Multiscreen content providers are moving forward on their 2016 strategies, and end-to-end video delivery companies are beginning to reap the benefits. Two cases in point: Net Insight and Synacor, who each announced deals with major providers.
Subscription OTT services like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO Now are dominating the content discovery race, particularly among millennial-aged audiences. A new Digitalsmiths report found that 78.2 percent of users surveyed said that OTT providers' discovery functions make it easy for them to find content they want to watch.
AOL President Bob Lord is leaping back onto the path he was on before the online company was acquired by Verizon earlier this year: moving toward running a publicly-owned company. The executive said he will leave AOL sometime in 2016, though an exact date hasn't been announced.
Amazon Prime subscribers who have an Apple streaming device may get a nice boost in the coming weeks: the retail giant is reportedly working on an Instant Video app for the Apple TV.
Motor Trend, a brand targeted at auto enthusiasts, stands as the latest effort to jump into the SVOD world with its new OnDemand service. Vendors Kaltura and 3 Screen Solutions are powering the offering, created by Motor Trend owner TEN: The Enthusiast Network.
Verizon has carefully worked to build its reputation as a reliable telecommunications company focused exclusively on building wireless and wireline networks. However, according to company executives, Verizon's recent entry into the mobile video space via its new Go90 offering represents Verizon's efforts to join the rush into mobile video, targeted advertising and Silicon Valley-style innovation.
The Walt Disney Company this week introduced a new SVOD service in the UK called DisneyLife, which offers monthly subscribers a collection of Disney-owned movies, books, music and TV shows. A family account that supports up to six different users costs £9.99 per month, and the service will initially be available in the UK.
A recent survey found that more than half of Americans use Netflix to stream content, though the streaming video on demand (SVOD) provider trails HBO in terms of original content demand, according to another study.
Yahoo's live-stream of a regular season game between the Jaguars and Bills may have broken ground for a bigger streaming agreement with the NFL. The online video provider is reportedly in talks with Commissioner Roger Goodell over adding an OTT streaming component to the league's Thursday Night Football offering.
As the media and entertainment industry changes around them, traditional broadcasters are getting more flexible about how they manage TV series and increasingly relying on metrics beyond traditional Nielsen ratings to determine whether a show gets the axe. Those changes are reflected in the first wave of cancellations for the fall season, the New York Times reports.
Hulu-Time Warner deal unlikely, and shifting content licensing strategy could be a disaster, analysts say
As reports swirl that Hulu is in talks to sell a stake in its business to Time Warner, a few industry watchers see the deal as not likely to happen, particularly under Hulu's current licensing model of next-day availability of broadcast content. Making a few changes to that licensing model, however, might make the SVOD provider more attractive to potential buyers.
Since the launch of Apple TV in 2007, the streaming media player industry has continued to grow, impacting the traditional pay-TV and video landscape along the way. Industry players now find themselves in a highly competitive environment, requiring continuous innovation and compelling value propositions to increase both their user base and market share.
How did the top pay-TV operators fare in the third quarter? AT&T topped the list in terms of active subscribers at 26.16 million, even though it lost around 40,000 subs during the quarter. Overall, the cable and satellite segment's top 13 operators lost about 190,000 net video subscribers -- but that is something of an improvement.
Tom Rogers, longtime CEO of TiVo, will step down at the end of the company's fiscal year on Jan. 31, 2016, the company announced. He will continue to have a role with TiVo as a non-executive chairman of the board.
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu may be well-entrenched as the top three subscription video on demand services in the U.S., but the scrum for higher ranking amid the top-ten services is continuing, with MLB.TV and WWE Network holding the fourth and fifth spots, according to a new report from Parks Associates.
Tablet TV, which was beta-testing its over-the-air home streaming device in the San Francisco area and other locations, is being made available nationwide with several additional features added in. Some of those additions create a compelling case: the device may give a new view into the viewing habits of both OTA and online video across platforms by individual viewers.
Linear over-the-top video provider FilmOn X is not a cable company and isn't entitled to a license to retransmit broadcast content, a D.C. Circuit Court judge has ruled -- a decision that sits opposite to the opinion of an L.A. Circuit judge who handed the controversial streaming service a victory back in July.
Subscription video on demand services are enjoying a steady rise, with consumer spending growing 23 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2015 to $1.27 billion, a new report by The Digital Entertainment Group said.
And we're off: analysts earlier this year were predicting that at least 20 subscription-based OTT services would launch by 2018, most in small content niches. But in the meantime, a number of companies including startups, pay-TV operators and wireless carriers are jumping ahead with launches and partnerships, leaving analysts to scramble in the background.
T-Mobile threw down a gauntlet in front of other wireless carriers, announcing at its Uncarrier X event in Los Angeles that it will launch Binge On, a new mobile OTT streaming service that features content from 24 services including Netflix, Sling TV, Hulu, Crackle, WatchESPN and more.