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- Former Liberty Global Exec Takes Tech Helm Of CenturyLink | Multichannel
Aamir Hussain, an engineering exec late of Liberty Global, has been named executive vice president and chief technology officer of CenturyLink, a telco that has developed its own IPTV service under the Prism brand and is in the process of … Continue reading
- W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete | TechCrunch
More than four years ago, Steve Jobs declared war on Flash and heralded HTML5 as the way to go. You could be forgiven if you thought the HTML5 standard — the follow-up to 1997’s HTML 4 — has long been set in stone, … Continue reading
- US broadband subs to exceed pay-TV | Advanced Television
While residential broadband penetration will soon top 100 million US households, legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline. According to The Diffusion Group (TDG), during the next few months, and for the first time in history, the … Continue reading
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- UK advertising market grows faster than expected » Digital TV Europe
UK advertising expenditure grew at its fastest rate for three years in the first half of 2014, according to figures released by advertising trade body the Advertising Association/WARC. via UK advertising market grows faster than expected » Digital TV Europe.
- Liberty Global unifies Swiss and Austrian teams, names customer chief » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global is creating a unified management team for its Austria and Swiss operations, appointing Frank Zelger to the new post of chief customer officer. via Liberty Global unifies Swiss and Austrian teams, names customer chief » Digital TV Europe.
- Hopster joins Freesat On Demand service
Freesat has launched Hopster, its first dedicated children’s On Demand player, on its connected TV service Freetime. via Hopster joins Freesat On Demand service.
- KPN upbeat on TV and broadband
KPN’s IPTV net additions remained strong in the third quarter, while its broadband business saw a return to growth. via KPN upbeat on TV and broadband.
- Open cable commitment for Numericable-SFR approval
Numericable’s takeover of mobile operator SFR has been given the green light from the French competition authority on the condition that it opens up its cable network to competitors. via Open cable commitment for Numericable-SFR approval.
- HbbTV momentum continues to grow
Within the last 12 months the HbbTV Association has achieved membership growth of 25%, has had hundreds of apps deployed, and grown adoption to over 20 countries. via HbbTV momentum continues to grow.
- ARM announces single-core video codec IP for HEVC
ARM (LSE: ARM and NASDAQ: ARMH) today announced a suite of integrated media IP designed to efficiently deliver rich visual content. The ARM® Mali™ media IP suite is ideal for the highest volume segments for smartphones and tablets, which is … Continue reading
- Silicon Labs launches 6th generation silicon tuners
Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB), the leading provider of silicon TV tuners, today introduced the sixth generation of its high-performance, field-proven TV tuner ICs. Silicon Labs’ new Si2151 and Si2141 TV tuners address the global hybrid TV and digital TV markets, … Continue reading
- 5 trends coming to the smart home in 2015 — Tech News and Analysis
The internet of things is humming along, and thanks to our Structure Connect show last week, I feel confident predicting a few things you’ll see next year in the smart home. via 5 trends coming to the smart home in … Continue reading
- Are We on the Verge of Television’s Third Golden Age? – Lost Remote
As TV critics often remind us, we’re living in a second Golden Age of television. It’s an exciting era in which writers and producers, now freed from the constraints of the major networks thanks to the proliferation of TV channels, … Continue reading
- Parks: Non-linear TV viewing expands lead over linear watching – FierceCable
The gap between linear and non-linear TV usage continues to expand in U.S. broadband homes. via Parks: Non-linear TV viewing expands lead over linear watching – FierceCable.
- Amazon Fire TV Stick Preview – CNET
Today Amazon announced the Fire TV Stick, a $39 HDMI device that plugs into a TV and provides access to numerous streaming services. via Amazon Fire TV Stick Preview – CNET.
