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Amazon Highlights HEVC Support With New Fire TV Streaming Box

Amazon Highlights HEVC Support With New Fire TV Streaming Box

September 22, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

To date, HEVC has been a term that’s primarily used by those in the content, broadcast and video ecosystem industries. Very few consumers know what HEVC is outside of those who are tech nerds or video quality fanatics. But that may change over time as Amazon is now promoting the value of HEVC to consumers and the impact it has on video quality.

Verizon Still Scamming Customers: Tries To “Upsell” Me To 75Mbps, To Get Better Quality Netflix/iPhone Streaming

September 21, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

This afternoon I called FiOS tech support to ask them to stop sending me emails about the pope’s schedule of when he is on TV and what channel to watch. Verizon provides no unsubscribe link and offers customers no way to opt out, so you have to call them to make the emails stop. I was transferred from tech support to sales who said they would remove me, but also told me that I should consider upgrading my 50Mbps service to 75Mbps a month as I was told that Verizon considers me a “heavy user” of their services.

Finding video Zen: broadcasters, pay-TV struggle to unify traditional video delivery with OTT strategy

September 16, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

Forget about disruption. Forget about content cannibalization. The overriding mission from this point forward for the broadcast, pay-TV and media and entertainment industries is to incorporate online video into their structure as seamlessly as possible. That was most obvious to anyone attending the keynotes and panel sessions at this week's IBC Show in Amsterdam. “You can't miss that everyone is talking about OTT,” Roku VP of Pay-TV Andrew Ferrone said of the show, noting that all of the products on display contained OTT integration elements

Broadcast, OTT video complement each other, Sling TV, Kaltura, other execs say at IBC

September 14, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

AMSTERDAM — Traditional television is not being replaced by over-the-top video: In fact, services like Netflix can complement linear TV, some executives are saying at IBC. And while it sounds like rhetoric, there is some hard data coming out that supports the idea. Sling TV's Lynch (Source: “Almost 90 percent of our subscribers have Netflix,” Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said at a keynote session. “It's really a very complementary service to ours. We have live sports, and Netflix has movies.” Lynch said that his linear OTT service is watched mainly in the living room on the big TV screen, in terms of the number of hours viewed

House of Cards producer: Netflix ‘had to go into new territory’ with original content to succeed

September 12, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

AMSTERDAM — Netflix may currently sit atop the online video streaming market, but that wasn't always so. One of the elements that put it there was its decision to invest in high-quality original content, House of Cards producer Lord Michael Dobbs told an audience at IBC.

For Discovery Networks International, it’s all about balance

September 12, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

AMSTERDAM — Making the shift from a primarily cable network to a provider of multiscreen experiences, often directly to viewers over the top, has been a new challenge for Discovery Networks International, the Europe-based wing of Discovery Communications. That's according to its president, JB Perrette, speaking at an opening keynote session at IBC. “We are nimbly moving in a changing landscape … we have been, as most of the industry is, a B2B business,” Perrette said. “Starting to build that B2C capability is not a small task.” At the same time, Discovery is still a linear television network and the bulk of its audience is still the lean-back kind

Google, Scripps, BBC: balancing consumer demand, video technology an expensive proposition

September 10, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

AMSTERDAM–The sky is not falling and TV is not about to go the way of the steam engine, but the broadcast industry over the next several years is facing several challenges, both old and new. Over-the-top video is part of the “new” category, but networks also continue to wrangle with their old nemesis, money, as they balance legacy infrastructure and consumer demand for connected experiences. Those observations were part of the discussion at the IBC Show's opening keynote, “The future is now: broadcasting in an age of challenge.” Moderated by veteran broadcaster Ray Snoddy and featuring speakers from Google, BBC, Scripps Networks International and Middle East-based pay-TV provider OSN, panelists gave an overview of the global television landscape from their points of view

Google Cloud Announces CDN Interconnect Program With Level 3, Fastly, Highwinds & CloudFlare

September 9, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

Google Cloud has announced a new collaboration with four CDN providers, Level 3, CloudFlare, Fastly and Highwinds in a program they are calling CDN Interconnect. The goal is to allow joint customers of these CDN providers and Google’s Cloud Platform to pay reduced prices for in-region Cloud Platform egress traffic. I’m also hearing that additional CDNs will join the program before too long, giving content owners even more flexibility. For customers using Google Cloud as their origin source, this will lower their delivery costs and should improve delivery performance

Former KIT Digital CEO and CFO Arrested: Charged With Accounting Fraud

September 9, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

It was only a matter of time. KIT Digital’s former CEO and Chairman Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and former CFO Robin Smyth have been arrested and charged with accounting fraud. Both are being held pending extradition to the U.S

At IBC, mapping a sea change in OTT video

September 8, 2015 by streaming video · Leave a Comment 

One of the interesting things to do ahead of and during a broadcaster-centric trade show like IBC 2015 is to watch industry players try and predict which way the market will turn in the next six to 12 months. Will all networks have an over-the-top component by 2016? How much consolidation is going to take place? And what is the next big innovation, particularly for online video

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