• April 19, 2018

    Google Chrome now mutes annoying videos that autoplay with sound

    There’s good news for Google  Chrome users — the latest version of the world’s most popular web browser has arrived with a new feature that prevents websites from automatically playing sound. That means that pre-loaded videos, and other content that involves sound, won’t blare out unless you specifically choose to enable it to. Aside […]

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  • April 19, 2018

    Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile

    Netflix  is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile viewers. The previews look much like Stories because the thumbnails are circular and the content plays with virtual videos, so there’s no need to move your phone to the […]

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  • April 19, 2018

    Mirantis bets on Spinnaker, Netflix’s open-source continuous delivery platform

    Spinnaker is the new open-source project to watch. It’s a multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that came out of Netflix and that now also has the backing of Google. The typical cycle for these kind of products, which mirrors what we’ve seen with projects like Kubernetes or OpenStack, is that a […]

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  • April 12, 2018

    ESPN launches its streaming service ESPN+

    Meet the first big piece of Disney’s strategy In addition to being the sports media giant’s first big push into digital subscriptions, ESPN+ is also parent company Disney’s first streaming launch since it took a majority stake in technology company BAMtech last year, with the explicit goal of helping Disney move into […]

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  • April 5, 2018

    3D movie box office totals take another dive

    Could it be that the scourge of 3D film is coming to an end? The box office contribution of 3D showings dropped in 2017 to 12 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s $11.1 billion total take, its lowest point essentially since 3D movies became a thing. The numbers come straight […]

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  • March 28, 2018

    Over-the-top-only U.S. households nearly tripled since 2013, impacting TV ad dollars

    The number of U.S. households using only over-the-top streaming services to access TV programming and movies has nearly tripled over the past five years, according to a new report (PDF) from the Video Advertising Bureau out today. While on its own, that figure sounds impressive, the report points out that cord cutters’ […]

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  • March 19, 2018

    comcast’s sky bid, future OTT service?

    Analyst suggests Comcast is more interested in OTT possibilities than satellite Comcast’s bid for Sky could be the foundation of a global Over The Top offering, according to an analysis from MoffettNathanson Research’s Craig Moffett. Moffett suggests the pairing of proprietary and valuable content from Comcast’s NBCUniversal with Sky’s would […]

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  • March 18, 2018

    BBC to increase voice experimentation

    The BBC has announced plans to increase its creative experimentation around voice services and interaction on platforms like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in the coming months. In an interview posted on the BBC’s Technology and Creativity blog, the BBC’s executive editor of voice, Mukul Devichand, said that voice devices are […]

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    March 17, 2018

    view tv group launches new website

    view tv group launches new website

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  • March 17, 2018

    more than one ott service required

    When it comes to OTT, a subscription to just one service doesn’t cut it as a replacement for pay-TV: According to Hub Entertainment Research, most consumers in the US would need to subscribe to three or four services to meet their needs. The firm found that only two-fifths of viewers […]

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  • ott tv
    March 17, 2018

    russian ott growth

    The Russian OTT movie service Okko saw its revenues almost double in 2017, while those of its competitor Megogo increased by 1.65 times. According to Comnews, Okko’s revenues last year amounted to almost R1.4 billion, compared to R775 million in 2016. At the same time, the number of unique paying users […]

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  • March 15, 2018

    vod platform launches

    View TV Group launches its VoD PLatform that now comes complete with 100% fill of advertising spaces for monetising content in the UK. We upload the content and add to the apps and the web platform with full 3minute advertising breaks to replicate linear television catch-up services. View TV Group […]

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  • dish
    March 14, 2018

    all major networks to launch ott

    Seeing select premium networks alongside a few other channels going direct-to-consumer (DTC) with streaming services is more than a passing fad. Citing the ongoing unbundling of cable TV packages in the coming years, The Diffusion Group predicts that all “major” TV networks will introduce OTT-powered, direct-to-consumer services by 2022. That, […]

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  • netflix global
    March 14, 2018

    localised content demands

    NEW DELHI: US streaming giants Amazon and Netflix are tapping into Indian viewers’ preferences for local content and, more specifically, regional language content as internet penetration spreads beyond the cities and into rural areas. Jessica Lee, vice president, Communications–Asia, Netflix, reported the platform had seen “strong growth” since its launch in […]

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  • Walt Disney Studios
    March 14, 2018

    disney restructure for ott

    disney is restructuring before letting service loose In preparation for its drive into the OTT market, Disney has announced a reorganization of the company into four divisions, which will include a newly created direct-to-consumer segment to house the company’s portfolio of streaming services. Disney has appointed Kevin Mayer to lead the direct-to-consumer […]

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  • March 12, 2018

    Best month on record for BBC iPlayer

    The BBC reported a record 328 million programme requests on iPlayer in January, marking “the best month on record” for the catch-up service. The BBC said the number of shows accessed on the iPlayer in January was up 10% compared to the same month in 2017, with an average of […]

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  • March 6, 2018

    Sky to Offer Netflix in New Package

    Sky to offer popular SVOD service via its ‘Sky Q’ platform Sky, the U.K.-based media giant that’s now the apple of Comcast’s eye, and Netflix have forged a deal that will bundle the SVOD service into a new subscription package through the Sky Q platform. Under the deal, sky will make […]

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  • February 27, 2018

    Formula 1 goes OTT with F1 TV streaming

    Formula 1 has launched its own bespoke streaming service, selling directly to consumers in two dozen markets. The service, costing around $8-$12 a month, will be available in Germany, France, the US, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Hungary and much of Latin America. A launch date for the UK has not been set. […]

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