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If it seems like just about everyone is watching video on smaller and smaller screens, you’re not crazy. Research firm Ooyala has noticed a global trend away from watching content on larger screens and toward more mobile options.
For disc renters, nothing tops Redbox, and for streamers, Netflix can’t be beat. This is according to a new report released by research firm Digitalsmiths, which revealed that Redbox and Netflix are the most preferred consumer choices for disc rentals and OTT video, respectively.
The pay-TV industry is going through a Darwinian process right now and needs to adapt in order to survive. So said Jeff Bewkes, the outspoken CEO of Time Warner, in remarks at the Goldman Sachs 24th Annual Communacopia Confab.
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other streaming providers have had an interesting edge over typical broadcast networks. TV ratings firm Nielsen has collected viewership data from regular television programming for years, which helps programmers set advertising rates. Should streaming companies be forced to do the same?
The Ultra HD Blu-ray spec was finalized not too long ago, but the home entertainment industry is already hanging some pretty heavy hopes on the new format. Ultra HD Blu-rays support 4K resolution, which is four times sharper than 1080p.
Amazon Prime made waves recently by announcing that subscribers will be able to download titles to watch later when they’re offline. Netflix has been pretty adamant that it will never follow suit, and we may have just found out why.
They say nothing in life is free, and that includes Hulu Plus’ new ad-free option. One of the biggest knocks against Hulu compared to Netflix is that the former forces subscribers to sit through ads even though they are paying for the service. Hulu has announced a new commercial-free option, but there’s a catch.