Verizon Breaks Pay-TV Bundle as Competition Mounts
Verizon Communications Inc. said its FiOS service will offer new TV packages aimed at giving customers flexibility to purchase only certain groups of channels they want to watch, the latest sign of how pay-TV providers are adapting to stepped-up competition.
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Streaming Video News
Gannett & ViewLift Working on Digital Sports Video Service
International media and marketing company Gannett is partnering with OTT video platform ViewLift on a digital sports video service. The video service, which is still in stages too early to have a name, will be kind of a hybrid between broadcast and digital viewing.
Verizon to Put ESPN, CBS College Sports Content on Mobile
Verizon will bring all kinds of college sports content to its Verizon Wireless customers later in 2015. To make this happen, the ISP has made deals with a number of sports content providers.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1NXgnZJ
Video Streaming Geo-Blocking Gets Workaround
If you have ever tried to stream video from another country, you have probably seen this notice: “This content is not available in your location.” That’s because companies like Amazon.com Inc., Hulu and Netflix Inc. use a practice called “geo-blocking” to prevent people in one country from accessing content in another. The companies want to offer you their content, but they say legal and licensing limitations can prevent them from streaming it across borders.
Netflix has an ingenious, piracy-combating way to set its international pricing
Netflix has a clever way of setting its international pricing to deal with the problem of piracy, TorrentFreak reports — it sets its prices lower in territories where there are high levels of illegal downloads. In this week’s earning call, CFO David Wells said Netflix will look at piracy rates in overseas countries, and react accordingly.
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‘Batman v. Superman’ Trailer Leaks On YouTube, Is Quickly Yanked
You have to admire (grudgingly if you work at one of the studios) the tenacity of fanfolks trying to grab and share even the slightest glimpse of something ahead of officially sanctioned releases. Barely a day after Warner Bros and Imax trumpeted the Monday debut exclusively on Monday in Imax theatres of a trailer for the upcoming superhero super-struggle Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, shaky subtitled versions surfaced on YouTube and elsewhere.
Microsoft launches Office 365 Video for secure enterprise sharing and streaming, debuts new iPhone app
Microsoft is doing more with video in Office 365, announcing today a new native iPhone app for Office 365 Video, as well as a rollout of the service to all eligible Office 365 business customers. First introduced in November, the service gives people working together a single place to post and share videos.
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With Quickie, Make A Quick 5-Second Video Call With Your Friends
Meet Quickie, a nifty little iOS app to make 1-on-1 video calls that automatically end after a few seconds. You might use Quickie to tell a joke to a friend or say good morning to your partner for example. Sending a text message won’t be as personal as a phone or video call, but calls are a strong commitment in our busy lives.
Meerkat, Periscope, Been There, Done That
Live mobile streaming is having a moment. Meerkat and Periscope made their app store debuts in March and quickly developed a following that included celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon and Jared Leto, who have used the software to connect with fans.
New Video-Streaming Apps Turn TV Stars Into Phone Friends
“Scandal” star Joshua Malina has a brand-new video gig. So do “Today” weathercaster Al Roker, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt and CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter.
Deals & Signings
AOL & GME UK Partner on Original Series for AOL On
AOL has partnered with GroupM Entertainment in the UK to work on a new series for AOL On. The two companies are looking to a handful of production companies to come up with ideas for a series that’s AOL-appropriate.