Now that interconnection agreements with the four top U.S. Internet service providers are in place and with no new spats grabbing the public's attention, Netflix and Verizon may have entered a period of détente. Average streaming speeds for subscribers on the FiOS network rose two places on the SVOD provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps.
Watching movies and hour-long TV shows on a smartphone can be more of a chore than an enjoyable experience, and it appears that Netflix is taking notice. According to GigaOm, the SVOD provider is testing short clips on its mobile apps that run about two to five minutes. Current clips include key scenes from TV shows and movies or bits from stand-up comedy specials.
Netflix has grand ambitions to expand its 4K/UHD content library and sees municipal providers that are deploying their own fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks as a key enabler.
As Netflix prepares to increase the content it's delivering in 4K/UHD, a bandwidth-hungry video format, the SVOD provider promoted, in comments to the FCC, municipal broadband providers' ability to quickly bring U.S. residents up to the Internet capacity necessary to view Ultra HD.
Netflix's international expansion is continuing along its planned growth path, with the subscription video on demand provider announcing its first French-produced series, Marseille, slated to premiere in late 2015. Meantime, Amazon is sticking with its pilot-to-series original content model, debuting five new pilots this week for viewers to rate and review.
Subscription video-on-demand provider Netflix is on a roll in Europe, with plans to launch in six new countries on the continent by the end of 2014. It reportedly has reached 1 million subscribers in the Netherlands, and a new IHS study projects that within four years its European base will make up one-fifth of its total subscribers worldwide.
Now there are four major ISPs being paid by Netflix to speed its over-the-top streaming video to subscribers. Time Warner Cable has signed an interconnection agreement with the SVOD service, similar to Netflix's earlier deals with AT&T, Verizon and Comcast.
How accessible is online video to the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages? Thanks to developing technologies, it's getting better all the time--something we explore in today's feature on closed captioning. We take a look at some of today's closed captioning providers, including startups challenging the captioning status quo.
Netflix finally got one up on HBO in subscriber revenue last quarter, edging past with $1.146 billion versus HBO's $1.141 billion, but that may not be a one-time thing: Netflix is much better positioned for success, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Integrated search is one of the next, and most challenging frontiers for both online video and TV Everywhere. And according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers, Web search engine providers like Google or Microsoft won't lead the way.