Yahoo announced its acquisition of mobile and online video streaming company RayV Friday, the latest example of the tech giant's move to become a content provider. The company faces an uphill battle as it tries to break into the mobile video space where Netflix, YouTube and others are firmly entrenched.
While the World Cup is spurring the use of mobile devices to view video, mobile video watching was on the way up well before the quadrennial soccer tournament.
Although there have been complaints about the lack of Wi-Fi at some of the Brazilian stadiums, the 2014 World Cup is expected to be the most mobile tournament so far.
The World Cup, set to kick off next week in Brazil, is expected to spur demand for mobile video worldwide, but poor video quality, high pricing and inadequate Wi-Fi infrastructure at Brazil's stadiums could dampen mobile enthusiasm.
Mobility will be a key aspect of AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV, company executives said during a conference call about the transaction on Monday.
Quick rundown on the latest mobile IT news for Wednesday, 3/19 including: mobile's share of paid ad clicks on Google, why mobile device integration is important to UC users, the increased interest of mobile video for big brand advertisement, the growth of the attachment rate for in-car factory-installed navigation units and the forecast from eMarketer for mobile ad spend in 2014.
Mobile video stalling and buffering continues to be a problem, with stalling rates that range between 40 percent and 73 percent of all videos played in the U.S., Brazil, Russia, India and Indonesia, according to a study by web browser firm Opera, OpenSignal and On Device Research.
Rovio Entertainment will begin airing the second season of its Angry Birds Toons animated series in 2014, concurrently premiering a new series spotlighting the publisher's Bad Piggies franchise and its popular Stella the pink bird character.
A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel will meet this week to complete a recommendation on relaxing rules preventing airline passengers from accessing tablets and e-readers during takeoff and landing, The New York Times reports.
Google is poised to add offline viewing features to its YouTube mobile video applications.