Lines continue to blur between television networks and streaming video platforms. Networks such as CNN, HLN and now FOX have joined the TV Everywhere movement, restricting free, unlimited viewing of their most popular programs. Walmart also entered the game by offering streaming movies on the web the same day they drop on DVD. This week, Nielsen issued a fascinating survey comparing the viewing habits of Netflix and Hulu subscribers; while the whopping majority of Hulu users watch content on their computer screens, Netflix subscribers choose to stream a wider array of devices.
Be sure to read Tara Moore’s explanation of the shrinking amount of broadband space and if you plan on attending the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this fall, don’t miss Sanjay Jha and Pat Esser’s panel discussion regarding the future of cable!
1. The Looming Content Battle Between TV Everywhere & Online Streaming (July 27, 2011) – By Christina Warren, Mashable: The TV Everywhere movement got another win Wednesday, as Fox announced that it will limit streaming access to its programs to cable, satellite and Hulu Plus customers.
2. Spectrum squeeze: The battle for bandwidth (July 27, 2011) – By Tara Moore, Fortune: We all know that our use of mobile data and video is exploding. But not everyone understands that the bandwidth needed to operate that technology is limited — and at risk of overload.
3. Walmart Streams into the Future (July 26, 2011) – Steve Donohue, Light Reading: Walmart is challenging Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc. iTunes Store and cable VoD platforms by streaming movies the same day they are released on DVD through its VUDU Inc. unit.
4. Hulu vs. Netflix: What Device Are You Watching On? (July 27, 2011) – By Christina Warren, Mashable:
A new survey from Nielsen looks into how Netflix and Hulu users watch, what devices are most popular to watch each service on, and what type of content is most watched.
5. Cox’s Esser To Chat Up Motorola Mobility’s Jha At Cable-Tec Expo (July 18, 2011) – Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha will join Cox Communications president Pat Esser for a “candid conversation” on the future of cable at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011.