- Frank Zelger to become CCO of Liberty Austria & Switzerland
US media company Liberty Global has created the new position of chief customer officer (CCO) at its cable subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland, UPC Austria and UPC Cablecom, which have been operating under joint leadership since August, 2014. via Frank … Continue reading
- Dutch Scientists Build Fibre Optic Cable with Record Speeds of 255Tbps – ISPreview UK
A team of Dutch scientists working at the Eindhoven University of Technology have built a new type of fibre optic cable with seven cores (traditional cables often have only a single core for laser light to travel down), which has … Continue reading
- Net Neutrality: have we lost sight of what this issue is really about? #cablecongress | Cable Congress Blog
Speaking at the ANGA COM congress in Köln, Mike Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, was asked for his viewpoint on the Net Neutrality debate. His response was immediate and unequivocal. “In my thirty years in the industry, I … Continue reading
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- Embedding Is Not Copyright Infringement, EU Court Rules | TorrentFreak
The Court of Justice of the European Union handed down a landmark verdict this week. The Court ruled that embedding copyrighted videos is not copyright infringement, even if the source video was uploaded without permission. via Embedding Is Not Copyright … Continue reading
- Swedish TV executives call for net neutrality to be upheld » Digital TV Europe
Top Swedish TV executives from TV4 Group, SVT, MTG and SBS Discovery Media have written to the government calling for net neutrality to be protected. via Swedish TV executives call for net neutrality to be upheld » Digital TV Europe.
- Numericable awaits SFR decision
Numericable has moved into the red as it awaits approval from the local competition authority for its purchase of mobile network SFR. via Numericable awaits SFR decision.
- New OTT service for Bosnia & Herzegovina
An OTT service named Tivi has made its debut in Bosnia & Herzegovina. via New OTT service for Bosnia & Herzegovina.
- Non-linear video outpaces linear viewing
New research from Parks Associates shows the average US broadband household now watches more than 17 hours of non-linear video per week, compared to 11.5 hours of linear video. via Non-linear video outpaces linear viewing.
- Analyst: HBO stand-alone service to change landscape | Advanced Television
HBO’s proposed cable and satellite subscription-free stand-alone OTT service is set to change the landscape of how content owners package and make available their content, according to Gavin Bridge, Director of Media Insights at Ipsos MediaCT. via Analyst: HBO stand-alone … Continue reading
- Copyright expert: “Good riddance” to Aereo | Advanced Television
Thomas Sydnor, visiting fellow with the America Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and one-time copyright advisor to the Office of International Relations at the US Patent and Trademark Office, has suggested that Internet TV streaming service … Continue reading
- HD and sports boost global pay TV market
The worldwide Pay TV market is expected to surpass 920 million subscribers by the end of 2014, according to ABI Research. via HD and sports boost global pay TV market.
- UPC Austria to launch OTT service Horizon Go
Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will introduce OTT service Horizon Go on November 10, 2014. via UPC Austria to launch OTT service Horizon Go.
- Roku could file for IPO soon, raise as much as $150 million — Tech News and Analysis
Roku wants to go public and raise as much as $150 million, but the filing could be confidential. via Roku could file for IPO soon, raise as much as $150 million — Tech News and Analysis.
- Vodafone’s £6bn Spanish takeover of Ono tarnished by tax fraud allegations – Telegraph
Investigators called in to probe wholesale trading as £50m in bonuses for Ono management is held back over what they knew about the scandal when Vodafone bought the company via Vodafone’s £6bn Spanish takeover of Ono tarnished by tax fraud … Continue reading
- Tele Columbus cancels refinancing talks after pulling IPO: sources | Reuters
German cable operator Tele Columbus [ESCALC.UL] has canceled loan refinancing talks after pulling a planned initial public offering (IPO), two sources familiar with the matter said. via Tele Columbus cancels refinancing talks after pulling IPO: sources | Reuters.
- Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’ | Advanced Television
Comcast predicts channels like HBO and CBS may live to regret their moves to OTT and that subscribers will pay for TV and Internet packages for years to come. via Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’ | Advanced Television.
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- Belgacom continues to grow Proximus TV
Belgacom has reported double-digit growth of its Proximus TV IPTV service, up 33,0004 subscriptions, increasing the total TV customer base to 1,558,000. via Belgacom continues to grow Proximus TV.
- YouView adds BBC Connected Red Button
YouView has added the BBC’s Connected Red Button to its platform, alongside the new version of the iPlayer. via YouView adds BBC Connected Red Button.
- Chris Dziadul Reports: TV’s legal woes
2014 is likely to be remembered as the year of controversial new laws and taxes in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: TV’s legal woes.
- Liberty Global effectively splits company with introduction of Latin America tracking stock – FierceCable
Liberty Global said it will introduce a new tracking stock for its Latin American operations, splitting trading of its European cable operations and Latin American and Caribbean media businesses. via Liberty Global effectively splits company with introduction of Latin America … Continue reading
- Paying attention: OTT billing systems » Digital TV Europe
Making money from investment in OTT and multiscreen delivery remains challenging for operators. Anna Tobin looks at ways in which customer care and billing systems can help or hinder them in their efforts. via Paying attention: OTT billing systems » … Continue reading
- Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month
Sky’s Now TV puck is an inexpensive way to smarten up your TV, but perhaps you wish it looked a little smarter itself. via Sky to release five limited edition Now TV boxes next month.
