When the consolidation wave in the OTT market comes, there will be winners and losers. Will the losers just fizzle out or find a new way to innovate?
Tango is retooling its over-the-top communications business around social networking and providing communications services for game makers. It credits that approach to its recent surge in growth, adding 50 million new users in six months.
Carriers thought WhatsApp and Skype would shine bright and then simply fade way, says Genband CEO David Walsh. They were wrong. Now the mobile industry is fighting back with the tools they have, starting with acquisition.
Orange is preparing to offer its “over-the-top” Libon app for integration into rival operators’ services, both as a modern way to make cheap international calls, and as a potential front-end for Joyn.
Google reportedly wants to launch its own streaming TV product to compete head-on with the offerings provided by traditional cable companies.
Palo Alto startup Invi has raised $3 million in seed funding so it can build more features into its already feature-rich SMS client.
Until now, Viber has been a mobile-only play that sits somewhere in between Skype and WhatsApp. Now it’s on the desktop too, and the different platform versions are very tightly integrated indeed.
Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt is watching the Aereo legal battle with interest. If the upstart prevails, Britt may try a similar tactic himself.
Mobile operators have treated Skype as a threat for years. Now they’re going to profit off it by allowing customers to buy Skype Credit directly through their phone bill or pre-paid allowance and taking a cut.
A new deal means Netflix will be able to replenish its content library with past seasons from eight shows, including the West Wing. Meanwhile, many other content goodies will stay out of its reach.