OTT/Streaming

The Streaming Landscape After Disney’s Deal (New York Times)

The streaming wars are about to get a lot more interesting. It has been roughly five years since services like Netflix and Hulu started making original programming. So far, Netflix... More

Alibaba Video Arm Signs Deals with NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures (Bloomberg)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s video streaming service, Youku Tudou, has signed content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures Television, marking a deeper foray into ... More

Hulu’s Future: What Disney-Fox Deal Means for TV-Streaming Venture (Variety)

Nothing will change immediately at Hulu in the wake of Disney’s $52 billion deal with 21st Century Fox. But now that Disney has snapped up Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu — giving... More

Streaming to Broadway: How New Titles, Talent Grow Buzz Online (Variety)

It’s been a year and a half since “Hadestown” was an Off Broadway hit, but fires are still burning for the folk-rock musical. They’ve blazed up online, where the show’s s... More

T-Mobile Announces Plans to Launch Online TV Service in 2018 (VideoInk)

T-Mobile, the self described un-carrier, has revealed plans to launch its own online TV service in 2018. The telco has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TV technology innova... More

Video, Music Look to Meld Into All Entertainment Content Services (MediaPost)

TV/video platforms taking on music? Music platforms taking on video? Digital media companies are all in these days. The news is that YouTube -- the dominant, free, ad-supported ... More

NFL, Verizon Set Massive $2 Billion Five-Year Streaming Deal (Variety)

Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for NFL games — instead, the telco is gaining rights to live-stream gridiron action to any mobile, web and connected-T... More

YouTube to Launch New Music Subscription Service in March (Bloomberg)

YouTube plans to introduce a paid music service in March, according to people familiar with the matter, a third attempt by parent company Alphabet Inc. to catch up with rivals Spot... More

Amazon’s Streaming Service Launches in 28 New Countries (Variety)

Amazon Music Unlimited, the company’s streaming service, today announced its expansion into 28 additional countries, offering a catalog of more than 40 million songs and thousand... More

Take My Money: Why You’re Paying for Free Media Willingly (CNET)

This year marked a turning point. Many of you realized that free online media sometimes can come with steep, hidden costs like the exposure of your personal information -- so you o... More

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s New Video Platform Takes Concerts and Films Digital (NY Times)

For much of jazz’s history, devotees discovered music over the radio airwaves and in library stacks, rooting out old LPs or videos to borrow and sample. Today, a lot of that expl... More

Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Prime Service in Singapore (Reuters)

Amazon.com on Wednesday launched its subscription-based Prime service in Singapore that provides access to fast shipping, streaming and gaming, intensifying competition with incumb... More

CBC Makes a Play for Cord Cutters with $4.99 Ad-Free Streaming Service (Financial Post)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will stream its live television stations online for free, a move that could further erode the value of traditional TV subscriptions in an era ... More

Facebook Reportedly Wants to Spend a ‘Few Billion Dollars’ for Streaming Sports Rights (Recode)

Thing you knew but should keep thinking about anyway: The big tech companies are very interested in streaming live sports to you. Today’s reminder comes from Facebook, which want... More

Google Will Enlist 10,000 Employees to Moderate YouTube Videos (Engadget)

YouTube had its hands full lately, dealing with disturbing channels and videos masquerading as family-friendly offerings. Now, YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki has explained how the pl... More

OTT Churn Rates Pass 50% (MediaPost)

TV customers have a high rate of starting and stopping many new OTT services. Parks Associates says that with the exception of Netflix and Amazon Prime, OTT services experience chu... More

You Ain’t Streamed Nothing Yet (The Economist)

Suddenly, everyone wants to be Netflix. You may think there is already a surfeit of streaming options for television and film. Square-eyed viewers in America can choose between Ama... More

Net Neutrality Repeal Worries Niche Streaming Services (THR)

Pai's plan, which is expected to pass the Republican-led FCC when a vote is called on Dec. 14, would prevent internet service providers from blocking or throttling online traffic o... More

Amazon Streaming 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies (HMM)

Amazon Dec. 1 announced that 15 movies from the 2017 Sundance Film Festival are now available to stream for Prime Video subscribers. The 15 films originated via Amazon Video Dir... More

European Court Blow to Cloud DVR (Rapid TV News)

In a ruling that could dent the ambitions of cloud-based online video in Europe, making of copies of TV programmes saved in the cloud does not fall within private copying exception... More