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Beamr acquires Vanguard Video, boosting its OTT service portfolio

Vanguard Video, an HEVC and H.264 video encoding provider with customers like Netflix, Microsoft, Imagine Communications and other major OTT service providers, has been acquired by Beamr, a media optimization vendor, for an undisclosed amount.

Conviva sues NPAW, alleging analytics patent infringement

Online video optimization vendor Conviva sued Nice People at Work, a big data and business intelligence provider that recently stepped into the online video analytics space, alleging that NPAW is violating a number of its U.S. patents.

Netflix's revelation about mobile streaming sets off net neutrality watchdogs on both sides

Thought the controversy between Netflix and major Internet service providers on data throttling was in the past? Hardly, as the SVOD provider said that it has been lowering the quality of its video streams for five years to wireless carriers worldwide, including Verizon and AT&T.

Google reportedly hopes to catch mobile live-streaming wave

Google may be adding another live streaming component to YouTube: VentureBeat reports that the company is creating a new app, YouTube Connect, which would face off against Twitter's Periscope and Facebook's live streaming initiative.

Wireless providers including Verizon line up to grab broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum

As broadcasters prepare to release much of the coveted 600 MHz spectrum for the Federal Communication Commission's incentive auction, bidders are lining up. And the commission has released the names of the 104 applicants, including Verizon and T-Mobile, two wireless carriers that are also competing to win viewers on their go90 and Binge On over the top services.

Facebook live streaming could help TV build symbiotic relationship, analyst says

Since Facebook announced its live streaming capability last December, the social media giant has been testing its usability and popularity with its membership. Now, monetization is coming into the picture as E! Online announced it will stream a daily infotainment series, Live From E!, on Facebook.

Content moves: NFL and Amazon launch new series, while Showtime targets binge watchers

The NFL is taking its presence a bit further into the OTT world, this time announcing a new original series that will debut this summer on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The factual series, titled All or Nothing: A Season With The Arizona Cardinals documents the NFL team's behind the scenes activity during the 2015 season.

End of a device: ESPN, Verizon remove Xbox 360 app support

So long, Xbox 360 -- or at least, some of the TV Everywhere apps available on the aging gaming console. Both Verizon and ESPN are pulling their apps from the device, and Verizon is targeting other devices as well for app removal.

Despite Netflix's groundbreaking idea, same-day theatre-OTT releases still meet resistance

When Netflix content guru Ted Sarandos first proposed the strategy to release films in theaters and on its SVOD service on the same day, theater owners went into a minor uproar. That attitude hasn't appeared to soften in the face of a proposed new transactional service, Screening Room, which would let viewers pay $50 to watch a movie at home the same day it's released in theaters.

Adobe, comScore collaborate on cross-platform audience measurement

Adobe is adding cross-platform measurement to its Primetime multiscreen delivery offering and teaming with comScore to better measure and target viewers in multiscreen environments.

Consumer privacy regulation could tank pay-TV operators' online advertising strategies

New consumer privacy rules being proposed by the FCC this month could have a detrimental effect on the pay-TV industry, particularly when it comes to digital advertising, according to a new report by Moody's.

Sony's PlayStation Vue, app moves position it further in online video world

Sony is revving up its OTT strategy, launching its PlayStation Vue linear streaming service nationwide. But its other product announcements signal that it may be planning to take online video in some slightly different directions to set it apart in the exploding VOD and live linear markets.

Verizon Digital Media Services buys Volicon to boost broadcast-to-OTT offering

Verizon and AOL's media-focused IP transport wing, Verizon Digital Media Services is taking closer aim at the broadcast industry with its latest acquisition, Volicon, a video capture and archiving vendor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Advertisers have 'ample runway' to reach more of the online video audience, comScore says

Digital video, once considered a way to extend a traditional TV broadcaster's audience reach, is rapidly coming into its own. A new comScore report reveals that the rapid expansion of mobile viewing is making it possible marketers to match online audience reach levels with those of television for the first time ever.

Mitu teams up with Voto Latino to encourage millennial U.S. Latinos to vote

Online video content provider mitú is leveraging its popularity with younger Latino viewers to encourage them to vote as the 2016 election approaches -- and teaming with a nonpartisan organization, Voto Latino, to build the message through a social media campaign launched at the SXSW trade show in Austin, Texas.

V-Nova releases SDK to speed integration of Perseus compression solution by IP video providers

Video compression solutions provider V-Nova is releasing its signature product, Perseus, as a software development kit (SDK) that can be integrated into third-party encoders and video players. The company said SDK availability will make it easier to deliver HD-quality video over bandwidth-constrained networks such as mobile networks.

NHL signs on to Yahoo Sports to offer live-streamed games

Building on its experience live-streaming select NFL games last season, Yahoo is partnering with the National Hockey League to bring a number of its games to online viewers. An NHL "Game of the Day" will live-stream up to four days per week on the Yahoo Sports page.

Sling TV leads way in pay-TV stampede to virtualized MVPD services

Within the past 12 months, no less than five virtual MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) services from major operators like Comcast have debuted. While some, like Stream, are in the trial phase, others are full-fledged consumer products -- and they could revolutionize the pay-TV industry, whose video subscriber rates have stagnated.

Live, long-form content ad views jump 129% in Q4 2015, FreeWheel says

Live-streamed, long-form content appears to be catching on in a big way as ad views on this type of streamed content leaped 129 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a new FreeWheel report. And how viewers are watching those ads is changing, too, with smartphones and streaming devices like Roku and Google's Chromecast outpacing desktop browsers as the primary viewing device.

Viewers find best value in Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu subscriptions, study says

Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu are some of the "most important" paid online subscriptions to consumers, well ahead of their paid subscriptions to other services such as streaming music and shopping services, a new survey by Vindicia revealed. What's more, 90 percent of adults surveyed by the online billing services provider said they were interested in upgrading to higher subscription tiers with added privileges like discounts, exclusive offers and access to premium content.