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- Strong June for iPlayer
BBC iPlayer had 260 million requests in June, up 9% on a year earlier, being boosted by a number of popular programmes and key sporting events. via Strong June for iPlayer.
- More than 40% of UK and US homes use DVRs » Digital TV Europe
More than 40% of broadband households in the US and UK and over 30% of broadband households in Belgium and France have a DVR, according to new research by Parks Associates. via More than 40% of UK and US homes … Continue reading
- ITV introduces live simulcast for Android users » Digital TV Europe
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has launched a new version of its ITV Player app including live simulcast functionality for Android devices. via ITV introduces live simulcast for Android users » Digital TV Europe.
- BSkyB’s Now TV adds YouTube to box » Digital TV Europe
BSkyB’s OTT TV service Now TV has added YouTube to its Roku-supplied Now TV streaming box. via BSkyB’s Now TV adds YouTube to box » Digital TV Europe.
- Belgacom gains TV subs
Belgacom ended June with 1,525,000 TV customers, gaining 30,000 in the second quarter. via Belgacom gains TV subs.
- EBU questions LTE TV viability
The EBU says it is unrealistic to expect LTE to become a viable broadcast distribution platform. The comments come in a new EBU Technical Report that examines the possibility of delivering broadcast content and services over LTE networks. via EBU … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: LTE Spectrum Could Support Both Data and Video Transmission
LTE networks can be leveraged as both mobile broadband and digital TV broadcast networks, with a portion of the spectrum designated to each application. via TVTechnology: LTE Spectrum Could Support Both Data and Video Transmission.
- Analyst: Cord-cutting now a reality in Europe | Advanced Television
Pay-TV cord-cutting is now an undeniable phenomenon in a large number of European markets as 12 countries witnessed a decline in overall pay TV uptake in the first quarter of 2014, according to IHS Technology’s latest European pay-TV Update. Six … Continue reading
- Charter wants to bring cloud-based UI to all of its set-top boxes by 2015 — Tech News and Analysis
Charter wants to use the cloud to give all of its TV customers a new user interface by next year. Are online video apps next? via Charter wants to bring cloud-based UI to all of its set-top boxes by 2015 … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul Reports: The Russian perspective
Although Russia may be feeling increasingly isolated internationally, life goes on for its dynamic TV industry. Just this week we learned that MTS, one of the country’s leading mobile operators and also its third largest pay-TV provider, has secured a … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Telefónica Vivo and Ericsson Do Brazilian 4KTV Trials
Telefónica Vivo has chosen Ericsson’s AVP 4000 encoders and has begun trials to demonstrate the 4KTV in Brazil. via TVTechnology: Telefónica Vivo and Ericsson Do Brazilian 4KTV Trials.
- Parks: Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers want cloud-based DVR – FierceCable
With the Supreme Court rendering an earlier legal affirmation of cloud-based DVR technology intact, Parks Associates has found that 45 percent of U.S. pay-TV subscribers are interested in such a service. via Parks: Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers want … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Comcast’s thePlatform Announces Alliance with Verizon Digital Media Services
Verizon Digital Media Services and video publishing company thePlatform, have agreed to integrate the Verizon Digital Media Services suite of video services and thePlatform’s mpx video-management system to form a complete solution, which the companies will jointly sell. The companies … Continue reading
- VOD Professional | Rovi and TP Vision Enter Multi-Year Licensing Agreement
Rovi Corporation today announced that Rovi has entered into a multi-year patent license agreement with TP Vision. The licensing terms grant TP Vision use of Rovi’s discovery patent portfolio for its Philips-branded TV models and related second-screen companion applications and … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: IBC Conference Day One: Broadcast, IP & the Future
Each day of the IBC Conference has a different theme. Day One, Thursday 11 September, is themed ‘Taking the Pulse. Where does broadcast fit in an IP-centric world?,’ and will look at the ongoing relationship between broadcast and IP. via … Continue reading
- Apple’s CDN Now Live: Has Paid Deals With ISPs, Massive Capacity In Place – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
Since last year, Apple’s been hard at work building out their own CDN and now those efforts are paying off. Recently, Apple’s CDN has gone live in the U.S. and Europe and the company is now delivering some of their … Continue reading
- TivùSat reports 2.2m active smart cards | Advanced Television
Five years after its launch, Italian DTH platform TivùSat has exceeded the figure of 2.2 million active smart cards. via TivùSat reports 2.2m active smart cards | Advanced Television.
- APAC DTH opportunity ‘stellar in medium term’ | Advanced Television
DTH satellite pay-TV customers in Asia are expected to grow from 56.3 million in 2013 to more than 110 million by 2018, a strong CAGR of 14 per cent, according to new projections from leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia … Continue reading
- DIRECTV US down 34,000 subscribers; DTVLA up 543,000 in 2Q 2014
DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) today reported that second quarter 2014 revenues increased 5% to $8.11 billion, reported operating profit before depreciation and amortization (OPBDA) increased 3% to $2.15 billion, reported operating profit increased 5% to $1.42 billion and reported diluted earnings per … Continue reading
- Liberty Global acquisition drive “slowing down” and turning vertical, say Fries and Malone » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global is unlikely to acquire fixed networks in further European markets and is not interested in acquiring mobile networks, but could drive consolidation in Poland, according to CEO Mike Fries, speaking to the Wall Street Journal in a joint … Continue reading
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- Netflix reportedly planning Spain launch for 2015 » Digital TV Europe
Netflix is due to launch in Spain in the last quarter of 2015, according to a report this week by Spanish news agency, Europa Press. via Netflix reportedly planning Spain launch for 2015 » Digital TV Europe.
