OTT/Streaming

Launch of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 Triggers Global Piracy Frenzy (Digital TV Europe)

The scale of the global content piracy problem was again underlined this week with the news that the first episode of the new season of Game Of Thrones was pirated almost 55 millio... More

Academy Prepping Service to Stream Best Picture Oscar Hopefuls for Voters (THR)

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mulls changing its Oscar season rules to make it harder for streaming services like Netflix to compete, it is developing a stream... More

Consumers Open to Ad-Supported OTT Offerings (MediaPost)

As consumers increasingly turn to streaming video services to watch their TV content, they are open to both ad-free subscription services and ad-supported offerings.... More

What the End of ‘Game of Thrones’ Means for OTT (AdAge)

More than 10 million folks regularly tune in to watch the program’s live showing rather than viewing a recording later on. Industry pundits are characterizing the show’s final ... More

OTT Sports is Key to Success – But Only With the Right Teammates (NAGRA Blog)

The sports industry is booming. In 2018, it generated more than $49.5 billion in media rights revenue. Unsurprisingly, most of this revenue (94%) comes from linear broadcast rights... More

Hulu CEO Offers Updated Strategic View to Disney Investors (Deadline)

Hulu CEO Randy Freer delivered an update on Hulu’s strategy during Disney’s Investor Day, arguing the 11-year-old streaming service “has the resources to go head to head with... More

YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Push (Billboard)

YouTube is making a move into interactive programming and has tapped a longtime content executive to lead the push. Ben Relles, who has served as head of unscripted since 2015, wil... More

How Much Streaming Can We Take? (Forbes)

Does it seem like more people than ever are talking about shows they binged on streaming services compared to what they watched last night on traditional TV? It’s not your imagin... More

Donald Glover’s ‘Guava Island’ to Stream for Free on Amazon After Coachella Premiere (Deadline)

Get ready to escape to the paradise known as Guava Island. Amazon announced today that the New Regency Film Guava Island starring Donald Glover, Rihanna, Nonso Anozie and Letitia W... More

March Madness Nets Record Live Streaming Audience (SportsPro)

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has reported records for March Madness live streams and live hours consumed over the course of the tournament. During the competition, ... More

Netflix Launches Comedy Channel on SiriusXM (WaPo)

Netflix is launching its first audio venture that will feature the video streaming service’s comedy programming on SiriusXM. The companies on Wednesday announced “Netflix Is A ... More

The Next Front of the Streaming Wars is the Battle for Ad-Supported Programming (Digiday)

Disney, WarnerMedia and other media giants are going “direct to consumer” with new subscription streaming services. And with Disney and WarnerMedia expected to spend billions o... More

Criterion Channel Launches With More Than 1,000 Films (Los Angeles Times)

More than four months after the closure of FilmStruck, Criterion Collection’s library of classic films has officially returned to the streaming realm. Criterion Channel, a subscr... More

Spotify is Quietly Becoming the Netflix of Audio (Inc.)

Spotify has quietly morphed into the world's largest podcast publisher since it has more in-house shows than their competition. Spotify subtly shifting over to podcasts makes compl... More

BBC to Stream FA Cup Matches in Ultra HD (TVB Europe)

The BBC will stream one of the FA Cup semi-finals and the final itself in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer. The matches will be available in Ultra HD and HDR for the first time. The BBC has... More

NAB 2019: Teradici’s PCoIP Protocol Enhancements Include 4K High Frame Rate Content Support

Teradici has made significant enhancements to its multi-codec PCoIP protocol, including 4K Ultra High-Def (UHD) high frame rate content support, designed to improve the experience ... More

Streaming Music is Going to Officially Take Over the World This Year (CNET)

Sometime this year, streaming music should achieve actual world domination. Streaming music, especially paid subscriptions, last year once again fueled the recording industry's glo... More

How OTT Providers Can Achieve True Personalization (VDMS Blog)

Not too long ago it was easy to connect with huge numbers of viewers. Everyone watched what was on broadcast TV. The entrance of cable diversified viewing options and audiences, ma... More

Discovery to Launch Global Factual Streamer by 2020 With BBC Content (Variety)

Discovery and BBC Studios have inked a nearly $400 million programming deal that will see high-end natural history programming from the latter play on a new Discovery global stream... More

Apple Event Leaves More Questions Than Answers on Streaming Video Play (Media Post)

Last week should have been a banner one for close watchers of the streaming video marketplace. Apple, which has spent around $1 billion on original programming, was -- for the firs... More