Netflix's continuing assertions that ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast are to blame for poor streaming performance aren't passing the smell test for at least one analyst.
Netflix is sitting on top of the online video hill right now, but a host of challengers threaten to knock it off. From growing competition to bandwidth pressures to disgruntled shareholders looking for a leadership change, the path ahead holds many dangers.
Despite having established a new peering deal with Verizon, Netflix revealed that the telco's average streaming speeds actually dropped, reports FierceOnlineVideo.
A move to split the CEO and chairman positions at Netflix was defeated Monday as just over half of the SVOD provider's shareholders voted against a proposal to keep Reed Hastings as CEO but replace him on the board with a member who is not a current or former employee of the company.
What's the deal, Verizon? Most observers--and Netflix, surely--expected that the SVOD provider's streaming performance over Verizon's FiOS network would improve, now that Netflix is paying Verizon for preferred bandwidth. But the carrier's average streaming speeds instead dropped two places in Netflix's monthly speed index.
Thirty-odd years ago, movie theater owners worried that HBO and other premium cable networks like Showtime would pull customers out of their theaters to watch movies in the comfort of their own home. That didn't happen at the time--but the ease and perceived cost savings of accessing movies through Netflix, Amazon, Redbox Instant and other SVOD or TVOD (subscription- or transactional-video-on-demand) services is now making an impact, and could pass box office revenues by 2018.
Original content is becoming a staple for over-the-top video providers, epitomized by House of Cards from Netflix. But how much are online video providers actually spending on original content this year? Special report
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu--the three largest over-the-top video (OTT) providers--continue to expand their original programming lineups. However, what's not clear is how much these players are actually spending.
Today, I'm taking a stab at how much three major online video providers--Amazon, Netflix and Hulu--are spending to acquire existing content and produce original content. It's not as easy a task as some imagine, because only Netflix, to keep its investors happy, is really open about its specific content spending habits.
DVR pioneer TiVo may be driving its product into the cable and satellite market, but it still sees retail sales, particularly of its new OTT-integrated Roamio DVR, as key to the company's business model.