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Troy Dreier

Senior Editor

Troy Dreier is the senior editor for StreamingMedia.com and is responsible for all day-to-day editorial operations on the site, including news reporting, online story assignments, and blog scheduling. Prior to that he was a fulltime freelance writer specializing in consumer technology, and prior to that he was a staff editor for PC Magazine (back when it was a magazine). He writes The Industry column for StreamingMedia.com, which looks at the content that streams to our devices and gets to know the inspired creators, charismatic influencers, and marketing mavens who produce it.

Articles for Troy Dreier

Live Channels Not Part of Many Households' Streaming Strategies

Streaming video entertainment grows more popular each quarter, but will live channels be a part of it? "Live is dead," declares senior analyst Craig Moffett.

Instagram Takes Aim at TikTok With Reels, Launching in Brazil

Reels looks a lot like TikTok, and invites members to create 15-second music videos they can share with their followers.

Facebook Announces International Expansion of Collaboration Tool

The social network is expanding access to its Brand Collabs Manager tool. Using it, advertisers can find the right partners for branded partnerships.

Subscription Fatigue Will Damage All Players, Warns Survey

Whether it's new subscription entries like Disney+ and Apple TV+ or established services like Netflix, they'll all feel the effects of consumer subscription fatigue.

CTV Advertising Will Be a $10B Industry by 2021, Says eMarketer

The move to online viewing will give a large boost to the connected TV advertising market, which will grow to $10.81 billion in 2021.

Study Sees a Generational Shift in How Fans Watch Sports

The streaming era is bringing big changes to sports viewing, finds a study by Imagen, which sees young people watching different sports and watching them in new ways.

TikTok Creates SDK for Sharing, Adobe Premiere Rush Signs On

Social video platform TikTok announced it has created an SDK called Share to TikTok that lets third-party developers build direct integration into their apps.

AutoVision: The Bizarre In-Car Video Player That Never Happened

In 1993, Omni Magazine showed its readers in-car video technology that let people watch as they drive. It was both decades ahead of its time and hopelessly misguided.

Twitch Talks Women Gamers at Esports and Sports Streaming Summit

One highlight of the upcoming conference will be a Twitch vice president talking with an influential gamer about the current environment for women in gaming. Here's a preview.

Haivision Acquires LightFlow Media From Epic Labs, Gains AI

Haivision will add LightFlow's video encoding and multi-CDN routing AI technology to its current products, and is taking on the Madrid-based team that created it.

Streaming Video Quality Way Up But Not for Ads, Says Conviva

Even as streaming quality goes up, video ad performance is suffering. The report also looks at the connected device market and finds Roku still king.

HBO Max Launching in May With 10K Hours and a $14.99 Price Tag

AT&T plans to invest $4 billion in HBO Max over the next three years, and believes it will be profitable by 2025. By that time it hopes to have 80 million subscribers.

Hub Survey Finds OTT Subscription Fatigue: 66% Dropping Subs

With high-profile OTT services launching in the near future, how will households cope with the growing demand on their wallet? By dropping subscriptions.

Sony Shutting Down PlayStation Vue; First vMVPD Casualty?

The company cited the expense of network contracts as a key reason it will shut down the four-year-old subscription service in January 2020.

The Future of OTT Is in Tailored Experiences, Says Android TV

Today's streaming TV providers don't know what tomorrow's viewers will want, which is why Android TV was created with a modular approach that allows for fast updates.

DAZN Partners With Snapchat to Promote Upcoming Boxing Matches

Original programs will promote the Canelo Alvarez-Sergey Kovalev WBO Light Heavyweight belt match and the rematch between KSI and Logan Paul.

Review: Roku Ultra Adds Valuable, if Minor, Remote Features

TV time becomes a little more enjoyable thanks to an upgraded remote with mute and two programmable buttons. It's appreciated, but it's no reason to upgrade.

Average Viewing for Streamed Video and Broadcast Video Now Equal

Have we reached a tipping point? Hardly! We've already reached it—young adults watch much more online video than broadcast, says Limelight.

Roku Buys Video Ad Demand-Side Platform Dataxu for $150M

For players in the industry, having seen AT&T's Xandr pick up Clypd a few days ago, consolidation comes as no surprise.

Verizon Will Offer Free Disney+ for a Year to Some Customers

Verizon 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless, as well as Fios Home Internet and 5G Home internet customers, will get a year of free access.

Blocking Multiple Piracy Websites Can Decrease Levels of Piracy

Blocking is an effective way to curb piracy and direct people to legal alternatives, it turns out. But it only works if many sites are blocked, finds Carnegie Mellon.

Quibi, T-Mobile Announce Partnership, Although Details Are Scarce

The short-form mobile video service will partner with T-Mobile for its April 2020 launch, but what that means is unclear. Can subscribers expect a discount?

Will Ferrell, Shonda Rhimes, Questlove Creating Podcasting Slates

Entertainment celebrities are no longer content to create their own personal podcasts. The power play now is creating an entire slate of new productions.

Akamai Creates Edge-Based API to Combat Piracy by Blocking Access

CDN Akamai announced enhancements to its Intelligent Edge Platform designed to improved security, and one could give video content owners an advantage over pirates.

Consumers Would Prefer Streaming Service Bundles: Survey

Households subscribe to more streaming services than they did a year ago, but they're having trouble managing them all. The biggest hassle? Too many passwords.

Device UI Important to Consumers When Making a Purchase: Parks

Apple TV and Roku lead in providing easy interfaces for customers, an important feature for streaming video service satisfaction. However, people will leave if they can't find enough to watch.

Video Download Speed a Poor Indicator of Mobile Video Experience

Mobile carriers use download speeds to promote the video quality of their networks, but video download speeds and streaming video quality aren't always related.

Esports and Sports Streaming Summit Preview: Jamie Horowitz, DAZN

Sports leagues need to adapt to a new world of live streaming delivery. At the Esports and Sports Streaming Summit, DAZN will explain what interactive video can provide.

Addressable Television: The Holy Grail of Personalization

From the beginning of the online video revolution, personalized advertising has been one of our loftiest and hardest-to-achieve goals. Are we there yet?

68% of Marketers to Increase Digital Video Spending, Says Report

A recent report says marketers plan to increase their digital ad spend significantly, and one of the big winners in that area is digital video.

Amazon Brings Unlimited Kids' Video, Book, Game Service to Canada

Amazon is bringing its subscription offering for 3- to 12-year-olds that combines video, books, and games, to Canada.

Group Nine Acquiring Popsugar, Adding Scale and a New Demographic

Group Nine announced it will acquire Popsugar, which will help it grow reach for advertisers and tap into a new, largely female audience.

Facebook Will Pay $40M Fine for Overstating Video Ad Metrics

At the heart of the suit is Facebook's previous method of calculating watch time, which did not include all views and reported dramatically inflated numbers.

Vice Media Acquiring Women-Focused Refinery29 for $400M

Two leading online publishers are combining, with Vice Media announcing it has acquired Refinery29 in a reported mix of stocks and cash.

U.S. Households With 2 or More OTT Services Rises to 46%: Parks

One streaming service isn't enough for nearly half of broadband-enabled households, as niche services fill a void in their entertainment lineup.

Half of Video Ads Now Streamed to Connected TVs: Extreme Reach

The industry has reached an important milestone: 50% of all video ad impressions are now served to connected TVs.

Cutting the Cord and Why It Took So Long: A Streaming Wish List

Yes, cutting the cord leads to a better experience in every way…almost. Here are the top three things traditional TV still does better than the streaming services.

TiVo Eyes Cord-Cutters With Hardware and Streaming Service

The company announced set-top boxes and an ad-supported streaming service today, and both show it paying attention to the growing number of cord-cutters.

Partnerships Critical for Streaming Video Ad Success: Comscore

Will the walls of walled gardens come down? Not fully, but online platforms will need to share a lot more data if they're going to provide the metrics advertisers demand.

Omnicom: OTT Measurement 'A Band-Aid When You Need a Tourniquet'

Advertisers only get a bulk view of the OTT viewing audience, but to target effectively they need person-level data. That's still not available, and Nielsen gets the blame.

Android Phones Are Gaining in Popularity for Video: Brightcove

Ease of use gave Apple iOS devices an early lead in online video viewing, but "times have changed" notes a Brightcove report.

Vidyard Introduces Free Plan for Limited Business Hosting

Business video platform Vidyard introduces no- and low-cost Free and Pro plans, designed to ease businesses into online video without a large financial commitment.

A+E and CBS Debate the Merits of Walled Gardens in an OTT World

Openness makes it easier for marketers to evaluate and optimize video campaigns on different platforms, but publishers like having exclusive domains.

Vimeo Creates a Job Marketplace to Help Companies Tap Top Talent

Rather than relying on word-of-mouth, Vimeo members have a new way of finding paying gigs. Best of all, Vimeo doesn't want a cut.

YouTube Announces AI-Driven Video Reach Campaigns at Advertising Week

Advertising Week starts today in New York City, and YouTube has a message for all those attending: Let artificial intelligence make your job simpler.

Hulu Says Creativity and Engagement Will Win the Next Era of TV

The current environment offers an opportunity to rethink advertising: Innovative storytelling from brands and agencies will keep viewers engaged.

Roku Devices Get Smaller, Faster to Battle the Competition

An upgrade to the Roku OS will offer curated selections for popular searches, the ability to search by movie quote, and a sleep timer for Roku TVs.

Adobe's Marketo Engage Gains Video Through Vidyard Partnership

Adobe and Vidyard announced a partnership that will bring video support to Marketo Engage, Adobe's lead management tool for B2B marketers.

Imminent Privacy Regs Force Brands to Get Serious About Data

The California Consumer Privacy Act will go into effect in a few short months, requiring a whole new approach in how companies collect and transact personal data.

Facebook Announces Portal TV, Video Calling Device for the Home

Video calling comes to the biggest screen in the house with the introduction of Portal TV. But is this something consumers have been asking for?

NBCU Peacock Mixes Comforting Reruns and High-Profile Originals

Fans can tune in new versions of Battlestar Galactica, Saved By the Bell, and Punky Brewster, or watch familiar hits including The Office and Parks and Recreation.

NFL and Facebook Renew Two-Year Video Highlights Agreement

Football fans will be able to view highlights from all regular season and post-season games, plus access original video . For live game streaming, however, they'll need to head to Amazon.

Adobe Premiere Gets Auto Reframe for Multi-Platform Video Output

At IBC, Adobe announced an AI-powered tool to speed the process of creating variously sized versions of videos for different platforms.

Sony Intros the PXW-FX9 Camera for Control and Creativity

Sony follows up its PXW-FS7 video camera with the PXW-FX9, a shoulder mounted model that blends cinema quality, auto functionality, and ease of use.

Gracenote Creates a Universal ID System for OTT Video Assets

A new system is needed to unify the fractured state of video metadata, and Gracenote thinks it's the organization to create one.

Harmonic, Google, and 3SS Partner on Next-Gen Sports Platform

The offering streams to broadcast and OTT, and keeps fans tuned in with picture-in-picture viewing, multi-views, and personalized mosaics.

Comcast Creates Self-Service Option for Small Biz Advertisers

Advertising on TV shouldn't require a multi-million dollar budget, says Comcast Spotlight, Comcast Cable's ad division.

Qwilt Brings the Sharing Economy to Streaming Video Delivery

Just like Uber disrupted the paid ride industry, caching specialist Qwilt is hoping to disrupt online video delivery. Is this bad news for CDNs?

Apple TV+ Will Cost $4.99/Month, Offer New Originals Monthly

The SVOD will debut on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions for $4.99 after a 7-day trial period, with access for six people per account.

Brightcove Announces Beacon, a Time-Saving OTT App Creator

When Brightcove Beacon launches in late October, customers will be able to create a variety of OTT streaming apps in a fraction of the usual development time.

Group Nine Media Takes $50M in Funding, Plans IP Investments

Video publisher Group Nine Media announced it has taken $50 million in new funding from Discovery, Inc., and Axel Springer.

Haivision Creates SRT Hub Partner Program and Launches SDK

Building off its NAB news, Haivision is creating a third-party vendor partner program for its SRT Hub platform, just in time for IBC.

Verizon Boosts Media Platform With Personalization, Smart Routing

Getting the jump on next week's IBC releases, Verizon has announced three enhancements to its Media Platform

With Content Fabric, Eluvio Might Transform Online Video Delivery

Startup Eluvio has announced its first product, and it aims at nothing less than transforming how video and other large files are distributed online.

Roku Introduces Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer for Any TV

Today, Roku announces the Roku Smart Soundbar and Roku Wireless Subwoofer, both of which work with any TV to create a more immersive home theater experience.

Brightcove End-of-Life News for Ooyala OVP Has Customers Panicked

Ooyala customers felt blindsided by Brightcove's decision to shut down the Ooyala OVP, a move that runs counter to what they had recently been told by management.

Video Streaming Will Be 5G's Killer App, Predicts IHS Markit

As the 5G era breaks, video streaming will be its killer app. IHS Market says 74% see streaming video as the most compelling reason to upgrade their home internet.

Netflix to Grow U.S. Subscribers But Lose Market Share: eMarketer

SVOD leader Netflix had a weak quarter, but the researchers at eMarketer see it bouncing back with strong subscriber numbers for the rest of the year.

The Bloated Bundle: Today's vMVPDs Are Anything But Skinny

Skinny bundles promised to be bargain-priced alternatives to expensive pay TV packages. Now, they're nearly as pricey as cable and satellite. Where did it all go wrong?

Apple+ Will Reportedly Cost $9.99/Month at November Launch

Unconfirmed reports say Apple's Apple+ subscription video service will debut by November with a monthly price of $9.99.

Roku Launches Channel for Kids, Partners With Lionsgate, Mattel

Set-top box and connected TV platform Roku continues to expand its free ad-supported viewing options with the debut of the Kids and Family channel.

Disney+ to Cost $6.99, Debut on All Major Platforms (But One)

The Disney+ service will be available in more than just the U.S. at launch, as the company announced Canada and the Netherlands will get it at the same time.

Global Sports Fans Prefer Smart Phones, Not Into in Cord-Cutting

In a sign that video streaming is now expected even by sports-loving pay TV customers, Grabyo found that 65% prefer phone viewing.

Amobee Launches Connected TV Data Marketplace for Advertisers

Created in partnership with over 60 data sources, Amobee's data marketplace lets advertisers deliver to over 60,000 audience segments.

Shangri-LA Chases Streaming Video Success in Paradise: A Q&A

Online series Shangri-LA is a funny and heartfelt look at oddballs on the extreme fringes of Hollywood. Here's a conversation with the director about calling in favors and creating a show.

Mux Takes $20M in Series B Round, Plans New Features, R&D

Mux, a startup that provides video analytics and infrastructure tools, announced that it's taken $20 million in funding in a Series B round.

CBS, Viacom Form ViacomCBS, Merging to Combat Netflix and YouTube

"The streaming wars haven't even started!" With ViacomCBS now accelerating its online video strategy, viewers are going to see even more competition for their attention.

Advertisers See Need to Work Collaboratively to Drive Growth

The holy grail of being able to insert targeted ads into linear broadcast feeds for any spot is almost here, but first agencies need to learn how to work together.

Global Pay TV Market Reaching 1.1B Subs by 2024: ABI Research

Don't count the pay TV market out too soon, because it's still growing. ABI Research forecasts the industry will count over 1.1 billion subscribers by 2024.

Disney Raises the Stakes, and the Competition Should Be Worried

The Disney+/ESPN+/Hulu triple-play offers something for the whole family, and comes at a budget-conscious price. As opening shots go, it's a howitzer.

On-Demand Viewing Growing Much Faster Than Live, Says Conviva

Across all streaming devices, on-demand video viewing times are growing at a faster rate than live viewing times, finds a Conviva quarterly report.

Surprise: It's the Pay TV Companies That Are Driving Cord-Cutting

Pay TV operators are raising prices and forcing people to stop service. When consumers drop low-priced bundles they pay more for standalone broadband.

Pay TV Execs Optimistic They Can Adapt to Changes: Report

Declining subscriber numbers don't bother today's pay TV executives, who are "cautiously optimistic" their companies can adapt to changing viewer preferences.

Adobe Adds Speed Controls to Premiere Rush Video Editor

After upgrading to v1.2, Adobe Premiere Rush users will be able to speed up or slow down sections of their clips, while automatically preserving the audio pitch.

Facebook Open Sources Two Video- and Photo-Matching Tools

With the goal of preventing harmful content, Facebook offers technology that can identify and block photos and videos as quickly as they're uploaded.

Indie Darling Vimeo Goes Corporate, Introduces Vimeo Enterprise

Large organizations can create sites exclusively for internal teams or selected customers, and hold live events for audiences of any size.

Netflix Rules in Global OTT Demand, But its Lead Is Slipping

Parrot Analytics sees cracks in the Netflix armor: It's still the dominant force in digital original video, but competition is slowly taking its market share.

The War for Sports Viewers: In the US, Only 12% Prefer Streaming

People are streaming video more than ever, but one area lagging behind is live sports. Lowering latency could attract more fans.

The DirecTV Now Name Must Be the Real Problem, Decides AT&T

Customers are fleeing DirecTV Now because they don't like the DirecTV name, the parent company decides. What do they like better? Their phone company, of course.

Cord-Cutting Reaching an All-Time High: 'Man the Lifeboats!'

The rate that U.S. households cut the cord is higher than ever, and the trend shows no sign of ending. Media companies need to worry as vMVPDs don't pick up the slack.

AT&T and NBCU Drag Viewers Into the Age of Experimentation

Yes, there are two more premium OTT services coming. Yes, it's all too much for the average viewer. No, it won't last forever.

Minute.ly Takes $8M in New Funding, Plans Global Expansion

With total funding now reaching $12M, Minute.ly will continue developing AI-driven video editing and curation tools, promoting them in new markets.

Longer Instagram Stories Are Stronger Performers Says Conviva

The study finds a direct correlation between Story length and reach, with longer Stories doing better. Stories with 15 to 25 frames enjoy the best reach.

Where's the 4K? Consumers Don't Know How to Find 4K Video

Plenty of consumers have televisions that support 4K, but viewers don't know where to find UHD content—even when they have access to it through paid services.

Vobile Group Buys Content Identification Tools From Zefr for $90M

The company is getting RightsID, which lets content owners see where their material is being used on major social platforms, and ChannelID, which manages official IP on YouTube.

The Four Major Carriers Are Hyping 5G, and Using Social to Do It

5G networks and phones aren't available to most of us, but that hasn't stopped the four major carriers—AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint—from promoting their services.

If TV Watching Goes Social Is it Still Passive Entertainment?

We all know that hours of passive boob tube watching aren't good for our bodies and minds. But what if we're active viewers? Is there a safe way to binge?

Minute.ly Solution Automates Brand Stories on Multiple Platforms

Making it easier for brands to connect with followers using the Stories format, Tel Aviv-based Minute.ly today launches an automated solution.

Fullscreen to Announce Strategic Services for Mainstream Celebs

Taking the lessons its learned working with young online creators, Fullscreen has started strategizing with A-list talent from movies, TV, music, and sports.

Dalet Acquiring Flex Media Platform; Is This the End of Ooyala?

Dalet will pay up to $5.4 million in cash and stocks for Flex Platform software, customer contracts, and personnel. Will the last person at Ooyala please turn off the lights?

Verizon Improves its Mobile Video Streaming Experience, Finds Report

Verizon's video performance has improved in the last six months, as it achieved a 56.1 in Opensignal's latest report, making it the first U.S. carrier to reach the Good category.

IGTV’s Most-Requested Feature—Monetization—Is Coming Soon

To attract top creators, video platforms need to help them build a business. Instagram's IGTV doesn't have monetization tools yet, but they're nearly here.

Half of Young People See Major Tech Sites as Too Powerful, Finds Viacom

Companies such as Facebook, Amazon, and Google are too powerful, agree half of today's young people, says a VidCon panel called "Youth Culture: Power in Progress."

YouTube Announces Money-Makers for Creators and Charities

Creators who can make a good living on YouTube are less likely to stray, so the company's VidCon address again focused on rewards for top channels.

LinkedIn at VidCon? Yes, LinkedIn Works and Plays With Video

When LinkedIn added live video streaming it instantly transformed from a destination members visited occasionally to one with real-time appeal.

Twitter Debuts ArtHouse at VidCon, Brings Delight to the Timeline

Brands can tap into a global network of creative talent using Twitter ArtHouse, launching one-of-a-kind projects that entertain while they sell.

Facebook Emphasizes Positivity at VidCon 2019 Fireside Chat

With so much negativity in the world today, Facebook wants online video to be a source of positivity in people's lives, and shared words from a top creator.

Heading Into Year 2, TikTok Focuses on the User Experience

When a video platform finds mainstream success from the start, hiring enough people to keep that growth going becomes its biggest challenge.

Facebook Unveils a Variety of Monetization Options for Creators

The social network now offers creators more control over how ads appear in their videos, avoiding mid-rolls where they would interrupt content.

Netflix Subscribers Okay With Ads if They Get a Discount

For something that doesn't exist—and probably never will—the idea of an ad-supported Netflix tier gets a lot of attention.

Visit the Disney StudioLab and Step Inside Tomorrowland

At The Walt Disney Studios StudioLab, Disney and a few key partners are hard at work creating the future of video collaboration and entertainment. Step in for a peek at the videoconferencing, virtual reality, and marketing display tools of tomorrow.

Xilinx Acquires NGCodec for Cloud Video Encoding IP and Talent

The union brings together two companies that have worked together since 2016, collaborating on next-generation FPGA-enabled video codec technology.

Americans Spend 11 Hours 27 Minutes Daily on Media, Up 21 Minutes

Nielsen also breaks down how long different age groups search for something to watch on a streaming service. The average is 7.4 minutes.

MobiTV Takes $50M in Funding, Plans to Spur Growth Abroad

The company will use the money to drive growth in foreign markets and improve its Connect platform, which helps pay TV operators create IP-based services.

SVOD Services Correlate With Lower Rates of Video Piracy

Ampere Analysis shows a correlation between large drops in video piracy and the availability of unlimited streaming SVOD services.

Trouble for Netflix: When the Insurgent Becomes the Incumbent

Little by little, Netflix's lead could get chipped away. A research report shows that the company's expense and engagement numbers don't add up.

Brightcove Reduces and Reorganizes Staff, Denies Disarray

While Brightcove's CMO calls the change minor, an ex-employee says this caps a year of turmoil that started with the appointment of a new CEO.

For ESPN, it Takes a Army of Producers to Engage Online Fans

The ideal social media producer is a writer, photographer, and videographer all-in-one. ESPN has a team of them working onsite and off for major events.

How Hulu Attracts Sports Fans to Build a Loyal Audience

Many pay TV customers don't believe they can get all the live sports they're used to from an OTT service. Hulu works with top sports talent to get its message out.

Connected TV Now Makes Up 49% of All Streaming Ad Views

The rise in connected TV ad views continues: CTV made up 44% of all streaming ad views in Q4 2018. Three months later, that figure has grown to 49%.

Mediaocean and SpotX Partner to Enable Multi-Screen Ad Buys

With the goal of simplifying the video ad-buying process, Mediaocean and SpotX announced a partnership today.

Piracy Costs the U.S. Economy $29.2B Yearly, 80% From Streaming

Putting a price tag on the impact of digital piracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that global online piracy costs the U.S. economy $29.2 billion in lost revenue every year.

LiveRamp Acquiring Data Plus Math to Drive CTV Advertising

LiveRamp announced it will acquire Data Plus Math in a deal worth $150 million, paying $120 million upfront in cash, as well as $30 million in stocks at later dates.

5 Questions With the CTO of Livepeer on Its Business and Funding

Last week, peer-to-peer video encoding company Livepeer announced $8 million in Series A funding. We ask the company's CTO for details on his company's unusual, possibly revolutionary, business model.

Agora.io and Unity Make Video Chat Simple for Game Developers

Live video chat is part of the gaming experience, so Agora.io and Unity Technologies are making it easier for game developers to add chats directly into their software.

Most Pay TV Operators Will Gain Subscribers and Revenue: Forecast

A report created by Digital TV Research finds that, for 505 operators in 135 countries, three-quarters will increase their subscribers between 2018 and 2024.

Searching for Answers: Where Did All the Video Podcasts Go?

It's been a long time since Diggnation and Best Week Ever, but podcasting used to have a lot of video available. Why did audio take over the medium?

Quibi Sells $100M in Ad Inventory Well Ahead of April 2020 Launch

The mobile-only short form video network announced it has already taken in $100 million in upfront ad sales by selling category exclusives to major advertisers.

Comcast Advertising Creates Initiative for Addressable TV Ads

Addressable advertising will be coming to pay TV services in a big way, and Comcast Advertising is leading the charge.

Gracenote Creates Video Popularity Score to Deepen Engagement

Automating the process of identifying hot shows, entertainment data company Gracenote today unveiled the Video Popularity Score.

VidAngel Gets Potential Death Blow With $62.4M Judgment

A jury hit VidAngel with a $62.4 million fine for violating Hollywood studio copyrights by creating unauthorized reproductions from DVDs.

Tru Optik Launches Ad-Targeting Product for Political Advertisers

With the presidential election already underway, audience intelligence company Tru Optik launched Political Data Cloud, letting pollical advertisers reach targeted viewers.

Entertainment Is Essential in Our Always-Streaming World

As advances in streaming video have made premium on-demand entertainment easier to come by, it's also made entertainment more vital, finds one survey.

Comscore Sees Trouble for vMVPDs as Growth Slows and Prices Rise

Pure-play virtual MVPD services are growing, but at a dramatically slower rate than they were last year, a report on OTT viewing habits shows.

MadHive and Inscape Partner to Blend OTT and Linear TV Ad Buys

Advertisers can run cross-platform media campaigns that serve linear and streaming viewers, benefiting from real-time analytics that let them optimize their placements.

Vimeo Announces Support for AV1 Codec, Starts With Staff Picks

Today, Vimeo announced that it now supports the AV1 codec, which it believes will let it deliver videos with a low bitrate and high visual quality.

Ad-Tech Firm Simulmedia Takes $29M in Series E Funding Round

The funding will help Simulmedia prepare for what it forecasts as a season of strong growth.

Wibbitz Shows Lightbox, a Customizable Video Editor for Websites

This API-driven video editor can be added to any public or internal website or application, letting customers or employees create videos online.

MediaPlatform Debuts Redesigned Enterprise Video Platform

Enterprise webcasting and video management company MediaPlatform debuts its reimagined enterprise video platform today, appropriately called NextGen.

OTT Revenue Growing By $17B This Year, Reaching $159B By 2024

Subscription services are the biggest piece of the pie, and have been since 2014. Between 2018 and 2024 SVOD revenues will climb by $51 billion.

Matrox Adds HLS Support to 4K Video Enterprise Encoder Lineup

In Q3 2019, small and medium-sized enterprise customers will be able to download software updates that provide HLS, IPv6, and fMP4 functionality.

Pay TV Subscribers Are Growing, But Revenues Are Falling Fast

The number of pay TV subscribers will grow by 380 million from 2010 to 2024, but total global revenues will fall by 14% to $177 billion during the same period.

Penthera Creates Dynamic Ad Solution for Downloaded Video

Downloaded movies and TV shows are currently ad-free, but they won't be for much longer if a new offering from Penthera catches on.

Global OTT Revenues to Grow to $72.8B U.S. by 2023: PwC Report

Streaming entertainment growth is increasing steadily in developed countries, but at a much more aggressive rate in less-developed areas.

Facebook Adds Templates, Fonts, Stickers to Video Creation Kit

For small businesses, creating online video ads is now easier, thanks to improvements Facebook announced to its Video Creation Kit.

The Call for Speakers Is Open for Streaming Media West 2019

The smartest, most talented, most creative minds in streaming video will be at the Streaming Media West conference this November. Will you be one of them?

SSIMWAVE Introduces Monitoring Tool That Mimics Human Perception

The tool predicts how a human being would see a piece of video, and consistently gets 90% or higher correlation with the video's mean opinion score.

YouTube Highlights Video Policies Meant to Protect Minors

Following another damaging story about bad behavior on its platform, YouTube put out a blog post highlighting recent moves it made to safeguard minors.

Video Enhancements Take Center Stage at Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple announced a variety of releases today at its Worldwide Developers Conference, with video enhancements showing up multiple times.

Number of Global SVOD Subscriptions to Near 1B by 2024: Report

The total number of subscriptions will grow by 439M from 2018 to 2024—an 86% increase—reaching 947M. In 2019 alone, the number will increase by 119M.

Industry Promotes TVOD Market With Ultimate Movie Weekend

Move over Prime Day, because there's a new fake holiday on the calendar: On-demand movie sites have declared this the Ultimate Movie Weekend.

Data-Enabled TV Advertising to Rise Sharply in 2020: Survey

The use of data in TV advertising will rise sharply in the near future, claims survey results put out by video monetization company FreeWheel.

YouTube Gaming App to Finally Close on May 30, Google Says

Players got two extra months, but the YouTube Gaming app will close on May 30, according to an update to a YouTube Gaming support page.

NBC Launches Free, Ad-Supported Streaming News Channel

In a bid to reach young cord-cutting consumers, NBC today launches NBC News Now, a free and ad-supported streaming service.

Streamlabs Intros Drag-and-Drop Site Builder for Video Streamers

With Creator Sites, professional live video streamers will be able to build a site that reflects their personal brand and connects to major social media platforms.

HP Puts VR to Work With Second Generation Wearable Backpack

This versatile virtual reality computer can be docked and connected to a monitor or loaded into a harness and worn like a backpack.

Video Changes at Facebook Lead to Declining Use, Says eMarketer

Facebook use is falling and changes in video consumption are what's driving the trend. The social network now discourages passive consumption of video.

The SVOD World Is Close to Being a Zero-Sum Market, Says Report

Three services are enough, say many households. With so many choices, consumers wonder which are essential and which they need to drop.

What's the Price of Video Rebuffering? In One Example, $85,000

Putting a dollar sign on the cost of rebuffering, a report from Akamai and MTM finds the costs are surprisingly steep. For example, $85K in lost ad revenue.

Broadband-Only Customers Use Twice the Data of Bundle Subscribers

As households cut the cord and stream more of their video entertainment, data use is growing at a fast rate. 4.2% of homes are dubbed "power users."

Adobe Premiere Rush Now Available for Android Phones and Tablets

Android device owners can now create video projects with Adobe Premiere Rush, the editing platform that launched on iOS in October 2018.

Netflix Rules in Customer Satisfaction Survey, Followed By Vue

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) released its annual telecommunications report today, and Netflix achieved the highest scores of all video streaming services.

