Even as Netflix announced it was expanding to six more European countries in late 2014--Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg--its chief financial officer, David Wells, told investors that the online video provider would stay in line with or slightly behind its overall revenue while continuing to expand its reach and content offerings--and that Netflix's international operations would be profitable by the end of 2014.
Verizon may still be one of the largest telco TV players, but the telco is seeing that in the markets where it offers its FiOS services, wireline broadband is becoming the dominant product.
Hulu added another piece to its original content puzzle as it brought aboard Netflix veteran Jenny Wall as SVP and head of marketing.
In this week's "wouldya look at that" category, Comcast's ranking on the monthly Netflix Speed Index rose yet again, climbing from No. 4 to No. 3 in average streaming speeds among major U.S. Internet service providers for April. The MSO's ranking leapt from its near-basement ranking of 11 th place after signing a peering deal with the online video service in late February.
Add the number 1 to Netflix subscription prices, no matter which country you're in: the subscription video on demand (SVOD) provider confirmed that it will raise rates by $1 in the United States, £1 in the United Kingdom, and €1 in the European Union countries it currently serves.
Don't turn attention away from older viewers just yet: Over the top viewing by seniors over 55 is continuing to swing upward, a Centris report says, with subscriptions to services like Netflix increasing from 18 to 24 percent of 55-to-64-year-olds in the fourth quarter of 2013.
DVR pioneer TiVo stands out in the burgeoning device space because its subscribers can get "everything" on a single device, CEO Tom Rogers told investors at a Miami conference, including online video content in the wake of TiVo's recent deals with cable operators including Suddenlink and Grande Communications to provide access to Netflix through their set-top boxes.
Level 3 Communications, a major wholesale provider to content companies like Netflix, has accused five unnamed U.S. ISPs and one European ISP of abusing their market power to effectively put a limit on the amount of traffic the transit provider can route over these ISPs' last mile networks.
Netflix appears to be working its way down the list of top ISPs in ensuring it can deliver directly to its subscribers over their networks. AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan, during a Brookings Institution panel discussion, said the carrier is "in discussions with Netflix" regarding an arrangement that is likely similar to deals the online video provider struck this month with Comcast and Verizon.
The FCC's still-unseen "Open Internet" proposed rules that represent the agency's third try to craft net neutrality regulations have come under enormous criticism even before they've been formally unveiled. Media reports have suggested that the FCC would allow ISPs to create "fast lanes" for content companies willing to pay, subject to a still-nebulous "commercially reasonable" standard. Consumer advocates fear that would undercut a core principle of net neutrality--that users should get equal access to all content regardless of where it comes from--and that it could stifle innovation and increase costs for consumers.