- Zon successor Nos sees converged offerings success » Digital TV Europe
Portuguese operator Nos – the combined brand for Zon Multimédia and Optimus that was launched in May – saw its ‘convergent RGU’ fixed-line base almost double quarter-on-quarter to just over one million, up from 556,000 in March and 34,300 in … Continue reading
- Telenet suffers slight TV downturn » Digital TV Europe
Belgian cable operator Telenet reported a 1% dip in total cable TV customers in the second quarter with digital TV additions failing to offset a wider decline in analogue cable customers. via Telenet suffers slight TV downturn » Digital TV … Continue reading
- Sony makes shock profit | Advanced Television
Sony Corp has reported an eight-fold increase in its quarterly profits, helped by the sales of Playstation 4 consoles, and the disposal of properties as well as the sale of Square Enix, a video games developer. via Sony makes shock … Continue reading
- RDK: The Real Thing? | Advanced Television
RDK was ‘invented’ in America and is now expanding internationally with more service providers and vendors signing up. via RDK: The Real Thing? | Advanced Television.
- Time Warner Cable video subscribers down 152,000 in 2Q 2014
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2014. via Time Warner Cable video subscribers down 152,000 in 2Q 2014.
- Triple play joy for Telenet
Telenet has recorded its best triple play ads since 2009. Liberty Global’s Belgian affiliate said it added an additional 17,900 triple-play subscribers in the second quarter taking its overall triple play count close to 1 million. via Triple play joy … Continue reading
- Unitymedia Kabel BW to unlock HD channels
Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW will offer a range of normally encrypted HD channels free of charge to its customers from August 1 to August 31, 2014. via Unitymedia Kabel BW to unlock HD channels.
- Under pressure T-HT gains DTH customers
Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) ended the second quarter with 394,000 TV customers, or 5.1% more than in the same period in 2013. via Under pressure T-HT gains DTH customers.
- 35,000 go in BT TV customer clearout
The swapout of older BT Vision boxes in favour of the new YouView units has resulted in the loss of 35,000 customers. via 35,000 go in BT TV customer clearout.
- Pay-TV growth boosts Telefónica
Pay-TV was one of the main drivers for Telefónica’s business in its home market Spain in the second quarter. via Pay-TV growth boosts Telefónica.
- Telefonica adds 494,000 pay TV subscribers in 2Q 2014
Pay TV access growth accelerated 32% year-on-year in organic terms to 4.2 million at the end of June, with 610 thousand net additions in April-June (excluding 131 thousand “TV Mini” accesses in Spain included in the second quarter of 2014 … Continue reading
- BT adds 40,000 TV subscribers in 2Q 2014
Revenue increased 10%, with 26% growth in broadband and TV revenue reflecting the impact of BT Sport. The improved performance in calls and lines revenue continued with growth of 2%. ARPU increased 8% year on year to £398 and BT … Continue reading
- Netgem eyes European opportunities
Netgem had no operating income in the first half of this year due to a 36% year-on-year increase in operating expenses, which amounted to €14.9 million. via Netgem eyes European opportunities.
- Telenet adds 19,200 digital TV subscribers in Q2 2014
Telenet Group Holding NV (“Telenet” or the “Company”) (Euronext Brussels: TNET) announces its unaudited consolidated results under International Financial Reporting Standards as adopted by the European Union (“EU IFRS”) for the six months ended June 30, 2014. via Telenet adds … Continue reading
- Verizon, thePlatform partner for multiscreen solution | Advanced Television
Verizon Digital Media Services and white-label video publishing company thePlatform have formed a new strategic alliance to accelerate major media and pay-TV operators’ plans for multiscreen video delivery. via Verizon, thePlatform partner for multiscreen solution | Advanced Television.
- Australia: No evidence of cord-cutting | Advanced Television
Using the Internet has almost eclipsed watching TV as Australian’s preferred source of entertainment and reading the news online has overtaken reading it in print, according to more than 2300 Australians surveyed for Deloitte’s annual media consumer survey. via Australia: … Continue reading
- Android replacement — Benedict Evans
For the first few years of its life, Google gave two types of number for Android: cumulative activations and daily activation rates. They tended to give them at scheduled events and they tended to give round numbers, so the precision … Continue reading
- VTR deploys Intraway’s new QoE solution | Advanced Television
Intraway Corporation, a provider of advanced network control and business support systems (OSS/BSS) for telecom companies and service providers, has announced the deployment of its new Quality of Experience solution (QoE) at VTR GlobalCom S.A. VTR, owned by Liberty Global, is … Continue reading
- Entropic reports second quarter 2014 results
Entropic (Nasdaq:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today reported its second quarter results for the period ended June 30, 2014. Entropic reported second quarter net revenues of $50.2 million. This compares to net revenues of … Continue reading
- MultiChoice Africa extends DTH contract with Eutelsat
Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and MultiChoice Africa, one of Africa’s most prominent media companies, have inked a far-reaching agreement that will ensure the continuing expansion of the DStv pay-TV platform over the coming 15 years. The multi-transponder contract … Continue reading
- Brazil adds 513,000 pay TV subscribers in 2Q 2014
According to Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel), the country’s pay TV subscriber base ended June 2014 at 18.97 million, with 513 thousand new subscribers being added in the quarter and 2 million over the preceding 12 months. via Brazil … Continue reading
- Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC | TechCrunch
Israeli startup Pronto.ly is working on a universal alternative to NFC that relies on high pitched soundwaves to perform a contactless handshake. via Pronto.ly’s Contactless Ultrasound Transfer Tech Aims To Best NFC | TechCrunch.
- Apple’s set-top box reportedly won’t arrive this year | The Verge
Apple’s said to be working on a set-top box that many hope will revolutionize the way we watch TV, but according to The Information, we shouldn’t expect to see it this year. The project has reportedly been held up by Apple’s … Continue reading
- 4K TV broadcasts are on the way but there are problems ahead | News | TechRadar
As the final whistle was blown in Rio, the BBC’s engineering team collectively breathed a sigh of relief. via 4K TV broadcasts are on the way but there are problems ahead | News | TechRadar.
