President Barack Obama issued a new statement telling service providers they need to ensure that the Internet remains free and open to any consumer.
As the FCC prepares for the next round of deliberation on potential Open Internet rules, Netflix filed another comment arguing that Internet service providers can bottleneck traffic at will, with no rules in place to stop them from doing so. Further, it pointed out that the fees it now pays to Comcast for preferred access to its last-mile network are more than what Netflix pays to get its data to the cable operator's doorstep.
While it should come of no surprise, the advent of more broadband networks is enabling more consumers to access online video streaming services like Hulu and Netflix. According to Frank N. Magid Associates, 83 percent of U.S. TV watchers stream movies and TV shows, a figure that includes consumers who only use streaming occasionally. Read more
Tier 1 Internet service provider Verizon fired back at VPN provider Golden Frog, saying in comments filed with the FCC that claims made by a Golden Frog customer in July, alleging that Verizon was throttling Netflix data crossing onto its network, were inaccurate, misleading, and downright erroneous.
Whether it is Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, it's clear that consumers have a plethora of online video choices they can access via their broadband lines.
SVOD. It's an acronym that industry players are dropping with alarming frequency these days. And with HBO and CBS announcing their own premium-content subscription video on demand services, it's no surprise that YouTube may be considering its own subscription service.
Verizon's latest move to offer a promotional FiOS bundle that includes 75 Mbps, a $150 Visa gift card and 1 year of free Netflix shows how much influence the online video provider has on how consumers get their programming and the role that higher bandwidth can play in supporting the service.
The dominance of Netflix's online streaming service came to light once again this week as the provider announced that it will be closing one of its call centers devoted to helping DVD customers, and either relocating or laying off 188 employees.
YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo are among the online video sites that have enjoyed a significant amount of success. But for every Netflix there are at least as many online video sites that have struggled--or closed outright. FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at the "boneyard," the online video vendors that have either closed up shop or are on the ropes. See this special report here.
A combined AT&T-DirecTV will be good for rural customers, effectively helping bridge the digital divide, but it has no connection with Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, AT&T argues in a new filing with the FCC.