- Gartner: Dominance of pay-TV masks VoD growth | Advanced Television
While pay-TV is the biggest segment of the overall consumer video services market, accounting for 96.3 per cent of total spending in 2014 and 94.2 percent by 2018, subscription video on demand (S-VoD) is a growing market. Fernando Elizalde, principal … Continue reading
- MTG Q3 boosted by pay-TV | Advanced Television
Sweden’s MTG has posted a higher than expected Q3 core profit and said it still expected higher sales and operating margin for its Nordic pay-TV business this year. via MTG Q3 boosted by pay-TV | Advanced Television.
- DTG Testing launches Ultra HD product zoo
DTG Testing has launched the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI interoperability plugfest. via DTG Testing launches Ultra HD product zoo.
- TVPlayer now live on Amazon’s Fire TV | Advanced Television
With the UK launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, OTT platform TVPlayer has become one of a top selection of entertainment apps to feature on the platform from launch. via TVPlayer now live on Amazon’s Fire TV | Advanced Television.
- Orange squeezes more TV
Television gets scant attention from Orange these days with just the one entry, even if it does show an increase of 600,000 households over the last 12 months. via Orange squeezes more TV.
- Technicolor continues innovation
Technicolor has continued to develop new technologies, most recently deploying an ATSC 3.0 4K/UltraHD testbed platform with Sinclair Broadcast. via Technicolor continues innovation.
- 4K first for Tricolor TV
Russia’s leading DTH platform Tricolor TV has begun regular broadcasting of a pilot Ultra HD channel. via 4K first for Tricolor TV.
- 64% of US broadband homes have connected CE
64% of US broadband households have an internet-connected CE and 55% have an OTT service subscription, according to Parks Associates. via 64% of US broadband homes have connected CE.
- Telenet reaches €50 ARPU for the first time
Approximately 75% of Telenet’s basic cable television subscribers had upgraded to the digital TV platform resulting in an ARPU of €50, up 5% from a year ago. via Telenet reaches €50 ARPU for the first time.
- Canal Digital launches TV Everywhere service
Canal Digital has launched its Canal Digital GO iPad app in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. via Canal Digital launches TV Everywhere service.
- UK couple held on pirate device charge | Advanced Television
Detectives from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) have arrested two people in the north-west town of Bury on suspicion of selling devices illegally containing hundreds of thousands of chart-topping karaoke tracks and videos. via UK couple held … Continue reading
- Comcast broadband subs near TV customers | Advanced Television
Comcast added 315,000 subs to its high-speed internet service as its reported earnings came in slightly ahead of expectations. via Comcast broadband subs near TV customers | Advanced Television.
- Unitymedia Kabel BW to launch 200Mbps internet
German cable operator Unitymedia Kabel BW will launch a high-speed internet service with a download speed of 200Mbps across all three federal states served by the company on November 3, 2014. via Unitymedia Kabel BW to launch 200Mbps internet.
- Liberty Global expands Horizon in Germany
Unitymedia Kabel BW, the German subsidiary of US media company Liberty Global, will deploy multimedia box Horizon to its cable customers in federal state Baden-Württemberg from November 3, 2014. via Liberty Global expands Horizon in Germany.
- Roku raises $25 million in additional funding — Tech News and Analysis
Streaming device maker Roku has raised an additional $25 million round of funding, according to a disclosure filed with the SEC on Wednesday. via Roku raises $25 million in additional funding — Tech News and Analysis.
- Accedo and Cloudio TV announce partnership
Accedo and Cloudio TV have announced a joint global partnership. Cloudio TV, the cloud-based TV service, brings expats and diaspora communities their TV channels, and this for a continuously growing amount of communities, mainly from Asia and South America. The … Continue reading
- Kroes calls for end to European digital divide
Neelie Kroes gave a passionate plea calling for an end to a divided Europe during her final keynote speech as VP of the Digital Agenda at the European Commission. via Kroes calls for end to European digital divide.