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- Wuaki: browser-based streaming to die out in two years » Digital TV Europe
Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has predicted the death of browser-based streaming in the next two years, thanks to content being streamed directly to smart TVs and connected devices. via Wuaki: browser-based streaming to die out in two years … Continue reading
- ITV boosted by World Cup, online gains » Digital TV Europe
ITV reported strong first half revenue and profit gains, helped by its coverage of the World Cup and impressive growth in its online and interactive division. via ITV boosted by World Cup, online gains » Digital TV Europe.
- Set-top box market valued at $20bn
The value of the set-top box market remained stable in 2013, despite the perceived rise of Smart TVs and Digital Media Adaptors. via Set-top box market valued at $20bn.
- IPTV improves KPN mix
KPN added an additional 43,000 IPTV subscribers in the second quarter, taking triple play penetration to 47%, though with an overall loss in broadband subs. via IPTV improves KPN mix.
- Wary Mediaset slumps to loss
Mediaset has put a brave face on disappointing first half results. A generally negative economic situation saw a decline both in advertising expenditure and the pay-TV market. via Wary Mediaset slumps to loss.
- TVTechnology: Frost & Sullivan Has Two Words: ‘Video Servers’
It’s a good time to be in video servers, according to Frost & Sullivan. The market researcher said the global video and ad insertion server market is on a growth trajectory of hitting $2.33 billion in 2019, up from $1.32 … Continue reading
- India’s GTPL chooses ST chipsets for cable STBs
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a top supplier of System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs for set-top boxes and home gateways, today announced that its STi5197 SD and STiH273 HD cable chipsets … Continue reading
- Airtel Digital TV adds 376,000 subscribers in 2Q 2014
As on June 30, 2014, the Company had its Digital TV operations in 639 districts with 9.4 million customers, an increase of 11.1% as compared to corresponding quarter last year. Net customer additions for Digital TV during the quarter increased … Continue reading
- Cable upfront on track for 5% decline, only second drop ever – FierceCable
Confirming the soft TV advertising market just exposed by broadcasters, cable networks are wrapping up a 2014 upfront market that’s pacing to be around $500 million, or 5 percent, lighter than last year’s $9.9 billion haul. via Cable upfront on … Continue reading
- VOD Professional | Wuaki.tv Looks to Conviva to Underpin European Expansion
Maturing video-on-demand (VOD) service, Wuaki.tv today announces that it is working with Conviva, the leader in video analytics, delivery optimisation and big data processing, to deliver a high-quality video streaming experience across new regions of its service deployment. via VOD … Continue reading
- Cable One to offer Netflix app on its leased TiVo set-tops – FierceCable
Cable One has become the latest MSO to integrate the Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) app onto the TiVo-enabled HD-DVRs it leases to subscribers. via Cable One to offer Netflix app on its leased TiVo set-tops – FierceCable.
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- Astorg Partners takes majority stake in M7 Group » Digital TV Europe
Private equity group Astorg Partners is acquiring a majority stake in pan-European pay TV provider M7 Group from investors led by Providence Equity Partners. via Astorg Partners takes majority stake in M7 Group » Digital TV Europe.
- Liberty reorganises Austrian and Swiss operations » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global has appointed UPC Cablecom managing director, Eric Tveter, as CEO of a newly created Swiss and Austrian division. via Liberty reorganises Austrian and Swiss operations » Digital TV Europe.
- UPC Czech Republic adds HBO Go » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic has HBO Go, the pay TV broadcaster’s TV anywhere on-demand service, to its offering. via UPC Czech Republic adds HBO Go » Digital TV Europe.
- Hungarian digital base grows
Digital TV take-up continues to increase steadily in Hungary, with 2,092,466 homes subscribing to some type of service as of the end of June. via Hungarian digital base grows.
- Tveter to lead Liberty Swiss and Austrian
Liberty Global is combining its cable assets in Austria and Switzerland into a single organisation based in Zurich. via Tveter to lead Liberty Swiss and Austrian.
- Unitymedia Kabel BW adds Universal movies to VOD
Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW has secured a movie package from US studio Universal for its video-on-demand (VOD) service. via Unitymedia Kabel BW adds Universal movies to VOD.
- HBO GO widens Czech reach
UPC Czech Republic has added HBO GO to its offer. According to the cable operator, it is being made available free of charge to all digital TV subscribers or those who are receiving HBO, HBO HD, Superfilm and Supreme. via … Continue reading
- Orange TV service shows moderate growth
Orange continues to downplay its TV service with the detail on its IPTV and satellite customers now deep in its financial statements. via Orange TV service shows moderate growth.
- Magyar Telekom exits cable, boosts multiscreen
The Hungarian incumbent Magyar Telekom is to stop selling new cable services from the beginning of September. via Magyar Telekom exits cable, boosts multiscreen.
- LG’s 105-inch 4K TV is here, if you can afford it
Sure, Samsung just launched its 105-inch ultrawidescreen, Ultra HD TV, but if spending $120,000 on such a screen is probably out of reach there may be a solution. via LG’s 105-inch 4K TV is here, if you can afford it.
- Astorg Partners to acquire majority in M7
Astorg Partners will acquire a majority stake in CDS Topco BV, a retail and wholesale supplier of DTH services known under the name of M7. via Astorg Partners to acquire majority in M7.
