OTT/Streaming

Will Blockchain Reinvent the Television? (TechHQ)

Blockchain TV isn’t exactly a blockchain server in your TV set, but indirectly it actually is. The proposition is that broadcast media firms should be implementing blockchain ove... More

The Future is OTT – Advertisers Must Move with the Market (The Drum)

Asia was slow to launch over-the-top video offerings such as live TV streaming or subscription video on demand (SVOD) but the market is starting to move with new services launching... More

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Sees Record Online Viewing Figures (Forbes)

The FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 has seen record online viewing figures, thanks to advances in OTT technology and the burgeoning mobile media streaming market. During the first week ... More

Vast Media Smart Screen Round-Up: ‘Westworld’ Maze, World Cup Madness

Here’s a run-down of recent second screen-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media. • During the World Cup, German broadcaste... More

Submissions Open for Media Excellence Awards (SSN)

Nominations for the 11th annual Media Excellence Awards (MEA) are now open (mediaxawards.com), with a call for submissions to honor the best in mobile entertainment and technology,... More

MTV to Produce Reboots of Classic Shows for Streaming Services (MediaPost)

MTV President Chris McCarthy said the channel was looking to go back through its 37-year archive of programming, covering more than 200 shows, to figure out which ones could be rei... More

England Football Bosses are Testing a Daily YouTube Show at the World Cup (Digiday)

The England Football Association created a daily YouTube show called the “Lions’ Den” centered around its men’s team at the World Cup. Twelve episodes in and the show has a... More

Apple Inks Deal with Sesame Workshop to Stream Children’s Programming (MediaPost)

Apple continues to beef up its streaming video content development slate. The latest addition is a multi-series deal with Sesame Workshop, the New York-based non-profit production ... More

TiVo’s Horstman: Set-Top Box Data ‘Must Move at the Speed Of Digital’ (Beet.TV)

When TiVo and Rovi merged in the fall of 2016, one priority was to pool all of the set-top box viewing data from TiVo’s own hardware and combine it with data from cable and satel... More

Digital Short Form is a Key Growth Area for Content Creators (Variety)

The expansion of the short form Emmy category to include five awards is a sign of the fast-paced times as content creators grow their offerings and established networks and broadca... More

Inside the Binge Factory (Vulture)

Netflix is hiring everybody in and out of Hollywood to make more TV shows than any network ever has, and it already knows which ones you’ll like.... More

Amazon Prime Wins Live Premier League TV Rights as Tech Giants Finally Get Involved (Forbes)

It has long been speculated, and in some quarters hoped, that one of Facebook, Amazon or Netflix would get involved in the battle for Premier League television rights. But it has f... More

Connected TV: A Hero is Rising (AdExchanger)

In advertising – where marketers are always on the lookout for a new “hero” format – connected TV has the makings of just such a conflicted hero. The progeny of TV and digi... More

How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Kids? It’s Complicated (The Guardian)

For many parents in the digital age, battles over screen time and devices have become a depressing part of family life, and knowing how much is too much has become a moving target.... 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

Norwegian Football Club Taps AWS Elemental for Subscription Video (Digital TV Europe)

Leading Norwegian football club Odds Ballklubb has used AWS Media Services’ platform to enable the fast launch of a new OTT TV subscription video streaming service. AWS and Cryst... More

HBO Launches a Global War for Cord-Cutters (Bloomberg)

HBO has won international acclaim for “Game of Thrones.” Fewer people have heard of “Mamon.” Yet the Czech drama about a journalist who uncovers evidence of fraud, implicat... More

Apple Plans to Sell Video Subscriptions Through TV App (Bloomberg)

Apple’s plan to reinvent cable TV is starting to look a lot like the strategy of its rival Amazon.com Inc. For the first time, Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to ce... More

Top Trends in Content Protection, OTT Optimization at NAB 2018 (NAGRA Blog)

Over the years, the NAB Show has been the go-to event to dive into the topics, trends and discussions around the rapidly changing demands of the media and entertainment industry. T... More

The Future of TV is Connected – and Unbelievably Personal (Adweek)

With 195 million U.S. viewers predicted to watch CTV this year, television is the next big digital channel. So what’s in it for advertisers? For starters, they get reasonable pri... More