VideoFuel: The 5 Stories That Shaped The Streaming Industry This Year, And More

By Rachel DeSimone on December 25, 2020

This Week in the Digital Video Industry: 12/11-12/18

1 The 5 Stories That Shaped the Streaming Industry This Year

There will surely be more big streaming platforms launched down the line, but 2020 will be remembered as the year the battleground was set.

2 TikTok Gets a Smart TV App Thanks to Samsung

TikTok, the video sharing social network, is partnering with Samsung to launch a smart TV streaming app in Europe.

3 Apple TV App is Coming to Google's Android TV

The new app will first appear on Google's latest Chromecast with Google TV streaming stick "early next year" before heading to other Android TV devices "in the future." 

4 Comcast's FreeWheel Boosts Programmatic with Beeswax Buy

Beeswax offers programmatic advertising capabilities through its Bidder-as-a-Service customizable bidding stack, which will fit alongside FreeWheel’s existing technologies for supply-side and demand-side clients.

5 Twitter Shuts Down Live Streaming App Periscope 

Twitter said in a statement that it's sunsetting Periscope because the app has seen user declines for a while and the cost to maintain it is no longer justifiable. Most of the core capabilities of Periscope have been built into Twitter at this point, anyway.

6 Global SVOD Subscriptions Hit New Record, With 770 Million Across 21 Top Services

Until early 2020, it looked like the SVOD growth curve was heading toward a plateau, but the annual growth rate has actually been accelerating during the past 12 months. Netflix remains the clear leader, but its share of subscriptions has been falling steadily as new entrants arrive.

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