WWE's Barrios: We can't underestimate impact of shift to online video

WWE began thinking about a bigger online presence more than three years ago, an idea that came to fruition as WWE Network, its hugely popular subscription video on demand and live streaming service. But the company's shift from pay-per-view to online has had a few challenges, Chief Strategy & Financial Officer George Barrios told investors.

Yahoo may add RayV to online video acquisition pile

According to sources familiar with the matter, Yahoo is close to acquiring online video startup RayV--a purchase that may help shore up the technology behind its own video efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Comcast, Apple wade into the CDN waters

Cable operator Comcast, which recently signed a peering deal with Netflix to increase the amount of bandwidth the online video provider can use to reach subscribers on its network, has launched its own content delivery network without fanfare. Meanwhile, Apple is moving forward with a CDN buildout of its own and is negotiating paid interconnect deals with a number of unnamed ISPs.

Rumors fly fast in telecom industry: Which ones will become reality?

These days, rumors in the telecom space are flying fast--not just in online video, which is seeing a lot more activity this year than in the past, but in wireless as well. New players that operated in traditionally separate segments of the industry, like fixed-line network operators and cable providers, are hunting new revenue paths, leading to all sorts of speculation. FierceWireless takes a look at these and other rumors, and details the seven most likely to come to fruition in this special report.

Netflix wrangles staying in line with revenue as it expands further into Europe

Even as Netflix announced it was expanding to six more European countries in late 2014--Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg--its chief financial officer, David Wells, told investors that the online video provider would stay in line with or slightly behind its overall revenue while continuing to expand its reach and content offerings--and that Netflix's international operations would be profitable by the end of 2014.

DirecTV, AT&T merger will 'redefine the video entertainment industry'

Calling DirecTV the best video provider in the business, AT&T CEO/Chairman Randall Stephenson made video delivery across all screens--television and mobile devices--a key point in an investor call discussing its $48.5 billion acquisition of the satellite pay-TV provider.

Report: YouTube may buy Twitch for $1B

Amid today's AT&T-DirecTV merger excitement, Google-owned YouTube may soon announce that it has reached a deal to buy video game-centric site Twitch for $1 billion. Neither company would comment on the reported acquisition.

CW's streaming audience may be up 60 percent

The CW's online audience--those watching streaming versions of its broadcast series like Arrow, The Originals and Beauty and the Beast--may have grown 60 percent in the last year, the network's statistics, presented at its annual upfront in New York, suggested.

Multiscreen still a challenge for VOD-focused pay-TV operators

NEW YORK--Netflix has proven that content can be a revenue driver and has driven multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and content providers alike to improve their online offerings. But the myriad technologies available and ever-changing content rights issues are slowing deployment of multiscreen services.

Roku, Apple TV see faster load times than non-dedicated streaming devices

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NEW YORK--Dedicated streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku have one distinct advantage over competing devices that offer multiple functionalities: OTT services like Netflix load significantly faster, with programs starting up within 2 seconds on average.

Big studios eye multichannel networks, but price may not be right

Last week, Fullscreen, a multichannel network, said it had hired Allen & Co. to explore options for being acquired. The rumor was that it was in negotiations with Time Warner Inc., to head down the same road as Maker Studios, which closed its $500 million acquisition by Walt Disney Co. this week.

Roku's Rosenberg: MVPDs threatened by connected TV devices

Multichannel video programming distributors are less threatened by mobile devices that also stream video, like smartphones and tablets, than they are by devices that connect to the television, Roku Vice President of Business Development Scott Rosenberg told a panel audience Tuesday. But, he added, that perception is changing among some cable operators.

Hulu brings aboard Netflix veteran Wall to lead marketing efforts

Hulu added another piece to its original content puzzle as it brought aboard Netflix veteran Jenny Wall as SVP and head of marketing.

Comcast hits No. 3 spot in Netflix rankings, but Canadian ISPs trump U.S. speeds

In this week's "wouldya look at that" category, Comcast's ranking on the monthly Netflix Speed Index rose yet again, climbing from No. 4 to No. 3 in average streaming speeds among major U.S. Internet service providers for April. The MSO's ranking leapt from its near-basement ranking of 11th place after signing a peering deal with the online video service in late February.

Netflix confirms $1 subscription price increase, adds documentaries to original content

Add the number 1 to Netflix subscription prices, no matter which country you're in: the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider confirmed that it will raise rates by $1 in the United States, £1 in the United Kingdom, and €1 in the European Union countries it currently serves.

Pirate sites profit from untracked ad dollars, report says

Major advertisers are inadvertently supporting websites that offer pirated movie and television content, because they are buying ad space using automated ad-buying services, a Wall Street Journal article asserts.

Changes afoot at thePlatform as CEO Blaine steps down

Comcast's white-label online video management service thePlatform is going through a transition as co-founder and CEO Ian Blaine announced he will step down on June 20. Marty Roberts, head of sales and marketing, and Jamie Miller, COO and CFO, will move into the role of co-leads.

Older consumers tuning in to OTT as subscription rates climb 6 percent

Don't turn attention away from older viewers just yet: Over the top viewing by seniors over 55 is continuing to swing upward, a Centris report says, with subscriptions to services like Netflix increasing from 18 to 24 percent of 55-to-64-year-olds in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Big Bird ups the digital game: RSG Media signs Sesame Workshop for cross-platform reporting

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street and its many related products including online video and second-screen apps, has signed on with RSG Media to use its Cross Platform Reporting service. The service monitors usage, revenue and royalties for its content across both linear and digital platforms.

TiVo's Rogers: Our differentiator is we have everything on one device

DVR pioneer TiVo stands out in the burgeoning device space because its subscribers can get "everything" on a single device, CEO Tom Rogers told investors at a Miami conference, including online video content in the wake of TiVo's recent deals with cable operators including Suddenlink and Grande Communications to provide access to Netflix through their set-top boxes.