Buyers Briefing digital season: news digest

As part of our new weekly Buyers Briefing feature, we run down the biggest news in the sector that best reflects our interviewee’s focus. This week, we look at the goings on in digital video after our chat with TalkTalk’s Will Ennett. Upcoming themed areas will include western European pay TV channels and Asian networks. […]

Verizon slams Netflix in ‘throttling’ row latest

Verizon has fired another salvo in its ongoing buffering row with Netflix. The communications company said that it has conducted technical tests that reveal congestion causing buffering when its broadband customers watch Netflix were the fault of the streaming company. The companies have been locked in a war of words since Netflix issued a notice […]

FCC weighs into Netflix-Verizon streaming row

US communications regulator the FCC is investigating who is at fault for the problems occurring with streaming Netflix content via some broadband operators, notably Verizon. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement that read: “As the consumer’s representative we need to know what is going on. I have therefore directed the Commission staff to obtain […]

Netflix responds angrily to Verizon as row heats up

US-based streaming service Netflix has reacted angrily to Verizon’s cease and desist letter concerning claims over Netflix usage on the Verizon network. Verizon had demanded Netflix stop blaming its network for issues affecting playback of series and movies. In a response, sent by Netflix general counsel David Hyman to his Verizon counterpart Randal S. Milch, […]

Netflix and Verizon embroiled in network row

Verizon Communications has issued a cease and desist notice to Netflix demanding it stop publicly stating that issues affecting playback of series and movies are being caused by Verizon’s “crowded network”. In the letter it says Netflix’s claims are “deceptive” and could harm the perception of Verizon. Netflix’s US subscribers watching via a Verizon connection […]

Erik Huggers exiting Verizon

Erik Huggers, the former chief of Intel’s OTT TV initiative, is to leave Verizon five months after the US telco acquired the OnCue platform from the chipset giant. Huggers, who worked on the Intel project for two years, told Reuters at the end of last week that he is to quit Verizon, a move seen […]

Netflix cuts Verizon interconnect deal

Netflix has signed an interconnect deal with US telcom operator Verizon in a bid to improve performance for customers. The deal comes after Netflix signed a similar agreement with Comcast in February, agreeing to pay the US cable giant to gain direct access to its network to deliver a better quality service to Comcast subscribers. […]

AOL renews slate of original series

AOL has renewed several of its original series. The internet firm is pushing into original content and is taking a quartet of shows into a second season. Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) will executive produce another run of city.ballet, which is made by her prodco Pretty Matches alongside Zero Point Zero Production. Socialite […]

Intel sells online pay TV assets to Verizon

Intel has sold Intel Media, the division that homes the assets of its planned online pay TV service, to telco Verizon. Intel had planned to launch a cloud-based pay TV platform, dubbed OnCue, in the US before a wider roll-out but the plan was beset with problems. Intel reportedly struggled to score programming licence deals […]

DreamWorks confirms daily YouTube series

Animation studio DreamWorks is launching YouTube Nation, a daily series that will showcase the best new content on the online video site. YouTube Nation will appear exclusively on YouTube and is the first daily series produced by DreamWorks Animation. It also marks the first time the YouTube brand has been used for a daily programme. […]