Consumers have no shortage of online video sources to get up to speed on their favorite show or consume a whole series in marathon watching sessions, but many OTT video providers are now trying to differentiate themselves by offering their own original content.
Only two days before the debut of its service in Boston, Aereo said on Monday that it is no longer going to give customers the option of paying $1 for a daily pass or $80 for an annual service subscription.
Despite big improvements in telecommunications infrastructure on the African continent in the past five years, the quality and affordability of Internet services has not improved, a study conducted by Analysys Mason for the Internet Society finds.
While cable operators have kept a tight rein on their video content, Roku's founder and CEO Anthony Wood says that they should look for ways to make "their services more valuable by making them available on the devices people are using today to watch TV--everything from Rokus to tablets."
Advertisers are turning their attention to the video streaming market to get their wares in front of consumers who are increasingly shifting their viewing platform from TV to smartphones and tablet computers.
News stories in the written word--whether online or on paper--will still come at a premium, but all video content and apps on NYTimes.com will be free to any visitors to the site, the New York Times has announced.
Viggle, a loyalty program for television that gives people real rewards for checking into the television shows they're watching, has found its place in the video market by providing a second screen app for users who like to view their video on various connected devices.
Twitter wants to be more than a platform for 140-word messages and is reportedly seeking partnerships with television networks to acquire high-quality video and advertising. The deals would reportedly allow Twitter to sell advertising to accompany the video content and split the revenue with the networks. Video seems to be something that would appeal to Twitter users, who apparently chat a lot about their TV watching experiences.
Aereo has already drawn the ire of broadcasters, but it is now facing yet another challenge from Dyle, an emerging mobile video company backed by NBC, Fox and other broadcasters.
Eric Berger, executive vice president of digital networks at Sony Pictures and manager of Crackle, the company's multiplatform online video product, says that the unit is seeing more subscribers who want to watch "full-length movies and full-length TV shows on their smartphones and tablets."