- VOD Professional | Solid Half for Freesat as Pay Viewers Continue to Switch to Freetime
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its good start to the year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June, as viewers continue to move away from long term contracts and … Continue reading
- HGI sets out business requirements for media gateway
The Home Gateway Initiative (HGI), a leading organisation which is shaping the way IP services are delivered, has today set out new high-level Broadband Service Provider (BSP) business requirements for a Media Gateway as it continues in its quest to … Continue reading
- Sky Italia €8m half-year losses | Advanced Television
Sky Italia ended the period to June 2014 with losses of €8 million, after being in the red for €38 million the previous year, according to data from BSkyB on the creation of Sky Europe via Sky Italia €8m half-year … Continue reading
- Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica bring network DVR to Movistar TV in Spain
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Telefónica have enabled a new cloud-based TV feature for Telefónica’s pay TV service, Movistar TV. Using Alcatel-Lucent’s award-winning Cloud DVR solution, Movistar subscribers now have access to up to 350 hours of personal … Continue reading
- Broadcom powers Technicolor’s Tata Sky HEVC set-top
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that its BCM7252 high-efficiency video codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip (SoC) will power Tata Sky’s first generation Ultra HD set-top boxes (STBs). Tata … Continue reading
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- Hungarian ad tax is “attack on democracy” says Kroes » Digital TV Europe
Hungary’s new advertising tax is a politically motivated attempt to drive RTL out of the country’s market and is a threat to media freedom in the country, according to EC vice-president Neelie Kroes. via Hungarian ad tax is “attack on … Continue reading
- Germany’s WDR looking to revive public service VoD plans » Digital TV Europe
Germany’s WDR Media Group, an affiliate of public broadcaster ARD, is looking to revive plans to launch a VoD platform, after regulators blocked its joint Germany’s Gold initiative last year. via Germany’s WDR looking to revive public service VoD plans … Continue reading
- Altice ups stake in Numericable to 74.6% » Digital TV Europe
Altice has bought a 34.6% stake in Numericable from investment firms Carlyle and Cinven, increasing its share in the French cable operator to 74.6%. via Altice ups stake in Numericable to 74.6% » Digital TV Europe.
- Pace maintains top spot
Pace’s latest set of results have reconfirmed the company as the global number one in media servers, set-top boxes and advanced telco gateways. via Pace maintains top spot.
- Digiturk launches overseas OTT
Turkish satellite platform Digiturk is launching a new premium pay-TV service for viewers overseas. The satcaster has selected a joint solution offered by AirTies and Octoshape to deliver the 80-channel OTT package that will be available on smart phones right … Continue reading
- Freesat grows FTA satellite market
Freesat is continuing to add new subscribers, growing its installed base by 24,000 household in the first half of the year. via Freesat grows FTA satellite market.
- Sky looks to Germany for growth spurt | Advanced Television
The low hanging fruit for ‘Sky Europe’ is in Germany, says Berenberg Bank’s senior media analyst Sarah Simon. It is this fast-track expansion probability that means that BSkyB will quickly want to absorb the 42.6 percent minority shareholding currently not … Continue reading
- Pace predicts strong year | Advanced Television
Pace used its interims to predict a strong year. The British STB manufacturer said YoY it was producing more profit on lower turnover with revenue down 13.6 per cent to $1,139 billion but gross profit up 5.4 per cent to … Continue reading
- Vodafone backs Kabel Deutschland results
Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland has increased its turnover in the three months until June 30, 2014 by 5.8% compared with last year’s quarter and added 83,000 new customers. via Vodafone backs Kabel Deutschland results.
- Freesat in 24,000 new homes this year | Advanced Television
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014. via … Continue reading
- Sky Go Extra hits a million, as BSkyB snaps up European counterparts | News | TechRadar
More than a million Brits have signed up for the Sky Go Extra service in the past year, aiding the media giant to another impressive year despite the rising cost of Premier League football rights. via Sky Go Extra hits … Continue reading
- Liberty Global willing to sell Film1
Liberty Global has offered to sell its premium channel business Film1 in an attempt to win EU approval for its proposed acquisition of Ziggo. via Liberty Global willing to sell Film1.
- Germany’s ARD plans new Netflix competitor
German public broadcaster ARD wants to set up a new Netflix-style online streaming portal after the project Germany’s Gold jointly planned with fellow public broadcaster ZDF was cancelled following concerns by federal cartel office Bundeskartellamt in September 2013. via Germany’s … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Viaccess-Orca: 20 Million Watched World Cup on Illegal Streams
Viaccess-Orca gathered piracy data during the World Cup that indicated as many as 20 million people watched it on illegal websites. VO said it released a series of reports with detailed information about live-streaming piracy. Throughout a 32-day period, Viaccess-Orca’s … Continue reading
- Investment analyst: Murdoch would take HBO out of pay TV bundle, target Netflix – FierceCable
Rupert Murdoch and 21st Century Fox haven’t even come back with a follow-up offer to their rejected $80 billion bid for Time Warner Inc. But there’s plenty of speculation already as to what Murdoch will do if he acquires his … Continue reading
- Sky reports best customer growth in three years » Digital TV Europe
Sky reported its highest customer growth in three years, with TV growth alone double that of the previous year. via Sky reports best customer growth in three years » Digital TV Europe.
- Liberty Global reportedly ready to sacrifice Film 1 to seal Ziggo deal » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global has reportedly offered to sell its Film 1 premium channel and open its network to OTT providers to win approval for its acquisition of Ziggo from EU regulators. via Liberty Global reportedly ready to sacrifice Film 1 to … Continue reading
- Kabel Deutschland growth offsets Vodafone decline » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland grew its revenue by 5.8% to €491.1 million and boosted internet revenue-generating units by 83,000 in its fiscal first quarter to June 30, taking its internet subscriber total to 2.3 million. via Kabel Deutschland … Continue reading
- Cable companies will soon have more broadband subs than video customers, study says – FierceCable
Signaling a major shift in priorities for cable customers, Moody’s says cable operators will, beginning in 2015, start serving more broadband subscribers than video subscribers. via Cable companies will soon have more broadband subs than video customers, study says – … Continue reading
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- TVP sets sail again
The Polish public broadcast TVP is re-launching a virtual on-demand channel, but only for this weekend (July 25-27). via TVP sets sail again.
