FCC opts for strong net neutrality and divides opinion

The US FCC has adopted strong net neutrality rules, going beyond goals set by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler last year and reclassifying broadband providers as telecommunication services under Title II of the US Federal Communications Act, effectively subjecting them to stronger regulation.  “There are three simple keys to our broadband future. Broadband networks must be […]

Unitymedia KabelBW adds Maxdome package to TV offering

Liberty Global-owned cable operator Unitymedia KabelBW is adding ProSiebenSat.1-owned on-demand service Maxdome to its TV offering. Maxdome will become an integral part of the new TV and triple-play packages offered by the cable operator, allowing Unitymedia KabelBW customers will be able to subscribe to Maxdome directly as part of their bundle. From March, Unitymedia Kabel […]

Netflix detects Danger Mouse, Gadget

Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to a pair of classic kids TV series being rebooted for the modern era. Deals with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and DHX Media hand the streamer US rights to Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget, respectively. Danger Mouse, which follows a heroic mouse spy that uses technology to apprehend villains, will debut in […]

Mobile video traffic to grow seventeen-fold

Total mobile video traffic in the next six years will be around 17 times that of last six years, according to the latest Ericsson mobility report.  The global research, published ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, claims that two-thirds of app data traffic over mobile networks comes from just five of the most popular […]

Netflix takes rights to Pee-wee Herman

Streaming service Netflix has secured exclusive international rights to Pee-wee Herman’s Big Holiday, an upcoming comedy film from director Judd Apatow. This is the latest feature Netflix has acquired exclusive rights to as the US-based company sticks to its aggressive movie buying strategy. Netflix takes rights in all territories it operates in, under terms of […]

Content makers can earn 20 times more cash on Vessel, says Kilar

Former Hulu boss Jason Kilar claims that his new video venture, Vessel, could earn content creators up to 20-times as much money as they get on ad-supported video sites. Speaking at the Code/Media conference in Dana Point, California, Kilar said that Vessel, which launched last month in beta mode, allows content creators and brands to […]

Amazon takes Mad Dogs and High Castle pilots to series

Amazon Prime Instant Video has sent a pair of dramas, an unscripted series and two kids shows to series. The shows are the latest to come through Amazon Studios’ piloting process in which feedback from viewers is considered before season orders are placed. The dramas are Cris Cole’s US version of Mad Dogs and The […]

MTG takes Amazon’s Mozart for Viaplay

Modern Times Group’s on-demand service Viaplay in Sweden has picked up Amazon original drama Mozart in the Jungle. The series is produced by Amazon Studios and plays exclusively on its Prime Instant Video service in the UK, US and Germany. The pilot was penned Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) and follows a New York classical musician. Amazon greenlit […]

SVoD revenues set to grow fivefold

There will be a five-fold increase in SVoD revenues across emerging markets between 2014 and 2019, according to new research. Pyramid Research forecasts that cumulative emerging market SVOD revenues will total US$18.8 billion in the five-year forecast period with markets in Asia Pacific and Latin America accounting for the bulk of that amount. Having surveyed […]

Netflix looks to IBM for cloud storage revamp

Netflix has deployed IBM storage systems in a bid to consolidate and manage growing data volumes.  Netflix has selected a high-end storage appliance based on IBM’s XIV architecture. It is using the Gen3 cloud storage system to manage its databases, development, testing and back-up operations. According to IBM, Netflix was able to replace 16 existing […]