Google launches Chromecast in Ireland

Google has launched its Chromecast streaming device inIreland, increasing the availability of the HDMI dongle to a total of 19 markets. Google first launched Chromecast in the US in July 2013. It then rolled it out internationally by making it available to 11 countries outside its home market – including the UK, France, Germany, and […]

15% of US broadband users will soon ‘cut the cord’

Some 15% of US broadband users that subscribe to a legacy cable, satellite or telco pay TV service are “to varying degrees” likely to cancel their service in the next six months, according to new research. The Diffusion Group (DFG) study into cord cutting claims that though the US incumbent pay TV operators had a […]

Google Fibre won’t charge to ‘prioritise’ Netflix

Google has weighed into the recent internet traffic peering debate, claiming that it will not strike deals for its Google Fiber network to “prioritise” the performance of services like Netflix or YouTube. In a post on the official Google Fiber blog, director of network engineering Jeffrey Burgan said that Google is open to peering and […]

Kids go OTT

As the gamut of entertainment mediums for children grows ever wider, Andy Fry profiles how over-the-top programming services are adapting their offers to garner attention, and attract eyeballs, from kids of all ages. In the last five years, kids’ media consumption has changed beyond recognition in advanced economies. The advent of OTT and on-demand technology, […]

YouTube’s Varela on the future of TV

The days of linear TV channels being the predominant way people consume TV are numbered, according to Francisco Varela, head of platform partnerships at YouTube. Speaking on a panel focusing on the shape of TV in 2020 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Thursday, Varela said that linear channels “only exist because you […]

Viacom settles legal case with Google

Media giants Viacom and Google have put to bed their long-running copyright battle, a move they say is a reflection of a “growing collaborative dialogue”. An out of court settlement means the litigation, which Viacom first brought forward in 2007 and garnered attention around the world, is now over. Terms were not discussed but numerous […]

Google launches Chromecast streaming device in Europe

Google has launched its low-price Chromecast HDMI streaming stick in 11 countries outside of its home market of the US. The device is available now in Canada and 10 European countries: the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. “Since announcing Chromecast in the US, […]

News brief: Warner Bros. close to Machinima investment

Hollywood studio Warner Bros. is leading a round of funding that will see US$18 million sunk into YouTube gamer-related content channel Machinima, according to several US reports. Existing Machinima investors including Google are also understood to contributing to the new funding. Google led an earlier funding round in 2012 that raised US$35 million. The Wall […]

OTT leads the way on 4K

As if the OTT players weren’t bumping heads with traditional broadcasters enough already, they’ve now claimed the high ground on the latest original programming battlefield: ultra high-definition, also known as 4K. Jesse Whittock and Andy McDonald report While Michael Bay was suffering an autocue-induced meltdown on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, numerous […]

HBO GO launches on Google’s Chromecast

HBO’s catch-up service GO has launched on Chromecast, the internet giant’s digital media player. The launch means that consumers with the Chromecast device, which is currently only available in the US, can watch signature HBO series including Game of Thrones, Girls and Boardwalk Empire. Google announced the news in a blog post from Shanna Prevé, […]