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A start-up that’s Wal-Mart’s secret weapon in streaming war

Imagine partnering with one of the biggest movie studios in Los Angeles and the world’s largest retailer for your first deal ever. Sounds like a Hollywood story come to life, right? Adam Johnson, founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based start-up Toggle, is living that reality. The company manufactures streaming-enabled devices, called dongles, for retailers to …

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Two Of France’s Greatest Entrepreneurs Team Up To Create Spotify For TV

  Pierre Lescure is one of the founders of Canal+, France’s biggest pay-TV channel and movie & TV innovators (think HBO). Jean-David Blanc co-founded AlloCiné, France’s 1 movie review and showtimes website and a huge traffic getter, and is also a well-known business angel in France. Together they are announcing today that they are starting …

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Business models, legal issues hold back IP video technology

  The media and entertainment industry is getting in its own way in the campaign to package content for a younger, OTT-friendly audience. Most companies are struggling due to their adherence to traditional TV business models, which impede the effect that current technology could have on IP-based, over-the-top video on demand technology. “It’s all the …

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Netflix’s major upgrade the latest salvo in on-demand TV war

Netflix is promising a faster and more slick service to Australian customers with its new-look. The on-demand TV service is rolling out a faster ‘user-friendly’ interface which gives more information about the show you’re about to watch in quick time, just by hovering over a title. It will be available in Australia within days and 49 …

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VOD broadcast primetime viewing leaps 22%

  Total time spent viewing Free on Demand (FOD) television content increased 22% over the last year, with 32.8 million more hours per month watched in Q1 2015 than two years ago, according to the “State of VOD: Trend Report” from Rentrak. Indeed, since Rentrak started issuing the report five years ago, findings show that …

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Online video apps: Show motion

  JUST A few months into its launch, Hotstar—Star India’s latest attempt at cracking the online code—witnessed close to 16 million downloads and 50 million unique users, “the fastest adoption for any digital service in the world”. Apparently, popular apps like Facebook took 10 months and Spotify five months to get to a million downloads. …

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Netflix world domination continues as Spain, Italy and Portugal sign up

  Netflix’s plans for global domination are continuing at pace, after the online streaming firm announced it will soon be available in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The company confirmed that individuals based in southern Europe would be able to access the service from October. Netflix already streams to approximately 50 countries in Europe, North and …

How Netflix Is Changing Our TV-Watching Behaviors

Netflix, Inc.  has quickly emerged as the dominant player in video on demand industry, being well-positioned to take advantage of a shift away from traditional TV and toward over-the-top content. But do other players stand a chance against Netflix? It’s early, but with the popularity of streaming video, it seems as if there’s room for more …

Cloud gaming at 4K still years away, Nvidia CEO says

Don’t expect online games to stream to your TV or PC at 4K resolution anytime soon. While it is possible to stream 4K movies from online services like Netflix to PCs, TVs and set-top boxes, streaming games from the cloud requires many infrastructure changes, said Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia, during a media briefing at …

Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Spawn Online Video Service

Charter Communications Inc. executives are exploring whether to launch an online video streaming service as part of its combination with larger rival Time Warner Cable Inc., in what would be an unprecedented move in the cable industry. The $56 billion takeover announced on Tuesday would make Charter the No. 2 U.S. Internet and cable company …

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