Television is evolving. 4K Ultra High Definition is rewriting the rulebook when it comes to image quality, and in the process is beginning to fundamentally change everything from programme production to distribution technology. via Ultra HD and 4K TV: Everything … Continue reading →
Just 9% of Internet consumers would pay to rent a select movie or episodic program on a connected TV Consumer demand for renting movies and TV shows on connected devices, including television, remains low despite home entertainment’s transition to digital … Continue reading →
RTL Deutschland has partnered with domestic cable operator Kabel Deutschland to deliver targeted video-on-demand (VoD) advertising to TV viewers. via RTL partners with Kabel Deutschland on targeted VoD advertising » Digital TV Europe.
OTT can benefit rather than threaten pay TV by enabling operators to extend their reach to multiscreen devices, with a business model that charges for content bundles rather than access via a specific technology making most sense, according to Oliver … Continue reading →
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) confirmed that it is beginning to offer subscribers a $29.99 monthly subscription bundle that includes local broadcast channels and HBO. via Time Warner Cable targets ‘cord nevers’ with $30 basic HBO bundle – FierceCable.
The UK TV industry’s failure to adopt more sophisticated ad targeting methods is exposing the industry to the risk of being overtaken by the tech giants, according to a new report published by London-based Decipher Research. The report says that … Continue reading →
Ziggo, a cable operator in the Netherlands, and SMiT, the leading CAM (Conditional Access Module) provider, have teamed-up to accomplish the on-demand and catch-up TV services without separated digital receivers as is normally required, which has launched into the Netherlands … Continue reading →
The BBC puts essentially all of its content online for free in the UK. It\’s on every device, at every time, on every network, for anything from a week to a month after transmission. In effect, this is the nirvana … Continue reading →
Orange has announces the results of Orange Exposure 2013/2014—an annual independent study by TNS into media habits across UK, France and Spain. This year\’s study takes an early look at the impact of 4G networks on consumer behaviour; exploring how … Continue reading →
Portugal had 3.16 million pay-TV subscribers at the end of the Q3 2013, up 0.4 per cent on the previous quarter and by 1.6 per cent year-on-year, according to figures published by regulator Anacom. The pay-TV penetration amounted to 53.4 … Continue reading →
Residents of Selling, a small rural village in Kent (England), have called a public meeting in the hope of being able to solve the areas four year spat over the failure of Internal Communication Systems (ISC) to complete the £50k … Continue reading →
RTL Netherlands reported a 13% year-on-year increase in combined audience share among its core target group of 20 to 49 year-olds last month, reaching 38.2% of viewers. via RTL Netherlands reports viewer bounce » Digital TV Europe.
Service providers and enterprises are continually being challenged to transport more data while at the same time reduce costs. After all, it is in the metro that optical networking’s most critical, bandwidth-intensive applications – residential broadband, business Ethernet, mobile backhaul … Continue reading →
The BBC have announced that iPlayer has seen 261m requests this October—up +23% on October last year, with 199m TV requests—the third highest figure ever recorded. via DTG :: News :: BBC iPlayer gets 261m requests.
The cable industry has historically found itself at the very bottom of customer satisfaction rankings across nearly all industries, in large part because of the constant rate hikes, but also because quality customer support never scaled with their merger and … Continue reading →
Gigabit-class broadband is capturing the imagination of Internet users throughout the country. With Google and other companies bringing fiber-based services that deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home, communities are accelerating their push to get the highest … Continue reading →
Smart TV Market report categorizes the global market on the basis of various applications, technology, middleware provider, operating system and smart TV application Key Players – Samsung (South Korea), Sony (Japan), LG Electronics (South Korea), Google (U.S.), Panasonic (Japan), and … Continue reading →
UK telco BT has struck a deal with Universal Music that will enable its BT TV customers to play albums from top current artists as part of their TV subscription. via BT tunes into Universal Music streaming | Advanced Television.
