Category Archives: Policy & Product

Quarter of US broadband households use free, ad-based OTT services

25% of US broadband households have watched video on a free, ad-based OTT service in the past 30 days and no single service dominates the market. Among the leaders, 7% of US broadband households use The Roku Channel, 6% use the Pluto TV AVOD service and 6% use Crackle and 31% of the households subscribed to HBO, the market leader in premium channels. While a quarter of the households used an antenna to watch live TV channels, overall just over three-quarters watched live TV channels. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/30wFo7t

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Two YouTubers with 2 million subscribers face a $6,000 bill over a copyright complaint and risk losing their channel if they don’t pay up

Liang expressed concern in a video posted on Monday that the pair were being “extorted” and could lose their channel if Jukin Media contacted Google with all four claims at once, as this could potentially break YouTube’s “three strikes” rule. He added that the pair had previously paid Jukin Media when it demanded cash for copyrighted material. – Charlie Wood, Business Insider » https://ift.tt/35QqWs1 [photo: MxR Plays]

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Antennas Direct buys Mohu to create indoor/outdoor TV antenna giant

Antennas Direct will focus on making its antennas smaller, more powerful and more resistant to interference. Schneider said his company can hopefully get higher gain while reducing the size. He also wants the combined R&D teams to work on smart antennas that are self-structuring, meaning they can receive feedback from a tuner and reconfigure themselves. He said the U.S. military already has antenna technology like that, but his company working on doing it at a price point that consumers can accept. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/3a3aKH3

Analysts question Quibi offer

In a research note, Strategy Analytics analyst Nitesh Patel said that Quibi was treading a fine line between potential success and failure. He asked: “Quibi is clearly a unique proposition compared to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other SVOD services…But will 10 minute episodic content format on a mobile device hook users and also bridge the divide between two needs, immersive entertainment and killing time?” – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2TfUM6p

Netflix to Defend Gay Jesus film in Brazil Supreme Court

In the complaint filed to the supreme court, Netflix’s lawyers argue that the judge’s decision amounts to censorship and has an impact “equivalent to that of the bomb used in the terrorist attack against the headquarters” of the comedy group. “It silences by means of fear and intimidation.” – Diane Jeantet, Associated Press via Fortune » https://bit.ly/2T4Gplw [photo: Netflix]

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