OTT/Streaming

The Future of Television? Binge-Watching is Only the Beginning (WSJ)

Streaming video on demand has changed the audience experience more in a few years than cable television did over a few decades, and industry executives are unanimous in the belief ... More

TV’s Next Commercial Break Might Be the Pause in Your Binge (Variety)

TV viewers may dislike commercial breaks, but Madison Avenue soon hopes to get them to watch ads during a very different kind of interruption.... More

Facebook Watch Fashions Itself As Free OTT Alternative (Media Post)

When Facebook launched Facebook Watch in August 2017, it was meant to be a home for exclusive original content, created just for the social network. Now, more than a year into its ... More

Amazon Music Rolls Out New Voice Features to Personalize Listening (Variety)

Amazon Music announced the rollout of new voice features that enables listeners to personalize their streaming music experience. Essentially, listeners can have a conversation with... More

Netflix Just Had a Record-Breaking November on Mobile (TechCrunch)

Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and ... More

YouTube Game Videos Were Viewed for 50B Hours in 2018 (VentureBeat)

YouTube Gaming has become a huge part of internet culture in recent years. Every day, more than 200 million people view gaming content on YouTube. That’s like the entire country ... More

Livestreaming Your Broke Self for Rent Money (NY Times)

Jovan Hill now makes upward of $4,000 a month, he said, through a mix of social media platforms. In addition to his call-outs on Periscope, he entices followers to pay $1 a month t... More

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Smashes 24-Hour Video Views Record (Variety)

With the Marvel fandom’s anticipation leading up to “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s no surprise that the trailer drop set a new record for most views in its first 24 hours. The ... More

AT&T’s WarnerMedia Subscription Streaming App to Offer 3 Service Levels (SSN)

AT&T’s WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer subscription video on demand (SVOD) streaming service will actually include three separate service offerings, John Stankey disclosed Nov. 29... More

Disney Has a New Plan for Hooking Kids on Star Wars: Letting Them Watch the Newest Show for Free (Fortune)

Parents who have ever uttered the phrase “Luke, I am your father,” only to receive eyerolls from their kids—there’s a new hope. Disney and Lucasfilm announced on StarWars.c... More

Facebook Streaming All Episodes of Joss Whedon’s ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel,’ ‘Firefly’ for Free (Variety)

Facebook is playing the nostalgia card in its latest bid to drive up video viewing and video ad sales: using TV reruns.... More

Can a Netflix-Style Service for Live Sports Exist? (Verdict)

Live sports are an essential part of any Pay-TV package, and are one of the key reasons why many haven’t yet cut the cord and gone exclusively OTT. However, if a Netflix-style sp... More

Video Game Viewers ‘More Likely’ to Sign up for SVOD Services (Digital TV Europe)

People who watch video games are more likely are more likely to take up subscription video-on-demand services than the average user, while only a minority of US SVOD customers use ... More

OTT Platforms Grab Bigger Ad Gains (Media Post)

In the digital world everyone wants scale -- virtually every platform needs it to survive. How about ad-supported video ventures? Even more so. With all the problems Facebook has, ... More

The Netflix Effect: Can Rivals Compete by Bulking Up on Content? (THR)

WarnerMedia's library of 7,000 films and 5,000 shows may not alone be enough to face off against a streaming giant that is spending up to $13 billion annually, so an NBCUniversal t... More

Criterion Collection to Launch Free-Standing Film Streaming Service (The Wrap)

The Criterion Collection and WarnerMedia announced that the Criterion Channel will launch a free-standing streaming service. The news comes in the wake of the shuttering of FilmStr... More

Disney to Expand Hulu Globally (Rapid TV News)

Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said that once Disney's $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox's goes through, it will own 60% of Hulu, up from its existing 30% stake. While Disne... More

Netflix Testing Cheaper Mobile-Only Subscription Tiers (The Verge)

The number of people who use mobile devices as a primary option to stream Netflix is growing worldwide, which makes it no surprise that the company is reportedly testing a new paym... More

Report: Facebook Watch Testing Sports OTT Viewer Engagement (SportsPro)

Facebook is trialling new ways to enhance fan interaction during its over-the-top sports coverage, according to a report by SportsTechie. The social media giant is currently testin... More

Hallmark Movies Now Streaming Service Claims 500,000 Subs (B&C)

Crown Media Family Networks said its subscription streaming service Hallmark Movies Now has more than 500,000 subscribers. The company said that since the beginning of its Movie & ... More