YouTube removes 7.8m videos for breaching site rules in Q3

YouTube removed 7.8 million videos that violated the platform’s guidelines in the three months from July to September, according to company stats. YouTube said that 81% of the removed videos were first detected by machines, not viewers, and that 74.5% of these machine-detected videos had never been viewed. “The vast majority of attempted abuse comes […]

Facebook sees video growth but admits it is still ‘well behind YouTube’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is seeing video expand dramatically across its ecosystem, but admitted that while its dedicated Watch service is growing quickly it is still “well behind YouTube”.    Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Zuckerberg reiterated that video is one of Facebook’s key priorities for its core app along […]

Amazon rules out Prime Video AVOD plans

Amazon has said it has no plans to launch an ad-supported version of its Prime Video service but declined to comment on speculation that an IMDb-branded AVOD service is in the works. On the company’s third quarter earnings call, Amazon executives were asked to shed light on recent reports that it is working on an […]

Com Hem reports last quarterly results before Tele2 merger

In its last earnings announcement before its Tele2 merger, Com Hem reported modest TV customer gains and said that high-end set-top box uptake now accounts for 42% of its digital TV base. Announcing its third quarter results, Com Hem said that digital TV customers (revenue generating units or RGUs) increased by 1,000 to 655,000. The […]

Netflix reports record Q3 customer sign-ups

Netflix added a record number of new members in the third quarter, out-performing its own forecast thanks to strong growth across all its markets including Asia. The SVOD giant added 7.0 million members in the quarter, higher than its estimate of 5.0 million, taking its total user-base to 137 million, including users that are signed […]

Apple boss predicts cord cutting acceleration as it preps TV projects

Cord cutting will accelerate at a “much faster rate than is widely though,” predicted Apple CEO Tim Cook on the company’s latest earnings call, with Apple positioning itself to take advantage of these market changes. Responding to a question about the company’s original content strategy, the Apple boss said he feels “really good about what […]

Facebook puts focus on video communities, not ‘passive consumption’

Facebook has again emphasised its video ambitions, but said its aim is to foster communities around content rather than encourage “passive consumption”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted that over the next three years “the biggest trend in our products will be the growth of video”. He said […]

Liberty Global sees operating profit drop

Liberty Global saw its operating income drop by 30% in the third quarter. Operating income for the quarter was down US$227 million in Europe and by US$340 million in Latin America. For the first nine months of the year, Liberty posted operating income of UUS$1.452 billion, down 19.3%. Adjusted free cash-flow for the nine months […]

BT adds TV customers, impacted by increased sports costs

BT added TV customers in its latest quarter but its adjusted earnings fell due to higher sports rights, pension costs, and a decline in its Global Services unit. Announcing its second quarter results for the three months ending September 30, BT said it added 7,000 TV customers, taking its television base to 1.8 million. Despite starting […]

Amazon to up video investment in 2018

Amazon has pledged to increase its investment in video next year, tailoring its content decisions based on what “resonates with Prime members”. Speaking on the company’s third quarter earnings call, chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky, said that Amazon’s video business makes good financial sense as Prime members who watch video “also spend more on Amazon”. […]

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