I'm pondering perhaps a weekly Internet TV industry article as it seems there are more and more things going on in the space every week. I just fear that one week there will be nothing and you'll be over there twiddling your thumbs and mumbling under your breath about what a douche I am for not having a post when you really wanted to get some Internet TV info. So I haven't decided to do it yet. But there's some big news this week as Verizon, Netflix and others are making big moves.
Verizon Grows to over 24,000 Titles for FiOS (Or Fee Fi OS Fum!)
Netflix copywriting often quotes 20,000 plus titles. Now Verizon hooked up with some major content providers and is stating they have 24,000. I haven't had a chance to experience FiOS at all but I've heard some bad things about it. That's neither here nor there if they have the content and can supply it in good order and with decent pricing.
The Internet TV war is certainly heating up Verizon 24,000 plus titles, of which 15,000 titles are free they say, stacks up against its competitors pretty well. Comcast for example has around 25,000. According ot the Verizon Forums:
Recent additions to the FiOS TV VOD include Disney Jr., Nickelodeon HD, BET HD, Comedy Central HD, MTV HD and Nollywood On Demand. And, as we mentioned here previously, we now offer Starz 3D and HBO 3D on demand. In the coming months, we expect new on demand programming from more than a dozen content providers, so keep a look out for that.
It's last week's news really but I just read about it. They offer a couple different services including Flex View and FiOS TV Online all of which allows for streaming video.
Meanwhile….at the Hall of Netflix…
Yes folks, Marvel (owned by Disney these days) is streaming loads of animated series through Netflix now.
What can you watch?
"The Incredible Hulk" (1996-1997), "Spider-Man Unlimited" (1999-2001), "Iron Man: Extremis — Marvel Knights Animation" (2010), "Astonishing X-Men: Gifted — Marvel Knights Animation" (2010), "Spider-Woman: Agent of the S.W.O.R.D. — Marvel Knights Animation," "Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes" (2006), "Silver Surfer" (1998), "Black Panther — Marvel Knights Animation" (2010) and "Iron Man: Armored Adventures Season 1″ (2009).
Available this summer: "Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man" (1994-1996), "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Season 1″ (2010), "X-Men Evolution" (2000-03), "X-Men" (1992-97), "Spider-Man" (1994-98), "Spider-Man" (1967-68); "Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends" (1981) and "Spider-Man" (1981-82).
Coming in the fall: "Iron Man" (1966), "Thor" (1966), "Captain America" (1966), "Hulk" (1966) and "Sub-Mariner" (1966), and more.
Surely Netflix has to be over 25,000 titles now, because that's a mighty list of the world's best heroes.
Whoa…wait a tick!
No, not The Tick, hero of the city… I was just saying wait a second.
Does that say HBO? Wasn't HBO one of those companies that didn't want to 'dilute the value of their content,' and were only going to allow streaming through their own service? It seems like they might have backtracked on that thought process a bit because it now appears that they're giving just about everyone, except Netflix, access to their library of content.