- London Live seeks to reduce local content
Just months after its launch local TV station London Live has applied to Ofcom to scale back the amount of local content broadcast. via London Live seeks to reduce local content.
- Altice raises Numericable stake
Altice has acquired a 34.6% stake in Numericable from Carlyle Cable Investments and CCI (Cinven) and applied for listing of new ordinary shares. via Altice raises Numericable stake.
- BSkyB doubles customer ads
BSkyB has seen a major increase in the number of customers taking its on demand and internet connected services. via BSkyB doubles customer ads.
- BSkyB’s “strong performance” for 2014 | Advanced Television
BSkyB’s 12-months (to June 30) results were perhaps overshadowed by the news of its planned acquisition of its sister companies in Germany and Italy, but CEO Jeremy Darroch spoke of the broadcaster’s “very strong results across the board”, with revenues … Continue reading
- BSkyB issues 156m new shares | Advanced Television
BSkyB is placing 156.1 million new ordinary shares to fund its planned acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, announced at the same time. via BSkyB issues 156m new shares | Advanced Television.
- Sky’s “world-class” multinational pay-TV scheme | Advanced Television
It has probably been the worst-kept stock exchange secret for some time, but the long-awaited formal news of BSkyB’s planned acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia broke at 7am London time on July 25, and the details are now … Continue reading
- BSkyB in £5bn bid for Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland
BSkyB’s £7 billion interest in Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland will help streamline the business across content, technology and logistics. via BSkyB in £5bn bid for Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland.
- Outlet!: KPIs/Metrics for Set Top Box Application Development teams
I have learnt some interesting insights into the life of consulting, especially around change management, organisational transformation, leading, influencing and inspiring mindset shifts. One of the challenges is meeting a team that is on a level of maturity that is … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Envivio Supports Transmission of Ultra HDTV Over the Air
Envivio, a provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, is supplying its compression technology to French broadcaster TDF to transmit programming in Ultra HD TV for NRJ HITS, a French music channel, distributed over the national digital terrestrial television … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul Reports: The pay-TV challenge
What does the future hold in store for pay-TV services in Central and Eastern Europe? via Chris Dziadul Reports: The pay-TV challenge.
- TVTechnology: UHDTV: Roadblocks and Current Options
UltraHD (UHDTV) for broadcast television is starting to gain traction around the world through a number of major trials, which started in 2013 and will extend throughout 2014. These included the Sochi Winter Olympics in February and the FIFA World … Continue reading
- German HD+ platform continues to grow
HD+, the fee-based satellite platform carrying the HD versions of commercial TV channels for German DTH households on Astra (19.2° East), has won 47,089 new paying customers in Q2 2014. via German HD+ platform continues to grow.
- Lattelecom replaces Russian channels » Digital TV Europe
Latvian telco Lattelecom is adding new channels to its Russian language TV line-up, replacing existing channels on the service with which it has failed to agree rebroadcast rules. via Lattelecom replaces Russian channels » Digital TV Europe.
- Mixed fortunes for Spain broadcasters | Advanced Television
Spain’s two leading TV groups Mediaset and Atresmedia had mixed results for the first half of the year with ad revenues recovering. via Mixed fortunes for Spain broadcasters | Advanced Television.
- Pay-TV operator software spend down 5% | Advanced Television
Pay TV Operator spending on middleware, conditional access, DRM and other elements of the pay-TV software contracted 5 per cent in North America and Western Europe during 2013, compared to 2012.This decrease was driven by classic end-to-end middleware functions, while … Continue reading
- Digital TV Research provides Netflix subscriber split by country
Market research company, Digital TV Research, has made estimates of the number of subscribers that Netflix has in the countries in which it operates. At the end of June, the top two international markets for Netflix were the UK with … Continue reading
- Fast Wi-Fi, nifty interfaces are nice, Comcast, but customers clearly want better manners – FierceCable
“We were together. And now we’re not. Asked you for nothin’. That’s what I got.” –”Goodbye Girl,” Teenage Fanclub Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) trying to buy the company and get the … Continue reading
- BBC News – BSkyB in £5bn deal to create Sky Europe
BSkyB is paying £4.9bn to take over Rupert Murdoch’s pay TV companies in Germany and Italy. The move was announced along with the company’s annual results, which show pre-tax profits fell slightly to £1.2bn from last year’s £1.26bn. BSkyB also … Continue reading
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- STB revenues post best year ever in 2013, says IHS
Following a relatively flat three-year period, the global set-top box (STB) market managed to achieve the highest annual revenue total in its history in 2013, setting the stage for continued growth through 2015, according to IHS. via STB revenues post … Continue reading
- Despite royalties slump, ARM expects uptick ahead | Embedded
Growth in mobile device shipments should come out of a slump in the second half of the year and generally stay in low double digits through 2018, according to ARM’s chief executive, reporting on the company’s latest quarterly results. He … Continue reading
- Comcast retention rep’s network boasts expose company to liability – Boing Boing
When the Comcast Rep From Hell insisted that Comcast had the “fastest network in the USA,” he was speaking on behalf of the company — and it was a lie. via Comcast retention rep’s network boasts expose company to liability … Continue reading
- Counting Netflix by country
The UK and the Nordics are proving fertile markets for Netflix with the Netherlands fast gaining ground. Analysis by Digital TV Research using Netflix data shows that two and a half years after the launch of Netflix in the UK … Continue reading
- Digital TV innovators rewarded | Advanced Television
Four digital TV innovations are set to be showcased at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam following their success in a Dragon’s Den-style event hosted by the Digital TV Group – the members’ association for digital television in the … Continue reading
- Vodafone revises Orange fibre deal as it completes Ono acquisition » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone has completed the acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono and has revised its fibre-sharing deal with fellow Spanish mobile operator Orange, scaling back a previously stated commitment to build out fibre networks across the country. via Vodafone revises Orange … Continue reading
- UHD TV shipments to reach 14.5 million this year » Digital TV Europe
Shipments of Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs are due to grow to 14.5 million units in 2014, up from 2.0 million last year, amid “aggressive marketing efforts” by global brands, according to IHS Technology. via UHD TV shipments to reach … Continue reading
- US broadband users engaging with mobile video apps » Digital TV Europe
Almost half of US adult broadband users engage with a mobile video app at least once a month, according to a new report from The Diffusion Group. via US broadband users engaging with mobile video apps » Digital TV Europe.
