Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NPD -- Multi-Screen Capabilities

Over 80% of U.S. smartphone users stream video to their devices, according to recent NPD research.
So players must be built with mobile and multi-screen use in mind at all times — not only to facilitate playback of short-form video content, but also long-form content and ads. More and more, companies are offering mobile first content made for smaller screens.

Ooyala -- Center of the Video Experience

The Ooyala Q4 2015 Global Video Index reported that since 2011, combined tablet and smartphone
video plays have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 116%.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Next TV Today -- Streaming Video Surges, But Cord Cutting Remains a Trickle

According to a new survey conducted by Consumer Reports in February, 47% of respondents use some type of streaming service. However, 68% of them still subscribe to a traditional pay TV service.
Why This Matters: The survey shows that despite the widespread availability of both paid and free advertising-supported streaming services, cord cutters make up a trickle of users rather than a torrent.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Next TV -- Sling TV Testing New Multi-Stream Service

Sling TV has launched a beta test of a new live TV streaming service that allows customers to watch as many as three streams at the same time. The original Sling TV offering that launched last year only allowed one stream at a time. Both services cost $20 but the three-stream option comes with limited programming. Fox Networks Group has signed on to the three-stream plan, as have AMC, A&E, Turner and Univision. But the service does not have Disney or ESPN, which were launch partners for the one-stream plan.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Next TV Today -- Cablevision Launches Hulu on its Set-Top Boxes

Cablevision Systems announced that it has integrated Hulu into its Optimum TV platform. The Hulu channel is currently available in select Cablevision service areas and will roll out across the remaining footprint in the coming weeks.
Why This Matters: Nextflix has been available on several smaller U.S. cable operators for several years through an integration with TiVo’s set-tops, but this is the first time that Hulu has been available directly from a cable provider’s interactive program guide as a dedicated channel.

CNNMoney -- Mashable lays off staff in 'strategic shift' toward video

Mashable executive editor Jim Roberts will leave the company and at least a dozen members of the site's editorial staff will be laid off as part of a "strategic shift" toward video, CNNMoney has learned.
The layoffs, which will effectively deplete the site of its news editors and reporters, come one week after Mashable received a $15 million round in funding to build video content in partnership with Turner Broadcasting. (Turner is CNN's parent company.)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

NYT -- Verizon and AwesomenessTV to Form Mobile Video Service

The telecommunications company announced that it had struck a deal to acquire a 24.5 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, the digital entertainment network for teenagers and young adults. The companies also are planning to create a new subscription-based, short-form mobile video service. It is aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds and will be part of the Go90 streaming offering from Verizon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

CED - Joining the OTT team today is Starz

Joining the over-the-top team today is Starz, which is launching its subscription streaming service directly to consumers for $8.99 per month.

Users can get access to more than 2,400 selections each month, including series like “Outlander,” “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods” as well as movies — including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” later this year.

“Our programming will now be more widely available to the 20 million broadband-only homes of cord nevers, cord cutters and cord shavers, including Millennials and other underserved consumers who need other viable subscription service options,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht says.