Google said it is currently working to sell its new OnHub W-Fi internet router to carriers around the world. Google's efforts to expand distribution of its OnHub device further underscore the company's work to expand its position in the internet services market.
LAS VEGAS-- Executives with Google's YouTube online video service and Amazon headlined the National Association of Broadcasters' Online Video Conference, putting a spotlight on the rapid changes taking place not just in online video, as virtual reality and consumer-friendly business models come to the fore, but also in the traditional broadcast community.
LAS VEGAS- Pay-TV companies closely watching Amazon's attempt to become yet another bundler of video channels take heed: The e-tail giant's five-month-old "Streaming Program Partners" initiative is now working with 30 third-party streaming partners, and is about to launch the NBC comedy SVOD platform Seeso.
Amazon and Netflix may soon be racing neck and neck for subscribers, as Amazon adopted a monthly subscription tier that aligns closely to the top SVOD provider's streaming tiers. The news, coming just ahead of Netflix's first-quarter earnings report, may have contributed to a drop in Netflix share prices.
Sprint is teaming with Amazon on a promotion enabling customers to pay for a monthly subscription to Amazon Prime on their mobile bills. But they'll have to pay more to do so.
Facebook said it doesn't degrade the quality of its video for specific mobile network operators, unlike Netflix. But whether Amazon or YouTube do is still uncertain.
The NFL is taking its presence a bit further into the OTT world, this time announcing a new original series that will debut this summer on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The factual series, titled Al l or Nothing: A Season With The Arizona Cardinals documents the NFL team's behind the scenes activity during the 2015 season.
Comcast has confirmed that its Xfinity TV, Internet and landline services can now be purchased through Amazon.com.
Google and Amazon may have reduced their capital spending in 2015, but that did not effect the global server market too much-- it grew 7 percent during the year. Dell'Oro Group said that this was the largest gain the market has seen since 2011, when the market was overcoming the fallout of a global recession.
It's live, it's ad-free, and it's open for all to see: Amazon debuted its first live-streamed online show on Tuesday night, Style Code Live, a daily lifestyle program focusing on fashion and beauty.