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Pirates have shifted focus towards illegal streaming-video sites for film and television content

Pirates have largely shifted from peer-to-peer downloads to illegal streaming-video sites for film and television content, according to a new study. In 2015, out of a total 78.5 billion visits worldwide to film and TV piracy sites visits, 73.7% were to streaming sites, according to a data analysis by U.K. anti piracy firm Muso. Torrent-based sites like …

Sandvine says Amazon is the 3rd biggest streaming video platform in US

Amazon Video, one of Bezos’ biggest bets, has quickly proven to be on a major growth trajectory for the company, as they now rank as the third biggest video streaming site behind YouTube and Netflix. According to research from Sandvine, Amazon has jumped up the list in the past year as they have brought on more …

ARPU Up But US Cable Downslide Continues

Like in the previous two quarters and even earlier, the cable industry in the US continues to bleed video subscribers, albeit slower than before, while online VOD services and business services (BS) continue to be growth drivers in terms of subscription numbers and revenue in the quarter ended 30 September, 2015 (current quarter, Q3-2015). This report considers three players for …

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Fox to Challenge Ruling Granting Streaming Site Rights to Compulsory TV License

  Fox Broadcasting said it will appeal a U.S. federal court’s decision finding Internet video streaming site FilmOn — which has been waging a five-year legal battle with broadcasters — is entitled to a compulsory license to retransmit TV station programming online, just like a cable operator. In the decision, issued Thursday, Judge George Wu of the U.S. District …

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Hollywood director talks rise of TV, fall of film

  Hollywood TV and movie director T.J. Scott — best known for his popular on-screen works “Spartacus,” “Gotham” and “Orphan Black” — has made his way to Seoul to lend his expertise on the current and future state of the film and TV industries in the U.S. Invited as part of the Korea Creative Content …

70% of world population will have smartphone by 2020

Smartphone subscriptions are set to reach 6.1 billion by 2020, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. The report shows that growth in mature markets comes from an increasing number of devices per individual. In developing regions, it comes from a swell of new subscribers as smartphones become more affordable; almost 80% of …

Can Big Data Based Intelligence Substitute Human Creativity?

Some time ago BBC published an article titled, “Calculated Risks: Will Algorithms Make Business Boring?” In the article, the author related this story: When Netflix (a TV and Movie video streaming site), decided to create their own original TV shows, they turned to data for inspiration. Combing through their data, they identified three aspects of …

Mobile Vs TV: Media & ad honchos battle it out at MELT 2015

The mobile trend was very much prominent on day one of MELT 2015, being held in Mumbai. The festival was abuzz with the IAA Debate, where Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now, and Rajiv Lochan, CEO, Kasturi & Sons, against The Quint’s Raghav Bahl and Vikram Sakhuja, Group CEO & equity partner, Madison, battled out the …

Only Spotify for Movies Can Stop Popcorn-Like Piracy

The movie piracy whack-a-mole popped up again this week in the form of “Popcorn In Your Browser,” a Web app that mashes up torrent and Video streaming sites to make it easy to watch pirated movies. It will probably get shut down, somehow, sometime soon. The film industry has been idly batting at movie pirates …

Cannes: Possible Partners for Netflix’s Move Into China

Netflix is casting a wide net in seeking Chinese partners while in Cannes, industry sources say, and the group of potential targets is diverse, ranging from online video streaming sites to a state conglomerate once run by the People’s Liberation Army. “They’ve been talking to a lot of different people — state media, industrial groups, …

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