Archive for the ‘Firehose: Streaming Media Industry News’ Category

Over the Top TV from Traditional Broadcasters: Many choices, Price Pressure Downward, but Confusion

March 6, 2015 9:21 pm

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Want to watch HBO on your tablet? There’s an app for that. Want to watch CBS too? Get another app. NBC? You betcha they have an app for...

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BlackBerry wants to bring some of its best features to every device

March 4, 2015 9:40 am

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BlackBerry has an experience for you, they’ve been holding back with resources like BBM and its enterprise servers, but it’s going to be much more liberal in the...

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Electronics makers from every consumer device manufacturing segment are betting big on 4K: Shipments soar 699% in 2014

February 22, 2015 1:09 pm

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There isn’t really much 4K UHD content available, but that doesn’t mean companies that make electronics and their manufacturers aren’t fully ‘all in’ to help get the 4K/UHD ball rolling, already...

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Target’s internet video service you didn’t use is shutting down

February 12, 2015 12:21 pm

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  Following in the tracks of other retailers like Walmart (Vudu) and Best Buy (CinemaNow), Target launched its own video on-demand service in late 2013, but now it’s...

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Imagine Communications, Sony to Tackle 4K Transport

February 4, 2015 6:07 pm

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DALLAS — Imagine Communications announced a huge initiative underway with Sony (their Wonder Technology Lab!) to enable ultra high-definition/4K, and transitions from legacy SDI to IP-based network infrastructures....

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Amazon, YouTube, Netflix rank 1, 2, 3 in brand perception in US

January 18, 2015 10:52 pm

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Streaming media companies Netflix and YouTube claimed two of the top three spots in this year’s YouGov Brand Index, with Amazon – which is a streaming service in...

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Youtube sports network Whistle Sports Tuesday said it had raised $28 million in a Series B funding round

January 14, 2015 4:50 am

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Youtube sports network Whistle Sports Tuesday said it had raised $28 million from investors Liberty Global, BSkyB and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Whistle Sports has programming aimed...

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Dish’s Sling TV service: It has ESPN, and that may be what it takes to win.

January 7, 2015 11:12 pm

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If you’ve been looking to get rid of your cable and replace the video with a streaming option, Dish’s announcement of a $20/month service that brings you TV channels over the internet may be the most exciting news of CES.

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V.P. of Content Delivery at Netflix Warns Against Online Fast Lanes

January 6, 2015 8:51 am

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From a network architecture standpoint, fast lanes aren’t that useful if you’re managing your network effectively. From a marketing perspective, however, they might be quite useful as a way to sell “premium” access to content providers.

This creates two fundamental problems. Allowing fast lanes gives ISPs a perverse incentive to boost revenues by allowing their networks to congest. It also gives them outsize power to pick winners and losers on the Internet. Those who can’t pay for fast lanes will suffer, entrenching incumbents while undermining the innovative power of the Internet. While the largest ISPs have said they’re not interested in creating fast lanes, one need only look at how they have sought to monetize their network interconnection points to get a glimpse of the future.

It is at these points — where our traffic enters an ISPs network — where Netflix and others have been forced to pay Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner access fees to reach our mutual customers. Without those payments, ISPs allowed these connection points to congest, resulting in a poor video streaming experience for Netflix users on those networks. While Netflix was able to meet the demand for payments, we continue to believe this practice stands in contrast to an open Internet and all its promise.

Right now, there are no paid fast lanes on the Internet. That’s a good thing. A large part of the debate about net neutrality is focused on ensuring it stays that way. If ISPs are allowed to sell fast lanes, competition for various Internet sites and services will become less about the value of what’s offered and more about who can pay the most to deliver it faster. It would be the very opposite environment than the one the Internet created.

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Streaming Video Services are Taking On Cable

December 7, 2014 11:44 pm

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  The numbers are in from Nielsen’s third-quarter 2014 Total Audience Report and it appears that video audiences are increasingly opting for streaming services over traditional TV. According...

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Disney Research publishes a more realistic way to capture the human eye

December 7, 2014 11:25 pm

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We’re keen on checking in with the folks at Disney Research from time to time to see what crazy projects its been working on. At SIGGRAPH Asia this...