Internet television network Netflix and NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution have agreed a licensing deal allowing Netflix members in Canada instantly to watch feature films and previous seasons of some of the current most popular TV shows from NBCUniversal … Continue reading →
Australian pay-TV Foxtel is launching its first Triple Play offering of broadband Internet and fixed-line telephony services bundled with its television product. The initiative follows approval by Foxtel’s shareholders Telstra and News Australia, and the execution of a wholesale agreement … Continue reading →
While nearly all households in Europe can access basic broadband services, significant challenges still remain in delivering higher speed broadband to all. The aim is to offer speeds of at least 30 megabits per second for all by 2020. The … Continue reading →
Bundled subscriptions, including pay television, broadband and fixed-line telephony on a single bill, will reach a third of a billion homes by 2018, an increase of nearly 210 million on the 2013 total. That is the latest forecast from Digital … Continue reading →
Minister switches off analogue TV signal New Zealand television is now a digital-only zone after the analogue signal was switched off by Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss. Mr Foss switched off the Waiatarua TV Tower analogue transmitter at 2am this morning, … Continue reading →
SpaceCom and the Bulgarian telco Neterra Communications have entered into a strategic partnership for the provision of satellite TV services, video distribution to cable headends, VSAT communications and broadband internet services. via Neterra finds new DTH partner.
The cable TV industry may be looking at a big change in the future, according to Cablevision’s CEO Jim Dolan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dolan stated “there could come a day’ when his company stops offering … Continue reading →
BVE (Broadcast Video Expo) 2014, the UK\’s largest trade event showcasing the latest technology and trends for consumer consumption of content on any platform (25-27 February, ExCEL, London) will focus on content delivery, new platforms and explain to content owners how to … Continue reading →
Almost half of all mobile devices in France, Spain and the UK are now Android-based, according to a study conducted across the three countries by Orange. via Android share of mobile and tablet market grows to half » Digital TV … Continue reading →
Swedish cable operator Com Hem saw a slight decrease in overall revenue in the third quarter, while posting an increase in homes connected. via Com Hem hit by competition, but grows number of homes » Digital TV Europe.
TV sales in Germany are likely to fall below expectations this year, ending 18% down on the 2012 figure at 7.7 million units, according to consumer electronics trade associations GFU. via TV sales in Germany underperform CE market » Digital … Continue reading →
The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination has again demonstrated the importance of the news anchor. CBS newsman Walter Cronkite and his words, “the flash, apparently official…” more familiar even to a UK audience than whoever was presenting the BBC … Continue reading →
A report in the Romanian press claims Discovery Communications’s spending spree could be set to continue with the acquisition of free-TV broadcaster Prima TV. via Discovery ‘interested in Prima TV takeover’ » Digital TV Europe.
VOD apps from broadcasters including the BBC, NOS and Viasat have been made available to coincide with the launch of Playstation 4 in 20 countries across Europe. via Broadcasters flock to Playstation 4.
Long gone are the days where we only had a choice of a handful of TV channels and this expanded content can be enjoyed almost anywhere away from the home TV, and now the Virgin TV Anywhere app has been … Continue reading →
Major developments in Russia’s DTH market may be on the horizon. Raduga TV, the country’s fourth largest platform, has suddenly found itself in the spotlight following an announcement from the regulator Roskomnadzor that it faces criminal proceedings for allegedly operating … Continue reading →
UKTV has made its full network of channels available to Virgin TV Anywhere users for the first time, building on the network’s strategy to offer viewers even more ways to watch its channels. via UKTV channels on Virgin TV Anywhere … Continue reading →
A new subscription streaming service is bringing channels such as Comedy Central, MTV and History to Freeview viewers in the UK. via New UK streaming service launches on Freeview HD connected boxes » Digital TV Europe.
UK connected TV service YouView has enabled BT customers to record internet channels on their Humax boxes. The phased rollout was launched a week ago, with BT YouView customers progressively having their software updated to enable the function. via YouView … Continue reading →
One of the biggest challenges for advertisers trying to reach consumers on their mobile devices is the size of the mobile screens themselves. via Video Consumption: Mobile v. Tablets v. TVs – Business Insider.
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon. via YouTube may be getting ready to launch its music subscription — Tech News and Analysis.
People with YouView will soon be able to use a USB keyboard to control their set-top boxes, with a raft of accessibility updates also bringing extra functionality for all. via Keyboard control for YouView boxes is rolling out | News … Continue reading →
PVR manufacturer TiVo reported Q3 sales of $81.7 million (up from $61 million in the same period last year) and is anticipating Q4 sales revenues of about $84 million – which would be around 30 per cent ahead of last … Continue reading →
4oD is the latest terrestrial catch-up TV service to launch on the Now TV Box. The Channel 4 platform has also been added to the Roku TV box in which Sky has a strategic investment. via 4oD launches on the … Continue reading →
Astra Deutschland’s HD+ satellite DTH platform has extended its current contract with broadcasters, but the free viewing window is being reduced to six months. via HD+ extends contract with broadcasters.
