Headlines from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are heralding the arrival this year of two would-be milestones in online video: a full-fledged online pay-TV service and streaming 4K.
Akamai said it will provide online streaming video delivery and other services to NBC during the 2014 Winter Games in February.
TV and online video executives hoping to prime the market for 4K TV sets and content talked up the benefits of both this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Aereo, the online-video startup that offers access to local TV stations in some markets, said it raised another $34 million to help it expand more broadly.
Sony released a few new details about its planned over-the-top video service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
The end of the year often brings the end of certain licensing arrangements. For Netflix, one enterprising Reddit user put together a comprehensive list of movies and TV shows that were set to expire from the company's streaming video catalog Jan. 1, 2014.
When I began writing this column in April, I saw trouble ahead for Netflix. The company was still in the process of bouncing back from the Qwikster disaster and I was feeling vindicated for believing I had seen the fiasco coming.
Two of the more popular series on YouTube are planning to end their runs in 2014, TubeFilter notes. On Monday, Ray William Johnson, the creator of the hit "=3" tweeted that he plans to end the show this year.
Netflix is testing a $7 monthly plan that would limit users to watching SD programming on one device at time, according to multiple reports.
The production companies behind some of the most successful reality TV franchises are preparing a big push into online video next year, according to a report in Advertising Age.
TV broadcasters asked a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to keep Aereo out of an appeal involving fellow streaming provider FilmOn X last week.
Vdio, the video-streaming service from the people behind the music service Rdio, closed this week after concluding it could not "deliver a differentiated customer value proposition or a business model which is attractive to shareholders."
Tribune agreed to buy Sony's Gracenote division, which provides metadata for digital media. The unit will be run out of Tribune's media services group, which will pay $170 million to Sony.
Alki David, the founder of FilmOn X said he hopes the Supreme Court settles the issue of whether services like his and Aereo's are legal.
DirecTV disappointed expectations that it would announce a new online video service last week. But it told investors at a conference it held in New York that it's looking into whether an online service might appeal to price-sensitive customers and niche audiences.
Owners of some Roku boxes in certain countries are finally able to access YouTube through the device. Roku said a YouTube channel is now available for its flagship Roku 3 streaming box.
Amazon Studios said it will shoot its new drama and comedy series pilots in 4K next year. The online retail giant has been expanding into original online video production through its Prime Instant Video service.
Netflix has been notoriously tight lipped about the way its subscribers use the service--so much so that the companies who make the shows people watch on Netflix sometimes complain about the lack of information they get back about viewing. So it is notable that the online video provider talked up some of its subscribers' habits this week.