Netflix Peering Agreement With AT&T To Bring Faster Streaming

Netflix have made an agreement with AT&T that will both improve streaming and reduce buffering for AT&T subscribers that use the online TV company. The ‘peering’ or ‘interconnection’ deal will give the Netflix service direct access to the AT&T network.

AT&TAlthough Netflix have made it clear that they oppose having to pay to get their content delivered, they have embarked on a strategy of paying for direct access to certain US Internet service providers. The company have already signed deals with both Comcast and Verizon to achieve the same result.

The ISP’s have been accused of ‘throttling’ or ‘data capping‘ the download speeds for services such as Netflix and Google owned Youtube. Both companies supply video quality reports showing the speed of different ISP’s. You can view them from the following links, Netflix and YouTube.

AT&T said of the deal in a statement, “We reached an interconnect agreement with Netflix in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers. We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days.”

Although Netflix have made clear it is not happy having to pay broadband providers to deliver its content at a decent speed, the providers argue that Netflix should help with the costs as they are responsible for a massive amount of data used for video traffic across the networks. Although Netflix are paying up, they have asked the Federal Communications Commission to review the broadband market.

Sarah Palin Launches Online Alternative News Channel

The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and Alaskan governor, Sarah Palin has launched an online alternative news channel called originally enough, the Sarah Palin Channel.

sarah-palinThe channel is subscription based costing $9.95 monthly or $99.95 annually is, “A news channel that really is a lot more than news,” said Palin, adding, “This is a community where we’re going to be able to share ideas and discuss the issues of the day. And we’re going to find solutions.”

As part of her video intro she says that she wants a dialogue with her subscribers saying, “I want you to talk directly to me. That’s what I’m most anxious about — hearing from you. Together, we’ll go around the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Palin will use the channel to target the mainstream media, saying, “We’ll go directly to the root of the problems confronting America. We’ll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won’t talk about. We’ll look at the ideas that I think Washington doesn’t want you to hear.”

Seinfeld Could Be Heading To Netflix

Cult comedy Seinfeld could be heading for an all out binge to end them all re-run on Netflix says show creator, Jerry Seinfeld. He revealed that  he is in discussions with the streaming giant to bring classic Nineties sitcom onto the web.

seinfeldThe comedy show ran for nine seasons between 1989-1998, and has enjoyed constant re-runs and syndication on various TV channels, but has never been available for streaming, until now?

Jerry Seinfeld was asked the question about becoming a Netflix show during a  Reddit Ask Me Anything session, and he confirmed that “conversations were currently taking place.”

So fans and potential fans of the show may be able to look forward to 180 episodes, although Seinfeld couldn’t have done it just for the money. The show  is said to have already made creators Seinfeld and Larry David over $3 billion in syndication fees.

Time Warner Looking To Roll Out HBO Streaming Service

Time Warner Cable are set to expand the HBO service by offering an internet only based subscription service, aiming to target customers who shy away from traditional cable.

HBO-internet-serviceEven though HBO have previously gone on record to say they would not offer a streaming only service, TWC last year launched a $49 monthly trial with Comcast offering a backdoor way to get HBO streaming. The package offers just Internet, HBO (along with HBO Go) and basic TV.

The rumor is that the deal will be expanded within the market and that more cable and internet providers will offer the deal. The offer is aimed at targeting cord cutters who refuse to subscribe to expensive pay TV services and source cheap/free material online instead.

The news comes shortly after Time Warner recently rejected a $75 million takeover deal from Fox, although the company owned by Rupert Murdoch is set to make a counter-offer.

TV Still Tops For Viewers But Online Streaming Continues To Grow

Although the traditional TV is still the most used device for watching content, internet content streamed from the web is continuing to close the gap according to a new survey.

Courtesy TNSGlobal

Courtesy TNSGlobal

The changing viewing habits of the modern day consumer are reported by internet usage from insights and intelligence group TNS and a new report called Connected Life, which surveyed over 55,000 internet users worldwide during March-June of this year.

The survey showed that a great number of viewers (48%) engaged in second screen activity (also called ‘screen stacking’) while watching the traditional TV set. This generally involved visiting social media sites, checking emails or shopping via the web.

Traditional TV is still most popular with 75% using this medium, while 25% of those surveyed watch content on computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone each day.

Speaking about the survey, chief development officer at TNS, Matthew Froggatt said, “The growth in screen-stacking and online TV viewing is huge, particularly in the Asian markets, driven by a growing demand for content. Online devices are offering more ways to access TV and video content, meaning that brands will need to adopt a more integrated online approach in order to engage consumers.”

Internet TV viewing habits vary depending on country. Russia watches the most online TV and video each day (44%), that is followed by Italy, China and Singapore with 33%.


Sky Looking To Consolidate European Pay TV

In a bid to bring European Sky TV together, BSkyB are said to have agreed to buy the Rupert Murdoch part-owned pay TV companies within Europe, to create a super satellite TV company boasting 20 million subscribers.

Sky-EPGThe UK based satellite broadcaster, largely owned already by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox is said to be willing to pay $9 billion for Sky Italia and for Fox’s 57% stake in Sky Deutschland.

BSkyB had already registered an interest in moving from just a UK focused satellite TV company, where it is the dominant pay-TV company offering premium movies, sports, and TV shows to over ten million homes.

BSkyB became such a big player in the TV market after securing rights to live Premier League soccer in the UK, but as they have started to share rights with others they have been concentrating on the ‘connected TV’ strategy. Services such as Sky Go and Now TV have been bringing streaming services to both subscribers and pay-as-you-watch users…

The deal would also give Fox more funds to pursue it’s aquisition of Time Warner, who recently rejected an offer from Fox of $80 billion.