OTT/Streaming

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: Sleep is Our Competition (Fast Company)

Netflix has become synonymous with binge-watching—the act of roaring through a full season of Stranger Things with Seamless as your copilot. The advent of this routine has undoub... More

Could 2018 Be the Year of the OTT Breakthrough? (MediaPost)

2018 feels like a tipping point. Every major television company will have a dedicated streaming service by the end of next year, while the powerful technology trio of Google, Amazo... More

The Exploding Cost of Streaming Live Sports (Bloomberg)

In the past 25 years the cost of broadcast rights for English Premier League soccer has surged thirtyfold as deep-pocketed media companies have grown to depend on live sports to wi... More

As Branded Content Pivots to Video, Publishers Face New Challenges (Digiday)

Branded content is undergoing its own pivot to video, putting the squeeze on traditional publishers that were already facing rising competition for those marketing dollars and batt... More

Deluxe Enhances Digital Supply Chain Platform with Advanced OTT Capabilities (MESA)

Deluxe announced today that it has strengthened its suite of managed services from Deluxe Distribution with new OTT capabilities by adding Smart Video Engine to the video supply ch... More

Leslie Moonves: CBS is Prepared for Cord-Cutting Future (THR)

Revenue and profit for CBS both grew slightly in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago, the company said Thursday, but Wall Street's initial reaction was that ... More

Why the Future of Streaming Looks Like Old-School TV (HBR)

Netflix isn’t just your Blockbuster replacement anymore. Makers of original content — including the likes of Disney — are moving away from Netflix. Instead, Netflix looks lik... More

NPD: 57% of Smartphone Users Stream Video (HMM)

About 57% of U.S. smartphone users access video content once a month — with Apple iOS users more likely (66%) than Android users (49%) to access video content, according to The N... More

Netflix is Smart to Bet the House on Content (Bloomberg View)

When this all shakes out over the next five to 10 years, there will likely be, at most, a half-dozen dominant players. Though there will also be plenty of niche streaming services,... More

OTT Services Diversify as Consumers Supplement Their Pay TV (Twice)

New consumer research from Parks Associates shows 53 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to both a pay TV service and at least one OTT video service. The research fro... More

Report: Amazon is the Third-Largest Company in On-Demand Streaming Music (Forbes)

There is no question that when it comes to on-demand streaming music, Spotify and Apple Music rule the industry. The two sites have long been running the show in the still-growing ... More

YouTube Users are Streaming 100 Million Hours of Clips on TV Sets a Day (Recode)

YouTube has been trying to position itself as a TV competitor for years. Now it can say it is making real headway: The video service says viewers are watching 100 million hours of ... More

Spotify Cancels TV Shows in Reboot of Video Efforts (Bloomberg)

Spotify is planning to reboot its video strategy for at least the third time in as many years as the world’s largest online music service searches for ways to make money that don... More

Report: Income Drives Cord-Cutting, Not Age (Light Reading)

Cord-cutting is not being driven by millennials because they consume media differently, but rather by people with lower household incomes who feel they just can’t afford pay-TV. ... More

Research: More Than 200 OTT Services Active in the U.S. Market (FierceCable)

llustrating the insurgent competitive pressure being faced by incumbent pay TV operators, Parks Associates released a report today suggesting that there are more than 200 OTT servi... More

Most Netflix Customers Don’t Pay for Other Streaming Services – But Hulu and HBO Now Subscribers Do (Recode)

Most people who pay for Netflix are loyal to Netflix, meaning they don’t subscribe to other streaming services like Hulu or HBO Now. By contrast, a majority of HBO Now and Hul... More

Eastern Europe: OTT’s Final Frontier? (Light Reading)

ven as Netflix and Amazon steamroll into new markets around the world, snapping up new subscribers and disrupting established TV markets, there is one region that seems largely unp... More

Netflix is Making a Big Bet on Anime to Attract Even More Subscribers (Fortune)

Netflix is planning to spend approximately $8 billion on programming next year, and anime is set to play a big role in the company’s plans. Netflix has 30 different anime project... More

Researchers Use AI to Banish Choppy Streaming Videos (Engadget)

Nobody likes it when their binge watching is disrupted by a buffering video. While streaming sites like Netflix have offered workarounds for connectivity problems (including offlin... More

Streaming Service VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy after Losing Legal Battles with Studios (TechCrunch)

VidAngel, a streaming service that altered copyrighted works to edit out adult language, nudity and violence, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Wednesday... More