Facebook and Microsoft have hatched plans to build their own submarine cable network that will bypass congested network routes.
Showtime, like many other premium network providers, initially saw over the top players like Hulu and Amazon as a threat. But now the company sees those SVOD providers as a way to attract a new base of cord-nevers and cord-cutters. The company hopes that it will be able to also work with Netflix in the same capacity some day.
The European Union wants online video streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix to devote a much larger portion of their libraries to regional content, an attempt by the governing body to force a more level playing field in the SVOD space, according to media reports.
Sprint said it will give a year of Amazon Prime-- worth $99-- for free to new or existing customers who sign up for the carrier's 40 GB shared data plan. The offer comes weeks after Sprint offered its customers access to Amazon Prime for $10.99-- a price that Amazon itself began offering just a few days later.
Could content delivery networks run by rivals like Amazon Web Services threaten Akamai? One analyst thinks so, noting that Comcast, which moved into the CDN market segment in 2014, plans to triple its CDN capacity next year.
Amazon's new Video Direct will allow creators to make their content available to customers of the online retail giant, in either transactional or subscription format. But while the service appears to challenge other OTT video outlets like Vimeo, it could provide a revenue-generating shot in the arm for the entire independent publisher segment.
Proving once again that it wants to compete in every sector of the video business, Amazon has launched a YouTube-like service that lets video creators share and monetize their content.
Google said it is currently working to sell its new OnHub W-Fi internet router to carriers around the world. Google's efforts to expand distribution of its OnHub device further underscore the company's work to expand its position in the internet services market.
LAS VEGAS-- Executives with Google's YouTube online video service and Amazon headlined the National Association of Broadcasters' Online Video Conference, putting a spotlight on the rapid changes taking place not just in online video, as virtual reality and consumer-friendly business models come to the fore, but also in the traditional broadcast community.
LAS VEGAS- Pay-TV companies closely watching Amazon's attempt to become yet another bundler of video channels take heed: The e-tail giant's five-month-old "Streaming Program Partners" initiative is now working with 30 third-party streaming partners, and is about to launch the NBC comedy SVOD platform Seeso.