- Rovi names head of new discovery unit » Digital TV Europe
Interactive TV technology provider Rovi has named Omar Javaid as senior vice-president of discovery. via Rovi names head of new discovery unit » Digital TV Europe.
- Ofcom to review Sky Access Control
Ofcom has launched a consultation into Access Control (AC) services on the Sky set-top box. While Red Button remains the headline grabber, access control has now developed to include on-screen watermarking and interactive services including. via Ofcom to review Sky … Continue reading
- NOW TV added to PlayStation4
Sky’s internet streaming service NOW TV has been added to the PlayStation4. It’s been available on PlayStation3 since May 2013. via NOW TV added to PlayStation4.
- UPC Austria adds sports to VOD platform
Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria has expanded its video-on-demand (VOD) service by sports programmes from German pay-TV channels Sport1+ und Sport1 US via UPC Austria adds sports to VOD platform.
- Uphill task for Ultra HD TVs
High pricing is preventing Ultra HD televisions (UHD TVs) from securing a meaningful share of the overall flat-panel TV market through the world. via Uphill task for Ultra HD TVs.
- BSkyB ‘must pay more’ for Sky Deutschland | Advanced Television
The minority shareholders in Sky Deutschland are looking for a significant premium for their stock from BSkyB. BSkyB is looking to acquire all of Sky Deutschland (as well as 100 per cent of Sky Italia) and there are numerous reports … Continue reading
- TalkTalk joins Thinkbox | Advanced Television
UK quadplay operator TalkTalk is joining Thinkbox – the marketing body for commercial broadcasters in the UK – as an Associate Member. It joins Thinkbox’s other Associate Members, RTL Group, Virgin Media, London Live, Norway’s SBS Discovery and Australia’s ThinkTV. … Continue reading
- AT&T adds 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers in 2Q 2014
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today reported strong second-quarter wireless postpaid gains and record low postpaid churn driven by the growing popularity of AT&T Next and Mobile Share Value plans. via AT&T adds 190,000 U-verse TV subscribers in 2Q 2014.
- Entropic licenses Cryptography Research DPA countermeasures
Cryptography Research, the security division of Rambus (NASDAQ:RMBS), and Entropic (NASDAQ:ENTR), a world leader in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, today announced they have signed a patent license agreement allowing for the use of the Cryptography Research side-channel attack … Continue reading
- Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs in wind-down of baseband unit | Reuters
Broadcom Corp said on Tuesday it is winding down its money-losing cellular baseband chip business and cutting one-fifth of its total workforce, instead of selling the unit. via Broadcom cuts 2,500 jobs in wind-down of baseband unit | Reuters.
- Comcast expands X1 eligibility as it seeks to further accelerate deployment – FierceCable
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is looking to more aggressively accelerate deployment of its next-generation X1 video platform amid an early performance that has seen marked decreases in churn and significant upticks in VOD transactions and DVR usage compared to legacy platforms. via Comcast … Continue reading
- UHD TVs lack market penetration | Advanced Television
Ultra-HD TVs continued to make slow and steady inroads throughout the world, but their share of the overall flat-panel TV market remained minimal by the end of May, suggesting that Ultra-HD TV pricing in the market remains too high to … Continue reading
- TalkTalk bags Sky catch-up rights, extends deal » Digital TV Europe
UK telco TalkTalk has extended its arrangement with BSkyB with a new deal that hands it catch-up programming from premium channels Sky Sports and Sky Movies. via TalkTalk bags Sky catch-up rights, extends deal » Digital TV Europe.
- Digital dividend delays main obstacle to 4G in Europe, says report » Digital TV Europe
Delays in assigning the so-called ‘digital dividend’ spectrum at 800MHz are the main obstacle to 4G mobile development in the European Union, according to the EU’s latest report on telecommunications markets. via Digital dividend delays main obstacle to 4G in … Continue reading
- Liberty Global strategy exec moves to Repucom » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global corporate development and strategy executive, Spencer Nolan, has left the firm to become head of consulting, UK and Ireland, at sports marketing, research and consultancy company Repucom. via Liberty Global strategy exec moves to Repucom » Digital TV … Continue reading
- BBC explains iPlayer outage
The BBC’s weekend of technical issues on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Online was caused by a combination of increased load on its database and the failure of part of its caching layer. via BBC explains iPlayer outage.
- UPC Hungary opts for Metrological
Netherlands-based Metrological has deployed a cloud based TV app store on UPC Hungary’s HD mediaboxes by partnering with ActiveVideo. via UPC Hungary opts for Metrological.
- New challenge for Polish pay-TV
Almost one in three Polish cable and DTH viewers are considering cancelling their subscriptions. via New challenge for Polish pay-TV.
