Many would-be online viewers of the Academy Awards encountered problems Sunday, according to multiple reports. The technical problems were the latest in a series of online-video service issues to surface in recent weeks.
In Verizon, OnCue has found a buyer with experience building relationships with the TV networks and content owners. Verizon also has the financial and technical resources to keep OnCue going.
In today's spotlight, Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, explains why he believes neither 4K as a streaming service nor a full-fledged, over-the-top pay-TV service will ever become mainstream consumer products.
Time Warner Cable has become the dominant pay TV distributor app provider. Unlike other cable MSOs, TWC has been more open to supporting apps on various devices, including the iPad, iPhone, Android-based wireless devices as well as Samsung's connected TVs and Roku's streaming video set-tops.
EchoStar and Vivendi subsidiary GVT are combining resources in a proposed pay TV joint venture in Brazil that would leverage GVT's IP network and EchoStar's satellite and video technology expertise.
In football terms, IPTV is the AFL of video entertainment, taking the field in the shadow of the NFL but, through the efforts of some pretty powerful players like AT&T and CenturyLink, reaching competitive parity with the big guys. That's why IPTV, the reason FierceIPTV was spawned in the first place, is no longer a niche product to be studied in a niche publication; it is part of a worldwide IP-based market of carriers and service providers.
Video subscriber growth for traditional pay-TV distributors may be a thing of the past, and "cord nevers," or young people who have never subscribed and don't plan to start, are part of the reason.
Brightcove, one of the first--and largest--online video platforms in the world, is changing the way it does business, responding, it says, to changes in the marketplace.
CenturyLink is relatively new to the pay TV space with its Prism IPTV offer and it doesn't necessarily think the way things have been done in the past are the way things should be done in the future, a company executive will tell Congress during two House subcommittee hearings on the pay TV marketplace this week.
The ever growing number of connected mobile devices is quickly disrupting the traditional home entertainment environment, according to an Ericsson report.