I had a whole other column lined up today around Aereo and its first day at the Supreme Court, but then things started going off on the online video front like popcorn in an air popper.
Dish Network is diving into deeper OTT waters, announcing it will make its linear TV available over-the-top to subscribers by the end of June. The satellite provider hopes to be the first to sell a full package of live-streaming channels and is negotiating rights with several broadcasters and distributors.
AT&T Mobility surprised the market by reporting 625,000 postpaid subscriber net additions in the first quarter, more than analysts had expected and the carrier's best first-quarter postpaid performance in five years.
AT&T jumped into the online video space with both feet Tuesday, announcing a joint venture with the Chernin Group. The Tier 1 provider committed more than $500 million to fund SVOD services, advertising and other online streaming initiatives.
International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators' reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.
AT&T announced a new, $500 million joint venture with The Chernin Group, a Hollywood production company for TV shows and movies, to target the over-the-top online video space--and AT&T specifically mentioned mobile as a key element in its efforts to expand into OTT online video.
AT&T Mobility was able to withstand an onslaught of competition from T-Mobile US and its other Tier 1 competitors in the first quarter, according to predictions from Credit Suisse analysts.
Joss Whedon released a new film, "In Your Eyes," on Vimeo this week at the same time that it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Netflix will increase its monthly streaming subscription price by one to two dollars, "depending on the country," this quarter, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote in a letter to shareholders this afternoon. The announcement coincided with the release of Netflix's first quarter results, in which the company notched 2.25 million new customers in the United States.
AT&T Mobility's Aio Wireless prepaid brand is launching a new group plan that offers customers increasing discounts as they continue adding lines to a single account. The plans are similar to Sprint's "Framily" plans, which Sprint has been selling since January.