With over-the-top OTT video services threatening to choke even the most robust mobile networks, Telenor Group is tapping Alcatel-Lucent to help it optimize Internet traffic over its 2G, 3G and LTE mobile networks markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia.
YouTube partner Fullscreen said it has raised money from The Chernin Group, Comcast and WPP. The company didn't say how much money it rounded up or how much ownership it sold in the process.
Responding to complaints that it intentionally degrades online video services such as YouTube and Hulu being accessed by cable modem subscribers, Time Warner Cable insisted Thursday that it doesn't "throttle" Internet video traffic.
A debate is playing out online over whether content creators can make enough money on YouTube. On one side, antagonists like Jason Calacanis and Mark Cuban have written that the Google extracts too high a tax on its contributors. Others have defended the site.
Discovery Communications and its Revision3 unit have announced a new online video network called TestTube, with a lineup of 15 new series composed of short episodes and many more series in development.
Time Warner's CNN and BuzzFeed introduced a new online video business called CNN BuzzFeed hosted on YouTube. The move is part of a broader investment by BuzzFeed meant to expand its presence on YouTube.
YouTube could bring in $20 billion in sales each year by 2020, analysts at Morgan Stanley wrote in a note to investors this week.
Netflix provided nearly a third of downstream Internet traffic during peak usage hours in North America, according to new Sandvine figures.
Some of YouTube's content partners have begun selling monthly subscriptions to access their videos. So far, more than 50 content partners are selling subscriptions to their channels, with prices varying from $1 to at least $8 per month and discounts for full-year subscriptions.
YouTube's reported plans to let some of its channel partners sell monthly video subscriptions could be put in place within weeks, according to the Financial Times.