There is no question that the rise in over-the-top video services is about to cause a major disruption in the traditional pay-TV industry. Sister publication FierceCable breaks down OTT's early impact on the market with six rules for monetizing next-gen pay-TV business models. Feature
Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.
A Skype co-founder is backing a new mobile messaging and media sharing service called Wire meant to disrupt Skype and other popular messaging apps. Fully 11 years after Skype was founded and three years after Microsoft bought Skype, Janus Friis is trying to give his former company a run for its money with Wire.
Verizon Wireless is going to continue to play a conservative game in terms of its pricing strategy and will not overreact to price cuts by rivals, according to a report from financial analysts who met with the carrier's top executives.
The over-the-top era is fully coming into view in the pay-TV market. It is an emerging, slimmed-down, lower-cost, digitally focused set of alternatives that operators hope will bring a legion of millennial-generation pay-TV holdouts into the fold. Special report.
Google is reportedly planning to use India as a testing ground for a new over-the-top mobile messaging app that will likely launch in 2015.
The FCC voted to require all wireless carriers and certain over-the-top messaging providers support text-to-911 services by the end of the year. However, only a tiny number of 911-answering centers across the country currently support text-to-911 service, and wireless carriers are worried that too many OTT messaging apps will be exempted from the rules because of technical concerns.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US think that over-the-top messaging application providers should be solely responsible for complying with any requirements the FCC places on the apps to support text-to-911 procedures. Not surprisingly, they argued that wireless carriers should not be involved in ensuring OTT compliance.
The FCC is expected to mandate that all wireless carriers and over-the-top messaging providers offer text-to-911 services, but it's unclear when that mandate will go into effect.
More and more operators are embracing partnerships with over-the-top application providers and are seeing their revenue increase and churn fall as a result, according to a new report from mobile service optimization and charging company Allot Communications.