This holiday season could give the online video industry a boost. Two major new video game consoles are set to debut before the end of the year, Amazon reportedly has its own new device nearly ready, Roku just refreshed its line of streaming devices, TiVo has a slew of new DVRs with extra online-video features and Google's $35 Chromecast is already the best-selling item in Amazon's electronics department.
Redbox Instant by Verizon could be in play for a possible sale after JANA Partners reported to the SEC that it acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Redbox parent Outerwall Inc. and wants the company to consider selling all or some of its assets.
Alloy Digital and Break Media have reportedly reached a deal to form a new company together called Defy Media. The merger is the latest in a series of deals involving online video talent networks called multichannel networks, or MCNs.
Amazon Studios's strategy of developing pilots, rather than full seasons, of new online TV shows will hopefully give it an edge when it comes to finding new hit shows, Roy Price, the studio's head, told an audience at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, this week.
Amazon is reportedly talking to media companies and app developers about contributing software and content to a streaming media set-top box that could be introduced by the holidays.
Hulu is losing an executive as the list of potential candidates for its top job grows. The company's sales chief, Jean-Paul Colaco, is leaving the company later this month to take on a role at a startup.
Google's Chromecast device can now play video directly from Hulu Plus apps on iOS and Android devices, Hulu said.
Intel is reportedly struggling to line up programming partners for its planned over-the-top TV service. The situation has apparently become so dire, the chip maker has sought help from technology companies that already have relationships with the media industry.
Netflix shares hit an all-time high Tuesday, closing at $324.62 after gaining nearly 5 percent during the day. The bump came after stock analysts at MKM Partners wrote a note to investors saying the company's international growth could exceed expectations.
Netflix customers with top-of-the-line HD sets can now get access to 1080p high-definition streaming video even if their ISP doesn't participate in the company's content delivery network, Open Connect.
At some point, Hulu could offer an ad-free online video service that asks subscribers to pay a premium to avoid commercials, Hulu's acting CEO Andy Forssell told investors at Goldman Sachs' annual Communacopia conference last week.
Intel has reportedly sought help from consumer electronics manufacturers and other technology companies to get its online video service off the ground.
Remember the RealPlayer? RealNetworks, the company behind that player, is back with a new product called RealPlayer Cloud.
Netflix blazed a trail in online video this year with its aggressive original programming strategy. It's a strategy others will probably adopt. But I wonder how free Hulu will be to bid on new shows.
YouTube said it is revamping the way it displays comments below videos, giving higher placement to comments left by the video's creator and "popular personalities" and giving content creators more control over moderating comments.
Apple briefly pulled an update to the software for its Apple TV device after some Apple TV owners who installed the new software reportedly had problems with it.
AOL has pitched advertisers and marketers on using its internal ad platforms to make so-called "programmatic" ad buys throughout the year after committing to spend a certain amount of money on the site.
Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said Tuesday at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia in New York that his company has seen its subscriber base grow times 10 in the last three to four months.
Online-video aggregators such as Hulu and Netflix are "here to stay" and will increasingly be offered by traditional pay-TV operators alongside those operators' own services, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers told investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Tuesday.
Video subscriber growth for traditional pay-TV distributors may be a thing of the past, and "cord nevers," or young people who have never subscribed and don't plan to start, are part of the reason.