- TalkTalk TV passes million mark
IPTV operator TalkTalk added another 185,000 new TV (YouView) customers in the quarter taking the installed base to over 1.1 million. An extended wholesale carriage agreement with BSkyB has also been announced for Sky Sports and Sky Movies. via TalkTalk … Continue reading
- STMicroelectronics Reports 2014 Second Quarter Financial Results
STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the second quarter and first half ending June 29, 2013. Second quarter net revenues totaled $2.05 billion and gross margin was … Continue reading
- Comcast COO: Customer retention rep recording was ‘painful to listen to’ – FierceCable
A week after one of his company’s customer retention reps was caught in a virally distributed audio recording repeatedly refusing a service-cancellation request, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) COO Dave Watson sent a memo to company employees, essentially blaming the gaffe on … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: CEA: Consumer Confidence on Tech Spending Hits Highest Level since 2012
Consumer sentiment toward technology spending reached its highest level since December of 2012, according to the latest figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association. via TVTechnology: CEA: Consumer Confidence on Tech Spending Hits Highest Level since 2012.
- Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new OTT platform for set-tops – FierceCable
Arris is teaming with a Silicon Valley startup to create a new pay TV set-top software platform designed to mix traditional broadcast and cable network programming with content from over-the-top services. via Arris teams with startup Wurl to create new … Continue reading
- New ‘Comcast Labs’ feature lets X1 users beta-test new products – FierceCable
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has launched a new feature for its X1 set-top boxes that lets subscribers beta test new products before they’re deployed. via New ‘Comcast Labs’ feature lets X1 users beta-test new products – FierceCable.
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- Global UHD TV shipments may reach 20 million units in 2014, say Taiwan makers
As Japan- and South Korea-based vendors have beefed up sales promotion of Ultra HD LCD TVs, global shipments for such models in 2014 are likely to reach 20 million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. via Global UHD TV … Continue reading
- ARM: We’ve signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff • The Register
ARM Holdings has dodged the impact of slowing device sales with 41 customers signing new deals to license its chip technology. via ARM: We’ve signed 41 new deals and we are IN to the Internet Of Stuff • The Register.
- ARM sees profits rise 9%, boosted by strong licensing deals | News | TechRadar
Cambridge-based chip designer ARM saw profits rise during the second quarter as gadget makers coughed up to get their hands on its next-gen processor designs. via ARM sees profits rise 9%, boosted by strong licensing deals | News | TechRadar.
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- YouView plans expansion as shareholder agreement signed | Advanced Television
UK on demand TV service YouView says it is demonstrating further momentum and ambition following the completion of its shareholder agreement. via YouView plans expansion as shareholder agreement signed | Advanced Television.
- Comcast’s customer losses are slowing, which is no surprise since it’s so hard to leave
Even as cable giant Comcast tries to get bigger by absorbing Time Warner Cable, its own revenue grew in the last quarter to $16.8 billion, up 3.5 percent from last year, and net income hit $1.99 billion. via Comcast’s customer … Continue reading
- DIGI secures Hungarian pay-DTT carriage
Antenna Hungária (AH) will add DIGI Sport 1 and DIGI Sport 2 to the channel line-up of its pay-DTT service MinDig TV Extra on August 1. via DIGI secures Hungarian pay-DTT carriage.
- Comcast video subscribers down 144,000 in 2Q 2014
Customer relationships decreased by 25,000 to 26.8 million during the second quarter of 2014, a 62% improvement compared to a decline of 66,000 during the second quarter of 2013. At the end of the second quarter, penetration of our triple … Continue reading
- HBO GO widens Hungarian reach
UPC Hungary has added HBO GO to its offer. The service, which gives access to over 1,800 hours of premium movie and series content, is available free of charge HBO Pak and Max Pak subscribers and can be received anytime … Continue reading
- Vodafone to share fibre with Portugal Telecom » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone Portugal has struck an agreement with Portugal Telecom to share fibre networks connecting about 900,000 homes in the country. via Vodafone to share fibre with Portugal Telecom » Digital TV Europe.
- Ownership change for Prisa
Morgan Stanley is now the second largest shareholder in Spain’s Prisa. via Ownership change for Prisa.
- Watchever rolls out on more Sony devices in Germany
Subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platform Watchever is now also available on Blu-ray players and home cinema systems from Sony in Germany. via Watchever rolls out on more Sony devices in Germany.
- Netflix: “We’ll invest in French content” | Advanced Television
Reed Hastings, CEO of online entertainment service Netflix, has confirmed the company will invest in local content when it enters the French market in September. via Netflix: “We’ll invest in French content” | Advanced Television.
- Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes — Tech News and Analysis
Netflix may have raised the price for new members, but it’s still growing its subscriber base, and sees big gains abroad. via Netflix ends Q2 with 50 million members, survives price hike without blemishes — Tech News and Analysis.
- U.S. ownership of connected TV devices to grow 100% by 2017
By 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet and able to deliver apps to viewers, more than double the projected number of U.S. Internet households. These devices include video game consoles, streaming media players, … Continue reading
- Solbox streaming server supports HEVC and MPEG-DASH for Ultra HD
The number of viewers enjoying matches on UHD (Ultra High Definition) TVs grew rapidly with the start of the latest World Cup season. With the recent boom in UHD broadcasting, both domestic and international content providers have been busy preparing … Continue reading
- Study finds only 17% of U.S. broadband users are aware of 4K – FierceCable
If 4K/Ultra-HD is to become a consumer electronics phenomenon on par with HD a decade ago, it will have come from humble beginnings. via Study finds only 17% of U.S. broadband users are aware of 4K – FierceCable.
- France: Government to shorten VoD release window | Advanced Television
The French Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti, has vowed to make the release of feature films to television easier, and to make films available more quickly on SVoD platforms. via France: Government to shorten VoD release window | Advanced Television.