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Google Fiber sets 1 GB prices at $70 in Austin, sign ups starting soon

November 28, 2014 9:34 pm

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Google Fiber is launching in a pair of Austin neighborhoods next month, kicking off its drive to turn the city into its third 1 GB equipped market, and...

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Amazon’s shipping new Fire TV Stick, but new orders won’t arrive until 2015

November 25, 2014 12:28 pm

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Just starting your holiday shopping? If so, you might want to check out Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, which the e-tailer is calling its fastest-selling Amazon device ever. You...

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Will Cloud-Based Streaming Services be the Real Replacement to Your Cable Box?

November 25, 2014 7:00 am

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With Sony announcing details of its new cloud-based streaming service, PlayStation Vue, last week – designed to offer an internet-only TV package as a replacement for cable or...

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Start-up Pluto.TV Gets A $13 Million Shot In The Arm

November 21, 2014 8:34 am

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Pluto.tv, a start-up, just announced it’s received $13 million worth of investment in a series A led by U.S. Venture Partners. The Los Angeles-based online video platform intends...

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Study says OTT is both friend, and potential problem, for pay-TV

November 15, 2014 8:45 am

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For years, a common breakout session at industry conferences carried a title something like this: “OTT: Friend of Foe?”   Consumers who use best streaming video service are...

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AT&T points to Obama’s net neutrality remarks as cause to pause fiber buildout

November 15, 2014 7:07 am

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  AT&T has put a temporary pause on its fiber buildout saying that the uncertain nature of the net neutrality debate, in light of President Obama’s statements about...

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Sea change in television as viewers flock to digital

November 13, 2014 8:15 am

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Cable and broadcast networks are feeling the effects of their viewers’ growing digital migratory patterns and taking steps to plan for the future. Variety reported that most of...

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Mayer sees $640M BrightRoll buy as potentially transformative for Yahoo

November 13, 2014 5:23 am

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Yahoo is continuing to invest big in its video future, paying $640 million for programmatic ad platform BrightRoll, a deal that has been rumored for weeks. The purchase...

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Twitter will add video and build more standalone apps

November 13, 2014 5:00 am

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During Twitter’s analyst day conference there was also talk about future plans for features and even completely new apps. For one, there’s been talk about expanding the use...

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NYC Television Week, discussion on OTT heats up

November 13, 2014 4:58 am

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Live from the floor of New York Television Week, the show is already abuzz with discussion on how to streamline authentication, as well as the future of over-the-top...

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Showtime plans to follow HBO with cable-free streaming in 2015

November 5, 2014 8:09 pm

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Let’s say that your premium cable-drama tastes range more toward Homeland or Masters of Sex than they do Game of Thrones or Girls. Good news, then! If you’re...

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Video on demand alongside theatrical releases

November 4, 2014 1:58 pm

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The times, they are a changing, especially when it comes to how Americans watch movies. Movie fans are now watching more movies directly from their living rooms, sometimes...

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Networks Should Thank Netflix, so should the average television consumer

October 31, 2014 6:21 am

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Netflix has been pushing – content providers, content distributors, cable co’s and the fiber in North America – who knows how long it would have taken for networks to...

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Verizon’s Tech Site Bans Writing About Spying Or Net Neutrality, Says Daily Dot

October 30, 2014 10:11 am

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Verizon’s technology news site called SugarString.com, is now hiring, hoping to make a truly mainstream tech site. But The Daily Dot reports new hires are told it is...

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How to Encode Content for Every Screen

October 27, 2014 7:15 am

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  How to Encode Content for Every Screen   Getting encoding right every time with no local processing or workstation down time through GravityLab   The Cloud Vs....

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Verizon: New OTT plays by HBO, CBS ‘opens up a lot of doors’

October 21, 2014 10:11 am

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While Verizon today reported Q3 earnings and revenues close to analysts’ forecasts (see below) much of the earnings call was spent talking about its plans for wireless LTE...

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Streaming on Yahoo makes best of music industry struggles, boosts revenue

August 2, 2014 3:56 am

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The deal opens up a new revenue stream for Live Nation, which reported … And for Yahoo, premium video ad prices could be a cure for its plunging …

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