OTT/Streaming

Turner, Warner Bros. Take SVOD Film Service to Spain, France (Rapid TV News)

The subscription video on-demand service, which started international expansion in the UK last February, will start offering movie lovers in France and Spain a diverse film catalog... More

Netflix, Hulu, Other Streaming Services Trounce Pay TV on Customer Satisfaction (Variety)

This won’t come as a huge shock: Customers of streaming-video companies like Netflix and Hulu are far happier with their service overall than subscribers of traditional cable, sa... More

Streaming Services Sneak Onto Upfront Stages (MediaPost)

The television upfronts are over. While there was the usual celebration of linear TV, and the de rigueur embrace of data and targeting, another trend permeated the presentations la... More

How Far Can Amazon Reach Into Pay TV? (FierceCable)

As it does with retail, grocery stores and subscription VOD, Amazon looms large over the pay TV business. It’s becoming clearer that Amazon could even further extend its reach in... More

New Amazon Channels Data Shows Why Apple Wants to Copy It (Variety)

Amazon has quietly become a major player in the subscription video sales business: Amazon Channels, the company’s platform for reselling subscription services like HBO and Showti... More

YouTube’s Revamped Subscription Platform Will Launch Tuesday (Billboard)

After months of testing and teasing, YouTube will relaunch its streaming platform next Tuesday (May 22) with multiple subscription price points alongside an entry-level, ad-support... More

Britain’s Royal Family to Livestream Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding on YouTube, Facebook (Variety)

There will be no shortage of ways to watch the historic royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19 — both on TV and online. But if you want to get it str... More

Hulu Signs Exclusive Deal With Vice Media, Adds 15 Viceland Shows to Lineup (SFGate)

Hulu is adding 150 hours of original Viceland shows after the company announced a deal on Thursday making it the exclusive streaming home of Vice Media’s youth-focused cable chan... More

Survey: Netflix No. 1 Source for Streamed Programming, But Cable, Broadcast Content Still Key (CED)

Streaming viewers now count Netflix as the most “essential” source of programming, but in an era of streaming video services traditional TV network shows are still vital to sat... More

OTT Turns Niche Viewing Into Mainstream Opportunity (Cheddar)

As more people ditch their TVs, cut cable, and go over the top for their favorite shows, television producers and tech executives are looking for new ways to get their shows on vie... More

Netflix Maps Connections Between What People Watch to Help Scope Out New Shows (CNBC)

Ted Sarandos said one of the ways the company was able to lure screenwriter Ryan Murphy is by showing him how the intelligent use of data helps movies be much more successful. Sara... More

AT&T to Launch Premium OTT DirecTV Offering in 2018 (CED)

By the end of the year AT&T will offer five TV products, including a new OTT DirecTV product that is delivered via broadband, AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan said, speaking at... More

Hulu Cautiously Eyes Blockchain (PCMag)

"Blockchain is interesting to use because trust, transparency, all of those things matter to marketers. They're critical from our standpoint not just as Hulu as a brand, but also H... More

Netflix Content Chief Says 85% of New Spending Is on Originals (Variety)

Netflix is sharply steering its new content spending toward original projects, with around 85% of new spending going to original TV shows, films and other productions, according to... More

As Streaming Video Grows, TV Networks Fight to Keep Their Share of Upfront Ad Dollars (LA Times)

Even as they face rising competition from digital video and tumbling ratings, TV networks proudly tout their new offerings every spring in front of advertisers gathered at glitzy N... More

Blockchain is Gaining Ground in Video Streaming (Entrepreneur)

Current video-streaming offers have incrementally increased costs in order to store all that content out there and all those massive video files on servers. This has meant large ma... More

YouTube Rolls Out New Tools to Help You Stop Watching (TechCrunch)

Google’s YouTube is the first streaming app that will actually tell users to stop watching. The company at its Google I/O conference this week introduced a series of new controls... More

Steam Libraries Will Soon Be Playable on Phones Via Steam Link App (Variety)

Two new apps coming to Android and iOS devices this summer will allow Steam users to play their gaming library and watch their video library on their phones via a wired or 5Ghz net... More

Why Spotify’s 33 1/3 Audiobook Deal is so Intriguing (Forbes)

Spotify's audiobook selection is expanding with their most recent deal: They're buying up the 131-book 33 1/3 series from UK-based publisher Bloomsbury Publishing. The books, non-f... More

Facebook Live Gets New Updates to Simplify Streaming Setup for Creators (TechCrunch)

Facebook is making some updates to its Live video platform which should streamline the process of getting a stream set up and in front of the widest possible audience. The company ... More