Contrary to popular belief of a market whereby companies such as Netflix and Hulu will redefine TV, a new report by Rethink Technology Research has concluded that over the top (OTT) technology will actually be dominated by existing services.
According to a new report from Nielsen, the number of U.S. homes that have broadband Internet, but only free, broadcast TV, is on the rise. Although representing less than 5% of TV households, the number has grown 22.8% over the past year.
Amazon continues to add content to its Amazon Prime Instant Videos service. It announced a deal with Viacom that will bring the number of titles available to more that 15,000, or three times the amount of content it launched the service with.
Hulu has been having a busy week. On Tuesday, the company announced a new deal for advertisers, which now charges them only for ad completions, and today at Hulu's upfronts, the company announced the arrival of even more original shows.
Pay-per-view is coming to YouTube: The site announced that publishers with access to its live streaming platform will now be able to charge for live events. YouTube also said that it will eventually give more publishers access to live streaming.
Comcast said content streamed over Microsoft's Xbox won't count against a user's 250 GB usage cap, prompting outrage. But the reality of the situation is that the way Comcast is delivering its content over the Xbox means it's in the right.
Intel is reportedly working on a major TV initiative, with the plan to sell subscriptions of TV channel bundles over the Internet. The move would be powered by Intel's own hardware, and would pit the company against former allies such as Google TV.
Google has filed applications for a satellite farm and a video franchise license, suggesting it's serious about rolling out pay TV services in its fiber-to-the-home markets. But what's that mean for the future of TV, as Google attacks that market?
Comcast is announcing a new subscription VOD service that is aimed squarely at countering Netflix but requires already paying for cable.. Technology News from the entertainment source: Variety. Comcast launching new subscription VOD service.
...For obvious financial reasons and economies of scale, networks go to the larger distributors first. One programmer, which preferred to be unnamed due to ongoing negotiations, said that though TVE should be available to ops regardless of size, “the reality of the technical implementation between operator and programmer is that scale is required in order for this to be a cost effective endeavor.” However, the challenge is not “insurmountable,” and this programmer supports using a third-party solution to get there. “Our understanding is that these conversations are happening, and we are encouraged by this.”