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The off-again, on-again saga around The Interview continues: Google and Microsoft have agreed to make the movie available online. The film becomes…
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Netflix wants to be present all around the world before 2020, said the company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos during an investor event…
Roku will power Sky’s German online video service, which just launched with streams of TV show episodes and Bundesliga matches.
CBS is the next network that is offering cord cutters a way to subscribe to its programming without paying for cable. However, live streams are limited to certain markets.
Netflix’s growth in Q3 of 2014 was impacted by the most recent price increase, the company says.
Three out of four of Germany’s internet users already watch videos online, and every sixth user has started to pay for online video services.
Months of rumors turned out to be correct: Netflix has teamed up with Chelsea Handler to produce its first talk show.
Qplay just embraced Google’s Chromecast — and in turn effectively gave up on being a TV hardware startup.
Comcast wants to give niche audiences access to a wider variety of content trough its set-top boxes, and is looking to test a streaming service later this year.
The use of online video services is growing quickly in the U.S., and ten percent of pay TV subscribers are getting ready to cut the cord.
Hulu Japan is being acquired by the local broadcast giant Nippon TV. The acquistion effectively puts an end to Hulu’s international ambitions.
Netflix wants to spend close to $3 billion on content in 2014, which is why the company is raising additional debt.
Maybe mobile shouldn’t always be first: Showyou saw huge grow after it revamped its website, which it previously ignored because of an app-centric approach.
Netflix continues to be by far the biggest source for residential internet traffic in North America, and the company is starting to have an impact on Europe’s ISPs as well.
More creators can now take advantage of YouTube’s paid subscriptions. As of Tuesday, free channels that have over 10,000 subscribers and meet some other criteria can create paid channels and charge monthly fees for them.
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/225528/third-of-millennials-watch-no-broadcast-tv/ A New York Times (s NYT) survey of over 4,000 online video viewers found that 34 percent of millennials (ages 18 to…
Sony today announced a new US-only 4K video download service, Video Unlimited 4K. Sony also introduced two new 4K television models. It is all part of the company’s big bet on 4K technology as a way to stage a big comeback.
Press+ launched a new tool to let publishers monetize video: After viewers watch a couple minutes, they’re prompted to pay up.
Online video network Fullscreen is rolling out a set of analytics tools and apps for creators.
It may seem like everyone you know is on Facebook – but by 2017, online video services are actually going to be more popular than social networking.
Traditional media brands are cranking out video content in the hopes of persuading marketers to shift ad budgets from TV to online offerings. But can companies like Conde Nast and the Wall Street journal deliver the necessary quality and audience size?
Cord Cutters are a growing tribe, according to research from The Convergence Consulting Group. US TV cord cutter households will reach 4.7 million (4.7%) by year-end 2013.
Online video ads are growing at a rapid rate but almost all of them are appearing on the desktop. Here’s some stats that also include a look at video ads on mobile and connected TV.
With movies like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Jay Duplass is one of the kings of the indie film world. Though he’s best known for small movies, Duplass talked with us about how technology plays a big role in his creative process.
Netflix currently has closed captions for 82 percent of all the videos it is streaming. By October 2014, this number will go up to 100 percent, according to a consent decree the company entered to settle a lawsuit with disability rights advocates.
Amazon takes another step on Apple’s digital media turf: Amazon Instant Video is now available for iPad, bringing another media option for movie purchases, rentals and television shows to Apple’s tablet. For now, Amazon is keeping this away from Android tablets, save its own Kindle Fire.
There’s an unprecedented amount of digital video coverage for this year’s Olympic Games and yet analysts suggest that the TV will easily trump viewing on other screens again. The numbers look low because of our time- and place-shifting mentality: Share your viewing plans in our poll.
Mark Malkoff recently watched 252 Netflix movies in one single month to figure out how far he could take the company’s unlimited streaming plan. That instantly gained him notoriety as Netflix’s most obsessive user – and an invitation to the company’s campus in Los Gatos, Californa.
Philip DeFranco’s new YouTube channel Sourcefed clocked 100 million views since it launched three months ago as part of YouTube’s new channel roll-out. But with YouTube focusing on professional content, smaller producers could be left behind. That’s why DeFranco wants to share the stage with them.
The killer asset in the video age is widely believed to be a large library full of content that can be sold, licensed and re-distributed onto emerging platforms. But media executives Rob Burnett and Lisa Gersh had different opinions at paidContent 2012.
While video lovers have gotten more social services that highlight interesting clips, it’s still hard to construct a more comprehensive look at video news. Newslook is trying to fill that gap with an iPad app that allows users to construct channels of their favorite news subjects.
