Netflix, Amazon and Hulu--the three largest over-the-top video (OTT) providers--continue to expand their original programming lineups. However, what's not clear is how much these players are actually spending.
Today, I'm taking a stab at how much three major online video providers--Amazon, Netflix and Hulu--are spending to acquire existing content and produce original content. It's not as easy a task as some imagine, because only Netflix, to keep its investors happy, is really open about its specific content spending habits.
DVR pioneer TiVo may be driving its product into the cable and satellite market, but it still sees retail sales, particularly of its new OTT-integrated Roamio DVR, as key to the company's business model.
Online video provider Netflix is accelerating its transition to HTML5-based streaming, a move that should improve load times for viewers and make 4K video streaming easier to deliver.
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Google's YouTube division has released its first ever Video Quality Report, rating the performance of Internet service providers on how well they are delivering online video in their service areas. It's a move similar to Netflix's monthly ISP speed index, which ranks providers based on how well they deliver Netflix streams to its subscribers.
The online content race is continuing to heat up, as Amazon debuted the first of its planned kids' series, Tumble Leaf, on Prime Instant Video. The e-commerce giant also made available the first batch of HBO series, including The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and others, through its exclusive deal with the programmer.
Subscribers to Dish Network who opt for its Hopper DVR will get an added bonus: six free months of Netflix, thanks to a deal the satellite operator signed with the SVOD provider. However, those subscribers won't find Netflix bundled into their DVRs, Variety reports.
Netflix announced its widely anticipated expansion into more European markets this week, in a move that will provide further competition to existing pay-TV providers across the Continent. Vodafone UK also unveiled an exclusive deal with the U.S. company that will see subscribers to the mobile operator's LTE plans receive free Netflix services for a promotional period of six months.
Cable operator Comcast, which recently signed a peering deal with Netflix to increase the amount of bandwidth the online video provider can use to reach subscribers on its network, has launched its own content delivery network without fanfare. Meanwhile, Apple is moving forward with a CDN buildout of its own and is negotiating paid interconnect deals with a number of unnamed ISPs.