How Netflix Wizardry Guarantees ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Streams Super Fast (Observer)

Net neutrality is the fight over whether or not internet service providers have the right to charge websites extra money for faster access to customers. The fight was largely drive... More

How Much Bigger Will Streaming Music Get – Some Projections for the Future (Forbes)

It’s no secret—nor surprise—that streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio and the select few others that have managed to survive the incredibly tou... More

China Halts Live Streaming on Weibo (Variety)

Chinese regulators have halted live streaming on Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media sites, and two other platforms with immediate effect. The sites are accused ... More

Vimeo Scraps Plans for SVOD Service (Deadline)

Vimeo, which had been gearing up to launch a subscription VOD service, will no longer proceed with the plans. The video-streaming service, owned by Barry Diller’s IAC, had been b... More

Tesla Reportedly Considering Launching its Own Streaming Music Service (Forbes)

This report certainly came out of left field, but at this point, the world should have learned not to be surprised by Elon Musk's seemingly limitless entrepreneurial ambitions. ... More

Sen. Orrin Hatch Urges MPAA to Allow Filtering on Streaming Services (Variety)

Sen. Orrin Hatch waded into the controversy around content filtering on Wednesday, writing a letter urging the MPAA to allow filtering on streaming services. Hatch is the author of... More

Spotify is Testing ‘Sponsored Songs’ in Playlists (The Verge)

Spotify users have noticed a new opt-out setting appearing both on desktop and in-app: Sponsored Songs. Sponsored content in general is not new for Spotify — last year they allow... More

YouTube’s New L.A. Studio Will Help Creators Crank Out VR Videos (Adweek)

YouTube wants to help creators make more VR video, so it’s announcing a new program today at Cannes to arm folks with the equipment and expertise that they need to do so. The ... More

Vivendi to Relaunch Dailymotion With Focus on Premium Content, Older Demo (THR)

Vivendi’s Dailymotion is undergoing a redesign, rebuild and rebrand for the site that is often called the European YouTube. It’s a complete overhaul with a focus on mobile-firs... More

Netflix Adds Interactive Storytelling (MCN)

Netflix has added a new wrinkle to its streaming library with the debut of an interactive storytelling component for two kid’s titles, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and B... More

Streaming Music’s Biggest Holdouts are Caving in (Fast Company)

The slow thaw in artists’ discontent is easy to understand once you see the numbers. Last year, streaming made up more than 50% of the music industry’s revenue for the first ti... More

Hulu Expands Content Deal With Viacom (HMM)

Hulu June 20 announced a new agreement with Viacom for exclusive subscription streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to TV Land dramedy "Younger." All past episodes of the series ... More

The Next Step of YouTube’s Original Content Evolution Involves Traditional Film Studios (Adweek)

YouTube sees a big opportunity in original content. The Google-owned site announced deals for 40 original programs with talent including Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart and Demi Lovato... More

Netflix Continues Search for Blockbuster Movie Hit Despite Streaming Dominance (TheStreet)

Reed Hastings' streaming giant has thrown its hat into the movie arena over the past few years, beginning with the October 2015 debut of "Beasts of No Nation." The company's com... More

Spotify Passes 140 Million Users, Promises to Pay Labels $2 Billion as Losses Widen (Variety)

Spotify passed 140 million worldwide users as both its revenue and operating loss grew significantly in 2016, according to the company’s annual financial statement released Thurs... More

Netflix is Now Bigger Than Cable TV (Forbes)

Netflix has, for the first time, surpassed cable in total subscribers according to Leichtman Research. US cable companies have 48.61 million subscribers while Netflix has just hit ... More

Analyst Predicts Major Film Studios Will Offer Premium VOD by Early 2018 (Screen Daily)

The pace of negotiations between studios and exhibitors will force studios to usher in their own premium video on demand (VOD) platforms as early as the end of this year, an analys... More

Verizon Exec: Our New OTT TV Service Won’t Be a ‘Me-Too’ (MCN)

Amid a surge of virtual MVPDs entering the market, Verizon Communications plans to to somehow separate itself from the pack with an OTT TV service that delivers a tailored package ... More

Horizon Media Hopes to Unlock the Potential of AR, VR With New Division (AdWeek)

Horizon Media has launched UNCVR, a division that will feature a partnership with entertainment-based tech player STXSurreal and focus on augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed... More

Snapchat’s Move into Show Business Shows Early Promise (Digiday)

With 11 cable TV channels across the globe, including A&E, History and Lifetime, A+E Networks is best known for TV shows including “Bates Motel,” “Pawn Stars” and “P... More



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