YouTube announced a livestreaming feature to its mobile app in an effort to take on Facebook's Live and Twitter's Periscope. And the move may weigh down wireless networks that already struggle with slow uplink speeds.
Facebook is working with T-Mobile to make its video technically compliant with the carrier's Binge On offering, Recode reported late Thursday.
The OTT video company Ellation announced a new multichannel video platform in a move that could pave the way for AT&T to expand its media offerings.
T-Mobile continues to expand its Binge On offering, adding content from PBS, PBS Kids and a few other partners to the zero-rated video service.
Verizon signaled its intention to expand into media in a big way last year with its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which included properties such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. And it continues to expand on its media business with the aggressive buildout of Go90, an OTT video offering and mobile advertising channel.
More than 8 billion devices were connected to the web by the end of 2015, according to fresh data from IHS, averaging four devices per household around the world. And Netflix has a presence on many of them.
Verizon's Go90 is gradually gaining traction but faces "an uphill battle" against other mobile video and social networking apps and services, according to a study by UBS analysts.
The cable industry is rapidly becoming an extremely complex and competitive world where new technologies such as high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K are coming to market and OTT providers increasingly target viewers on tablets, smartphones and other platforms. And uncertainty regarding potential regulation looms as the FCC tries to address a market that has expanded far beyond traditional video providers and networks.
There is clear battle brewing between the wireless industry and the cable industry. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and the rest of the nation's top wireless carriers are increasingly developing products and services that stand as a direct challenge to cable operators like Comcast and Charter Communications. Such actions are doubtlessly causing headaches in the cable industry.
The market of subscription video-on-demand services grew even more crowded in the first quarter with three significant product launches. NBCUniversal introduced its $4-a-month Seeso, Sony expanded its PlayStation Vue offering, and Starz trotted out a standalone OTT service a few weeks ago. Even more new offerings are expected to come to market in the second and third quarters.