Video Marketers Say Lack of Time, Budget Are Biggest Obstacles

Organizations that outsource their video creation to agencies average 1 to 2 videos per month, while those with an in-house team get 3 to 10 videos.

80% of Video Caption Users Aren't Hearing Impaired, Finds Verizon

As viewers increasingly stream videos to mobile devices in public places, captions take on a greater importance.

Is Netflix Helping or Hurting the Next Generation of Directors?

Selling to Netflix often means a fat paycheck for first-time directors, which makes it easier to shoot a second film. But do their reputations suffer?

TiVo Will Split Into Two Separate Companies to Maximize Value

One company will control the TV platform and the other TiVo's IP licensing. The separation should be complete in the first half of 2020.

Use of Video in Influencer Marketing Up 2x, Says RhythmOne Report

Short videos are usually shared over Instagram and long videos over YouTube, but TikTok is emerging as an important platform for younger viewers.

Cheddar Succeeds With Innovation and eSports: Streaming Media East 2019

In the post-cable era, where does a youth-oriented news company go to connect with an audience? Wherever those viewers already are, says Cheddar.

Hulu Highlights Focus Areas for the Coming Year: Streaming Media East 2019

The future of television is here, Hulu declared. To help it scale up from 28 million subscribers today to 60 million in the future, the company is focusing on three key areas.

Adobe Licenses Adobe Media Server and RTMP SDK to Veriskope

A team of Adobe and Macromedia veterans is now in charge of AMS and RTMP support and development, providing a transition resource for existing Flash customers.

YouTube Won the 2019 NewFronts Because of What it Didn't Say

Brand safety? Predatory comments on videos? YouTube is laser-focused on fixing that. Now, back to the massive star-packed, music-filled party.

Mood Matters When it Comes to Video Ad Performance: NewFronts '19

A study from the IAB shows that why people stream videos varies during the day, and the mood viewers are in impacts how receptive they are to ads.

YouTube Increases its Premium Video Ad Inventory: NewFronts '19

Also, Meredith goes in big for vertical video on IGTV, the Target Media Network gets a new name, and Digitas celebrates the moon landing.

Hulu Introduces Binge Ads for High-Volume Viewers: NewFronts '19

Also, Vudu creates a massive ad targeting network using Walmart first-party data and Vice bans the blacklist (in the name of diversity).

Live News Streamer Cheddar Sells to Altice USA for $200M

Altice believes the sale will broaden its news portfolio by providing a stronger appeal to young viewers and advertisers.

Verizon Media Brings NFL Streaming to Fantasy App: NewFronts '19

In other newfront highligths, Condé Nast expands its top tier of premium video, while Studio 71 partners with AWS on predictive technology for influencer marketing.

Two Roku Vets Launch Tetra TV, an Ad Network for Connected TV

Why focus on streaming video ad sales exclusively when many networks offer combined linear and streaming buys? Because eventually all TV ads will be streamed, Tetra believes.

Streaming Views Up 72%, CTV and vMVPDs Show Big Gains: Conviva

Global viewership is up 72.4% year-over-year, and the rate of growth has sped up: Viewing hours increasing 49% faster than they did in Q1 2018.

Twitter Leads With Live Sports, News Partnerships: NewFronts '19

Emphasizing content and connections, Twitter announces deals with the NFL, Wall Street Journal, Time, Univision, Live Nation, and more. Also, updates from the Viacom, BBC News, and New York Times NewFronts.

Telestream and Tektronix Combine, Forming a Co-Owned Business

Under the new arrangement, Telestream gains more than QoE services. It also gains R&D talent and the ability to reach new markets.

NewFront Week 2019 Starts Monday; Here's What We Want to Know

The biggest online video publishers—including Hulu, Twitter, Verizon Media, and YouTube—will hold their newfront presentations next week. Here are the questions we want answered.

Viewers Prefer Licensed Content to Originals; Bad for Netflix?

According to a new report from PwC, viewers spend most of their time watching licensed content, and that holds true for all age groups.

How Bad Will Disney+ Be for Netflix? 23% Say They'll Leave

A new survey suggests that Netflix could be in real trouble when Disney+ launches and Disney stops licensing its premium content.

Cord-Cutter and -Never Households Rising 4 Points in 2019 to 34%

While more households now have an OTT subscription than a pay TV account, pay TV is still more lucrative. That won't change anytime soon.

The State of Live Video 2019

From the big games to corporate events, live video remains the cutting edge of streaming video. Will 2019 be the year that many decide to cut the cord and stream their live channels?

SVODs Reach 60% of North American Households, Finds Futuresource

As the streaming video market gets more crowded, consumers get more confused. Look for aggregation services to grow in importance, with Apple and Amazon taking the lead.

How Much Will Fans Spend on Sports Content? $39/Month: Deltatre

For two-thirds of sports fans, their devotion has a financial limit of $39 per month. Two-thirds refuse to pay more than that for content from their favorites teams.

28% Watch Their Phones While They're Watching TV, Finds Facebook

They might be sitting in front of the TV with a favorite program on, but where is their attention? An eye-tracking study from Facebook shows our divided viewing habits.

WarnerMedia Builds a Better Streaming App for its Upcoming OTT Service

The company is listening to what consumers want in order to differentiate its offering. By asking questions and learning about pain points, it hopes to gain an advantage.

AT&T Sells its 10% of Hulu Back, Valuing the Company at $15B

Three years ago, Time Warner bought a minority stake in the streaming service for $600 million. Yesterday, AT&T sold that minority position for $1.43 billion.

Vimeo Buys Video Creation Company Magisto for an Undisclosed Sum

Using Magisto's AI-powered video editing tools, Vimeo aims to help small businesses turn out professional-looking videos for less time and money.

Disney+ Competes on Price, Could Have 75M Subscribers by 2024

Disney revealed several details on its long-awaited direct-to-consumer video streaming service, Disney+, which will go for $6.99 per month.

Kaltura and Dativa Partner on Data-Driven Marketing Solution

Called a "data lake," the offering lets marketers use AI and segment modeling to optimize campaigns before pushing them out into the real world.

vMVPDs Are Bloated; It's Time to Retire the Term 'Skinny Bundle'

All the channels viewers want and even more they don't! Monthly prices that come close to pay TV! What's not to love about today's skinny bundles? Almost everything.

Snapchat Users to Decline in 2019, Stabilize in 2020: eMarketer

Social video platform Snapchat is still paying for its unpopular redesign: It will lose users in the U.S. for the first time this year, dropping by 2.8%

AWS Promises 25x Faster Processing With Accelerated Transcoding

NAB attendees are getting a first look at Amazon Web Services Accelerated Transcoding, a cloud-based feature for ultra-fast video processing.

Pluto TV Signs Agreement for 700 Hours of BBC Programming

Ad-supported free video streaming service Pluto TV has signed a deal with BBC Studios to bring nearly 1,000 episodes of its programming to U.S. viewers.

Akamai Finds Widespread SVOD Credential Attacks From Hacking

Entertainment and gaming services are increasingly suffering from credential stuffing attacks, in which hackers attempt to gain access using stolen IDs.

U.S. Cord-Cutting Is Slowing Down as Fewer Do Without Cable

Here comes Warner Media, Apple, and Disney, giving viewers more OTT choices than ever. So why are many keeping their cable cord intact?

Encoding.com Goes Ludicrous With Ultra-Fast Encoding Service

As files get larger, Encoding.com does its best to ensure encoding times stay small. Ludicrous HLS processes HD and UHD movies in minutes.

Adobe Creative Cloud Gains a Variety of Video Updates for NAB

Using its AI engine—Sensei—Adobe makes unwanted objects in videos disappear as if by magic. A new storyboarding option should make editors more productive.

Haivision and Telestream Build Solutions on Microsoft Azure

Haivision is using the Azure global network to stream live video from point to point, while Telestream's cloud processing option finds a home with Azure.

Vizrt Acquires NewTek Creating Live Video Production Specialist

Two leaders in the live video space join together with the promise of creating software-driven production solutions for clients at any level.

JW Player Now Makes Custom Apps for Leading OTT Services

Connected viewing in the living room is only going to get more popular. JW offers an app-creation system that creates customized apps in weeks.

Peer5 Introduces Multi-CDN Service With Support From 15 CDNs

When 1 or 2 CDNs isn't good enough, how about 15? Video delivery company Peer5 introduced multi-CDN with participation from 15 content delivery networks.

MediaKind Debuts Live 360º Video Streaming Solution at NAB

Cygnus 360º-as-a-Service lets clients deliver immersive video at up to 8K resolution, and is targeted to live sports, esports, and music providers.

VDMS Launches 4K Encoding, Built-In Multi-CDN Support at NAB

Streaming viewers expect an instant-on, high-quality experience. Verizon Digital Media Services improves its quality of service tools to continuously monitor for problems.

Applicaster Takes $20M in Funding, Serves D2C Media Market

Applicaster runs a software-as-a-service platform called Zapp that lets content owners create and launch over-the-top D2C services and integrate media in third-party apps.

Interactive Connected TV Ads Lead to Dramatic Lift in Engagement

Connected TV had a strong 2018, as viewers warmed to the idea of streaming premium on-demand programming to the biggest screen in the house.

Sony and Chicken Soup Announce Crackle Plus, an AVOD Aggregator

Sony will contribute movies, TV shows, the brand, the audience, and even the back-end technology to the new company. But what it won't contribute is any more money.

FreeWheel Sees Strong Convergence in CTV Viewing and Ad-Buying

In 2018, TV was TV, no matter if content came over the air, from cable, or from online. Viewers increasingly saw it all as all the same, and ad buyers were quick to follow.

For CBS, Tentpole Shows and Intense Testing Lead to D2C Success

Having an exclusive new Star Trek series got viewers to take a look, but keeping them around required an investment in programming and performance marketing.

Adobe Announces First-Party Ad Data Partnership With Roku

Advertisers will be able to target likely prospects at scale, buy OTT ads programmatically, and measure the results. The partnership could be a win for Adobe, Roku, and even the viewers.

Everything Is Video: Rocket Mortgage Offers Lessons for Success

How can marketers make people want to watch content about mortgages? By experimenting, keeping things fun, and not worrying about budgets.

Variety and Ease Most Important Qualities in a Streaming Service

While niche video services proliferate, viewers prefer offerings with a wide range of content—and few are interested in skinny bundles, reports Nielsen.

The Average Household Spends $8 Per Month on Streaming Services

More cold water on the financial side of streaming video: The average household spends $8 per month on streaming services, and that number hasn't budged in three years.

Comcast Launches Xfinity Flex, a Low-Priced Streaming Service

For $5 per month, Xfinity customers get access to free ad-supported channels and the option to subscribe to others. Is this a good deal?

Google Ushers in the Streaming Video Game Age With Stadia

No console required. With Google Stadia, video game watchers can become video game players in seconds. Streaming is coming to gaming, but how much will it cost?

Mobile Video Frustrations Are on the Rise: 88% Report Issues

A report from Penthera shows that people expect instant start up and no buffering from mobile video. If they experience problems, most of them will leave.

The Average Video Streamer Has 3.4 Services and Pays $8.53 Each

A report from Vindicia and nScreenMedia shows people like having multiple streaming services and prefer low-cost options. Also, Amazon Channels has a strong following.

It's Time to Disband the Unofficial Netflix Protection Society

As the first global network, Netflix has attracted a lot of criticism, but it's attracted even more defenders. That's really not necessary; Netflix can take care of itself.

The State of Media and Entertainment 2019

Peak TV has peaked. Well, that didn't take long. We now have more of a good thing than we ever wanted—and more is on the way. Just how long can this last?

Ad-Free Video App Portal Creates Subscription Payment Option

Brand advertising is a rip-off, claims the entirely user-supported video app. It lets creators bill fans directly and avoid the brand safety concerns of advertisers.

DAZN Forms DAZN Media Division for Ad Buys and Sponsorships

Creating an entry point for ad buyers, London-based sports streamer DAZN has created an ad division called DAZN Media.

DaCast Buys Vzaar to Create More Powerful Streaming Platform

Live streamer DaCast has its eye on Vzaar's live streaming features, its high profile customers, and its ability to do business in China.

Facebook Brings the Watch Party Shared Experience to Live TV

Starting with live sports events, Facebook is making at-home viewing into a social experience. Isn't this what Twitter already does?

Slow Video Uploads Put a Damper on Mardi Gras and Other Events

You've just shot an unbelievable video and you can't wait to share it with your friends. Unfortunately, if you're in a large crowd you'll wait and wait and wait.

Project OAR Fights Fragmentation in Connected TV Advertising

NBCU, CBS, ABC, Turner, Hearst, FreeWheel, Xandr, Vizio, and others are working on an addressable CTV ad standard that will create a global marketplace of engaged viewers.

FreeWheel Media Offers Unified Solution for TV and OTT Ad Buying

Tearing down its internal silos, FreeWheel reorgs and rebrands, creating a streamlined way for video ad buyers to run campaigns on TV, OTT, or both.

DirecTV Now Simplifies Streaming Plans and Raises Prices

Consumers will like that it's easier to choose a plan—and that HBO is included—but might balk at paying more money for fewer channels.

Dailymotion Signs Multiyear Partnership With the NBA G League

The development league will use Dailymotion's player to share clips across its sites, but the agreement does not include any live game streaming.

NBCUniversal Will Launch a Free, Ad-Supported News Stream in May

The network will join ABC, CBS, Cheddar, and others in providing an ad-supported live news option for viewers who don't have pay TV.

JW Player Engineer Offers an Update on LHLS Development

Relying on chunks instead of larger video segments, LHLS brings latency down to two to seven seconds. Now the open source project is looking for publisher support.

VidAngel Loses Court Case on DVD Filtering and Streaming

By filtering past adult content and streaming DVD titles online, the service is violating Hollywood studio copyrights, a judge asserts.

Now in Open Beta, BitMovio Brings Blockchain, Tipping to Video

For something different—extremely different—check out the BitMovio beta, which aims to lure young viewers with genre content and cutting-edge payment models.

Twitter Creates Video Marketing Tool for Publishing Partners

Called Timing Is Everything, the tool presents a graphical view of when video watching is most active. But don't let that limit posting times, Twitter cautions.

57% of Streaming-Only Customers Primarily Motivated by Price

Cord-cutters and cord-nevers are the happiest. BroadbandNow's study finds streaming-only customers have the highest satisfaction levels.

Limelight Answers 5 Questions About Super Bowl LVIII. Yes, LVIII

8K football is coming, streamed with sub-second latency. Fans will bet on a variety of small outcomes as they watch, such as how long the National Anthem will last. Limelight gazes into its crystal ball to predict what the 2024 Super Bowl will look like.

Viacom Completes $340M Acquisition of Free Streamer Pluto TV

As free AVOD services find an audience Viacom makes a bet on Pluto TV, and will supply it with premium content to drive its adoption.

Akamai Intros Enhancements at the Edge, Securing Premium Video

With security threats for premium video increasing, security technology must rise to the challenge. Akamai launches a variety of improvements for content protection.

Disney Said to Be in Discussion for WarnerMedia's Share of Hulu

The Walt Disney Company currently owns 30% of Hulu, but after an acquisition and a possible buyout, it could own 70%

Sling TV Offers Limited Discount for Dissatisfied Taxpayers

Tax refund not what it used to be? Sling thinks a three-month price drop for new customers might just cheer people up, and earn it some new subscribers.

Mobile Operators Are Being Crushed By the Demand for HD Video

Video is taking up an increasingly large share of mobile traffic. The reason is HD video using more data. So how will operators manage the shift to 4K?

Telestream Announces Channel Creation, Cloud Processing Solutions

At long last, Telestream has discovered the cloud. New options let content owners spin up channels in minutes and shift demanding video processing online.

Lightstream Announces $8M in Series A Funding, Will Expand Abroad

Thanks to a 2018 partnership with Microsoft, this live streaming company is seeing fast growth. Now it needs channel that momentum with new hires and smart expansions.

Skip the Oscars This Year and Stream Some Movies Instead

Paying attention to the Oscars is a cultural tradition, but the show doesn't reflect how we get our entertainment. This year we stayed in and streamed—and we loved it!

Does Facebook's Video AI Suppress Some Clips? BET Says Yes

Network clips that display tune-in information are automatically suppressed by Facebook's AI, says BET, forcing the network to spend more on promotion.

The Number of Cord Cutters Will Grow By 17% in the Next 5 Years

OTT video services will see more support in the short-term, as OTT-only cord-cutting households will grow by 17% from 2018 to 2023.

CTV Transforms Online Video Ads, Now With 44% of All Impressions

All eyes are on connected TV: 44% of video ad impressions in Q4 2018 were on CTV, a massive jump from 15% just one year prior.

Zixi Will Release a RIST-Compliant Version in Time for NAB

Zixi announced its first commercial product that supports the RIST emerging standard is only two months away. Look for it at NAB.

Kaltura TV SDK Offers Improved Mobile Streaming and HEVC Support

The SDK now keeps an eye on connectivity data at the network, device, and player level, which should improve mobile connections in emerging markets.

Nielsen Buys Sorenson for $11.25M, Launches Addressable Ad Solution

Nielsen isn't just in the TV measurement business, anymore. It's now in ad sales, as well. The company announced that it has purchased Sorenson Media.

Video Will Make Up 79% of All Mobile Traffic By 2022, Says Cisco

In 2022, 71% of the world's population will have a mobile device and the internet of things will increase mobile traffic greatly.

YouTube Revises its Strikes System for Consistency and Clarity

The leading video destination overhauls its notification and strike system, making community guidelines easier to understand and obey.

Cord-Cutting Is Only a Factor in North America, Says Kagan Report

The number of broadband-only homes in the U.S. will continue to decline, but globally cable and IPTV are strong.

Vudu Is In, ESPN Is Out: Examining the 2019 NewFront Lineup

The yearly schedule for the IAB's Digital Content NewFronts show which companies are succeeding with online video advertising and which companies want to make a statement.

SVOD and Broadcast TV Will Have Same Viewing Times by 2023

Netflix will remain the market leader in the near future, but Rethink Technology Research sees the SVOD leader's market share diminishing.

CuriosityStream Takes $140M in Funding, Deepens Content Library

The science, technology, and nature streaming service will create more 4K content and promote itself outside the United States.

Brightcove Intends to Purchase Ooyala's OVP Division for $15M

Eyeing Ooyala's technology stack and global customer base, Brightcove will merge the best elements of Ooyala's OVP with its own offering.

LinkedIn Streams Live, Beta Video Service Starts This Week

The social site for business has recently been transformed by video, and soon select members will be able to stream live.

Say Yes to New Ideas: Vimeo Shows How to Grow Creativity

Vimeo Stock, the company's new film stock library, was created after a producer spotted a need and the CEO took a chance on a passion project.

Epix Debuts Epix Now Streaming Service, Starts With Mobile

The $5.99 per month service includes a library of movies and series, original programming, and downloadable content for offline viewing.

Remembering Pixelon: A Former Executive Looks Back

We sat down for a Q&A with Pixelon's chief technology officer, Robert Feldman, getting an inside account of the deeply troubled streaming video company profiled in NatGeo's Valley of the Boom.

Disney Reveals Streaming Plans With Direct-to-Consumer Segment

Yesterday's Walt Disney earning call was the first to spotlight the company's direct-to-consumer segment, showing deep investments in Disney+.

CBS Streamed the Super Bowl to 7.5M Devices, But None in 4K

In 2019, 4K video should be table stakes for major events. While CBS streamed 560 million minutes of game time with no major problems, viewers deserved a better experience.

Haivision Releases Makito X4 4K With 8 Core Encoding Engine

This latest upgrade has similar power requirements as the original model, yet promises a 16x increase in performance.

Content Discovery Has Viewers in a Rage, So What's Being Done?

Welcome to endless scrolling, the same choices over and over, and frustrating interfaces. Wasn't AI supposed to save us from this?

What Vimeo Learned From Amazon: Be Obsessed With the Customer

While their business models are different, one strategy works for both companies. Here's how Vimeo found focus thanks to a stop in Amazon's marketing department.

More U.S. Households Now Have Netflix Than Pay TV, Says PwC

In a major milestone, adoption of the leading SVOD service now beats pay TV. Viewers have more choices than ever, and they're happy about that.

Criterion Channel to Launch April 8th, a New Home for Cinephiles

Charter subscribers will enjoy a discount for the life of their membership, and can start streaming weekly movies today.

Hulu Begins Testing Pause Ad Unit With Charmin and Coca-Cola

The new format will show an overlay ad over part of the screen when a program is paused, and is currently in beta testing.

Yes, UltraViolet Is Still Around, But Not for Much Longer

The cloud locker service will shut down at the end of July. Members are advised to link to retailer accounts to save their collections.

How Vimeo Pivoted Away From Original Content and Found its Niche

Just a few years back Vimeo was preparing to follow Netflix with an indie-minded SVOD service. But new management and a new strategy helped it find a stronger market: video creators.

10% Plan to Stream the Super Bowl this Year, 50% Will Use Pay TV

Streaming rates will be highest with young adults, where one-third plan to stream the game. But latency threatens to spoil the fun.

Apple TV to Launch in Mid-April, Says Unconfirmed Report

Is the long-awaited Apple TV OTT service nearing launch? Apple told its entertainment partners to be ready, says one report.

Streaming Hours, On-Demand Viewing, CTV, and Expectations All Up

According to Conviva's 2018 report, global streaming is way up, especially on connected TVs. But viewer expectations are higher than ever.

StreamElements Raises $11.3M in Funding 18 Months After Launch

Providing production and monetization tools to Twitch and YouTube live streamers, StreamElements has grown a 200,000 member user base.

The Roku Channel Begins Offering Premium Subscriptions Today

Set-top box users will get access first, followed by Roku TVs. On mobile, the Roku iOS app can now view The Roku Channel.

Analysts Respond to Hulu Price Drop, See the Move as Savvy

A recent price hike by Netflix could have consumers reevaluating their OTT spending. By lowering costs, Hulu helps avoid churn.

Verizon Offers Best Mobile Video Performance: OpenSignal Report

Surprise: AT&T, didn't take second place, it took fourth. AT&T has been building up its content portfolio, not its back end.

Viacom Acquiring AVOD Pluto TV in $340M All-Cash Transaction

In one deal, Viacom is buying a major entry into the ad-supported streaming market. But could its corporate culture slow growth at Pluto TV?

YouTube TV Expands to 95 New Markets, Now Has 98% U.S. Coverage

Just in time for the Super Bowl, YouTube TV is now available to nearly all households in the United States.

Ovid.TV Aims to Fill Gap in Independent and Arthouse Films Online

Launching in March, Ovid.TV will lead off with a collection of documentaries that can't be found on other streaming services.

Netflix's Movie Library Is Kind of Terrible, But Does It Matter?

Today, Netflix got its first Oscar nomination for Best Picture. That doesn't change the fact that its movie library is shrinking—and often bad.

Disney to Give First Look at Disney+ at April 11 Investor Day

UBS believes the Disney+ service will grow quickly, with 5 million subscribers in its first year, but original content costs will start at $1 billion per year.

Netflix Claims 10% of Total Television Screen Time in the U.S.

Is the leading SVOD worried about the upcoming debut of Disney+? No, it says, noting that Fortnite is a bigger competitor than HBO.

How Common Is Video Service Password Sharing? 16% Do It

Biometric methods of signing onto services are more secure, but consumers prefer traditional password access.

NBCU to Debut Ad-Supported Streaming Video Service in 2020

The service will be a competitor to Hulu while Comcast retains 30 percent ownership in Hulu, something that will change if Disney has its way.

ESPN+ Gains Personalization, Offline Viewing, New Platforms

The ESPN+ experience get tailored with recommendations customized for each subscriber, while the mobile apps can download favorite shows.

CBS Sports Plans Extensive Streaming Coverage for Super Bowl LIII

CBS is aiming to drive traffic to its CBS Sports HQ free streaming service, with over 30 hours of live content coming from Atlanta.

LiveU and Sinclair Broadcasting Sign $20M Upgrade Agreement

News teams at Sinclair will upgrade to LiveU's latest cellular bonding solution, plus use its cloud solution to share live video.

IMDb Launches Freedive for Free Ad-Supported Movies and TV Shows

Viewers and advertisers have one more option for free, ad-supported premium video, as Amazon's IMDb debuts Freedive.

Hulu Planning Interface Changes for On-Demand and Live Video

Hulu's interface will become a little more conventional in the near future, and for many subscribers that's a good thing.

Conviva Releases Ad Insights Tool for Real-Time Ad Monitoring

Ad delivery problems can lead to major revenue losses. That's why Conviva is launching a service that monitors ad performance.

Pixelon: The True Story of Streaming Video's Greatest Fraud

A series by National Geographic uncovers the absolutely true, incredibly bizarre story of Pixelon, the streaming video company that couldn't stream video.

TCL Will Create First Roku-Licensed 8K TV, Coming This Year

Ready or not, here comes 8K. Look for 8K sets to hit the market later this year, with TCL creating the first Roku model.

Verimatrix nTitleMe Is New Name for Akamai Authentication Tech

Promising a frictionless sign-on experience for both consumers and providers, Verimatrix rebrands Akamai Identity Services.

CES 2019: Sony, LG, and Vizio Announce Apple AirPlay and HomeKit Support

The Apple video ecosystem gained some important partners at this year's CES, allowing owners to do more with their media.

Apple and Samsung Partner for iTunes Support on 2018 and 2019 TVs

In a rare expansion outside its ecosystem, Apple works with Samsung for streaming video support ahead of its service launch.

Gracenote to Show Video Descriptors at CES, Boosting Video Search

Created by humans and advanced machine learning software, Video Descriptors provide more granular connections than standard metatags do.

Roku Adds Premium Subscriptions, Unified Billing to Roku Channel

Viewers will be able to trial and sign up for over 25 premium services on the Roku Channel, viewing content on a TV or mobile device.

JW Player Launches a Free Developer Edition to Spur Innovation

Getting back to its open source roots, JW Player offers six-months of free access so developers and engineers can create and explore.

AT&T to Launch Standards-Based 5G Access Later This Week

Select individuals and businesses will get free access for 90 days. After that, they'll need a $500 hotspot and $70/month service.

YouTube Announces Innovation Funding for 87 News Organizations

News organizations in 23 countries will receive funds through the Google News Initiative to grow and experiment with video in news reporting.

CTV Ad Requests Up 1,640% in 2018, Says Beachfront Media

Premium connected TV apps enjoy the highest completion rates, with over 95% of ads being watched from start to finish.

Facebook in Talks with HBO, Showtime, Starz to Sell Subs: Report

In what could be a high profile failure for the social network, it's reportedly in talks to sell subscriptions to cable networks to its members.

Live Video Sees Growing Support in the Workplace, Finds Brightcove

Younger employees are more positive about live video in the workplace, while many have experienced quality issues during streaming.

Comscore Adds Dish and Sling TV to its Campaign Ratings Beta

With the addition of Sling TV to its beta program, Comscore gets a view on addressable video ad performance.

Up to 40% of Ad Requests Never Reach the Ad Server: Conviva

Publishers have been diligent in uncovering and repairing quality issues in content delivery, and now they need to do the same for ads.

HEVC Now Makes Up 25% of Live Video Worldwide Served from LiveU Hardware, Says a LiveU Report

Live sports streaming and an insistence on professional quality IP video are helping cement HEVC's role as the standard.

Roku Wireless Speakers Review: This Pair Sounds Like a Success

The leading set-top box maker has released its first hardware accessory, and it's a must for anyone who's struggled to understand dialogue in a TV show.

6 Ways Influencer Marketing Can Go Wrong, With Examples!

Influencer marketing has been hot for years and shows no signs of cooling, but that doesn't mean every influencer marketing campaign is a success.

Inside Secure Acquiring Verimatrix, Joining Two Security Leaders

The combination creates a security giant with specialties in entertainment, mobile, and network security, with an eye to IoT and connected cars

Viewers Hate Swiss Cheese: Notes From the Discovery Keynote

Too many VOD networks have holes in their offerings, and that makes consumers mad. Please viewers by giving them what they're paying for: complete series runs on-demand.

LiveU Lends a Hand With The Ocean Cleanup's San Francisco Launch

The Ocean Cleanup has begun the final phase of plan to clear away the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and many saw it live thanks to a collaboration with LiveU.

Hulu and AT&T to Show Commercials When Content Is Paused: Report

Both networks plan to increase commercial loads by using ads that fill the screen when viewers take a break. Will viewer outrage convince them to back off?

Ooyala and 24i Partner on OTT Creation and Delivery Platform

With OoyalaReach, content owners can manage their video assets and create app-based offerings to reach viewers on TVs and mobile devices.

Gartner Releases 2018 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video

Five vendors—Brightcove, MediaPlatorm, Kaltura, Panopto, and Qumu—are ranked as leaders in the latest version of the quadrant.

AT&T Offers a Few Details on Upcoming WarnerMedia OTT Service

The as-yet-unnamed subscription service will include three pricing tiers, but what the prices are remains to be seen.

Conviva Branches Into Social Video With Delmondo Acquisition

The measurement specialist now offers publishers a fuller view on their streaming video performance with Conviva Social Insights.

YouTube to Make Premium Originals Free With Ads: Reports

Starting next year, YouTube will begin moving produced content from behind the paywall, and will create more celebrity-driven, mainstream titles.

AWS Debuts MediaConnect, Live Video Upload and Transfer Service

Getting live video streams into and out of the cloud becomes easier with the latest media service from AWS Elemental.

OTT Services Enjoy Strong Word-of-Mouth, Finds Parks Associates

Consumers are dropping pay TV subscriptions for over-the-top services, and they're happy to recommend their favorites to their friends.

Video Will Make up 82% of IP Traffic in 2022, Predicts Cisco

Total global internet traffic will grow to 4.8 zettabytes by 2022, and various types of video will comprise the majority of that information.

Large Companies 60% More Likely to Stream Live Events: Kaltura

One-quarter of large companies stream one live event per week, while nearly half stream one live event per month. Training and communication are cited as top benefits.

Streaming Media West: Apple Creates Advanced Experiences With HLS

The goal is to create, store, and distribute only one version of each piece of media. HTTP Live Streaming is the key to that kind of efficiency, Apple says.

Streaming Media West: Sling TV Hits the Reset Button on Pay TV

The future of TV is already happening, but it's happening at a slower rate than some would have thought. To create the future, providers need to stop living in the past.

Roku Expands Ad-Supported Options With Entertainment and Sports

As Roku transitions from hardware to advertising, creating content partnerships is crucial. Viewers now have more free options to watch.

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu the Most Popular OTT Services in the U.S.

