Facebook video content views soar 550% in March; online ad growth spikes

April 18, 2014
Facebook increased its video content views more than 550% in March, compared to a year ago, and also nearly tripled the amount of time viewers spent watching videos on its site, a new report says. Meanwhile, online video ad views more than doubled in March, with U.S. Internet viewers seeing 28.7 billions ads, compared to 13.2 billion a year ago, an increase of 117%.

Experian cord cutting report shows why operators need an OTT strategy now

April 18, 2014
Yet another report about cord cutting, this one saying cord-cutting households are on the rise in the U.S., especially among video streamers. The report from Experian, a marketing firm known for consumer insights, targeting and data, and suggests cord cutting is growing slowly, but inexorably. It said about 7.6 million (6.5%) of U.S. households counted themselves as cord cutters in 2013, compared to 5.1 million households (4.5%) in 2010.

Russian VOD market gets more crowded as Mail.ru posts new video service

April 17, 2014
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! The Russian online video market is the largest in Europe, and Mail.ru, the email service that has morphed into one of the largest players on the block, is looking to play in a new sandbox. The company, which comScore says aggregates the biggest web audience of any Russian Internet company, announced it will start charging for video content through a new service Afisha Mail.ru, throwing its cyber hat into the ring with Internet competitor Yandex.

Aereo launches website seeking public support and some good PR

April 17, 2014
With its date in front of the Supreme Court fast approaching, Aereo is puling out all the stops, today emailing its customers to plead its case and to ask for their help as advocates. The company in December – after several suits were filed against it in various federal District Court jurisdictions -- agreed to seek review of the case between it and broadcasters, saying tat it wanted the cases resolved on their merits rather than “through a wasteful war of attrition,” a plea Aereo reiterated in its email.

Time Warner Cable adds two dozen channels to ‘in-home TV Everywhere’

April 16, 2014
Time Warner Cable has added 26 more live TV channels to its lineup for its authenticated TV Everywhere play (well, TV almost Everywhere… these channels are accessible only in home). The TWC TV app gives TWC customers the ability to watch more than 300 linear channels – along with a few thousand on-demand titles – on PC’s, iOS and Android-based mobile devices, Roku, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and a handful of smart TVs.  Up to five people in a household can access the app at the same time and on different devices.