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Facebook to start sharing ad revenue, but creators are concerned about percentages

Google's YouTube may still hold the top position for monthly views, but its newest competition for content creators should have it a bit worried. Facebook said it will now share revenue from ads with video creators like Funny or Die, NBA and others. However, the social media giant wasn't clear on who exactly can participate, and its revenue split has some wonky caveats, raising concerns among some publishers.

Engaging viewers is a win-win for OTT players, but content discovery still suffers 'massive gap'

How do millennials find and watch video content? That's a question nagging both media and entertainment industry players and brand advertisers hoping to reach this coveted demographic. And there doesn't seem to be a true solution to content discovery yet.

Time Warner Cable CEO Marcus' $34.6M payday puts him atop cable exec compensation

Could the CEOs of online video providers soon be seeing paychecks along the lines of their counterparts in the pay-TV industry? Regardless of how long it may take, it may be a good idea for them to check out the 2014 compensation packages of cable executives.

YouTube rival DailyMotion's purchase by Vivendi could breathe new life into OTT service

After more than three months of negotiation, Vivendi has completed its deal to buy online video provider DailyMotion from its parent company, Orange. Vivendi purchased an 80 percent stake in the company for $241.8 million (€217 million).

HBO Now may have over 850K subscribers, analyst says

While HBO isn't forthcoming about its subscriber numbers, particularly for its shiny new standalone service HBO Now, an online video industry analyst pegged the number of subscribers to the OTT variant at more than 850,000, "and the number could very well be around 1 million."

Netflix confirms launch in Japan this fall; signs content deal with Fuji Media

Subscription video on demand leader Netflix will launch this fall in Japan, about six months after announcing it would bring its service to the country. And in keeping with its model of blending locally produced content with its other internationally licensed movies and TV series, Netflix has signed a deal with Fuji Media Holdings to feature two of its series on the service.

Meerkat may be overtaking Periscope in views, engagement, advertiser's test suggests

Is live-streaming app Meerkat edging out Twitter-owned Periscope for views? An informal test being run throughout this summer by brand advertiser Bolthouse Farms is generating some interesting early results.

Internet access neither 'necessity nor a human right,' FCC's O'Rielly says in live-streamed panel

The Internet is likely the greatest invention created in FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's lifetime, but despite its importance to both consumers and businesses, he maintains that access to it is neither a necessity nor a human right.

Amazon's HDR play, like 4K, may have limited audience

With 4K off to a stuttering start in the online video space, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors like Netflix, announcing that some of its original series, including Mozart In The Jungle, will be available in the newly standardized high dynamic range format.

Funding news: Qwilt pockets another $25M, while spycam.io creators get bootstrappy with Cameleon

Video platform developer Qwilt, which helps pay-TV operators and other Internet service providers to deliver OTT video content to their subscribers, has received $25 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Disrupt-ive, and brings the company's total funding to $65 million.

Price war? Showtime joins forces with Hulu as premium SVOD competition heats up

Hulu is continuing its bid to be a one-stop service for exclusive TV series and movies by announcing a content partnership with Showtime that will enable Hulu subscribers to sign up for the premium network's online service for considerably less than Showtime's standalone monthly rate. The move could be the first big cannon shot in a potential SVOD price war.

Meet the top 15 startups in online video

The online video industry is expanding fast, judging by the sheer number of startups bringing new ideas and technologies to the segment. That made picking just 15 of the most compelling online video startups a challenge.

Parks: Meeting consumer demand for TV Everywhere and OTT services

Pay-TV and OTT providers face an ongoing and expanding challenge to attract and retain consumers as the OTT video space gets crowded and consumer video habits continue to evolve. Many companies are finding it difficult to formulate business strategies given the dynamic changes in consumer habits. Several factors are keeping those usage habits in flux:

Verizon's ad-supported OTT pricing may signal new business models to come

Telecom giant Verizon Communications completed its $4.4 billion deal to acquire AOL, meaning that with video delivery and an owned-and-operated programmatic advertising platform in place, it's now poised to launch its over-the-top streaming service for Verizon Wireless customers. But can Verizon's ad-supported, subsidized data model compete with the bevy of OTT providers jumping into the space?

Lifetime's 'Deadly Adoption' scores in online engagement

If the Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig Lifetime Original movie A Deadly Adoption was a bit of a head-scratcher for fans of the comedic duo, the movie's weekend debut still scored a solid win for social media engagement.

Netflix board approves 7-to-1 stock split as shares jump to near $700

Update: After weeks of rumors that it would do so, Netflix's board has approved a seven-for-one stock split. The move, according to The Wall Street Journal, could generate renewed interest in the SVOD provider's stock price, driving up the newly split shares' value more quickly.

SeaChange's Samit: Business models, legal issues hold back IP video technology

NEW YORK--The media and entertainment industry is struggling with new ways to package their content for a younger, OTT-friendly audience. But most are getting in their own way by adhering to traditional TV business models. It especially dampens the effect that current technology could have on IP-based, over-the-top video.

Digitalsmiths: Over 32% of cable subs are 'on the fence' about cord-cutting

Add one more study to the litany of cord-cutting woes faced by pay-TV providers. According to a new Digitalsmiths study, 32.4 percent of current cable, satellite and IPTV subscribers say they're "on the fence" about keeping their service and would need enticement to stay. And consumers are increasingly aware of the expanded OTT options available to them, such as Sling TV, making for interesting times in the cable biz.

Kwicr, A2Zlogix among wireless industry's startups to watch

The wireless industry has seen enormous change over the past two decades, but consolidation and the move toward 5G technologies have some wondering if much innovation can occur in the segment. Don't worry: there's still plenty of innovation to go around.

MobiTV, Boost join forces to attract prepaid subs with live sports, VOD lineup

Boost Mobile is staking its claim in the mobile OTT space by teaming with MobiTV, a multiscreen video service provider, to deliver prepaid online video services to its mobile customers. The companies announced that they are working together on the service, which offers both live and on-demand video content.