According to a breaking story at Variety, the world’s biggest and most popular video site, YouTube, is acquiring videogame-streaming company Twitch, for an estimated $1 billion. Although both YouTube and Twitch have declined to confirm or deny the story, sources near to the deal confirm it’s on.
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?
Watching the BBC via iPlayer is fast becoming the method of choice for TV viewing in the UK. The state owned broadcaster logged 320 million TV and radio requests through the iPlayer in March 2014, up by 18% year-on-year. That’s a new record for the online catch-up service.
There is a rabid fan base out there consuming billions and billions of live video streaming minutes each month. You might have an idea of the site, which draws on average, 45 million unique viewers a month, and you might not. They have grown from a category, into a spin off, into a major Internet video force and they show that when you build it right, as in really, really right, they will come, and continue to come for months and years.
Miramax is sorting out a deal with AOL to run ad-supported full-length films on the latter’s On network. This is the first foray into long-form for AOL, so many eyes will be watching, from both a technical aspect (can they pull it off) and from a consumer aspect (I can watch Pulp Fiction without a subscription?). It also could become the case study on how to fully monetize a massive movie library since Miramax already has multiple SVOD deals.
Is the Amazon Prime/HBO deal really the big win that some say it is for Amazon? Or is it just HBO beginning to expand their digital footprint and monetize some old content they have had laying around for years?
Owners of the Roku 3 have been able to access an official YouTube channel since December, but now the company has rolled out the app to pretty much all of its other devices, including the new Streaming Stick. It’s a very welcome, if long overdue, feature for many viewers.
Searching for a live event to watch on YouTube used to be a simple affair. But then YouTube changed the navigation and made it that bit harder to find the broadcast you wanted. Luckily, we have a list of URLs that cover live events in all of the categories you need.
Experian broke out mobile video viewing in their latest report along with some info on what ages are watching, when they watch, where they watch (as in site and app) and whether or not they feel video ads on smartphone or tablet are useful. Want to put a wager on which demographic thought them most useful and which said least?