When I began writing this column in April, I saw trouble ahead for Netflix. The company was still in the process of bouncing back from the Qwikster disaster and I was feeling vindicated for believing I had seen the fiasco coming.
Netflix is testing a $7 monthly plan that would limit users to watching SD programming on one device at time, according to multiple reports.
Amazon is in a unique position to help shepherd 4K from its place today as a novelty and hoped-for savior of the TV-set manufacturers to a mainstream consumer product. Will its 4K strategy succeed?
Owners of some Roku boxes in certain countries are finally able to access YouTube through the device. Roku said a YouTube channel is now available for its flagship Roku 3 streaming box.
Netflix has been notoriously tight lipped about the way its subscribers use the service--so much so that the companies who make the shows people watch on Netflix sometimes complain about the lack of information they get back about viewing. So it is notable that the online video provider talked up some of its subscribers' habits this week.
Verizon's move to purchase EdgeCast, a content delivery network based in Santa Monica, Calif., is another sign that traditional service providers want more control over how video content gets delivered to their customers.
Netflix and You Tube may continue to drive up Internet bandwidth usage in the United States, but a number of companies such as Aspera, EVS, and Nevion are working behind the scenes to make sure video content is transported efficiently.
CDNs look like they're getting squeezed. On one side, broadband providers are building their own CDN capabilities or acquiring CDNs outright. On the other, the biggest content providers are deploying their own CDN-like infrastructure.
When new episodes of Netflix's series from DreamWorks Animation "Turbo FAST" premiere later this month, viewers won't find the entire season.
How are the nation's online video equipment and service providers taking advantage of the holiday buying season? Providers like Amazon and Netflix are hoping to garner new subscribers to their offerings, while device vendors like Roku and Apple are using the season to increase sales of their streaming video devices. Special Report