Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.
Cable operators who might be laser-focused on keeping customers from fleeing to Netflix have just gotten a bigger headache. AT&T and The Chernin Group say they're putting $500 million into a joint venture to "acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services."
Executives polling two middle and high school students at a recent summit on over-the-top services were set back a bit by the middle schooler's frank admission: She doesn't watch Netflix much, if at all.
A report by consumer data company Experian shows a direct link between the availability of over-the-top content such as Netflix and an increase in consumers cutting the cable cord.
In a marriage that seems logical, if not even perhaps necessary, cloud-based technology provider Octoshape is partnering with live-streaming services provider iStreamPlanet to create a multi-faceted over-the-top/IPTV video distribution model that they will offer to content owners, broadcasters and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service providers.
German operator E-Plus this week unveiled a partnership with WhatsApp that provides one highly interesting example of how mobile operators and over-the-top messaging providers can work together in future.
Cable operators looking to expand the reach of their content should consider partnering with wireless carriers to get their content onto mobile screens, according to an analyst that covers the pay-TV and over-the-top content space.
Over-the-top (OTT) messaging providers such as Viber, WhatsApp and Line are commanding an increasing share of mobile users' messaging traffic, cutting into operators' SMS revenues. They are also rushing to expand their offerings to include movies, books and, in some cases, voice calling services. In response, European wireless operators are seeking ways to partner with OTT messaging providers, while also hedging their bets by pursuing their own OTT strategies.
Operators are hedging their bets when it comes to over the top (OTT) messaging, embracing specialised OTT companies on the one hand, while on the other continuing to develop their own OTT messaging strategies.
Over-the-top video won't see a big innovation breakthrough on mobile devices anytime soon, says Mark Lowenstein, managing director of Mobile Ecosystem, in a FierceWireless column.