- Technicolor delivers 11 millionth set-top box to Tata Sky
Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH ; OTCQX: TCLRY) is proud to announce two special landmarks in its relationship with Tata Sky, India’s leading direct to home (DTH) service provider and HD market leader – the 10 year anniversary of the partnership … Continue reading
- Time Warner Cable responds to Los Angeles request for 1 Gbps using DOCSIS 3.1 – FierceCable
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has officially joined the process of developing a 1 gigabit-per-second-capable broadband network for Los Angeles residents, businesses and government, responding to a request for information (RFI) put out by the city. via Time Warner Cable … Continue reading
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- RTÉ threatens to pull plug on Horizon Go
The launch of Horizon Go on UPC Ireland is under threat after RTÉ begun injunction proceedings in the High Court. According to The Irish Times, the public broadcaster is looking for additional payments to compensate it for the inclusion of … Continue reading
- Tele Columbus launches wireless cable box » Digital TV Europe
German cable operator Tele Columbus has launched a wireless cable box, incorporating cable modem, wireless router, media server and fixed-line telephony in a single box. via Tele Columbus launches wireless cable box » Digital TV Europe.
- Glitch hits BBC iPlayer
Viewers were prevented from accessing content on the BBC iPlayer over the weekend that affected both the website and app versions. via Glitch hits BBC iPlayer.
- Fox eyes European Sky asset sale
21st Century Fox could agree to sell Sky Italia and its 57% stake in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB in the next two weeks. This, reports Reuters, could help it lodge a higher bid for Time Warner. via Fox eyes European … Continue reading
- Amino selected by C Spire for IPTV rollout
C Spire, a Mississippi-based diversified telecommunications and technology services company, has selected Amino’s high-end Intel® based IPTV platform for the rollout of entertainment services across its ultra-fast 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) consumer broadband Internet access network. via Amino selected … Continue reading
- Beamly to support Android TV | Advanced Television
Social TV platform Beamly is bringing its personalised TV guide, content discovery, content recommendation, remote control, personalised news feeds, community and show engagement platform to the first screen. via Beamly to support Android TV | Advanced Television.
- The curated video service from TiVo’s founders, Qplay, is shutting down
TiVo’s co-founders launched their Qplay service in hopes of becoming the central hub for all your online video viewing. via The curated video service from TiVo’s founders, Qplay, is shutting down.
- Google Considers Bringing Google Fiber to UK | DSLReports, ISP Information
A report in the Telegraph claims that Google may be interested in someday expanding Google Fiber into the UK. Google has held talks with a British company by the name of CityFibre, though those talks broke down after the company … Continue reading
- Why the consumer is still held hostage in peering disputes — Tech News and Analysis
It’s been almost 10 months since consumers began complaining about poor Netflix streaming because of congestion where the last-mile ISP network met Netflix’s network. Why is this still an issue? via Why the consumer is still held hostage in peering … Continue reading
- Virgin Media HD, TiVo & Netflix: TiVo abandons Adobe Flash and Air
TiVo in the US has quietly retired the Adobe Flash and Air code underpinning those TiVo screens with a new July update. via Virgin Media HD, TiVo & Netflix: TiVo abandons Adobe Flash and Air.
- Mediaset Infinity VoD on Chromecast | Advanced Television
Infinity, the VoD service of Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset, is now available on Chromecast. via Mediaset Infinity VoD on Chromecast | Advanced Television.
- EBU debunks spectrum debate ‘myths’ | Advanced Television
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has made available a new fact sheet on spectrum that tackles what it says are common misperceptions about consumers’ TV and mobile usage. Recommendations about the allocation of spectrum in Europe (set to be decided … Continue reading
- 83% unfamiliar with Ultra-HD | Advanced Television
According to research from The Diffusion Group (TDG), short-term demand for 4K/Ultra-HD televisions is hindered by two simple but structurally important fundamentals: a widespread lack of awareness among consumers and a marked sensitivity to the costs of these advanced sets. … Continue reading
- High prices and lack of awareness harming 4K TV sales » Digital TV Europe
A lack of consumer awareness and high prices are hindering short-term demand for Ultra HD, 4K TV sets, according to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). via High prices and lack of awareness harming 4K TV sales » Digital … Continue reading
- Vodafone Portugal introduces new services to OTT TV offering » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone Portugal has revamped its TV services with a new graphic interface, the incorporation of home media sharing, and new interactive features. via Vodafone Portugal introduces new services to OTT TV offering » Digital TV Europe.
- EBU slams mobile industry claims amidst criticism of ITU report » Digital TV Europe
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has published a factsheet to counter claims made by the mobile industry that linear broadcast TV viewing is declining and that mobile operators will require access to UHF band spectrum to meet anticipated demand for … Continue reading
- Bell Labs opens Cambridge video research facility
Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs has opened a new ‘antenna’ office in Cambridge that will focus on the delivery of video services from the cloud to connected devices. via Bell Labs opens Cambridge video research facility.
- 4G streaming and Ultra HD in BBC R&D Commonwealth showcase
The first UK trial of live broadcasting over 4G, Ultra HD and 3D audio will be seen as part of a BBC R&D showcase in Glasgow next week, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, which is being staged in … Continue reading
- More IPTV for Ukraine
The Ukrainian incumbent Ukrtelekom has launched an IPTV service in partnership with OLL.TV. via More IPTV for Ukraine.
- Aereo had fewer than 100K paying subscribers, copyright filing suggests — Tech News and Analysis
The Copyright Office this week revealed the amount of royalties that Aereo submitted for a nearly two-year period. The figure may provide the best guess yet to the size of the internet TV service’s operations. via Aereo had fewer than … Continue reading