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Internet TV Reporter no. 980

Amazon Is Expanding Its Internet Video Empire

About this item: Want movies, pay TV, online original series, on-demand programming or obscure cat videos?  Now Amazon users can get all of the above straight from Amazon Video Direct, the company’s new video service that will enable any and all video content creators to upload their own videos to Amazon’s video platform and monetize the content they are supplying. But will ‘AmazonTube’ being able to tackle YouTube’s established user-generated model?
The Three Big Trends in Today’s OTT Space

More about this item: The nascent Internet TV space is experiencing some interesting growth spurts in 2016, including new entrants, new content formats and new video distribution models. Here are the three major trends we’re witnessing in the world of OTT video…

Discovery Touts 30m Views for VR App
Comcast-Backed NextVR Signs Kentucky Derby, Live Nation VR Deals

4K / HDR / UHD
Vizio’s Mass Market P-Series TV Have Ultra HD, Both Versions of HDR & Google Cast
Wagner Opera Goes 4K

Content Networks Sing Praises of Skinny Internet TV Bundles
Hulu’s Unlaunched Internet TV Service Is Already Media’s Favorite
Discovery Will Double Down on Direct-to-Consumer Web Offerings
Vimeo Is Gaining Some Cheesy, Snappy Partners
Amazon Covers Every Aspect of OTT  Except Live TV. Yet
Time Launching New Xumo-Powered OTT Offering
OTT Content Has to Look as Good as That from Other Sources
OTT’s Ability to Measure & Analyze Audiences Makes It Part of the Way Forward

Cameras Being Built for Live Streaming Will Increase Demand for Broadband
YouTube and LG Have United Live Streaming Front
Periscope Is Moving Away From a Snapchat-Like Model
Facebook Live Giving Users More Streaming Options

Spotify Adding a Load of Video Programming
RTL Group’s FreMantle Media Web-Delivered Content Attracts 19b Video Views a Month
National Geographic Launching Series on Instagram
Apple TV App for AwesomenessTV

MHz Networks Picks Vimeo’s Technology

DearMob’s 5Kplayer Streams Sports to an Apple TV

49% of Total Spend on Advertising & Marketing Will Be Spent Online
OTT Sports Services Catching On In US
YouTube Makes Lofty Audience Reach Claim; Networks Fire Back

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