- TVTechnology: SMPTE 2014: HEVC Bitrate Savings Verified
The theory of high-efficiency video coding is that it cuts the bitrate of H.264 by half. John Pallett of Telestream and his team went looking for what it could really do. Pallett said he previously participated in a study done … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Futurecast Demo Shows Simultaneous 4K, HD and Mobile Reception
Quincy Group’s WKOW-TV conducted a second round of real-world broadcast field testing with the Futurecast Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting System. via TVTechnology: Futurecast Demo Shows Simultaneous 4K, HD and Mobile Reception.
- Pace achieves Minerva certification for IPTV STBs
Pace plc (LSE: PIC), a global leader for digital TV and broadband technology solutions for service providers, announced today that its award-winning IPTV set-top boxes (STB), including its Whole Home DVR system, have been certified by Minerva to meet the … Continue reading
- Standard practice – what can RDK do for cable? » Digital TV Europe
With traditional pay TV operators now struggling to match the speed of innovation seen from web-based services, operators are looking for ways to replicate an internet-type model on set-top boxes. RDK is held up as the answer. Stuart Thomson reports. … Continue reading
- HbbTV 2.0 details revealed, release expected this year » Digital TV Europe
The new HbbTV 2.0 standard should “hopefully” be released later this year and will include four new features contributed by the EU-supported HBB-NEXT project according to HBB-NEXT technical coordinator Michael Probst. via HbbTV 2.0 details revealed, release expected this year … Continue reading
- Encoder market likely to double, but challenges loom » Digital TV Europe
The global market for pay TV video encoders is expected to double to US$895.2 million (€704.4 million) by 2020, up from US$435.1 million at the end of last year, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan. via Encoder market … Continue reading
- Sigma Designs teams up with SoftAtHome for connected home » Digital TV Europe
Chipset provider Sigma Designs has teamed up with connected home specialist SoftAtHome to integrate Sigma Designs’ Z-Wave radio protocol with SoftAtHome’s home gateway software. via Sigma Designs teams up with SoftAtHome for connected home » Digital TV Europe.
- Harmonic launches partner certification programme » Digital TV Europe
Video technology provider Harmonic has launched a certification programme for technology partners to recognize their “continued investment in technical talent”, the company said. via Harmonic launches partner certification programme » Digital TV Europe.
- Digital ad revenues up 15% | Advanced Television
Internet ad revenues climbed to an first half-year high of $23.1 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue (IAB) Report, prepared by PwC US. This marks a 15 per cent rise over 2013’s first-half ad revenues of $20.1 billion. … Continue reading
- Pay-TV growth propels video encoder market | Advanced Television
The demand for pay-TV video encoders is on the rise, with cable, IPTV and satellite companies requiring these products to get consumers the shows they want from content producers to their home set-top boxes. In fact, with the global expansion … Continue reading
- 60% of LatAm pay-TV subs will have HD by 2018 | Advanced Television
The HD channel offer in Latin America has shown constant growth over the past three years, increasing the amount of both pay-TV and free-to-air channels available in each country. The number of HD subscribers across the region has also grown, … Continue reading
- DTG :: News :: Online TV consumption rockets 388%
More people are watching TV online than ever before, with TV consumption across devices rocketing 388 percent year over year, with unique monthly viewers increasing by 146 percent across browsers and apps. via DTG :: News :: Online TV consumption … Continue reading
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- Windows Update drivers bricking USB serial chips beloved of hardware hackers | Ars Technica
Hardware hackers building interactive gadgets based on the Arduino microcontrollers are finding that a recent driver update that Microsoft deployed over Windows Update has bricked some of their hardware, leaving it inaccessible to most software both on Windows and Linux. … Continue reading
- TV vendors aim to ship 34 million Ultra HD TVs in 2015
TV vendors aim to ship 34 million Ultra HD TVs in 2015, up 120% on year, according to supply chain sources. via TV vendors aim to ship 34 million Ultra HD TVs in 2015.
- Broadcom pitches chips at G.fast OEMs • The Register
Broadcom has become the latest vendor to stake out its ground in the G.fast market, as the ITU’s standardisation bods stretch their hands slowly towards the rubber stamp. At the Broadband World trade show in Amsterdam, the chip outfit’s been … Continue reading
- FTTH takes off in Spain
Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) is becoming increasingly popular in Spain, with the number of lines more than doubling in the year to August 2014. via FTTH takes off in Spain.
- Broadcom reports third quarter 2014 results
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today reported unaudited financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2014. via Broadcom reports third quarter 2014 results.
