Report: Disney looking to buy Twitter for its video credentials

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy social media platform Twitter. According to Bloomberg, Disney sees Twitter as a key video distribution platform, and as such has hired the Bank of America to evaluate a deal. Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is the board of Disney, meaning the two companies […]

Snapchat makes hardware move with video Spectacles

Snapchat is making its first move into hardware with the launch of video camera-equipped sunglasses, called Spectacles. Announcing the launch over the weekend, Snapchat said that the glasses can be used to easily create Snapchat Memories – a feature the company introduced earlier this year to let users save Snaps and Stories. “Spectacles connect directly […]

ProSiebenSat.1 launches video trading exchange

ProSiebenSat.1 has launched Glomex, a global content marketplace for trading premium video content. Glomex, short for Global Media Exchange, launches in beta this week, allowing content owners to offer verified and brand-safe videos which publishers can embed into their websites and apps. The service, which ProSiebenSat.1 launched at German digital trade show Dmexco, already has […]

Twitter to share ad revenue with video creators

Twitter is to give video content creators that use its platform a share of advertising revenue in a bid to boost use of the platform. According to separate reports by CNBC and Recode, both citing unnamed sources, Twitter is planning to give content creators a generous 70% share of revenues, beating the share offered by […]

Deutsche Telekom to stream 360-degree Chili Peppers concert

Deutsche Telekom is due to air a 360-degree live-stream of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert, in what it claims is a first-of-its-kind broadcast in Germany. The operator will stream the HD immersive footage from the Chili Peppers’ September 6 gig at the Kraftwerk Berlin events space. The footage will be accessible with a […]

ZenithOptimedia: mobile the main platform for web video

Mobile devices will become the main platform for online video viewing this year, according to new research. Media agency ZenithOptimedia measures activity across 57 international markets, and says that through 2016, consumers will spend an average of 19.7 minutes watching online video on their mobile devices, compared with 16 minutes via desktops and connected TVs. […]

Cisco: video to account for 79% of web traffic by 2020

Internet video will account for 79% of global internet traffic by 2020, up from 63% in 2015, according to new research from Cisco. The Cisco Visual Networking Index claims that internet video will increase four-fold between 2015 and 2020 and that HD and Ultra HD internet video will make up 82% of this internet video traffic […]

Ericsson: viewing is shifting from TV as mobile video soars

Video will account for roughly 70% of mobile data traffic in 2021 after growing by some 55% annually over the next five years, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.  The study noted a “significant increase” in video traffic share on smartphones and tablets and said that “viewing is gradually switching from traditional TV to […]

Instagram ups video upload limit to 60 seconds

Instagram is upping the maximum video length for clips uploaded to the service to 60 seconds, from a previous cap of 15 seconds. Announcing the move, the photo-sharing social network said that in the past six months the time people spent watching video increased by more than 40% and that “longer videos mean more diverse […]

Four fifths of US smartphone users stream video

Some 81% of all US smartphone users now stream video on their devices, according to research firm NPD. The company’s Connected Intelligence Smartphone and Tablet Usage Report claims that streaming video use is being driven primarily by users who are 25 and younger. People in this age-group spend twice as much time watching video content on […]

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