Big Question: Will Netflix Ever Run Ads?

It’s the biggest threat to traditional TV among digital options. Though it has thrived as a subscription service, many buyers see the addition of advertising as inevitable.

Showtime Has Launched Its Streaming Service

The OTT era has begun at Showtime. The premium cable network launched its new stand-alone streaming service Tuesday. The service, which is also called Showtime, is available for $10.99 per month via Apple, Roku, PlayStation Vue and Showtime.com. Hulu subscribers can add Showtime at a discounted rate, for $8.99 per month, on top of Hulu’s $7.99 monthly fee.

Classic TV In Demand On Streaming Sites

Vintage shows and films, from ’60s sitcoms to British TV favorites to Charlie Chaplin movies, are finding a new audience on sites such as Netflix and Hulu.

Lifetime To Launch Movie Streaming Service

Lifetime will soon launch the Lifetime Movie Club, a Web streaming service of its signature melodramatic movies. The service will feature a rotating pool of 30 movies for $3.99 a month, refreshing the selections every week.

What You Should Know About NFL’s Streaming Test

Rhinobird.tv Merging Live Video, Social Media

Rhinobird.tv, a video streaming service that says it “brings together the power of live video, the reach of broadcast and the connection of social media,” is now available as a public beta. Unlike many apps born from Silicon Valley startups packed with big VC investments and exit speculations, Rhinobird.tv  says it comes from a group […]

Hulu Hooks Up With Showtime

Arena Football, FilmOn Sign Streaming Deal

The Arena Football League has signed a one-year partnership with IP-delivered digital television platform FilmOn Networks that will make the service the official provider of international Arena Football. This is gives the AFL access to FilmOn’s 47 million monthly unique users outside of the United States.

Alibaba To Launch Netflix-Style Streaming In China

PBS Launches Video App For Android

PBS has brought its mobile app to Android, giving Android users access to full episodes of shows like Frontline,  PBS Newshour, Masterpiece, Nova and Call the Midwife. The new app also comes with Google Cast support, allowing users to beam their shows to their TV, provided it’s equipped with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick or any Android TV streaming device.

Shield Console Hopes To Rival Apple TV

Nvidia’s first living room entertainment console went on sale Thursday, and the company is putting in all its chips on Google’s Android TV platform. Indeed, one of the more intriguing features of the Shield, Nvidia’s new combination ultra-high-definition smart TV and game device, is a Live Channels app that lets viewers watch over-the-air TV stations through their home Wi-Fi network. That feature could attract cord-cutters — generally younger viewers who have stopped paying for or never had a standard cable or satellite TV subscription.

Backlash Brewing Against Binge Viewing

“I miss having people on the same page,” says Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan as Hulu and Yahoo back away from all-at-once streaming just as NBC experiments with Aquarius.

Sports Streaming Sparks TV Rights Debate

Television, with its ever-escalating contracts, increasingly finds itself competing against new technologies such as live-streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat that threaten to disrupt the entire business model.

Apps Threaten TV’s Hold On Live Sports

Fans have long shunned piracy of live sporting events in favor of gathering around the TV, but now live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat threaten TV’s golden egg. That stunning recognition arrived this past weekend when droves of boxing fans skipped the $100 pay-per-view fee and watched the much-anticipated match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao free Saturday evening.

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3Play Media Publishes Closed Caption Resources

Amazon Prime Members Stream Free On JetBlue

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants to give JetBlue passengers a new option for tuning out that crying baby or talkative seat neighbor. The e-commerce company will let members of Amazon’s $99 annual loyalty program Prime stream its instant video service for free on their Wi-Fi enabled devices via JetBlue’s inflight Wi-Fi service. JetBlue is […]

Boxing Sucker Punched By Internet Streamers

The broadcast of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas popped up, unauthorized, on new services like Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat, where people used the video function on their smartphones to relay the broadcast directly to the Internet. It’s a sign of how common piracy is in the entertainment industry and how difficult it is to contain.

Live Video Apps Face Copyright Minefield

The new, personal, live-streaming video apps — Periscope by Twitter and Meerkat by Life on Air Inc. — will likely get dragged by their inventive and fanatical users into a copyright and piracy minefield in Washington and the courts.

NBC To Stream Full Season Of ‘Aquarius’

NBC announced Thursday that all 13 episodes of Aquarius, starring David Duchovny, will be available online after the drama’s two-hour NBC premiere. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said the unprecedented move acknowledges viewer interest in watching TV episodes at will.

 

Wall St. Journal In Major Video Ramp-Up

The Wall Street Journal now has a 40-person team producing videos for its site producing 30-40 videos a day, resulting in 6 million monthly video views according to comScore. The paper has been emphasizing shorter videos, along with more interactive videos to keep readers on site longer.

DELOITTE SURVEY

Study: These Days, People Prefer Streaming

Everyone knows people’s video viewing habits are changing. But a new study from Deloitte suggests they are changing even faster than many would have thought. The most surprising finding of the study: Only 45 percent of those surveyed say they prefer to watch TV programs live as opposed to streaming or delaying them. At the same time, streaming video is making huge strides.

