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BroadbandTV teams with Fremantle's TinyRiot! on original series pilots

Multichannel network and media management firm BroadbandTV announced it is partnering with FremantleMedia's digital content studio, TinyRiot!, to produce original content as part of a multiyear deal. The two companies will co-produce five pilot shows with an eye toward developing ongoing series.

Net neutrality: Netflix continues fight for 'strong' rules, responds to Comcast accusation of extortion

Netflix reiterated its support of "clear and strong Internet protections" from the FCC in order to support the "virtuous circle" of broadband investment and business applications stemming from such rules.

aioTV patents unified programming guide that includes OTT, broadcast, cable listings

aioTV, a middleware vendor that offers a unified program guide to video distributors and others, has been awarded a patent that covers a method for pulling together video channels from multiple sources, including OTT, cable and broadcast content.

OTT revenues, driven by advertising, on track to reach $42.3B by 2020, study says

Driven by advertising, revenues from over-the-top video services will more than double in the next six years, reaching $42.3 billion by 2020, a new report from Digital TV Research forecasts, with most of that money rolling into the U.S.--at least for a little while, until international markets catch up.

AT&T tries to lure cord-nevers with $40 intro bundle

With Dish Network and Sony still working out the nitty-gritty content details of their respective over-the-top TV services, AT&T made its own grab for cable-wary cord-cutters and cord-nevers, announcing a $40 U-verse introductory package that offers broadband, a slimmed-down cable package, HBO and Amazon Prime membership. The caveat? The deal lasts just one year, after which subscribers must take a higher-priced, traditional IPTV bundle.

Amazon, Netflix series development process still old school, analyst says

Over-the-top video may have disrupted broadcaster and pay-TV operators' business models, but when it comes to original content, SVOD providers Netflix and Amazon are traveling a well-worn path.

Sony ups its stake in online content as TV service launch looms

Sony is continuing to invest in its streaming-to-console strategy, with the chief of its gaming unit, Andrew House, confirming to The Wall Street Journal that it still intends to introduce an over-the-top television service in the U.S. by year-end and is in talks with potential content partners now.

AT&T-Chernin JV Otter Media officially buys Fullscreen for reported $200-$300M

Top YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen is officially being acquired by Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group. The deal could be worth between $200 million and $300 million, Re/code reported, although the exact sale price wasn't revealed.

IBC 2014 wrap: Content rights loom large as multiscreen moves to the forefront

IBC, arguably the Continent's biggest broadcasting and media conference, can be a bit dizzying. Going over notes in the wake of a five-day whirlwind of conference sessions, meetings and networking events is a somewhat herculean task. But paging through two notebooks' worth of material revealed a few underlying trends at this year's event.

Cable channels on OTT: Listen to the audience, but don't forget the brand

AMSTERDAM--Content providers, cable companies and distributors trying to figure out where to put their online investment dollars would be wise to invest in content rights and distribution, panelists said at an IBC 2014 session here on managing content portfolios. But to make the right decisions, they need to strike a balance between viewer preferences and maintaining the integrity of their brand.

Bouygues Telecom to make Netflix available to subscribers

France-based Bouygues Telecom has signed a deal to make Netflix available on its set-top boxes and to mobile devices beginning in November. The announcement coincided with Netflix's launch into the country, one that the industry is watching closely as the online video provider expands further into a wary European market. FierceWireless:Europe has all the details here.

Netflix peering dispute with Verizon, Comcast intentional, pundit says

Subscription video on demand provider Netflix may have intentionally caused slowdowns of its own video stream during its well-publicized disputes with Verizon and Comcast, the director of a conservative technology organization said.

Archived content providers battle broadcasters for share of OTT market

The online video explosion appears, on the surface, to be a great environment for content owners to redistribute older television shows and movies. After all, Netflix built a huge business on licensing existing content, long before it leaped into original series. However, it's not easy being an archive in today's market, according to panelists at an IBC session here.

PCs still hold sway for OTT viewing audience, survey says

The personal computer remains the preferred viewing device for over-the-top video worldwide, followed by tablets and smartphones, a new survey conducted by SPB TV reveals. But the television is still holding its own as a home for high-quality "destination" viewing such as sports.

No longer hunting for a 'Netflix killer,' broadcasters, MSOs trend toward integration

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. As we've noted recently, over-the-top providers like Hulu and Netflix are no longer stealing a march on traditional distributors. Broadcasters like CBS, cable operators, channels like A+E Networks and others are finally making multiscreen a bigger priority--as long as the technology fits within their current moneymaking model.

Hulu, ESPN: Mobile a 'critical' part of online video business

LAS VEGAS--Mobile viewers are becoming an increasingly important part of online video providers' strategies, such that these providers are building specific services and ad campaigns for wireless users.

Mediacom VP Larsen: Programming costs put 'huge strain' on pay TV model

What lies ahead for mid-sized pay-TV operators? With TV Everywhere struggling to rise, Local Choice on Congress' menu, and programming costs still spiraling, it's an interesting time for MSOs like Blooming Grove, N.Y.-based Mediacom. FierceCable Editor Dan Frankel spoke with Mediacom Group VP of Legal and Public Affairs Thomas Larsen about the state of the smaller operator. Read more

Feud over? Verizon FiOS climbs Netflix speed chart

Now that interconnection agreements with the four top U.S. Internet service providers are in place and with no new spats grabbing the public's attention, Netflix and Verizon may have entered a period of détente. Average streaming speeds for subscribers on the FiOS network rose two places on the SVOD provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps.

MobiTV, Brightstar partner on multiscreen device distribution

Wireless distributor Brightstar is partnering with multiscreen solutions provider MobiTV to help distribute its white-label HDMI dongle, MobiTV Connect.

Facebook video views jump after auto-play feature tweak

Social media stalwart Facebook is making itself seen in the online video space. The website is serving about 1 billion videos per day to its members, and thanks to its ability to make a video go viral quickly, has seen a big jump in views since changing the way videos are displayed in news feeds last year.