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Moonves: 'You cannot live without CBS,' whether streamed or broadcast

CBS Corp. is in a great position as a must-have network that viewers either won't drop from their skinny bundle selections, or will pick up as an SVOD option should they completely cut the cord, Chairman and CEO Les Moonves told attendees at an investor conference

Tracking mobile operators' evolution strategies amid infrastructure challenges

This week's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, finds wireless industry players awash in acronyms and arcane jargon. Terms like 5G, the Internet of Things, SDN, NFV, and other next-generation technologies are being bandied about.

Even as online video ad strategies evolve, friction increases over ad blocking

Marketers are increasingly using viewability as the most important metric in deciding how well an online video ad performs, a new report from Videology finds. But the number of fraudulent ad requests -- such as those from ad bots -- spiked to record levels at the end of 2015, even as the share of ads targeted toward mobile devices jumped 700 percent in the past year. And issues like this are helping spur threats from some wireless carriers that they will block mobile ads entirely.

Netflix: Half of all users watch video on phones, but only 10% of total viewing is mobile

BARCELONA, Spain -- Netflix said that fully half of all of its users watch video via the company's streaming service on their smartphones during any given month. However, the company said that only 10 percent of the company's total streaming load is sent to those smartphones.

IneoQuest looks to catch early NFV wave with new video QoS solutions

IneoQuest, which offers quality monitoring and assurance services for over-the-top video providers, is adding to its cloud-based focus by launching three products designed to work in NFV (network functions virtualization) and SDN (software defined networking) environments.

FCC order aims to clear up who's responsible for captioning video

In a meeting that garnered plenty of attention around its decision on the future of cable set-top boxes, the Federal Communications Commission also firmed up some compliance rules around closed captioning.

Vonage veteran Holder joins YipTV to lead technology efforts

YipTV, the linear OTT streaming service founded by members of Vonage from its early days, is gaining another veteran from the VoIP provider as Louis Holder jumps aboard.

New Hampshire public television goes OTT to encourage STEM learning

With educators and legislators in New Hampshire hoping to give toddlers and elementary school students early encouragement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, a private company, Learniverse LLC, has teamed with New Hampshire Public Television to offer a free online video learning program aimed at Pre-K to second graders.

Netflix subscriber numbers could 'more than double' by 2020, research firm says

A new report estimates that despite intensifying competition and the possibility of subscriber saturation, Netflix will have more than 175 million subscribers within four years -- more than double its current worldwide subscribership of 75 million. And the vast majority of that growth will still be in the United States.

Broadcasters' spectrum auction reveals manpower shortage in crucial area

As the FCC prepares to begin its incentive auction of 600 MHz of TV broadcasters' spectrum, a new issue is rearing its head. "Repacking" channels after the auction into new areas of the remaining broadcaster spectrum will require installation of new antennas and RF equipment for many stations that stay on the air, rather than opting to stream their signals online or merge with other stations.

Apple's foray into original content with Dr. Dre isn't a prelude to a linear OTT service

News that Apple is working with music icon Dr. Dre on a new original series, Vital Signs, may be spurring speculation that the company is finally moving forward with a linear over-the-top video service. But at the moment, Vital Signs is aimed squarely at competing in another streaming hot spot: music.

CBS All Access fumbles Grammys live stream, posts record viewer numbers anyway

After a record-setting and mostly successful, and free, live stream of the Super Bowl two weeks ago, CBS apparently dropped the ball on its live stream of the Grammy Awards, which was available online only to CBS All Access subscribers. Viewers paying a $5.99 monthly fee to access content like the awards show complained that the early part of the ceremony was inaccessible online.

Yahoo first to live-stream Berkshire Hathaway meeting, at Buffett's request

Despite shareholder turmoil, Yahoo is continuing to delve into live streaming: the Web search giant is the first content provider ever to stream Berkshire Hathaway's annual shareholder meeting, an event some pundits call the "Woodstock of Capitalism."

HBO Now official subscriber count is 800K, disappointing investors

Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, has finally come out with the number of subscribers to the linear version of the premium network, HBO Now. So far, total subscribership after just nine months is 800,000. That is much lower than a 2015 guesstimate by MoffettNathanson that pegged the subscriber count at 1.6 million.

What can Yahoo's online video assets do for Verizon?

Verizon would roll Yahoo's video assets in with AOL, the unit that until its purchase last May was a direct competitor to Yahoo. But what benefits could Yahoo's assets provide to Verizon's video strategy? Which ones would be redundant?

StreamNation to shut down in March as company pivots to Project Noah

StreamNation, a service that enables subscribers to stream their personal and owned videos and music directly from its cloud-based storage facilities, announced that it will shut down operations on March 8, leaving subscribers just four weeks to shift or download their media files.

SVOD use keeps growing as 57 percent of U.S. homes subscribe to Big Three, study says

The number of U.S. households that stream over-the-top video using a subscription video on demand service has risen to 57 percent, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group. Furthermore, 48 percent of U.S. adults stream either Amazon, Hulu or Netflix on a monthly basis.

Amazon, Netflix series 'Mozart,' 'Orange' get renewal nods

Call it a performance bonus: Amazon original series Mozart In The Jungle, which debuted last year and recently walked away with two Golden Globe awards, has been renewed for a third season. Likewise, Netflix extended the run for one of its multiple award-winning shows, Orange Is The New Black, renewing the series for three more seasons.

As CBS and Verizon compile results, Super Bowl streaming scores viewer points for quality

Live streaming may have a scored a decisive win during the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but not just in viewer numbers. Online watchers also saw a very reliable online video stream, with few major problems reported -- at least, anecdotally.

Verizon may buy Yahoo, if it gets 'the right price'

As Yahoo's growth prospects continue to stay flat and analysts predict the company may be broken and sold off, Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed that the service provider is taking a hard look at buying the Internet search and online video company -- or at least some of its assets.