More and more companies are incorporating convergence into their business plans. For instance, Motorola Mobility and Altibox teamed up to implement converged experiences in the home this week. The Motorola VAP2400 wireless video bridge allows Altibox subscribers to extend IPTV, video on demand and over-the-top video content to TVs and other IP-enabled devices in every room in the home.
In other news, the entertainment landscape continues to shift towards streaming video. This week, Netflix and Amazon expanded their content offerings by separately making deals with Disney-ABC to license movies and TV shows. Furthermore, YouTube plans to launch nearly 100 new video channels next year including channels produced by The Onion, TED Talks and Pitchfork TV. Lastly, be sure to check out the Android Guys article sharing staggering survey results about mobile security on smartphones. 25 percent of respondents said they would rather share their toothbrush than their smartphone! What about you, which would YOU prefer to share?
1. Motorola puts Altibox in every room (Oct. 31) – By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News: Altibox is planning to extend its video services across the home.
2. Nielsen: Android expands smartphone OS lead in Q3, Apple still top vendor (Nov. 3) – By Zach Epstein, Boy Genius Report: Data from Nielsen for Q3 shows that Google’s share of the smartphone market in the U.S. grew to 43%, up from 39% in Q2.
3. Netflix, Amazon Unveil Deals for Disney-ABC Streaming Content (Oct. 31) – By Tess Stynes, The Wall Street Journal: Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. unveiled separate deals with Walt Disney Co. to license movies and TV shows that will broaden offerings to their subscribers.
4. YouTube Preps 96 Channels With Original Content (Oct. 28) – By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Google’s YouTube, looking to attract more advertising with professionally produced content, plans to launch some 96 new video channels in the next year featuring original content from a range of entertainment, sports and news partners.
5. Motorola polls 1,000 prosumers on mobile security (Infographic) (Nov. 2) – By Scott Webster, Android Guys: Motorola Mobility recently surveyed 1,000 prosumers who use their smartphones for both work and personal matters to see how “in the know” they were.