YouTube is, and has been for much of the past decade, the single most dominant force in on-line video. But it’s becoming less relevant for video creators as options amass. Now that companies like YouTube, and Netflix, have all contributed in lowering bandwidth costs, the market is ripe for opportunity and change.
A new report from Sandvine states that, in North America at least, consumers are watching 100 hours of streaming video each month, and video traffic accounts for around 54% of downstream bandwidth usage during peak time hours.
The largest cloud video network on the planet is yours to use for free! YouTube is amazing – you can use Hangouts for quick-n-dirty webcasts, or go into a more complex setup mode for real professional web-casting. But is being free to use a sustainable business model for anyone except YouTube?
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.
Conviva compiled massive numbers from 2013 video viewing and determined that there are several factors that determine viewer engagement including low buffering, high buffering, SD vs. HD, content duration and genre. What do you think was the most important factor in user engagement? Step inside and find out!
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?
Rumors abound that Apple is in talks with Comcast to structure a deal that could mean Comcast customers get priority treatment when it comes to receiving Apple TV content. What does this mean for Net Neutrality if the agreement goes ahead?
Pay-TV companies did not really get how people discovered content for a long time, they might not quite get it now. But they are trying and that shows in Digitalsmith’s Q4 2013 Video Discovery Trends report where almost half of the respondents felt it is easy to find a movie in their pay-TV VOD catalog. A marked improvement to say the least. Are you buying VOD movies are are you still on the SVOD path with your favorite online movie subscription service?
Netflix and YouTube share 50% of all fixed downstream Internet traffic, and 23% of mobile. Netflix is way ahead at 31.6% of the bandwidth share, with YouTube at 18.7%. Facebook, with more than a billion users, surprisingly takes up only 1.3%.
In the gilded tower of Comcast, laughter rings throughout the halls as C-level executives “make it rain” with the new found wealth they have just extorted from Netflix to ensure that consumers who already pay both companies get the exact service they pay for.