ONLINE VIDEO ROUND UP: Google, YouTube, Vimeo Add Video Features, Facebook Scores Soccer Livestream Deals

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

US/US HISPANIC MARKET

Research by eMarketer claims that total numbers of U.S. digital video viewers will increase from 221.8 million in 2017 to 239.2 million in 2021 and that the penetration rate among internet users will increase from 81.2% to 83.5%.

Vimeo has added a 360° feature with tutorials for creators, support for 8K files, offline viewing, and bespoke apps for specific mobile headsets.

Google has expanded its image recognition AI tools into the realm of video, announcing that users will be able to search through video content that is automatically assigned tags by an AI system.

According to new research from Ooyala, mobile represented 54% of all online video viewing in Q4 2016 and is tipped to hit nearly 60% in Q1 2017.

According to the NFL, their investment in online video platforms paid off: video-on-demand (VOD) starts grew by 76% over the previous year; mobile was up 235%. The average viewing session was 65.6 minutes, up 43%; and streaming across all devices was up 43%.

Google's YouTube and Daydream groups are introducing the equi-angular cubemap (EAC), a new projection technique that increases the practical level of detail for 360-degree footage.

Ericsson’s annual ConsumerLab TV and Media Report reveals that a mobile subscription plan that allows affordable streaming of TV and video content on a mobile device – with reasonable video quality and without having to ration data – is of great interest to 40% of consumers globally. Millennials are the most interested group at 46%. 40% of consumers globally are “very interested” in a mobile data plan that includes unrestricted video streaming.

Facebook has signed a broadcasting agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) and Univision Deportes that will see the social giant live stream at least 22 matches of the upcoming 2017 MLS season, beginning March 18, Mashable reports.

Ooyala has released its Q4 2016 Global Video Index, finding that pre-roll mobile impressions for broadcasters grew to 47 percent, up from 44 percent in Q3. Both smartphone and tablet percentages increased, taking share from computers, which dropped to 39 percent from 44 percent in Q3. For publishers, mobile pre-rolls showed a slight decline, falling from 39.7 percent in Q3 to 38.4 percent in Q4.

Outbrain released its 'State of Global Content Marketing' Report, revealing that 52% of all Outbrain pageviews were mobile in 2016.

LATAM MARKET

Discovery platform Taboola announced an exclusive strategic alliance with Televisa, who will integrate Taboola’s high-impact content recommendation platform with the goal of increasing revenue through sponsored content and video as well as driving engagement through on-site personalization.

Facebook has arranged distribution deals for both Mexico’s and Spain’s top soccer divisions, Liga MX and La Liga.

According to Ericsson’s annual ConsumerLab TV and Media Report claims that in Colombia 60% of consumers would be very interested in a mobile subscription plan that allows affordable streaming of TV and video content on a mobile device.

According to the new Irdeto Global Consumer Piracy Survey, almost three-fifths of consumers who watch pirated content in Latin America stated they would watch less or stop watching pirated video content after learning that piracy results in revenue loss from studios, affecting investments in future content creation.

Outbrain's 'State of Global Content Marketing' Report revealed that in Brazil, social and video are particularly popular, and that mobile advertising generates 12.5% of awareness for brands in the country, 8.9% more than the average generated by desktop.


Gretchen Gardner @gardnergretchen

Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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