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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Parisian authorities charged two French teens for allegedly hacking Vevo's YouTube account last month and altering some music videos with pro-Palestine messages   —  Two 18-year-old French citizens have been arrested in Paris and charged with crimes related to the hack of Vevo's YouTube accounts …
May 26, 2018, 12:05 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Vevo is shuttering its Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile apps and website to refocus on YouTube following resignation of several execs and significant layoffs   —  Major-label owned Vevo is giving up on plans to build its own music video platform outside of YouTube's control …
May 24, 2018, 11:10 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
American Customer Satisfaction Index: customer satisfaction of streaming video services is 75% on average, far better than cable, satellite, telco TV rivals   —  U.S. cable and satellite TV sector falls to 11-year low on ACSI's index  —  This won't come as a huge shock …
May 22, 2018, 12:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Analysis: Amazon Channels, which resells subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, and others, now accounts for 55% of à la carte direct-to-consumer video subscriptions   —  Amazon has quietly become a major player in the subscription video sales business: Amazon Channels, the company's platform …
May 20, 2018, 11:20 AMIn context
Stefanie Fogel / Variety:
Valve's PC game streaming service Steam Link is now available in beta on Android 5.0 and above, iOS release date is “pending further review”   —  Steam Link is now available in beta on Google Play, Valve announced Thursday.  The app allows gamers to stream their Steam library …
May 17, 2018, 6:30 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says ~85% of new spending to go toward original content, plans to have about 1,000 originals total by the end of 2018   —  Netflix is sharply steering its new content spending toward original projects, with around 85% of new spending going toward original TV shows …
May 14, 2018, 4:35 PMIn context
Brett Bull / Variety:
A look at the $1.6B video streaming market in Japan, where Netflix and Amazon are using the power of original shows to take on Hulu and homegrown dTV   —  Since launching in Japan in 2015, Netflix has focused on providing high-quality and original content from both international and local sources.
May 12, 2018, 10:35 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q1 revenue of $136.6M, beating expectations and up from $100M a year ago, as net loss narrows to $6.9M; active accounts up 47% YoY to 20.8M   —  Meet the new Roku: The company best known for its streaming devices made more money with ads and licensing fees than with hardware sales …
May 9, 2018, 4:18 PMIn context
Brian Crecente / Variety:
EA CFO suggests ~30M Xbox Ones sold by end of 2017; Microsoft says projections inaccurate; Sony has said it sold 73M+ PlayStations in roughly the same period   —  Microsoft sold about 30 million Xbox One consoles by the end of 2017, compared to the more than 73 million PlayStation sold during roughly …
May 9, 2018, 12:15 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google partners with JBL for Android TV-powered sound bar with Google Assistant, slated for later this year, says Android TV's userbase has been doubling YoY   —  Google's next Android TV device is a sound bar: The company has teamed up with speaker maker JBL for the JBL Link Bar …
May 7, 2018, 1:35 PMIn context

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