A look at the mobile video apps Sprout NOW and USA Network NOW that Comcast's NBCUniversal has launched for two of its cable networks show both the progress the industry has made with TV Everywhere, and how over-the-top-video could shake up the sector.
The Disney Movies Anywhere service for PCs and iOS requires an iTunes account now, but in the future Disney expects to work with other "provider partners."
Pay-TV distributors will face new competition for sales of paid video-on-demand movies with the launch of a cloud-based movie service that Walt Disney Co. launched Tuesday with Apple.
Half a year after introducing the Chromecast, Google has thrown open the gates to its $35 HDMI dongle, giving any app developer who meets its terms of service access to the TV. That could mean a huge step forward for consumers' ability to watch online video on HDTV sets, and it certainly means a big step forward in the ability of independent app makers to reach viewers. But I wonder who will take Google up on its open invitation.
Reports that Apple will manufacture and sell a TV set will not die. The latest comes from Tokyo-based Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co., who says he expects Apple to start selling ultra-HD TV sets in late 2014.
Increased spending on programming production and marketing expenses needed to launch new series on AMC, IFC, Sundance and women's network WE will "create volatility" for the company's profit margins, AMC Networks CFO Sean Sullivan said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference Tuesday.
The latest entrant to the online-video distribution business already has a bull's-eye on its chest. Target, the Minneapolis-based retailer, is said to be nearing the commercial introduction this fall of its Target Ticket service.
As developers continue to weigh the pros and cons of offering in-app purchasing in the mobile games they create, Apple's decision to settle a class-action lawsuit over the use of IAPs by children for $100 million sparked considerable disagreement across social media about how well consumers understand the way they work.
While Netflix is the most popular streaming video service, it ranks sixth in terms of performance, according to a Consumer Reports survey released Thursday.
Customers who obtain digital products from the iTunes store are downloading mobile applications at a rate that is more than four times faster than the download rates for other iTunes content, such as songs and books.