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Hawaii to state employees: No, you can't stream Netflix

Responding to a state Office of Information Management and Technology report that public employees were spending between 100 and 300 hours streaming online video from services like Netflix and Hulu, Hawaii is blocking state workers' access to the streaming services while on the job.

Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter broadband subscriptions rise amidst ongoing video losses

If there was one common theme the top cable MSOs saw in the second-quarter results, it was that broadband subscriptions continued to rise as more video customers cut the cord in favor of online video alternatives like Netflix and Hulu.

Netflix transitions 100% of IT services into the cloud, citing reliability, ability to scale

By the end of the summer, Netflix will run all of its IT services in the public cloud. The SVOD provider said it is shutting down its last data center soon, the culmination of an initiative that began seven years ago.

Netflix announces next original film, 'Mascots'

In the wake of its cancellation of Steve van Zandt mobster dramedy Lilyhammer, Netflix announced its next original movie, Mascots. The Christopher Guest comedy is slated to premier sometime in 2016, according to an announcement on the provider's website.

Netflix will succeed in Japan, but China is a whole other ballgame

As the market rolls into August and well into the third quarter, over-the-top video players and analysts are closely watching the next move that Netflix makes: officially launching in Japan. Slated to take place on Sept. 2, Netflix Japan will be the company's most significant international entry this year, and even CEO Reed Hastings expects a tough slog.

Netflix sets launch date for Japan, gets social media ball rolling

Keeping in line with comments made by CFO David Wells during its second-quarter earnings report, Netflix is moving ahead with its planned launch in Japan. The SVOD provider will debut there on Sept. 2, VentureBeat reports.

Netflix, Hulu subscriber churn should be a concern for OTT providers, research firm says

Subscription video on demand providers need to keep an eye on the "extremely high" churn rates endemic to the OTT video market segment, a new report from Parks Associates has found. In the past 12 months, 7 percent of U.S. broadband households have cancelled their Hulu Plus subscriptions, a number that represents about half of Hulu's subscriber base.

Online video companies quest for the holy grail of personalized content

Five years from now, a viewer will turn on his or her television and see a host of content being offered that is tailored specifically to that individual. Not just a list of cable programs that are on, but a host of selections from TV programming to OTT content, to lifestyle and shopping recommendations-- all changing to suit the time of day or even the viewer's mood, so to speak. At least, that's what content providers want to happen.

AT&T-DirecTV deal gets nod from Wheeler, with conditions to expand FTTH, interconnection

AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV may have gotten the green light from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, but in giving his support he has asked the telco to stick to its word on its FTTH expansion and not discriminate against online video competitors like Netflix whose applications run over its broadband network.

Tracking the progress of Amazon, Netflix, and Google in Q2

How are online video providers faring against established distributors like Comcast and Verizon FiOS? As the OTT and traditional pay-TV industries increasingly mesh together, Fierce has likewise been reporting these companies' quarterly earnings side-by-side.