Last September, much ado was made about a feature in Apple's iOS 9 which made it possible to build and install ad blocking apps on Apple devices-- which would keep ads from showing up within the Safari browser or in apps' "webview" component. However, their impact appears to be negligible.
Online video provider Vimeo is already seeing benefits from its recent acquisition of VHX, as the white-label solutions vendor announced that Vimeo partners can now offer seamless subscription to their branded apps on Apple iOS, Apple TV and Roku devices.
BOSTON-- Premium cable channel Starz announced in April that it will offer its content directly to consumers through a Starz-branded app, joining the likes of Showtime and HBO in charging users a monthly fee for a streaming video service. And the company is primarily leveraging its own team of around 30 developers to offer the service, as well as vendors Deluxe OnDemand and Penthera.
Google-run YouTube is moving ahead with support for the nascent virtual reality format, making it possible for users to upload and view the format on its over-the-top service. The videos currently can be viewed using Google's Cardboard VR viewer and an Android app provided by YouTube.
Why is ad blocking taking off? That's easy: consumers love it, as it rids browsers of annoying ads and helps their devices work faster. But their rise leaves online video providers that derive their revenue from advertising in a bind.
Apple introduced a new version of its Apple TV device that offers voice-recognition functions, unified video search across Netflix, Hulu and other services, as well as an app store that will allow users to download games and other apps. However, absent from Apple's announcement was any mention of offering live TV services or access into pay-TV options. Apple reportedly had been in discussions with the likes of NBC, ABC and CBS to offer a package of TV services on its TV device, but recent reports have indicated that those discussions are ongoing and that Apple would not launch a streaming video service until sometime next year.
Over the next few months, Google, Apple and Microsoft are all expected to show off new enhancements to their respective smartphone operating systems. Each company has a different goal with these unveilings. But what exactly can we expect from Windows 10, iOS 9 and Android M?
While the open-source Android operating system dominates the mobile device market--holding an 80 percent share--Apple's iOS is far and away the preferred device for online video streaming. According to data provided by Verizon Digital Media Services, 64 percent of mobile viewers use iOS to stream video.
Dish Network's new over-the-top venture, Sling TV, is now available to subscribers across the U.S., the company announced Monday. It also bulked up its $20 per month core offering, adding AMC Networks channels, and added a Sports Extra package. Sling TV is also is continuing to update its device availability and streaming options.
Is Amazon testing out free, ad-supported streaming of online content? According to TechCrunch, the retail giant may be trying out the concept.