Category Archives: Apps & Devices

YouTube fans still love TV

Live TV viewing is the most popular way for [YouTube Enthusiasts] to watch their favourite programming (48%) since they thrive on online conversation and community. That compares to using time-shifting or DVR watching (24%), streaming service or over-the-top (OTT) apps (18%), or accessing video-on-demand (VOD) through a cable or set-top box (10%). – Video Advertising Bureau via Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2HwrnRb

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TiVo’s new streaming apps will be limited to 720p and 30 fps

TiVo announced that it will begin offering a new streaming app for the Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV streaming devices later this year, which will allow users stream live and recorded shows in their home without investing in separate hardware like the TiVo Mini Vox. But according to an interview with Ted Malone, TiVo’s VP of consumer products and services, those apps will be pretty limited, only offering streaming at 720p quality and 30 fps, via TechHive. – Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2TlPl2Y

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service won’t break the bank

NBCU plans to launch the OTT service in the first half of 2020, at which time it will join the likes of old-school media converts such as Disney and WarnerMedia. Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Cavanagh intimated that the initial investment in the streaming platform would have a negligible impact on NBCU’s 2019 balance sheet. At least one rival can’t say the same; Disney on Tuesday revealed that last year it lost more than $1 billion on streaming-related matters, a setback that included a $580 million hit related to its Hulu investment. – Anthony Crupi, Ad Age » http://bit.ly/2CEZNM1

Hulu drops to just $5.99 per month after Netflix’s price hikes

Hulu does have one price hike of its own: the company is increasing the cost of its Hulu with Live TV service, which will jump to $44.99 instead of the current $39.99. As a result, the gulf between the standard service and Hulu’s internet TV offering is growing wider and a dollar shy of $40. The justification for the uptick in price is an increased channel selection — Hulu reached an agreement with Discovery, Inc. – Chris Welch, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2FJzybc

FitzyTV Uses Your TV Everywhere Credentials to Stream 75+ Live Channels From a Single App

[FitzyTV] currently supports 77 channels, which appear on a standard grid guide. Some of those channels include locals like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and cable channels like CNN, Discovery, USA, TBS, and TNT. It even works with sports networks like ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, as well as Regional Sports Networks like NBC Sports Chicago, MSG, and NESN[.] – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » http://bit.ly/2R9jaSC

Netflix, YouTube lead video services in Brazil

Netflix and YouTube were consistently the first choice of video services, across all devices even in pay-TV households. When IHS Markit reviewed such homes, fewer than half of Sky Brasil households selected the service as their first choice, and they were less likely to have a first choice, while two-fifths of Net Servicos households responded similarly. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2UdW3sa

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