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- Samit becomes SeaChange CEO
SeaChange has named Jay Samit as its new chief executive officer, replacing Raghu Rau. via Samit becomes SeaChange CEO.
- Broadcom introduces G.fast SoC for home gateways
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced advanced G.fast capabilities for its BCM63138 gateway SoC to allow global telcos to deliver Gigabit-class services to subscribers. The new G.fast digital … Continue reading
- Netflix’s content streaming obligations grow by US$1.6 billion » Digital TV Europe
Netflix’s content streaming obligations grew by US$1.6 billion (€1.25 billion) in the first nine months of 2014, due to multi-year commitments linked to its latest European launches and the expansion of its original programming efforts. via Netflix’s content streaming obligations … Continue reading
- Pay TV and VOD tipped to grow strongly in Germany » Digital TV Europe
The latest forecasts for German TV market revenues suggest that the country’s pay TV market will grow 12% this year and that the VOD sector will report an 18% uptick in revenues. via Pay TV and VOD tipped to grow … Continue reading
- Russia extends must-carry rules » Digital TV Europe
The Russian government has extended and hardened must-carry rules imposed on the country’s pay TV operators. via Russia extends must-carry rules » Digital TV Europe.
- Pace introduces new gateway devices » Digital TV Europe
Pace is introducing new ADSL and VDSL gateways at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week. via Pace introduces new gateway devices » Digital TV Europe.
- Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe
Microsoft pitches the Xbox One not as a run-of-the-mill games console, but as a fully fledged home entertainment hub. via Microsoft launches the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Europe.
- Top Polish broadcasters team up
Poland’s two leading commercial broadcasters Polsat and TVN have resurrected a partnership named Polski Operator Telewizyjny (POT). via Top Polish broadcasters team up.
- Tough times for Portugal Telecom
Portugal Telecom has hit serious financial difficulties against the backdrop of Altice seeking to buy some of its assets. via Tough times for Portugal Telecom.
- Huawei licenses Frog by Wyplay STB middleware
Huawei today announced that it is licensing the Frog by Wyplay open source middleware and intends to collaborate with its ecosystem to create next generation STB software solutions. via Huawei licenses Frog by Wyplay STB middleware.
- “4K is crucial” says Wim Wenders | Advanced Television
Noted film director Wim Wenders has praised television’s increased use of 4K content capture. via “4K is crucial” says Wim Wenders | Advanced Television.
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- BSkyB secures 69% of Sky Deutschland
BSkyB has confirmed it has secured 69% of Sky Deutschland. It’s part of the £5 billion agreement to create a European pay-TV giant that would also include Sky Italia. via BSkyB secures 69% of Sky Deutschland.
- Top management change at Magyar Telekom
Attila Kerszég, currently CCO residential at Hungary’s Magyar Telekom, is to leave his position at the end of the year to take an executive role of European purview at its parent company in Germany. via Top management change at Magyar … Continue reading
- Online TV consumption up 388% | Advanced Television
Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that more people watched more TV online than ever before. TV consumption across devices grew 388 per cent year-over-year (YoY) and programmers saw broader use as unique monthly viewers increased by … Continue reading
- Rentrak granted US STB measurement patent | Advanced Television
Consumer viewership information provider Rentrak has been granted a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for the method and system behind measuring the status of return path TVs (also known as set-top boxes). This is an important component … Continue reading
- Search and enjoy – developments in content search and discovery » Digital TV Europe
Content search and discovery is fast becoming a differentiator among content providers, with new streaming devices helping to drive innovation. Andy McDonald reports. via Search and enjoy – developments in content search and discovery » Digital TV Europe.
- Breaking: Ooyala Acquires Videoplaza – VAN – Video Ad News
Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and a video streaming and analytics platform, has just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Videoplaza, a video ad platform that is primarily aimed at the premium/broadcaster market. Videoplaza recently launched ‘Konnect’, it’s video SSP and Aunia, … Continue reading
- ‘Doomed before it starts': HBO’s OTT service to run at a pricey $15 a month, report says – FierceCable
HBO’s new streaming service will be priced at around $15 per month, an uncompetitive $6 higher than Netflix’s (NASDAQ: NFLX) most common $8.99 plan. via ‘Doomed before it starts': HBO’s OTT service to run at a pricey $15 a month, … Continue reading
- Kings of content » Digital TV Europe
Pay TV operators, mobile providers and tech giants are all investing in content assets, and there is a lot to play for, writes Kate Bulkley via Kings of content » Digital TV Europe.
