"M-Go, a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor, announced a content-licensing agreement with The Walt Disney Studios that brings a selection of films from the Mouse House to the digital-video service including 'Monsters University' and 'Marvel’s The Avengers.'
Launched about a year ago, M-Go has a deal to be the default movie and TV store partner on new Roku boxes, and the company recently launched M-Go To Go, an iPad app that lets users watch movies offline."
"TV Everywhere emerged as one of the hottest products from pay TV distributors, with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and other providers striking deals with networks that allow them to offer live, on-demand and even download-to-go content on tablets, smartphones and other IP connected devices."
"Netflix will offer the second season of “House of Cards,” the Emmy-winning political thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, in 4KUltra HD on select Internet TVs — one of a handful of titles to launch in early 2014 in the high-res format."
"Viki, the international streaming video service that recently got acquired by Japan’s Rakuten, just took a big step into the Chinese market: Viki is supplying Baidu with movies and TV shows from a variety of countries including South Korea, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S., which will be available with ads on Baidu’s site as well as through the company’s mobile apps."
Time Warner Cable launched its TWC TV app on Amazon's Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HDX tablets and said Wednesday that it is now offering both live and video-on-demand content on Roku, Xbox 360 and Samsung connected TV devices.
"Connected TV device ownership – including smart TVs, web-connected set-top boxes and other TV-connectable devices – is set to double by 2017, reaching 1.8 billion over the next four years, according to new research."
"Amazon is planning to make 4K content a little bit easier to come by. This morning, Amazon Studios announced that it will shoot all of its 2014 series — both comedies and dramas — in the ultra high-resolution format, and that it will at some point make those 4K recordings available to viewers. 'We think customers are going to love watching these series in the highest resolution ever available to consumers, and we can't wait to deliver it,' Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios, says in a statement. The studio says that all new series and pilots filmed this year will be shot in 4K."
"...Cisco has been under pressure to either sell or shut down its TV set-top box business, the former Scientific Atlanta, for which it paid about $7 billion in 2005. Sales in the unit have been declining, and the profit the unit generates doesn’t match those of other players."
Netflix binge-watching is a real, actual thing with 73% of subscribers in a new survey confirming that they will happily watch 2 to 6 shows in one sitting. Over half of respondents like to have someone to binge-watch with too.
"A plan to start 4K broadcasting next year and test 8K by the 2016 Olympics made Ultra HD gear the talk of Japan's International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition. 2013 Inter Bee Exhibition - H 2013. Toshiyuki Minami – deputy ..."
Simple.tv will launch an app for its over-the-air DVR on Ouya devices next year. The app will bring live and recorded TV to the Android-based game console, provided that users also own Simple.tv’s networked DVR.
"It has been a big year at Hulu. I feel very fortunate to have stepped into a company that has such a strong team, showing such incredible performance. I’m humbled by the work that the team has done this year, and the focus that they have continued to demonstrate. I’m pleased to report the results of the team’s great efforts this year."
"Time Warner Cable is accelerating its rollout of a new guide with cloud-based navigation services that gives customers simplified navigation, more program information, a new VOD portal and better search capability. These new features are available on over 2 million set-top boxes today and will be available on over 6 million boxes by the end of 2014."
"Alticast, a worldwide leader in interactive television, announced today they will present a variety of All-IP STB solutions including multiple RDK device integrations and a new HDMI stick set-top box..."
TV Everywhere technology vendors Clearleap and Accedo said Tuesday that they are teaming up to pitch an integrated product to programmers and distributors that could make it easier to build video applications for smartphones, tablets, connected TVs...
"Microsoft's long-promised entry into the world of original online video programming will be coming in the first half of 2014, according to Microsoft President of Entertainment and Digital Nancy Tellem. 'We're hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,' Tellem said at an event hosted by trade publication Variety over the weekend."
"Speaking during the company's Investor Day webcast, CEO Michael White stated that DirecTV had been 'very aggressive' when considering the Hulu purchase largely because of its ability to cater to a more cost-conscious segment of the market. Characterizing over-the-top streaming video services as an 'opportunity,' he said that DirecTV plans to announce more details about its own plans in that arena over the next year — while also cautioning that the concept holds some challenges that may not make it the quick fix some customers might like."
"HBO Go, Songza and Pandora are about to get more company on Chromecast, according to a Gigaom interview with Google's VP of product management Mario Queiroz where he stated additional waves of apps are coming soon. A public release for the Chromecast SDK -- which should allow developers to build and release their own apps at will -- won't happen until next year, but this week the team gave over 40 developers access to a preview version just to get their feedback."