Sony’s OTT Pay-TV Price Set At $80

Sony’s plans to disrupt the pay-TV industry with its own OTT offer have met some obstacles, namely the content owners who refuse to play along, leading to a price of $80/month and channel bundles that include the same niche channels no consumer ever wanted but always has to pay for, because of the market power of “big entertainment”. Originally, Sony had intended to offer a more customer friendly set of channels at a lower price, but they got “creamed” in negotiations.

Read more at fiercecable.

Video Discovery App Showyou Launches A Platform For Subscription VOD Channels

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Over the past several years, Showyou has been in the business of helping users find interesting videos that might appeal to them. Now it’s preparing to flip its model just a little, with the introduction of a new way for content owners to find viewers and get paid for their videos with the launch of a subscription channel store.

This isn’t the first time Showyou has put some effort behind the concept of channels. Last summer, it announced that partners could create channels of videos that they could then place advertising against. Those channels included the ability to set custom backgrounds, featured images, and the like.

But monetization didn’t take off. The idea was that ads would run as interstitials in between a channel’s videos. Still, for ad revenue to matter, you need a high number of viewers to really pay off. Selling videos — and selling access to them…

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10 Million Rokus

roku-box-hero_0Roku has now officially sold 10 million of its streaming boxes in the US, putting them in a runner up position behind the 20 million Apple TVs sold and leaving Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV behind.

It’s hard to say which streaming box is the most successful, since the metrics vary and many households have more than one device. “In its announcement Tuesday, Roku affirmed its usage dominance with its own data, touting that its players account for an average of 37 hours a week of service per home. Apple TV came in second in Roku’s tally, at 15 hours a week, followed by Chromecast (12 hours) and Fire TV (six hours).”

Go to Fiercecable for more or check out this article in Variety

Video Streaming Dienste im Vergleich

image-749005-galleryV9-qwtbZum Deutschlandstart des Branchenriesen Netflix liefert der Spiegel eine Gegenüberstellung der vier großen Anbieter in Deutschland: Sky Snap, Amazon Instant, Watchever und Marktführer Maxdome. “Wo bekommt man welche Serie, wo welchen Filmklassiker? Und welche Dienste lassen sich auch unterwegs nutzen?”

Nachzulesen hier.

Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Millennials, one of the largest generational groups in the U.S., on par with the Baby Boomers, are also the largest group of smartphone owners, says Nielsen in a report out today. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

That’s up from 77% and 80%, respectively, over the same time last year.

It’s worth also pointing out, on the eve of Apple’s big iPhone 6 reveal next week, that the smartphone in question is more likely to be an Android phone. Nielsen notes that over half (52%) of U.S. smartphones run Android, with Apple iOS accounting for a 42.7% share, and “other” OS’s (Windows Phone, Blackberry, etc.) making up the rest.

But while it didn’t break out the number of Millennials specifically who…

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Maxdome rüstet sich zum Kampf

maxdometv_screen_1200_72dpi-630x409Das Streamingangebot der P7S1-Gruppe ist bereit, den Kampf mit Weltmarktführer Netflix um das deutsche Publikum aufzunehmen.

Dazu wurde die Optik der Seite überarbeitet, um weiblicher, freundlicher zu wirken. Inhaltlich gibt es für 7,99€ das Streaming-Angebot mit 60.000 Filmen und Serienepisoden. Daneben den VOD-Shop mit aktuelleren Inhalten und eine Live-Funktion, mit der Events live gestreamed werden können.

Der Marktführer in Deutschland mit 44% Marktanteil hat neuen Content zugekauft (z.B. die Serie “Hannibal”) und will die Opinion Leader mit 4K beglücken.

Hier geht’s zum Artikel auf

Don’t Call It A Bubble

billion-dollar-mobile-internet-companies Just because there are now 25 mobile internet companies valued at over $1Bn doesn’t mean that there is a new bubble in town, right? Because first mover advantage in their market makes them worth all that money, right?

I’m not buying it. Get ready for the crash this October.

Read about the blistering pace at which these companies got to where they are now and the golden future of mobile internet applications at Venturebeat.


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