Watchever is a subscription video on demand service that was launched in Germany in early 2013. For €8.99, consumers in Germany can now stream movies and TV Series seamlessly on a wide variety of devices, ranging from the Apple TV to smart TVs, games consoles, tablets, computers and smartphones.
Video is the next big thing, apparently. “But surely it’s already been around for a little while,” you might nervously venture after a telco evangelist with a challenging hair cut blurts this factoid at you as if he’s just discovered the secret of alchemy. That was old video, he will sneer, we’re now in the mobile video era!
Australian service provider Telstra is to acquire video streaming and analytics specialist Ooyala for US$270 million (€201 million), writes Digital TV Europe. Telstra, which already owns a 23% stake in Ooyala, has invested US$61 million in the company over the last two years. The acquisition, via Telstra’s Global Applications and Partners unit, is expected to close within the next 60 days.
Yahoo continued its acquisition spree on Tuesday, jumping on the micro video bandwagon with the acquisition of Qwiki. The US startup has iPad and iPhone tools that turn a user’s photos and videos into short movie montages.
Eric Mauskopf, Business Development, YouTube is delivering the opening keynote on Day Two of the Broadband LATAM conference, taking place on 2 – 3 July 2013 at the Grand Hyatt, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role at YouTube, what he’s working on right now and what YouTube plans are for future growth.
Mohamad Mourad, Regional Manager Gulf, Google is delivering a keynote of the opening day of the Broadband MEA conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE. Ahead of the show we speak to him about his role and what opportunities he sees for Google in the region.
The ability to deliver a superior experience for mobile video will be key to Clearwire’s success, its CTO John Saw has said. Speaking at the LTE North America conference, Saw described video as “the closest thing for a potential killer app for 4G”, due to viewing via LTE being quantitatively better than 3G.
Hunter Walk is director of product management at YouTube and is delivering an opening day Keynote at the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We speak to him on what has made YouTube the global success it has become and how he sees the video platform evolving in the future.
Chang Feng, VP technology and innovation, of ooVoo, the video chat and messaging service, is delivering a conference keynote on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the conference we talk to him about how ooVoo fits in with current trends and what are its major challenges and opportunities it faces.
Owners of the HTC Thunderbolt, the only LTE handset available on Verizon’s LTE network are now able to enjoy Skype with video calling, according to tech site Engadget.
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday it has acquired the remaining 65 per cent of multimedia software firm PacketVideo that it did not already own. The move takes PacketVideo out of the hands of US wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless and makes it a wholly owned DoCoMo subsidiary.
2010 will be a pivotal year for online video, as ISPs and content providers explore radical new ways of working together, analysts said on Tuesday.
Fading giants Motorola and Blockbuster have teamed up in a bid to revive both their flagging fortunes by putting on demand movie services on Motorola handsets.