- UK’s Freesat adds 8,000 TV homes in 3Q 2014
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has maintained its 2014 momentum by adding 8,000 new TV homes in the three months to the end of September. In all, Freesat has added 32,000 new households in the first nine months … Continue reading
- Sizing up pay TV earnings for the third quarter of 2014 – FierceCable
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014’s third quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players. via Sizing … Continue reading
- Broadcast technology market worth $44bn in 2017 | Advanced Television
Following a compound annual growth of 3.6 per cent over the previous four years, the global broadcast and media technology industry was worth $39 billion in 2012, and is projected to grow to $44.3 billion in 2017. via Broadcast technology … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Samsung Unveils Plans for 4.6 Gbps Wi-Fi
Samsung says it has developed commercially viable 60 GHz millimeter-wave band Wi-Fi technology using the 802.11ad standard that enables data transmission speeds up to 4.6 Gbps. At these speeds, a 1 GB movie will take less than three seconds to … Continue reading
- Video on Demand is Changing the Way We Watch TV, and That’s Good for Everybody – Lost Remote
Sometimes, playing catch up isn’t a bad thing. Video on demand (VOD), a long-time content consumption afterthought, is now promoted by TV networks, embraced by advertisers, a focus for cable service providers, and used frequently by consumers. via Video on … Continue reading
- Quantenna and SoftAtHome partner for wireless home networks
Quantenna Communications, Inc., the leader in ultra-high performance Wi-Fi, and SoftAtHome, provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, have partnered together today at Broadband World Forum to deliver the next generation of wireless home networks. … Continue reading
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- VOD Professional | 4oD’s User Registration Strategy & Why it’s So Successful
A senior executive at a European broadcaster told me a story recently about how the company was “terrified” (his word) of children born after 2005. Why? Because before broadband speeds enabled high-quality video streaming, kids had to watch TV on … Continue reading
- Google halts Nexus Player pre-sales pending FCC approval » Digital TV Europe
Google has suspended pre-sales of its new Android TV streaming player, the Nexus Player, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission. via Google halts Nexus Player pre-sales pending FCC approval » Digital TV Europe.
- Sky Broadband UK Discussing Mobile Service with EE, O2 and Vodafone – ISPreview UK
It’s no secret that BSkyB (Sky Broadband) has an ambition to launch their own mobile service in the United Kingdom and they’ve already held exploratory talks with Vodafone (here), so fresh reports today that the media giant has been discussing … Continue reading
- TiVo reports dramatic rise in multitasking when watching TV
New research from Tivo indicates a dramatic increase in multitasking during TV viewing: over half of the 856 survey respondents reported multitasking every time or almost every time they watch TV (51%); compared to just over one third (36%) in … Continue reading
- HBO’s standalone subscription service might cost $15 a month | News | TechRadar
HBO finally entered the modern age this week by announcing a standalone streaming service that customers will be able to subscribe to without a cable package. via HBO’s standalone subscription service might cost $15 a month | News | TechRadar.
- Flash daddy SanDisk: Revenues up, but Wall St unimpressed • The Register
SanDisk’s third 2013 quarter showed a healthy annual and quarterly increase but subdued profits, while Fusion-io integration costs and mis-met Wall Street expectations sent the shares down a tad. via Flash daddy SanDisk: Revenues up, but Wall St unimpressed • … Continue reading
- Careful what you wish for, cord cutters: Unbundled TV could prove more expensive – FierceCable
“Cord cutters rejoice” has been the oft-written headline preamble to numerous stories written this week about the groundbreaking a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS. via Careful what you wish for, cord cutters: Unbundled TV could prove more … Continue reading
- Skylink launches multiscreen service on M7 platforms » Digital TV Europe
M7 Group-owned Czech and Slovak pay TV platform Skylink has launched SPI International/FilmBox’s multiscreen service. via Skylink launches multiscreen service on M7 platforms » Digital TV Europe.
- Ziggo to cut 20% of workforce | Advanced Television
The merger of Dutch cable companies UPC Netherlands and Ziggo will result in around 900 workers losing their jobs according to daily the NL Times. via Ziggo to cut 20% of workforce | Advanced Television.