HBO Now and Starz enter the top five, showing the popularity of premium original content to subscribers, says Parks Associates.

Streaming Media West: Sling TV on Killer Features, OTT Competition

Sling TV will deliver the opening day kickoff address at Streaming Media West 2018, explaining how it uses personalization and consumer choice to drive monetization.

Verizon Reorganizes Into Three Segments, Oath Gets a Demotion

Starting January 1st, Verizon's online content, sales, and technology properties will be grouped as Verizon Media Group/Oath.

OTT Leadership Summit: The IAB on Server-Side Ad Insertion

SSAI is succeeding for publishers, and that's leading to increased investment in the ad technology. Hear what's coming next at Streaming Media West.

Live Streaming Summit Preview: Google Takes on Live Video Challenges

During the Live Streaming Summit at Streaming Media West, Google Cloud's head of media and entertainment will discuss the difficulties of presenting live content at scale. Here's a preview of the issues he'll examine.

OTT Leadership Summit Preview: SVA on Streaming Video Piracy

Video piracy is getting bigger and live sports providers are feeling the sting. Learn about the tech solutions available during Streaming Media West.

'Software Chiclets': NCTA Head Says OTT Makes Cable Look Good

When do OTT providers become their own worst enemy? When consumers are so overwhelmed by choice that they prefer the simplicity of pay TV.

Ooyala Sees Strong Increase in Video Plays on Mobile Devices

With video plays above 60 percent and phone plays above 50 percent for the first time, Ooyala sees a commitment to multi-screen streaming.

TV Streaming Doubles Year-Over-Year; Streaming Quality Way Up

Conviva quarterly report shows people eagerly adopting virtual MVPDs while leaving their dedicated publisher video apps behind.

Streaming Media West Preview: Fox Networks on OTT Evolution

With major new competitors entering the over-the-top video space in 2019, services will rely on bundled offerings, unique functionalities, and original content to stand apart.

Vimeo Announces One-Step Native Video Publishing to LinkedIn

The integration brings LinkedIn viewership analytics to the Vimeo dashboard, so members can compare data from multiple social channels in one place.

5G Deployment Will Dramatically Increase Mobile Video Traffic

With higher resolutions and AR services coming to mobile, 90 percent of 5G traffic will come from video, predicts an expert council.

OTT Services Make Pay TV Look Like a Poor Value, Parks Finds

Consumers are comparing high-priced pay TV services with lower-priced streaming plans, and for many streaming wins out.

Apple OTT Service Coming to Over 100 Countries in 2019: Report

While a late entrant to the OTT space, Apple has big plans, taking its free service to over 100 countries shortly after launch.

Make Those Dollars: How Online Video Stars Pay the Bills

YouTube pre-roll ads are just the beginning. Successful online video stars take a broad approach to monetizing their followers. Options include merch, modeling, and even books.

A Times Square Augmented-Reality Project Makes the Real Surreal

Microsoft and artist Mel Chin collaborated on an art installation that was part physical, part virtual, and completely essential.

42% of Pay TV Customers Say They Need it for Live Sports, News

OTT services are growing quickly, but many people still feel tethered to pay TV for access to live sports, news, and events.

Hulu Plans to Offer More On-Demand, Less Live Programming

Can Hulu convince media companies to relax their licensing rules? The service wants to make some live channels on-demand only.

15% of Pay TV Customers Downgraded Service in the Last Year

While 34% of pay TV customers made some kind of change in the previous 12 months, downgrading service was the most popular option.

Ooyala Management Buys Company From Telstra, Price Undisclosed

Can a newly independent Ooyala succeed? CEO Jon Huberman sees big growth for the company's media workflow automation suite.

Adobe Project Rush Becomes Premiere Rush CC, Available for $10/Mo

Finally out of private beta, Premiere Rush CC offers mobile-first video editing that combines pro feature with a simple interface.

AT&T's WarnerMedia to Launch OTT Video Service in Q4 2019

The upcoming service will combine programming from HBO, Turner, and Warner Bros, launching around the same time as Disney's OTT service.

Apple's Latest Video Strategy: Give it Away to Device Owners

An unconfirmed report says Apple's latest video play is to give premium content away through an app, then sell third-party subscriptions.

Akamai Announces Support for Ultra-Low Latency With CMAF

Reducing latency for HTTP Adaptive Streaming video to 3 seconds or less is possible, but it requires a complex workflow.

Why Publishers Chase the Teen Video Market and Lose Every Time

The biggest online publishers have created video platforms for tweens and teens, then watched them fold one-by-one. Here's what they still don't get.

Video Advertising Surges, Now 25% of U.S. Digital Ad Spend

Facebook has been highly successful with video advertising, and will take in nearly a quarter of all U.S. video advertising in 2018.

Zype Offers a White Paper to Improve Video Software Development

The VidOps framework is a guide for improving all parts of the in-house video workflow, including development, management, and monetization.

27% of Streamers Don't Think Live Video Is Worth Paying for Yet

Live video streamers are tired of buffering and latency, says a Phenix report, and they aren't willing to wait for streams to improve.

Amazon Announces 4K Streaming Stick, Plus Alexa Voice Remote

The lowest-priced stick device for 4K video—as well as Dolby Vision and HDR-10+ support—the Fire TV Stick 4K lists for $49.99.

Facebook Premieres Gets Global Launch, Enhances Group Viewing

Starting today, any creator can schedule a video premiere a week in advance. Look for upcoming premieres staring Ant Man, the Wasp, and Aquaman.

CollegeHumor Debuts Dropout, a Comedy SVOD With More Than Video

Dropout is not an "all-things-to-all-people SVOD," says one exec, but more of a fan club for CollegeHumor's legion of superfans.

Bitmovin's Free Tool Offers OTT Encoding Recommendations

Publishers are invited to test their content with a free online resource that shows the quality and bandwidth improvements of per-title encoding.

Dolby Acquires Hybrik to Grow Media Processing Business

Dolby Laboratories has plans to build up its media processing business, and believes an acquisition of Hybrik will help it get there.

For the Best Mobile Video Performance, Head to the Czech Republic

Achieving excellent mobile video performance is about more than just fast download speeds. A report from Open Signal shows unexpected winners.

Rebuffering Frustration: 29% Will Stop Watching After One Problem

As people go online for more of their daily video, they have higher expectations than ever. Rebuffering is the top annoyance for many.

Roku Reintroduces Premiere and Premiere+ STBs, Now With 4K

The STB leader also announces two OS upgrades that add audio modes for easier listening, as well as new options when searching free content.

Amazon Releases Video Devices in Massive Echo Announcement

The Amazon Alexa ecosystem will soon include a larger Echo Show with streaming video support, and an OTA DVR.

Worldwide Revenues From OTT Are Soaring, Reaching $129B by 2023

While the U.S. and U.K. are the dominant mature OTT markets, other countries—especially China—will see stronger growth in the years ahead.

YouTube Moves Gaming to Main Site, Plans to Close the Gaming App

Gamers are now welcome in the main site, as YouTube reorganizes its video game content to better supports its 200 million daily viewers.

Hulu Talks About the Challenges of Live Video One Year Later

As it built out its live video service, Hulu found a lack of standardization in signal acquisition and metadata use. Now, it's pushing for greater uniformity.

Can Streaming Video Provide a Cure for the Healthcare Crisis?

One trial is using two-way video chat to connect at-risk patients with mental health professionals, and so far the results are encouraging.

MediaKind Personalization Suite Offers Custom Ad Placement

Broadcasters moving to IP delivery need to offer targeted ad placement to stay competitive. MediaKind launches a solution.

Akamai Debuts Two Cloud Solutions for Broadcaster Video Delivery

Akamai Cloud Wrapper aims to take the strain off cloud origins, while Direct Connect solves first-mile problems by avoiding the public internet.

Microsoft Joins the SRT Alliance to Promote Low Latency Solution

With Microsoft's backing, Haivision hopes to grow global support for the standard. The SRT Alliance now counts over 140 member companies.

Conviva Brings AI to Diagnostics Reporting With Ecosystem Module

Publishers can set the module to notify outside partners of QoE problems, automating a process now done by technicians and engineers.

The Netflix Post Technology Alliance Highlights Tech Partners

With its logo program, Netflix hopes to make the technical side of uploading finished movies a little less confusing for storytellers.

Premium OTT Market in the US to Reach $21B by 2020, Says Vindicia

While the top three most popular OTT services will stay the same, a report sees niche video services finding an audience.

iHeartMedia Acquiring Stuff Media and Creating a Podcast Empire

Two powerhouses of podcasting are joining together, with iHeartMedia snapping up one of the top audio download producers.

Limelight Promises Sub-Second Live Video Latency Using WebRTC

Forget HLS and DASH, says Limelight, and definitely forget HTTP. Its WebRTC-based solution could take the pain out of sports streaming.

Adobe Previews Creative Cloud Editing Improvements at IBC

Look for animation, audio, and collaboration improvements when the next version of Adobe Creative Cloud debuts later this year.

Nielsen Adds Measurement for TV Production Social Channels

For TV studios, optimizing social media performance pays big returns on viewer engagement. Nielsen now makes social measurement easier.

Ads or Higher Fees a Deal-Breaker for Many Netflix Subscribers

When prices go up, viewers are more willing to drop their Netflix subscriptions than their pay TV accounts, finds Hub Entertainment Research.

Latency and Device Playback Are Today's Biggest Pain Points

Bitmovin's annual survey shows video streamers are living in a highly fragmented world, and no one codec will take over the market.

Educators See Potential in AI for Creating Personalized Lessons

A Sonic Foundry survey on higher education and artificial intelligence suggests personalized lessons could lead to better retention.

Telestream to Show Self-Healing Live Video Architecture at IBC

Project Orchid promises to improve service quality while lowering cost and complexity, Telestream says, by solving problems on its own.

Oath Bundles its Advertising Options as Oath Ad Platforms

Despite some turbulence at the top, Oath is committed to providing a smoother experience for both marketers and publishers.

Kaltura Partners With Yospace and SpotX on Streaming TV Ads

The company's Cloud TV service gains the ability to deliver in-feed TV-like ads to advanced demos selected by the advertiser.

Podcasts Break Out: Audio Platform Goes Beyond the Headphones

At the fourth annual Podcast Upfront, presenters showed that downloads were just the beginning. Here come the distribution deals, live events, and albums.

17% of Homes Have Broadband Service, But Not Traditional Pay TV

The number of households getting their video services solely through broadband connections is rising, while OTT churn is holding steady at 18 percent.

Telestream Wirecast 10 Links to Restreaming, Captioning Services

Video creators can simultaneously stream live video to multiple platforms, even when using a light laptop and a standard internet connection.

Cisco's Service Provider Video Software Emerges as Synamedia

The company created by the sale of Cisco's Service Provider Video Software has a name, as well as a mission to unite broadcast and OTT.

YouTube Intros a Suite of Tools for Making Charitable Donations

Thanks to four tools currently in development, YouTube stars will be able to connect viewers directly to charities that need their help.

Amazon TV Device Owners Are Happier With Amazon Prime Video

When consumers own a Fire TV device, they're more likely to subscribe to Amazon Prime Video and rate the service highly.

71% of U.S. Viewers Are 'Loyal to the Cord,' Finds GfK Research

While many people enjoy the reliability and comfort of their pay TV services, young adults are far more likely to choose streaming options.

Mux Debuts Dashboard for Monitoring and Solving Quality Issues

With the Mux dashboard, companies can view 30-minute trendlines for a number of crucial elements, visualizing problems seconds after they occur.

vMVPDs Are on the Rise: ComScore Shows Use Growing for All Ages

Viewing habits are shifting as more households get live linear feeds from skinny bundles. The number of subscribers is low, but they're enthusiastic streamers.

Gracenote Unveils Mobile Video Analytics to Track App Performance

With this offering, content provides learn how their services perform, how quality issues impact engagement, and how their offerings compare with competing services.

Verizon Launching Residential 5G in 4 U.S. Cities This Year

The telco is partnering with Apple and YouTube to bring streaming video to home customers, but hasn't yet offered price or plan details.

Facebook Acquires Vidpresso for its Interactive Technology

After Vidpresso's tech is integrated, small video creators will be able to use the same interactive video elements as major broadcasters do.

Panopto Offers Monetization Option for Educational Videos

Educators can now charge for their online video lessons, thanks to a partnership between Panopto and InPlayer.

Sports Streaming Summit Now a Part of Streaming Media West 2018

Live sport video is exploding online, and the Sports Streaming Summit will be the best place for leagues, teams, and producers to share knowledge and do some networking.

SVOD Subscriptions to Reach 208M by 2023, No End in Sight

The average SVOD subscriber takes 2.03 accounts. That will grow to 2.35 accounts in 2023, Digital TV Research forecasts.

NBCU Preps Watch Back, a Streaming Service That Rewards Viewers

Still in the planning stages, NBCU is reportedly creating a streaming video service that lets people trade their viewing time for points.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Tops List of YouTube Signature Devices

YouTube now endorses phones that provide the best streaming experience on its platform, and VP9 codec support is an essential.

Roku Brings the Ad-Supported Roku Channel to All Web Viewers

The Roku Channel is now available online through desktop and mobile browsers. Also, the Roku OS gains a navigation option for free shows and movies.

Live Streaming Summit Returns to SMW 18 With Real-World Strategies

"Live" isn't just a buzzword at the Live Streaming Summit, where experienced live video professionals will offer proven strategies for delivering live video and creating successful revenue models.

Microsoft Joins Movies Anywhere, Offers Free X-Men Movie

Microsoft Movies & TV is the newest digital retailer to support the digital locker system, and all purchases play on Xbox and Windows 10 devices.

QoE Working Group to Deliver Standards Document by End of Year

A working group overseen by the CTA is creating recommendations for measuring performance quality, and some of the biggest names in the industry are participating.

Video Engineering Summit to Debut at Streaming Media West 2018

Hardcore video engineers have a new home at Streaming Media West, with Netflix, Akamai, and Vimeo leading presentations on video quality, compression, encoding, and more.

Major Financial Institutions Provide the Funding for Video Piracy

Curtailing video piracy could be as simple as cutting off the money that funds it. Irdeto points a finger at Visa, MasterCard, and other payment systems.

Musical.ly App Folds Into TikTok, Users Urged to Switch Over

Chinese technology company Bytedance is once again getting out of its own way and reducing competition in the video app market.

Streaming TV Viewing Doubled in the Past Year, Finds Conviva

Viewing hours are way up and so is quality. While major events like the World Cup drove live views, Conviva sees a few quality issues remaining.

Facebook Live API Change Has Some Creators Upgrading Their Tools

While Facebook signaled that it would change Live API permission rules several months ago, some producers were likely still caught off guard.

In the U.S, 17% Get Video Solely From SVOD Services, Finds NPD

Young adults lead the way in streaming video, but growth has slowed for that demo. Older adults are now joining in and subscribing to more services.

Americans Now Spend Nearly 6 Hours Per Day With Video: Nielsen

While Americans talk about unplugging, we're watching more video than ever. Plus, we spend over 11 hours per day with some kind of media.

Viacom Purchases AwesomenessTV for a Reported $25M Plus Debt

Falling prices, falling networks: If teen-oriented digital networks have such a high failure rate, why are so many companies rushing to invest?

AMC Acquires RLJ Entertainment, Owner of Acorn TV, for $65M

AMC Networks places a bet on the popularity of British movies and series, as well as a continuing love for Agatha Christie mysteries.

Katzenberg's WndrCo Takes Additional $200M Funding for $1B Total

If anyone else was leading this mobile video effort funding would be hard to come by, but the industry has faith Katzenberg can pull it off.

Streaming Video Alliance Releases Paper on Forensic Watermarking

At Microsoft Media and Entertainment Day, the SVA explains why adding watermarks to live and on-demand video is one part of a solution.

Bad News for Amazon Prime: People Are Only There for the Shipping

Amazon Prime Video may have a lot of members, but they didn't come for the online originals: 79 percent signed up for free shipping.

The MPAA Seeks Stronger Actions to Fight Streaming Video Piracy

Keeping premium content from being freely distributed online will take a mix of criminal and civil charges, as well as a coordinated response.

Musical.ly Now Directs Former Live.ly Members to LiveMe App

When the live video app Live.ly shut down last month, users were told Musical.ly would be getting live streaming. Now they're being directed elsewhere.

Multiplatform Delivery and Remote Production Top List of Concerns

A large-scale survey of Avid-using media professionals identifies the top trends they see at important for the future of media production.

BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport Serve 66.8M World Cup Streams

Millions in the U.K. turned to the internet to enjoy the tournament, with the Sweden vs. England match the BBC's most streamed event ever.

Roku Turns Up the Volume with Roku TV Wireless Speakers

Arriving in late October, Roku's speakers offer simple setup and two remotes. But what about the whole home licensing program the company recently announced?

Live Linear TV Drops in Importance: Only 39% Go There First

Thanks to an expanding list of streaming options, viewers of all ages are less likely to make traditional live linear TV their default starting point.

People Who Watch More Alternative Video Watch Less Pay TV: Parks

Young people who post videos to online platforms and spend a lot of time watching shared content are less likely to opt for paid services.

41% of Esports Fans Would Pay for a Subscription, Says Parks

Esports will emerge as a major profit center with 4 in 10 willing to pay for a subscription and roughly the same number willing to pay per event.

Lecture Capture Use Now at 79% Finds Kaltura Education Report

In higher education, 79% of institutions use a video lecture capture solution, letting students return to lectures as easily as they can return to text-based material.

YouTube Invests $25M Supporting News Orgs, Providing Sources

Fake news creators have taken advantage of YouTube to spread malicious and uninformed clips. YouTube is joining with authoritative sources to fight back.

Connected TV Paranoia: 25% Worry TV Monitors Their Conversations

When digital privacy hacks regularly make the news, consumers worry that the connected TVs in their homes could be used for bad purposes.

How YouTube Influencer Marketing Created 2017's Toy of the Year

Connecting with the right online video stars helps sell a product. Here's how WowWee's savvy YouTube campaign made Fingerlings a breakout hit.

While Digital-Only Buyers Increase, DVDs Still Find an Audience

SVOD isn't the only game in town. Many people rent or purchase movies or TV shows, and that audience likes physical video discs.

DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue Each Getting $5 Price Hike

Many cut the cord because they didn't like the constant price increases and bloated lineups of cable. But the skinny bundles haven't learned that lesson.

Publishers Learn NewFronts Equation: Content + Scale = Impossible

Who won the NewFronts this year? Twitter won. Not by producing great video, but by distributing video for many of the biggest publishers online.

DC to Launch Subscription Service That Combines Video and Comics

The house of Batman is creating an SVOD service that offers original live action and animated shows, as well as a curated library of comics.

Verizon Closing Go90 in July, Ending Nearly Three-Year Run

Serving videos to mobile-first teens seemed like an easy money grab, but Go90 is the latest in a long line of platforms to never find an audience.

Sling TV Goes Free, Offers Free On-Demand Content for Non-Subscribers

Many streaming viewers say they would prefer ad-supported free content to paying for another subscription. Sling TV puts that to the test.

Esports Will Be Bigger Than MLB and NHL, Says Goldman Sachs

In 5 years, esports will be watched by 300 million global viewers, making it roughly as popular as the NFL is today, says the forecast.

Wowza Streaming Cloud With Ultra Low Latency Now Available

First demonstrated at IBC, Wowza's solution for low-latency interactive video and data serves viewers around the globe on a variety of devices.

Over 61% Stream Online Video, Mostly in the Living Room: Limelight

Around the globe, consumers show a preference for free ad-supported online content, but are most willing to pay for movies and TV shows.

Ooyala Flex Media Platform Gains HEVC and VR360 Support

The company's digital video platform helps customers save bandwidth costs with HEVC support, and gets immersive with VR360.

AT&T Acquiring AppNexus to Grow Addressable TV Advertising

Following its purchase of Time Warner, AT&T buys a company that will help it sell and serve ads on its digital video platforms.

NFL, CBS Extend Streaming Agreement Through '22, Expand Platforms

CBS All Access subscribers will be able to stream games on their mobile devices for the first time, as Verizon no longer has an exclusive on mobile

AT&T WatchTV Offers Free Bundles for Unlimited Data Customers

Following its Time Warner merger, AT&T introduces two plans that offer a free skinny bundle for unlimited data customers, but read the fine print carefully.

Did 2017 Suck for Online Video? A VidCon 2018 Panel Says Yes

Brand safety concerns, walled gardens, and general lack of direction: 2017 was a difficult time for many creators and companies.

YouTube Debuts Tools for Monetization and Community at VidCon '18

YouTube Stories will let creators shoot quick videos on-the-go, while membership and merchandizing tools will let them earn more money from fans.

YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Expand to 12 More Countries

The audio and video streaming services that replaced YouTube Red are available to more subscribers. Existing customers can keep their rate.

Adobe Unveils Project Rush, the Goldilocks of Video Editors

Currently available in limited beta, Project Rush is aimed at YouTube creators who want pro results, simple controls, and the freedom to work on any device.

70% Stream Video Daily, 67% Have Streamed Live Video: IAB

A global study of live video streaming habits finds people use their phones for live video most often, but use connected TVs for long-form programming.

Minecraft-Based Interactive Story to Debut on Netflix in the Fall

The SVOD leader is diving deeper into interactive storytelling, this time partnering with Telltale Games for a series based on the popular video game.

Global OTT Subscription Market to Grow to Over 400M by 2022

The number of broadband-enabled households with an OTT subscription will grow to 265 million by 2022, with many taking multiple subscriptions.

38% of U.S. Households Have 2 or More OTT Subscriptions

Households with 3 or more OTT subscriptions are the fastest growing category, reveals Parks Associates research, as streaming becomes mainstream.

Netflix Uses Data to Drive Creativity, and It Terrifies Hollywood

The leading SVOD has become the first global network, and detractors accuse it of making creative decisions based on algorithms. It doesn't, but here's the real reason it's winning.

Amazon Buys Rights to 20 Premier League Matches for 3 Seasons

Look for Amazon Prime to see a lot of interest in free 30-day trials in December, as it offers Premier League streaming exclusively to members.

Facebook Launches Live Gaming Video Hub and Creator Resources

On FB.gg, gaming video creators can grow a fanbase and profit from virtual gifts, while fans can discover live and on-demand video based on their interests.

Herman Miller Saves Big Money on Travel Thanks to Online Video

Learn how the upmarket furniture maker stopped paying a fortune to fly salespeople and associates to its Michigan office, and created a video-based system that educates better than in-person meetings.

Amazon Expands Alexa Voice Commands With the Fire TV Cube

Owners will be able to control their cable boxes, sound bars, TVs, and more with Amazon's latest connected TV device. Prime members can get it for less if they hurry.

OTT to Show 10% Annual Growth Over Next 5 Years, Forecasts PwC

While the future looks bright for OTT, increased industry convergence and direct-to-consumer relationships require maintaining a high level of trust.

Pay TV Loses Numbers in Developed Countries, Gains in Developing

While OTT competition has slowly eroded pay TV numbers in the U.S. for years, the global pay TV audience is growing, finds ABI Research.

Apple TV Gets Zero Sign-On; FaceTime Gets Group Chat

What's better than single sign-on? Never signing on, at all. Also, people will be able to get up to 32 participants on a FaceTime chat starting this fall.

Fox Sports Offers World Cup Highlights Selected by IBM Watson AI

Soccer fans can view World Clips soon after they occur, then share them with friends, thanks to an AI-powered system that speeds the workflow.

Cheddar Expands to College Campuses With Launch of CheddarU

The live news network makes its second major expansion of the year, this time with a college-focused news streaming to 1,600 public screens.

In U.S., 40% Own a Set-Top Box, Over Half Own a Connected TV

Connected TV ownership is strong, but consumers prefer the experience set-top boxes provide when streaming movies and TV shows.

Cheap Data Plans Leading to Increase in Long-Form Mobile Video

Roughly 60 percent of all video plays start on mobile devices, and viewers are choosing long-form programming across all screens.

Kaltura Acquires Rapt Media for Personalized Video Experiences

Rapt Media—and its personalized branching interactive video technology—is becoming part of Kaltura. Viewers can choose their own path.

Verizon Backs Away From Creating OTT Subscription Video Service

Is the skinny bundle marketing saturated already? The big player everyone expected to make an announcement—Verizon—sees a future in partnerships.

2018 Will Be Netflix's Best Year Yet; Headed for 201M Subs by '23

Strong demand outside the United States—especially in Asia Pacific—will propel record growth at Netflix, forecasts Digital TV Research,

Amazon Prime Channels Leads for Direct-to-Consumer Sales: TDG

Over 70 percent of Showtime's online subscribers go through Amazon Prime Channels. Amazon has a hit, but Apple is close behind.

YouTube Debuts Music and Ad-Free Video Subs, Folds YouTube Red

One service becomes two, as subscribers have the choice of a $9.99 per month music plan, or paying $2 more to add ad-free video playback and YouTube originals.

Syncbak Creates OTT Video Platform for Local Broadcasters

With SBTV, local broadcasters can stream content to their sites or the SBTV app, and serve ads on their exclusive programming.

Gracenote Debuts Unified Search Solution for Skinny Bundles

With Gracenote vMVPD Line-Ups, consumer electronics makers can offer search results that combine live linear and on-demand channels.

OTT Market Growing at 10% Worldwide, Totaling $51B in 2022

In a crowded field, pay TV operators add over-the-top options to compete, while streaming companies try to stand out with excellent quality of service.

Facebook Announces Live Video Updates at Streaming Media East

In an exclusive, Streaming Media East attendees got a first-look at Facebook Live persistent stream keys, live cross-posting, and live rewind.

At NewFront, a Reined-In Vice Still Aims for the Counterculture

While Vice has experienced a lot of changes in the past year, its new leadership aims to keep the publisher's uniquely off-center point-of-view intact.

YouTube Brings Music Videos to Google Preferred at Brandcast

Addressing lingering brand safety concerns, CEO Wojcicki spelled out how the company is hiring 10,000 employs to look for content violations.

ESPN Brings Live Shows to Twitter and Makes SportsCenter Mobile

The sports publisher is putting its best talent online, and using Twitter and its mobile app to reach its audience throughout the day.

Disney Adds Food Brand—Disney Eats—to Disney Digital Network

Families can add some Disney characters to their kitchen by following Disney Eats videos. The company also announced its first-ever podcast.

Cisco Exits Pay TV Video Market With Sale to Permira Funds

In a sign of how competitive the video solutions market has become, Cisco exits the pay TV area by dumping assets at a bargain price.

Twitter Boasts Partnerships With Over 30 Publishers at NewFront

News, entertainment, and sports brands want to work with Twitter to stream live niche programming to an engaged, lean-forward audience.

Amazon Exclusive Streamer for '18, '19 NFL Thursday Night Games

Prime subscribers around the world will be able to tune in for 11 games per season, with Amazon reportedly paying $65 million each year.

Twitter Now Makes Over Half its Revenue From Video Ads: Q1 Report

The short message platform has turned into a video powerhouse, generating revenue from video ads both in the U.S. and abroad.

Popular Skinny Bundles Still Aren't Catering to Cord Cutters

Skinny bundles have made a lot of improvements in a short time, but until they can detail exactly what live sports they carry they aren't replacements for pay TV.

Dailymotion Updates Video Player for Publishers' Needs: Exclusive

In an effort to boost engagement and provide more customization, Dailymotion adds a variety of viewer and publisher enhancements to its video player.

Streamed Viewing Hours Up 174% in North America in Q1: Conviva

Android devices and app-based viewing saw big surges last quarter, as viewers embrace the "appification" of TV.

Roku Channel to Stream Live News With ABC, Cheddar, People, Newsy

The ad-supported Roku Channel will gain live news feeds in May, as well private listening support for up to four devices per account.

Netflix, Amazon, Major Studios Bring Piracy Lawsuit on Set TV

A group of powerful studios wants to shut down Set TV, which sells a $20 per month subscription service that delivers 500 premium channels.

FuboTV Takes $75M in Series D Funding, Will Invest in Engineering

The fast-growing sports-leading over-the-top subscription service takes funding from AMC and 21st Century Fox as it plans app improvements.

Group Video Viewing Becomes an Event With Facebook Premieres

A select group of video creators can now post recorded videos to Facebook Live and create buzz-worthy events for fans.

Netflix Brings Video Previews to Mobile, Starting With iOS

Mobile viewers can now sample Netflix programs through previews using a vertical interface designed for smaller screens.

In U.S., OTT Revenue Grew 41%, While Pay TV Grew 1% in 2017

According to Convergence Research, OTT is growing at a faster rate than pay TV, but its lower average cost make it far less profitable.

The State of Live Video 2018

Live sports video is streaming on every platform, skinny bundles with live channels are thriving, and social video apps are creating the next generation of celebs. Are we near the saturation point for live?

Hulu and Spotify Team Up to Offer Combined Subscription

Following a successful pairing aimed at college students, Hulu and Spotify create a music and TV subscription for $12.99 per month.

Dish Creates Group to Sell Bundled Video Services Through ISPs

Dish sees partnering with ISPs as a win-win, as the ISPs get access to video services and Dish gets access to new households.

The State of Media and Entertainment 2018

Viewers opened their wallets to skinny bundles and SVOD services last year, and there's more where that came from.

HLS and H.264 Top Dogs in 2018 Encoding.com Global Format Report

The strong got stronger in 2017, with HLS and H.264 growing while VP9 took a tumble. Despite all the noise around 4K, it still isn't used much.

Vimeo Debuts a Live and On-Demand OTT Subscription App Solution

The video sharing site also doubles down on business customers at NAB, debuting an eCDN, a hardware encoder, and more.

Household Video Budgets Dropping, Multiplatform Viewing Is Down

U.S. viewers are cocooning in front of their TVs, spending less at movie theaters and streaming more to their televisions.

Nielsen Grabix Enhanced With Gracenote Data on Real-Time Viewing

Thanks to the inclusion of Gracenote video automatic content recognition, Grabix has eyes on 40 million connected televisions.

ESPN Unveils Long-Awaited ESPN+ Service, Debuting April 12

Sports-lovers will find plenty to watch in the OTT service, including hundreds of MLB, NHL, and MLS games, but they won't find a replacement for cable.

Adobe Unveils a Variety of Video Editing Tools Ahead of NAB Show

With an emphasis on creating strong viewer experiences and serving files to multiple platforms, Adobe kicks off NAB.

Start-Up Time Rated Most Important Factor for Streaming Services

In a maturing video service market, instant starts are crucial for keeping customers entertained. Even a brief delay means they'll look elsewhere.

