Wireless Carriers Throttling Online Video

U.S. wireless carriers have long said they may slow video traffic on their networks to avoid congestion and bottlenecks. But new research shows the throttling happens pretty much everywhere all the time. Researchers from Northeastern University and University of Massachusetts Amherst conducted more than 650,000 tests in the U.S. and found that from early 2018 to early 2019, AT&T throttled Netflix 70% of the time and Google’s YouTube service 74% of the time. But AT&T didn’t slow down Amazon.com’s Prime Video at all.

Amino Acquires Online Video Specialist 24i

Amino Communications, a global media and entertainment technology solutions provider, today said it has purchased the privately-held Amsterdam-headquartered 24i, a provider of online video solutions and services. “The fast-growing 24i is a great strategic acquisition for us, moving us closer to a decisive market leadership position,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva. “Not only does 24i’s […]

More Broadband HHs Watch Online Video On TVs

The biggest screen in the house is becoming the go-to for watching online video, according to new research from Parks Associates. The firm said that 52% of U.S. broadband households surveyed now watch online video (SVOD, AVOD, etc.) on a connected TV. Not coincidentally, Parks also found that watching TV and movies at home is the most popular leisure activity for U.S. broadband households.

COMMENTARY BY TARA LACHAPELLE

TV’s Death By A Thousand Streaming Apps

Media companies are scrambling to get bigger and create their own online video services, which don’t make much money or even meet consumers’ needs.

Conservative Video Producer Sues Google

Google urges a judge to throw out a lawsuit over restricted videos on YouTube filed by radio talkshow host Dennis Prager, who in October filed a lawsuit against Google alleging censorship of conservatives. Now, Prager demands a preliminary injunction that would prohibit YouTube from restricting viewer access to its videos absent evidence of graphic nudity, violence, profanity, obscene material, hate speech, or anything that would be considered “objectively” offensive.

Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices

The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets.

Google Blocks YouTube On Amazon Devices

The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon’s refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets.

COMMENTARY BY MICHAEL WOLFF

Who Wins, Loses In Media’s Pivot To Video

Digital media’s latest shift away from words reveals the same old obsession: Steal some of TV’s $70 billion ad pot. Can even Facebook succeed amid a tsunami of new content?

Accenture Pushes Online Video Placement

Accenture’s R&D division has spent the last year developing breakthrough product placement technology that can seamlessly insert a brand into online video, including the ability to replace existing labeling.

Hearst Leads Funding Round For SVOD Iflix

Hearst is out in front of a recent $133 million funding round for SVOD service iflix that is fending off the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in emerging markets. Along with Hearst, Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank are new investors in iflix, and are joined by existing investors Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc.

Google Said Offering New YouTube Deal

YouTube, on an aggressive push to expand its footprint in online video, is said to be offering publishers more control over their own ad inventory in order to win their business. The site is offering major publishers who choose its backend video player the ability to control ad sales both on their sites and on YouTube, according to people familiar with the new offering. Additionally, YouTube is offering the player and its services for free, they said.

NAB 2017

Digital Execs Top NAB Online Video Track

LanzonePaullOne of 12 conference tracks offered at the NAB Show, the Online Video Conference will take place April 24-25 and feature panel discussions and research on evolving online viewership trends and streaming models that are revolutionizing the television and video industries.Keynoting the track will be Jim Lanzone, chief digital officer of CBS Corp./CEO of CBS Interactive, and Michael Paull, BAMTech CEO.

Heartland Opts For Frankly Digital Suite

After a bake off that included two other providers, Bob Prather’s budding small-market station group chooses Frankly for web CMS, mobile apps, online video and OTT. Frankly will also supply strategic consulting and support services as part of the four-year deal.

Zenith: Mobile Passes Fixed Media For Online Vid

FilmOn Adds OVGuide To Online-Video Portfolio

Millennials Love To Stream TV Shows

TiVo research from October 2015 shows that 34% of millennials polled like streaming full TV shows more than any other kind of content. Another 18% prefer full-length movies, while music videos take third place with 12%.

NY Times Video Founder Ann Derry Leaving

BBC Rolls Outs Paid Original Video Service

YouTube And The Promise Of Virtual Reality

YouTube has grown into an online video empire. In his first interview as the site’s engineering chief, Matthew Mengerink discusses virtual reality, making money and stepping into the role during trying times for YouTube’s engineers.

Online Video Not Just For Millennials Now

Globally, people are spending as much time watching online video as they spend watching TV, according to a new report from Millward Brown. That should bode well for brands trying to target cord-cutters or “cord-nevers,” but digital promos annoy many viewers.

New Open Source Video Format In Works

Tech giants including Amazon, Netflix and Google have joined up as the Alliance for Open Media to create a new open source video format. The new format would make it easier to move away from Adobe Flash, would support copy protection and would be suitable for low-power devices.

