Friday, March 25, 2016

Variety --Redbox Plans to Launch New Streaming Service 'Redbox Digital'

Redbox Instant aimed to challenge Netflix with a subscription bundle, the company now seems to have more modest plans Redbox Digital ...While Redbox Instant aimed to challenge Netflix with a subscription bundle, the company now seems to have more modest plans. Redbox Digital is being built as a video-on-demand store similar to iTunes, Vudu, or Google Play. Consumers will be able to rent movies or TV show episodes for streaming, or purchase digital copies.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

VentureBeat -- Google to take on Periscope with YouTube Connect

Google is reportedly building a live-streaming app called YouTube Connect to take on rivals like Twitter’s Periscope service and Facebook Live.

According to a VentureBeat report, YouTube Connect will be available on iOS and Android devices, allowing users to stream video direct from their smartphone or tablet.

Videos will be available to watch in the app or via the YouTube site, with users able to save broadcasts once they are over, according to the report. The app will also reportedly include chat and tagging features, while a news feed will surface the latest videos.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Next TV Today -- FandangoNOW to Launch March 30

Fandango announced this morning that it’s launching its FandangoNOW VOD service on March 30. Earlier this year, Fandango acquired the M-GO digital video distribution platform and will re-brand it as FandangoNOW. The new service will be available on the web, iOS, Android and Roku devices as well as on smart TVs from Samsung, LG and Vizio.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

IP&TV News -- Connected TVs in 49 million US homes

More than half (52%) of all US Internet homes have at least one TV connected to the Internet, representing an increase of six million homes over the past year, according to The NPD Group’s new report.  While the types of devices being used to connect these televisions to the internet are varied (video game consoles, streaming media players, Blu-ray disc players, and the TVs themselves), the average connected TV home had nearly three (2.9) devices installed that they could use for programming from apps on their televisions.

Monday, March 7, 2016

IP&TV News -- AT&T unveils three new ways to stream DIRECTV

Later this year AT&T plans to launch three new ways to access and stream DIRECTV video services over a wired or wireless Internet connection from virtually any device: DIRECTV Now, DIRECTV Mobile and DIRECTV Preview.
Each service to come with a set number of simultaneous sessions. The services will not require annual contracts, satellite dishes or set-top boxes. Customers can expect to see these 3 new streaming options beginning in 4Q 2016.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Parks Associates -- 60 Percent of U.S. Broadband Households Use OTT Services

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one over-the-top (OTT) video service, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

Next TV Today -- PBS to Launch New TV/Streaming Service for Kids

PBS announced that it will launch a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms offering kids' programming 24 hours a day. Viewers will be able to watch the live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS kids video app, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the-top platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Chromecast.