OTT/Streaming

Microsoft Isn’t Working on a Streaming-Only Xbox Right Now (Engadget)

Rumors may have pointed to Microsoft working on a cloud-centric Xbox console, but Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that is not that the case. In an interview, the executiv... More

YouTube Tweaks Copyright Policy: Rights Holders Can’t Monetize Videos With Short or Unintentional Music Uses (Billboard)

YouTube is tweaking its copyright policy, blocking rights holders from manually monetizing “creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music.” The move comes after... More

Showtime Offers Two Episodes of ‘On Becoming a God’ for Free (B&C)

Showtime has put the first two episodes of dark comedy 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida' online for free sampling. The two episodes are on YouTube, SHO.com and showtime.com, a... More

Free Trials Influence OTT Video Subs (BTN)

Over 50% of US broadband households that subscribe to an OTT video service do so because they’ve previously enjoyed a free trial.... More

Disney Signs Deal With Charter for Channels, Streaming Services (Bloomberg)

Walt Disney Co. and Charter Communications Inc. reached a new agreement for the second-largest U.S. cable TV provider to carry channels such as ESPN and ABC, along with streaming s... More

Netflix Global Real Estate Grab: How the Streamer Is Expanding From London to Singapore (THR)

From sizable investments in studio facilities to high-end office spaces in some of the world's priciest neighborhoods, the company is quickly building a robust physical presence ar... More

The $400M-Plus Reason Your Favorite TV Shows are Exiting Netflix and Maybe Hulu (LA Times)

Legacy media companies are targeting the streaming rights for shows that became hits at their studios and networks. Why are companies willing to break the bank for streaming rights... More

British Airways Offering VR Entertainment on Flights (Engadget)

British Airways is set to trial VR entertainment on select first class flights from London Heathrow to New York JFK. From now until the end of the year, customers on these flights ... More

Compliance for Streaming Platforms: Is Self-Regulation the Way Forward? (Prime Focus Technologies Blog)

For the Media & Entertainment industry, compliance has evolved a lot in the past few years. While censorship and compliance regulations for linear TV and cinema go back a long way,... More

LMT Release 2.0: Language Code Solution for Broadcast, Media Industries

Global distribution requirements have exposed the need to consistently present languages for audio, text on the screen (closed captioning, subtitles, simplified descriptions for ac... More

‘OTT Affluencers’ Wield Outsized Influence … And Welcome Advertising (Media Post)

It’s no secret that affluent consumers have a weighty influence on U.S. spending. Specifically, although they represent only 20% of the population, households with incomes of $12... More

NBC Sports Kicks Off Pub Pass OTT Platform (TVTechnology)

Local watering holes can now be the home for passionate rugby, cycling and soccer fans courtesy of a new OTT platform NBC Sports has developed with sports and live entertainment co... More

Bringing Live 4K Streaming Sporting Events to Life at Scale (VDMS Blog)

Today, the vast majority of live and streaming content is either 720p or 1080p. Despite the widespread availability of affordable 4K screens, broadcasters are still struggling with... More

How Disney’s New Bundle Instantly Changes the Streaming Landscape for Everyone (Forbes)

Disney chief Bob Iger formally announced that the company will offer a bundle including ESPN+, Hulu and its new Disney+ streaming service for $12.99 per month once Disney+ debuts o... More

CBS Expands All Access OTT Streaming Service to Include Kids’ Content

CBS All Access continues to grow on the subscriber and content fronts, according to Joseph Ianniello, CBS president and acting CEO, who disclosed his company’s plan to add kids... More

Netflix Signs a $200M Deal With ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners (Engadget)

David Benioff and Dan Weiss, whom you probably know as the showrunners for that little HBO series Game of Thrones, are moving to a new home. The duo has signed a $200 million multi... More

Why Cord Cutting Hasn’t Doomed Cable Companies (Fortune)

Some four million households per year are dropping their cable and satellite TV services—cutting the cord and relying on Internet alternatives—a trend which should continue for... More

Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Ad-Supported Hulu to Be Bundled for $12.99 a Month

Disney will be bundling its Disney Plus and ESPN Plus direct-to-consumer (DTC) streaming services with ad-supported Hulu for $12.99 a month in the U.S. when its Disney Plus service... More

Amazon Prime ‘an Option’ for La Liga Rights Deal (SportsPro)

Amazon Prime Video could present a viable option as La Liga seeks an eleventh-hour rights deal in the UK and Ireland.... More

Cord-Cutting Speeds Up as TV Providers Scramble to Boost Profits (THR)

The number of households without a traditional pay-television subscription could soon equal those that have one, according to a new study. ... More