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.
German cable operator association FRK wants streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook und YouTube to participate in the costs of upgrading their networks for the gigabit future through a carriage fee, arguing that business models based on the idea of free data highways must come to an end.
Facebook could find itself banned in Russia in 2018.
After Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Deutschland will offer its mobile network customers the possibility to use selected apps without reducing the high-speed data volume included in the tariffs.
Discovery has confirmed it will be supplying content to the new Facebook video platform Watch.
Facebook has launched Watch, a new platform for television shows on Facebook, initially only available to a limited group of people in the US. It is intended to combat rivals such as Google’s YouTube and Snapchat video.
The Dutch anti-piracy organisation Brein has settled with a trader of stolen passwords to legal SVOD services.
Despite now having 2 billion users a month, it has been a year of angst for Facebook as it has realised that connecting people is not enough.
Facebook will stream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League across the United States.
Facebook is in talks with Hollywood studios with a view to producing scripted TV quality shows that could be available as soon as the summer.