Snapchat Sees Second Layoff Round in a Month, 100 More Cut

Can a leaner and lighter Snap turn things around? After 100 sales team members are let go, Snapchat looks to the future.

Pay TV Meets OTT: 1 in 5 Get Streaming Service Through Pay TV

Parks Associates data shows that 21 percent of pay TV customers subscribe to a streaming service through their account.

Bitmovin Intros AI-Powered Video Encoding That Learns Over Time

A three-pass process will learn from previous encodes to speed processing time and deliver better optimized files.

YouTube Lets Desktop Streamers Go Live Without an Encoder

While YouTube made encoder setup easy, it was still a hurdle for some. Now, Chrome users can stream live with no setup required.

Cheddar Announces $22M Funding, Will Launch Second News Network

Cheddar Big News will debut next month, offering national news, sports, and weather without panels or partisan bickering.

Deloitte Sees Value Gap Between What Pay TV Viewers Want and Get

Consumers no longer understand the point of having access to hundreds of channels they never watch, with all generations dissatisfied.

NBC Plans Streaming News Service Aimed at Younger Viewers

Younger people prefer to get their news online, so NBC News will launch a streaming service available without authentication.

Shift From Live Linear TV Viewing Is Increasing, Says Parks

Younger viewers especially get much of their live video from online sources. Pay TV customers need to shift their offerings to stay relevant.

60% of Video Plays Now From Mobile Devices, Finds Ooyala Report

Across the globe, people are watching more video—especially long-form video—on mobile devices, partly thanks to better low-cost phones.

87% of Cord-Cutters Cite High Price of Pay TV as Chief Reason

In an eye-opening survey, TiVo finds that viewers are more price-conscious than ever, and 82 percent would like an a la carte option.

Revenues for U.S. Pay TV to Plummet 26% Between 2015 and 2023

Cord-cutting and -trimming are taking a heavy toll on the pay TV industry. The good news is that most of the damage has already been done.

MLB, YouTube TV Expand Mutual Promotion Agreement for Two Seasons

After working together in 2017, MLB and YouTube TV decide they can help themselves by helping each other. Also, MLB signs a streaming exclusive with Facebook for 25 games.

Over 60% of Free Trial Users Will Pay for Service: Vimeo Report

Luring potential customers with a free trial is essential for OTT services, finds Vimeo, but be sure to offer signups through an app.

With QLED Lineup, Samsung Hopes to Make the TV Invisible

The premium TV maker is focusing on lifestyle features in 2018, creating TVs that blend in with their surroundings so well they almost disappear.

Viewers Unsatisfied by Fragmented OTT Options: Hub Research

Even after choosing four or more streaming services, many viewers are unsatisfied. Aggregation may be the answer, but only if viewers can customize their plans.

YouTube Brings Automatic Captions, Location Tags to Live Streams

Live video gets a little more inclusive, as YouTube brings automatic English captioning to live streams. Also, location tags let viewers search by geography.

Facebook Is Overtaking YouTube for Live Mobile Video Streaming

A report from Openwave Mobility shows that Facebook live video is already more popular in some regions, and buffering is still a major problem.

U.S. Now Has 125M Streaming Subscriptions, Says Futuresource

The SVOD and skinny bundle markets are picking up subscribers, although they're still far smaller than the pay TV industry.

YouTube TV Adds Turner Channels, Raises Price to $40/Month

At what point does a skinny bundle stop being skinny? YouTube TV now offers over 50 channels, and the price will rise next month.

Go90 Becoming Part of Oath, Focusing on Multi-Platform Delivery

With Oath focused on distribution at scale and building an audience across platforms, a standalone video service just didn't make sense.

Vimeo Goes Social, Announces Distribution Tools for Members

Thanks to new features that let members share live streams or save videos to other platforms, Vimeo feels a little more social and a little less isolated.

AT&T Named Best Cellular Network for Video Streaming in U.S.

In tests run by Global Wireless Solutions, AT&T delivered the most reliable video streams with the strongest video quality.

YouTube Lists Monetization Suspension Steps for Problem Creators

Following yet another creator crisis, YouTube is getting tough with problem channels while promising faster decisions and communications.

Hulu Offers Cloud DVR Improvements, 60fps Video Streaming

Just in time for Olympic viewing, Hulu begins offering 60fps viewing on some channels and platforms. But it will take more than that to stop dramatic financial losses.

Cisco, Harmonic, Ericsson, AT&T Tout NBC Olympic Partnerships

The Winter Olympics have begun, and the biggest companies in video streaming are celebrating their specific contributions.

NBC to Stream Live Winter Olympics Video Over Snapchat

Just days after its surprisingly good quarterly earnings report, Snap says it's getting in the Olympic spirit and making NBC its first live TV partner.

ESPN Streaming Service an Upsell for Existing Pay TV Customers

The long-awaited ESPN streaming service is almost here, but it's meant to be an addition, not an alternative, for cable service.

IBM Introduces AI-Driven Captioning for Live and On-Demand Video

Watson Captioning will learn over time, becoming more accurate as users make edits and add their own custom glossaries.

Cross-Screen Advertising an Essential to Reach Viewers: Survey

Both ad buyers and sellers stand to benefit with an audience-based cross-screen advertising model, says a SpotX report.

Super Bowl Ads 2018: Winners and Losers in Views and Sentiment

In this year's Super Bowl ads race, Alexa went silent, Dodge Ram won but really lost, and game viewers just wanted to laugh.

Caffeine Soft Launches, a Live Social Network for Gamers, Artists

Two Apple veterans launch a new live video network, one built on meaningful social interactions and $46 million in funding.

District Court Offers Split Verdict in TickBox Infringement Case

A judge has ruled the hardware-maker can no longer promote access to piracy software, but hasn't blocked sales of the set-top boxes.

Fox Pays $3B for Thursday Night Football; Streaming Not Announced

Fox wins the right to stream games to mobile phone viewers, but a broader Thursday Night streaming deal is weeks from being decided.

Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Will Triple Original Content Budgets

Over the next few years, the leading SVODs will shift budgets from licensed content to originals, all to keep viewers tuning in.

42% Won't Spend Over $20 Per Month on Streaming Subscriptions

A survey from Phenix finds that many households keep their streaming budgets low, and suggests poor-quality live streaming is the reason why.

NASCAR Puts Racing Fans in the Driver's Seat—at 190 MPH

Thanks to a collaboration between NASCAR and Twitter, fans were able to stream live video from behind the wheel with their favorite drivers. That's only the latest example of how NASCAR is using social networks to boost engagement.

Twitter Prepares Snapchat-Like Feature for Easy Video Sharing

While Twitter wants to learn a video lesson from Snapchat, walled garden Snapchat is learning to play nice with Twitter and Facebook.

Training Is the Top Corporate Internal Use for Live Video

Companies are increasing their reliance on live video in-house, and several of the most popular uses involve training workers, finds a Brandlive report.

T-Mobile Closes on Layer3, Won't Bundle Upcoming TV Service

This won't be like every other streaming service, T-Mobile promises. It won't require a T-Mobile Wireless subscription and it will stream over any wired or wireless connection.

Unlimited Data No Longer Gets Mobile Subscribers to Change Plans

While mobile video viewing is on the rise, unlimited data plans no longer get subscribers to switch. Carriers now offer OTT services as extras.

Snap Lays Off 22 Staff Members as Part of Reorganization

The bad press won't stop for the beleaguered video social platform, which is rearranging the deck chairs as quickly as it can.

Facebook Watch Party Makes Live Events Out of On-Demand Videos

Watch parties aren't just for awards shows anymore. Facebook is testing a feature that makes online video viewing social.

TiVo Opens New Lawsuits Against Comcast for Patent Infringement

Having prevailed on two previous charges, TiVo aims to take a bite out of Comcast once again. Comcast calls Rovi tech "increasingly obsolete."

Active Shooters: When a Closer Look Gets Far Too Close

Snapchat videos expire after 24 hours, but the images they show can remain burned into viewers' memories for far longer.

CES '18: Hulu Gives a Sneak Peek at Upcoming UI Improvements

After Hulu overhauled its user interface in May of last year, many subscribers said "Where's my stuff?" Now, Hulu needs to regain its viewers' trust.

Turner and Hulu on AT&T/TW Merger: 'This Can't Close Fast Enough'

While the Time Warner-AT&T merger would great a behemoth entertainment company, Turner's CEO says it's needed to compete.

CES '18: Giraffic Goes After Streaming Platforms With SDK Release

Customers are willing to pay for streaming services, but expect TV-like quality. A Giraffic SDK helps companies deliver.

CES '18: Crackle, Turner, Oath Look to the Future of TV

Step into the future of immersive storytelling (literally) and subscribe to content bundles based on individual preferences. That's where streaming TV is headed, experts suggest.

CES '18: Cloud DVRs Are Now Table Stakes, Announces Cisco

Netflix and Amazon have invested enormous budgets creating online video services. With its Infinite Video Platform, Cisco helps other services compete.

Samsung, Sony, LG, TCL, and Panasonic: A CES 2018 TV Wrap-Up

The living room TV was connected to the internet years ago. Now, it's getting connected to intelligent home networks full of Wi-Fi-enabled appliances.

ComScore and Sling Partner on Cross-Platform Measurement Solution

Dish has offered cross-platform addressable ad buying since 2012, and now it's adding validated third-party campaign measurement.

18% of Video Plays End in Failure, Says Conviva Year-End Report

Slow start times and rebuffering delays are still with us, and these problems cost publishers billions of hour of viewing time in 2017.

Viewers Overwhelmed by OTT Content, Still Not Satisfied: Ooyala

2018 will be a pivotal year, predicts Ooyala, with streaming services creating better discovery solutions and advertisers wrestling with data.

Roku Moves Beyond the TV, Creates Whole Home Licensing Program

Not content with owning the living room, Roku wants to link smart speakers and soundbars in a home entertainment network.

Snapchat Creating Method to Embed Stories on Other Platforms

In a bid to expand beyond its own walled garden, Snapchat is creating a way to embed videos on web pages. Could this give the platform the boost it needs?

Streaming Video Services Are Getting Worse: 63% See Buffering

While consumers are streaming more video than ever, they aren't in love with the experience. An IBM report uncovers multiple pain points.

Breaking Windows: It's Time to Change the Movie Release System

The current windowed release system is slow to put premium movies online. Hollywood is prioritizing its short-term profits, but could hurt itself in the long run.

T-Mobile to Launch Streaming TV Service in 2018, Buys Layer3

While the details are scarce, T-Mobile seems intent on launching its own skinny bundle, and it thinks Layer3 can help make it a reality.

Announcing the Call for Speakers for Streaming Media East 2018

The conference that sets the stage for the entire online video ecosystem has some exciting news: We're getting even bigger in 2018!

YouTube TV Expands to Additional 34 Markets, Brings Total to 83

The skinny bundle streaming service has been on a roll with new market announcements. Many smaller metro areas now have access.

Amazon Prime Video and Samsung Announce First Use of HDR10+

Dolby Vision isn't the only HDR game in town, although consumers might wish it was. Royalty-free HDR10+ is finally available for streaming.

NFL and Verizon Expand Live Streaming Agreement Starting in '18

Verizon will stream live NFL games to more destinations, including Yahoo Sports, but will no longer have a mobile exclusive.

Engaged and Mobile: Charting the Shifting TV Viewing Landscape

At the TV of Tomorrow conference, panelists took stock of the changing ways viewers get their media, and noted that not all changes are for the better.

Google and Amazon Fight Removes Streaming Access From Echo Show

In a retaliatory move sure to upset viewers, Google is halting YouTube Streaming to Echo Show and Fire TV devices.

YouTube Will Grow Video Moderation Team to Over 10,000 in 2018

The leading video destination was plagued by multiple content scandals this year. Will an increase in moderation assuage advertisers?

Amazon Expands Rekognition Image Detection Service to Video

With this cloud service, developers can build face, object, and action recognition into systems that work with stored or live video.

YouTube Unveils Reels, a Stories Format for its Creators

YouTube's Community tab is now available to creators with over 10,000 subscribers, and they can communicate with fans using quick vertical videos.

Genius Uses Live Video to Pull in Music-Loving Fans and Brands

By hosting live online events featuring some of the biggest names in rap, music site Genius has found a way to create events that brands want to take part in.

Only 60% of Homes Will Subscribe to Pay TV By 2030, Says TDG

U.S. households are moving to streamed services and on-demand entertainment, while seeing less value in live multichannel services of any kind.

Adobe Sees Massive TV Everywhere Growth From Single Sign-On

When pay TV subscribers don't need to hunt for their authentication credentials, they watch more TVE content. A lot more, Adobe reports.

AWS Elemental Announces 5 Services to Streamline Video Workflows

Spend less time creating or managing infrastructure and more time innovating, touts AWS. Its services simplify live and on-demand streaming.

Watching Video Second Most Popular Online Activity: Limelight

People are spending more time online than they did a year ago, and young adults can't get enough video—but make people wait and they'll turn away.

Facebook Launches App and Website for Independent Video Creators

With an app that gives live streams a more produced look and a website full of helpful tips, Facebook hopes to attract video creation talent.

Enterprise Study Shows Embrace of Video for Multiple Use Cases

Employees are creating more videos than they did one year ago, and those videos are being used in a variety of internal and external channels.

Looking for OTT Commonalities, Conviva Finds a Range of Methods

As streaming quality becomes crucial to the OTT video industry, a report finds a lack of standardization and established benchmarks.

Philo Launches a Sports-Free Lower Priced Skinny Bundle

While it offers no network or sports channels, the $16 per month price is attractive, and comes with an on-demand library and cloud DVR.

Fullscreen Closes Its SVOD Service and Lays Off 25 Staffers

The well-known multichannel network couldn't make a success of its SVOD, even with AT&T's backing. What does this mean for the industry?

Ooyala Updates Live Video Service With Uptime Guarantee

Publishers can be assured of 99.95 percent live video uptime, says Ooyala, which has created an operation center for 24/7 monitoring.

Mux Branches Out With Mux Video, Promises Easy Optimization

When it comes to encoding settings, don't just "set it and forget it." Mux Video dynamically encodes videos when needed to provide the best results.

YouTube Creates Vetting Policy to Safeguard Children's Videos

A variety of channels churn out low-quality, often disturbing videos using familiar children's characters. YouTube aims to keep these away from young viewers.

Starz, YouTube Red Enter Top 10 for OTT Subscriptions: Parks

The OTT market is booming, as 69% of broadband households now have a subscription, and many subscribe to 3 or more services.

Cord-Cutting, Multitasking, and Distracted TV Viewing All Up

Viewers want to see it all, but there are only so many hours in a day. To get more done, viewers increasingly surf on their phone or computer while watching video.

YouTube Introduces SDK for Spatial Audio on Mobile and Desktop

With its latest software development kit, Resonance Audio, YouTube makes immersive video environments even more convincing.

Vivendi Debuts Studio+, Mobile App for Short-Form Video Content

With scripted series that look both cheesy and fun, Vivendi hopes to get people to subscribe to Studio+ for $3.99 per month.

So Many Decisions! The Future of Streaming TV Is Nettlesome

Some people are never happy. U.S. viewers now have scores of premium streaming options at their fingertips, but a few see those choices as a problem.

SMW 17: Facebook Creates a Hybrid Solution for Facebook Live With

Before it could launch Live With, a live video option for streaming a two-person conversation, Facebook needed to solve problems of latency and scale.

SMW 17: Amazon Reaches 7.1M Viewers for Thursday Night Football

During the opening day Streaming Media West keynote, Amazon announced it's getting tremendous return for its NFL investment with viewers around the globe tuning in.

Dailymotion Relaunches in the U.S., Emphasizes Premium Video

Following its European relaunch in June, Dailymotion is bringing a curated premium video experience to U.S. viewers, but first it might need to introduce itself.

Streaming Piracy to Total $52 Billion in Losses by 2022

The gap between legitimate streaming revenues and piracy losses is widening. While piracy isn't stopping, there are signs it's slowing.

Recruitment, Education, Healthcare Lead on Live Video Adoption

Live video helps companies save on travel costs, and leads to patients getting better medical care. Here are the three areas succeeding the most with live video.

Roku Plans Video Streaming to Non-Roku Devices, Says Report

While customers currently need a Roku box or stick, or a licensed Roku TV, to stream from its channels, soon they might only need a mobile app.

AT&T Sees Big Losses with Pay TV, But Gains With DirecTV Now

An Android box uncovered in FCC filings points the way to DirecTV's future: More streaming, less satellite. Will that be enough to attract subscribers?

Limelight and Qwilt Partner for Integrated Delivery Solution

Thanks to open caching tying together a CDN and last-mile delivery, viewers can expect lower-latency and improved service quality.

Vimeo Announces Mevo Plus, Integration With Vimeo Live Service

Now that Vimeo's acquisition of Livestream is complete, the next-generation Mevo video camera debuts with the ability to broadcast to Vimeo Live.

Sports Fans Love Streaming: 37% Watch on Devices Other Than TVs

When it's game time, sports fans are happy to reach for the nearest connected device to see their favorite team. But they're surprisingly unaware of TV Everywhere options.

Nielsen Offers Netflix Ratings, But How Accurate Are They?

Paying customers will finally gain some insight into Netflix viewing numbers, but Nielsen's measurement is limited to video streamed to a TV set.

Netflix, Amazon, Other Studios Bring Piracy Lawsuit on TickBox

The hardware vendor claims its devices are completely legal since they don't host or download pirated content. It's the third-party software that does the infringing.

Pay TV Operators Need to Evolve the Viewing Experience With OTT

The future of television isn't with over-the-top or pay TV alone, ZoneTV says, but with an AI-driven combined viewing experience that blends the best of both.

NBCU and Snap Create Studio for Mobile Video Production

The joint venture will make original series for a mobile audience. The Duplass brothers are the first to sign on, and have been given a free hand in what they create.

Season Two of Go90's Streaming Hit MVP Plays in the Big Leagues

There are some major sports stars on Go90 series MVP—including New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski, one of the show's producers—but they're not the ones throwing pitches.

YouTube Adds Partner Management to Revamped Creators Site

A year after launching a hub just for its creators, YouTube has refreshed the area with more content on growing a channel and running a business.

Movies Anywhere Debuts With Support of 5 Studios, 4 Retailers

The evolution of Disney's online locker now includes broad industry support, finally giving movie-lovers a central storage space for all their digital purchases.

Viewers See Quality Gap Between Live Streaming and Live Pay TV

Streaming quality has made gains, but isn't yet a match for pay TV, finds a survey. Viewers have little patience for stalls and buffers.

Nokia Axes Ozo VR Camera Citing Slow Industry Development

The Nokia Technologies division will lose 310 of its 1,090 employees, while putting more resources into creating digital health products.

The Resistance Is Streaming: How Online Video Will Save America

People are angry and they're using online video to get organized. Discover the Resistance Media Collective, an organization run by creative pros who never thought of themselves as activists—until now.

Facebook Rights Manager Works With Three Third-Party Providers

Content owners can now rely on Friend MTS, MarkMonitor, and Zefr to detect infringing live or on-demand videos on Facebook. And then they can profit from them.

Women Are From Hulu, Men Are From YouTube, Says Nielsen Data

Thanks to its new Nielsen Streaming Meter, the measurement specialist is able to give a better look at the overall streaming audience and what they're watching.

Roku Freshens Hardware Line, Updates OS to Support Antennas

The leading STB maker quietly drops two models from its hardware line while pushing its devices to support more than just streamed content.

Video Starts Up 26%, Ad Views Up 17% in Q2 2017, Finds FreeWheel

Viewers are embracing new streaming video options and are turning away from broadcast TV. Advertisers are shifting their budgets in response.

U.S. Viewers Like OTT Services and Live Linear TV: J.D. Power

While we're moving to an on-demand, video anywhere system, Americans still crave event-driven programs that drive online and offline conversations.

Cutting the Cord? That's So Five Years Ago, Google Says

The OTT world is changing and once again young viewers are leading the way. What's needed is more differentiation and experimentation in the industry.

Today's Skinny Bundles Don't Meet Customer Preferences, Says TiVo

TiVo did the math and found that fewer than half of TV consumers could find a skinny bundle service that streams their favorite channels.

VDMS: Content and Subscriptions Alone Won't Sustain the Industry

As the number of SVODs continues to expand, many services are having problems with differentiation. They need to find other ways to grow audiences, says Verizon.

Virtual Reality, Real Medicine: Treating Brain Injuries With VR

The controlled environment of virtual reality is proving ideal for diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries. Learn why the Department of Defense is funding trials.

The Great Winnowing: How OTT Will Crush Unloved Pay TV Networks

In pay TV packages, there's a small group of A-list channels and a much larger group of B-list channels. But in the skinny bundle world, no one has time for B-list.

Vimeo Goes Live: Acquires Livestream, Launches Live Video Product

The indie-loving video service gets on the live video train with the launch of Vimeo Live, a standalone service that will soon be integrated with the rest of Vimeo.

NFL and Facebook to Stream Video Highlights and Original Content

Members around the world will be able to watch highlights as soon as a game ends, while U.S. members will be able to watch two NFL original shows.

Nielsen Takes ComScore to Court Over Cross-Platform Measurement

When is a cross-platform measurement service not really a cross-platform measurement service? Nielsen accuses its rival of dirty dealing.

Hulu Notes How Television Has Changed: Report From DMEXCO '17

Not long ago, programmers told viewers when their favorite shows would air and when they needed to watch. Now, viewers hold the power—while programmers and marketers need to keep up.

TiVo Sees Two Kinds of Pay TV Customers: The Fickle and the Loyal

A global survey by TiVo sees two distinct types of pay TV customers. Operators need to approach them differently in order to keep them happy.

3 Ways YouTube Videos Define Our Culture: Report from DMEXCO '17

YouTube is no longer an alternative to mainstream culture. More than ever, YouTube defines it. A YouTube exec details the site's unique role.

Wowza Adds Sub-Two Second Latency to Streaming Cloud Service

When seconds matter, even a little latency is too much. Wowza promises it can send a video stream around the globe in two seconds or less.

Podcasters Woo the Media at Third IAB Podcast Upfront in NYC

With revenues soaring to $220 million this year and popular series becoming mainstream sensations, times have never been better for podcasters.

Time-Shifted Content More Popular Than Live for Millennials: CTA

Young adults watch videos on their own schedule, but are open to sharing information with advertisers if it means more relevant ads.

Kaltura Offers Improvements, Better Uptime for Cloud TV Platform

Playing catch-up on features, Kaltura now offers churn prevention tools, personalized recommendations, and fuzzy searches.

YouTube Lowers Live Video Latency to 'Just a Couple Seconds'

While it means a greater chance for viewer buffering, the new ultra-low latency setting makes live video interactions with fans more fluid.

Set-Top Box Maker Roku Files for IPO, Could Raise $100 Million

Roku boxes have taken the lead with consumers and the company seems well-poised for an IPO, but financial disclosures show the company has never turned a profit.

V-Nova Integrating Perseus 2 Compression Into Theoplayer

The lightweight codec designed for streaming high-quality video over any network meets the player meant for any platform or device.

Accedo Intros Accedo One, Modular Tools for Cloud Video Solutions

Providers both small and large can create cloud-based video offerings for customers with Accedo's customizable building-block approach.

Apple to Release 4K Apple TV With HDR Support, Reports Bloomberg

While Apple hasn't updated its TV streaming device in two years, an update could be only weeks away. Is 4K finally coming to the Apple TV?

Snapchat May Create Original Scripted Programming Later This Year

The social video platform has found success working with established media properties; now, it wants to produce and promote original series, as well.

Verizon Provokes Anger Over Video Throttling on Unlimited Plan

The leading carrier doesn't think people can see a difference in video quality on a small phone screen. Some customers are loudly objecting.

Roku Takes the Lead and Runs With It: Most Popular for Streaming

Roku and Amazon have had a successful year and increased their share of the U.S. broadband market, while Apple and Google have lost ground.

XLive Esports Summit Spotlights an Industry in Transition

Esports events regularly attract millions of streaming fans and franchises trade for tens of millions of dollars, yet the area is still in its infancy.

NASA Offers 4K Stream of 2017 Eclipse on Multiple Platforms

No protective glasses? No problem. The space agency will produce multiple live video streams of the event from multiple locations.

PVOD on the Horizon: Movie Studios Plan Premium In-Home Rentals

Major Hollywood studios are in talks with Apple and Comcast to offer streaming sales just two weeks after a movie debuts in theaters.

YouTube TV Expands to More Markets, Now Covers 50% of U.S.

With an additional 14 metropolitan areas, half the homes in the United States can now subscribe to YouTube TV. 17 more markets will soon follow.

Roku Issues Warning Messages to Those Adding Private Channels

Ahead of a rumored IPO, Roku is warning those who add private channels to their accounts, and may be banning services with pirated content.

86% of Skinny Bundle Subscribers See Value in Their Services

While few customers have adopted Sling TV, DirecTV Now, or similar services, user sentiment is strong among those who have.

Disney Pullout Could Be Trouble for Netflix; 19% Likely to Cancel

When Disney removes its movies from Netflix in 2019, one-fifth of Netflix subscribers could decide to leave, according to a poll conducted by Fluent.

Facebook Launches Watch Tab and Original Shows to Select Users

In a bold bid to siphon ad revenue from broadcast TV, Facebook takes the wraps off Watch, its new area for episodic and live content.

CBS Takes All Access International: NBCU Says So Long to Seeso

One rises and one falls: CBS All Access is riding into new markets, while NBCUniversal's Seeso never got off the ground.

Virtual Reality Causing an Additional 21,000 PB of Traffic by '21

Will new immersive video streams break the internet? Juniper Research says a crisis is coming unless network operators join the standards discussion now.

Disney Takes a Majority Stake in BAMTech, Ends Netflix Deal

Marvel and Disney titles to leave Netflix as Disney revs up to launch two different streaming services: one for sports and one for entertainment.

DirecTV Now Gains CBS Programming, LG webOS Gains Sling TV

From the start, CBS was the giant hole in AT&T's DirecTV Now offering. That will soon change, although only in select major cities.

Is Snapchat on the Way Out or Just Finding its Footing?

Snap's value tumbled quickly from its IPO high while Facebook continues to eat its lunch, but don't count the social video service out just yet.

Comedy Streamer Laughly Goes Live, Bringing the Yuks in Real Time

Standup aficionados know Laughly as the Spotify of comedy, with a library of thousands of hours of recorded material. Now, Laughly is expanding with live streams and original content.

Hulu Subscribers Prefer Hulu to Traditional Pay TV, Finds TDG

If consumers were forced to choose between their SVOD and pay TV subscriptions, more Hulu fans would opt to leave pay TV behind.

Online Video Publishers Take a Hard Pivot at 2017 Newfronts

This year's newfront presentations marked a shift in thinking by online video publishers. They're not going to create series that win against Netflix, so they'd better focus on what works.

Discovery Buys Scripps for $11.9B, Looks for Online Muscle

With the pay TV/OTT ecosystems in flux, cable channel providers look for new ways to make sure their brands are relevant to younger viewers.

How Netflix and Amazon Are Changing the Indie Movie Business

The leading subscription services are flush with cash, and they're eager to buy hot titles on the festival circuits. For first-time directors, that often means trading a theatrical release for a guaranteed payday.

Comcast Talks Xfinity Instant TV, Which May Appear Later in 2017

A revamped version of the company's Comcast Stream service could go for $15 per month, but top execs are skeptical about OTT.

Facebook's Premium Video Section Will Arrive in Mid-August

The social network has been planning an assault on the TV ad market for some time now, and viewers will soon see the results.

Imagine Report Sees Momentum on Move to Unified Distribution

A report from Imagine Communications lists the top objections broadcasters have to a unified HTTP distribution system, but the company sees increased interest.

Roku Most Popular Streaming Device, Takes Crown from Chromecast

This is a good time to plan an IPO: Roku has risen to become the most popular video streaming device, while the Apple TV falls farther and farther behind.

Facebook Approves Cameras and Software for Live 360 Ready Program

The 11 cameras and 7 software suites approved in the Live 360 Ready program have been proven to work with the live streams, and can carry a Facebook Live logo.

ZoneTV Announces AI-Driven Customizable Pay TV Channel Service

With help from Microsoft and Ooyala, ZoneTV is creating a system that streams online videos to pay TV users and learns from their preferences.

Security Pros Respond to New Challenges: Ransomware, Drones

When security solutions are too difficult to use, creatives ignore them. What's needed is an approach that's both unified and simple. Luckily, help is on the way.

Barclays Analyst Sees Massive Cord-Cutting in the Coming Decade

While pay TV companies struggle to adapt to new consumer demands, lower-priced streaming services will lead to a huge decline in affiliate fees.

Is Verizon's Video Throttling a Sign of Things to Come?

With mobile video on the rise, carriers have the choice of throttling data (and trashing net neutrality) or straining to keep up with their own unlimited plans.

YouTube and Jigsaw Use Search Redirects to Fight Terrorism

Extremist groups turn to video sharing sites to radicalize supporters and spread their message, but a YouTube strategy will help counter those efforts.

Artificial Intelligence Doubles Video Analytics Market in 5 Years

Telling video providers how their content is doing isn't enough. Tomorrow's video services will rely on AI and machine learning to improve performance.

TV Time-Shifting Most Popular During Mornings and Primetime

An Alphonso report looks at when viewers are more likely to see TV ads live and when they're more likely to DVR right past them.

Netflix Posts Strong Subscriber Numbers, Now Bigger Overseas

The subscription video leader's global strategy is paying off, as Netflix now has more non-U.S. subscribers than U.S. subscribers. But is this strategy sustainable?

Viewers Will Stream 47 Minutes of Video Per Day in 2017: Zenith

Streaming time will shoot up this year, and a dramatic increase in mobile viewing is the reason why. Viewing time for non-mobile devices is flat.

DirecTV Now to Beta Test Cloud DVR Storage Later This Summer

Starting this fall, DirecTV Now and DirecTV app users will be the first to get live TV pausing and parental controls, as well as the cloud DVR.

Streaming Video or Pay TV? It Depends on the Age of the Viewer

When people with both pay TV and SVOD subscriptions were asked to make a choice, young viewers overwhelmingly preferred streaming.

Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Rule: 59% in U.S. Have a Subscription

When deciding on a streaming video service, Americans look to the big three first, with few ignoring them in favor of niche content providers.

Facebook and YouTube Neck-and-Neck in Live Stream Battle

Live video streaming is a regular activity for half of online consumers in the United States, with breaking news the most popular category.

Make.TV Takes $8.5M in Funding, Will Open U.S. Headquarters

The company will expand development of its live video ingest and distribution system, which relies on cloud-based applications.

