Redbox Instant by Verizon could be in play for a possible sale after JANA Partners reported to the SEC that it acquired a 13.5 percent stake in Redbox parent Outerwall Inc. and wants the company to consider selling all or some of its assets.
Amazon Studios's strategy of developing pilots, rather than full seasons, of new online TV shows will hopefully give it an edge when it comes to finding new hit shows, Roy Price, the studio's head, told an audience at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, this week.
Netflix shares hit an all-time high Tuesday, closing at $324.62 after gaining nearly 5 percent during the day. The bump came after stock analysts at MKM Partners wrote a note to investors saying the company's international growth could exceed expectations.
Netflix customers with top-of-the-line HD sets can now get access to 1080p high-definition streaming video even if their ISP doesn't participate in the company's content delivery network, Open Connect.
At some point, Hulu could offer an ad-free online video service that asks subscribers to pay a premium to avoid commercials, Hulu's acting CEO Andy Forssell told investors at Goldman Sachs' annual Communacopia conference last week.
Netflix may have set a precedent in the online video world with the debut of its own shows such as reviving the "Arrested Development" series and new shows like "Orange is the New Black," but will others like Hulu, which is now owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast follow the same path?
Netflix blazed a trail in online video this year with its aggressive original programming strategy. It's a strategy others will probably adopt. But I wonder how free Hulu will be to bid on new shows.
Online-video aggregators such as Hulu and Netflix are "here to stay" and will increasingly be offered by traditional pay-TV operators alongside those operators' own services, TiVo CEO Tom Rogers told investors at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Tuesday.
While there are a number of options for consumers to get streaming video, a new Nielsen study illustrates that Netflix is the dominant provider. A survey revealed that 38 percent of Americans said they use Netflix, while 18 percent use Hulu and 13 percent stream on Amazon.
More British TV shows are coming to Hulu Plus. The online video site struck a deal with BBC Worldwide North America involving non-exclusive rights to some 144 titles, the Wall Street Journal reported.