OTT/Streaming

Cable Nets Run More Ads as Streamers Steal Eyeballs (B&C)

Not long ago, cutting commercials seemed like a good idea. A few years back, advertising dollars were migrating to digital and viewers were just starting to stream video and cut th... More

Quibi’s Streaming Service App Launches in App Stores for Pre-Order (TechCrunch)

Quibi, the mobile-only streaming service from Jeffrey Katzenberg, is now open for pre-orders. The company declined to fully show off its app only a month ago during demos of its ... More

CBS All Access, Showtime to Reach 16M Streaming Subscribers By Year’s End (Variety)

CBS All Access and Showtime are on track to garner a combined 16 million subscribers by year’s end, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish told investors. ViacomCBS’ subscription streaming o... More

OTT Market to Reach $86.8B by 2026 (Digital TV Europe)

The OTT market is set to reach US$86.8 billion by 2026. According to new figures, this will represent a CAGR of 14.3% between 2019-26, with the market being worth US$30.23 billion ... More

Netflix’s Mobile Opportunity (MCN)

Netflix, already focusing heavily on its international opportunity as the U.S. market matures, will likely get most of its future growth from three key areas, with mobile broadband... More

Why Redbox is Moving Into Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Video (Variety)

Redbox, best known for its network of fire-engine-red DVD-rental kiosks, has thrown its hat into the free-TV ring — with an ad-supported service that looks a lot like ViacomCBS... More

Pilot Season Slows Down as Broadcast Networks Rethink Strategy in Streaming Era (Variety)

Now more than ever, the broadcast networks are feeling the need to change up their typical pilot season strategy. With existing streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus a... More

Can Quibi Build a Brand From Scratch Amid Stiff Streaming Competition? (Next TV)

Quibi is trying to create a unique approach to entertainment, focused on mobile, short-form, episodic video displayed through an innovative “turnstile” interface that fills you... More

Canada Wants Streamers to Start Paying More Taxes (THR)

Are the streaming giants enjoying a free ride in Canada? That's been an increasingly vocal complaint from content creators and regional governments north of the border as Netflix a... More

Mainstreaming FMCG in Game Streaming (Verdict)

As a cultural product, gaming dwarfs both Hollywood and music combined, and the arrival of 5G is only likely to increase its reach. FMCG brands should contemplate how they can util... More

Streaming Wars Lead to Rise in Canadian Film and TV Shoots (THR)

Just five years ago, Canada was experiencing a locations boom thanks to the steady flow of Hollywood shoots heading north of the border. Now the streaming wars are taking the deman... More

Ampere: HBO Max Landing Most of New WarnerMedia Programs (TV Technology)

HBO Max is expected to launch to consumers in May, and WarnerMedia is making sure that it has plenty of content to fill its new streaming service, per a new report from Ampere Anal... More

HBO Go Launches in Indonesia (Digital TV Europe)

Ahead of the US launch of the bumper HBO Max in May, WarnerMedia has released its HBO Go service in Indonesia. This launch adds to the service’s Asian availability in Hong Kong, ... More

Amazon Prime Video: The Stealthy, Ominous Streaming Force (Forbes)

On the heels of Amazon’s eye-popping Q4 2019 results, it’s time to consider - really consider - what a powerful, ominous force this behemoth is in the world of media and entert... More

Netflix Free Streaming ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,’ Borrowing Premium TV’s Sampling Strategy (Variety)

Netflix is hoping to convert fans of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” into subscribers — if they’re not already — by letting anyone stream the YA rom-com movie for f... More

More Platforms, More Content for African-American Viewers (MCN)

Netflix, along with BET+, Bounce’s Brown Sugar and Urban Movie Channel, are leading the charge among streaming services to challenge African American-targeted cable networks for ... More

WarnerMedia Doubles Down on Streaming Shows Ahead of HBO Max Launch (THR)

As WarnerMedia prepares to launch its streaming service HBO Max in May, the company has shifted resources from its cable networks to invest in online originals. A new study by Ampe... More

Redbox Quietly Launches Ad-Supported Video Service (Protocol)

DVD kiosk company Redbox is launching an ad-supported online video service. The company has been testing the service on its website and in its mobile app with a subset of its audie... More

Spanish Sports Streamer Looks to Irdeto for Security Help (MESA)

Spanish broadcaster Mediaset España has tapped content security provider Irdeto to help secure content delivery for Mediaset’s sports-centric OTT service Mitele Plus, the compan... More

T-Mobile, Sprint $26B Deal Approved by Judge (USA Today)

Sprint and T-Mobile have moved yet another step closer to a merger, and it could lead to consumers paying more for wireless plans. A federal judge in New York on Tuesday approved t... More