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HotOrNot’s founder now wants to keep your kids safe on YouTube

NewTeeVee - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:00

HotOrNot co-founder James Hong is back with a new app that aims to curate YouTube videos for kids.

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Streaming TV site Aereo files for bankruptcy, will reorganize

NewTeeVee - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:18

Aereo filed for voluntary bankruptcy on Thursday, a move that the company says will allow it to "maximize the value of its business and assets" without being dragged down by ongoing…

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The programming schedule remains an important part of TV News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Viacom Draws Lawmaker`s Rebuke for Blocking TV Streaming News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Minecraft on YouTube: 47B Views, $2.5B Value, $0 Video Marketing Budget News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Blinkbox brings offline movie and TV streaming to the iPad News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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HotOrNot`s founder now wants to keep your kids safe on YouTube News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Netflix picks up Tina Fey`s first show since `30 Rock` News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Amazon plans a streaming-video alternative News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Aereo Files for Bankruptcy News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 23:00

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Study: Netflix Dominates Wired Internet Usage, YouTube Tops on Mobile Analysis - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:38

Sandvine has released its latest Global Internet Phenomena Report based on data collected in March, 2014 across leading wired and mobile broadband networks. Focusing just on North America, Netflix once again dominates primetime usage, accounting for 34.9% of downstream bandwidth, more than the next 6 services combined. YouTube was second with 14.04% of bandwidth.

It's a different story on mobile however, where YouTube remains the top downstream provider, eating up 19.75% of bandwidth, up from 17.7% a year ago, with Netflix in 5th place with just 4.51%.  The usage pattern largely reflects the difference between Netflix's long-form content focus vs. YouTube's short-form focus. YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki recently disclosed that 50% of YouTube's usage is now on mobile.

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Rovi paid $12 million for Fan TV

NewTeeVee - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:49

Rovi paid just $12 million for Fan TV, the TV discovery startup previously known as Fanhattan, according to a FCC filing (hat tip to Multichannel News). Fan TV introduced its own…

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Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers

NewTeeVee - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:37

Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign up and pay anywhere from $1 to $3 a month to sites that they visit frequently…

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Muy bien: Netflix more than doubles traffic share in LatAm

NewTeeVee - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:14

Netflix had a hard time when it launched in Latin America three years ago, but now, it's seeing some solid growth, according to new Sandvine data.

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Designing A Second Screen Strategy? First Screen Opportunities Should Be Top Of Mind Analysis - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:11

According to a recent study by Nielsen, 15% of viewers said they enjoyed watching television more when social media was involved. By now, we know that consumers are using these screens to browse the web, talk on social networks about what they're watching or access complementary content that enhances their experience. So what new and different opportunities does this activity create for pay-TV operators and programmers to leverage the second screen for increased tune-in, engagement and ad revenues?

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Washington Post launches news app just for Amazon Fire owners

NewTeeVee - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:22

The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as of last August, rolled out a new "immersive news-reading" app Thursday -- and it is only available to Amazon…

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Video Transcoding Market Growing 20%, SaaS & Cloud Based Offerings 3x That

The Business Of Online Video - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 14:57

Frost and Sullivan has just released its comprehensive analysis of the media and entertainment video transcoders market and not surprisingly, one of the key findings is that software and the cloud are quickly reshaping future design choices in this once hardware-centric industry. Cloud considerations are playing a strong role in influencing product roadmaps and investment decisions for vendors and customers alike.

This is a significant shift in an industry that was once very much hardware-centric, and where even software has only recently gained widespread market trust. While cloud-based transcoding has traditionally been the domain of smaller start-ups and focused on lower value media such as user generated content, the past two years have seen a surge of professional-grade, high-reliability applications. This has been driven by operator need to cope with exploding content volumes and growing QoE expectations on the one hand, and vendor ability to deliver falling costs coupled with improved automation and reliability on the other. (see our quantitative findings here)

The overall M&E video transcoding market is forecast to grow at a healthy 20% CAGR, but revenues derived from SaaS and cloud-based offerings are expected to grow at more than thrice this rate. Accordingly, transcoder vendors who have not done so already urgently need to build, buy or partner to add credible and competitive cloud-based aspects to their product lines.

Accordingly, we have seen a number of quiet deals made in recent months. Harmonic, a leading vendor in the space who won much of their early advantage on the strength of hardware appliances, was the lead investor in’s recently announced $3.5M Series B round. Other recent significant transactions include:

  • Haivision acquired Kulabyte, lending a much-needed cloud angle to their traditionally hardware-based business
  • Brightcove acquired Zencoder at an ambitious valuation, emphasizing the importance of the role cloud-based transcoding plays in OTT video
  • Wowza acquired Camfoo and leveraged this to release a cloud-based transcoder plug-in to an enthusiastic client base
  • Verizon acquired Uplynk who brought considerable experience and expertise in cloud-based workflows to the table
  • Microsoft is closely partnered with iStreamPlanet, who provides – among other components – high density cloud-based transcoding capability
  • Ericsson partnered with Elemental to offer a broader choice across software and cloud form factors to its customers

Many other key vendors have diversified organically into the cloud. Envivio has been a long-time provider of cloud-based live transcoding functionality which complements its encoding and transcoding appliances. Digital Rapids (acquired by Imagine Communications earlier this year) built their cloud-based automated workflow platform Kayak in anticipation of a shift away from hardware and fixed components towards reconfigurable and software-defined architectures. Imagine Communications, the re-imagined (no pun intended) Harris Broadcast, has been a highly vocal proponent of software and cloud-based workflows in the past year, aggressively moving away from a siloed hardware approach towards a far more open, and far more future-proof, architecture. Elemental announced a cloud-based product this year, and Telestream is facilitating hybrid and cloud-based deployments of its enterprise-grade workflow platform.

While the M&E community has been more aggressively growing on the cloud front, the enterprise community is slowly but surely catching up as well. Longtime market leader VBrick has made several forays into the cloud this year, and Haivision is aggressively embracing cloud as part of its global growth strategy. Preliminary results from our upcoming analysis of the Enterprise Video Encoders and Transcoders Market are currently available to subscribers; the full study is scheduled for publication in December. The rate of adoption of the cloud (whether in private data centers, via Infrastructure as a Service or through Software as a Service) is lower on the enterprise side than on the media and entertainment side, but is is poised to grow steadily nonetheless.

For additional details on Frost & Sullivan’s multiple reports on the video transcoding market, you can contact Avni Rambhia, the lead analyst on the reports.

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Vishal Sood

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