Verizon Communications is talking to professional sports leagues and programmers about possibly streaming video wirelessly to subscribers, CEO Lowell McAdam said at an investor conference Monday. "I predict within the next two years you'll see some dramatic changes in viewership," McAdam said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York.
TiVo CEO Tom Rogers said Tuesday that more U.S. operators have told the company that they want to offer Netflix to their pay TV customers, but that Hollywood studios are blocking a service that some European providers are already including in their subscription bundles.
As a Verizon quadruple-play customer, I've gotten used to seeing promotions for the new Redbox Instant streaming video service when I pay my bill online. It took the pitch to a new level Thursday morning, when it ran what could be compared to an online home page takeover ad. Before I could watch NBC's "Today" show, Verizon ran a static ad on my TV screen for Redbox Instant, offering one month of free service.
A new report from broadband traffic management vendor Sandvine found that Netflix accounts for nearly one-third (28 percent) of Web traffic in the United States and YouTube accounts for 17 percent of traffic delivered over fixed networks during peak hours.
Netflix said Monday that it struck a deal with CBS Corp. which will allow it to offer all eight seasons of hit Showtime original series "Dexter" to its online video subscribers.
After generating increased subscribers and engagement for Redbox Instant in the third quarter, owners Verizon and Outerwall plan to step up marketing efforts in Q4, Outerwall CEO J. Scott Di Valerio said Thursday.
Netflix is in preliminary discussions with cable operators, including Comcast, about becoming an app on the set-top box, according to CEO Reed Hastings. Speaking during the company's third quarter earnings report, Hastings confirmed reports that circulated last week about Netflix working with cable companies, but he noted there are several issues that would need to be resolved first.
Cogeco-owned Atlantic Broadband will roll out a leased version of TiVo's latest Roamio DVR to about 250,000 customers scattered in western Pennsylvania, Miami Beach, Fla., Aiken, S.C. and parts of Maryland and Delaware.
In yet another example of why pay TV providers seem anxious to work out a complementary arrangement with Netflix, the over-the-top video content delivery company said it has cut a TV production deal with Sony Pictures Television.
While there are still multiple details to work out, Netflix could go from over-the-top to into-the-box if a reported deal with cable operators, including Comcast and Suddenlink, comes to fruition.