Facebook launches live video streaming

Facebook has started to test live video streaming in the US, allowing users to broadcast from their phone in real-time. Facebook said it had rolled out the new feature to a “small percentage” of iPhone users based in the US, having first tested the feature with a handful of celebrities in the summer. To share […]

Facebook claims eight billion daily video views

Facebook now claims more than eight billion daily video views, with more than 500 million people watching content through the service each day. The social network’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg revealed the figures during the firm’s third quarter earnings call, claiming that video is an area “where we continue to make progress.” “We’ve added live video […]

Facebook challenges YouTube with new video section

Facebook is focusing its video efforts by trialling a new section designed to help people discover, watch and share videos on the service. The dedicated video destination marks Facebook’s latest attempt to take on the likes of YouTube and will let viewers watch videos from friends, pages they follow and other video publishers on Facebook. […]

Spotify continues video experiments as part of new content plan

Spotify is working on original content and experimenting with different genres, formats and lengths of programming as part of its new video strategy, according to the music streaming service’s content chief. Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes this morning, Spotify’s global head of original content, Matt Baxter, likened the current stage of Spotify’s development to a […]

Facebook steps up video efforts with ad plans

Facebook is stepping up its video efforts with a new ‘suggested video’ feature that will reportedly see the social network share ad revenues with video creators for the first time. According to various US news outlets briefed on the plans, Facebook will place ads between suggested video clips, keeping 45% of revenues and paying 55% […]

Facebook set to ‘take on’ YouTube’s video dominance

Facebook is making a “serious play” for content owners and looks poised to take on YouTube’s dominance in video content, according to a new research report.  Ampere Analysis said that Facebook’s video views are “rocketing” and that recent trials with content owners like NFL and Fox Sports “suggest it’s primed to become a plausible alternative […]

TV accounts for 65% of video viewing among young people

TV viewing – both live and on-demand – accounts for 81% of UK video consumption, but just 65% for young people aged 16-24, according to new research. The ‘Truth about Youth’ report, from UK TV marketing body Thinkbox, claims that 16-24 year-olds have a “more varied video diet” and that 30% of their video viewing […]

Video to drive threefold increase in IP traffic

Annual Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will triple between 2014 and 2019, with video to account for 80% of global IP traffic by 2019, according to research by Cisco. The firm’s tenth annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast claims that global IP traffic will reach 168 exabytes per month by 2019, up from 59.9 exabytes per month […]

Vodafone plans mobile TV push with app overhaul

Vodafone has announced plans to enrich its My Vodafone app “in a massive way”, adding functionality like video so that it acts like “a TV in your hands.” Speaking on the company’s fiscal fourth quarter and fully year earnings call yesterday, CEO Vittorio Colao said that Vodafone currently has 12.5 million My Vodafone app users, but claimed […]

Mobile video traffic to increase eight-fold

Video traffic over smartphones will increase by nearly eight times between 2014 and 2019, according to Juniper research.  The new ‘mobile data offload and onload’ report estimates that the average monthly data usage by smartphone and tablet users will double over the next four years, bolstered by the rise in 4G adoption and factors such […]

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