Just this week, Netflix had announced that it was planning to increase the pricing of its service for American customers by November. Despite this, the number three biggest wireless carrier in America is not planning to discontinue the free Netflix special offer it had introduced about a month ago.
Verizon Wireless has admitted that it had indeed been throttling streamed video content from Netflix as well as other video content providers. About a week ago, there were reports that the number one mobile operator in the United States was seemingly capping connection speeds for subscribers who were watching video content from Netflix on the Big Red’s network. The major US wireless carrier has since confirmed that it was throttling network speeds in order to optimize the content. The company did qualify that it was not specifically throttling speeds for subscribers of Netflix.
According to a new report recently released by Ooyala, close to 57 percent of all video content around the world were viewed by people using mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. While that percentage is a new record high for mobile users across the globe, it bears noting that those based in the Asia Pacific region are the most voracious viewers of videos, accounting for 61 percent of all mobile viewed video content. Not far behind are those users based in the North American continent, where over 50 percent of all videos viewed on mobile.
It seems YouTube is making its mobile live streaming feature more and more available to all users by reducing the number of subscribers needed for one to enjoy access to the functionality. But Google is making it clear that it still is not made available to everybody. Officially, YouTube mobile live streaming can only be accessed by a limited number of account holders for now.
Twitter has recently revealed that it is joining forces with Live Nation in order to start exclusively live streaming video of concert events. The social media giant is reportedly already lining up a formidable lineup of recording artists, including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill. This coming May 13th, Zac Brown Band is said to be scheduled to air a live musical performance.
Back in February earlier this year, T-Mobile had decided to add HD video to its One unlimited data plan, as well as 10 gigabytes of high speed hotspot data. The move was considered by many as a direct counter to Verizon Wireless' launching of its Unlimited plan, which also came with unlimited HD video streaming and 10 gigabytes of LTE mobile hotspot.
Here comes Clips, a brand new mobile app from Apple that should allow iOS mobile users to level up their social media game. Basically, Clips lets owners of iPhones and iPad devices to create personalized and easily sharable video content, images, and even audio without having to learn insane photoshopping or media editing ninja skills.
The number one mobile operator in all of America has opted to extend its zero rated mobile video to subscribers of its web and TV services. According to Verizon Wireless’ announcement made just this week, customers can now view both live and recorded video content without having to worry about affecting their data allowances by way of the Big Red’s Fios mobile app. This latest expansion also covers on the go viewing of over 140 live channels, recorded DVR programs, and thousands of on-demand content.
Facebook’s Messenger is launching a new group video chat feature that will basically allow up to six people to appear in split screen conversing in real time to one another. On top of that, this new capability will also let users incorporate selfie masks (a la Snapchat). Moreover, a maximum of 50 people will be able to listen and talk over voice, and also make use of text messages, stickers, emoji, and animated GIFs.
Wait, what? Isn’t DirecTV Now owned by AT&T, not T-Mobile? So what is going on here? Well, John Legere, the ever outspoken chief executive officer of T-Mobile, has said through an official statement that both DirecTV Now and the DirecTV apps stream free on T-Mobile, with Legere further adding that the streaming is done on a network that is more advanced and fast, and one that provides coverage for almost every mobile user based in the United States.
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