Disney has launched its SVOD platform, DisneyLife, right on its announced schedule in the UK.
While the authenticated multiscreen efforts of the pay-TV industry have always been unfavorably compared to Netflix, the SVOD service's CEO says TV Everywhere could be his company's greatest threat-- if its potential were ever realized.
In recent statements, executives from 21st Century Fox, Time Warner and Discovery Communications appear to be working to put some distance between their companies and Netflix. As Re/code pointed out, investors now will likely be watching carefully during this third-quarter reporting period to determine whether major pay-TV programmers will further that trend.
After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.
Mediacom said it has completed its direct fiber connection to Netflix, offering its customers improved broadband performance for the top streaming video service.
Comcast said it is working to support HTML5 apps from third-party vendors on its X1 platform. The company currently supports a handful of third-party services on its X1-- such as games from EA-- but the company said that adding HTML5 support to X1 will allow it to "support a wider range of third-party apps."
Netflix has announced its second major price increase in two years, upping the monthly cost of its most popular streaming service by $1 to $10 a month.
BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield dismissed Nielsen's move into SVOD ratings as an unnecessary action made in a "misguided and flawed" effort to keep the audience measurement company relevant in the digital age.
The FCC has requested information from Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable pertaining to how the two companies, which are engaged in a $56.7 billion merger proposal, will deal with online video competition.
Nascent 4K services launched by pay-TV operators like Comcast and DirecTV have remained fairly bereft of programming relative to the major SVOD services.