Facebook introduced video ads, and of course, they made them auto play. We show you how to turn off auto play videos as much as possible through the standard web browser interface and the main mobile apps on Android and iOS. It's not all 100% thing on mobiles, but at least you can cut down on it. However, you will need to do it for each device and browser you access Facebook through.
Because there aren't enough set-top boxes on the market already, Google is reported to have its own new version in the works, just a few years after Google TV failed to gain much traction with consumers. Hot on the heels of Amazon Fire TV, Google's Android TV is said to be already in development.
Amazon wants to set your TV on FIRE! Oh, wait, they announced the Fire TV, that must be why they have been doing all that Kindle-ing. They have priced their OTT device at $99 but it comes chock full of tech and has the content to back it up. So the question is, will it generate a response with its intended audience, and will the competitors, pardon the pun, fire back?
The battle of the four color logos is ready to blast through into online video as Microsoft readies a new video ad network featuring programmatic buying and a large third-party set of brand-safe sites. They're starting out in the UK at first but who knows what could happen as they try to take on Google and vie for a foothold in the massively growing video ad market.
Chromecast is a handy little device but if you want to get the most out of it you are going to want to install a ton of apps that will let you stream and beam content from your PC or mobile device straight to your TV screen. Luckily, there are already some great apps on the market, with the promise of more to come.
Pixability compiled some YouTube viewing numbers and then broke them down into device-specific categories to show that some screens get more views and viewing time. When it comes to mobile devices, Android and iOS dominate their competitors.
Twitter is rolling out a new one-click video playback feature on its mobile feed for Android and iOS users. It believes that giving users a chance to click straight through to video content will increase CTR for brands and marketers.
Rejoice, UK lovers of streaming media. After a considerable (and baffling) delay, Chromecast is set to hit the shelves in Britain this coming Wednesday. PC World, Dixons and Currys will be selling the dongle from 9am on the 19th March.
TV Everywhere is increasing according to Adobe who tracked 574 million-plus TV Everywhere video streams, more than doubling the amount of streams they tracked in 2012. Mobile devices are leading the way and iOS takes the largest portion of the views, of course.
80% of browsers support HTML5 video technology and Chrome has a 33% share of that market, the biggest piece of the pie compared to others like Firefox and IE9+ which only have a 14% share. On the mobile front iOS and Android account for 8% each of total HTML5 browser installs.