Netflix appears to be taking a cue from its increasingly mobile users and is rolling out in-app billing to a selected number of Android users in "all supported regions" via Google Play, Variety reports. The move is a big change for the SVOD provider, which previously only enabled setup and billing via its own website and app.
Since Facebook announced its live streaming capability last December, the social media giant has been testing its usability and popularity with its membership. Now, monetization is coming into the picture as E! Online announced it will stream a daily infotainment series, Live From E!, on Facebook.
Microsoft has added a mobile app development platform provider to its portfolio. The technology giant has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows C# and F# developers to build mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows devices.What does Microsoft's acquisition of Xamarin mean for app developers?
Enterprise online video platform provider JW Player is taking a bold step into the mobile app world. The company launched a new open-source product, Apple TV App Builder, which enables online video providers to create an iOS streaming app with "minimal" time and effort to configure and launch.
Can video ads make free-to-play mobile apps more attractive? Several mobile game developers are testing the idea of incentivizing users who are unlikely to make in-app purchases by offering rewards and level-ups for watching a streamed video advertisement instead.
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.
DirecTV has included support for the new Apple Watch in the latest update to its iPhone app. The satellite carrier is the second big pay-TV company to extend an app for the much-anticipated new wearable, with Comcast announcing an Xfinity app for the device two weeks ago.
Live-streaming giant Twitch, working to stay ahead of new entrants in the live-streaming space, has come up with a way for multitasking gaming fans to keep up with game broadcasts while browsing for other things in Twitch's mobile app.
Culminating a broad-reaching licensing deal signed in October, Verizon announced Wednesday that it has added access to 24 live Viacom channels through its FiOS Mobile App.
Ad-supported online streaming service Popcornflix said its app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, a figure combined from app downloads to a number of devices including Roku players, game consoles, mobile devices and smart TVs.