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Whedon premieres film on Vimeo and at Tribeca simultaneously

Joss Whedon released a new film, "In Your Eyes," on Vimeo this week at the same time that it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Netflix to raise subscription prices by up to $2, adds 2.25M U.S. subs in Q1

Netflix will increase its monthly streaming subscription price by one to two dollars, "depending on the country," this quarter, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote in a letter to shareholders this afternoon. The announcement coincided with the release of Netflix's first quarter results, in which the company notched 2.25 million new customers in the United States.

Middle schoolers aren't charmed by Netflix

Executives polling two middle and high school students at a recent summit on over-the-top services were set back a bit by the middle schooler's frank admission: She doesn't watch Netflix much, if at all.

Broadcasting is about to change, regardless of Aereo lawsuit's outcome

It doesn't matter whether Aereo wins or loses its Supreme Court case. Broadcasting is going to change, because consumers demand it.

Tracking wireline's top-earning CEOs

Who are the highest-paid CEOs in the wireline industry? There weren't any surprises in the top-two category, with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam and AT&T chief Randall Stephenson once again dominating those spots. 

WWE Online, Twitch close in on Amazon in bandwidth growth

Who is the fastest growing online video provider? Put your hand down, Netflix: A new report from Qwilt says that live online video, led by entities like WWE and Twitch, is consuming bandwidth at an ever-increasing rate. In fact, those two content providers account for 2 percent of all online video volume on the Internet, just behind Amazon, which takes up 3 percent.

With Yahoo, others looking to white-label news content, RNN stands on cusp of an OTT opportunity

Jeffrey Thompson, senior vice president and general manager, business development at RNN, recently spoke with Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, about RNN's local news model and its potential in the OTT space. RNN, a Rye Brook, N.Y.-based broadcaster, has been providing syndicated live local news content to partners like Verizon FiOS for several years now and recently doubled the size of its studio, adding a multiscreen and social component to its production facilities.

Yahoo, Vevo try again, expanding video licensing and promotion

Yahoo, whose music-streaming partnership with Vevo reportedly hasn't been generating much user interest, is taking another shot, announcing a new deal with the service to bring live concert events, original music programming and thousands of Vevo's music videos to Yahoo Screen.

IP litigation as competition: OpenTV, Nagra file another patent suit against Netflix

For the third time since 2012, Netflix is the target of a patent suit filed by Nagra and OpenTV, both owned by Swiss company Kudelski SA. The suit involves four patents related to digital TV services.

Can online video advertising outpace TV ads? Skeptics sound off

A financial analyst is pouring water on recent studies that say online video advertising will overtake TV ads within the next few years. Television still has much greater reach than online video, with 115.6 million TV homes in the United States, and isn't likely to end its reign anytime soon.

Aereo preps Google Chromecast app for May 29 launch date

Aereo, the cloud antenna and DVR provider that has been the bane of broadcasters, will be available on Google's Chromecast streaming device beginning May 29. Subscribers in Aereo's active markets will be able to download its app in the Google Play store.

In pictures: NAB 2014

The National Association of Broadcasters' annual trade show has drawn some 98,000 people from every facet of the broadcast industry. But while the customary displays of cameras and broadcast equipment can be found throughout the venue, new market entrants and technological innovation are also evident.

WWE online passes 667K subscribers in first 6 weeks

WWE's online network has been going gangbusters since launching in March, signing up 667,287 subscribers to its $9.99 per month service. Viewers also don't seem to have any qualms about committing to a six-month buy-in to watch "Wrestlemania" events typically available on pay-per-view as well as a library of vintage events.

Skype targets online video content creators with Skype TX solution

LAS VEGAS--Skype, the VoIP video service purchased in 2011 by Microsoft, unveiled Skype TX, a broadcast-quality online video service, at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show here.

4K is everywhere at NAB, and it's about to hit the consumer market--ready or not

LAS VEGAS--While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was exhorting traditional broadcasters to take a fresh look at over-the-top content delivery at a Tuesday keynote here, visitors to the National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show were getting an eyeful and an earful of solutions for just that (or close to it). IP video is top of mind at the show, and it's beginning to change the way broadcasters and distributors do business.

As 4K channel launches in Korea, ATEME's Fouchard says STB makers 'ought to be worried'

LAS VEGAS--Set-top box manufacturers have the ability to make multiple services available through a single consumer premises unit, but when it comes to the approaching 4K storm, they "ought to be worried," according to Benoit Fouchard, ATEME's chief strategy officer. Alternatives to STBs are being developed to meet the 4K demand, particularly by smart TV manufacturers, and a new 4K channel launching in Korea on Thursday bypasses the set-top box for a 4K-ready TV.

Wheeler: Broadcasters have reached an 'inflection point' as OTT disrupts industry

LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape.

thePlatform teams with Adobe to integrate Primetime, mpx video management

LAS VEGAS--Comcast independent subsidiary thePlatform is teaming with Adobe to integrate its video management system with Adobe Primetime. The companies will jointly sell the combined product to clients.

Buffering time decreases 12.4 percent, but online video viewers losing patience

The amount of time spent staring at a spinning circle instead of the OTT video a viewer wants decreased last year by 12.4 percent, from 39.3 to 26.9 percent, according to a Conviva report. But viewers' patience for buffering is wearing much thinner, much faster, especially if they're streaming live sports.

Amazon introduces $99 Amazon Fire TV

Online retail giant Amazon announced its long-rumored streaming device this morning: Amazon Fire TV, a set-top box that Kindle VP Peter Larsen said is three times as powerful as competing devices from Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV. The device retails for $99 and will ship starting today.