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Televisa and MiTu join forces to offer multiscreen content

Multichannel network MiTu has signed a multiyear agreement with Mexico City-based giant Televisa that will see the two Hispanic-focused companies work together to develop and distribute programming across multiple platforms.

Amazon tries to add heart to data-driven content creation

Although the use of metadata to help determine the kind of shows audiences want to watch has gotten a lot of attention over the past year or so–particularly with the success of Netflix's House of Cards, a show developed partly from data analysis–Amazon is trying to find the heart that drives the popularity of series as its original-content efforts evolve.

Digital advertising's biggest year ever isn't helping smaller firms

Spending on online advertising is taking a bigger share of marketing budgets than ever before–as much as 39 percent of all ad spending in the United States this year, eMarketer estimates–but that new money isn't helping smaller digital-ad firms, such as YuMe, Rocket Fuel and Tremor.

Comcast subs in Olympia, Wash., bear brunt of OTT's growing popularity

Over-the-top video is driving a tax hike in Olympia, Wash., where a generational shift from cable TV viewing to the cord-cutter lifestyle has lowered the revenue that the city gathers by taxing Comcast based on the number of subscribers.

Metadata gives closed captioning new utility

How accessible is online video to the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages? Thanks to developing technologies, it's getting better all the time--something we explore in today's feature on closed captioning. We take a look at some of today's closed captioning providers, including startups challenging the captioning status quo.

Closed captioning's role becomes more complex in multiscreen world

In the wake of FCC rules that require TV programs, movies, and clips to have closed captions even in the online video space, OTT providers are scrambling to make sure their online catalogs are captioned. Can startups do it better than established caption providers?

M&E executives say it's time to grow: report

Chief financial officers at major media and entertainment companies like Disney, Liberty Media, Microsoft and Time Warner are downplaying economic uncertainty and are setting themselves into the starting blocks for new growth. The focus this time: digital, an Ernst & Young report says.

HBO ahead on profits for now, but Netflix is better positioned, analyst says

Netflix finally got one up on HBO in subscriber revenue last quarter, edging past with $1.146 billion versus HBO's $1.141 billion, but that may not be a one-time thing: Netflix is much better positioned for success, both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Ooyala acquired by Telstra, setting stage for global growth

Updated: Streaming video distribution provider Ooyala has been acquired by Australian telecom Telstra for an undisclosed amount. The company will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary, with its management and executive team remaining at its Silicon Valley headquarters.

4SeTV turns to Kickstarter as it looks to fill a TV Everywhere niche

As the tug of war for subscribers between cable operators and OTT providers continues, and with TV Everywhere still in its infancy in the U.S., startups are continuing to find niches that attempt to meet demand for anywhere, anytime video service. Case in point: 4SeTV, a startup looking directly to its target audience for its next round of funding.

NFL on track for live OTT streaming? Not yet

The release of a new second-screen app by the NFL this week featuring archived footage of games, highlights and interviews has some viewers speculating that the league will follow up with its own live streaming of NFL games. Not likely, experts say.

Dish Network slows subscriber losses in Q2, builds its OTT plans

Dish Network, which is moving ahead with an ambitious plan for over-the-top services that includes a new deal with A+E Networks to stream its online channels, posted a $216.3 million profit in the second quarter.

Apple TV sales reportedly slowing, while Fire TV revs its app engine

Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.

Rogers' vision: TiVo, not Google or Microsoft, will control online video search

Integrated search is one of the next, and most challenging frontiers for both online video and TV Everywhere. And according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers, Web search engine providers like Google or Microsoft won't lead the way.

Justin.tv shuts down following reported $1B Twitch deal with Google

With Google reportedly having cemented a $1 billion deal to buy online-streaming service Twitch, the video game-focused service's owners have shut down the site from which Twitch originated: Justin.tv. The platform pioneered live streaming video, launching in 2007.

Netflix, Amazon help drive North American OTT revenues above $10B

Subscription video on demand providers, led by Amazon and Netflix, make up nearly half of over-the-top revenues in North America and are driving a market that will likely top $10.7 billion this year alone, a new report by Strategy Analytics says.

thePlatform teams with Verizon Digital Media Services for online video delivery

Verizon's Digital Media Services unit has formed a strategic alliance with white-label video management provider thePlatform to deliver what it calls an end-to-end online video solution targeting pay TV providers' multiscreen strategies.

Glaser takes permanent CEO status at RealNetworks

After two years searching for a new leader, pioneering online video platform RealNetworks announced that Rob Glaser, who founded the company in 1994, left in 2010 and returned as interim CEO in 2012, will continue onward as permanent CEO. The company announced the appointment a few hours ahead of releasing its second quarter earnings results.

Why TV Everywhere can't get it together: four good reasons

More than five years after its bold introduction, U.S. pay TV's highly complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite major breakthroughs like record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the technology is struggling to gain traction.

World Cup's unofficial rating: 20 million illegal viewers

If the popularity of an online event or series were measured solely by the number of illegal downloads, the recent World Cup would rank pretty high alongside perennial piracy favorite Game of Thrones. TV Everywhere security vendor Viaccess-Orca said approximately 20 million viewers illegally accessed live-streamed matches throughout the tournament.