LAS VEGAS--Online video streaming services provider Wowza is targeting value-conscious providers with its latest cloud-based streaming solution. Wowza Streaming Cloud and the pro version of its Streaming Engine software will give companies of all sizes an economical entry point to provide live streaming to their audiences.
The emergence of over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue illustrates that the pay-TV industry is getting more comfortable with over-the-top video services.
Sony is launching a new brand campaign to breathe life into its struggling mobile unit, according to a Sony executive. The comments come as Sony pulls back in the smartphone market, but indicate it is not exiting the market.
Sony has announced a major programming acquisition for PlayStation Vue, adding AMC Channels to its new over-the-top pay-TV service. The network will be added to Vue's basic $50-a-month bundle just in time for the sure-to-be-highly-rated season-five finale of original series The Walking Dead, as well as the final season of Mad Men. WEtv will also be added to the basic channel lineup.
Dead on arrival: That's the prognosis of online video industry analyst Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group, who declared Sony's new OTT service, PlayStation Vue, a "well-intentioned" product that does a poor job of targeting its key demographic, male millennials.
Describing Sony's over-the-top pay-TV service as a product grossly mismatched with its young, price-conscious male target market, TDG analyst Joel Espelien has declared PlayStation Vue "dead on arrival."
Launching officially in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia Wednesday, Sony's PlayStation Vue over-the-top pay-TV service was subject to its first press reviews. The opinions are mixed.
HBO stirred a hornet's nest with its announced plan to offer its standalone HBO Now service exclusively on Apple TV.
Dish Network Chairman and incoming CEO Charlie Ergen dismissed characterizations of his company's new OTT service as being disruptive to pay-TV.
Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai confirmed that the company is willing to get out of the mobile phone business, although the electronics giant currently has no plans to do so. When asked about Sony's TV and mobile phone units during a presentation of Sony's latest turnaround strategy, Hirai said he would not "rule out considering an exit strategy," according to Reuters.