BlackBerry’s two-sided view of net neutrality

Say what you will about BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s blog post last week calling on policymakers to include application/content neutrality as part of any carrier-centric net neutrality rules — and the reviews have been brutal — but there is an important insight about the evolution of the over-the-top video market lurking inside what is otherwise an impractical proposal.

classic_black_frontChen suggests that broadband providers today “are like the railways of the last century, building the tracks to carry traffic to all points,” but notes that “the railway cars travelling on those tracks are, in today’s internet world, controlled not by the carriers but by content and applications providers.” Read More »

Streaming live, from the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl has long been the premiere annual showcase for advertisers and agencies, with 30-second spots going for upwards of $4 million. This year’s game, though, will also be used as a showcase for live OTT platforms.

superbowl xlix 400x300NBC will live-stream the game, on Feb. 1, as the lead broadcaster has done with the past three Super Bowl’s, starting with NBC in 2012. This year, however, the network will leverage the live stream to promote its newly expanded  linear TV Everywhere offering.  NBC will use its coverage of the game to kick off 11 continuous hours of non-authenticated streaming of its linear feed, culminating in the mid-season debut of “The Blacklist,” expected to get underway around 10pm EST. Viewers will not be required to log-in to NBC Sports Live Extra or provide an MVPD login to watch the full 11 hours. Read More »

Twitch goes to the movies

We missed this amid the hubbub of CES, but apropos our Wednesday post Twitch has begun experimenting with live movie screenings on its platform through a partnership with Devolver Digital. Each Friday through February 20th Twitch will host a screening of a game-related movie, along with a live chat with the filmmaker on its main channel.

twitch_logo3The series kicked off January 9th with an airing of “Stream Dream,” a documentary about the growing impact of game streamers like Pew Die Pie, Smosh and Angry Joe. Today’s feature, at 2:15 PST, will be “Pixel Poetry,” a documentary on the artistry of games. Read More »

E-sports competition driving live OTT broadcasting

Given how much traffic it draws — to say nothing of suitors — it was inevitable that Twitch.tv would attract competitors. And now it has. Paris-based Dailymotion on Wednesday announced the launch of Dailymotion Games, a new live-streaming platform dedicated to gaming (h/t VentureBeat).

AbsnerdidtySHowoffAccording to the press release, gaming content already generates more than 180 million video views per month for Dailymotion, and according to comScore, and attracts more than 11 million unique visitors per month globally. With the new  platform,  broadcasters will be able to “create live streams, monitor them through a dedicated control panel and monetize their content via user-controlled video advertisements.”

The platform also incorporates a chat system  to allow for real-time conversations between live streamers and viewers.

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Sling TV highlights Dish’s challenge

LAS VEGAS– At their press conference here during CES, Dish executives made sure everyone got the message about their low, low prices for the new Sling Television linear OTT service.

sling TV logo“The price will be substantially — and I mean substantially — below” traditional pay-TV offerings, Dish president Joe Clayton trumpeted. For just $20 a month — that’s right, just $20 a month~ — you can get a package of a dozen linear channels, including ESPN, CNN, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel, streamed to your smartphone, tablet, connected TV or tablet without a pay-TV subscription, with a promise of “more [channels] to come.”

Add-on packages feature, kids, sports and news & information content will go for $5 a month, each.