OTT/Streaming

Disney Cartoons Expand in China on Alibaba’s Youku Platform (Variety)

Disney cartoon series are to be more widely available in China following a deal between Buena Vista International and Youku, the video streaming platform owned by Alibaba. China st... More

Publishers with TV Ambitions are Pursuing Netflix (Digiday)

Netflix’s $8 billion content budget for 2018 is proving to be attractive for publishers that have the capacity to produce TV shows. In January, Vox Media announced it would ma... More

Live Streaming Gone Mainstream – Why Should Media Companies Care? (DataArt)

Although debates continue over the relative merits and potential of various technologies in the media industry, such as Blockchain, VR, and Hi-Res Audio, there’s one thing that e... More

Google Making ‘Strategic Decision’ to Invest More in YouTube (Media Post)

YouTube may be the undisputed king of free streaming video, bringing in 1.5 billion people each month, but that does not mean it is resting on its laurels. Executives from pare... More

Facebook Streaming Deal Comes as Pro Surfing Rides New Wave Technology (Variety)

Facebook, which is moving aggressively into the business of live sports, locked up a two-year agreement last week with the World Surf League. The deal brings more than $30 milli... More

Premier League Rights Auction Explained: What if an OTT Platform Did Enter the Market? (The Drum)

Do OTT and other platforms have the appetite for the rights? A quick look at recent history and the answer has to be, yes. Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Google have all bought or bega... More

HBO Has More Than 5 Million Online Streaming Subscribers (CNBC)

Time Warner's HBO premium channel has more than 5 million online streaming subscribers, up from 2 million a year ago, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.... More

YouTube to Be Live TV Partner of New L.A. Soccer Team (THR)

YouTube is getting into the sports licensing game. The Google-owned streamer has inked a multiyear deal with the Los Angeles Football Club to become the official live televisio... More

Apple Makes a Bid to Become the Super-Aggregator of Streaming TV (Videonet)

The role of ‘super-aggregator’ – a company that aggregates not multiple channels but multiple video services under one roof – is up for grabs, and Apple is making a serious... More

SiriusXM to Launch Howard Stern Video Service in Second Quarter (THR)

Satellite radio giant SiriusXM, home of Howard Stern, on Wednesday reported a swing to a fourth-quarter loss on special charges as it continued to add subscribers. On its earnin... More

Rotterdam Fest Unveils Streaming Service with Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne Titles (THR)

The Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) will on Monday unveil an art house streaming service, a Netflix-style platform that includes curated auteur features from the likes... More

Ooyala: 9 Predictions for Online Video in 2018 (Advanced Television)

3. Cord cutting continues: In 2016, pay TV continued to decline when it lost about 2 million subs; and in 2017, losses in Q2 and Q3 alone neared 2 million. Losses will be higher in... More

Why Apple HomePod May Be a Strong Amazon Echo Competitor (Fortune)

Apple rumors didn’t stop coming this week, but they all took second place to HomePod, the company’s upcoming smart speaker. Apple on Friday started accepting pre-orders on i... More

Apple Said it Wasn’t in the TV Business – Now it’s in High-Stakes Bidding Wars with HBO (Quartz)

Less than three years ago, amid speculation that Apple was eyeing a move into Hollywood content production, iTunes boss Eddy Cue said definitively that the tech giant wasn’t doin... More

Ultracast Uses Tata Communications to Bring Live Video, VRy Content to Sports Fans Worldwide (MESA)

Tata Communications announced that it has been chosen by Ultracast to power the international expansion of the company’s 360° video and virtual reality (VR) platform. The compan... More

To Win Olympics, NBCU Must Lure Big Crowds – and Small Streamers (Variety)

Whenever NBCUniversal broadcasts an Olympics, the massive media company is eager to make a big splash. To succeed, however, executives must increasingly sweat the small stuff. Y... More

Canal+ Selects Nagra for New 4K UHD Service (SSN)

Nagra announced that its content protection solution Nagra Connect is securing CANAL+ Group brand-new 4K Ultra HD service which launched this day. CANAL+ Group is the leading provi... More

No Longer Disruptors, Netflix and Amazon are Now Firmly in the Sundance Film Festival Family (L.A. Times)

Both Netflix and Amazon made a resounding splash last year at the Sundance Film Festival, with high-priced acquisitions that are still maintaining their profile a year later. Netfl... More

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime are Being Used in Very Different Ways (Quartz)

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime may be competitors, but they serve their audiences in very different ways. People use Netflix most often to watch original series, Amazon to watc... More

Alexa Could Soon Tell You That It Doesn’t Like Your Favorite TV Shows (Variety)

Alexa could get a bit more opinionated about media in the future, Amazon Fire TV VP Marc Whitten told Variety. Speaking at the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las ... More