ISP technology provider Procera Networks reports that Netflix streaming was down a quarter from normal levels in the U.S. Sunday, even though overall streaming video traffic was way up. Of course, last week, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said there'd be days like this.
Can a major pay TV service really just drop a somewhat major channel that’s currently running a widely anticipated, Emmy-winning series and get away with it?
This morning’s end to the 10-day standoff between DirecTV and Viacom isn’t just notable for putting some of the most widely viewed TV channels back on one of the biggest pay TV services. It also marks the first time in recent memory that a major pay TV licensing dispute ended on the distributor’s terms.
They’ve been negotiating a multi-billion-dollar deal for some of the most widely viewed channels in the cable universe. But according to DirecTV, the sticking point in its ongoing carriage impasse with Viacom is … wait for it … the fledgling pay channel Epix.
Critics say a pay TV business that regularly charges its customers $100 a month is doomed. So how about a cable bill that costs less than $40?
HBO Go will now be available on yet another tablet, the Kindle Fire, and it is just one more incremental move for HBO as it re-establishes itself as television’s most relevant programming brand.
After building a powerful subscription video-on-demand business virtually overnight, Netflix passed Apple last year to become the top revenue earner in the U.S. online movie business.
As they look to take a huge bite out of traditional TV’s nearly $50 billion in annual advertising spending over the next two years, big digital video companies Yahoo and YouTube are taking particular aim at the women’s lifestyle programming segment.
With the cable business finally reaching saturation when it comes to adding new subscribers, and viewers blessed with more on-demand choices than ever, many top cable channels have recently experienced their worst ratings declines ever.