- Univision goes OTT too | Advanced Television
Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, is to start live and on-demand streaming for non-subscribers according to the WSJ. There is no word on launch date or pricing for its Uvideos platform. Currently, it is only available to pay TV subscribers that … Continue reading
- Pay-channels for Rabbit TV | Advanced Television
FreeCast has embraced a la carte programming and begun offering premium pay-channels through its Rabbit TV Plus. This comes on the heels of HBO’s announcement that it will be offering a standalone version of its online TV service HBO GO. … Continue reading
- 20% US broadband homes to buy smart devices within a year | Advanced Television
A survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates shows continued strong growth of smart home products in US homes, as 20 per cent of households with broadband intend to acquire one or more smart home devices … Continue reading
- BSkyB “pressure cooker” period | Advanced Television
BSkyB’s results were better than most analysts expected, but this didn’t make life any easier for Sarah Simon, a senior analyst at Berenberg Bank, who continued her negative advice to clients, and marking down the bank’s price target for BSkyB … Continue reading
- Virgin Media HD, TiVo & Netflix: BBC iPlayer HD disappears from V+
The BBC is improving its iPlayer service across all platforms this year with some new features and benefits including moving to a 30 day catch up as opposed to 7 days. via Virgin Media HD, TiVo & Netflix: BBC iPlayer … Continue reading
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- Canal+ and ITI could sell TVN stake » Digital TV Europe
Canal+ Group and ITI could sell their 51% majority stake in leading Polish broadcaster TVN, the pair have confirmed. via Canal+ and ITI could sell TVN stake » Digital TV Europe.
- Kantar Media buys Civolution’s audio watermarking unit » Digital TV Europe
Audience measurement firm Kantar Media has bought Civolution’s audio watermarking division, giving it access to recognition technology used for measurement and second screen synchronisation. via Kantar Media buys Civolution’s audio watermarking unit » Digital TV Europe.
- 900 jobs to go after Ziggo merger
Around 20% of the combined workforce of Ziggo and UPC Nederland is set to lose their jobs after the planned merger of the two opertors. via 900 jobs to go after Ziggo merger.
- TiVo: Increase in multitasking during TV viewing | Advanced Television
TiVo has revealed results from its Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey which indicate a dramatic increase in multitasking during TV viewing: over half of the 856 survey respondents reported multitasking every time or almost every time they … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul Reports: Invitation to Prague
Did you know that 100,000 homes receive TV services illegally from ISPs in the Czech Republic? via Chris Dziadul Reports: Invitation to Prague.
- Kabel Deutschland names new CTO as Glatz departs » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland has named Frank Hellemink as its new chief technology officer, replacing Lorenz Glatz, according to local press. via Kabel Deutschland names new CTO as Glatz departs » Digital TV Europe.
- Sky’s tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1 • The Register
Sky posted record numbers as its tech bets continue to pay off. BskyB’s ARPU (average revenue per customer) reached £576, up £32 from two years ago, with triple-pay punters accounting for 37 per cent of its 15.5 million customer base. … Continue reading
- Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator’s independence • The Register
The European Commission is taking Belgium to court for not allowing its telco regulator enough independence. via Euro Commission drags Belgium to court over telco regulator’s independence • The Register.
- CBS All Access launches OTT live and on-demand service
CBS is the first of the national US networks to offer a TV Everywhwere service with live and on-demand programming. via CBS All Access launches OTT live and on-demand service.
- Ziggo suffers digital pay TV declines » Digital TV Europe
Ziggo’s digital pay TV revenues were down 1.4% in Q3 due to a decline in subscribers, the Dutch cable operator announced in its latest earnings announcement. via Ziggo suffers digital pay TV declines » Digital TV Europe.
- Ziggo TV subs down 20% | Advanced Television
Dutch cable operator Ziggo saw core profit rise by 3.4 per cent in the third quarter. The group, which last week received EU clearance to be bought by US cable group Liberty Global, said broadband subscribers grew by 6.2 per … Continue reading
- Japan: Immediate start for NTT 4K service | Advanced Television
Japanese telco NTT Plala is to start 4K/Ultra HD services on October 27th. The commitment emerged during MIPCOM’s 4K series of screenings and panels in Cannes. via Japan: Immediate start for NTT 4K service | Advanced Television.
