Another big week for streaming video has come and gone, and brought with it a whole bunch of news. Plenty of news means a lot to consider, so we're going to make it a bit more manageable for you with our Week in Review coverage.
So let's take a closer look at the week in streaming video and check out all the high points.
Leading things off this week was a look at Concurrent, who launched a line of video assurance solutions specifically for the multiscreen market. With Concurrent's new line, it's now possible to audit multiscreen delivery systems in real time, providing the most up-to-date information about trouble in the system.
Better yet, there's a further focus on the prevention of problems thanks to a series of recommended steps from Concurrent to help prevent against outages and related issues.
Next came some news from no less than The Rolling Stones, who decided to step up and bring their "One More Shot" concert, a pay-per-view event, to not only televisions, but to laptops, desktops and iPads as well. Stones fans will have plenty of opportunity to catch Mick and the boys – given that tickets for "One More Shot" ranged from $95 to $750, it's a big opportunity indeed – and the company behind it, Endemol (News - Alert) Netherlands Media Group, says that streaming is a "core" part of their overall strategy. So look for more streaming from them.
Percy 3D got the rights to take streaming to a new level thanks to a new alliance with DHX Media that gave Percy 3D the rights to use DHX's popular preschool character, Caillou, in its new line of digital party products. With the agreement in place, kids can now get access to a wide variety of digital content specifically geared toward Caillou fans having birthday parties, including personalized photo memory packages, invitations and even thank-you notes – all including footage of Caillou and the other characters from the series.
As we all well know, good streaming is dependent on good Internet access with plenty of bandwidth, and that's why our next item is so important. Netflix released a list of the fastest Internet service providers (ISP) in the United States, and top of the list, not surprisingly, was Google Fiber. Coming in next was Verizon's FiOS (News - Alert) service, follow by Comcast, Charter and Cablevision.
Many of the providers have recently been seen putting extra punch in their networks, and streaming is clearly on a lot of people's minds.
Finally, we got a fresh look at an old idea, specifically the Apple-branded television. Not the Apple (News - Alert) TV set-top box, but the full Apple television. Potential customers are already eager to fork over dough for Apple's television, but this time around, they're not quite as willing as with Apple's smaller screens.
Differences in useful life and price play factors, and even with Apple's flair for design and innovation, it may not be enough to get them as far into the market as they may like.
So that was the week in streaming video, and this growing entertainment source is showing up in a lot of places that may not have been expected even just a short time ago. The end result is a constant flood of news, and our global online community is constantly on the hunt for the best of it to bring back here to you.
So be sure to join us back here next week for lots more news in streaming, and as ever, every weekend for our Week in Review!