FCC Digs Into How Restrictive Cable Contracts are Preventing Streaming TV Options

If you’re wondering why most TV channels haven’t branched out with new online streaming services, you’re not alone.

The Federal Communications Commission is now examining how contracts with cable companies can prevent TV networks from launching Internet channels, the Wall Street Journal reports. The story, which cites media firms and unnamed “industry insiders,” reaffirms the idea that TV networks would face repercussions if they offered their services outside of a pay TV bundle.

Source: TechHive

Why Time Warner Now Owns Three Streaming Services

Time Warner’s latest salvo in the battle against cord-cutters: buying a streaming service specializing in Korean soap operas.

Warner Bros.’ Feb. 23 deal to acquire the streamer DramaFever might seem a bit unorthodox because it provides primarily English-language audiences access to international programming. But the real play is for the New York-based company’s technology and its ambitions to operate a slate of streaming channels.

It already powers horror-themed Shudder, which former DramaFever investor AMC launched in the summer, and the documen­tary streaming service SundanceNow Doc Club.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Spotify Startup Soundtrack Your Brand Wants to Bring Streaming to Businesses

In 2013, Spotify quietly cofounded a startup to tackle the business market, and since then the company has been developing its Spotify Business and Spotify Enterprise products in Scandinavia.

But the company — Soundtrack Your Brand — has its sights set on the US market, according to Sars, who cofounded the startup with Andreas Liffgarden, who used to head business development for Spotify.

Source: Business Insider

Ex-stream-ly Frustrating: The Messy Ecosystem of Live Sports Streaming

download1The world of entertainment, and more specifically video entertainment, is fairly mature in its transition to digital.

An entire generation of viewers are device agnostic and unfamiliar with network brands; they just want to watch their shows. Even older generations’ viewing habits have evolved to incorporate the convenience of streaming. Much has been written about this and doesn’t need any further discussion.What has been neglected, however, is a focus on the transition to digital when it comes to live sports.

Sports fans across the country, and even across the globe are understandably confused by what is available for them to consume on their digital devices.

Source:  Adam Shaw

Streamup Sets Slate of First Live-Streaming Original Shows

Streamup has lined up its first five original live productions, as the L.A. startup makes a bid to to become the next-generation live TV network for the Internet generation.

The live originals include a late-night talk show and a live broadcast of “Cannibal! The Musical” by Trey Parker (“South Park,” “Book of Mormon”). The shows will start premiering in April, and Streamup will continue launching new series throughout the year, said president Will Keenan, formerly head of Endemol Beyond USA.

Source: Variety

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

The release of Kanye West’s new album was a monumental event, but not because of the fashion show, the Twitter controversy or the insane level of anticipation. The Life of Pablo has hastened the death of the first golden era of music streaming.

The music streaming landscape is now effectively segmented to the point where, as a consumer, it’s inconvenient to have just one streaming service. Having to pay for more than one streaming service is of course par for the course in video—long gone are the days where it makes any sense to make do with just Netflix.

Likewise, gone are the day where you can fire up Spotify and play basically any song. Spotify has no Taylor Swift albums and only a handful of songs from various soundtracks she’s done. Some of the Taylor Swift albums are on Tidal, but not 1989. All of her albums are available on Apple Music. Prince’s new single (but almost nothing else) is available on Spotify, all of his music is available on Tidal, and a random smattering of his songs are available on Apple Music.

Source: Motherboard

[Ed. Spotify has Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Loretta Lynn. My Spotify is just fine, thank you, without T. Swift.]

Viewers Can Now Stream Sports on Amazon Fire TV via FuboTV

FuboTV, the sports streaming business that is looking to become the cable network of the future, is continuing its push for streaming sports everywhere.

After the recently announced deal to bring major networks including Pivot, Univision and Revolt to the platform, FuboTV will now stream that very content on Amazon Fire.

This is the company’s first smart TV app and first extension of their product off of their owned and operated destinations.

Source: VideoInk

Volvo Is Natively Integrating Spotify In Its Cars

spotify-imageVolvo confirmed today that it has become the first car manufacturer to natively integrate Spotify, one of the world’s most widely used music streaming service, in its new cars.

Spotify will be natively integrated into the company’s new cars starting with the Volvo XC90, S90 and V90 this sprint.

Volvo announced this partnership with Spotify earlier today at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.The company says that it has worked closely with Spotify to bring a natural and familiar user interface to the car. Spotify’s most appreciated features will be on board courtesy of the large tablet-like touch screen in the new XC90, S90 and V90. It eliminates the need to use a phone for streaming music when on the move.

Source: Ubergizmo

Wynton Marsalis Swings and Streams Online


Catching Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is always a special treat. Or perhaps watching the acclaimed musician perform with his legendary septet in a small club is the preferred option for an evening of jazz music.

Marsalis is seemingly always on tour, bringing the swing and the soul to cities big and small around the world.

As video streaming, along with live streaming, continues to gain popularity, the globe-trotting, multi-award-winning trumpeter and composer has been ahead of the curve of streaming media, utilizing the power of the Internet and the technology of live video platform Livestream to reach a world-wide audience.

Be it performing at an intimate club like Ronnie Scott’s, or swinging ’til the midnight hour inside the beautiful Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis has embraced the creative opportunities of streaming video and by doing so presented jazz fans quite a wonderful gift: the gift of access, to ‘be there’ when you really cannot ‘be there’ to enjoy the music and moment as it happens.

Powered by Livestream, there have been numerous Wynton Marsalis events that have featured mobile and connected TV applications with real-time DVR, chat, photos and other materials available to fans worldwide.

These concerts, available on the official Wynton Marsalis website, as well as a dedicated Livestream page, stream live in high-definition audio and video for free to a global audience.

“Free to a global audience…” Hard to find anything wrong in that description of what Marsalis and his jazz and tech cohorts are presenting to music fans everywhere.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to “entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.”

And what better way to promote this enthusiasm and ambition than with the power of technology, or more specifically the streaming technology that allows all this talent, all this optimism, and all this joy to be appreciated and enjoyed all around the world.

I couldn’t be in France last year for the Jazz in Marciac Festival (I know, hard to believe), but I was still able to watch the Wynton Marsalis Septet perform – thanks to Livestream’s live webcast, which looked and sounded superb.

As wonderful as actually being there? No. But not too shabby an evening of entertainment considering the comfy couch, the laptop and, of course, the music.

This is live streaming done right, the technology and the content blended like fine whiskey. Nothing to do but click and enjoy. Kudos to the Livestream team, who clearly buzzed their A Team into action for live video broadcasting projects with Wynton Marsalis.

The quality is sensational.

It was a wonderful evening of jazz – for those in southwestern France for the international jazz festival, as well as jazz lovers everywhere with a great opportunity to stream the night away with the Wynton Marsalis Septet.