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.
A hiccup in new subscribers didn't stop Netflix from bringing in revenues of $1.41 billion in the third quarter of 2014, keeping it in line with forecasts. However, the subscriber news combined with HBO's landmark announcement earlier that it would offer a standalone OTT service sent the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider's stocks downward 25 percent following its earnings report.
Online video players speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this week made some tongue-in-cheek comments to TV industry executives. But there was a challenge within the statements by Netflix, Maker Studios, Sohu and others. The online video industry, they were saying, is no longer just an upstart disrupter. It's the king of the hill.
Subscription video on demand provider Netflix is continuing to find new inroads to boosting subscribership worldwide. In addition to a recent, unpromoted rise in its subscription rate for 4K programming, the company may be angling toward entry into Asia via Japan.
Zayo's zColo division is teaming with Netflix to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX's other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.
Verizon FiOS has redeemed itself on Netflix's ISP Speed Index, jumping from the No. 10 spot to the top spot with an average speed of 3.17 Mbps.