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Viacom to launch its own VoD service in September

Viacom which owns Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon is all set to launch its own VOD service by September 2018. The increase in cord-cutting and popularity of online video platforms has made the entertainment giant come up with online video streaming service. While the details of the pricing are not apparent, Viacom certainly isn’t planning …

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Windstream ropes in DirecTV in triple-play

Windstream is all set to bundle DirecTV products with its Kinetic-branded high-speed internet services. The deal has shown exit door to DISH Network which was previously associated with the US voice and data network provider. While the deal allows the US telco to DirecTV’s satellite TV and (over-the-top) OTT service to its portfolio for residential …

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Facebook inks deal with Universal Music

Social media giant Facebook and record label Universal Music have joined hands for a multi-year deal which will help Facebook users share videos with the latter’s music in them. Universal, which is the unit of Vivendi SA, has rights to music from some eminent artists world over. Although both the companies have kept mum over …

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Live streaming revenue soars in China

According to a report, China’s live streaming revenue in 2017 clocked 30.45 billion yuan (USD 4.76 billion) which is 39% up from 2016. China has been a veteran in the live streaming arena with the service emerging in the year 2005. However, it has been struggling with content related issues over the years, and thanks …

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HTML5 Player and its role in media distribution

Nowadays almost every business relies on video content to market their product or services. A video player can only be called a good one if it has features such as live streaming support, responsive platform, reporting and analytics, ad blocking facility, customization, content management such as sharing, publishing, etc. Having said that, one must note …

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Skyville Live hopes to create magic by merging Streaming and Live production

Skyville Live, an Emmy award-winning online music series has brought iconic musicians and emerging talent together with an intimate live audience. Skyville Live studios invited an interactive environment between the performers and approximately 300 audiences. Skyville Live believes that this interaction has appealed to the live streaming audience and will only increase further. According to …

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Live video streaming not as preferred as VOD

A study by Market Strategies International reveals that only 11% of all streamers pay for live-streaming TV platforms. This indicates that consumers seem more comfortable to opt for video-on-demand (VOD) streaming, but not so much for live video-streaming platforms. Research shows that except sports and news, live content is currently not in very high demand. …

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Twitter and BBC collaborate to offer live video

Twitter announced a live video streaming partnership with BBC which will bring live video and breaking news from the BBC’s U.K election coverage to Twitter’s network. The deal specifically includes five BBC election specials that involve debates and election night results. The BBC video coverage will be available in the Twitter application on both mobile …

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Social media platforms streaming live sports, on the rise

NFL has announced that it will produce a live 30-minute weekday show for Twitter during the 2017-2018 season. Advertising spots will be offered for the content via Twitter’s Amplify programme. Plans also include giving access to viewers to live pre-game access from primetime games. The deal pops in immediately after the upcoming season’s streaming rights …

Hulu and Twitter launch their respective live video streaming services

Hulu’s live TV streaming service has been launched in beta in the U.S. which includes more than 50 live and on demand channels, priced at US$39.99 (€36.60) per month. Viewers that subscribe to this package also get Hulu’s existing $7.99 per month premium streaming service offering with limited commercials. The Live TV service price is …

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