Once ‘barbarians at the gate,’ OTT now an opportunity for pay-TV operators

July 21, 2014
Over-the-top video services like Netflix, Hulu and a growing array of others have long been seen as a threat, or at least a bother, to pay-TV providers worried about the cannibalization of their revenue streams. It wasn’t very long ago that one of the most popular panels at any trade show generally was title, “OTT: Friend or Foe.” But a new study posits that operators and OTT players now are “striking an unusual friendship” as consumers continue to adopt OTT in many forms.

Aereo, Aereo, wherefore art thou, Aereo?

July 18, 2014
Whichever way you cut it, it’s been a lousy summer for Aereo. First, the Supreme Court rules 6-3 they are “essentially a cable company” and orders them to cease operations and stop infringing on broadcasters’ copyrights. Nuts. The startup streamer complied with the order, refunded pr-paid subscriptions to customers and said they were just pausing the business, not ceasing operations altogether.

Social media + TV = What, exactly? A new study hopes to find out

July 18, 2014
Does social media have an effect on TV viewing? Or is it the other way around? Does sharing a line from a just-watched comedy on TV, or recounting with your Facebook friends a scene as it unfolds on your favorite drama have an effect on viewership? Not everyone agrees a social network is all that influential in determining what you might want to watch… or vice versa. But, there’s just something about the second screen and social media that TV can’t quite ignore. That’s part of the reason Facebook and TV ratings firm Nielsen are partnering on a new study.

Taking soccer broadcasting to the next level

July 18, 2014
If you caught any portion of the FIFA World Cup, it's likely you were among the throngs of fans who took advantage of live streams and game highlights on every kind of device. After all, not every country got a national holiday on game day. Among our array of customers providing sports programming, it was thrilling to see not only the World Cup action as the tournament unfolded, but also the massive surges in streaming as fan engagement set new records online, particularly in Latin America where we saw the greatest increases in viewership.

O, Canada! Netflix gets exclusive pact with Disney for first-run films

July 17, 2014
Canada was Netflix’s first international market, but Canadians haven’t always felt a lot of love from the streaming giant from south of the border, complaining at what they’ve seen as a limited catalog of content, at least by U.S. standards. Netflix today announced a deal that will make that argument a little tougher to support. The streamer and Walt Disney Studios have agreed to a multi-year licensing deal making Netflix the exclusive Canadian subscription television service for first-run Disney live-action and animated feature films.