Report says tablet, mobile video viewing doubled in 2012; youth prefer laptops to TV

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> The latest Video Index from Ooyala said the time spent watching streaming video on tablets and mobile devices increased 100 percent in 2012. Story

> Research conducted by YouGov for First Source Solutions found that the majority of 18- to 24-year-olds would rather watch catch-up TV on their laptops than their TVs. Story

> Yet another study conducted by Millward Brown in association with Adconion Media Group concluded that the addition of pre-roll online video advertising added 2 percent incremental reach over TV. Press release

> Cabin fever must be running rampant across the nation, because MLB.TV is reporting baseball fans accessed 1.2 million live audio and video streams of the first available spring training games from Arizona and Florida. Press release

> Canadian MSO Videotron is taking on Netflix with a subscription VOD service for Quebec and Canada. Story


> Even as it continues to battle lawsuits brought by major broadcasters hoping to shut it down, free-to-air TV-for-a-fee provider Aereo is expanding its service footprint and continuing its march towards a nationwide rollout. Story

Cable News

> Cox Communications recently filed trademark applications for the brands FLARE and MY FLARE for possible use in a new interactive video service. The Flare brand could also be the name of a new mobile application that Cox is developing with Cisco. Story

And finally… BoxTV has announced a goal of becoming the "Netflix of India." Story