The video on demand (VOD) growth party has come to an end. According to data from the Digital Entertainment Group trade organization, cable, satellite and Internet VOD rentals dropped 6.7 percent to $1.97 billion in 2014, reversing what was traditionally a positive growth trend.
Video on demand revenue took a nosedive in 2014, reversing years of growth and throwing up red flags among those feeding the home entertainment market.
With most of the large U.S. theater chains backing away from its mid-budget comedy feature The Interview amid an unprecedented global computer hacking threat, might Sony consider releasing the $42 million film via online streaming or pay-TV VOD?
Having assisted in the launch of DirecTV's 4K service, as well as a soon-to-launch Ultra HD product for a "major cable operator," venerable media services company Deluxe has officially unfurled a range of 4K offerings for pay-TV clients.
Just two years after its drastic restructuring to focus on inserting ads into VOD, Canoe Ventures announced that it has delivered its 10 billionth national TV impression.
With VOD emerging as one of the most coveted pay-TV features, Time Warner Cable has expanded access to its VOD library through its Roku app. Now, Roku-using TWC subscribers scrolling through the live program guide will be given a VOD alternative to watch an episode that may already be in progress from the beginning.
Signaling what might very well become a broader trend for archival programming on pay-TV platforms, ESPN Classic has transitioned from a linear to on-demand channel on Dish Network.
Comcast, which has been making investments in ad delivery wherewithal of late, including its $320 million purchase of FreeWheel in March, has announced through its recently launched wholesale division a new product that allows for ad delivery in both linear and VOD television.
In a positive sign for pay-TV programmers and operators trying to monetize video-on-demand, a study commissioned by A+E Networks found that disabled fast-forwarding on VOD viewing does not negatively affect the viewer experience.
Bouygues Telecom is the latest European operator to sign a deal offering customers direct access to Netflix, as the U.S. video streaming company continues its expansion in the region.