JW Player Opens Live Streaming to All Enterprise Customers

The company's enterprise platform customers can now deliver live streams to viewers while monitoring audience counts in real-time.

Vimeo Ends Plans for Indie Subscription Streaming Video Service

Are there already too many SVODs on the market, even those dedicated to art house-lovers? IAC decides to scrap plans for its own competing service.

The Humane Society Streams Lifesaving Missions Live to Supporters

Cellular bonding solutions have changed the game for the venerable animal welfare organization, which is able to go live from all locations in all kinds of conditions.

5G Seen as Crucial to the Development of Merged Reality

The rise of virtual spaces could dramatically change how people work, play, and interact. Before that happens, VR needs stable and fast wireless connectivity.

With $40M Investment, Great Big Story Eyes OTT and Skinny Bundles

CNN is once again funding Great Big Story, this time as it expands into a 24-7 digital network streaming through OTT and skinny bundle services.

Sling TV Is the Most Popular Skinny Bundle, in Over 2M US Homes

While Sling has more customers, DirecTV Now subscribers stream more hours per month. ComScore sheds light on skinny bundle viewing.

Low-Quality Streaming Reduces OTT Viewer Loyalty, Finds Akamai

Using biometric tests, Akamai learned exactly how disengaged and unhappy viewers become after experiencing even minor streaming issues.

Vice Takes $450M in Funding, Plans Massive Millennial Library

The millennial media company isn't known for scripted content, but that could change with the debut of Vice Studios. Is an IPO in the near future?

Sports-Streaming FuboTV Raises $55M, Plans Content Expansion

This sports-focused skinny bundle offers big league and college action, as well as traditional pay TV fare. Investors see a Spotify for TV.

AOL Builds a Live TV Studio in the Heart of Greenwich Village

The AOL Build Studio isn't just the home of the company's popular online chat show—it's a multiplatform celebrity-driven content-generating machine.

YouTube Details 4 Steps for Reducing Extremist Videos on Platform

Remove, flag, bury, and retarget: When it comes to taking extremist and hateful speech from its network, YouTube shows it has plenty of options.

Conviva Takes $40M in Funding, Plans Product and Sales Expansions

Artificial intelligence will play a key role in the company's future success, Conviva believes, helping it stand apart from its competition.

Streaming for Good: Online Video Companies Are Feeling Charitable

Many companies in the online video industry put their money and their employees to good use, actively supporting causes they care about. Here's an overview of how they give back.

TDG Defines the Four Types of Subscription Video Streamers

All adult SVOD users can be broken into four mutually exclusive groups, research says, and surprisingly few of them are cord-cutters.

77% of Viewers Want a la Carte Channel Selection, Finds TiVo

While consumers still want a la carte service, which no provider offers, they're willing to pay less for an ideal lineup than they used to be.

BlueFrame Debuts Free OTT Platform for College Sports Streaming

College sports organizations can stream to fans on four connected TV platforms free for one year, and at a low monthly cost after that.

Long-Form Rules: Long Video Now Leads on Every Size Screen

Previously, mobile viewers spent more time watching short-form videos. That's no longer the case as even phone viewers go long.

40% Prefer to Stream Movies and TV Shows, 26% Prefer to Download

In our always-connected culture, people would rather stream videos when they want to watch them rather than downloading them ahead of time.

Kaltura TV Platform Gets Akamai Predictive Content Downloading

Targeted at media companies, the service will intelligently learn what content consumers enjoy and download it before they ask.

Blackfire RED Aims to Save Consumers From 'Entertainment Islands'

With RED, Blackfire envisions a home network of compatible devices that can all send and receive audio and video streams where needed.

Video Will Comprise 82% of All Net Traffic in 5 Years, Says Cisco

Cord cutting households use far more data than their pay TV peers, and the number of households using 1 TB of bandwidth per month is rising.

Facebook Live Videos Now Support Closed Captions for Publishers

Publishers can add standard pre-written captions or work with third-party providers to insert real-time captions into the live stream.

Netflix Will Grow to 128M Global Subscribers by 2022, Up 44%

Despite being locked out of China—the world's largest market—Netflix shows impressive foreign growth. But a new Russian law could spell trouble.

Apple TV Subscribers Can Soon Enjoy Amazon Video Streaming

Forget the HomePod speaker: For Apple TV owners, the big WWDC news is that the Apple TV will soon gain an Amazon Prime Video app.

YouTube Instructs Creators on Keeping Channels Ad-Friendly

After dealing with angry advertisers, YouTube had to deal with angry video creators. New guidelines help communicate what brands are looking for.

Plex Announces Live Local TV Service for Plex Pass Subscribers

Expanding beyond its media server beginnings, Plex wants to be a fully-featured cord cutting solution. The company also improved its DVR feature.

Rheo Offers a Curated Lean Back Video Viewing Experience

Rather that selecting videos by genre, Rheo viewers indicate their mood and let the platform do the rest. Content can be boosted or skipped.

Global Average Internet Connection Speed Rises to 7.2 Mbps

South Korea enjoys the fastest average connection speed in the world, while Washington D.C. is the speed leader in the United States.

When Giants Face Off: Ooyala Files Lawsuit Against Brightcove

Did Brightcove misappropriate Ooyala trade secrets to win over customers in Latin America? That's what Ooyala asserts in a six-count filing.

Panopto Adds RTMP Ingest, Multi-Camera Live Streaming for Enterprise

Upgrades to the enterprise platform make it easier to reach viewers around the globe and send multiple streams without the need for live switching.

Data Is Driving the Video Viewing Experience in 2017, Finds Ooyala

The increased use of data lets publishers satisfy viewers, provide customized experiences, and grow their businesses, notes Ooyala's industry report.

AR Use Will Grow 30% This Year, VR Will Grow 110%: eMarketer

Despite positive growth, both areas see low monthly active adoption. Most AR use is on Snapchat, while 360-videos and photos make up most VR.

Brightcove Announces Context-Aware Encoding, Up to 50% Savings

Rather than forcing content into pre-determined adaptive bitrate ladders, this system creates a unique ladder for each piece of video.

Facebook and MLB Agree to Live Stream 20 Games This Season

Financial terms were not disclosed and the full schedule has not been revealed, but fans will be able to enjoy the streams free from local blackouts.

SME '17: OTT Needs to Offer Higher Quality Than TVE, Says BAMTech

Churn rate is the most important indicator of a streaming service's health, and over-the-top video providers can't take risks with the user experience.

SME '17: Hulu Explains Challenges of Merging Live TV and SVOD

Blending live television and video-on-demand for millions of viewers is anything but simple, especially when each content provider has its own way of storing information. Here's how Hulu's team solved multiple crises.

ComScore Debuts OTT Measurement Service for Streamed Content

The mystery of what we're all streaming on our set-top boxes and connected TVs is about to be revealed—for ComScore subscribers only.

56% of Adults Have a Streaming-Enabled TV, Finds IAB Study

The number of people with an internet-connected television has shot up in the last two years, as has the amount of time people spend watching streamed programming.

Microsoft Debuts AI Cloud Service for Video at Build Conference

AI provides a simple and fast way to harvest a variety of metadata from video libraries. With this addition to Microsoft's Cognitive Services, developers can try it out for free.

PBS Kids Intros Streaming Video Stick With an Offline Option

It's shaped like a race car and it comes with a kid-friendly remote. How cute is that? It also doesn't need Wi-Fi to entertain young viewers.

New Online Video Talent Wanted at Astronauts Wanted NewFront

Astronauts Wanted is pairing with Snarled to launch an incubator program that will develop the next must-watch online video series.

In it's First NewFront, Entrepreneur Makes a Pitch—or Several

Entrepreneur plans to launch 37 new video series in the year ahead. Several of its stars took the stage to pitch their projects to Madison Avenue.

68% Say Social Networks Most Important for Video Advertising

According to a survey from Trusted Media Brands, social networks rule for ROI and engagement, but fail to provide strong measurement and reporting.

In NewFront Presentation, BBC Introduces Itself to Ad Community

The BBC held its first newfront presentation today, choosing to explain its reach and reputation to the ad community—and why that matters for U.S. companies.

Vice Serves Up Brand Safety and Boxing at NewFront Presentation

In today's advertising climate, even Vice needs to assure advertisers their messages will find a brand-safe home on its platform.

Time Announces Sports Illustrated OTT Service to Launch This Fall

At the CNN NewFront, Casey Neistat revealed that his video-focused news channel will debut on YouTube and Facebook this summer.

YouTube Announces Original Programming, Partners with Ellen

In a streaming world dominated by ad-free SVOD originals, YouTube will create ad-supported series with a small assortment of proven online talents.

Hulu Announces Live TV Service, Over 50 Channels for $39.99

The plan includes all four major broadcast networks, live sports, a 50-hour cloud DVR, and access to the company's on-demand library. Ad-free viewing is a $4 extra.

Disney Launches Digital Network, Collection of Over 300 Accounts

Both Disney and Defy Media promised advertisers premium originals that reach generation Z and millennial viewers on a variety of platforms.

The Many Generation Z Video Services Are Due for a Shakeup

There's a lot of original online video being created for young viewers. It's hard for the players to stand apart when they all look the same.

Twitter All in With Sports, News, Entertainment Video at NewFront

At its first newfront, Twitter announced deals with the WNBA, MLBAM, NFL, the Players' Tribune, PGA, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, LiveNation, and more.

BitTorrent Live Video Service Closing in Weeks, Says Report

After one year on the market, the P2P live video service didn't offer much content and was unable to raise funds to form a new company.

NAB 17: Google Panel Talks to Broadcasters in Transition

What was once an asset is now a liability: Big broadcasters race to unlearn old methods, while using new data sources to better serve their viewers.

NAB 17: Ericsson and Partners Create Content Discovery Ecosystem

A newly reorganized Ericsson media team unveils a system for building viewer loyalty and growing revenue, but a larger vision for the year ahead is lacking.

NAB 17: IneoQuest Recommends Data to Determine Quality Issues

Quality metrics defined by the Streaming Video Alliance provide a useful framework for understanding delivery issues, but aren't the full solution.

NAB 17: EU Privacy Changes Raise Alarms, Covatic Offers Solution

In May 2018, sweeping consumer privacy rules will change the way companies doing business in the EU can collect and store data. Is this the end to viewer personalization?

NAB 17: Microsoft Announces Partners, Prepares for Transition

No longer a side business, streaming video is now part of the core business. Microsoft announces partnerships with Avid and VDMS to support the cloud transformation.

NAB 17: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Delivers Anti-Regulation Keynote

Net neutrality was not on the agenda, as Pai expressed a zeal for clearing out regulations and getting the government out of the way of business.

NAB 17: Consumers Prefer Watching Video on Mobile Devices

Accenture surveyed video viewers around the globe, and found that the preference for video viewing on a television set is sharply declining.

NAB 17: As Cord-Nevers Get Older, They Still Don't Want Pay TV

The cable and satellite industries have a problem, Parks Associates warns: Fresh research says once a cord-never, always a cord-never.

60% of Our Traffic Is From Mobile, Says CBS, and That's Low

At an NAB keynote, Jim Lanzone of CBS Interactive explains why mobile, social, and OTT are the big industry drivers, and why revenue diversification is a good thing.

NAB 17: Verimatrix Combines DRM, Watermarking, and Analytics

The latest version of Verimatrix MultiRights OTT Plus goes beyond rights management and adds security and usage analytics, as well.

TV Everywhere at All-Time High: 20.5% Watch TVE Content Monthly

Living room streaming is on the rise, finds Adobe, while mobile and web browsers are declining. Get an exclusive first look at Adobe's latest report.

Haivision and Wowza Launch SRT Alliance for Low-Latency Streaming

The SRT protocol, which can provide latency at 500ms, is going open source. The SRT Alliance encourages developers to contribute improvements.

YouTube Live Growing Far Faster Than Twitch, Finds Streamlabs

However, for dedicated live video streamers trying to earn a living, Twitch is a better bet thanks to its long-term connections with fans.

Ericsson Debuts MediaFirst Management Controller at NAB

With the release of this and MediaFirst Encoding Live 8.1, the company creates an agile, software-based way for operators to manage encoding and streaming.

Beamr Adds Content-Adaptive Encoding to 5x HEVC Release

By adding automatic content detection at scale, Beamr says it can provide 4K HEVC video under 10 Mbps, and do away with the need for profiles.

Ads on Vimeo? VHX OTT Platform Now Allows Ad-Supported Tiers

VHX gains a variety of useful features, including the ability to show ads from Google DoubleClick for Publishers and SDKs for creating custom apps.

Akamai Announces Broadcast-Quality Live Linear Streaming Solution

With LiveOrigin, Akamai hopes to make live linear streams as reliable as broadcast, with low latency and an emphasis on content ingestion.

24% of U.S. Adults Use Social Media to Comment on TV Shows

However, only 9% do so regularly, finds Ring Digital, suggesting that multitasking while watching TV isn't a popular activity.

47% of Online Streamers Rate Rebuffering Most Frustrating Problem

What makes consumers angry? Rebuffering tops the list. A Mux survey shows viewers will only tolerate 3 rebuffering episodes before abandoning a video.

Ramp and MovingImage Team Up to Improve Corporate Intranet Video

With companies streaming more live and on-demand video internally, network strain is putting a crimp on quality. Two enterprise leaders offer a solution.

Brightcove Announces Live Video Platform to Reduce Complexity

Creating live channels, transferring live content to video-on-demand libraries, and monetizing live streams are all goals of the Brightcove Live platform.

YouTube Sets Limits on Which Partner Channels Can Show Ads

Channels in the YouTube Partner Program now need 10,000 lifetime views to qualify for ads, and must be reviewed for policy compliance.

YouTube Debuts YouTube TV in 5 Cities, Includes Free Chromecast

Now in the skinny bundle business, YouTube offers an unlimited cloud DVR and access to YouTube Red originals. It's still a work in progress, though.

Verizon Announces Media Xperience Studio for OTT Optimization

MX Studio goes beyond the end-to-end delivery VDMS offers, delivering analytics, aiding discovery, and pulling app-creation in-house.

Amazon Wins NFL Bidding With $50M Offer, Limited to Prime Subs

The war for online rights to Thursday Night Football are over and Amazon has won. But with access limited to Prime subscribers, are fans the losers?

V-Nova Announces Perseus Version 2, to Debut at NAB Conference

A lighter Perseus codec will help content providers save money with greater encoding density, while streaming higher-quality video over any network.

Verizon Will Launch Skinny Bundle TV Service This Summer

Verizon has also launched the 3.0 version of Go90, its ad-supported streaming service for millennials, now featuring more focused content areas.

Premium Hollywood Movies Might Stream Sooner, Say Reports

Online consumers want to be able to rent premium movies sooner after their release, but will they accept $30 to $50 rental prices?

Who Will Get Streaming Rights to NFL Thursday Night Football?

Twitter is again competing against Google, Facebook, and Amazon, but the social network's viewership was low last season. Will another site take the ball?

YouTube Responds to Advertiser Pullout, Offers Stronger Controls

It's been a challenging week for the leading online video destination, as hundreds of advertisers have pulled ads after learning they supported hate videos.

Young Adults Spend More Time With Digital Media Than Live TV

In a sign of things to come, young adults show a clear preference for online media, including streamed video and apps, a ComScore report shows.

73% Binge Watch, 99% of Young Adults Multitask While Viewing

Binge watching while multitasking: How Americans watch TV today. Deloitte Digital Democracy study shows a distracted viewership.

Dutch Telecom Altice Acquiring Video Advertiser Teads for $308M

Merging video publishing and video advertising on a global scale, the purchase will create a powerhouse for reaching targeted consumers on any screen.

Akamai Intros Media Acceleration for OTT, Video Game Publishers

Turning last-mile delivery problems on their head, Akamai creates a customer-focused method for avoiding video congestion.

19% of Video Streamers Pay for 3 or More Services: 451 Research

Consumers are creating their own tailored bundles, blending together multiple subscription and a la carte offerings.

22% of U.S. Broadband Homes Without Pay TV, Says TDG Report

The percent of households without cable, satellite, or telco TV service has more than doubled in five years, giving way to lower-revenue bundles.

The State of Live Video 2017

All eyes were on Facebook Live last year, but the entire live streaming sector is undergoing explosive growth. Sports, TV streams, and personal video apps are all getting an upgrade.

The State of Media and Entertainment 2017

Now that the skinny bundle is finally here, what's next? Look for more bundles, more niche OTT offerings, and lots more VR in the year ahead (but—sadly—no a la carte plans).

Mobile Video Views Continue to Climb, Now 56% of Global Starts

Mobile is dominant for video starts everywhere but North America, Ooyala finds. Nearly half of smartphone watch time is for long-form video.

Collide Debuts at SXSW, Offers Celebrity Access and Monetization

The latest live streaming service promises exclusive videos from Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey, and Sofia Vergara, and perhaps even a phone call.

Pay TV Lost 1.8M Subscribers in 2016 as Cord-Cutting Accelerates

The rate of decline for cable has slowed in the U.S., while telcos bled the most in anticipation of AT&T U-verse's planned phase out.

Sling TV Offers 50-Hour Cloud DVR to Amazon Device Owners

The skinny bundle becomes a lot more useful with the addition of a 50-hour cloud DVR, but that service comes with an additional $5 monthly fee.

Streaming Video Services Now as Popular as Pay TV, Says the CTA

Viewers are embracing the freedom to stream video at any time on any device, and they're watching a lot more of it.

64% of Adults Use an SVOD Service, Up 8% From the Previous Year

Subscribers are happy with the content and price of their streaming services, although two-thirds would consider a commercial-sponsored free tier, if available.

Vimeo Announces 360 Video Support and a Creator Marketplace

Aiming to demystify 360 video creation, Vimeo is offering educational tools to help people get started, as well as a sales channel for monetizing content.

YouTube Announces YouTube TV, a Value-Priced Skinny Bundle

While channel selection is limited, the unlimited cloud DVR helps make up for it. Look for the $35 monthly service to debut this spring.

MWC: Pilot Program Downloads Premium Video Before It's Requested

In a one-month trial, Ericsson, Telstra, and Fox Innovation Lab will pre-download new releases, which consumers can then buy or rent.

ComScore Adds Mobile YouTube Measurement to its Metrics

For many viewers, mobile devices are the only way they access YouTube videos. This move greatly expands views and reach for top creators.

The Top 3 Developments Needed to Drive Mobile Video: Cartesian

While mobile video is taking off, it's largely taking off in the home. Operators and phone makers need to make changes for outside-the-home viewing to grow.

Kaltura Announces Simple One-Touch Lecture Capture Solution

College professors don't need to be video experts with Kaltura Lecture Capture which offers one-button recording. Live video support is in the works.

MobiTV Takes $21M in Funding, Will Expand IP Delivery Platform

The MobiTV Connect Platform, which helps pay TV operators make the transition to IP delivery, will get much of the investment.

Ericsson Looks to 5G's Future, Launches Platform for First Movers

It's time for operators to begin experimenting with 5G services, says Ericsson, so it's rolled out a platform that lets them test high-bandwidth offerings.

Facebook Announces Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung TV Apps

Facebook videos are no longer limited to desktop and mobile screens, as members can access their feeds and view recommendations on connected TVs.

Startup Airwavz.tv Plans Mobile Phone Case for Cord-Cutters

View local channels on-the-go and store recordings with a built-in DVR. The Quarterback case should launch this year for Android and iOS.

Instart Logic Creates CDN Model Based on Revenue Improvements

Content delivery is a commodity now, says upstart Instart Logic, which believes CDNs should only charge when they add value for their clients.

Verizon and AwesomenessTV Kill Premium Service Before it Launches

Does Verizon have a game plan? The chaos coming out of its video division suggests a mad scramble for Gen Z viewers, but no real results.

TouchCast Lets the Enterprise Go Live With Interactive Elements

The company's TouchCast Studio product gets a live video upgrade, offering secure live corporate streaming from an iPad app.

YouTube Expands Live Mobile Streaming, Adds Monetization Feature

Previously only available to select creators, YouTube's mobile live streaming is now an option for anyone with 10,000 subscribers.

Video Will Be 78% of Mobile Data Traffic by 2021, Says Cisco

By the year 2021, more people will have a mobile device than have running water. Live video especially is poised for strong mobile growth.

Vizio Pays Fines to FTC and NJ for Information Privacy Violations

The TV maker collected a range of viewing and demographic data from 11 million households for 3 years without authorization, and is paying modest fines.

Haivision Debuts Platform for Live Enterprise Video Streaming

The Haivision Media Platform promises secure low-latency live video from any location, and offers three editions for different needs.

Super Bowl LI Attracts 7M Streaming Viewers, 108M for Broadcast

Fox Sports streamed the Super Bowl without authentication to 7 million viewers, but a fourth quarter app snafu marred a perfect game.

Will Snap IPO Go Boom or Bust? Looks to Raise $3 Billion

The disappearing picture and fun filter company plans to cash in with a valuation of up to $25 billion, but does the still unprofitable Snap have staying power?

Ooyala Starts Global Partner Program to Encourage Resellers

The program provides incentives for resellers to create deeper integrations with Ooyala by offering perks such as free training and product discounts.

Facebook Makes a Play for the Living Room TV, Creating Video App

The social network's video plans don't end with mobile devices and desktops: The company now wants to stream long-form premium content to TVs.

Video Production, Monetization Are Publishers' Biggest Challenges

In 2017, publishers need a lot of fresh video content to attract viewers and advertisers, but that means hiring more producers, editors, and salespeople.

Streaming the Super Bowl Will Be a Letdown for Many, Says Cedexis

While one company says 16 percent of the audience will stream the big game, Cedexis says those viewers will get a sub-par experience compared to broadcast.

Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Emphasize Longer Videos, Mid-Rolls

It will now consider completion percentage when ranking videos, and put more weight behind long-form videos than shorter ones.

T-Mobile Offers Free Year of Hulu for AT&T DirecTV Now Switchers

Unhappy with DirecTV Now service? T-Mobile is making the most of AT&T's misfire by throwing switchers a year of Hulu service.

A Change in Direction for Go90 as Verizon Fires 155 Workers

Verizon's free app-based video bundle for mobile-using millennials never found an audience. Now, the team behind Vessel will rebuild it.

Ajit Pai to Lead FCC, Signals Changes to Net Neutrality Rules

A longtime voice of dissent at the FCC, Pai is expected to reduce media regulations and open the door for more big media mergers.

Livestream Offers Simulcast Streaming to YouTube, Periscope, More

With Livestream's RTMP streaming ability, customers can stream to multiple RTMP-enabled sites at once or to Facebook Live (they'll have to chose).

Presidential Inauguration Enjoyed Record Live Streaming: Akamai

The CDN reported a record peak of 8.7 Tbps on Friday, serving 4.6 million concurrent live video viewers for its broadcast clients.

Encompass and Fastly Partner for Speedy Video File Delivery

Viewers expect a high level of service, whether they're watching on desktops or mobile devices. This partnership is intended to assure that quality.

19% of Consumers Who Pirate Would Stop if Educated About Damages

Many consumers don't realize video piracy is a crime and, thanks to increasingly sophisticated pirate sites, others don't know what offers are legitimate.

Kudelski Group Takes on the NFL Over Patent Infringement

The Kudelski Group and subsidiary OpenTV have sued the biggest names in streaming in the last few years. Now, the NFL joins the list.

DirecTV Now Faces Subscriber Complaints Over Performance Issues

AT&T is a piñata, and tech journalists are lining up to have a swing. Subscribers are seeing red over buffering, outages, and the lack of refunds.

To Test a Video Device for Seniors, Go Where the Seniors Are

In order to find out how seniors feel about its video calling solution, a young executive moves in. Messaging matters, he finds out, and some assumptions are offensive.

What the Kids Are Watching: The World of Tween Live Streaming

Personality-driven live streaming apps have become a huge trend for tweens and teens, but people over 30 don't know anything about them.

Apple Plans Original Video Expansion, Courts Veteran Producers

The company will use original series and movies to attract more subscribers to Apple Music, not to launch a streaming video service.

Playmaker and iStreamPlanet Announce Long-Term Partnership

The name BAMTech didn't come up in the companies' statement, but competition from the MLB spin-off has everything to do with it.

Facebook Will Show Mid-Roll Ads After the 20-Second Mark

The move will offer a new revenue stream for publishers, and encourage them to post more premium video to the platform.

CES 2017: Inside Sling TV's Widely Leaked AirTV Set-Top Box

The AirTV combines local and streaming channels in one convenient grid, and deserved more buzz than it got.

CES 2017: Niche Players Make a Rush to OTT, Says Brightcove

Thanks to low cost solutions, such as Brightcove's template-based OTT Flow, smaller media companies are creating their own niche SVOD offerings

Standalone Apps Outperforming TVE, Don't Require Authentication

In its State of the Broadcast Industry report, Ooyala sees strong growth for connected TVs and VR headsets, but says AR and 360° video has an advantage.

CES 2017: Tablo Offers Two New Options for Accessing OTA Video

Cord-cutters will appreciate accessing channels with a fast HDMI connection, as well as storing recordings on a cloud DVR.

CES 2017: Mohu Antenna Combines OTA and OTT in Wireless Device

Cord cutters know they can get over-the-air channels for free, but constantly switching TV inputs is a hassle. One company provides an elegant solution.

CES 2017: Cisco Looks at Challenges Facing Streaming Providers

The future of living room video includes conversational interfaces and TV sets that know who's in the room and what they want to watch. But will viewers feel comfortable with that level of intelligence?

CES 2017: For LG TVs, W Is for Wallpaper, Window, and Wow

LG's lineup of OLED TVs for 2017 are thinner than ever for an immersive viewing experience. Nano Cell technology improves color reproduction.

CES 2017: For Samsung, Q Is for Quantum, Quality, and QLED

Samsung says the Quantum Dot Technology in its QLED lineup will deliver unparalleled color reproduction at any brightness.

CES 2017: For Panasonic, Imaging Is a Mickey Mouse Business

Panasonic signs with the Magic Kingdom, while its flagship Lumix GH5 offers professional features, such as 4K 60p/50p video recording, for under $2K.

CES 2017: Sony Announces 3 Bravia OLED Sets, No Speakers Required

The screen is the speaker for the Bravia OLED A1E series where the image itself vibrates to produce the audio, possible thanks to a slimmer design.

Streaming Video Alliance Begins First Tests of Open Caching

Hoping to optimize video delivery and improve the video streaming experience, several SVA member companies are testing an approved specification.

Snapchat Invests in AR; Twitter Begins 360° Live Streaming

Snap Inc. has dropped between $30 million and $40 million on an Israeli augmented reality company, but the real prize might be the company founders.

One-Third of U.S. Broadband Households Have Multiple OTT Subs

"Service stacking," where households sign up for more than one over-the-top video service, is about to become the new normal.

Hulu Signs Exclusive License to Stream Several Disney Films

Prior to launching its skinny bundle service, Hulu makes a plea to families by adding scores of movies from Disney studios.

Buffering Is the Biggest Online Video Frustration, Then Quality

If a video buffers three times, 78% of the audience clicks away. OTT adoption is strong, but the same problems continue plaguing the industry, finds Limelight.

40% Watch an Hour or More Smartphone Video Each Week: Report

The Streaming Video Alliance's mobile video report shows that people love viewing mobile video at home, hate data limits, and still flock to YouTube.

Viewers Overwhelmingly Want a la Carte TV Channel Selection

Will pay TV providers finally offer a la cart selection in 2017? PwC say it would win back dissatisfied cord-cutters and cord-nevers.

Adobe Launches Primetime Planning Platform for Streamed Video Ads

With the TV Media Management platform, broadcasters and agencies can forecast demographic availability for IP content months in advance.

Instart Logic Fires Latest Salvo in War With Ad Blockers

Ad blockers can't fight what they can't see, says Instart Logic. Its Ad Integrity solution aims to make ads invisible and indistinguishable.

D.C., Delaware, Utah Enjoy Fastest Connection Speeds in the U.S.

Akamai's State of the Internet report for Q3 2016 shows South Korea holding onto its global lead, although it's slipping and Hong Kong is ready to take its place.

Twitter Gets Live Video Creation; Does Periscope Have a Future?

In order to battle Facebook Live, Twitter adds live video creation to tweets. While that's a smart move, the change eliminates the need for the Periscope app.

Expect Broadcasters to Demand Access to Platform Data in 2017

Social platforms Facebook and Instagram are turning out huge views for sports broadcasters, but the broadcasters aren't getting much info in return. Look for that to change.

Top Shopping Sites Have 2.7M Listings for Video Piracy Devices

E-commerce sites including Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba have millions of listings for products that let consumers subscribe to pirate online video platforms.

Sinclair Puts Online Video Over-the-Air With Upcoming TBD Network

Can millennials be lured back to standard television? In 2017, TBD will deliver videos from popular web studios to broadcast viewers.

Video Encoder Beamr Takes $4M in Funding from Verizon Ventures

The company plans to grow its business in Europe in 2017, and spur applications for its content adaptive encoding software in several industries.

Skeptics Unite! VR Is Half-Baked, Far From Ready for the Masses

What's so great about turning your head? For all the talk of immersive virtual reality experiences, this columnist sees only heavily-pixilated, nausea-inducing video.

The 10 Year View: What Will Online Video Look Like in 2026?

There's a vast generation gap in how Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers access and enjoy online video, so what will the area look like when Millennials get older?

Netflix Announces Offline Downloading for iOS and Android Devices

Frequent flyers and train riders rejoice as Netflix announces an untethered option. The full catalog isn't supported and details are scarce.

Bitmovin Releases API to Simplify Video Development and Delivery

Patchwork video workflows happen when companies add different providers to their video workflows, and they can seriously hamper quality and development.

AT&T Announces DirecTV Now Launch With $35 Plan, $5 HBO and Cinemax

Customers will be able to stream over 100 channels for $35 per month, but AT&T hasn't announced what those channels are. CBS won't be bundled at launch.

Launching Alpha: Creating a New OTT Service

Alpha launched this week with content from Legendary Digital Networks' Nerdist and Geek and Sundry, with an emphasis on live video and online community

Connected TV Use Grows 50% in Past Year, Smartphone Use Decreases

When streaming, consumers choose the biggest screen around, especially for binge viewing. Connected TV adoption is small, but growing quickly.

Hulu Acquires Video Genome Project to Improve Recommendations

When consumers have access to an almost unlimited supply of premium content, surfacing programs they'll enjoy becomes a major challenge.

Akamai Announces CMAF Support to Simplify Transcoding, Storage

Could there actually be one format to rule them all? Akamai becomes an early endorser of the Common Media Application Format, which is still a draft.

Brightcove Releases Social Network Distribution Tool for Video

With Brightcove Social, publishers can upload native video to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, as well as their own web properties.

