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App download metrics from Sensor Tower are in for Q4 2019, and they show a big win for Disney's entry into the crowded streaming arena. The data shows that Disney+ was the top downloaded app in the United States. Disney can thank the popularity of "The Mandalorian" along with all the Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and back catalog of Disney content for much of its success. As Disney geared up for the launch of its app, it pulled all of its content off other streaming services such as Netflix. Disney+ was far and away the top downloaded app in the United States, followed by TicTok, Messenger, Facebook, YouTube, Netflix, Instagram, Amazon, Snapchat, and Spotify to round out the top 10. On the chart... Read more...
At this point, we know that Apple has been working on a streaming service for several years. It was delayed back in 2015 with reports indicating that the delay was due to negotiations for local content. The service will have original programs that Apple has made with a strict insistence on the shows refraining from sex or violence and being very family friendly. Reports indicate that the service will offer programming at no cost to Apple device owners. A new report has surfaced that claims sources familiar with Apple's plans have stated the streaming service will launch in April, with early May as another possibility. The sources also claim that Netflix and its top-rated original programming... Read more...
Apple's planned TV service has been long talked about and long delayed. In 2015, reports indicated that the delay in bringing the service to market had to do with negotiations for local programming. Last month, a report surfaced that claimed Apple's insistence on staying away from programming with sex and violence was threatening the service. Many wondered how Apple planned to lure in subscribers, in a Netflix world, with bland original content. The answer is that Apple reportedly has no plans to sell subscriptions to its service, for now. People who claim to be familiar with its plans say that Apple plans to give its original programming away to all Apple device owners. That means anyone who... Read more...
Apple has been hard at work on its streaming media service for several. In 2015, reports suggested that the service was delayed as Apple worked through negations for local programming. Apple has plowed on in the years since, and has signed up several shows that sound interesting, but all of that content reportedly has a strict focus on not showing excessive sex or violence. Some see Apple's insistence on focusing on family-friendly content as putting a limit on the appeal of the service and slowing down its road to market. Word is that Apple passed on a show focused on rapper and Beats headphone icon Dr. Dre's life called Vital Signs. The reason Apple passed was that the show was too violent.... Read more...
The adage "the more things change, the more they stay the same" seems very apt for the cord cutting streaming TV market. Many TV fans left behind cable and satellite services because the prices were always increasing and the service never got better. The rub is that now that cord cutters seem to have reached a sort of critical mass and streaming services are plentiful, streaming firms are starting to raise prices just like cable companies. AT&T DirecTV Now raised its prices earlier this month by $5 per month. YouTube TV and Sling TV also recently raised prices. Now PlayStation Vue is following right along with the masses. All Vue plans are seeing $5 monthly price increases across the board.... Read more...
YouTube announced that last quarter its software helped to pull down millions of objectionable videos before any users were able to view them. The machine learning software that helped YouTube to pull this off has been trained with the assistance of human moderators and has made policing the crush of new videos uploaded daily easier. YouTube has offered up hard numbers noting that it has pulled down 8 million videos in the last quarter and that of that number most were spam or adult content videos. Of that 8 million, 6.7 million were first flagged by computers. YouTube has been targeting violent extremism and says that at the start of 2017, only 8% of that sort of view was taken down before... Read more...
If you are looking for another reason to cut the cord with your cable company, Philo has an announcement that you might be interested in. Philo is a streaming TV service that has been around for a while now and the service has bundles of channels that you can subscribe to that are much cheaper than traditional cable TV. Philo announced that the service has now launched on the Apple TV and on Amazon Fire TV streaming devices. Prior to launching on those two devices, the primary way to watch the service was via a web browser on your computer, Apple mobile devices, or by casting to your Chromecast. Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV support slots in alongside the support for Roku devices that has been... Read more...
