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
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
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
The National Football League is getting more responsive to fans' demands for online video options: the organization is rolling all of its subscription offerings, including NFL Now, into a single $99 Domestic NFL Game Pass for U.S. viewers. And internationally, the league renewed its deal with multiscreen delivery provider RR Media to deliver games via Internet, fiber and satellite to several countries
Elemental Technologies, a software developer that enables media and entertainment companies to format their video content for over-the-top distribution, has been acquired by Amazon Web Services for an undisclosed amount. Terms of the deal were not released, although The Information said the Portland, Ore.-based provider was purchased for $500 million in an all-cash transaction. A spokesperson for Elemental Technologies told FierceOnlineVideo that the company will retain its brand and product lines after the acquisition closes.
AOL, which rebuilt itself into an attractive and acquirable target in part through its video and advertising strategies, is now making a similar proposition to struggling mobile ad platform Millennial Media. The two companies have agreed to a deal that will see Verizon-owned AOL buy the firm for approximately $250 million. Verizon (NYSE: VZ) purchased AOL in May for $4.4 billion, gaining the provider's robust advertising capabilities including its ONE by AOL platform. The solution is expected to be a key component of Verizon's pending mobile-first OTT video service, go90, which is expected to debut soon.
What's the good part about having a tough time selecting 2015's most influential women in the wireless industry? Having that difficulty because of the surge of women rising into the top ranks of carriers across the U.S.
Another day, another challenge for online video advertisers trying to make sure their ads are viewed. Both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) are taking separate measures to remove annoyances from their users' lives, at the expense of online video advertisers. In a widely publicized move this week, Apple announced its next iOS version, iOS 9, will include ad-blocking capability that will keep video and display ads from being seen on its mobile devices. While it may be a welcome respite from increasing mobile ad clutter for users, Apple isn't making friends among brand marketers, publishers and its high-tech neighbors in Silicon Valley, The Wall Street Journal reports
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is about to go almost all-in on original content: The top SVOD provider's five-year licensing deal with Epix has lapsed, meaning that major movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Transformers: Age of Extinction are off subscribers' plates. But Netflix's executives haven't been all that fussed about the loss of such popular content, even as analysts have fretted. The company is betting even higher on the ability of its original content slate, along with a good-sized Disney deal, to sustain its popularity with OTT viewers. Hulu, which is pursuing an aggressive content acquisition strategy, snapped up the opportunity, signing a deal with Epix that will see much of the premium cable network's content shift over to that SVOD service in the next few weeks, Re/code reports
YouTube's answer to live-streaming game site Twitch is now live: YouTube Gaming is available in every country in which the top OTT video site operates, Ars Technica reports. HikePlays' live stream on Gaming's first day boasted 8,000-plus viewers. (Source: YouTube Gaming) The website launched officially on Wednesday, Aug. 26, with live-streamed games previewing across the home page. The site, developed after Google failed to purchase Twitch — Amazon swooped in with a $970 million offer instead — will serve as a “collection point” for all gaming content that is currently on YouTube, in addition to showing live-streamed games