Internal Video Support Important to 90% of Enterprise Customers

Organizations create and watch internally-focused video at a much higher rate than they did in 2015, and see desktop and mobile video support as essential.

Adobe Will Acquire Video Advertising DSP TubeMogul for $540M

The combined independent solution will let agencies and brands buy targeted ad placement across desktop, mobile and television.

JW Player Launches Live Solution, Promises Ease for Publishers

JW Live, the company's cloud-based live video solution, transcodes video into multiple bitrates and resolutions, while offering real-time viewer data.

YouTube Adds Support for HDR Video on Compatible Screens

While most viewers don't yet have a TV that can display high dynamic range content, YouTube is taking an early position in supporting the rich color technology.

Ericsson: Mobile Video Viewing Grows 200 Hours Yearly Since 2012

Mobile viewing is up, total screen time is up, and living room viewing falls. Finding programs worth watching is easier on VOD services.

SMW '16: 'Always Be Hacking' Says Viacom, Engineer the Future

When companies create a company-wide engineering culture, they allow new ideas to flourish while ensuring that all teams work together.

Find an Audience: Adobe Debuts the Social Publishing Panel

Premiere Pro video editors now have a built-in tool that takes the difficulty out of multi-platform posting and building a following online.

SMW '16: Roku Sees Huge Changes Coming to OTT and Advertising

As broadcasters launch OTT apps, they're attracting massive audiences and changing the economics of streaming. Look for targeted ad tech to come to OTT.

Ramp Offers Management Tool for Multicast Video Provisioning

For global companies, deploying live video events to multiple remote offices can quickly become a challenge. Ramp's console aims for simplicity.

Giphy Creates an Exit Strategy for Vine Creators to Store Videos

While Vine is no more, its creators are looking ahead with a new live video app called Hype. Streamers can use it to mix video, music, and animation.

Twitter Announces End of Vine, Video Creators Feel the Loss

While Vine's audience wasn't large, it was passionate. The death of the six-second video network leaves a surprisingly large hole in social media.

ComScore Video Ad Measurement Comes to the Roku Platform

Brands and publishers will be able to target viewers and measure results using the same campaign metrics they get with other platforms.

Apple Introduces TV, An App for Tracking Online Shows and Movies

Trying to remember where a streaming show is located can be a pain. Apple takes the sting out of video apps by creating one app to rule them all.

Dailymotion Selects Streamroot for Peer-to-Peer Video Streaming

Streamroot says its P2P tech cuts CDN use by 90 percent while improving performance. But can it deliver for one of the world's biggest video sites?

AT&T Gives a Price to DirecTV Now: $35/Month for 100 Channels

In a surprise move, AT&T's CEO says the skinny bundle will come with 100 premium channels and no "junk nobody wants."

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Leading in OTT Subscriptions, Finds Parks

Sling TV makes a big jump in the top 10, but skinny bundles in the works from DirecTV and Hulu are certain to shake things up.

JW Player Intros Video Recommendation System to Drive Engagement

Get more video views while boosting engagement and advertising. That's the promise of JW Player's data-driven recommendation engine.

Publishers and Brands Chart the Future at First Live Fronts

The inaugural Live Front conference gave the New York media world a place to come together and discuss the opportunities and risks of live online video.

Wicket Labs Launches, Offers Cloud API Testing and Monitoring

Created by a former CEO for thePlatform, the company automates cloud API monitoring and provides feedback in easy-to-understand language.

Netflix Taking Additional $1B Debt to Finance Original Content

Hits like House of Cards, Daredevil, and Stranger Things don't come cheap. Netflix makes a break from licensed content.

YouTube Reportedly in Talks with CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox for OTT

A low-priced skinny bundle called YouTube Unplugged may launch early in 2017, with 2 or 3 major broadcasters providing channels.

NBA and NextVR Offer Basketball Fans One Game Per Week in VR

Anyone with a Samsung Gear VR and a compatible phone can test it during the free trial on October 27. After that, it requires a League Pass subscription.

Vudu Announces Free Movie Tier, Competes With Crackle, Yahoo

Frugal viewers now have another option as Vudu adds thousands of ad-supported movies and shows to its rental offerings.

Netflix Subscribers, Earnings Way Up; Wall Street Gets it Wrong

While U.S. subscriber growth is slowing, it's not slowing as much as analysts predicted. International expansion helps boost returns.

JW Player Announces VR and 360° Video Creation SDKs

Publishers can quickly create cost-effective VR apps and experiences, then play them on desktop computers or mobile devices.

Live.me Debuts a Shopping Solution for its Broadcasters

Launching with a hand-picked group of top personalities, the platform's shopping features let broadcasters sell original and Live.me-branded merchandise.

FameBit Now Part of Google/YouTube, Connects Brands With Talent

Google takes ownership of a three-year-old startup that provides a self-service marketplace where companies can hire video influencers.

Busker Adds Commerce to its Live Video Streaming Experience

Trying to compete with more established platforms YouNow and Live.me, Busker lets video creators sell physical or digital goods directly to fans.

Shudder Goes Into the Woods to Present a Master Class in Horror

The online horror movie service Shudder doesn't just want to show scary movies, it wants to nurture the next generation of horror movie-makers.

When it Comes to Video Ad-Blockers, Don’t Pity the Publishers

Poor online ad practices infuriated viewers and led to the rise of ad blockers. Now publishers are making the same mistakes all over again with OTT video.

Roku Introduces Direct Publisher for Code-Free Channel Creation

Publishers can add their content to Roku's cross-app search and discovery system, and have Roku manage all video ad sales.

Google Adds 4K and HDR to Chromecast Ultra, Competes With Roku

The Ultra keeps the Chromecast's compact size, adds 4K, and doubles the price. It's the cheapest 4K option, but will that be enough for shoppers?

Tout Takes $26M in Funding, Will Expand Biz-Dev and Sales

The video syndication service will also grow its efforts internationally, looking to expand its network of 2,800 sites.

Google Releases Dataset of 8M YouTube URLs for Video Research

For students and researchers working in fields like video modeling and representation learning, the set should be a huge help.

Publishers Explore New Forms of Content at NY Media Festival

The future of programming hasn't been decided yet, so companies are experimenting with new ways of attracting viewers and building relationships.

Global Average Connection Speed Decreased in Q2 2016: Akamai

While year-over-year growth is still strong, this quarter saw connectivity declines for many nations and U.S. states, reports Akamai.

Upcoming Amazon Fire TV Stick to Include Alexa Voice Assistance

The Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote will sell for $39.99, adding voice assistance that can find a movie, check the weather, and order a pizza.

Meet the Intern Who Knows What Videos You Want to Watch

Even a huge computing company (Adobe) can learn something from an employee at the bottom of the hierarchy (an intern). When Gang Wu spoke about the value of discarded information, Adobe was smart enough to listen.

Pay TV Subscriptions Down, Streaming Could Be Part of the Reason

11 percent of U.S. households have an SVOD account, but don't subscribe to pay TV, while streaming skinny bundles are still under 1 percent of the market.

Roku Refreshes Hardware Lineup, Adds Lower-Priced Entry Model

4K video support isn't limited to the top model anymore, as Roku now offers 4K in three of its devices. Buyers will also find upscaling, HDR support, and Dolby Digital.

Facebook Measurement Mistake Overstates Video View Time

For two years an error in how Facebook calculates average view time led to dramatically higher averages. The problem shows the need for third-party verification.

Mobile Devices Now Make Up 51% of Video Views: Ooyala Index

The Q2 report finds big changes in the tablet market: While iPads used to own a large majority of tablet video views, Android tablets are gaining ground.

Facebook and Twitter Will Live Stream Presidential and VP Debates

Online video, social networking, and presidential politics combine as both Facebook and Twitter will live stream the upcoming general election debates.

Ramp and Panopto Join Forces for Enterprise and Education

By combining Panopto's video platform and Ramp's enterprise CDN, the two offer unicast and multicast solutions for large organizations.

Video Piracy Report: Millennials Don't Know They're Stealing

A survey finds that 69 percent of young adults use some form of video piracy, and 24 percent think that certain types of piracy are actually legal.

DMEXCO 16: Twitter Offers First Public Demo of Magic Pony

Twitter is keen to democratize the online video experience, and that means offering high quality video over even poor connections.

DMEXCO 2016: Facebook Bets Big on a Virtual Reality Video Future

VR will be the third computing platform, following desktop and mobile. Think VR headsets are too cumbersome? The tech will improve rapidly.

Is VidCon a Must-Attend Conference for Video Professionals?

The annual convention about YouTube and creators gets bigger every year, but is it as important for our industry as NAB or IBC?

The Pontiff Speaks to a Digital Flock

Here's what happened when Pope Francis met with 11 of the world's biggest YouTube superstars.

Long in the Making, BitTorrent Live Is Finally a Reality

BitTorrent Live launched on Apple TV in May with a roster of small publishers, but the company promises bigger names by the end of the year

Video Quality Control Startup Mux Takes $2.8M in Seed Funding

Mux makes it simple for media companies to learn exactly what problems their viewers are experiencing, and then find solutions.

Panopto Takes $42.8M in Funding Round, Will Simplify Software

Capturing institutional video and streaming live events is still too challenging for many, and that's something Panopto plans to fix with this investment.

NBC Awards Self Gold Medal for Rio Olympic Games Coverage

2016 marks the year that viewers chose streaming over broadcast: Linear ratings were down, but live and on-demand streaming showed a big jump.

Operators Look for Acquisitions to Drive OTT Growth: ABI Research

The current wave of acquisitions and consolidation is all about going to market faster with new over-the-top services. That leaves smaller players scrambling.

Ooyala Announces AppStudio for Multi-Platform OTT Video

In September, Ooyala will release AppStudio, which combines app templates with backend tools designed to help distribute and monetize video.

Google Transitions Hangouts on Air Users to YouTube Live

While a blog post announced that users won't be able to create new Hangouts on Air sessions, the product is actually being shifted to the enterprise.

Twitter May Create Apple TV App for NFL Games, Other Live Video

It's one month until the kickoff of Twitter's Thursday night NFL streaming, and having a set-top box app would make its live video easier to find and enjoy.

Microsoft Buys Beam, Brings Interactivity to Live Game Streams

While startup Beam Interactive only launched in January, it's already made a big impression with online gamers and the team at Xbox.

Facebook Announces Video Insight Tools for Publishers and Brands

Media partners will better understand how audiences watch and share videos; tools will roll out to all video creators in the coming weeks.

Disney Invests $1B in BAMTech, Plans ESPN Subscription Service

The Walt Disney Company is making a pricey bet on the future of OTT services, purchasing a 33% stake in the MLBAM spin-off.

Hulu Drops Free TV and Movie Streaming, Yahoo Picks it Up

Hulu is no longer interested in free streaming, but Yahoo's video operations could use some focus. The two companies strike a deal for the future.

Kaltura Takes $50M in Pre-IPO Funding From Goldman Sachs

Rather than entering markets or creating products, Kaltura will use the funds to "double down" on its current business—but look for global acquisitions in the future.

Apple Reportedly Working on Online TV Programming Guide

According to unnamed industry sources, Apple is working with publishers and broadcasters to create a universal online TV directory.

Olympic Cloud and CDN Winners: Cedexis Awards Gold Medals

Which cloud providers and CDNs deliver the strongest performance in Brazil? As the Olympic action begins, Cedexis has already filled out the podium.

Time Warner Buys 10% of Hulu, Will Be Part of Skinny Bundle

Investing in the future of streaming media and pay TV, Time Warner spends $583 million for an equity stake in Hulu in an all-cash transaction.

YouTube: 97% of Traffic Now Served Via HTTPS Connections

Online video viewers now enjoy greater security during their YouTube sessions, in a move that also eliminated many types of errors.

Zype Announces Additional $2M in Seed Funding, for $3.6M Round

The investment will go to research and development efforts, as well as sales and marketing, says the OTT video distribution company.

Virtually Unlimited: Three Companies Push VR Into New Areas

Virtual reality video has uses beyond entertainment and gaming. Here's how it's making a different in the fields of advertising, medicine, and professional sports.

Scripps Networks Closes Syndicated Video Division, Fires Workers

While Scripps Lifestyle Networks served over 3 million ad impressions per day, changes in the programmatic marketplace made that difficult to maintain.

What Works Now: Videos Become Quirky, Funny, Bingeable, Snackable

Looking back at this year's newfront announcements, it's clear that long-form series are best left to the SVODs, while online publishers keep things short and breezy.

OTT Video Revenue to Swell to $65 Billion Worldwide by 2021

Subscription services currently make up the largest share of online video revenues, but advertising-based services will take the lead by 2020.

Olympics a Challenge for Cord-Cutters; Is Netflix the Answer?

Call it a pipe dream, but nearly one-third of Americans would like to watch Summer Olympics video live on Netflix. Does SVOD have a future with the IOC?

Ooyala Adds Server-Side Ad Insertion for Live Video Streams

Viewers will see targeted ads whether they view live or on-demand content, and frequency capping will keep viewers from feeling annoyed.

Maybe Cord-Cutting Isn't Slowing Down After All, Says GfK

In a survey of U.S. households, GfK finds evidence that more people are saying no to cable and satellite, with younger viewers leading the way.

52% of Colleges and Universities Use a Video Solution: Kaltura

Over half of higher education institutions now have a video solution integrated with their learning management solution, and video use is growing across the board.

Twitter Will Live Stream Three Bloomberg Daily TV Programs

Continuing its efforts to provide live video, Twitter joins with Bloomberg for financial programming. The platform announced a partnership with CBS earlier in the week.

Facebook Clarifies Community Standards for Live Video Approval

Following tragic shootings in Minnesota and Texas, Facebook found its live video streaming used for reasons it hadn't anticipated. When deciding what video to allow, context is everything.

Publishers See Strong Value in Video Ads, Finds Mixpo Report

To fill the demand for online video advertising, publishers are adding video to ads that traditionally haven't had it, such as banner ads.

Google Acquires TVE Specialist Anvato for an Undisclosed Amount

Seeing Anvato as a ripe target with a portfolio of major media clients, Google makes a move into the growing TV Everywhere market.

Buffering, High Costs, and Ads Lead SVOD Subs to Cancel Service

While video streaming issues are a major hassle for subscription video customers, it's the ads and high costs that are more likely to drive them away, finds IBM.

Netflix Access Will Appear on Comcast X1 Platform Later This Year

Also, Netflix has inked an agreement with CW to provide full series streaming for its shows after the finales air. it's good for Netflix, but bad for Hulu.

Global Average Connection Speed Grows 23% YOY: Akamai Report

No state yet has an average connection speed of 25 Mbps, but the District of Columbia is close. U.S. mobile connection speeds lag behind Europe.

Nielsen Announces Ratings for Orange Is the New Black, Seinfeld

The measurement specialist pulls back the curtain on SVOD ratings, and shows that some programs do as well as the top cable series.

Getting TV-Like Quality Important for 86% of Streamers, Says VDMS

When it comes to viewing their favorite programs, viewers expect the same level of quality online as they get with broadcast, but millennials are more tolerant.

Half of U.S. Homes Have Access to SVOD Services, Says Nielsen

In a significant milestone. half of all homes have access to subscription video, the same amount that have access to a DVR.

Wowza Streaming Engine 4.5 Adds Facebook Live Video Support

With one-click Facebook Live support, Wowza lets brands build a presence on the hot video platform of the moment.

Brands Struggle to Build Relationships, Not Be Creepy: VidCon

Data is crucial to building relationships with viewers online, but use it badly and customers will feel like they're being stalked.

YouTube Announces Comment Changes, Tools for Creators: VidCon

The YouTube mobile app gains live video streaming, the company announced during its VidCon 2016 keynote, but it's currently limited to select creators.

OTT Subscription Services Surging in Popularity, Finds Limelight

The biggest growth area is in viewers who subscribe to two OTT services, which could show an emerging trend in interest for niche offerings.

Tumblr Offers Live Video Blogging; Twitter and Vine Go Long

Platforms that got big by offering short messages are now supporting longer content: Twitter videos can last 140 seconds, and Vine is breaking the 6-second mark.

LiveFronts--Live Video's Answer to NewFronts--Are Coming to NYC

Roker Media wants live video to have its own day to pitch advertisers, so it's creating the LiveFronts, which will debut this October.

Live Video Production Hits the Biggest Tech Show on Earth: CES

This year, the CTA decided to live stream panel discussions from CES, but it made the decision at the last minute with no time left for testing.

TV Everywhere Viewers Typically Watch From One Location: Adobe

The popular image of TVE viewers signing in and viewing shows from any location doesn't match reality. Most viewers are creatures of habit.

Ooyala Report Compares Subscription and Ad-Based Video Services

Viewing patterns vary greatly between SVOD and AVOD services, but the real differentiator is the length of the video being watched.

Encoding.com Partners With Harmonic for Live Video Transcoding

The cloud encoding specialist takes on the challenges of live streaming video with assistance from Harmonic and Zixi.

One-Quarter of Millennial-Led Households Are OTT-Only: Parks

Young adults show a greater-than-average preference for streaming video services, and are less likely to have pay subscriptions than older adults.

Telletopia Creates Foundation to Lobby FCC on MPVD Definition

A coalition of smaller online publishers wants to expand broadcast channel retransmission rules so that more services can compete with pay TV companies.

Online Video Piracy: Serious Threat or Seriously Overblown?

Video piracy is widespread, but there's no consensus on how big the problem is or the best response to it. Are the biggest media companies in Hollywood throwing their money away trying to fight it?

Apple TV Gaining Easy Authentication and Siri Voice Controls

In a software-heavy WWDC keynote, Apple announced several improvements to the Apple TV tvOS, but hardware with 4K video support was nowhere to be seen.

Panopto Creates a New Way to View Video Files with 5.2 Update

Eschewing top-down administrator management, Panopto adopts a more modern user-centric model that provides quick access to relevant videos.

OTT's Me-Too Experimentation: So Many Choices, So Little Variety

While new over-the-top services appear weekly, they all follow the same model. Shouldn't there be more diversity in the streaming space? Or maybe there already is.

Haivision Enhances Calypso With Secure Multicast Option

Organizations looking for solutions beyond Windows Media Server and Silverlight have a new option with the Haivision Enterprise Video Platform.

WWDC Preview: Apple TV Has an App Developer Crisis to Deal With

People return to Apple TV apps far less than they return to iPhone or iPad apps, giving developers less chance to earn a living. Will they abandon the platform?

Telestream Announces Wirecast 7 With GPU-Accelerated Encoding

Available at the end of this month, Wirecast 7 reduces CPU demands for live event encoding and distribution, and includes a redesigned user interface.

Cisco Sees 4x Growth in Online Video Traffic By 2020: Report

Video streamed to televisions, virtual reality streaming, and ultra-HD are all making huge gains, trends that will continue in the coming years.

Tubular Takes $10M in Funding, Will Expand Publisher Offerings

Tubular is also launching its Media Property Rankings, showing how many views leading online video publishers get across platforms.

Warner Bros. Creates Digital Division for OTT Video Projects

The studio has a variety of owned, partnered, and in-development online video concerns. Now they all live under the same umbrella.

Gathering Actionable Data Is Key to Live Streaming Success: Video

There's no room for error in a live video broadcast. Plan ahead by capturing data that points to specific issues, and have tools and partners ready to fix any problems.

Streaming Media East Teaches Enterprise Webcasting and VR: Video

For one PayPal executive, the recent Streaming Media East conference was a place to find answers about enterprise webcasting, and to learn about the present and future of virtual reality.

Mirror Image Releases OTT Distribution and Ad-Blocking Solutions

Streaming video to viewers on multiple platforms, including set-top boxes, doesn't have to be a technical challenge. Mirror Image makes it easy and inexpensive with a new

Panasonic Offers Cameras for Broadcast and Streaming Workflows

At Streaming Media East, the camera leader showed models that can adapt to network conditions when streaming over cellular, or encode 4K video and send it to Wowza.

Video Will Make Up 70% of Mobile Traffic by 2021, Says Ericsson

Videos embedded on social platforms and web pages, as well as teens' preference for smartphone viewing are helping to drive the trend.

Ads Shouldn't Get in the Way of Content, Says Sling Media: Video

Today's viewers understand that ads are necessary for free access to quality video, but they draw the line when those ads become a needless distraction.

DASH Third Version to Reduce Live Streaming Latency: Video

The upcoming third edition of DASH will address several missing features, says a Comcast principal architect, and will drive down live video latency.

15% of US Homes Will Have 4K TV by End of Year, Says Sony: Video

4K video adoption is growing faster than HD adoption did, Sony finds. Viewers should plan on upgrading their internet connections to enjoy that content.

VR Producers Should Avoid Over-Hyping Their Products: Video

It's still early days for VR, and creating heighted expectations will only lead to disappointment, says one VR executive. Still, the area is advancing every month.

DASH Industry Forum Chair Talks DASH Development Roadmap: Video

At Streaming Media East, Iraj Sodagar, president and chairman of the DASH Industry Forum, explained what's coming with version 3.0.

Twitter Sees 220X Growth in Video Views in Past Year: Video

The short-form messaging platform is exploding with video, as brands and individuals rush to share clips. In this interview, a Twitter rep shares tips for brand success.

Bring Live Events Online: Yahoo Offers Tips for Companies: Video

Working with the NFL, Live Nation, the MLB, and more, Yahoo has become a live video giant. Here's what it tells brands looking to scale live events online.

Live Streaming Is Still Playing Catch-Up to TV, Says VDMS: Video

At Streaming Media East, Verizon Digital Media Services acknowledged that TV still provides a better experience for live events, and latency is an issue.

TV Ad Budgets Not Moving Online, as Buyers Demand Metrics: Video

Publishers are creating premium online video to appeal to TV advertisers, says OgilvyOne, but ad buyers are taking a wait-and-see attitude.

Smart Curation Beats Original Content for OTT Success: Video

As the number of subscription video services continues to expand, execs need to understand how to transition linear programming to the online world.

Growth of Streaming Services in the U.S. Is Slowing, Finds Report

Strategy Analytics reveals the first indication that U.S. consumers are nearing their saturation point on SVOD services.

As Video Standards Emerge, 4K Is the Next Big Challenge: Video

With the success of HLS and DASH, transporting video to viewers has become easier, says Yahoo. The next hurdle is compressing 4K video to a manageable size.

In Today's OTT Landscape, Make the Right Partnerships: Video

The streaming video marketplace is getting crowded, but there are plenty of additional services still to come. To find viewers, says Epix, choose a partner with scale.

Video Publishers Expand With Social Platforms, Finds Ooyala

With 8 billion daily video views, social networks like Facebook and Snapchat are too big to ignore, but they threaten to reduce website value.

Brands Tap Into Trusted Relationships Working With Influencers: Video

When brand advertisers work with online video stars, they take advantage of the talent's relationship with his or her fans. The wise brand learns how to be a good guest at the party.

Sports Streams Jump to 4K, But Consumers Need to Catch Up: Video

Even people with broadband connections and 4K TVs may not be getting 4K video, as the average live stream today is 720p says NeuLion. But bigger pipes are worth the investment.

NBC Launches Playmaker Media, Streaming Video Support Service

After 10 years of live streaming the Olympics and other high-level sporting events, NBC Sports creates a side business out of it. The IOC is its first client.

VR Is a Marathon Not a Sprint, Road to Adoption Will Take Years: Video

In this Streaming Media East interview, Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group explains why most people are getting virtual reality's future wrong.

Whistle Sports Says Focus on the Story, Avoid Clickbait: Video

You won't believe this one weird trick that Brian Selander of Whistle Sports revealed at Streaming Media East about connecting with over-the-top audiences.

YouTube Will Launch Dedicated VR Video App Later This Year

NBA, BuzzFeed, and Tastemade are already on board as sponsors, and YouTube is working with camera makers to expand its Jump platform.

Across Demographics, Netflix Beats Live TV, Finds E-Poll Survey

When viewing a program, people who have streamed a full-length show in the last six months far prefer streaming their content to watching live TV.

Netflix and Univision Partner for 'Reverse Syndication' Deal

In an innovative arrangement, Univision will show the first seasons of two Netflix series, helping Netflix reach Hispanic viewers.

Kaltura Debuts Flexible, Cloud-Based Video Platform-as-a-Service

With Kaltura's API-based cloud offering, developers can add video to any workflow or create applications without worrying about compatibility or scalability.

Streamer Survey Shows 20 Percent Plan to Downgrade Pay TV Service

Millennials are least likely to see the value of pay TV services, but a demand for bundled offerings could help the cable and satellite companies.

AT&T Acquiring Quickplay to Support Upcoming Video Services

Quickplay will power three AT&T streaming video services—DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile, and DirecTV Preview—that are planned for later in 2016.

Playboy Launches Brand Studio; Mashable Looks for Viral Hits

As the 2016 newfront season drew to a close, two newfront newcomers enticed advertisers with upcoming projects and brand support.

SME 2016: VR Video Is Cumbersome, But Still in its Infancy

The cameras have poor controls, the headsets are bulky, and the results sometimes make people sick. Still, don't write off virtual reality just yet.

SME 2016: Google Shows 5 Trends Revolutionizing the Industry

The past three years have been a time of unrivaled change for video. At Streaming Media East 2016, a Google keynote address explained the keys to driving multiplatform success on Android.

Periscope Introduces Changes to Fight Off Facebook Live Video

Automatic video deletions will soon be a thing of the past, and DJI drone owners will be able to stream live from their flights.

Netflix Adds Cellular Data Usage Controls to Mobile Apps

In a win for AT&T and Verizon customers with unlimited data streaming, Netflix has added data usage controls to its iOS and Android apps.

YouTube Expands Google Preferred to Trending Viral Videos

Brands can now get their messages on the hottest clips of the day, no matter what those clips happen to be, with Google Preferred.

Vice Continues Online and TV Expansion, Plans Additional Channels

The youth network now has 4 cable channels in North America and Europe, and plans to launch 20 more by the end of the year.

Today's OTT Marketplace: Skinny Bundles Feed Bloated Appetites

When it came to streaming video, Americans wanted every channel available on every device. Now that that's a reality, is it too much of a good thing?

Fashion Week Los Angeles Gets a Streaming Video Makeover

Streaming Media connected a struggling and unprofitable online operation with an expert in live video event production: Fashion Week LA solved its pain points with a master class in streaming.

Ellen DeGeneres Creates Ellen Digital Network, Original Series

Partnering with Warner Bros., DeGeneres is building on her multi-platform online video success with an ad-supported programming slate.

Hulu Confirms Skinny Bundle Launch This Year at NewFront

Subscribers will soon be able to view live and on-demand content in one place; 70 percent of Hulu viewing now done on a TV screen.

ON24 Takes $25M Investment From Goldman Sachs, Plans Expansion

The webinar specialist plans to grow in the U.S. and abroad, and to improve its feature set. Goldman Sachs getting a board seat.

Condé Nast Entertainment Signs Deal With Comcast; AOL Goes Live

AOL Build, a live celebrity interview show, is getting a public-facing street level studio in Manhattan's Greenwich Village this fall.

As Online Advertisers Look to Video, Twitter Bets its Future: WSJ

Will advanced targeting and the NFL save Twitter? With ad sales weak and growing weaker, it's the short-form social network's only hope.

BuzzFeed and Bloomberg Emphasize Reach and Data at NewFronts

Bloomberg announced tools that create data-driven video animations in minutes, and place relevant information on top of videos.

Rovi Acquiring TiVo for $1.1B, Will Take on the TiVo Name

The newly combined company will be a digital entertainment giant, holding over 6,000 patents and ready to grow in new platforms.

YouTube Tweaks Content ID System, Allows Ads on Disputed Videos

A video's first days can be crucial for ad revenue, but ads aren't an option on disputed videos. A planned Content ID improvement fixes that.

Accenture Report Shows 3 Ways Broadcasters Can Win With OTT

While native digital services are growing fast and gaining subscribers, Accenture says broadcasters have a significant advantage.

Comcast Creates theVideoPlatform for Multi-Screen OTT Services

Customers are free to choose the full technology stack or just the elements they need to launch and develop new consumer video offerings.

NAB 2016: FCC Chairman Talks Next-Gen TV, Wireless Auction

The ATSC 3.0 standard will bring 60 fps 4K video to over-the-air broadcasts, but what will happen to older televisions that don't support it?

Adobe Adopts Multi-DRM Sales, Discontinues Reseller Agreements

Customers can now license the four major DRM systems with one account in cloud or on-prem implementations.

Ramp Provides an HTML5/HLS Solution for Multicast Customers

Enterprises now have a single-vendor way forward for multicast, one that doesn't rely on Flash and accepts any type of video.

Microsoft Video Pulse in Open Preview, Collects Viewer Feedback

Audience reaction survey tool Microsoft Pulse gains a new skill, and can now be used to solicit feedback on recorded MP4 videos.

YouTube Announces 360-Degree Live Streaming, Spatial Audio

During an NAB 2016 keynote address, YouTube broke news that it now supports live streaming of immersive 360-degree video, and viewers will be able to hear which direction sounds are coming from.

Aspera Brings IP Delivery to Broadcast-Quality Live Video

Forget satellite transmission and dedicated fiber, says Aspera. Live broadcast-quality video can be streamed online with FASPStream.

Akamai Creates Broadcast Operations Center to Support OTT Video

With a dedicated team working around the clock, Akamai aims to monitor OTT delivery and squash problems the moment they arise.

Verimatrix Releases Analytics Suite for Video Delivery Data

Bringing the power of big data to operators, Verimatrix provides a multi-screen, multi-service perspective that safeguards sensitive customer information.

NAB 2016: Ericsson Debuts MediaFirst Video Processing Suite

Following its acquisition of Envivio in late 2015, Ericsson is jumping into software-defined video processing, helping broadcasters evolve their encoding and delivery operations.

Kaltura and Harmonic Team Up for Live OTT Video Service Creation

Shortening the development time for live linear OTT services to mere hours, Kaltura and Harmonic's combined offering promises fast results.

Anvato Supports 360-Degree Video, Speeds Ingest and Playback

Expect to see a lot of VR video at NAB. Anvato treats 360-degree files as separate segments, resulting in faster processing and playback.

Stre.am Debuts White Label Live Video Service for Brands

With Stre.am Enterprise, media companies can insert live streams into their own properties, administering everything through a web interface.

Microsoft Previews Azure Media Analytics Platform at NAB

A modular suite of components lets Azure customers gain more information from their videos, such as detecting faces and even emotions, and reading the text from slides.

Ooyala Debuts Flex, a Logistics Solution for Video Production

Formerly known as MioEverywhere, Ooyala Flex helps shepherd broadcast and online video assets through the production process.

