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Facebook to start platform for video and TV shows 15 August 2017

Social media giant Facebook is launching a new platform called Watch for video and TV shows across its network Watch will be available on mobile, desktop and laptop and in TV apps as well. It will also include another new feature called Shows. Sets of live or recorded episodes can be created by content creators …

Instagram developing new two-person live stream video feature 10 August 2017

Apps like Facebook and YouTube included live streaming, then came Meerkat, Periscope and now Instagram is looking at leaping ahead by testing two-person live broadcasting for select users with an all new split-screen layout. The new group live stream feature is all set to appear for some users before the feature launches to everyone. The …

4K Streaming now supported for 360 degree viewing by Facebook 28 July 2017

Facebook announced that viewers can now watch live-streamed 360-degree video on Facebook in upto 4K resolution thereby offering high quality streams for viewers that have compatible monitor and creators that have powerful streaming gear like 4K Cam. Virtual Reality also enables accessing those streams, for instance watching 4K video on a Samsung Gear VR. Another …

YouTube and Facebook, close competitors in the Live Streaming space 04 July 2017

According to research data from Magid, almost 50% of all online consumers in the U.S watch a live stream every week. Further, the research suggests, 48% watch live on Facebook and 44% watch live on YouTube. Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat stand at 28%, 19% and 17% respectively. Breaking news ranks highest in popularity in terms …

Facebook’s live streaming for sports becoming very popular 03 July 2017

Facebook made an announcement that it would stream Premier League games through its NBC Sports Gold platform. Facebook has collaborated with Fox Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live in the US. Separate deals to stream Major League Soccer matches, MLB games and World Surf League events have been signed by Facebook. …

Netflix, YouTube & Facebook are to be called on for registering OTT services in Thailand 29 June 2017

Over-the-top (OTT) video streaming services namely: Netflix, YouTube and Facebook need to register their over-the-top (OTT) streaming services with Thailand’s national communications regulator by 22 July failing which they could face potential advertising bans. About 24 digital terrestrial TV channels and 11 OTT operators have already complied with the registration request of National Broadcasting and …

Online VOD services watched by approximately 30% Germans 27 June 2017

According to a survey by digital association Bitkom, 3 out of 10 Germans that are 14 or older (29%) watch films and series on platforms like Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Netflix, Maxdome or Sky Online. That’s a rise of 25% from a year ago. Short form videos on social media platforms like …

Spotify entering the realm of social media 26 June 2017

Ever since MySpace has been on a downfall, music has been mostly non existent in social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat don’t currently include easy ways to share music amongst friends like the way MySpace had it at one point of time. Music streaming services, a predominant way people prefer to listen to …

OTT Viewing trends – TiVo Report 19 June 2017

Let’s take a look at some insights based on TiVo’s Q1 2017 Video and Pay-TV Trends report based on a survey conducted on 3,100 consumers. 1) OTT User Experience vs. Pay-TV User Experience: TiVo revealed what drives the growth of OTT services and as per their survey, 57.7% of Netflix subscribers indicated the ability for …

Saudi Arabians prefer viewing online video content on smartphones and tablets – Ampere Analysis 06 June 2017

According to a 13-country study by Ampere Analysis, internet users in Saudi Arabia are the top users for accessing TV and video content online as well as viewing content on their smartphones and tablets. 87% of viewers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) watch online video content on their smartphones according to the survey. …

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