Call 2014 a table-setting year for the cable business. From mergers to big online programming launches, a lot of groundwork was laid this past year, the fruits of which won't be known until we get well into 2015.
DirecTV has announced the soft launch of its Spanish-language streaming service Yaveo, providing subscribers with programming from Latin America and Spain for $7.99 a month.
TV's dominant share of the global advertising market has peaked and is now in terminal decline. So conclude separate reports by Madison Avenue conglomerates ZenithOptimedia and Magna Global, which both note negative TV ad sales trends amid an overall advertising marketplace that is growing.
Video sharing platform Vimeo will now let its paying "Pro" members, as well as those selling videos on the platform, deliver 4K/Ultra HD versions of their content via download.
In the not-too-distant future, humans will begin to colonize Mars, genetically engineered fish will secrete their own natural tartar sauce, and 9.1 billion mobile subscriptions spread out all over the world will consume 50 percent of the earth's mobile traffic with streaming video.
Online video streaming continues its major transgression into the consumer mainstream, with Frank N. Magid reporting that 83 percent of U.S. TV watchers now stream movies and TV shows, at least occasionally.
As expected, a federal judge has placed an injunction on Aereo's ability to stream the live broadcasts of major U.S. networks to IP devices. However, the court left open the possibility that Aereo could carry on, by delivering delayed broadcast feeds to subscribers as a kind of virtual DVR service.
Buoyed by a flurry of high-usage global sports events, TV Everywhere viewing surged in the second quarter, with Adobe measuring a 388 percent uptick in authenticated online video watching over Q2 2013.
The FCC is reportedly set to redefine online video platforms like Aereo that stream linear TV content as MVPD operators, similar to cable and satellite companies.
The migration of consumer TV viewing habits seems to be approaching a tipping point, with Nielsen reporting dramatic rises in Internet and mobile video usage at a time when linear TV consumption is trending slightly down.