Netflix is easily the most notable streaming video service out there and the thing that helps keeps it that way is the wealth of original programming that the network offers. Not only does it have a lot of original content including shows and movies, but that content it's typically VERY good. The downside to this expansive catalog of high quality original content is that it costs a lot of money to produce. To cover the costs for making such good shows, Netflix has announced that it is increasing the price for higher tier subscriptions. Reports indicate that the $7.99 basic monthly plan is staying the same price for now. However, the Standard plan with HD content and two screens at once that most... Read more...
Media giant Comcast has a cunning plan to develop a new video platform, infiltrate tens of millions of homes with it by 2017 using its existing infrastructure, and seduce customers and content publishers along the way. It's called "Watchable" and it could launch within a matter of weeks. According to Business Insider who cites several anonymous individuals familiar with the plan, Comcast wants to tap into the creativity of digital-video producers like The Onion, AwesomenessTV, Vice, and more established brands like NBC sports and roll it into a service that will be watchable on Comcast's XFinity set-top boxes. Sources indicate that not only does Comcast plan to replace all existing... Read more...
Sprint is bringing out the big guns to promote its new All-In “unlimited” calling, texting, and data plans. The third-player U.S. wireless carrier has brought out none other than David Beckham to pitch All-In, but there are a lot of “gotchas” that you must take into consideration before you start jumping up and down for joy. For starters, at $80 per month with an included smartphone lease, All-In is actually $10 a month more expensive for iPhone users that were on Sprint’s old iPhone for Life program. But by upping unlimited plan pricing $10 (CEO Marcelo Claure is a man of his word), Sprint is hoping that it will garner more attention from potential customers by expanding the number of handsets... Read more...
Amazon is in the unique position of being able to transform its business model to stay current with the times. For example, with demand for DVDs giving way to streaming options, Amazon has decided to be aggressive with its Prime Instant Video service by offering cable network Epix a deal it simply couldn't refuse. Citing an "executive directly involved in the deal," Reuters claims Amazon agreed to a performance-based bonus payment incentive, one in which Epix will receive additional funds if Instant Prime Video membership rises above a certain level. That bonus payment is on top of whatever fixed rate the two sides agreed to in the first place. Just as important here is the fact that Amazon and... Read more...
As more and more wireless carriers impose caps on data plans, customers are becoming increasingly aware of how much data they are consuming on their mobile devices. Recognizing that streaming video can quickly gobble up one’s monthly allotment, Netflix is working to help users with a new feature that lets you change video quality. Although you might not get as good of quality video if you turn the settings down, you will save bandwidth from your mobile data plan. The feature is appropriately called “Manage Video Quality” and is specifically aimed at 3G and 4G users who don’t have an unlimited data plan. Netflix has rolled out this feature over the last week or so in the... Read more...
A big battle is happening over Internet service so, naturally, people have added large dollops of fear and misinformation and are shouting about it on Facebook. On December 21, the FCC will finally vote on adopting net neutrality rules. This may (or may not) have been caused by Comcast's spat with Level 3 now that Level 3 won a big contract to handle Netflix's video streaming. Grind it all together, output it to Facebook and you get this campaign: "Save the Internet: Stop Comcast from Blocking Netflix. Without strong net neutrality rules, companies like Comcast can demand fees from innovative companies like Netflix in an attempt to choke consumer freedom and coerce users to adopt its own video... Read more...
With the near ubiquity of widescreen high-definition TVs (HDTVs) in so many homes, the desire to consume media on them that was traditionally relegated to computer displays is starting to gain popularity--especially since a growing proportion of this media is HD video. To meet this growing desire, Western Digital has just released the WD TV Live HD media player.The WD TV Live HD media player is a device that sits between your HDTV and your home network, allowing you to stream media from networked drives (such as a NAS device) and "Internet content from popular Web sites"--the device also includes two USB 2.0 ports for streaming from USB-connected hard drives or flash drives. The WD TV Live HD... Read more...
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a little late to the game, but it has just launched an official online video portal where users can watch streaming video from a wide selection of PBS shows. Not that PBS hasn't offered some of its shows online before this, such as NOVA, but this marks the first time that PBS has consolidated a significant selection of its current and past shows into one place, accessible online to anyone with a broadband Internet connection--much as many of the major commercial networks have already done, such as Fox or ABC.The PBS Video site officially launched on Wednesday, April 22, and it is currently labeled as a "beta." In the short time that we played around with... Read more...
