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Snapchat to launch TV content to the phone

Social media network Snapchat is to debut short TV-like content for mobile devices.Snapchat will work with NBCUniversal to create the scripted …

Snap Inc.

New Video Meetup Features Streaming Media Editors

The SMAdvancedForum video meetup looks to resurrect the spirit and substance of the Streaming Media Advanced Forum email list of yore, and launches …

Streaming Media

Samsung 360 Round has 17 lenses and captures 4K 3D streaming video

Samsung 360 Round was revealed this week at the Samsung Developer Conference 2017 for enthusiasts and specialists in the 3D content field (for VR). …

Streaming

Apple TV And The Mysterious Case Of The Disappearing 4K Movies [UPDATED]

<i>[UPDATE: Since first writing the article below, I've added more films to the list of iTunes titles that initially appeared in 4K but now seem to have switched to HD]</i><p>The launch of the latest Apple TV streaming box just a couple of weeks ago was accompanied by much fanfare about its ability to stream …

Movies

Detu launches F4 Plus professional grade 360-degree VR cam

Chinese manufacturer Detu has launched the F4 Plus: a professional grade 8K panoramic VR camera that can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast …

Livestreaming

Facebook Live starts rolling out own screen-sharing feature

Video live streaming is often thought of these days as a way to broadcast events, gathers, and whatnot on social media. The idea, however, stems back …

Facebook

VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy To Put Copyright Fight on Hold

VidAngel, the Utah-based streaming service that filters out offensive content, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. The filing is designed to …

Streaming

Star Trek: Discovery embraces streaming freedom by using that one swear word

Yes, that word<p><i>Star Trek: Discovery</i> doesn’t have to abide by the same rules as other traditional network shows, and that means <i>Discovery</i> can go where no Star Trek has gone before.<p>During <i>Discovery’</i>s most recent episode, Lieutenant Stamets and Cadet Tilly share a moment of excitement over a discovery, …

Star Trek

Nielsen Says It Can Measure Netflix Viewership Now, But Netflix Disagrees

Audience measurement company Nielsen said on Wednesday that it’s finally able to track how many people are watching Netflix shows like <i>Stranger Things</i> …

Netflix

8 Studios Including Amazon, Netflix Sue Streaming Video Service Over Copyright Issues

Will movie studios ever win the battle against illegal streaming and pirating sites? Well, judging from a new legal battle, they’re definitely not …

Copyright

Choosing a Streaming Production Platform

YouTube

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music

The science behind personalized music recommendations<p>This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist …

Machine Learning

Library Content Drives Streaming Service Subscriptions

What are consumers looking for when they subscribe to a streaming video service? The conventional wisdom is that original series, such as Netflix’s …

Televisions

The List of the 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2017

Presenting our 2017 list of the 100 companies doing the most interesting and innovative work in streaming video. We're shining a spotlight on the …

Startups

Can Roku Compete in Streaming Video on Demand?

The Roku Channel offers free streaming video to Roku device users, but will anyone watch it?<p>The future of <b>Roku</b>'s (NASDAQ:ROKU) business relies on its …

Smart TV

Google wants to own the future of TV ad infrastructure

• <b>Google wants to become an integral player in the TV ad landscape.</b>• <b><br>The company is trying to get TV companies to adopt its video ad tech software – and in the process is looking to displace Comcast.</b>• <b><br>The stakes are high, as Google would love to get a slice of the $72 billion US TV ad market. But the TV</b> …

Advertising

HBO CEO: 'Global' OTT Platform Will Be Ready in 2018

HBO CEO Richard Plepler said on Monday that the premium video service will have “one global platform” for its over-the-top streaming services ready …

Advertising Industry

2017 will likely be the worst year ever for cable TV as cord cutting continues

If you ever wanted proof that cord cutting is more than just a fad, look no further than cancellation numbers for pay TV subscriptions. In 2016,</i> …

Smart TV

Reuters: Baidu streaming service chooses banks for IPO

Baidu’s (NASDAQ:BIDU) video streaming service iQiyi chooses three banks to help setup a potential $1B U.S. IPO, according to Reuters’ IFR …

United States

Vodafone launches internet TV

LAWRENCE SMITH/Stuff<p>Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners(R) and SKY CEO John Fellet launch the new online service Vodafone TV.<p>Vodafone has launched a TV …

Televisions

Publishers are already feeling pain from Apple’s move against ad tracking

Apple is cracking down on ad tracking through Safari, and the first publishers to feel the pain are those who rely heavily on programmatic …

Advertising Industry

DAZN gets German and Austrian rights to Europa League

Sports Pro Media strongly believe in protecting the confidentiality and security of information we collect about individuals. The material below …

Privacy

Complex is the latest media company to lay off staff amid a pivot to video

The company said goodbye to some of its product team Friday.<p>Complex Networks laid off much of its product team on Friday as the media company rejiggers its personnel a year after being bought by Verizon and Hearst.<p>Once home to a website and a magazine, the media organization appeals to young male …

Media Industry

Can Blockchain Technology Challenge YouTube, Netflix?

Online video content is already a huge industry. Giants like YouTube have effectively controlled the marketplace to such a large degree that they …

Bitcoin

Is Blockchain-Driven Bandwidth the New Super Currency?

It may not be talked about as much anymore but bandwidth continues to be a prime commodity that powers the internet. The rise of cloud computing may …

Bitcoin

Freedom Streaming Announces an ICO for the First Uncensored and Anonymous Live Streaming Platform

Freedom Streaming has announced its token sale of FDM Tokens to fund the development of a censorship-resistant and anonymous live streaming platform. …

Streaming

How Blockchain Could Revolutionize Music Streaming | Investopedia

It may be time for another disruption in the music industry. The industry, whose revenues plummeted due to disaggregation by technology services, is …

Bitcoin

AT&T Filing Reveals OTT May Be Offsetting 'Big Bundle' Erosion

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week, AT&T said it expected to lose approximately 390,000 pay TV subscribers in its …

Televisions

Spotify is reportedly considering a move into video

Spotify's business has always been centered around streaming <i>music</i>, but soon the company could start integrating video into its service. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that Spotify "has been reaching out to companies that specialize in making content for YouTube." The company is said to be …

Wall Street Journal