Looking to bulk up as an independent cable programmer facing a wave of pay-TV consolidation, AMC Networks will pay $200 million to acquire a 49.9 percent share of BBC America.
The top three SVOD services, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, will collectively spend $6.8 billion to acquire already produced, non-original, "off-network" programming next year. That is 31 percent more than the $5.2 million they'll spend in 2014.
As expected, a federal judge has placed an injunction on Aereo's ability to stream the live broadcasts of major U.S. networks to IP devices. However, the court left open the possibility that Aereo could carry on, by delivering delayed broadcast feeds to subscribers as a kind of virtual DVR service.
Executives of online retail giant and SVOD provider Amazon, in the wake of a third quarter in which it posted record losses, were more subdued on the company's earnings conference call when it came to talking about their online streaming plans.
Redbox Instant. Justin.TV. Xbox Studios. For every Netflix or Hulu, there's an online video programmer that started out with ambitious next-generation audience-building goals, but ended up in the "Boneyard" of failed next-generation programming initiatives.
Seeming to further distance itself from a program renewal deal with Viacom, Suddenlink has signed yet another carriage agreement with a smaller programming network, putting Sony Movie Channel on its program guide.
YouTube, Hulu and Vimeo are among the online video sites that have enjoyed a significant amount of success. But for every Netflix there are at least as many online video sites that have struggled--or closed outright. FierceOnlineVideo takes a look at the "boneyard," the online video vendors that have either closed up shop or are on the ropes. See this special report here.
With CNN's ratings hitting record lows recently, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is using licensing renewal negotiations with Turner Networks to scale back on smaller services.
Yahoo is starting to generate money from its mobile business after years of lagging behind larger competitors like Google and Facebook. However, the company still has a ways to go before it can claim significant success in mobile advertising and apps.
Viewers are starting to understand TV Everywhere, it appears, as usage of multiscreen options provided by pay-TV providers jumped 388 percent in the second quarter compared to the same time last year. That's according to Adobe's bi-annual Video Benchmark Report, which measures authenticated online video viewing through its customers' TV Everywhere services. FierceCable breaks down the numbers here.