There was plenty of news this week as far as the world of streaming video goes, so naturally, we've brought in our Week in Review coverage to help highlight some of the major points of what happened this week. So settle in and let's take a look at all the biggest news to hit this week in streaming video!
First, we got a look at Netflix's quarterly numbers, and the news was something of a mixed bag. Revenue rose to $905.1 million, up 10 percent over the same time a year ago, and better than two million Watch Instantly subscribers joined the ranks worldwide. But the news wasn't all good, as content providers kept costs high and prevented Netflix from taking big profits, and the costs of worldwide expansion have also played their part.
Several other hurdles, however, were involved in the market, including a contracting economy and a surprising degree of market penetration among lower-income users.
Next came word out of the 11th annual TelcoTV Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, where one of the many products being exhibited included the Mariner xVu system with Microsoft (News - Alert) Mediaroom middleware. Several service providers – including ATMC Cable TV and North State Communications – have put the service in play, and report savings of time and money alike thanks to shortened disruptions in service and improvements in monitoring.
Mariner xVu allows faster fixes for service issues, a better video experience and top-notch IPTV (News - Alert) service.
Then we got a look at the issue of providing content online specifically for Hispanic viewers. While there's plenty of online content available, there's not much of it that's intended mainly for the Latino demographic. Univision stepped in to provide some Hispanic-themed content for users via their new release, UVideos. Available as both a website and a mobile app for iOS and Android (News - Alert), UVideos offers up a variety of bilingual video selections specifically for users.
Next was a look at the videoconferencing market, which has been undergoing some significant changes in recent days. Where before, videoconferencing was primarily the function of large, room-scale systems, advances in technology have improved the situation to where more of videoconferencing could be taken care of by cloud systems and software-based videoconferencing. The savings in costs are substantial – room-based systems could run into the thousands of dollars – thanks to the cloud's standard of charging monthly fees to subsidize their own purchases of hardware.
Finally, Boxee (News - Alert) TV gave us a last big slice of news, as they selected Wal-Mart to be their first retail partner. The Boxee TV set-top box is set to sell at fully 3,000 Wal-Mart locations, which offer as their biggest selling point the "No Limits DVR" system. No Limits DVR is a cloud-based storage system that will allow users to record content – both local over-the-air and cable – to the cloud for $14.99 a month.
Since Boxee eschews a large variety of apps like those offered by one of their main competitors, Roku, it's that DVR connection makes all the difference.
That was the week that was in streaming video; from Netflix to telcos and beyond, there's a lot of ground to cover. A constant stream of news coming in means our global online community is always on the lookout for the best news to bring into play. So be sure to join us back here next week for more news, as well as every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!