Bad Measurement Threatens Online Video Ads

WPP CEO Martin Sorrell told analysts on a Wednesday morning conference call that he’d like to see Rentrak and comScore “come together” to devise a solution for what Sorrell described as the “faulty measurement” for media that exists in the U.S. WPP has made investments in both of those companies.

Q&A WITH SETH GEIGER

Millennials Barely Watch Regular TV

A new study finds that just 18% of their television time is spent viewing live broadcast or cable. The majority of their viewing is done on digital devices. SmithGeiger’s Seth Geiger talks about the results.

Tribune Widens Web Syndication To Video

Tribune Content Agency is moving into video syndication, bringing its publishing partners into the fold. The new TCA Video Network  “will offer more than 1,000 new videos a day licensed from 150 news and media companies including the AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, Scripps Broadcasting and AFP,” along with content from Tribune’s own Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.

Spending On Search Ads Just Keeps Growing

With all the hype in recent years around social media, online video, mobile marketing, messaging services and so-called “native advertising,” one would be forgiven for thinking that search advertising — the workhorse of digital advertising — had fallen by the wayside. It hasn’t.

7 Things To Know About Millennials & Video

The results of a new survey on the use of original digital video challenge the assumptions commonly made by many, typically older, media executives about how young people choose, watch and share this video. Here are the seven things they need to know about this importance audience.

HuffPost To Launch 24-Hour Online Video Net

The Huffington Post will launch a 24-hour online video channel, site founder Arianna Huffington told staff on Thursday. The channel will be available via its website, apps, OTT and VOD.

Pros Offer New Approaches To Digital Video

The one constant across some of the most popular platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine — is the growing consumption of video on mobile. So publishers need a new approach to video — one that caters to a mobile, social audience and involves a healthy amount of experimentation around new formats and more efficient workflows.

Cable Model Set For Revival In Streaming Era

Another day, another set of announcements that seem to herald the end of cable TV. But Wednesday’s news that the NFL would finally live-stream a game and that Showtime would be available as a streaming service through Apple only highlight that some aspects of the cable TV model are not going to die easily.

Everyone’s A Video Company Now

Video has become essential to the online experience: We watch. We binge. We share. In the past year, though, something new has happened. Video has moved well beyond dedicated video sites, pervading so many of the other services we use each day.

Wheeler Favors More Online Video Rights

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Wednesday that he is in favor of giving online video distributors some of the same rights as cable and satellite providers. He said the commission has “work to do” to clear obstacles to competition.

NY Post To Offer Sponsors Custom Videos

The New York Post later this year is rolling out a pair of new video series that can be customized in collaboration with brands that pay money to be attached to the content, as opposed to being produced by Post journalists independently of advertisers. One More Night will feature legendary music venues of yore, while Blockumentaries will focus on iconic New York blocks.

NAB 2015

Little Agreement On What Makes An MVPD

At a Monday NAB Show panel on how — and whether — to regulate online video, there was no consensus. Broadcasters are on different sides of the issue, with affiliates favoring reclassifying some online linear video as MVPDs and network owners opposing the move. And online video services also disagree about what the FCC should do.

6 Of 10 Young People Prefer Digital To TV

A new study shows that watching content online instead of on TV is the new normal for young millennials and even younger Gen Zers. Just how much digital video are they watching? The average survey taker viewed 11.3 hours of free online video (on sites like YouTube) and 10.8 hours of subscription video (on sites like Netflix) for a staggering total of 22 hours a week.

Who’s Watching What On YouTube

A new study from Divimove, a network with multiple YouTube channels based in Europe, finds there are marked differences in what young and old people watch on YouTube, though the top draw for men and women is surprisingly similar.

Online, Mobile Video’s Momentum Abounds

“We’re just a month into 2015, and there are already abundant signs of online and mobile video’s momentum, with lots more growth to come as the year unfolds,” writes Will Richmond. “Here’s what’s hit my radar so far.”

Wash. Post Video Chief Out After Two Weeks

The Washington Post‘s newly appointed video director Noah Kotch has left the company after just two weeks, sources told Politico on Monday.

Discovery Founder Hendricks To Debut VOD Service

192M Watch Online Videos On Desktop In Nov.

ComScore has released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 192 million Americans watched online content videos via desktop computer in November. Google Sites is ranked as the top video content property, AOL was the top video ad property and Vevo topped the list of YouTube partner channels.

Who’s Streaming All That Video? Hispanics

People of all ages and demographics are watching a lot more online and mobile video. But there is one group adopting this new technology at a much faster rate. Hispanics are driving the huge increases in digital video consumption, according to data released by Verizon. They are72% more likely than other demographic groups to be watching online, on tablets or smartphones.