Live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope are helping drive an incremental shift in audiences' attention toward user-generated live-streaming, something Twitch jump-started and that social media may push forward.
While usage of authenticated multiscreen services from pay-TV providers has increased markedly over the last two years, only 12.5 percent of cable, satellite and IPTV customers regularly use TV Everywhere services. This is the conclusion put forth by Adobe in its U.S. Digital Video 2014 Inaugural Report.
ATLANTA--AT&T will be in a much better position to renegotiate content licensing deals with content owners once it closes its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, according to AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega. AT&T's goal is make it much easier for consumers to get TV content on their smartphones and tablets without having to worry about whether or not they will be able to do so because of content rights, he said.
As regulations around captioning of online content take hold--including, as of January 2016, video clips--online video providers increasingly are looking for solutions that make the captioning process easier and more affordable.
Third-party app developers trying to transition from the consumer world to the enterprise market may be in for a difficult shift. Special report
Clinging to its position as television's dominant audience ratings provider, Nielsen said it will begin offering it customer data on Netflix and Amazon Prime SVOD audience usage sometime in the middle of this year.
Facebook unveiled a new software-development kit for its Parse mobile development platform that enables developers to create apps that share data with connected devices. Meanwhile, Faceook also announced an update to its Messenger app called Messenger Platform that will let the messaging app be used to create and share content independent of the News Feed.
Fears of digital piracy ebbed a bit over the last few years, with platforms like Netflix and YouTube providing consumers with gobs of readily available, inexpensive video content. But it turns out that illegal downloading just isn't going away.
Time Warner Cable denied reports that it plans to take a $1 billion write-down on its Dodgers-based regional sports network, TWC SportsNet LA, saying--confusingly--it doesn't even own an asset relating to the Los Angeles-based Major League Baseball franchise.
In a video programming business that will be increasingly dominated by over-the-top distribution and skinnier bundles, "reach"--the actual percentage of viewers that watch a channel over a set time period--will have a much greater role in defining consumer pricing.