The numbers are in for Americans' TV and video consumption, and The Nielsen Company reports that our TV and video watching habits have reached new heights. Whether this is the natural progression of a long-standing trend, a byproduct of more people staying home because of the recession, or perhaps a combination of the two, Nielsen states that "the average American watches more than 151 hours of TV per month"--which averages out to over five hours of TV per day--"an all-time high."  Nielsen calculates that the average American watched one hundred fifty-one hours and three minutes (151:03) of TV per month in the fourth quarter of last year (4Q08), based on viewers who were over the age of... Read more...
A great debate is raging as to what the future of movie distribution will look like. On one side of the debate are those who claim that physical discs like DVDs, Blu-ray, and whatever format will eventually supplant Blu-ray, will always deliver a superior viewing experience than anything that will be available via streaming or on-demand content. Pundits on the other side of the debate--and this is the side that appears to gaining the most momentum--say that as broadband's footprint continues to expand, throughput speeds continue to increase, advances continue to improve in compression technologies, and more consumer electronics devices gain access to streaming content, the inevitable future... Read more...
YouTube has announced that after over three years of streaming user-uploaded video, it is shutting down... Or at least that is what we thought when we first saw the headline of the blog entry that went up today on YouTube's official blog. The headline read: "YouTube Goes Offline." No, YouTube is alive and strong and isn't going anywhere (at least that we know of). What the upon-first-glance, potentially-misleading title is actually referring to is that YouTube is now enabling, sanctioned video downloads. That's what "offline" refers to--you can now download videos and watch them offline, instead of only while online. Get it?These downloads will not be available for all of YouTube's videos; but... Read more...
There are always a lot of new products that come to view at CES. Sometimes, these products are kept under tight wraps, and other times, companies give us a sneak peek. Today, LG is giving us a look at one of the things they’ll be formally unveiling at CES next week, namely, new entertainment options for its Network Blu-ray Disc players. The new offerings come as a result of alliances with CinemaNow and YouTube. Coming sometime in the first half of 2009, you’ll be able to get your hands on a new LG Blu-ray Disc Player that has the ability to play full-length, high-quality movies, TV shows, and short video clips that are streamed over the Internet. If you’ll recall, LG began offering the ability... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying "it's about time," the Nintendo Wii game console will finally be getting a streaming video service. Reuters reports that starting in early 2009 in Japan, Nintendo and ad agency Dentsu are partnering to launch the video-streaming service, which will become available "overseas" (presumably in Europe and the U.S.) later in the year. Before Wii owners get too excited with the vision of Netflix streaming movies dancing in their heads, so far all that has been announced is that the new service will "offer cartoons and other entertainment programmes created for the new service to differentiate it from other online content delivery operations, which often offer existing... Read more...
The Neflix Player by Roku was one of first devices available to allow Netflix users to watch streaming video from Netflix's growing library of TV and movie titles available via Netflix's Watch Instantly feature. But while other devices have since also recently gained this capability, such as the XBox 360, TiVo HD DVR, and Samsung BD-P2500/BD-P2550 players--including supporting the few HD titles that Netflix currently streams--the Roku device has only supported SD titles until now. Roku has just announced that with a firmware update that is available starting today, however, that the Neflix Player by Roku can now stream HD titles.The Netflix Player by Roku is a $99 video player that connects to... Read more...
In a move that will leave many saying, "Duh! What took so long," the Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com) has just added movie and TV streaming to its site. IMDb has long been the first stop for many (IMDb.com claims 57 million users) looking to find information related to movies, TV shows, and the people associated with them, such as actors and filmmakers. Available now, the Amazon.com-owned company hosts "over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free." This new features is currenly labeled as a "Beta." IMDb.com will feature a rotating selection of video content from providers such as "CBS, Hulu, Sony Pictures Television and over 500 independent filmmakers." Content will include... Read more...