YouTube users are now uploading three full days, or 72 hours, of video every minute. That’s 24 hours more than just a year ago. The Google entity announced the new milestone to celebrate its official launch as a video sharing website seven years ago.
Netflix just launched a new video player for web-based viewing, and it’s hot: Viewers can preview all other episodes while watching an episode of a TV show, the player allows seamless size changes and the overall design is much slicker than before.
Netflix customers may be moving away from mailed discs in favor of streamed content, but that doesn’t mean it should be difficult to manage Netflix discs. ScanFLX, a nifty $0.99 iOS app, can add titles to your list of DVDs or Blu-Rays by scanning them.
HTC is starting to realize that hardware and software alone aren’t enough to compete in today’s mobile market. The company bolstered its services on Monday, buying a 20 percent stake in SyncTV, a Sunnyvale Ca. group that offers an online video platform for content providers.
Unsuccessful DVD streaming service Zediva said in an email to its former customers this weekend that it has completed its liquidation process. Creditors got $0.018 on the dollar, and customers who pre-paid for Zediva’s DVD streaming service won’t get any refund
Expect YouTube to look very different come Wednesday: The video-sharing site is rolling out its new channel-page design across its entire site, switching over all publishers who haven’t done so in recent months. The new design is meant to make users stick around longer.
Ze Frank, the original vlogger, is working on a comeback. His new show could start as soon as he reaches his goal of $50,000 funding on Kickstarter. The odds are looking good: Fans already pledged more than $25,000 just two hours after his pitch went up.
Dozens of premium-content channels bankrolled by YouTube have been launching on the video site since January. So how have the first few weeks been for YouTube’s new TV stars? We caught up with Philip DeFranco, John Green and Felix Salmon to find out.
Hulu is getting ready to dust off its Lederhosen as the company is reportedly working on plans to launch in Germany. The launch would consist of an offering that would be different from what’s available in the U.S., which suggests Hulu might ask Germans to pay.
Winnie the Pooh, Cars, Alice in Wonderland and other Disney and Pixar movies are coming to YouTube, thanks to a new partnership between the mouse-eared Hollywood heavyweight and Google’s video site. Movies will be available for rent through YouTube’s premium content section.
Nielsen reports that the amount of time spent viewing video online is growing faster than the number of viewers tuning in. In other words, those viewers have begun checking in to online streams and sticking around for ever-longer periods of time over the last few years.
Tired of those interruptions with spinning wheels and progress bars while you’re watching online video? You aren’t alone: Videos without buffering are watched twice as long as videos with unwelcome breaks, and viewers are 54 percent less likely to return if they experience video buffering.
Wii owners, get ready for a dedicated kids’ UI on your Netflix app — provided that you’re one of the few hundred thousand people in Latin America who have subscribed to the local Netflix service. Support for Latin America’s PS3s will follow soon after.
Google has updated its Google TV platform with a new UI, a bunch of interesting apps and access to the Android Market. The update is rolling out this Sunday, but we already have a first look at the next version of Google TV right here.
Hulu’s owners and management have decided not to go forward with the sale of the company. Both said in a statement that Hulu will have more value to its owners when not being sold. In other words: The offers from Dish & Co. were just too low.
Desktop video player Mixd.tv wants to help its users to discover the best clips on the web, but it doesn’t query Facebook or Twitter to do so. The team behind Mixd.tv believes that social is overrated, and instead puts its emphasis on more traditional branded channels.
AOL, Yahoo and YouTube are all betting big on web original content. Why? Because for the first time in a long time, it seems that content may finally be attracting the type of viewership and ad dollars they’ve hoped for.
Blogger John Gruber noted that Apple and Amazon are the the mobile content kings as all others have no “razor blades” to sell. Actually that’s not true, as Samsung and HTC are building up their media offerings. Here’s a comparison between Apple, Amazon and Samsung.
Roku has teamed up with Disney to bring free video clips from Disney.com to the company’s set-top-box. That’s good news for Jonas Brothers fans, but it should also help Roku to sell more of its hardware, thanks to the appeal of the Disney logo.
Is Glenn Beck ready to make $100 million with his new subscriber-only web TV venture, or is he barely breaking even? The answer depends very much on who you ask. However, Beck’s numbers don’t look all that bad when compared to some new cable TV properties.
Netflix movie recommendations can be scarily accurate — but sometimes they’re just plain scary: A viewer spotted the site recommending March of the Penguins as a violent movie, and others have gotten horror movie titles advertised as “movies about parenthood.” It’s Netflix gone wild!