- Sky Go boosts BSkyB Q1 | Advanced Television
BSkyB has posted results for the three months to the end of September showing a record 309,000 users signing up to its Sky Go Extra service, which allows subscribers to watch programmes on portable devices when away from home. The … Continue reading
- Connected TV and Sky Store lead for BSkyB
BSkyB’s connected TV platform is now available in over six million homes. via Connected TV and Sky Store lead for BSkyB.
- Blizoo fined for unfair practices
The Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission (CPC) has fined Blizoo, the country’s leading cable operator, BGN887,260 (€453,538) for actions it says are “contrary to fair business practice”. via Blizoo fined for unfair practices.
- BSkyB adds 46,000 TV customers in 3Q 2014
British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (LSE:BSY) has released unaudited results for the three months ended 30 September 2014. via BSkyB adds 46,000 TV customers in 3Q 2014.
- Ziggo: internet up, TV down
Dutch operator Ziggo said that during Q3, 2014, the total internet subscribers was up 20,000 to a total of 1.99 million, representing a penetration of 73.7%. via Ziggo: internet up, TV down.
- Canal Plus launches Yomvi Play | Advanced Television
Spain’s Canal Plus is refocusing its OTT service Yomvi on VoD content. To this end, Canal Plus has launched Yomvi Play with a selection of series and TV movies at a fee of €6 per month when the promotional period … Continue reading
- Motive primes US Tablet Television launch | Advanced Television
Digital television technology, software and solutions provider Motive Television has confirmed that its 50 per cent-owned joint venture, Tablet Television, is launching its marketing campaign in San Francisco, which will run through October and November supporting a product launch in … Continue reading
- Growth Improves as Sky Broadband Reaches 5.32m UK Customers – ISPreview UK
After a predictable slowdown in the second quarter Sky Broadband (BSkyB) has today seen its growth improve in Q3-2014 by adding an extra +75,000 (up from +50k in Q2 and +70k in Q1) home broadband subscriptions to total 5,322,000, which … Continue reading
- Google announces Nexus Player Android TV box
In an update to its Android portfolio, Google has announced its Nexus Player, the first device running Android TV. Nexus Player, a collaboration with Asus, is a streaming media player for movies, music and videos. It is also a gaming … Continue reading
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- Without net neutrality, what stops HBO from turning the internet into cable? | The Verge
Several years ago, someone came up with a potent worst-case scenario for an internet without net neutrality: it would look like cable TV. via Without net neutrality, what stops HBO from turning the internet into cable? | The Verge.
- VOD Professional | What’s the State of Subtitling in the VOD Marketplace?
Last week when watching Transparent on Amazon Prime I remembered with a jolt of alarm that I had been tasked to hoover the flat, something I had (obviously) neglected to do. Knowing if I didn’t complete my task I would … Continue reading
- Netflix shares crash by 25pc as higher prices turn off viewers – Telegraph
Shares in Netflix, the video streaming service, collapsed by a quarter in after-hours trading in the US after the company warned that subscriber numbers are growing at a slower rate than expected. via Netflix shares crash by 25pc as higher … Continue reading
- Adoption of STBs varies significantly across Europe
Adoption of set-top boxes varies significantly across Europe, where 55% of UK broadband households have a set-top, compared to 36% in Spain and 20% in Germany. via Adoption of STBs varies significantly across Europe.
- Watchever launches on Xbox One
German subscription video-on-demand service Watchever has become available on the Xbox One. via Watchever launches on Xbox One.
- Poland makes key VOD change
The way viewers pay to watch on demand services is to change radically in Poland. via Poland makes key VOD change.
- BSkyB: “Sell”, say bankers | Advanced Television
On the one hand everything for BSkyB is looking pretty rosy. Its acquisition of its counterparts in German and Italy is shaping up well, and James Murdoch’s highly positive comments at MIPCOM on October 13th should have helped this rosy … Continue reading
- Set-top box market hits $4.8 billion in 2Q14
Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) Set-Top Boxes and Pay TV Subscribers report, which tracks IP, cable, satellite, and digital terrestrial (DTT) set-top boxes (STBs) and over-the-top (OTT) media servers. via Set-top box … Continue reading
- HBO Will Launch A Streaming Site In 2015
HBO is finally getting its online streaming game on, after Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler revealed that the broadcaster will launch a standalone streaming service next year. via HBO Will Launch A Streaming Site In 2015.
- HBO is finally going to let you watch its shows without cable | The Verge
Starting next year, you’ll finally be able to watch HBO on the web without a cable subscription. via HBO is finally going to let you watch its shows without cable | The Verge.