Netflix to Take Another Shot at Raising Prices
Netflix prices are about to increase. In the company’s Q1 2014 earnings report, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said the company is planning “a one or two dollar increase,” depending on the country, later this quarter. Existing subscribers, the duo said, would stay at the current price “for a generous time period.” In Ireland, existing members were grandfathered for two years — so expect something similar in other markets, including the US.
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Streaming Video News
HBO Courts Younger Viewers with New HBO Go Video Ad Campaign
Technical snafus aside, HBO Go is one of a very few digital video products from a television network that can be considered successful — at least, in the sense that the HBO Go brand has recognition among the viewing public.
Watch Out HBO, Netflix Is After You
Tough nosed politician Frank Underwood, the lead character in hit Netflix series House Of Cards, will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
No Surprise: Netflix Comes Out Against Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger Hastings says combined company would be a threat to the Internet
Netflix told shareholders Monday that the company opposes the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable because it would give the combined company too much power over broadband Internet access.
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Netflix Beats Expectations With 4M New Subscribers, Earnings Of 86 Cents Per Share
Netflix today released its first-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations. For the first three months of the year, the company reported earnings of 86 cents per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.
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Comcast Fires Back After Netflix Tosses Shade On Its Proposed Merger With Time Warner Cable
Netflix would prefer an ISP market with a number of large players, competing with each other on price, speed and availability. It is not in favor of Comcast swallowing Time Warner Cable, creating an even more powerful firm that could, in theory, extract increasing sums from itself.
Netflix plans to launch on U.S. cable boxes this quarter
Netflix wants to launch on U.S. cable boxes this quarter. First in line could be Suddenlink and RCN.
The Chernin Group and AT&T Pledge $500M to Invest in or Buy OTT Video Services
Just because The Chernin Group and AT&T lost out on their bid to buy Hulu — a company that Peter Chernin was instrumental in launching — doesn’t mean they’re going to remain idle.
Apple TV Adds Channels for A&E, History and Lifetime, But It’s Just a Taste for Most
A+E Networks has launched dedicated channels on Apple TV for its top three networks: A&E, History and Lifetime.
With “Touchable Video”, Brands See What Consumers Want To Buy
Cinematique takes a unique approach to e-commerce with a streaming player that tracks the objects viewers touch when watching a TV show or video.
Aereo at the Supreme Court: a guide to the biggest TV case in 30 years (and where to learn more)
The fight over Aereo, which has had the TV industry buzzing for months, is going to the Supreme Court on Tuesday: here’s what you need to know.
Aereo’s Day in Court: What the Case Means for the Major Players
Aereo appears before the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that has far-reaching implications for everyone from the average consumer, to the largest media companies in the world.
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Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia Explains The Broadcaster Battle In His Own Words
In the past year, Aereo has fought legal battles in three different states with broadcasters looking to get the streaming TV service kicked off the air, if you catch my drift.
Machinima and GEICO Set Off on New Travel-Competition Series
YouTube network Machinima is premiering a new series called “AFK” (“Away from Keyboard”), which places creators behind popular gaming channels online each other in a series of real-life competitions.
Maker Studios Pacts With Nylon TV, Sets Scripted Drama ‘Oh, You Pretty Things’
While the multichannel YouTube network awaits a big buyout payday, it has signed a deal to create its first scripted drama series. Maker Studios, which last week thwarted Relativity’s acquisition bid weeks aftermaking a deal with Disney potentiallyworth $950M, has partnered with the fashion/lifestyle brand Nylon. They will create programming for the Nylon TV YouTube channel, starting with Oh, You Pretty Things, starring Francesca Eastwood.
The Midnight Show Launches ‘Action Chefs’ on Official Comedy
LA-based sketch comedy team, The Midnight Show, is launching a new series on Official Comedy. “Action Chefs” stars “celebrity chefs Bill Heffberg and Kreith Cheesboro” (played by The Midnight Show’s Jeff Sloniker and Curtis Rainsberry) on what should be your run-of-the-mill, everyday cooking show. Except things don’t go as planned when the chefs are pulled into genre-specific action-film parodies by their arch-nemesis L’Gasse (played by Hal Rudnick).
LiveRail Climbs to Top of comScore’s Video Ad Chart for March
LiveRail held the top spot in comScore’s US video advertising rankings for March. The video monetization company, which counts many of the top online publishers as clients, delivered nearly 3.9 billion ad views during the month, reaching 49% of the US population, per the data.
Tubular Raises $11M, Courts Enterprise Companies with New YouTube Data Tool
Tubular Labs, a provider of YouTube data and services, has raised $11 million in a Series B round led by Canaan Partners.
Video Monopoly? Dailymotion Cites ‘Unfair Practices’ in Beef With YouTube, Google
So Dailymotion isn’t happy about YouTube …Dailymotion, the European competitor to YouTube, has claimed that the Google-owned company has been engaging in unfair practices by utilizing its search engine parent to occlude Dailymotion searches while supplementing YouTube videos in their place. Basically, Dailymotion contends that Google is pulling the ol’ switcharoo and offering their videos to people who are innocently and actively searching for Dailymotion videos.
Small Screen: A Web Home for Food & Drink (and Those Who Make Them)
After leaving StoryPipe in 2006, a company that focused on spreading filmmakers’ content, Colin Kimball wanted to produce original content of his choice. An avid foodie and lover of the Julia Child-type cooking shows of old, Kimball knew what kind of content he wanted to feature — he just needed a platform to host it.
SnagFilms to Release 40 Indie Films Exclusively Throughout 2014
It’s not just Netflix, Amazon, and Vimeo; SnagFilms also has feature-length films to offer on an exclusive basis.
Dodge 100th Anniversary Video Goes Viral
A video to commemorate Dodge’s 100th anniversary quickly went viral, amassing more than 4.4 million views in fewer than 24 hours after its debut. Created by The Richards Group, it stars centenarians along with the brand’s all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger, which debuted April 16 during the New York International Auto Show.
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Online Video Ads Out-Price TV Spots
For 2013, the average online video ad was about double the price of a national TV commercial — and in some cases even more than that for targeted online video. Ed Papazian, president of Media Dynamics, a consulting/publishing company, estimates that in 2013 an average online video ad — for all lengths of ads — was priced at around $20 to $23 for the cost per thousand viewers (CPM).
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