Category Archives: Apps & Devices

Paramount SVOD first for CEE

Named Paramount Play, it will debut in Poland on the mobile service Play and cable operator Toya, with distribution on other platforms set to follow in the coming months. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2A1dSmQ
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SE.Pay is a new Adyen-powered PayPal competitor for Twitch streamers

SE. Pay is launching first in the U.S. It has low transaction fees and a suite of fraud-protection features. The idea is to shield Twitch and YouTube Live broadcasters from a complication known as chargebacks. When someone disputes a charge, PayPal often forces vendors to pay that money back. In this case, the vendor is a livestreamer. – Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat https://ift.tt/2yi1xsk

New NBCUniversal Streaming App Rewards Viewers for Watching Shows

The company on Oct. 5 debuted WatchBack, an app that creates a personalized experience for users and rewards viewing with the chance to win prizes. Described internally as a marketing tool to promote content from NBCU and its partners, the free WatchBack app offers up a mix of full-length episodes of shows from across NBCU’s networks, video clips, and web series from digital outlets like BuzzFeed, CollegeHumor and Refinery29. None of the videos is exclusive to the app, and the full-length episodes will only be available for a limited time. – Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter https://ift.tt/2E2ZWwO

Netflix consumes 15% of the world’s global internet traffic

That’s according to a report from bandwidth management company Sandvine, reports the BBC. Taking up 15% of the world’s bandwidth makes Netflix the biggest data hog on the planet. Following Netflix, miscellaneous video embeds on websites takes up 13.1% of all internet traffic, while YouTube takes up 11.4% and general web browsing takes up 7.8% – Michael Grothaus, Fast Company https://ift.tt/2yemc0p

US Wireless Video Streaming Sucks, Study Says

US carriers were ranked 34th in terms of average network speeds (16.5 Mbps) and 59th in terms of users’ “overall video experience.” That’s on the heels of previous studies showing that US residents pay some of the highest prices for mobile data in the developed world (before one even includes a bevy of obnoxious, hidden fees). – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD https://ift.tt/2NLsjUK
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