Consumers now expect all their devices to be able to discover the home network, talk to each other and share content and they’re no longer prepared to put up with the old boundaries that handicapped their freedom to access content … Continue reading →
Modern Times Group (MTG)-backed Russian DTH platform Raduga TV is facing the prospect of criminal proceedings initiated by the federal executive authority Roskomanadzor. via MTG platform faces legal action.
We have a long post with all sorts of great charts and stats on why the TV industry is dying. It\’s worth a looksie, but if you\’re in a rush and want to see just one chart that tells the … Continue reading →
Intel is outlining plans for its next-gen chips for smartphones and tablets… as well as the generation after that. Starting in the second half of 2014, Intel plans to start offering 64-bit mobile chips based on 14nm designs and featuring … Continue reading →
YouView has been outlining what it believes are the reasons for is early success as a next-generation platform for what are traditionally free-to-air homes. One is providing a wider choice of free premium content than has previously been available to … Continue reading →
There’s little doubt that all broadcasters are seeking higher carriage deals from cable MSOs, but Time Warner’s CFO John Martin spelt out the specific targets at the Morgan Stanley TMT conference in Barcelona last week. via Time Warner wants double-digit … Continue reading →
Belgian telco Belgacom and French service provider SFR are separately launching cloud services that enable users to upload and view content from multiple devices, including, in Belgacom’s case, the TV. via Belgacom and SFR launch subscriber cloud services » Digital … Continue reading →
In what is probably a sign of increasing maturity in the connected TV marketplace, Accedo is licensing its Accedo XDK development framework to media companies and service providers who want to take more responsibility for connected TV applications development and … Continue reading →
It seems that Intel will abandon its ambitions to launch its own virtual cable television service, widely reported to be called OnCue, and try instead to sell its technology to an existing service provider. The new Intel chief executive Brian … Continue reading →
The European Commission is set to launch a formal competition inquiry into sales of pay-TV rights to screen premium sport and Hollywood movies, reports the FT. Such an inquiry would seek to establish whether “absolute territorial protection clauses” which dictate … Continue reading →
Last summer’s rumors of cable consolidation are back in the spotlight. But if the industry consolidates, it’s not about television, but about what you’ll pay for broadband that regulators should focus on. via Cable consolidation isn’t about TV: It’s about … Continue reading →
Dish\’s Hopper software team is clearly busy; just two months after it brought home-automation support to its DVR, it\’s rolling out another update that offers considerably more control. via Dish Hopper DVR upgrades enable control over HDMI, expand iPad support.
CNBC has thrown another wrinkle in the cable merger and acquisition soap opera with a report that claims Comcast may also be sniffing around the possibility of acquiring Time Warner Cable. Anonymous sources tell the business news network that the … Continue reading →
DISH is rolling out the latest software for its Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR in the US, making DISH the first pay-TV provider to implement HDMI-CEC technology to control users’ televisions. The software update, code named ‘Denver’, is the fifth in … Continue reading →
Brian Sullivan, CEO at Sky Deutschland, delivered “the most incrementally positive presentation so far” according to Patrick Wellington, lead media analyst at Morgan Stanley’s TMT conference in Barcelona on November 21st. The bank said that Sky-D will pass 4 million … Continue reading →
Technicolor is bullish about its TV set-top box business for next year, and expects to outstrip growth in the market in Europe, Asia and North America, its chief executive Frederic Rose. via Technicolor sets aggressive STB target | Advanced Television.
LoveFilm has launched a streaming application for Microsoft\’s newest game console, the XBox One. Consumers can access films and TV shows from the LoveFilm Instant streaming catalogue. via DTG :: News :: LoveFilm launches streaming application for new XBox One.
Spain’s leading cable operator ONO has signed what it terms a unique agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Spain (SCE Spain) ahead of the launch of PlayStation 4 (PS4) in the country. via ONO teams up with Sony.
Given the importance of the region, it was surprising and indeed disappointing that Central and Eastern Europe barely got a mention at this week’s two-day OTTtv World Summit in London. via Chris Dziadul Reports: On demand, the CEE way.
