Juniper Research has identified 2018 as the year in which OTT (Over the Top) players including Amazon and Facebook turn sporting events into the next content battleground by bidding for (and winning) key packages in major rights auctions, including those for football’s English Premier League.
Google says it will remove YouTube from Amazon Fire TV from January 1. At the same time the videosharing website will also be removed from Amazon’s Echo Show.
More than 50% of US OTT subscription households subscribe to multiple OTT video services, according to Parks Associates. Of these multi-OTT households, 81% use Netflix plus some other service or combination of services, typically Amazon or Hulu.
Espial has announced that its Elevate cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) video platform now features Amazon Alexa voice support.
The Spanish commercial TV association UTECA has criticised the “legal jungle” under which online services such as Netflix, Amazon TV, HBO and Sky operate in the country.
German IPTV platform waipu.tv will enable TV viewers in collaboration with Amazon to directly order products out of a commercial for the first time.
Amazon has abandoned plans to launch an online streaming service that would have brought together popular US broadcast channels and cable networks.
Parks Associates has released its updated list of the top 10 subscription over-the-top (OTT) video services in the US market, based on number of subscribers.
The Amazon Prime Video app is now available for download globally through Microsoft Store.
German online video store Videobuster will continue offering its DVD and Blu-ray mail order service.