OTT/Streaming

As Comcast Bows Out of Fox Hunt, Hulu’s Future Becomes Clearer (MediaPost)

Comcast officially ended its pursuit of 21st Century Fox Thursday. This step significantly impacts the streaming video marketplace, since it clears the way for Disney to complete i... More

Walmart Vudu-Branded Subscription Video Service Eyes Q4 Launch (Variety)

Walmart is in fact looking at entering the subscription-video space to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, sources confirmed — and the retailing giant is planning to launch th... More

Netflix Revamps TV Interface, Aiming to Boost Streaming Hours (Variety)

Netflix has spruced up its interface for connected-TV devices — in the hopes that subscribers will more quickly find and start watching stuff on the service.... More

Netflix to Launch Comedy Radio Channel on SiriusXM (Variety)

Netflix is getting into the radio biz: The streamer has entered into a pact with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour comedy channel set to debut by January 2019. For Netflix, the channel ... More

AWS Elemental Powers Magnolia Pictures’ Move Into OTT (MESA)

As part of the Magnolia OTT video workflow, AWS Elemental MediaConvert adds simplicity and powerful functionality to support the transcode profiles and asset conversions Magnolia r... More

OTT is the Future, But We Must Act Now to Avoid Digital Mistakes (MarketingInsider)

As OTT grows overall and linear TV declines, we must lay the foundation for how we engage with this quickly growing ecosystem, and try not to retrofit it into the old way of buying... More

A Walmart Streaming Service? Retailer Mulls Challenge to Netflix, Amazon (IBD)

The nation's biggest retailer is mulling the creation of its own subscription streaming video service, according to The Information. Walmart already operates Vudu, which the retail... More

Streaming Video Takes Over The Emmys (Video Insider)

In many ways, the rise of streaming video is mimicking the rise of premium cable in the 1990s and early 2000s. HBO developed its premium brand of programming, and it quickly became... More

Roma Becomes First Serie A Club to Broadcast Live Game on Twitter (TVB Europe)

AS Roma became the first Serie A club to broadcast an entire match live on Twitter on Saturday. Over 100,000 fans tuned into the game via the club’s Italian Twitter account, cloc... More

Netflix Experiments with Promoting its Shows on the Login Screen (TechCrunch)

Netflix is testing a new way to promote its original shows – right on the login screen. A company spokesperson confirmed the streaming service is currently experimenting with a d... More

On Instagram TV, Brands Go Longer and Weirder (AdAge)

Brands and publishers are among the first to use IGTV, the new long-form video platform that lives inside Instagram and has its own standalone app. Instead of the minute-limit in t... More

The Next Frontier for Tech Giants: Unleashing Sports Broadcasting Potential (The Drum)

We’re at the precipice of a watershed moment in broadcasting. Over the past two years, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Verizon and Yahoo have all picked up smaller nonexclusi... More

Dolby Vision Coming to Xbox One Consoles (TVB Europe)

Microsoft is bringing Dolby Vision streaming to its 4K-ready Xbox One consoles, allowing users to watch Netflix in the 12-bit high-dynamic-range format. The Xbox One S and Xbox One... More

Netflix Tops HBO in 2018 Emmy Nominations (MCN)

Netflix garnered more Emmy Awards nominations than any other network or streaming service, topping perennial nominations leader HBO, the TV Academy announced Thursday morning in Lo... More

ESPN+ Hoping New Series ‘Enhanced’ will Enhance It’s OTT Subscriber Numbers (VideoInk)

ESPN is hoping its latest original, “Enhanced,” will be enough to convert dedicated sports fans to subscribers of its OTT platform ESPN+. The new series, which will premiere ex... More

BBC Warns of England World Cup Streaming Delay (TVB Europe)

The BBC has warned that those watching England’s World Cup campaign over streaming services could experience latency delays of up to 20 seconds. Despite the broadcaster working h... More

Reese Witherspoon Launching VOD Channel (THR)

Reese Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine production company are entering the VOD space. The actress and her company are teaming with AT&T's DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-Verse with a ... More

Video Streaming Marketers Prove Big 2018 TV Spenders (MediaPost)

Video streaming services dramatically increased national TV advertising spending for the first six months of 2018 -- due to highly viewed sports programming, such as the Winter Oly... More

Spotify is Fine – But Let’s Mourn the Passing of CDs (LA Times)

The problem with sundowning music formats is that, in our eagerness to pitch ourselves into the future with new technology, we bury what brought us so much pleasure in the first pl... More

20th TV, Fox 21 TV Studios Will Both Develop For All Platforms In Strategy Shift (Deadline)

When the 20th Century Fox TV-produced broadcast drama pilot Mixtape did not make the cut to series at Fox, the executives at the broadcast-focused studio sprung into action. Teamin... More