As ad agencies and brands try to add more oomph to commercials, they slow the sites that are going to show them, leading some to add ad blockers. say some publishers. But it's hard to turn down the money.
For more than five years, Netflix has been lowering the quality of its video for customers streaming its service on AT&T and Verizon Communications wireless networks, the company admitted on Friday. Why? To “protect consumers from exceeding mobile data caps,” according to the company.
Apple is exploring a topic that hits close to home. The company has teamed up with executive producers Ben Silverman, musician Will.i.am and Howard Owens’ Propagate for an unscripted series about the making of an Apple app, among other things
Netflix has been throttling its video streams on the Verizon Wireless and AT&T mobile networks, reducing the default bitrate to 600kbps in order to help users stay under their data caps. Netflix's admission yesterday came a week after T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere said
that AT&T and Verizon deliver Netflix video at a resolution of only 360p. AT&T and Verizon responded that they don't downgrade the quality of video, and it turns out that Netflix is the one doing the bitrate capping.
As entertainment channels continue to coalesce, TiVo is reportedly close to a merger with Rovi. “The deal would merge TiVo and Rovi, which is one of the largest owners of patents for digital entertainment devices,” The New York Times writes. “The transaction would end the independence of TiVo, a perennial takeover target that included a raft of speculated suitors.”
Yahoo now officially faces a fight for control of its board of directors. Starboard Value, which owns about 1.7% of Yahoo’s outstanding shares and has been vocal about its displeasure with CEO Marissa Mayer’s performance, is nominating nine candidates for election to Yahoo’s board — seeking to unseat Mayer and the other current directors.
The company is partnering with virtual porn purveyors BaDoinkVR to showcase premium VR content for the site's 60 million daily visitors. "Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favorite porn stars," says an obviously excited executive.
With each cute kitty video and toy unwrapping video getting its out URL, you'd think that mathematically, someday YouTube would run out. That won't be happening.
70% of U.S. consumers now binge-watch TV shows, with Americans gulping down an average of five episodes per marathon session, according to a study by consulting firm Deloitte. And 61% say an Internet service is among their top three most valued paid services.
Surpassing download sales, streaming services now represent the biggest revenue driver of any recorded-music medium. From 2014 to 2015, revenue from streaming services rose from 27% to 34%, Music Ally, citing fresh data from the RIAA. All told, recorded-music revenues rose by 0.9% to $7 billion, last year.