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Sony's 'The Interview' nets around $15M in online sales from 2M moviegoers

Sony said its comedy The Interview generated about $15 million in revenue from online sales to around 2 million Web users in the U.S. and Canada during the film's first weekend of availability. The numbers are notable considering The Interview is the first major motion picture to be released online and in theaters at the same time.

Double whammy: Sony to release 'The Interview' on YouTube, other VOD outlets as well as in theaters

As independent theaters queued up to commit to screening North Korea's current least favorite movie ever, The Interview, Sony announced that the movie will also be available to stream online via several streaming outlets including YouTube, Google Play, and Microsoft Xbox Video, beginning Christmas Eve. What's more, Netflix is reportedly interested in making the movie available to its subscribers soon.

Online video market surges forward as streaming options grow in 2014: Year in Review

Those in the online video industry got to see their market mature significantly during 2014. After years of mediocre content and audience that forced the segment to take a backseat to pay TV, the online video space blossomed this year with headlining developments.

Google, Apple bringing Internet of Things to a home near you

Heard about the Internet of Things yet? If not, you soon will. Some major players, like Google, Apple and AT&T are all looking at ways to bring IoT--a "networked connection of people, processes, data and things" by Cisco's definition--to consumers. They're particularly looking to compete in the home. FierceWirelessTech's Monica Alleven takes a deeper look at the next generation of networking in this special report.

TabletTV launches in San Francisco, promises nationwide rollout in 2015

Over-the-air video service TabletTV is moving forward with its plans to step into the space left by Aereo, launching in the San Francisco Bay area following several weeks of beta testing.

FilmOn, Aereo laud FCC vote to explore MVPD reclassification

The FCC's five commissioners have all approved a rulemaking proposal that could make it possible for over-the-top providers with services similar to FilmOn or Aereo to be classified as multichannel video program distributors.

OTT moves: Vessel opens for business, while Popcornflix jumps onto Xbox

Just in time for those holiday streaming binges, a number of OTT players are getting in front of audiences. For one, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's new premium service, Vessel, is now open for video creators to upload content. Meanwhile, Amazon added the HBO Go app to its Fire TV streaming device, and Popcornflix became available on Microsoft's Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada.

Synacor takes new tack with syndicated content, teams with BuddyTV

Multiscreen service provider Synacor is adding a new dimension to its portfolio, announcing that it will launch syndicated content targeted at desktop and mobile online video viewers. Its first distributor: BuddyTV, which says the new content will expand its own opportunities to draw in revenue, primarily through advertising.

TV Everywhere is still behind the curve as OTT builds strength

Pure-play over-the-top video is continuing to eat TV Everywhere's lunch when it comes to time spent viewing videos (one of the most important new metrics in the industry). In today's spotlight, we take a look at one of FierceCable's biggest stories of the year, which explains why TV Everywhere has not taken off.

Mom, you're gettin' a Roku ... and Timmy, you're gettin' a Chromecast

I rarely buy electronics for family members. Older relatives aren't always enchanted by the latest smartphone or tablet, and younger folks either already have it--they trend as early adopters--or have specific technology preferences. But this year, I'm comfortable buying at least one consumer device for some of my immediate family: a streaming stick.

Amazon's Kindle Fire, Samsung's Galaxy top preferred video streaming devices, Adobe says

While Apple's iPad and iPhone dominate the overall mobile video viewing market, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found.

Comparing streaming sticks: How well will Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV Stick sell this holiday season?

How well will the top three streaming sticks sell this holiday season? We take a look at these popular devices in terms of usability, consumer reach and potential sales.

SVOD to outpace DVD sales in 2015, analyst says

Could the DVD be completely obsolete in just a few years? The market seems to be shifting that way: By the third quarter of 2015, subscription video on demand services will bring in more revenue than disc sales. And consumers will spend "at least" three times longer watching streamed video than DVDs, according to nScreenMedia.

JW Player index puts tablet viewing ahead of smartphones, desktops

Enterprise video services provider JW Player released its first-ever quarterly index, and its findings are similar to those in Ooyala's recent video index: Tablet users watch the most online video each month, with PC and smartphone users falling into second and third place, respectively.

Don't fear the reaper: Netflix, HBO competition may also be broadcasters' salvation

With traditionally linear TV companies now at the point where they must invest significantly more in IP video delivery, and no clear monetization strategy yet gelling, investors want to know if TV is still a good bet. It is--if broadcasters and networks can wrap their heads around OTT delivery.

Rumor mill: FCC majority votes to approve OTT reclassification

The industry may be closer to reclassifying some OTT services as MVPDs than originally thought. According to unnamed sources, a majority of FCC commissioners have voted to approve the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking circulated a few weeks ago by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

HBO dumps its OTT engine for MLB Advanced Media platform as April 2015 launch date looms

Developing a new over-the-top, a la carte service is bound to create drama for HBO at some level. Some of that was revealed today as reports surfaced that the premium network will outsource its streaming to MLB Advanced Media--and news broke that HBO's chief technology officer, Otto Berkes, has resigned.

Ooyala: Smartphone, tablet OTT viewing jumps 114% since last year

Americans are more in love with their mobile devices than ever, when it comes to over-the-top watching. Online video viewing on smartphones and tablets more than doubled between the third quarter of 2013 and the third quarter of 2014, to 114 percent, with views from both types of devices making up 30 percent of all video plays in the third quarter.

YouTube reportedly frets as stars tempted by competing OTT services

As the popularity of home-grown YouTube stars explodes, in many cases thanks to the efforts of multichannel networks, their cachet in the over-the-top world is growing, too. With potential suitors circling, Google-owned YouTube is throwing out some attractive lures of its own to keep those new celebrities in the fold.

Amazon, Vimeo announce 4K options for online video

Following through on promises that Ultra High-Def content would be available to subscribers soon, Amazon announced that some of its Prime Instant Video content can now be streamed in 4K. Likewise, Vimeo, an OTT provider that specializes in video by independent filmmakers, is easing into 4K, offering downloads of files in the format.