Amazon has taken a major competitive leap forward in the area of mobile video, announcing a new feature that lets users of its SVOD Prime Video service download select movies and TV shows to Android and Apple mobile devices.
Apple is reportedly the latest technology giant to approach Hollywood about producing original programming.
Illustrating a changing tide in the SVOD distribution business, pay-TV programmer Epix has shifted on-demand streaming of its content from Netflix to Hulu.
More than half of all American households now own Internet-connected TVs, according to the NPD group.
An Internet service provider in New Zealand called Wireless Nation is now selling a $229 device designed by Canadian startup Aterlo Networks that plugs into users' Internet routers and helps to preload Netflix video at night so that users with poor or slow Internet connections can still watch Netflix video without grainy pictures or buffering.
Atlantic Broadband said it is now the 12th largest cable operator in the United States thanks to its just-completed acquisition of MetroCast from Harron Communications for $200 million. Announced in June, the closing of the deal solidifies Atlantic Broadband's owner, Canada's Cogeco Cable, as a notable player in the U.S. cable market.
Matthew Strauss describes the creation of company's X1 platform as a "big moment" for Comcast. He said the X1 takes "all the learnings we had from mobile and all the learnings we had from on-demand, and brings it back to the television."
Signaling the importance of kiddie audiences in direct-to-consumer subscription programing models, HBO has formed a unique partnership with PBS, taking first-run rights to the iconic series Sesame Street and fully backing the show's production.
With the number of original cable, broadcast and streaming series increasing from roughly 280 five years ago to more than 400 today, there is simply too much original programming relative to the amount of subscription and ad dollars needed to support it, said FX Network President John Landgraf last week.
Seeking to keep its much larger SVOD rival, Netflix, within shouting distance, Hulu is contemplating the inclusion of a higher-priced, ad-free service.