Netflix launches mobile previews

Netflix has launched mobile previews in a bid to offer users a “fun, simple, and easy way to learn about all the new content on Netflix”. The mobile previews launch today on iOS and are due to follow soon on Android, with the launch following the introduction of video previews as part of the TV […]

Ooyala: digital content ‘driving viewing off the TV’

The explosion of digital content is “helping to drive viewing off the TV” with mobile devices accounting for 60.3% of video starts in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Ooyala. The company’s Global Video Index Q4 2017 report claims that mobile video plays could soon reach – and potentially exceed – a 70% market […]

BT Sport trials HDR livestream over 4G

BT Sport has staged a trial livestream of a UEFA Champions League match in high definition (HD) and high dynamic range (HDR) direct to mobile. The UK sports broadcaster ran the trial this week at Wembley Stadium – during Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-2 defeat to Juventus – using mobile operator EE’s 4G network. The HD HDR […]

eMarketer: 78% of digital video viewers watch on their phone

More than three quarters of digital video viewers globally will use their mobile phones to watch digitally streamed content in 2018, according to eMarketer. The research firm said that 1.87 billion people – almost a quarter of the world’s population – will watch video over a mobile phone this year, almost double 2014’s figure. This […]

Sweden’s Tele2 to buy cable operator Com Hem

Swedish telco Tele2 has agreed to buy local cable operator Com Hem in a merger agreement that will establish Tele2 as a major integrated mobile and fixed line operator in Sweden. Tele2 will absorb Com Hem in a deal that was described by the firms as a “natural next step for both companies”. The agreement […]

UPC Switzerland switches from Salt to Swisscom

Liberty Global’s Swiss unit UPC Switzerland is to use Swisscom’s mobile network to provide mobile services, switching from the network of alternative provider Salt. The company, which has a mobile base of about 100,000 users on the Salt network, said that the change would see its customers benefit from Swisscom’s highly-rated network and would enable […]

Ooyala Video Index: 58% of video plays occur on mobile

More than 58% of video plays globally occurred on mobile devices in the third quarter of 2017, with that figure due to rise to 60% in mid-2018, according to Ooyala. The video technology company’s Q3 2017 Global Video Index recorded a sixth consecutive quarter in which mobile devices accounted for more than 50% of all […]

Ericsson: half of TV and video viewing will be mobile by 2020

By as early as 2020 half of all TV and video viewing will be done on a mobile screen, due to an increasing consumer preference for on-demand and catch-up TV over linear viewing. This is according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, which claims that mobile video traffic will grow by around 50% annually through 2023 […]

YouTube living room viewing up 70%

Viewers now watch more than 100 million hours of YouTube in the living room every day, up 70% compared to last year, according to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.  Speaking on the Google parent company’s third quarter earnings call, Pichai said that YouTube users spend an average of 60 minutes a day on mobile – but […]

Deloitte: UK smartphone video viewing up 500% since 2012

The proportion of UK adults watching video on their smartphones has risen fivefold in the past five years, according to research by Deloitte. The consulting and accounting firm’s ‘Global Mobile Consumer Survey 2017: UK Cut’ report said that, as of mid-2017, some 57% of smartphone owners aged 18-75 watched at least one video on their […]