Just in time for those holiday streaming binges, a number of OTT players are getting in front of audiences. For one, former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar's new premium service, Vessel, is now open for video creators to upload content. Meanwhile, Amazon added the HBO Go app to its Fire TV streaming device, and Popcornflix became available on Microsoft's Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada.
Roku, Amazon and Google are competing in a new and potentially significant market opportunity this holiday season: streaming TV sticks. Roku is offering its Roku Stick, Amazon is selling its Fire TV Stick and Google is offering its Chromecast gadget. All three devices allow TV owners to access streaming video services from their existing UBS-enabled TVs. Check out this new feature.
While Apple's iPad and iPhone dominate the overall mobile video viewing market, two tablet-size devices--Amazon's Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy--are grabbing a huge share of video viewing rates, a new study by Adobe has found.
The No. 1 pay-TV operator is finally going to let users of the top OTT device stream the leading premium channels. According to an FCC document just unearthed by Re/code, Comcast and Roku quietly reached an agreement in late November that will let the MSO's subscribers stream HBO Go and Showtime Anytime on their Roku devices.
Even for what has arguably become the world's most successful online retailer, Amazon surprised some app developers with its decision to start charging for high-end mobile games.
Following through on promises that Ultra High-Def content would be available to subscribers soon, Amazon announced that some of its Prime Instant Video content can now be streamed in 4K. Likewise, Vimeo, an OTT provider that specializes in video by independent filmmakers, is easing into 4K, offering downloads of files in the format.
Swisscom is claiming to be the "first telecommunications provider in the world" to offer a same-day delivery service for goods and services ordered via its online store, including smartphones and tablets.
A new Parks Associates survey reveals that 10 percent of U.S. households purchased a streaming video device this year, with Roku being the top choice amongst consumers.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended the company's first smartphone, the Fire phone, as a "bold bet" that has not yet paid off, but is part of a culture of experimenting and risk taking at the retail and commerce giant. Bezos indicated that future iterations of the phone would be coming but declined to give details or a timeline. FierceWireless ' Phil Goldstein has a complete report here.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended the company's first smartphone, the Fire phone, as a "bold bet" that has not yet paid off, but is part of a culture of experimenting and risk taking at the retailing and commerce giant. Bezos indicated that future iterations of the phone would be coming but declined to give details or a timeline.