OTT/Streaming

Bill Mechanic Says Day-And-Date Streaming Would Ultimately Hurt Artists (Deadline)

Bill Mechanic, who was instrumental in building Disney’s home entertainment unit, worked as an executive in pay-per-view before that, helped run 20th Century Fox studio and is no... More

Report: Half of Video Streamers Experience ‘Buffer Rage’ (TV Technology)

One of the biggest causes of buffer rage appears to be not being able to start a piece of content. Up to 27 percent of respondents said buffering most often occurs before a video s... More

YouTube Stars Invade Hollywood: How Studios Are Cashing In (Hollywood Reporter)

There have been some glitzy movie premieres for the YouTube world's biggest celebrities. Smosh: The Movie fans packed Westwood's Village Theater, Lilly Singh debuted her documentar... More

Netflix Partners in Hong Kong (TVB Europe)

Netflix has begun a partnership with Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV and OTT provider. now TV, owned by PCCW, will now be able to deliver Netflix to its customers through now TV’s s... More

Why Sean Parker’s Screening Room Could Succeed Where Others Failed

By Paul Sweeting Efforts to shorten the theatrical window by enabling early in-home availability of movies have a poor track record in Hollywood. DirecTV’s effort in 2011 to off... More

At SXSW, Pragmatism Replaces Panic About Streaming Services (Billboard)

Casual, off-the-record conversations at SXSW reveal people are less panicky and more optimistic about streaming than ever before. Artists are starting to make good money from strea... More

How OTT Hides Television’s Revolution (B&C)

Digitization and “new media” are no longer coming; they’ve arrived. The result has not been the death of television, but its profound evolution, maybe even revolution. The pe... More

Christopher Nolan Joins James Cameron in Opposing At-Home Movie Service (Hollywood Reporter)

One of the biggest surprises about Sean Parker's proposed $50 at-home movie service is the cadre of top filmmakers who are supporting the venture, including J.J. Abrams and Peter J... More

Facebook, Snapchat and the Future of Live Video (CIO)

Live mobile video isn't new, but many of today's most popular social media companies are investing heavily in the technology, and they're pushing more live broadcasts to their user... More

Movies Are Most Popular VOD Content (VOD Professional)

Nielsen has released the results of a massive new survey of worldwide online video users which suggests that nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%) say they watch some form of vide... More

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon Team for Go90 Competition Series ‘The Runner’ (Variety)

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming with Adaptive Studios and Pilgrim Media Group to launch reality competition series “The Runner” on Verizon’s Go90 platform. “The Runn... More

SXSW: Live Streaming Is Fully ‘A Thing,’ HD Audio Isn’t (Billboard)

SXSW is a great place to find out where the music industry is headed. Some products aren’t ready for prime time. Some are already there. Live streaming is huge in areas outside o... More

Hundreds of Cinemas Rally Against Sean Parker’s Plans for $50 Home Movie Service (THR)

Hundreds of independent and art house theaters are protesting Sean Parker and Prem Akkaraju's controversial new plan to make new movies available in the home for $50 on the same da... More

Is Cord Cutting Slowing-Down? (StreamDaily)

After years of watching their subscriber base give way to a generation of cord cutters, 2015 brought welcome news for cable companies. A new study by Monteray, CA-based research g... More

Rovi Picks Up Korean OTT Licensing Agreement (MESA)

Rovi Corp. has added yet another company to its list of patent portfolio licensees, with Korean OTT service provider KT Corp. agreeing to a new deal. KT will use Rovi’s entertain... More

Half Of Us Stream Online Radio Every Week (Twice)

Online radio listening continues to rise, with 50 percent of all consumers ages 12 and up listening at least once a week, up from a year-ago 44 percent and 2013’s 33 percent, a n... More

Millennials Driving Digital Video (TVBEurope)

The millennial generation is driving the action in digital video, according to Ooyala’s Q4 report. The report found that nearly half (46 per cent) of all video plays in Q4 were o... More

Twitch to Live-Stream Julia Child ‘French Chef’ Marathon (Variety)

The latest personality to join Twitch’s live-streaming lineup is… Julia Child? The Amazon-owned video-game broadcasting service is launching a live 24-hour food channel at twit... More

Sony’s Streaming Cable TV Service Is Going National (Fast Company)

Cord cutting—ditching cable for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other streaming platforms—sounds great until you want to watch the latest episode of The Walking Dead or catch an NCA... More

Why is the Film Biz Banking on Sean Parker? (The Wrap)

With filmmakers such as Jackson and Spielberg putting their weight behind Parker’s latest venture — and studios at least willing to entertain the idea — Screening Room surely... More