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.  

While online video shows strong growth, video ads grow at stunning rate

April 16, 2014
Online video continues to see major gains among American viewers with the number of videos viewed growing to 49.2 billion in February, a 49% jump from 2013, and a 75% increase over the same period in 2010, a CAGR of more than 15%.

Aereo draws surprising support from consumers eager for change

April 15, 2014
With Aereo’s date in the Supreme Court just one week away, a little good news/bad news about public perception of the streaming device. First, the good news (at least if you’re an Aereo exec) from a Centris Marketing Science survey:

TalkTalk, Sky plan 1 GB fiber for York in challenge to BT, Virgin Media

April 15, 2014
U.K. telco TalkTalk and satellite provider Sky are partnering with fiber infrastructure provider CityFibre to build a 1 GB broadband service in York, a city about 210 miles north of London. The network would be more than three times as fast as BT’s best available network speed.

Research says 1.2M homes in US likely to cut cord in 2014

April 14, 2014
Cord cutting is likely to increase to 6.23 million households in the U.S. (about 6%) by the end of 2014, a bump of some 1.17 million, or 23%, from the total of all cord cutters between 2008 and 2013, Canadian researcher The Convergence Consulting Group says.  Year-over-year, 2014 is expected to be slightly less costly to operators than 2013, when 1.25 million U.S. HH turned to Netflix, over-the-air broadcasts or other online sources for video entertainment, Convergence said.

For operators, tracking quality of service on TVE delivery is critical

April 14, 2014
At NAB, a recurring theme was broadcasters (and whichever cable operators had a presence there) and online video, a mode of delivery that has increasingly taken center stage at shows like NAB and the upcoming Cable Show. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, for example, made adoption of OTT services the keynote of his address to broadcasters – most of who sat as quietly as the opposing party does during the State of the Union Address. But, that doesn’t mean they weren’t listening.

For WWE, moving to online delivery has proven to be a winning strategy

April 14, 2014
WWE doesn’t appear to be pining about pinning its future to online video. The pro wrestling promoter – which launched in late February – said it has signed up more than 667,000 subscribers. The announcement, which came one day after WWE’s big event, Wrestlemania XXX, also said WWE expects to reach one million subs by the end of the year, a number the company it said will be a breakeven point for it. The organization expects to reach two to three million subs in coming years.

DirecTV adds wireless ‘Genie Mini’ in multi-room play

April 10, 2014
DirecTV has joined AT&T U-verse in offering subscribers a way to expand their pay-TV service to a multi-room service using a wireless device, the Genie Mini, eliminating expensive truck rolls and the need to pull wires for each new room. The company said its new Wireless Genie Mini (WGM) will enable customers to place TVs anywhere and get a full HD DVR experience. The service adds $99 to a subscriber’s annual bill and will be available nationwide starting today.

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