CEO Plepler: HBO Now Is ‘Millennial Missile’

HBO CEO Richard Plepler says the decision to launch a streaming service was approached with the care of a politician mulling whether to launch a campaign. Plepler says so far, HBO Now subscriptions have exceeded expectations. He calls the service a “millennial missile” for its appeal to younger consumers.

YouTube At 10: The Video Site That Went Viral

YouTube is the Web’s de facto home for video. But 10 years ago, online video was anybody’s game. As it celebrates a decade offering us everything from new celebrities to cat videos, YouTube has become a premier destination for content. Here’s how it got there.

Netflix’s New Strategy: Owning Its Shows

For most of its rapid ascent of the TV business, Netflix Inc. has rented shows. Now it wants to own them. Like a major Hollywood studio or competitor HBO, the company will own many of the 20 or more original shows that debut on its streaming service next year, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings said in an interview. “We’ve continued to expand our creative role on the shows,” Hastings said. “Now we’re taking on ownership and production.”

Official: ‘Full House’ Revival Heading To Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld Declares: ‘TV Is Over’

Crackle Streaming Service Acting Like TV Net

Starting next month, the Crackle website will run a constant video stream of programming on a set schedule, its executives said Tuesday. Currently, people can click on Crackle’s programming options and stream them whenever they want, an option that will be preserved. Network chief Eric Berger said that while many Crackle users connecting through smart TVs or video consoles like the freedom to click on what they want, they miss the “serendipity” of tuning in and being exposed to something new.

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CBS Affils Seem All Aboard For All Access

Reactions from affiliates after a briefing on the CBS All Access streaming service show recognition that the move into program streaming is inevitable, and not unwelcome, in their view, despite the many challenges still to be overcome.

NAB 2015 Tech: PESA Multi-Camera Streaming

PESA | Booth SU621E1 & SL4617 | Website: www.pesa.com PESA, a designer and manufacturer of streaming solutions as well as professional audio and video distribution products, announced the availability of its PESA Live Services (PLS), a system for private and webcast presentations to produce and consume live content. With the PESA Live app for Android […]

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ABC: We Will Work With Affils On Streaming

After listening to Ben Sherwood, Disney/ABC Television Group president, and other ABC execs, the affiliates are said to be “pleased” and “satisfied that whatever they do, it will be done with the affiliates.”

Watchup App Adds Scripps, Meredith, More

With the new station groups, 80% of U.S. homes can watch streaming local news anytime, anyplace. The announcement follows a similar deal with Tribune Media announced last month, which gave Watchup access to video content from 30 of Tribune’s broadcast stations.

Cable TV Affects In-Stream Video Prices

Traditional cable and network TV content continues to heavily influence digital in-stream video media prices, according to a new report. Media planning software provider SQAD says, for example, that “many of the highest in-stream video CPMs [cost per thousand viewers] reported in December had some kind of network or cable affiliation, such as CBS, Fox, NBC or CNN.”

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DASH-IF Publishes New Interoperability Guidelines

Popcornflix Acquires Lifestyle Morning Shows

Free streaming movie and TV programming service Popcornflix has added five morning shows through a new partnership with O2 Media. The new programming has been airing on Lifetime and marks the streaming service’s first foray into the lifestyle genre, exposing Popcornflix to a new audience. “As the Popcornflix audience grows, it is crucial to keep expanding […]

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why Is TV Taking Ads From Streaming Rivals?

ABC’s broadcast of the Oscars is one of TV’s biggest annual events. And yet the Walt Disney-owned network allowed some of the show’s sponsors to suggest to viewers that traditional TV was not what they ought to be viewing. The Oscars aren’t the only place where TV has allowed new-tech video rivals to take roost. It’s a move tantamount to a homeowner letting termites come into a house and gnaw at its innards.

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu No Longer Upstarts

After years of battling traditional players in the television business, the big three streaming services must defend against a variety of new offerings.

Hulu Nabs ‘Empire’ Streaming Rights

Under a deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV Distribution, Hulu Plus is offering the entire first season of the popular Fox drama and will have exclusive SVOD rights to future episodes.

‘Seinfeld’ Close To Streaming Deal

Seinfeld is about to become master of a whole new domain: the Internet. Sony Pictures Television, a unit of Sony Corp., is in advanced talks to sell reruns of the hit 1990s NBC sitcom to an online video service, and expects to have a deal wrapped up in the next few weeks, people familiar with the situation said.

Cord Cutters? More Like Cord Cheaters

Cord cheaters — people who use the passwords of someone outside their household to watch streaming TV services — are everywhere, in surprisingly large numbers. More than 20% of subscription streamers use someone else’s credentials, a new study finds.

NIELSEN RESEARCH

Streaming Eroding Appetite For Regular TV

Traditional television watching is declining faster than ever as streaming services become a mainstream feature in American homes, according to new research by Nielsen. Adults watched an average of four hours and 51 minutes of live TV each week in the fourth quarter of 2014, down 13 minutes from the same quarter of 2013, according to Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2014 Total Audience Report. Viewing was down six minutes between the fourth quarter of 2013 and 2012. And between 2012 and 2011, viewing time actually increased for live TV.