Facebook Makes Live API Available, Intros First Camera Partner

Look for broadcasters to begin streaming live video to Facebook, as the social network opened up its API for third-party hardware and software developers.

Brightcove Announces OTT Flow, Platform for OTT Service Creation

Reduce launch time from months to weeks, Brightcove says to media companies, and create a direct relationship with consumers.

Ooyala Promises Faster Performance With HTML5 Video Player

With multi-device support and an open framework that connects to multiple ad services and analytics platforms, this player is designed to be a time-saver.

Facebook Enhances Live Video Tools with Group and Event Support

The social network debuts a range of live video features, putting live streaming at the heart of its mobile experience.

Yahoo Live Streaming 180 MLB Games During 2016, One Each Day

Live video is still a priority on Yahoo, as the site will stream 180 games for free. All 30 MLB teams will be shown in April's matchups.

Twitter to Stream 10 NFL Thursday Games Without Authentication

The NFL is furthering its online video experiment. Its deal with Twitter will boost global viewership while improving broadcast ad distribution.

Limelight Study Looks at What Content People Are Downloading

TV shows and movies and the most popular types of content for daily downloading, and the smartphone is the most popular device to use.

Roku Boosts Streaming Stick Performance With Quad-Core Processor

Also announces improved TV and movie discovery features, as well as a mobile app update that allows private listening through headphones.

Ramp Debuts AltitudeCDN OmniCache, Comprehensive Video Caching

The solution accepts live and on-demand video from Azure Media Services, Brightcove, and Microsoft Office Video, storing content at the edge of the network.

Fullscreen to Debut Subscription VOD Service on April 26

Called Fullscreen, the teen SVOD will offer scripted and unscripted originals, plus plenty of licensed shows, for $4.99 per month.

Sony 4K Streaming Video Service to Start April 4 at $30 Per Title

Ultra will debut next week, allowing Sony 4K TV owners to purchase (but not rent) from a collection of 40 to 50 titles.

Netflix to Offer Viewer Control Over Mobile Data Streaming Rates

The SVOD leader says it throttled data rates for its customers own good, but the decision still outraged many—including AT&T executives.

The State of Live Video 2016

As consumer devices and connectivity continue to improve, live streaming is more appealing than ever. In 2016, the industry moves past the experimentation phase.

Rovi in Talks to Buy TiVo, Merging Companies: New York Times

While the deal could still fall apart, the two companies together would own over 6,000 patents. Often courted, TiVo has so far remained independent.

Redbox Ready to Give Streaming Another Try With Redbox Digital

A report on Variety says that Redbox is preparing a video-on-demand storefront, which will tie in with the company's existing loyalty program.

Millennials Average 3 OTT Subscriptions, 75% Are Active Streamers

Young adults are big on streaming, OTT subscription services, and multitasking. What they're not big on is cable or satellite TV.

Akamai: Global Average Internet Connection Speeds Up 23% in 2015

South Korea leads the way, following a large speed improvement in Q4. In the U.S, D.C. leads, but no state offers a 25 Mbps average.

Adobe Announces End-to-End OTT Solution, ComScore Partnership

As the Adobe Summit begins in Las Vegas, Adobe debuts a platform for creating, marketing, and monetizing direct-to-consumer OTT video services, as well as a measurement partnership with ComScore.

Ramp Offers New Features and New Names for VideoVerge Platform

VideoVerge for SharePoint now offers universal video import (from any formant, any location), one-step multi-language translation, and live chat.

Adobe and Pac-12 Detail 3 Keys to the Future of Television

TV is in the middle of great changes, but it hasn't arrived at its destination yet. Tomorrow's video experience needs to be a lot more portable, fun, and personal.

T-Mobile Adds YouTube to Binge On Plan After Making Changes

Video providers now have the opportunity to optimize their own mobile streams, and customers will find it easier to opt out of the program.

What Netflix Is Doing Right: Subscribers Love Price, Profiles

A Digitalsmiths report shows why viewers are flocking to the SVOD leader, and also examines viewers' a la carte channel preferences.

65% Watch Video-on-Demand, Finds Nielsen Global Viewing Survey

Young people are most willing to drop pay TV for streaming, while paid streaming services are more popular in North America than Europe.

Mobile Video Increases, But Can Networks Keep Up, Asks Ooyala

Young adults especially are choosing to watch videos on their phones. With mobile video viewing still rising, will 4G networks show the strain?

The State of Media and Entertainment 2016

All eyes are on Netflix, but it's facing more competition than ever. The OTT space is booming as new niche offerings appear on a weekly basis.

StreamSpread Debuts, Promoting and Distributing Live Video

The just-launched StreamSpread connects live video creators with publishers, so that creators attract more views and publishers get a new revenue stream.

Pay TV Industry Losses Increase to 385,000 Subscribers in 2015

The satellite providers gained ground in 2015, but only when Sling TV is factored in. AT&T U-verse lost the most of any single provider.

Chromecast Owned 35% of the 2015 Set-Top Box Market, Says Report

Viewers enjoy the Google Chromecast's mobile approach to managing content, and its low price makes it an impulse purchase.

Over Half of U.S. Homes Now Stream Video to the Living Room TV

Gaming consoles remain the most popular way to stream video to a television, but consumers also choose set-top boxes and connected TVs.

Vessel Goes Ad-Free for Subscribers; Intros Annual Payment Plan

Following Hulu and YouTube, Vessel has announced an ad-free experience for paid subscribers, as well as a lower-priced yearly option.

Online Subscribers Would Pay for Early Access, Special Sales

Video services are the most popular streaming subscription options around, finds a Vindicia survey. Members would happily pay a little more for perks.

Snapchat Raises $175M in Funding, But Company Valuation Is Flat

In a continuation of its 2015 Series F round, Snapchat takes $175 million from Fidelity Investments, bringing its funding total to $1.3 billion.

Comcast Hit With FCC Complaint Over Net Neutrality Violations

Public Knowledge has filed a complaint alleging that Comcast is violating its own merger agreement and the FCC's Open Internet rules.

Netflix Adoption Leads to Decline in TV Viewing, Finds Report

The subscription video-on-demand leader keeps growing, putting it on a collision course with the networks its relies on for licensed content.

Verizon and Hearst Partner to Create Online Video for Millennials

RatedRed.com will target young adults in the heartland, while Seriously.TV will offer news-based humor clips throughout the day.

DirecTV Takes Aim at Sling TV With 3 OTT Options Coming in Q4

The satellite television company announced three streaming options with no monthly contracts, but skimped on many of the details.

Facebook Expanding Live Video Sharing to Android This Week

Members in over 30 countries can now share live video via Facebook, a number that will expand in the coming weeks, the company said.

TVE Finally Finds a Purpose With At-Home Catch-Up Viewing: Adobe

TV Everywhere viewing showed a significant increase in Q4 2015 thanks to the major broadcast networks creating Roku apps.

Netflix Leads to Decreased DVD Sales for Movies and TV Shows

The debut of Netflix streaming leads to rapid decreases in spending for physical media. The U.S. and U.K. have both seen DVD sales erode.

Facebook and Samsung Plan to Make Virtual Reality Social: MWC

During the Samsung Mobile World Congress press event, Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance to talk about the social future of virtual reality.

Ericsson Works with Google to Debut OTT Cloud Connect: MWC

Partnering with several major players, Ericsson spearheads efforts to bring innovative OTT experiences to viewers and meet the growing demand for streaming video.

Adobe Primetime Gains Dynamic Ad Insertion for DASH Video: MWC

Media companies can use stream stitching to reach more viewers while taking advantage of lower CDN costs, Adobe says.

Netflix Creates Local Recommendations Using Global Communities

The algorithm wizards at Netflix pull back the curtain and show how they use worldwide data to improve local and personal recommendations.

JW Player Offers Free Apple TV App Creator to All Customers

Even free JW Player users can access the Apple TV App Builder, making a tvOS app that's ready for final approval in only one day.

Wowza SDK Lets Developers Build Live Video Streaming Into Apps

With the GoCoder SDK, app-makers can add 4K video capture and distribution to a variety of iOS and Android mobile devices.

Ericsson Report Sees Brand Damage in Mobile Video Stream Delays

When mobile video is delayed, viewers think worse of the network and are less engaged with the brand. Mobile video will skyrocket in the coming years.

AT&T and Fullscreen Announce Yearlong Mobile Video Project

Hello Lab will allow 10 YouTube stars to create their dream projects, shooting and editing mobile video on mobile phones for a young audience.

Telestream Intros Adaptive Bitrate Optimization for CDN Savings

Save on bandwidth while offering multiscreen viewers a premium experience: That's the promise of Telestream ABR Optimize.

Netflix Integration Not Right for All Pay TV Operators, Says IHS

While some pay TV operators have seen increased customer satisfaction with Netflix integration, others will likely face lower average revenues.

Twitter Rolling Out Video Ads at the Top of Members' Timelines

Will giving premium placement to video ads reverse Twitter's stock decline? The social networking company certainly hopes so.

Brightcove Updates Video Player to Version 5, Eliminates Flash

It's finally time to put Flash to rest, says Brightcove. Its newly released player promises faster loading times and reduced processor use.

Gooru Launches in the U.S. Offering Easy Streaming, Monetization

The white label platform wants to help education, media, and enterprise customers share and profit from their live events.

Super Bowl Streaming Improves; Sites Rate the Top Online Ads

CBS Sports and Akamai streamed the live game to 3.96 million viewers on a variety of platforms, streaming the ads for the first time.

Streaming Super Bowl Brings Changes for Advertisers, Says Adobe

Millennial viewers especially will turn to streaming sources for the Super Bowl, and CBS will stream commercials along with the big game.

YouTube Launching Original Works for Subscribers on February 10

YouTube Red subscribers will be able to view original works by PewDiePie and Rooster Teeth starting next week, with more exclusives to come.

Roku Creates Hybrid Box for Operators, Joins Linear and Streaming

The UK's Sky has announced it will be the first operator to deploy the hybrid box, which will debut sometime later this year.

Facebook Expands Live Video Streaming to All U.S. iPhone Owners

The social network will grow the feature to iPhone owners in other countries in the next few weeks, and then to Android phone owners.

Spotify Offers Videos to Mobile App Users, Starts With Android

It's not just a music service anymore. In an effort to broaden its appeal, Spotify is streaming entertainment clips to its mobile app users.

H.264 and HLS Reign in Online Video, Finds Encoding.com Report

Encoding.com's annual report shows that H.264's solid lead is growing, while HLS is dominant in adaptive streaming. Flash Video will be gone in two years.

AOL Debuts Ad Solution for Publishers, One by AOL: Publishers

AOL continues the build up of its One by AOL advertising offering with a suite of modular products for selling inventory and monitoring performance.

Streaming Video Is Changing How People Watch Movies: Tremor

When options like Netflix and Amazon Prime put thousands of movies within easy reach, adults visit their local movie theaters less often.

Vidyard Takes $35M in Series C, Focuses on Digital Body Language

By creating solutions that look at second-by-second viewing data, Yidyard is able to create a clearer view of potential customers.

Vimeo Announces Program to Fund and Support Female Filmmakers

The Share the Screen initiative will provide crucial funding to female-led projects, and will also help with marketing and distribution.

Imagine Communications and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Partner

In an expansion of their existing agreement, Imagine and HPE will offer unified sales and support to customers, while optimizing performance.

IBM Acquires Ustream, Creates Cloud-Based Video Services Unit

Ustream will join other IBM acquisition targets—Clearleap, Cleversafe, and Aspera—in comprising an end-to-end cloud video solution.

YouTube Launches AdBlitz Site for 2016 Super Bowl Commercials

The site will carry teaser videos, game day commercials, and original content. Viewers will be able to vote on favorites once the game ends.

Premium Video Asset Delivery Made Easier With Specification

EMA and MovieLabs work together on a specification that helps identify premium video assets, assisting retailers in expanding internationally.

Women at the Top: 3 Female CEOs on the Industry Gender Imbalance

The online video industry is a boys' club, but that hasn't stopped some women from rising to the chief executive position. Here's what three of them say about hidden obstacles, acceptance for women in tech, and what they'd like to change.

Will Online Video Ad Loads Ever Get LEANer? Don’t Bet on It

One side shouts that ad blockers are a necessity, and the other side shouts that they're robbery. The IAB takes a middle position and asks for restraint.

Time and Scout Build Excitement for College Football Recruiting

A collaboration between Sports Illustrated and Scout will create live and on-demand online video leading up to February's National Signing Day.

CES '16: Xumo Announces Content Agreements With LG and Vizio

Not just another app in a connected TV app store, Xumo integrates with connected TV operating systems to create a smoother experience.

CES '16: Conviva Sees a New Business Channel in Engagement Data

Targeting demographic profiles is effective, but targeting engaged viewers and shoppers is bound to be much stronger. Conviva lays the groundwork for 2016.

CES '16: The GIVE Project Aims to Push HTML5 Video Forward

An all-star lineup of video powerhouses creates a working group to advance HTML5 video, and announces its intentions in a CES panel.

CES '16: Giraffic Gives a Speed Boost to Live Online HLS Video

Live video is more challenging to deliver than video-on-demand, as the buffer window is smaller. A solution from Giraffic aims to take the freezing and buffering delays out of live.

CES '16: YouTube's 4 Reasons Why Online Video Will Win the Decade

The leading online video network is investing in new technologies, and knows that the future belongs to mobile viewing and virtual reality.

CES '16: Netflix Launches in Over 130 Countries During Keynote

Chelsea Handler, Will Arnett, Krysten Ritter, and Wagner Moura join Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to celebrate the SVOD's future

CES '16: Roku Announces UHD Reference Design for TV Partners

Just as the first Roku 4K TVs are introduced, the set-top box specialist releases a spec for creating UHD-enabled televisions.

CES '16: Nagra Shows a Unified Operator/Streaming User Experience

The IntuiTV system lets viewers switch between cable and online services as easily as they change channels. Now Nagra needs to sell it to the operators.

CES '16: There's Gold in That Recommendation Data, So Mine It

ThinkAnalytics debuts ThinkBigData, a big data platform for understanding and gaining insights from billions of monthly customer data points.

CES '16: LG Intros UHD Alliance-Certified Ultra-Slim OLED TVs

Part of the LG Signature line, the OLED sets have screens as thick as four stacked credit cards, and promise an elegant viewing experience.

CES '16: TCL Announces QUHD HDR TVs and First 4K Roku Sets

The Chinese TV-maker is expanding from two to four lines in the U.S., with the top line offering Dolby Vision technology and 4K resolution.

CES '16: Sling TV Gets a UI Overhaul, Dish Launches the Hopper 3

The Hopper 3 can record 16 channels at one time and power 6 Joey units. It can also play 4K video and transfer recordings to the new HopperGo portable.

CES '16: Sony Announces Ultra, a 4K Streaming Video Service

Sony also launches 4K HDR certification for Bravia TVs, and announces a new line of 4K LCD Bravia sets with heightened color displays.

Connected TV Use Will Increase in 2016, Set-Top Boxes to Decline

In an end-of-year report, Conviva offers stats on our changing viewing habits. Episodic content views are growing, while short-form views fall.

Half of Consumers Willing to Spend on Additional Video Services

While viewers have plenty of online viewing options already, they're open to new offerings. IBB Consulting uncovers the growth potential.

Facebook Opens Live Video Streaming to All Verified Accounts

Brands, businesses, and teams can stream live video to their fans when using an iOS device, as Facebook continues its rollout.

TV Everywhere Awareness Hasn't Improved in 3 Years: GfK

Adding more weight to the argument that TVE has stalled, a report finds that few homes access TVE content monthly, and that authentication is a huge deterrent.

YuMe Enhances YuMe for Publishers, Programmatic Ad Platform

The product now includes real-time bidding and private marketplaces, and the user interface has gotten a serious overhaul.

Game Consoles Most Popular Way for Viewers to Access Online Video

Despite the attention given to set-top devices and connected TVs, most living room viewers stream through a gaming console, finds Limelight report.

South Korea Has Fastest Net Speeds, But Sweden Is Gaining: Akamai

According to Akamai's Q3 2015 State of the Internet report, Washington D.C, Delaware, and Utah lead for streaming speed in the United States.

Netflix Re-Encoding Entire Catalog to Reduce File Sizes By 20%

By recognizing that some titles are more visually demanding than others, Netflix has revolutionized the way it encodes video and will dramatically cut down bandwidth requirements.

TV Everywhere Growth Is Stalling, Finds Adobe Benchmark Report

The Apple TV is seeing strong growth in the living room, but it's mostly attracting iPhone and iPad users. Apple is cannibalizing its own market.

95% Say it's Important for Employees to Have Video Skills: Survey

The ability to create and share video content is so important that most Kaltura survey respondents think it should be taught in schools.

Panopto 5.0 Turns iOS and Android Devices Into Remote Controls

Aiming to reduce the need for AV department support, Panopto give presenters the ability to preview and start recordings from their phones.

Two-Thirds of Universities Say Live Streaming a Top Priority

A majority of colleges and universities live stream audio or video on a daily or weekly basis, while a quarter do so every day.

Connected TVs the Choice for Longer Content, Finds Ooyala Report

When watching long-form streaming video, people prefer the biggest screen in the house. Connected TVs see big growth in the latest video index.

Amazon Launches Partners Program, Becomes OTT Subscription Hub

With its Partners Program, Amazon promises to manage backend payments and distribution for partners, while giving customers one-stop shopping.

Harmonic Acquiring Thomson Video Networks; IBM Buying Clearleap

Harmonic puts together a team that can attract customers on a global scale, while IBM looks to bolster its cloud services.

70% of Traffic Video/Audio; Netflix Twice as Popular as YouTube

A report from Sandvine shows that Netflix alone now makes up a greater share of traffic than all audio and video did five years ago.

Judge's Ruling Shows Rationale Against a License for FilmOn

The streaming service isn't entitled to a compulsory license to stream broadcast content, a District Court judge says.

Vimeo Adds Adaptive Streaming, Expands 4K Availability to All

The video sharing site will roll out adaptive streaming support across its platform, a move that will take until early Q1 2016.

Facebook Begins Rolling Out Live Video Streaming to iOS Users

Watch out Periscope and Meerkat: Some Facebook members can now stream live video directly from their phones, viewing comments in real-time.

Ooyala Discovers Which Cities Stream the Most NFL Football

Sports is leading the way in live and on-demand video streaming, but which markets are the most invested in their teams? Ooyala crunches the numbers.

Ranking Enterprise YouTubes: Gartner Updates its Magic Quadrant

When it comes to streaming videos in-house to employees, nobody does it better than Qumu, Kaltura, and Panopto, says the Gartner report.

63% of Consumers Aware of OTT Skinny Bundles: Digitalsmiths

While the online video industry is buzzing about streaming pay TV alternatives, many consumers don't yet know they exist.

In Praise of Short Videos: There's Too Much Good Content to Watch

The new golden age of TV is spilling over to the web, and it would take a lifetime of binge-watching to see it all. But the videos we really love are often bite-sized.

Amazon Prime Will Add Other Streaming Services, Says Bloomberg

As early as December, Amazon Prime customers will be able to sign up for other streaming video services from within their Prime accounts.

Chromecast Commanded Largest Global Market Share in Q3: Report

The low-priced Chromecast continues it winning streak by capturing 35 percent of the global audience. But will connected TV sales destroy the set-top market?

Tubi TV Receives Investment and Content From MGM and Lionsgate

The ad-supported video-on-demand platform took in $6 million in its latest financing round, and now licenses premium titles from MGM and Lionsgate.

OTT Subscribers Much Happier With Service Than Cable Subscribers

Younger and older adults watch OTT content differently, with younger viewers more comfortable with smaller screens and login sharing.

T-Mobile Offers Unlimited Video Streaming, But Resolution is Low

With the Binge On feature, which takes effect Sunday, subscribers can stream unlimited standard definition video from 24 services.

Roku Will Offer $25 Special Edition Set-Top Box on Black Friday

Can a product really be discounted if it never sold for a higher price? Consider the Roku SE the Roku 1 under a different name.

Harmonic Works With NASA to Create Ultra High-Def NASA TV Channel

NASA TV UHD offers eight programs that show the agency's work and the beauty of the universe in gorgeous ultra high-definition video.

Verizon Shows That it Can Create OTT Experiences in 72 Hours

In the "72-Hour Challenge," Verizon and Digiflare created mobile and set-top apps for media organizations at a breakneck pace.

Telletopia Plans Unique Workaround for Streaming Local Channels

A loophole in copyright law says that nonprofits can retransmit broadcast content without a license, so this startup is a nonprofit.

YouTube, NYT, Associated Press, and WSJ Create VR Experiences

Viewers will have a lot more virtual reality to choose from, thanks to several high-profile releases. NY Times subscribers are getting free Google Cardboard.

Pay TV Cord-Cutting to Decline, Shows TDG's Q3 Research

Could cord-cutting have reached a saturation point, with most homes unwilling to part with cable or satellite? A half-year survey suggests a trend.

Verizon Partners With NBA to Bring Games and Clips to Go90

Go90 viewers will soon be able to watch daily NBA highlights and some exclusive content, and purchase access out-of-market games.

CBS Launching New Star Trek Series Exclusively on CBS All Access

With the launch of a major property on CBS All Access, the network is signaling that it's serious about turning the service into a profitable revenue stream.

Review: Roku 4 Streams 4K Video With More Powerful Model

The first set-top box with UHD support, the Roku 4 is the best streamer around right now. Learn why the Apple TV should be worried.

Telestream Buys Encoder PandaStream, Launches Telestream Cloud

Telestream will immediately rebrand Telestream's services and use them as a foundation to build new cloud encoding offerings.

Snapchat Adds Three Video Editing Features to Stay Competitive

The social network's members can now slow down, speed up, or reverse a video, but the updated terms of service caused a commotion.

Al Roker Talks Brand Marketing at Inaugural Stream Con NYC

More than a Today Show fixture, Al Roker has years of experience helping brands communicate their message to an online audience.

Netflix Use Skyrockets Among Regular Viewers, Finds GfK

Regular viewers of the SVOD average watching 10 shows and 4 movies on it each week; mobile Netflix viewing is also on the rise.

Cisco Will Acquire 1 Mainstream, Gaining OTT Video Services

With OTT offerings on the rise, Cisco scoops up a cloud-based video platform that should complement its own cloud video solutions.

Instagram's Boomerang App Creates One-Second Looping Videos

With no account to sign into and one-button controls, Boomerang is the simplest video app yet. It creates GIF-like videos intended for sharing.

Yahoo Streams Bills/Jaguars Game to 15.2M Unique Global Viewers

The global NFL streaming experiment was successful, delivering streams to 185 countries and selling out all ad inventory.

Nielsen to Roll Out Total Audience Measurement Tool in December

At long last, broadcasters, content creators, and advertisers will be able to compare a program's views across all platforms.

YouTube Intros Subscription Plan, Music App, Original Content

For $10 per month, online video fans can watch original content from some of YouTube's biggest stars, view ad-free video, and stream music to a new app. Is that enough to entice subscribers to YouTube Red?

Brightcove Launches Live Event Solution Within Brightcove Gallery

Video marketers can use Brightcove to create buzz around an online event, then stream it to viewers inside or outside the company, all without IT support.

CNN Funds Launch of Great Big Story, Video Site for Millennials

Great Big Story creates short-form curiosities, then distributes them to a young adult audience on a variety of platforms.

Online Video More Popular With Millennials Than Other Age Groups

Limelight's 2015 State of the User Experience report finds that young adults love streaming video, but older adults are spending far longer online.

Online Video Advertising Taking Heavily From TV Ad Budgets: AOL

In its yearly look at the state of online video advertising, AOL finds that online video budgets are rising at the expense of TV ad budgets.

Majority of U.S. Broadband Homes Subscribe to an OTT Service

58 percent of homes have used at least one OTT service in the past 30 days, says Parks Associates, and over 25 percent have used multiple.

NBC Announces Seeso, a Streaming Service Devoted to Comedy

With an impressive roster of online originals and broadcast favorites, Seeso hopes to satisfy comedy lovers for $3.99 per month.

YouTube Gaming Gains Mobile Streaming, Fan Sponsorships

Video creators can now stream their mobile gaming sessions on the Android app, using the front-facing camera to capture their reactions.

Millennials Would Watch TV Everywhere if They Only Knew About It

A study suggests that young adults will choose pay TV subscriptions if better informed about TV Everywhere availability.

Facebook Tests Video Features: Dedicated Place, Floating Window

While these features are still in early phases, they show Facebook is determined to match and exceed YouTube as a video destination.

Adblock Rates 10% to 30% Globally, Finds JW Player Report

While 30% of video viewers use a smartphone to watch clips, only 10% of ads are in the mobile-friendly HTML5 format.

Hulu: TV Network Brands Still Matter in the World of Online Video

Even when viewers watch programs from an SVOD service, they like to know which networks created the content.

Traditional Pay TV Model Will Go Away Soon, Predicts DramaFever

The Korean TV SVOD also predicts that Go90 and Watchable will have a difficult time reaching their desired millennial audience.

By 2025, Half of Young Adults Won't Pay for Cable or Satellite

If programmers want to keep a relationship with young viewers, Forrester Research says, they need to make smart business decisions now.

Panopto Enterprise Platform Now Unlimited, Allows Better Planning

Usage-based pricing punishes companies that record and stream high-resolution video, says Panopto, and also makes budget planning difficult.

Roku Goes 4K With the Roku 4, Adding UHD Discovery and Playback

The more powerful (and expensive) Roku 4 supports 4K streaming, and adds helpful content discovery options in its upgraded operating system.

Day-and-Date Movie Releases Are Still Rare; Is a Change Coming?

Who needs the movie theater when viewers can stream HD video directly to their TV sets? The movie theater owners, that's who.

Anvato's 2015 View From The Top

Matt Smith, Chief Evangelist on Anvato OTT: A New World Requires a New Approach

Amazon Fires at Apple, Google: Bans Apple TV and Chromecast Sales

The move punishes Apple and Google for not supporting Amazon Prime video streaming, but so far Amazon is the loser.

Virgin to Offer Netflix Streaming on 10 Planes With Fast Wi-Fi

"Netflix and chill" meets the mile high club as Netflix subscribers gain the ability to stream from the SVOD leader's catalog at 35,000 feet.

Verizon/AOL to Launch Go90 This Week, Publicis Signs an Exclusive

The streaming service will launch on iOS and Android on Thursday, providing a millennial-oriented, mobile-first take on OTT video.

Google Chromecast Has Stronger Wi-Fi, New Shape, Same Low Price

The new Chromecast Audio device creates the same experience for music, turning any speaker into a wireless receiver.

Comcast Debuts Watchable, Offering Videos From Top Web Creators

Free and ad-supported, Watchable bundles online video originals and streams them to mobile, desktop, and living room viewers.

Live Sports Lures Cord-Cutters Back to Pay TV, Finds Study

When sports fans tune into a broadcast, they usually do so with the biggest screen available, preferring TVs and computers over mobile.

Streaming Video Meets Virtual Reality with Samsung Gear VR

What could convince average consumers that they need a virtual reality headset? The ability to create their own personal Netflix theater.

Global Average Connection Speed Rises to 5.1Mbps, Finds Akamai

The District of Columbia leads the U.S. in internet connection speeds, while 21 percent of U.S. connections were above 15Mbps.

For Online Video, it Really Is All About the Millennials

When online video studios plan new series, there's only one audience they have in mind. It's hard not being the target demographic any longer.

57% of Cable Customers Also Use SVOD Service, Finds Digitalsmiths

Streaming use is high: Over 9 in 10 SVOD subscribers user their accounts weekly, with a third watching between 1 and 5 hours of video.

16% in the U.S. Binge Watch Streamed Video Daily, Says YuMe

Nearly half of survey respondents were likely to binge watch a show to prepare for an upcoming season, while half said it enhanced their TV experience.

Think Streaming 4K Is Years Away? Think Again, Says XI Media

The future of UHD is happening right now. Here's how one production company streamed low-bandwidth 4K live from a South by Southwest music stage.

Quixel Connect Software Promises 20x Faster YouTube Uploads

The software also speeds videos through YouTube's Content ID system 50x faster, the company says, and drastically reduces power consumption.

NASA Brings the Wonders of the Universe to Online Video

Millions of viewers tune in to NASA-TV to watch launches and learn about our solar system. As one CDN found out, keeping up with NASA's streaming demands can be a difficult mission.

Chicago's Netflix Tax Faces Legal Challenge: Chicago Tribune

By enacting a tax on streamed video, audio, and gaming services, the city bypassed a necessary city council vote, the lawsuit argues.

ComScore Debuts Xmedia to Measure TV and Online Video Viewing

With Xmedia, advertisers can see how campaigns reach targeted viewers on broadcast, cable, and online video platforms.

Ooyala Report Sees Strong Growth in Mobile Video Views and Ads

Small screens are getting big viewing traffic, while advertisers see mobile devices as an excellent way to reach younger consumers.

Broadcasters Examine Challenges Brought by Online Viewing: IBC

For Fox Networks, IP video brings new opportunities and broadcasters need to respond to them quickly. However, not everyone in the industry feels the same.

Limelight Enhances Orchestrate for Media and Broadcasters: IBC

With the solution now a year old, Limelight is making three improvements that let customers work more efficiently and avoid congestion.

Mobile Viewing Both Opportunity and Threat, Finds IBC Panel

While mobile viewing is on the rise, content providers and advertisers are struggling to create richer and more informative experiences for viewers.

AP Puts Three Live HD Video News Channels Online: IBC 2015

With more platforms to fill, sites are demanding live video to keep viewers engaged. AP responds with a live mix of news and lifestyle content.

Sling TV Says Targeted Ads Are Key to OTT Bundles: IBC Keynote

Apple's Tim Cook believes the future of TV is apps? What took him so long to realize it, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch asks.

Consolidation Is the Talk of IBC: Will Imagine, Harmonic Be Next?

Kaltura pledges to remain independent, calling it the company's mission, but speculates about which of its colleagues' companies could be the next to be bought.

Aspera Makes Large File Transport Easier With Aspera Files: IBC

By adding a web application layer to its file transfer technology, Aspera creates a SaaS offering that customers can have operational in minutes.

Primetime Supports HTML5 for Mobile, Improves Authentication: IBC

Adobe's multiscreen TV platform gets a handful of upgrades, including integrated analytics for a variety of devices.

Ericsson to Acquire Envivio for $125M in All-Cash Deal: IBC 2015

Ericsson adds Envivio's software-based video compression to its portfolio, and also announced a partnership with AT&T to evolve DirecTV and U-verse.

