Thursday, February 26, 2015

informitv Multiscreen Index: Netflix continues to outpace pay-TV

The latest informitv Multiscreen Index shows that Netflix gained another 1.43 million paid members in the US over Q4 2014.

Meanwhile, the ten leading pay-television operators in the United States collectively lost 20,600 subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, compared to a loss of 45,000 the previous quarter.

Over the year, these operators gained 82,200 subscribers, taking their combined total to 87.67 million. The cable operators collectively lost over 800,000 digital television subscribers in 2014, while the telcos gained 865,000.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IP&TV -- Panasonic smart TVs to feature Freeview Play

Freeview Play, the new Connected TV service, combines catch-up TV (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD – soon to be All 4), on demand, and live television.

IP&TV -- MTV goes OTT

According to recent research by MTV’s parent company Viacom, more than two-fifths (41%) of 16 to 24-year-olds regularly watch TV shows on smartphone, while mobile handsets are the preferred music listening device for 16 to 24-year-olds, while one in ten (11%) under-35s pay to stream music online.

Responding to this dominant consumption trend, MTV is to give mobile network operators on-demand access to its content library and music expertise through the launch of international over-the-top (OTT) apps, MTV Play and MTV Trax.

Monday, February 23, 2015

IP&TV -- Hulu acquires SVOD rights to over 300 CSI episodes

Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights to all previous seasons of CBS’s crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Friday, February 20, 2015

IP&TV -- Amazon Originals announces 5 new series

Amazon has announced five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Press Release: 02/16/2015 -- Arumai Launches Development of Proprietary Streaming Video Protocol

IP&TV -- Qualcomm offers first glimpse of 4K streaming dongle

Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box – currently a working reference design – squeezes what’s effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WYAY-FM in Atlanta -- P. Stephen Lamont, Chairman & CEO of Arumai Holdings, Inc., Interview February 15 at 8:00PM EST

Mr. Lamont will weigh in on the topic of about households pulling the plug on cable, positives and negatives with an expert opinion on the matter.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

IP&TV -- Google joins first Streaming Video Alliance session in NYC

This alliance brings together some of the most prominent companies from across the ecosystem that are collaborating to scale the online video infrastructure, create higher quality of experience and redefine the way online video is streamed for consumers worldwide.

Monday, February 9, 2015

IP&TV -- Twitter prepares for mobile video explosion

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is anticipating the kind of exponential growth in mobile video creation and sharing that has been seen with photography in recent years.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

IP&TV -- Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros team up for new Asian OTT

Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top (OTT) video service in Asia.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Washington Post -- What Amazon’s learned from a decade of Prime

A decade later, Amazon says Prime memberships number in the tens of millions and are growing. Over the past year alone, memberships have shot up 53 percent. On the day after Christmas, Amazon said 10 million people had signed up for Prime "this holiday season."

IP&TV -- Chromecast’s cast button receives billionth tap

Chromecast continues to be a hit, and that usage per device has increased by 60% since launch due to a growing roster of new apps and features. According to NPD Retail Tracking Service, in 2014, Chromecast was the number one selling streaming media device in the US

Monday, February 2, 2015

CED -- Sling TV recruits Univision to OTT roster

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications will be joining Sling TV’s OTT lineup after the two companies struck a deal that included multi-stream rights for live and VOD content.  At CES last month, Dish Networks announced it had locked up OTT rights from Walt Disney, which included ESPN, A+E Networks, Turner, and Scripps Networks Interactive for its Internet-only subscription offering.