video delivery

Verizon's Digital Media Services unit has formed a strategic alliance with white-label video management provider thePlatform to deliver what it calls an end-to-end online video solution targeting pay TV providers' multiscreen strategies.

Glaser takes permanent CEO status at RealNetworks

After two years searching for a new leader, pioneering online video platform RealNetworks announced that Rob Glaser, who founded the company in 1994, left in 2010 and returned as interim CEO in 2012, will continue onward as permanent CEO. The company announced the appointment a few hours ahead of releasing its second quarter earnings results.

Why TV Everywhere can't get it together: four good reasons

More than five years after its bold introduction, U.S. pay TV's highly complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite major breakthroughs like record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the technology is struggling to gain traction.

World Cup's unofficial rating: 20 million illegal viewers

If the popularity of an online event or series were measured solely by the number of illegal downloads, the recent World Cup would rank pretty high alongside perennial piracy favorite Game of Thrones. TV Everywhere security vendor Viaccess-Orca said approximately 20 million viewers illegally accessed live-streamed matches throughout the tournament.

Asia-Pacific OTT TV revenues set to surge by 2020, reaching $10B

Advertising is a key driver for online video revenues in the Asia-Pacific region, a new report by Digital TV Research says, and along with subscription video on demand (SVOD) will help drive revenue figures upward over the next six years to $10.19 billion.

In battle for the Internet, Aereo sinks, FilmOn shrugs, net neutrality holds fast

As predicted, this year has been a contentious one for both online video and the Internet. Aereo tested a new way to deliver broadcast content, and lost. ISPs and online video providers, meantime, struggle with meeting the demand for OTT content.

Amazon to spend $100M on original online video content in Q3

Although the company rarely offers a look into how it allocates its resources among its various units, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak revealed on the retailer's earnings call that the company plans to spend $100 million in this quarter alone on original content for its Prime Instant Video service.

FCC to ISPs: We're watching, so disclose your services to consumers properly

The FCC sent out a stern reminder to broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) that they must accurately disclose their service offerings to consumers under the Open Internet Transparency Rule, first put into place in 2011.

Amazon's Fire TV a success story, but lean profits have investors watching

Sales of Amazon's Fire TV streaming device "significantly exceeded" the e-tail giant's sales forecast, the company said in its second-quarter earnings release. The news comes on a 23 percent jump in Amazon's net sales compared with the same quarter last year, from $15.7 billion to $19.34 billion. However, the company's operating and net losses remain a concern for investors.

Arris plans to enter TiVo's turf with OTT-ready set tops

Equipment vendor Arris appears to be moving in the same direction as TiVo, partnering with startup Wurl to create a "standards-based" platform for its Whole Home set-top boxes that includes access to a broad selection of online streaming services.

Mobile video apps gain among U.S. adults: 49% now use them

Mobile video apps continue to come to the forefront, with a new report by The Diffusion Group (TDG) finding that 49 percent of U.S. adults who have broadband view video through a mobile app at least once a month.

UK scraps its 'three strikes' piracy plan, brings in softer guidelines

In a signal that heavy-handed anti-piracy tactics--and placing the burden of enforcement on ISPs--isn't working well, the United Kingdom is revising its "three strikes" plan which would boot illegal file sharers off their ISP after three warnings.  Instead it will implement in 2015 a less rigid Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme (VCAP), which sends file sharers four warning letters … and does nothing else.

Netflix revenue climbs to $1.34B, company reaches 50M subscriber mark globally

Netflix's overall revenues surged around 25 percent year over year to $1.34 billion in the second quarter, and the company's profits more than doubled during that period, from $29 million to $71 million. 

YouTube's value to advertisers touted by Google execs

Reports that YouTube's audience growth is stagnating didn't dissuade Google executives from touting its benefits to advertisers as a key player in growing their digital campaigns.

NFL Sunday Ticket streaming-only package updates tiers, adds 10 universities to eligibility

Want to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket without carrying a DirecTV subscription as well? This could be your lucky season. The satellite provider is offering NFLSundayTicket.tv in three tiers starting at $199.99--with certain restrictions.

World Cup's record-setting peaks, minor disappointments set stage for online sports future

The World Cup didn't just shatter streaming records. It blew through analyst expectations that this would be the year for live sports online.

Moonves says Aereo never talked to CBS

Did Aereo ever try and negotiate content rights with broadcasters before taking its case to the Supreme Court? According to Les Moonves, CBS never got a call.

Consumers have no love for online video's cruddy, repetitive commercials, study says

Those who have spent any time watching ad-supported online video are painfully familiar with the grueling amount of repeat ads they're subjected to. And a new Strata Marketing survey concurs, finding that a big chunk of consumers consider OTT ads more annoying than television ads.

Netflix keeps up net neutrality chatter, continues verbal spat with Verizon

Continuing to push its stance that ISPs should not impede the open nature of the Internet, Netflix filed comments with the FCC ahead of its net neutrality proceeding. The SVOD provider also published its June speed index, noting that Verizon's average continued to drop despite a peering deal made two months ago.

YouTube might play matchmaker to Hollywood, online video talent

With competitors big and small looking to carve away pieces of YouTube's audience, the Google-owned service may be taking a new tack: matching Hollywood producers with its top-tier video talent, and investing directly in original programming which results from those unions.