The European Union wants online video streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix to devote a much larger portion of their libraries to regional content, an attempt by the governing body to force a more level playing field in the SVOD space, according to media reports.
Netflix has introduced a new tool called Fast.com that allows customers to check how fast their wireline home or mobile broadband connections are in real time. The service works from any location in the world and a broadband user does not have to be a Netflix subscriber to use it.
Months after Netflix announced its commitment to block users accessing its website through virtual private networks (VPNs), advocacy group Open Media is stepping up its efforts to convince the provider to stop, circulating a petition that asks Netflix to end its crusade against the technology. The group says that forcing people to access the SVOD service without a VPN exposes them to privacy threats and, in some countries, government action.
Expect global mobile application revenue and app downloads to increase significantly over the next few years, according to Ovum. The technology analyst has predicted global mobile app revenue will increase from $36 billion in 2015 to $79 billion in 2020.
As expected, Netflix today introduced cellular data controls to its mobile apps that will allow mobile users to adjust the settings of their Netflix video streams. The release of the feature comes just weeks after the disclosure that Netflix throttles the transmission of video it makes available to AT&T and Verizon because of those carriers' data overage charges.
Netflix wants viewers to quit browsing and start watching its massive catalog, and it's juicing up its content recommendation tech in order to convince them to do so. The first stop on its journey: figuring out which image associated with the title of a movie or TV series will convince a user to click into the content and watch it.
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.
DisneyLife, the SVOD service launched last year in several countries outside the U.S., is off the screens of Chinese viewers according to Alibaba, the media company that licensed the service in the country. Ostensibly, DisneyLife was shut down for "service upgrades," but The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the issue, said regulators put a halt to the service.
Amazon and Netflix may soon be racing neck and neck for subscribers, as Amazon adopted a monthly subscription tier that aligns closely to the top SVOD provider's streaming tiers. The news, coming just ahead of Netflix's first-quarter earnings report, may have contributed to a drop in Netflix share prices.
Cogent Communications may have faced a number of challenges in recent years, but BTIG Research has forecast that wholesale services and business services could drive double digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2016, marking the first time it has done so since the second quarter of 2014.