These days, being the first place to binge-view a season of a popular series is nearly as important as being the first place to watch an episode. Netflix wants to own binge-viewing, but networks are starting to exert their authority to ensure that doesn’t happen.
When it comes to online video consumption, YouTube is still the go-to site for the majority of viewers in the US, with live TV broadcasts, and VoD site Netflix coming in a way behind. According to a recent report, 68% of respondents said it was the Google owned video portal that fulfilled most of their video viewing needs.
According to the new study, video is predicted to account for an unprecedented 84% of all Internet traffic by 2018, an increase of 6% over the video’s current slice of the online pie. That’s the equivalent of 4.5 trillion YouTube clips. 4K video, and the ‘Internet of Things’ are also going to play a bigger part in our internet consumption in four years time.
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?
The next two years will radically up-end the notion that it’s too costly for small businesses to make valuable videos. The ROI on enterprise video – which can’t yet be easily measured – but, when done right, is obviously positive – will skyrocket. But what lessons can be learnt from those in TV that have gone before?
Sesame Street has launched a new subscription video on demand service that delivers full-length TV episodes of Sesame Street online. Subscription costs $3.99 per month or $29.99 per year and the site is ad-free as well as fully optimized for viewing across all screens,
Ooyala’s Q4 2013 Video Index gave us some insight into the viewing time for long form content across devices and it is definitely growing. That screen size equals content length statement of old is now history. We pull in some other research to give you a quick look at who it might be that is watching this long form content on those smaller screens, in case you need a direction for your online campaigns.
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?