AT&T to take DirecTV over-the-top

AT&T has announced plans to make its DirecTV available over-the-top on smartphones, tablets and other smart devices later this year. The service provider is due to offer three internet-delivered options from the fourth quarter – DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile and DirecTV Preview. DirecTV Now will offer a range of on-demand and live programming packages, including […]

Unitymedia drops down Netflix’s ISP Speed Index

Unitymedia Kabel was among the major movers in Netflix’s latest ISP Speed Index, with the Germany operator’s average web speed falling to 3.18 Mbps in January. Netflix noted that the internet service provider, which had ranked at the top since Netflix launched service in that country, dropped thee places in the month to eighth place. […]

AT&T platforms to carry Viceland channel

AT&T’s US platforms are to carry the upcoming A+E Networks-backed cable channel Viceland as part of a wider distribution agreement. Viceland will be available of both the AT&T U-verse TV service and through DirecTV, which AT&T acquired for US$48.5 billion last year. Viceland, which Vice Media will operate with the backing of A+E, is replacing the H2 […]

AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

AT&T has completed its US$49 billion (€45 billion) acquisition of DirecTV following approval of the deal by the FCC. The acquisition makes AT&T the largest pay TV provider globally, providing services to over 26 million customers in the US and 19 million in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group also has over 132 million […]

Hulu strikes AT&T deal

Telco AT&T has inked a deal with Hulu and will make the streaming and catch-up service available via its websites and mobile services. The agreement covers the paid-for Hulu+ subscription service, which AT&T subs will be able to access on their connected mobile devices by using the dedicated AT&T app. The new service will cost […]

Netflix wants AT&T/DirecTV merger in current form

Streaming service Netflix has urged regulators to stop the merger of satellite broadcaster DirecTV and US telco AT&T in its current proposed form. In a filing made to the Federal Communications Commission this week, Netflix claimed the new company’s “ability and incentive to harm OVDs (online video distributors” would increase if the two firms came […]

Chernin: sports leagues can make more money online

There is more money to be made by distributing sports events online than through traditional broadcast deals, according to former News Corp boss and Chernin Group CEO, Peter Chernin. Speaking at tech website Re/Code’s conference Code/Media in Dana Point, California, Chernin predicted an “inevitable evolution” in the distribution of live sports, pointing out that “15 […]

Apple retains global brand lead

Apple was the most valuable brand of 2015 with a total brand value of US$128.3 billion (€112.8 billion), according to Brand Finance’s Global 500 ranking.  The annual report shows that last year’s top five global brands all kept their rankings in 2015, but each grew their value with number two-ranked Samsung now holding a brand […]

Brightcove tops revenue expectations, appoints CMO

Brightcove reported revenues and profits that “exceeded expectations” in its fourth quarter, and has appointed former AT&T executive Neil Lieberman as chief marketing officer. Announcing results for the three months ended December 31, Brightcove reported revenues of US$31.4 million, up 5% year-on-year, while gross profit was $20.2 million, compared to $19.8 million for the same quarter […]

Snapchat moves into original series

A day after launching its editorial-driven app Discover, messaging service Snapchat has launched its first exclusive original series. SnapperHero, which comes from digital production company Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen in conjunction with US telco AT&T, will feature YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes. Video Game High School’s Freddie Wong is among those lined up […]