Netflix, Hulu and others to launch on Gear VR headset

Netflix and Hulu are among the major content partners that will launch apps for the forthcoming Samsung and Oculus-developed virtual reality headset, Gear VR. At the Oculus Connect conference in Hollywood, Oculus announced that it was bringing Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and Vimeo to the Gear VR, with TiVo, Facebook, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate also […]

YouTube Gaming goes live

YouTube has rolled out its dedicated YouTube Gaming video service in the UK and US, in a move that puts it head-to-head with Amazon-owned rival Twitch. YouTube Gaming offers gaming videos and live streams of videogame play and is available on the site or as dedicated apps for Android and iOS devices. YouTube said […]

Twitch records 21 million unique viewers during E3

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video platform for games enthusiasts, logged more than 21.04 million unique viewers during the E3 videogame conference last month. Announcing the stats, Twitch said that it logged a peak of 840,000 concurrent viewers – 16 times the number of physical attendees at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. It also said that […]

YouTube takes on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

YouTube is launching a new app and website dedicated to video game-related content, in a move that will see it take on Amazon-owned gaming site Twitch. YouTube Gaming will launch this summer in the UK and US, will feature game-related videos and live streams of users playing video games, and marks an attempt by YouTube […]

Twitch launches on Roku

Amazon-owned video platform for gaming enthusiasts, Twitch, has launched as a channel on Roku devices in Europe and North America.  The free-to-view channel is available for all current-generation Roku players in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada, and Roku TV models in the US and Canada. Viewers can tune into the channel to watch live […]

Twitch to ‘replace your television,’ says company founder

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video platform and gaming enthusiasts, will replace traditional TV services in the future as a major destination for big-screen entertainment, according to founder and CEO Emmett Shear.  Speaking at the Guardian Changing Media Summit in London yesterday, Shear agreed that in the future he could imagine viewers tuning in to Twitch on their […]

Amazon buys Twitch for US$970 million

Amazon has agreed to buy Twitch, a video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts, for US$970 million in cash.  The deal follows reports from May that linked YouTube to the videogame site, with Google-owned YouTube said to be ready to imminently announce an acquisition for a similar US$1 billion price tag. Announcing the deal, Amazon […]

Global eSports viewing doubles in a year

The global market for video game competition viewing or ‘eSports’ almost doubled last year, with viewers watching 2.4 billion hours of content compared with 1.3 billion in 2012, according to a report by IHS Technology. The growth has come with the arrival of online video streaming platforms such as Twitch, Azubu and MLG, which have […]

Live video presents growing challenge for operators, ANGA COM attendees told

Intelligent caching deployed by network operators can deliver an improved online video experience and will be key to the success of growing live video on the web, according to Eyal Webber-Zvik, product manager at Israel-based Qwilt, which deploys caching devices for access network operators. Addressing a session at ANGA COM this morning, Webber-Zvik pointed out […]

YouTube reportedly buying gaming video site Twitch for US$1 billion

YouTube is reportedly buying Twitch, a video platform and community for videogame enthusiasts, for more than US$1 billion (€729 million).  According to a Variety report, which cites sources familiar with the matter, the all-cash deal is due to be announced “imminently” and will be YouTube’s most significant deal to date. US-based Twitch claims a community […]

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