OTT/Streaming

Study: Sports Streamers Expect Glitches During Live Games (B&C)

As more sports appear on streaming, fans are throwing a penalty flag. According to a survey conducted by YouGov, 72% said they expect bad service during live games. The Phenix Spor... More

Verizon, NFL are Close to Announcing Digital Streaming Deal (Bloomberg)

Verizon Communications Inc. is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights that would give the largest U.S. wireless carrier the ability to d... More

TV Viewers are Demanding More Options, and Streaming Services are Happy to Oblige (Adweek)

The good news: TV lovers still love watching TV. The not as good news: Viewers aren’t watching it in the same way as they used to (and until relatively recently). Set-top cable b... More

Ad-Supported OTT Isn’t a Fad, It’s the Future (Forbes)

Much has been made lately about the amount of programming people are watching via ad-free OTT apps on connected TVs and how this signals the death of television and/or the death of... More

Amazon Uses Tennis for Fresh Attack on Sports Broadcasters (Bloomberg)

Amazon.com, taking its first steps into live sports video, plans to draw on its early experiences to devise its next attack on Netflix Inc. and traditional broadcasters. The onl... More

NBC Sports Plans to Stream 1,800 Hours of Winter Olympics Coverage (Digiday)

NBC Sports plans to stream more than 1,800 hours of Winter Olympics coverage in February from Pyeongchang, South Korea — the most NBC Sports has ever done for the Winter Olympics... More

Will Apple’s Premium Video Play be Boring or Savvy? (The Drum)

We know that Apple is moving into the premium content business, but we don't know why or what overall strategy this serves. I see two different strategies — one boring and one... More

Amazon U.S. Open Tennis Deal Sparks Speculation Over Premier League Bid (The Guardian)

Amazon is understood to have snapped up the UK TV rights to the US Open tennis tournament, in a move likely to cause further speculation that it is a potential competitor in the up... More

NeuLion’s Chris Wagner on Building a Successful OTT Platform (SportsPro)

What's the starting point in building a robust digital platform? "Content owners and content rights holders are racing to offer direct-to-consumer OTT services, and many of these n... More

Sports Illustrated TV: Time Inc.’s First Subscription VOD is $5 Monthly on Amazon Channels (Variety)

Time Inc., in another big bet on pivoting its business toward video, is launching Sports Illustrated TV, its first over-the-top subscription-video service. SI TV, priced at $4.99 p... More

Crown Launches Streaming Service Hallmark Movies Now on Amazon (MCN)

Crown Media Family Networks said its subscription video-on-demand streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, is launching on Amazon Channels. The service gives Amazon Prime members wh... More

Streaming Video Subscriptions Hit 43 Million at China’s Tencent (Variety)

Streaming video boosted China’s games and social media giant Tencent in the three months to the end of September. Revealing figures for Tencent Video for the first time, the comp... More

New Ooyala Live Enhancements Bring Broadcast Reliability Closer to the OTT World (MESA)

Ooyala today debuted a new set of enhancements to Ooyala Live, its end-to-end solution for effortless creation, management, delivery and monetization of live streamed events and li... More

Big Media Companies Tease Their OTT Future (MediaPost)

If there was one theme that would sum up the quarterly financial earnings calls of the big television companies this past quarter, it would be “over-the-top is coming, and we are... More

Disney’s Streaming Service Has Won, and It Hasn’t Even Launched Yet (The Verge)

During The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings call on November 9th, CEO Bob Iger casually dropped some news. The tidbit that made the biggest headlines was that the company... More

HBO Launches Standalone Streaming Service in Four Central European Countries (THR)

Time Warner's HBO said Monday it has launched direct-to-consumer services in four Central European countries. The HBO Go subscription VOD service became available as a direct-to... More

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, MLB.TV Lead Top 10 List in OTT Subscribers (FierceCable)

Finishing the third quarter with 52.77 million subscribers in the U.S., Netflix is the biggest OTT service in the country, according to a top 10 ranking put out by research company... More

OTT Services Diversify as Consumers Supplement Their Pay TV (TV Technology)

New consumer research from Parks Associates showed 53 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to both a pay TV service and at least one OTT video service. “Many OTT servic... More

Vivendi Brings Mobile Short-Form Video Service to U.S. (B&C)

Looking to make a stronger connection with consumers who are on the go, Vivendi has made the U.S. debut of Studio+, a short-form premium video service that sells for $3.99 per mont... More

OTT Opportunities as SVOD Set to Drive Digital Content Revs Past $200BN by 2018 (Rapid TV News)

Global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion by 2018, up by 10% on this year’s projected total with subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) a key driver of growth... More