Thursday, July 28, 2016

CBS, Showtime Have 2 Million Total OTT Subs

For the first time, CBS has disclosed how many subscribers it has for its over-the-top offerings. CBS CEO Les Moonves, speaking on the company's earnings call Thursday afternoon, said the company has surpassed 2 million subscribers for CBS All Access and Showtime's OTT product.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Redbox Testing New Streaming Service

Redbox confirmed that it has started to test a new transactional video-on-demand service, called Redbox Digital, with a small group of customers. It is initially being offered as an iPad app, although Variety reported that Redbox is also eyeing an app for the Roku platform.
Why This Matters: The move comes two years after pulling the plug on its SVOD partnership with Verizon. Redbox Digital will offer digital video rentals and sales to complement its existing retail kiosk business.

DirecTV Now Will Be a Game Changer

AT&T CFO John Stephens told analysts yesterday that the company’s planned over-the-top offering, DirecTV Now, slated to debut by the end of the year, will be a game changer, targeting millennial cord cutters with a streaming video service chock full of on-demand and live content.
Why This Matters: Company CEO Randall Stephenson added that digital content rights, specifically stacking rights, were the major holdout. The CEO said a beta version of the service is functional and undergoing testing. AT&T announced plans for DirecTV Now in March.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ABC Relaunches Streaming Service

ABC has relaunched its streaming service with full seasons of 38 older shows and seven original digital short-form series. The content will be available to all viewers on ABC.com as well as ABC’s apps for mobile and connected TV devices, without requiring users to authenticate their pay-TV subscriptions.
Why This Matters: The redesigned app also provides a live stream of the network in 14 additional markets, bringing the total to 20. The stations added are owned by Hearst, the first affiliate group to launch an ABC live feed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fox To Live Stream Primetime Programming

Fox announced today that it will begin to stream its primetime entertainment programming live nationwide starting tonight with So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation. Entertainment programs will be available for authenticated pay-TV subscribers to view live on via Fox.com and Fox Now for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.
Why This Matters: The initiative will make Fox the first broadcaster to simulcast its primetime programming on its own digital platforms in all 210 television markets nationwide. Sports programming will not be included and live-stream viewing will not be included in Nielsen ratings for Fox programming. Although ad loads will be the same for show live streamed, the ads themselves will be different from those featured on television.


Monday, July 11, 2016

What CMAF is and why it’s important for OTT services?

CMAF is a new media streaming format whose standardisation is being led within MPEG
by Microsoft and Apple, with a view to making it both cheaper and easier to deliver OTT
video streams to multiple devices.  CMAF an issue through the creation of, in effect, a standardised container or encapsulation format for both AVC and HEVC. “What we’re hoping for with this new standard is that, of course, it will be a much more homogeneous environment that you need to address, and will
simplify things a lot for setting up these kinds of services.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

Google Buys OTT Technology Provider

Google announced that it has acquired Anvato, a platform for encoding, editing, publishing and distributing video across platforms. Anvato, which will be incorporated into Google's Cloud Platform team, supports customers such as HGTV, Bravo, Travel Channel, Oxygen, Fox Sport and CBS Local Media.
Why This Matters: Google said that Anvato will complement its efforts “to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud.” The platform can insert ads, support pay-per-view, power live streams, edit videos in the cloud and provide TV Everywhere with subscription payments.