WWE's online video gamble, WWE Network, has crossed its first big subscriber benchmark, passing 1 million subscribers this week.
Cablevision took its first step into the wireless world Monday, by introducing a Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel, that its subscribers can get for $10 a month. But with its limited service--Wi-Fi works only where hotspots and wireless routers are available, and doesn't do handoffs the way cellular technology does--it's hardly a threat to incumbent carriers like AT&T.
A recent survey by Parks Associates found that 17 percent of U.S. broadband households are likely to subscribe to HBO's over-the-top video service, once it launches this spring. That's an encouraging number, but not exactly an overwhelming pledge to try OTT services. Could Dish Network's new OTT offering, Sling TV, sway those cord-maybes?
Ad-supported online streaming service Popcornflix said its app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, a figure combined from app downloads to a number of devices including Roku players, game consoles, mobile devices and smart TVs.
Imagine Communications is adding a dynamic ad insertion component to its online video infrastructure portfolio, acquiring RGB Networks for an undisclosed amount.
The Emmy committee may not have been so friendly to Netflix's highly nominated original series Orange Is The New Black, but the Screen Actors Guild was much more generous, honoring the SVOD-only show with two of its bigger awards on Sunday night.
As predicted, Walmart is now selling an HDMI streaming stick, the Vudu Spark, designed to work with its Vudu transactional online video service--albeit in a limited rollout, to about 2,400 of its stores, Gigaom reports.
The cable television industry in the recent past could hardly be called innovative. But that has changed as a slew of disruptive technologies, including online video, rapidly developing mobile devices, and other pay-TV entrants, such as IPTV providers and their fiber-based networks, challenged traditional cable's dominance.
It's been a long, strange trip for video on demand over the past few years, but thanks to over-the-top streaming, the concept of VOD is finally coming into its own. One person who's excited about the potential of OTT is John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications. Hendricks spoke with Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, about the soon-to-be-launched SVOD service, the content niche it fills, and the parallels he sees between the cable revolution of the mid-1970s and today's online-video disruption.
Cord cutting has largely been seen as the domain of millennials: that younger generation with lots of tech savvy but not much money. However, an analysis of Dish Network's new OTT service, Sling TV, finds that its basic channel lineup skews to a much older audience.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix added a record 13 million new subscribers in 2014, bringing its total subs worldwide to 57.4 million. It was the first in a line of good news for investors, as CEO Reed Hastings said that the provider's subscription rate was in line with its forecast for the fourth quarter.
The Super Bowl itself just became a giant marketing vehicle for NBCUniversal, which will live-stream the game and its preshow coverage to anyone who accesses its TV Everywhere service on Feb. 1, without requiring authentication or a pay-TV subscription.
Online retail giant and SVOD provider Amazon is dipping a toe in the traditional movie-release waters, announcing an original-movies program that will see its movies available via Prime Instant Video within four to eight weeks after their release on the big screen.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to know why Netflix isn't getting back to him on details about encryption protocols it is allegedly using to target the open caching servers of certain large Internet service providers.
Twitch tests movie streaming, original music as Dailymotion launches its own game-streaming platform
Online video technology provider Dailymotion is taking on Twitch, debuting its own platform designed specifically to live-stream video games. But Twitch appears to already be branching out, testing the movie-streaming waters and announcing new options for background music during live streams--including original, user-created music.
At least some of Maker Studio's star creators won't be locked into producing videos just for the Disney-owned multichannel network nor only on YouTube, thanks to a new collaboration with Vimeo, the two companies announced Thursday.
Jim Denney, product marketing chief for TiVo, has a full plate these days as the DVR pioneer navigates the rapidly changing video space. In an interview with FierceCable's Daniel Frankel, Denney outlines the manufacturer's latest DVR feature, OnePass, which combines OTT recorded content with other available content, visible in the user interface.
The Kudelski Group and Netflix announced that they've entered a long-term, "comprehensive" product relationship, dismissed all U.S. patent litigation over Kudelski-owned Nagra and OpenTV products, and put a stay on related litigation in the Netherlands.
Finally, our long national nightmare may be over: Scripted, original TV series are a hot property in Hollywood again, displacing the decade-long popularity of reality shows like Jersey Shore and the seemingly bottomless pool of Real Housewives. It's largely thanks to the challenge laid at their feet by Netflix and Amazon with original content drives that stole away millions of viewers in the past couple years. But can traditional TV handle the cost of original series?
Data use on 2G, 3G and 4G wireless networks approached 3,000 petabytes per month worldwide in the third quarter of 2014, while voice traffic on mobile phones remained flat, according to Ericsson data reported by Akamai in its quarterly State of the Internet report.