YouTube users fluent in Japanese can now watch videos in that language with automatically generated captions, thanks to the same speech-recognition technology that also powers voice input on Android mobile devices. This is the first step towards an international expansion for auto-captioning YouTube videos.
What should one make of the fact that Californians love to watch L.A. Story and Swimming with Sharks, or that New York is hooked on Smoking Aces? Or that Florida is all about Shrek? All of this and more is crammed into this delicious infographic.
Netflix will start to charge $16 per month come September if you want to rent both DVDs and watch movies online. Should you accept the price hike or downgrade your subscription? This easy online test will tell you how to get your money’s worth.
A little over a month after European authorities took down the popular movie streaming site Kino.to, two similar sites have emerged — and each claims to be the official heir, with one accusing the other of stealing its content. Pirates that steal stuff? That’s unheard of.
A new study from Yahoo shows that online video viewing is increasingly happening during primetime viewing hours. Not just that, but more of that video is full-length TV and movie content. So what’s that mean for traditional broadcasters, as more viewers spend more time with online content?
Netflix, the popular online video service seems to be having an outage of some sorts. For past hour or so, I have been trying to access the service but I have been unable to watch it on my iPad or on my Apple TV.
TV ads will increasingly become performance-based, moving the industry beyond just trying to amass huge audiences, according to execs from media agency Initiative. That could change the way that brands and agencies think about media buying, and could be disruptive to Nielsen’s ratings system.
Netflix has revamped its home page to make finding and watching VOD titles easier. The new design includes bigger box art and less information clutter — but not everyone seems pleased. Most of the comments to the blog post announcing the changes were candidly negative.
Taboola is giving its publishers more control over the automated video recommendations that are served up on their websites. To highlight these changes and to take advantage of them, Taboola just launched a revamped website and has added new members to its senior management team.
U.K.-based online video aggregator SeeSaw announced it’s shutting down, just 16 months after being launched to bring together video assets from Channel 4 and ITV. The shutdown happened after it failed to click with viewers or effectively compete with services from its content partners.
News of HTC’s latest smartphone brings yet another mobile video store for rentals and purchases. Unlike apps, which are very platform specific, content shouldn’t be dependent on a device brand or processor. The video industry needs to wake up and finally free up mobile media.
Hulu’s CEO Jason Kilar reiterated that the video service is expected to double its revenue in 2011 and is expected to hit 1 million paid subscribers. The figures point to the larger effect that Netflix and Hulu are having on consumer behavior and also hardware sales.
New research from Convergence Consulting Group suggests that the number of viewers who choose to go without pay TV subscriptions, relying on broadband video services instead, will continue to grow in 2011, but at a slower pace that than the market saw last year.
The U.S. Federal Court of Appeals has dismissed the case that Verizon Communications filed against the FCC over its network neutrality rules. The ruling is a win for the FCC, although Verizon will likely file suit again and Congress is still gunning for the FCC.
The live-stream video market is entering an upturn in the typical hockey stick growth chart. Viewership will more than double by 2014, and as the market grows, it will support both content providers with a diverse, one-stop-shop approach and those with more specialized content and audiences.
The amount of online video that consumers watch is growing rapidly, but Comcast doesn’t see that growth as a competitive threat to its cable business, according to an FCC filing it submitted in response to critics of its proposed NBC Universal joint venture yesterday.
TDG designed and, in December 2009, fielded an extensive research study of U.S. adults that subscribe to a residential broadband Internet service in the U.S. Though very broad in scope, the study focused primarily on consumer video viewership, addressing topics such as the frequency with which users view regular broadcast TV, online video and mobile video. In this presentation, we mine the data to create a demographic and technologic “snapshot” of adult online video viewers in the U.S. at year-end 2009. Includes survey data on content preferences by sub-group such as gender, education, income and age.
With Super Bowl XLIV just hours away, it’s a little late to run out and take advantage of the insane sales on big-screen TVs. But prices have been heading steadily lower not just for displays, but all elements in the video value chain.
In a regulatory filing sent to the FCC today, Comcast (c CMCSA) and NBC (s GE) said they don’t see online video…
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YouTube, in an effort to tame and restrict some of the naughtier bits of content that make it onto the site, announced…
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Updated: We all know there’s no love lost between Hulu, the Hollywood-backed online video service, and Google-owned YouTube. The two companies have…
If you are done rolling your eyes, you might want to continue reading. Horowitz Associates says that online video content is being…