Author:James Patrick

Introducing Unreel’s New Video Player!

Unreel has released a newly redesigned video player across the over 6,000 video streaming sites that we power. The new player is sleeker, features an improved intuitive design, and most importantly is faster. This significant update keeps Unreel and our partners on the cutting edge of video streaming UI and UX.  See the new player in action here.     Improvements: Besides actual content, the most important aspect of a user's experience on an OTT streaming services is the player. It is the frame...

High Times Launches ‘High Times TV’ on OTT with Unreel

Using Unreel's platform, High Times, the leading magazine publication for the Cannabis lifestyle, has launched their own branded video streaming service 'High Times TV' across every OTT device.  The ad supported service features original High Times content and also serve as a point of additional distribution for established video brands including CustomGrow420, StrainCentral, Ruffhouse Studios, High Rise TV, Stoner Mom, The Green Market Report and That High Couple with new content from Now This Weed and Doug Benson’s “Getting Doug...

Unreel and Hard Knocks Fighting team up to Launch Battle Zone TV

  Hard Knocks Fighting is a premier MMA league, showcasing the world’s elite up and coming athletes on a global stage.  With hundreds of hours of exclusive fight videos and a million plus likes on their Facebook page, Hard Knocks came to Unreel seeking a path to distribute and monetize their content on OTT to fans.  Together we have launched a new branded OTT video streaming service called Battle Zone TV.   Content on Battle Zone has been taken directly from The Hard...

A Blast From The Past: Why Cult Classics And Older Titles Are Seeing A Resurgence On OTT

This story first appeared as a guest article on www.VideoInk.com, a leading news publication covering the online video space.    Film and TV content has never been more accessible. With the click of a button, over-the-top (OTT) subscribers have thousands of titles to choose from – covering just about every genre imaginable. However, there is something that’s been missing from major streaming services: old classics. Netflix, for example, only boasts 22 titles released before 1960, and Hulu just features 17 movies and...

When it Comes to OTT, if You’re Not Everywhere, You’re Nowhere

OTT’s rapid ascent to the top of the content world can be attributed to a single factor­­ – ease. For consumers, convenience will always win the day. When it comes to content, convenience for users is the ability to watch on their preferred platform in every scenario. Platform and device preference comes down to experience, accessibility and price: three criteria OTT endpoints address with a wide range of options. Conversely, old-fashioned distribution models, such as over-the-air cable and physical copies...

OTT, The Paradise Advertisers Have Been Looking For

This article first appeared as a guest post titled "Despite The Benefits, Advertisers Are Still Holding Back On OTT – Here’s Why They Should Reconsider" in MarTechSeries, an online publication that covers News, Insights & Trends about Marketing Technology from around the globe.   Cord-cutters made waves in Q4 2017, with cable and satellite TV subscribers declining at the highest rate since 2010. Now with more consumers averting their eyes to Internet TV models,  advertisers have been driven to switch things up and they’re starting to invest in over-the-top (OTT) video, so not to...

No Longer Afraid Of Breaking Away From Netflix And Cable, Broadcasters Are Diving Deeper Into OTT Than Ever Before

This story first appeared as a guest article on www.VideoInk.com, a leading news publication covering the online video space.    For broadcasters, syndicating content on Netflix and Hulu once seemed like the only way to jump into OTT. However in recent months, a few broadcasting giants have decided to break free from the chains. Disney especially made waves last summer when it announced it would launch its own OTT service, and pull its content from Netflix simultaneously.   Disney’s ESPN OTT platform launched this...

NAB 2018: Lack of differentiation for OTT

Walking through the Las Vegas convention center during NAB 2018, one thing was abundantly clear, the OTT space is heating up. From ancillary services to end-to-end solutions, there was no shortage of booths trying to hawk their product made for OTT. There was also a surprising number of new services intersecting with Unreel’s offering in attendance. Although counter intuitive, we view the rapid increase of competition as a great sign. There is a huge opportunity and it is attracting legions...

Unreel Partners with Publishing Industry Powerhouse ZINIO

We are proud to announce our new partnership with ZINIO.  Together we will be launching OTT streaming services for hundreds of the top magazine brands in the world!  Through this relationship,  ZINIO will be offering Unreel's OTT development platform as a part of their services for Publishers.  As the ever shifting print landscape continues to shift to digital, deploying a robust video strategy is the logical next step in that evolution.  Publishers choosing to launch their own video streaming service...