UK free-to-air satellite operator Freesat has launched an initiative to bring its Freetime connected TV platform to smart TVs, enabling viewers to access catch-up TV and other non-DVR Freetime features such as the backwards EPG without the need for a … Continue reading →
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is beginning to let subscribers with its cloud-based Xfinity X1 program guide take the X2 version of the personalized guide for a test drive. via Comcast chief software architect tweets code that lets subs preview X2 guide … Continue reading →
Despite the sharp fall in the number of subscribers (down 8 per cent in 2012), pay-TV companies are performing better than free-to-air (FTA) channels in terms of revenues. via Spain: Pay-TV more profitable than FTA | Advanced Television.
Liberty Global is still considering a consolidation of Ziggo to expand in the Netherlands, after the operator had rejected its offer last month. via Liberty Global still eyeing Ziggo | Advanced Television.
Disney-owned network ABC is still arguing that Dish Network should shut down its ad-skipping ‘Hopper’ technology. ABC has already lost an initial argument at a lower court in September that Dish is breaching its copyright in broadcasting ABC’s shows while … Continue reading →
Packing six tuners and 2 terabytes of storage space, Cisco\’s (Nasdaq: CSCO) Explorer 9800 Hybrid Video Gateway Series tops FierceCable\’s list of the top super DVRs. via The top 6 super DVRs that pack a punch – FierceCable.
Patrice Slupowski, Vice-President, Digital Innovation and Communities, Orange-France Telecom, whose company provides the TV Check second screen app, is confident that social TV will lead to new revenues. via Orange exec: Second screen will make money, maybe within a year … Continue reading →
More than 55% of households with a TV now receive a digital signal, compared to just 30% in 2008, according to new global stats by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). via TV now 55% digital as global analogue switch-offs continue » … Continue reading →
I’m not quite sure what the collective noun might be for a crowded full room of financial analysts, perhaps a ‘pack’ (with apologies to the Hyenas and dogs) might do, but whatever the term, there was standing room only at … Continue reading →
The telecoms regulator has today launched an all-encompassing Mobile Data Strategy consultation that will attempt to identify and free-up a maximum of 881MHz in additional downlink radio spectrum (the 600MHz, 700MHz, 2.3GHz, 2.7GHz, 3.4GHz and 3.7GHz bands) for use by … Continue reading →
The number of pay-TV subscriptions held around the world increased by 32% between 2008 and 2012, according to data released by the ITU to mark World Television Day. via 728 million pay-TV subs worldwide.
BSkyB has reiterated that its standalone OTT service NOW TV is attracting users from a completely new customer segment without damaging its existing DTH business. Luke Bradley-Jones, Product Director for TV at the Pay TV company told the OTT-TV World … Continue reading →
UK connected TV platform YouView is now seeing 2.7 VoD requests a week, with free-to-air households watching close to five VoD programmes a week, according to Susie Buckridge, product director at YouView. “This is incremental to linear viewing,” said Buckridge, … Continue reading →
Broadband subscriber growth slowed in the third quarter, with 17 of the largest cable operators and telcos gaining about 520,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers, a decrease of about 10 percent compared to Q3 2012, Leichtman Research Group said Tuesday. via … Continue reading →
Telefónica does not see any conflict between the pay-TV and ‘play’ sides of its business, the latter of which includes a huge SVoD catalogue of movies and TV shows, along with optional cinema releases provided on a TVoD basis. via … Continue reading →
Google’s YouTube is to migrate all the videos on YouTube to its V9 compression standard as it prepares for 4K, according to Matt Frost, head of strategy and partnerships for Google Chrome. via YouTube ‘ready for 4k’ | Advanced Television.
BSkyB’s recently launched Now TV boxes are “flying off the shelf like hot cakes and we are well ahead of where we expected to be,” according to Luke Bradley-Jones, product director TV. via Now TV boxes ‘flying off the shelf’, … Continue reading →
Piracy of content in Australia is a serious issue that can be fixed with the right legislative framework, according to Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein. via Foxtel’s Freudenstein: Content piracy ‘serious issue’ | Advanced Television.
Italian DTH platform TivùSat has reached the milestone of two million active smart cards, a little more than four years after its launch. via TivùSat reports 2m active smart cards | Advanced Television.
Sky Go will add more channels to its offer this year on top of the 14 announced earlier this week. What is more, Sky ultimately wants to be the OTT aggregator of choice, according to Luke Bradley-Jones, product director, TV, … Continue reading →
Intel is getting ready to sell its yet-to-be-launched OnCue TV service, and Verizon is emerging as the most likely buyer. via Intel Media sale looks increasingly inevitable, TV contracts on hold — Tech News and Analysis.