LiveU Debuts Solo at IBC, a Streaming Solution for Online Video

A lower-cost option for online media creators, the LiveU Solo fills a niche in the cellular-bonding company's lineup.

Imagine Communications and EVS Partner to Advance Standards: IBC

A consortium is near, says Imagine CEO, that will advance open standards for IP and drive the industry forward.

Ad Views and Viewing Frequency Show Gains: Adobe Benchmark Report

The Q2 2015 report shows a slight decline in TV Everywhere viewing, and charts an increase in TVE use for the Apple TV.

CBS Will Stream 6 NFL Games This Season Without Authentication

Two regular season games, four playoff games, and the Super Bowl will be available for online streaming to any viewer.

Ericsson Report Sees Big Gains for Video-on-Demand and Mobile

In its annual study on viewing habits, Ericsson sees a strong demand for user-generated content, and notes that cord-cutting and -shaving is still common.

Amazon Web Services Buying Elemental for a Reported $500M

The deal merges the AWS cloud platform with Elemental's software-defined video platform, promising deeper integrations for media customers.

Telestream Introduces Wirecast Go, an App for Streaming Live News

On the eve of IBC, Telestream also announces Episode 7, the latest version of its encoding software, which will come out in Q4.

Teradek Announces VidiU Pro for High-Bandwidth Streaming

The big brother of the VidiU lineup includes on-board recording, enhanced Wi-Fi, and additional streaming options.

Anvato Streams TV Everywhere Content for Scripps Networks

Scripps gains dynamic ad insertion to deliver targeted spots to HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, and DIY Network viewers.

Hulu Inks Multi-Year Deal With Epix, Netflix Focuses on Originals

Netflix has chosen to pass on blockbuster titles already available on other services, and instead will shop for exclusives.

TV Clipping App Clippit Debuts 2.0 Version, Improves Search

The app will now do a better job of identifying the source of clips, a change requested by networks and content owners.

Multi-Screen Analysis Shows Who's Winning at Streaming Media

Verto takes an holistic approach to charting streaming services by examining video and audio use on a variety of devices.

MTV Brings Live 360 Virtual Reality to the Video Music Awards

Music lovers felt like they were standing on the red carpet with Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and more when MTV streamed 360-degree VR live from its awards show.

Amazon Prime Instant Video Will Complete With Netflix in Japan

It's a price war in the Pacific, with Amazon Prime Instant Video selling for half of Netflix's lowest-priced tier.

YouTube Launches Gaming Site and App, Competes With Twitch

Hoping to create a one-stop gaming experience, YouTube Gaming combines live and on-demand video with advanced DVR controls.

Apple TV Overtakes Roku for Video Ad Distribution: FreeWheel

Both the Apple TV and the iPhone posted strong video ads measurements in Q2 2015, even though the set-top box is overdue for a refresh.

Hyper Debuts, a Hand-Curated App for Impactful Short-Form Video

Quality wins over quantity on Hyper, a free iPad app that offers a small selection of the best visual storytelling of the day.

MobiTV and Vidora Partner on Personalized Video Services

By combining detailed viewer behavior information and program metadata, the two companies promise to keep viewers watching longer.

Netflix Announces Partnership With SoftBank for Japan Launch

The SoftBank Group will help Netflix make an entrance by offering streamlined sign-up and billing to its customers.

With DVD Sales Down, States Look to Tax Streaming Video: WSJ

Dropping sales for movies, music, and physical software for video games means less revenue from sales tax. New taxes are on the horizon.

One-Fifth of U.S. Broadband Homes Have Set-Top Boxes, Says TDG

In a separate report, Parks Associates finds that Roku boxes have the biggest share of sales, and are used more than the competitors.

TV Ad Sales Lose to Online in July, Reports Standard Media Index

Digital ad sales are siphoning dollars from TV, says SMI, with strong video site ad performance leading the way.

One-Quarter of U.S. Pay TV Customers Changed Service in Past Year

While OTT alternatives provide strong competition, the number of people upgrading and downgrading pay TV packages is nearly equal.

S3 Survey Shows Pay TV Operators Growing as Software Companies

Operators are pushing more software releases to subscribers than ever before, and service availability and speed are their top priorities.

Comcast Said to Be Readying Online Video Service Called Watchable

Will this platform rival YouTube and Facebook with its nonexclusive content? No, it won't, but some top tech sites think it will.

Akamai Wins Over Limelight in $45M Patent Infringement Ruling

A unanimous appeals court ruling found that Limelight was responsible for infringement, even if customers performed the final step.

Turner Takes iStreamPlanet Majority Stake for Undisclosed Amount

After years of being an investor and customer of iStreamPlanet, Turner Broadcasting System decides to strengthen the relationship.

ChannelMeter Unveils a White Label Video Analytics Tool for MCNs

Thanks to MCN Suite, a detailed analytics platform for video creators, smaller MCNs can provide the same services as the bigger players.

JW Player 7 Released, With DASH Support and Speed Improvements

Rewritten from the ground up, the player is now smaller and faster loading, with one unified version for both HTML5 and Flash video playback.

Cisco Debuts Thor, a Project to Create a Royalty-Free Video Codec

With HEVC licensing terms making it unsuitable for free software, Cisco sees the need for an advanced video codec unencumbered by fees.

Encoding.com Intros Reserved Cloud for High-Volume Customers

With Reserved Cloud, broadcasters and others trade metered usage pricing for a fixed monthly fee and their own reserved instance.

Top 10 U.S. Pay TV Operators Lose Over 400K Subscribers in Q2

According to a report from Informitv, declines continue for cable and satellite providers, with DirecTV seeing the biggest loss.

NFL and Twitter Sign Two-Year Deal for Curated Video Highlights

Fans will be able to view a variety of video clips in their Twitter timelines from the pre-season to the Super Bowl.

Facebook Breaks Into Live Video With Celeb-Only Streams

Expect the feature to be rolled out to all users once Facebook collects feedback from celebs and fans, and refines the experience.

MediaPlatform Takes $12M Funding, Will Boost Sales and Marketing

With demand for internal and external enterprise video solutions growing, investors see strong future for MediaPlatform.

Baseball Meets Hockey: MLBAM and NHL Sign Six-Year Agreement

MLBAM will pay the NHL $100 million per year for the deal, and will hold rights to much of the NHL's platforms and game distribution.

Fem Inc. Launches Prizma, an Online Video Syndication Service

Prizma recommends videos by looking at the viewer's needs and motivations. The company has taken in $3 million in funding.

Online Video Viewing to Grow 23% in 2015, 20% in 2016: Report

A dramatic increase in mobile video viewing will drive the increase, with mobile becoming the dominant platform by 2016.

OTT Services Show High Churn Rates, Finds Parks Associates

U.S. viewers are testing the waters, sampling streaming video services quickly then moving on to try something else.

JW Player Makes Pro Edition Free, Aims to Help Indie Creators

Direct email support had been a Pro feature, but that's now reserved for paying Premium members.

AOL Shows TV in Transition in Programmatic Advertising Report

With fewer people watching broadcast television, broadcasters have had to increase ad loads to generate revenue. But then ad impact is diluted.

Google Unlinks YouTube, Google+, Will Use Google Account Instead

Soon, YouTube creators and fans will be able to remove their Google+ accounts from their profiles, but they'll still need a Google account.

Netflix Adds Video Previews to Interface in TV Application Update

When Netflix Subscribers click on a title for more information, they'll see a video preview so they know exactly what they're getting.

MyEye and Rhinobird.tv Look for Their Share of the Live Market

Periscope and Meerkat get competition and new players emerge, each offering a slightly different set of features.

Maker Studios Will Shut Down Blip as Pioneer Becomes Casualty

While Maker acquired Blip two years ago for off-YouTube video distribution, it no longer sees a future for that idea.

FilmOn Gets Tentative Court Win to Stream Broadcast TV Content

Noting how disruptive the ruling would be to the broadcast industry, the judge put the ruling on hold pending an appeal.

Hulu May Create an Ad-Free Tier, Reports the Wall Street Journal

An ad-free option could let Hulu better compete against Netflix and Amazon Prime, but could also upset Madison Avenue.

For Robert Kirkman's Skybound Entertainment, the Sky’s the Limit

Comic books were just the beginning. The company behind The Walking Dead comic is making big moves into cutting-edge pop culture-oriented videos.

Sling Intros Slingbox M2, Now With Free Ad-Supported Mobile Apps

Accessing live and saved videos should be easier, thanks to free mobile device apps and set-up assistance via Skype.

The Atlantic Adapts: A Legendary Magazine Meets Online Video

The 150-year-old literary magazine is not only surviving online, but thriving partly due to the creation of smart, informative, and funny original online video.

As Online Video Gets Bigger, Newfront Presentations Get Smaller

The parties and presentations are still great, but they're being reigned in. Hype is giving way to reality as online video makes mainstream hits.

OTT Could Grow to $12B Industry by 2018, Says Ooyala Report

While Netflix will continue to dominate, Ooyala sees plenty of opportunities for niche services in kids, anime, and sports video.

Comcast Announces Stream, OTT Service for the Young and TV-Less

The cable and pay TV giant goes after cord-nevers with a low-priced streaming offering, but its many limitations ensure it will have a hard time standing out among the competition.

Digiboo Provides Travelers With Movies in Only a Minute

An entertainment startup aims to make mobile movie downloads fast and convenient by putting 100 kiosks around the U.S.

OTT Service Credential Sharing Costs the Industry $500M in 2015

Young adults especially are likely to use a streaming video service paid for by someone living outside of their household.

Binge Watching Usually Limited to 2 or 3 Streamed Episodes

Not many viewers sit down for massive 10 episode all-day viewing sessions, finds a Conviva report.

Facebook Announces Ad Revenue Sharing for Major Video Partners

The social network continues to take aim at YouTube, this time enticing handpicked video partners with a percentage of ad revenues.

Vivendi Buys 80% Share of Video Site Dailymotion From Orange

Orange finds a European partner for Dailymotion. Vivendi will use the site to promote Canal+ and Universal Music Group properties.

Netflix Is the #3 Broadcaster in the U.S., Will Be #1 in 2016

While Netflix has been the biggest name is SVOD since its online debut, its momentum will soon make it the country's biggest broadcaster.

Mediaocean to Sell Majority Stake to Vista Equity Partners

Investing in existing advertising software for the convergence of TV and online video will be a key area going forward.

Huffington Post Will Launch 24-Hour Online Video Channel

Later this year, HuffPost 24 will debut, offering a mix of news reports, documentaries, short-form video, and live content.

The New Season Is No Season: Viewers No Longer Tied to TV Seasons

While viewers once eagerly awaited new programming in September, today's viewers aren't tied to TV seasons, finds Videology.

Hulu Offers Showtime to Subscribers, at a $2/Month Discount

The SVOD service will subsidize the cost of Showtime subscriptions in the hopes of building its member base and challenging Netflix.

Why Netflix Is Winning—and How Hulu and Amazon Prime Can Catch Up

When viewers think of Hulu they think of TV shows, but at least they know about it. They don't think about Amazon Prime at all.

Verizon Taps Scripps Networks for Mobile Video TV Content

Over 45 lifestyle series will be available for mobile viewing by Verizon customers by the end of this year.

Global Average Connection Speed Reaches 5.0 Mbps, Says Akamai

In the U.S. the average connection speed is 11.9 Mbps. The percentage of connections above 15 Mbps is low, which is bad for 4K adoption.

thePlatform Launches Unified Ingest Service for Video, Metadata

Collecting video files and related metadata for broadcast and multi-screen delivery has become complicated and costly, thePlatform says.

Programmatic Ads Command a Premium Price, Prized Over Linear TV

Thanks to its advanced demographic targeting and scarcity, programmatic advertising on premium video is attracting buyers.

YouTube Creates News Channel to Promote Eyewitness Videos

The curated channel will highlight first-person videos related to major news events, making them available for news story embedding.

Amazon Increasing Original Program Budget to Compete With Netflix

Original series and movies are proving crucial for video-on-demand services, so Amazon is doubling down from its $1.3B 2014 budget.

Time Warner Cable to Be Subject of First Net Neutrality Dispute

The case should help educate the public in the difference between bandwidth throttling and settlement-free peering.

Netflix Debuts Access Improvements for the Visually Impaired

A homepage link now lets visually impaired subscribers discover TV shows and movies that have an audio narration track.

82% of Viewers Want A La Carte Pay TV Options: Digitalsmiths

Many pay TV customers are dissatisfied and overwhelmed. Offering smaller, tailored options could help cable and satellite compete.

YouTube Announces YouTube Gaming, Will Debut This Summer

Twitch is getting some serious competition. Is the video gaming world big enough to support two dedicated video streaming sites?

Adelphic and LiveRail Offer Programmatic Buying for Connected TVs

Connected TV views are growing at a fast rate. Now, advertisers can use programmatic buying to reach desired demographic segments.

7% of U.S. Homes Have Broadband and OTT Services, But No Pay TV

Consumers aren't showing much interest in TV Everywhere, but OTT video services are booming and will continue to do so.

Marriott Guests Can Access Netflix Accounts for In-Room Streaming

In the best hotel news since the end of the minibar, Netflix subscribers will be able to access their accounts when staying at Marriott properties.

Senate Seeks Information on MVPDs and OTT Video Service

While no official explanation has been given, the Senate could be gathering information for an overhaul of the Communications Act.

Viewers Increasingly Turn to Mobile Devices for Long-Form Video

Over half frequently or occasionally watch mobile video while watching a television at the same time, says the IAB.

ABC, Cox, Hearst Will Bring Live Local News to Online Viewers

Starting this fall, viewers will be able to download mobile and connected TV apps to stream local newscasts from around the U.S.

IAB Tech Lab Takes Over Ad Viewability Measurement Initiative

Development of open source code that will let advertisers measure video ad viewability across ad networks will be overseen by the IAB Tech Lab.

The Coming OTT Bundle Horse Race: Which Will Consumers Choose?

It's Sling TV versus PlayStation Vue versus others that haven't come out yet. Watch as the media pits them against pay TV and each other.

Showtime to Launch $11/Month Streaming Service in Early July

HBO isn't the only premium movie service with an online-only plan. Now viewers have one less reason to get a pay TV subscription.

Apple Devices Enjoy Strong Streaming Video Growth, Says Adobe

Apple TV views rise sharply, but next week's WWDC probably won't include a new Apple TV and subscription service, after all.

Yahoo and NFL Partner to Live Stream Bills-Jaguars Game

In a football first, Yahoo will stream a game from London for free to a global audience. Could this be Yahoo's entry into live sports?

Vimeo Debuts Subscriptions for Video Creators, Increases Options

Sellers will keep 90 percent of revenue after transaction fees, and can create geographic windows or free trials.

Sports Fans in No Hurry to Cut the Cord, Finds Clearleap Survey

Will cable survive now that Sling TV offers ESPN streaming? A survey suggests that sports viewers are happy to stick with what they have.

Almost Live from Streaming Media East: EuclidIQ Debuts IQ264

In an advance for video encoding, EuclidIQ creates a compression technology that predicts which parts of a video will be more noticeable.

Google I/O 2015 Brings Chromecast Improvements and HBO Now

Android owners will soon be able to watch HBO programming without a pay TV subscription, and iOS owners can try Cardboard VR.

Almost Live from NAB: Wowza Focuses on Live Video Streaming

Content creators know that live video is more of a challenge than on-demand. They also know that nothing beats the immediacy of live events.

Almost Live from NAB: Globecomm Reaches Out Over Any Connection

With its Tempo Platform, Globecomm keeps it simple: It sends video over any connection to viewers on any device. Then things get interactive.

Rentrak Introduces Rubik, Links Ad Viewing to Product Purchases

The analytics platform lets marketers view the demographic sections that matter to them, combining a simple interface with great complexity.

Almost Live from NAB: Mirror Image Creates Live Video Syndication

Working with news agency Reuters, Mirror Image has built a live news video syndication platform that brings global clips to subscribers.

Almost Live from NAB: Vitec Brings HEVC/H.265 to the Field

Using Vitec's portable, low-power HEVC encoder, some verticals are working remotely and enjoying big bandwidth savings.

IP Traffic to Reach 2 Zettabytes by 2019; 80% Will Be Video

Welcome to the zettabyte era, says Cisco. UHD and 360-degree streaming video content will expand dramatically, driving IP traffic.

TiVo Acquires International Pay TV Service Provider Cubiware

The outlook is sunny for TiVo, which is gaining customers, expanding with international services, and planning an Aereo-like offering.

Live TV Viewing on the Decline, Reveals Deloitte Survey

Binge viewing, multitasking, and video streaming now define the way Americans get their TV, with younger people leading the way.

Almost Live from NAB: Elemental Partners With MSNBC and Red Bull

At the NAB conference, Elemental and Red Bull demonstrated live 4Kp60 encoding and streaming, direct from Austria to Las Vegas.

Almost Live from NAB: Clearleap Says U.S. Trails in OTT Offerings

Do OTT services lead to the death of pay TV? Or can the two business models coexist peacefully? Many content owners are missing out, says Clearleap.

Almost Live from NAB: Cogent Brings Affordable Bonded Cellular

Cogent has seen impressive growth in a short time, thanks to its winning formula of making bonded cellular easy and inexpensive.

YouTube Announces 60fps Live Streaming and HTML5 Live Playback

Video gamers can immediately take advantage of the new offering, as well as updated video game streaming software.

Almost Live with Streaming Media: Field59 Makes Live Video Reporting Easy

Creating reports from the field is fast and simple with Field59's mobile journalism solution. Watch to see how it works in the classroom, as well.

Netflix Looks to China for Expansion, Calls Plans Modest

The world's most populous country is an attractive target for Netflix, yet the streamer faces unique hurdles before it can begin offering service.

BBC Global iPlayer Subscription App Will Close on June 26

The subscription video-on-demand Global iPlayer is shutting down, and the iPlayer is seeing declining usage at home.

Streaming Media East '15: Plex Announces Its First TiVo App

Already available on most living room and mobile platforms, Plex fills a void with the upcoming release of its first-ever TiVo app.

Streaming Media East '15: Streaming 4K May Arrive in U.S. by 2020

Broadcasters could stream 4K video today at 15Mbps, but the results wouldn't be impressive, and might look worse than HD.

Streaming Media East '15: Integrating Unified Communications

Creating a unified communications solution for streaming video and videoconferencing is anything but a simple procedure, says Aetna.

Streaming Media East '15: Twitter Offers Periscope Best Practices

Hearts are the new currency, noted speaker Mike Park, who broke news on how brands can instantly sponsor timely Twitter videos.

Verizon Will Acquire AOL for $4.4B, Mobile Video a Central Reason

In a move few saw coming, Verizon will purchase AOL in an all-cash transaction. Attracting mobile viewers and advertisers is a chief reason why.

Music-Streamer Spotify Plans to Add Video, Talks With Partners

The company has been in talks with a variety of high-profile video publishers, and could announce its plans later this month.

Almost Live from NAB: Axle Video Intros a Rough Cut Editing App

A collaborative multi-user mobile editing system used to cost $100,000, but Axle's app makes it possible for only $795.

Almost Live from NAB: Brightcove Helps Transition Broadcasters

In a time of rapid change, broadcast companies need to decide if they're in the technology business or the content business.

Almost Live from NAB: DVEO Unveils New Atlas Media Server

The Atlas Media Server is completely turnkey, and is a strong option for publishers of any size, says DVEO.

24% of U.S. Adults Watch Online Video at Least Once Per Month

An IAB survey shows that the U.S. adult online video-watching population has grown from 52 million to 59 million in one year.

90% Would Cancel Pay TV Subscriptions Under the Right Conditions

Viewers are tired of paying for channels they never watch, finds Limelight's 2015 State of Online Video report.

Kaltura Offers Personalized Recommendations With Iris Partnership

The Iris.TV plug in serves up personalized video recommendations to viewers, driving hits and building engagement.

Almost Live from NAB: Anvato Leads the Way for Seamless Facebook Video Integration

Facebook has emerged as one of the hottest areas for online video, and Anvato was one of the first to offer simple Facebook delivery for brands.

Brightcove Highlights Product Enhancements at Play Conference

A variety of improvements let publishers better manage and monetize their content on desktops, mobile devices, and set-top boxes.

Ramp Debuts Solution for Multicast Enterprise Customers

Silverlight support might be ending, but enterprises that rely on it for multicast now have an option that uses existing video systems.

Creating a Consistent Branded Interface When Using JW Player

The main reason to step up from free alternatives such as YouTube is to create a custom look. Here's how to achieve it with JW Player.

Pros and Cons of Running a Live Video Workflow in the Enterprise

Sure, there's a fully staffed IT department ready to assist within an enterprise, but getting on their schedule isn't always easy.

Vice Talks Cable TV Programming at Brief NewFront Presentation

Shane Smith interrupted the party to preview several new cable TV shows, but didn't offer details on the channel itself.

Streaming Video Alliances Lays Groundwork for Caching Layer

The Open Caching Working Group of the SVA proposes a new caching layer to reduce ISP congestion and optimize network capacity.

ROI Is the Chief Concern for Brands Investing in Digital Video

While brands see that online video marketing plays an important role and budgets are increasing, they struggle to justify the costs.

Video Creators Look for Piracy Solutions to Protect Breakout Hits

Online video services are defined by their original series, which win awards and attract viewers, but how do they keep those hits off illegal sharing sites?

YouTube Throws Itself a Tenth Birthday Party at 2015 Brandcast

The internet's leading video destination had no news to break at this year's newfront event, but advertisers were urged to get on board.

AOL Announces NBCU Distribution Deal and a Slate of New Shows

Under the agreement, AOL will stream clips from multiple NBCU networks on its platforms and the two will co-develop upcoming programming.

Marketers and Agencies Optimistic About Online Video: IAB Study

Over two-thirds say their online video ad budgets will increase in 2015; newfront presentations partially responsible for that rise.

For Streaming Technology Advances, the Emmy Goes to Online Video

Besides going to TV shows and stars, Emmy Awards also go to the companies that make contributions to television technology. Several of the biggest names in streaming have taken home the award.

Yahoo NewFront Offers Music, Comedy, and Cars for Young Adults

Joel McHale, Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, and Michelle Rodriguez join Yahoo execs to get the newfront party started.

Cablevision and Verizon FIOS Attempt to Woo Cord-Cutters

With more households choosing streaming over pay TV, providers are offering flexible plans that emphasize choice.

4K HEVC Video Is Years Away From Being a Streaming Reality

Why would set-top box makers bother supporting UHD video when home bandwidth connections aren't nearly robust enough to carry it?

Aereo Settles for $950K Broadcaster Payout on $99M Damages Claim

While broadcasters had looked for a large payout, Aereo didn't have the money to give. The company is left with $800K in the bank.

Conviva: 1% Interruptions Lead to 14 Minutes of Lost Engagement

In its annual viewer experience report, Conviva finds that OTT streaming is improving, but multiscreen viewers are more demanding than ever.

How to Build a Streaming HTML5 Video Player

HTML5 with MSE lets publishers stream video to newer browsers with no plug-ins required. This presentation explains how to get started.

Streaming Media East: Plex Keynote Will Highlight Media Access

Plex solves the problem of home movies and music libraries locked away on computer hard drives. Watch the keynote to learn what's coming next.

IAB Report Documents How U.S. Television Viewing Is Changing

Viewers are streaming more video than they did a year ago, often using a second screen to get more information about the program.

Crackle Introduces Always On Playback, Powered by Adobe Primetime

The lean-forward online video experience gets the lean-back treatment: Crackle programming will begin playing automatically on launch.

Akamai Incorporates Adobe Primetime Server-Side Ad Insertion

The collaboration pairs Akamai's scale with Adobe's ad technology, and should launch commercially in Q3.

NAB 2015: NBCUniversal Says Work Remains for TV Everywhere

While authenticated viewing is on the rise, hurdles persist in letting viewers know what TVE is and ensuring that content is truly available everywhere.

NAB 2015 Keynote: Google Sends Greetings From 'Valleywood'

Hollywood and Silicon Valley have created explosive new options for both viewers and video advertisers; Google sees a new golden age.

NAB 2015: NewTek Announces Advanced Edition TriCaster Software

The upgrade adds over 60 features, including the ability to create real-time data driven graphics and automate repetitive tasks.

NAB 2015: Should the FCC Regulate OTT Video Providers Like MVPDs?

In a spirited NAB panel discussion, an FCC commissioner and four industry experts debated the pros and cons of regulating online video services.

Imagine and VDMS Partner on Multiscreen OTT Distribution System

The combined solution lets broadcasters create custom end-to-end workflows that stream linear content to over-the-top audiences.

Adobe to Highlight a More Robust Primetime Offering at NAB

Major League Baseball is partnering with Adobe this season, and served 2.7M live video streams on opening day.

Kaltura Offers Universal DRM Solution for Multi-Platform Playback

With Chrome support for Silverlight about to end, Kaltura introduces a bridge that lets customers transition content over time.

Ooyala Debuts Ooyala IQ, Revised Analytics Tool to Drive Revenue

Currently in closed beta, the platform lets publishers offer advanced viewer targeting for higher ad rates.

Neon Demonstrates Live Video Thumbnail Creation Service at NAB

Neon Live will create optimized thumbnails for live streams each minute. The company will preview with Brightcove at NAB.

Encoding.com Mixes On-Prem and Cloud With Hybrid Offering

Keep larger, higher-value files in-house, while moving other encoding jobs to the cloud in times of peak demand.

Video Streaming Issues Often Due to Viewer Setup Problems: M-Go

It's hard for viewers to stream ultra-HD video when their access point is far from their television, but they don't always understand that.

Akamai Acquires Octoshape in an All-Cash Transaction

Octoshape's global delivery and video optimization technologies will help Akamai deal with large network traffic increases in the future.

JW Player Updates HTML5 Video Report, Finds Broad H.264 Support

Much has changed since the iPad was released five years ago, with HTML5 video maturing across all platforms.

Roku Updates Roku 3 With Voice Search, Roku 2 With Faster Engine

In addition, Roku set-top-box owners will get updated software with channel search and a way to follow new movie releases.

How to Deepen Viewer Engagement With Second Screen Experiences

TV viewers are watching with a tablet or smartphone in-hand. Offering the right online content can help keep them invested in the show.

Telestream Announces Dynamic Ad Insertion Solution for VOD

With VOD Producer DAI, content owners can automatically create DAI-complaint files within their existing cable infrastructure.

For Online Video, Context as Important as Content: Disney ABC

Viewers are leaning forward, not back, and actively looking for engaging premium video. Metadata is the key to providing satisfying experiences.

Google Expands Preferred YouTube Ad Spots to Canadian Buyers

Select agency partners will sell ad spots in the top 5 percent of YouTube content to Canadian brand buyers.

Sling TV Will Offer HBO for $15/Month, Includes Live and VOD

Just in time for the Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley premieres, Sling TV will offer an HBO add-on pack to subscribers.

SnapStream Launches Cloud DVR for Easy Enterprise Access

Record feeds from multiple geographies and combine programs in an online library that employees can access from any location.

JW Player Debuts SDK for iOS Devices, JW Player Version 6.12

Publishers can stream adaptive HLS video to their native iOS apps, and use the same ad providers they work with for desktop content.

Morgan Spurlock Gets Connected on AOL

Today, AOL debuts its biggest online video experiment yet: Connected, a reality show in which real people document their real lives. We sat down with producer Morgan Spurlock for this exclusive interview.

Periscope Launches, Offers Stiff Competition to Meerkat

Has Periscope already won the live video streaming app competition? The Periscope experience is far more pleasant.

Adobe Report Predicts Mobile Video Overtaking Desktop by Q4 2016

Before long, more online video starts will take place on mobile devices than on desktop, yet desktop viewers watch for far longer.

75% of Viewers Leave Poor-Quality Video in 4 Minutes: Conviva

The delivery optimization company finds that viewers quickly stop watching poor video and often leave the site that's providing it.

Facebook Announces Embeddable Video Player, APIs at F8 Conference

Ten pre-selected launch partners are already using the APIs, letting publishers distribute video to Facebook with more control than before.

Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts Lead US in 4K Readiness

Akamai's comprehensive quarterly report shows which states and countries are leading and lagging in broadband throughput.

Elemental Introduces Statmux for Efficient Multi-Codec Delivery

At NAB, Elemental will show a bandwidth-saving solution that lets operators simplify creating multi-codec multi-delivery video.

Vessel Launches, Offers Early Access to Popular YouTube Content

Members who sign up in the first three days will get 12 months of premium service for free; after that $2.99 per month.

LiveFromMe App Offers Live Video Streaming, Challenges Meerkat

Free app for iOS and Android lets viewers watch video on multiple platforms; broadcasters can send live video links by email.

PlayStation Vue Now Available—For Some People on Some Devices

Can an online service without ABC and ESPN succeed? Does the $50 per month price offer enough of a savings? Sony tempts people to cut the cord.

The State of Online Video Advertising 2015

From ‘programmatic' to ‘viewability,' buzzwords are becoming reality, and the online video market is at a tipping point.

Videoplaza and TubeMogul Announce Programmatic Ad Marketplace

2015 should be a strong year for programmatic digital video ad buying, with TV ad budgets finally shifting to online content.

Imagine Communications Creates Multiscreen Cloud Video Platform

The modular platform lets publishers stream content to any device, and serve relevant ads wherever viewers are watching.

Apple to Follow Sling TV With Slim Online Bundle, Reports WSJ

If a news report is correct, Apple will soon lure cord-cutters with a bundle that includes most of the broadcast networks.

Stream Live Video App Hopes to Make a Splash During SXSW

Mobile live video is a hot topic at SXSW, with Meerkat and Stream vying for attention among technology taste-makers.

Sony to Launch PlayStation Vue Streaming Service in 3 Markets

It's Sony versus Sling in the battle of the online bundles. Will cord-cutters prefer smaller or larger sets of channels?

YuMe Shows Value of Cross-Screen Advertising for Multi-Taskers

Just because the TV is on doesn't mean viewers are watching it. A study shows that multi-taskers see more ads on mobile devices.

38% of Video Plays Now on Phones and Tablets: Ooyala Report

Thanks to a December surge, mobile plays reach their highest share yet. Ad completion rates are high across all devices.

Avaya Intros Multi-Device Business Video Distribution Offerings

Companies increasingly rely on internal video to distribute knowledge, and Avaya's Team Engagement Solutions make sharing easier.

Adobe Primetime Joins Marketing Cloud, Offers Advanced Targeting

With the two platforms linked, marketers can get granular data on viewer engagement and deliver ads to specific demographics.

The State of Media & Entertainment Video 2015

The rapid growth of OTT services and the slow de