Many Netflix subscribers settling in to watch (or avoid watching) holiday movies on Monday evening received an unpleasant surprise in the form of an error message saying that the service couldn't be accessed.
Nintendo said it will launch its TVii service on Thursday, which will allow cable and satellite TV subscribers who buy its Wii U gaming console to navigate programming from Comcast, Netflix and other video providers.
Hulu announced it will close 2012 with more than 3 million paying Hulu Plus subscribers, a huge coup for the company that also offers a version of the same service, albeit with less content, for free. In a Hulu blog, Jason Kilar, CEO of the company, also announced the company would finish the year with $695 million in revenue, a more than 65 percent increase over 2011.
Avail-TVN said it struck deals to supply subscription video-on-demand programming to Verizon's FiOS TV and Redbox Instant, the streaming video service that Verizon and Coinstar plan to launch next year.
Verizon's FiOS Internet, Comcast and Charter Communications are the fastest national broadband providers when it comes to delivering Netflix video streams to subscribers, the online video provider said Tuesday.
Netflix, which lives and dies by broadband speeds, is living it up with Google Fiber in Kansas City, where it says it got "actual" average user speeds of 2.55 Mbps in November.
Republican FCC commissioner Ajit Pai warned Thursday that the FCC could attempt to regulate the pricing of usage-based broadband packages next year if its net neutrality rules are upheld by an appellate court.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wanted the world to know that members were watching "nearly a billion hours per month" so he posted an item on Facebook in early July saying just that.
The game-changing exclusive deal between Netflix and the Walt Disney Co. is only the start of things to come--at least if Netflix execs have their way--as studios start to look at how consumers watch television and re-evaluate the old pay TV model.
Video analytics purveyor Skytide has high hopes for over-the-top (OTT) video in 2013, predicting, among other things, that next year "may be the year when a commercially viable OTT model emerges that is equitable and sustainable for both content owners and ISPs and allows service providers to actually profit from their infrastructure investments."