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- Netflix sued in France
France’s Association for the Protection of Consumers and Users (CLCV) has sued Netflix on the grounds that it is not complying with French consumer law. In a statement, it says that it has made a submission against the US company … Continue reading
- Dutch IPTV up at expense of cable
In the third quarter of this year, cable fell to less than 60% of the Dutch TV subscriptions, while fibre networks became the third-largest technology for receiving TV with almost 10%, via Dutch IPTV up at expense of cable.
- OTT pay-TV expected to soar to $10bn by 2018
OTT pay-TV revenue is forecast by Infonetics to grow from $5.8 billion in 2014 to just over $10 billion in 2018. via OTT pay-TV expected to soar to $10bn by 2018.
- Ziggo’s last day of trading December 19
The last day of trading of Ziggo shares will be on Friday, December 19, 2014. The company will be delisted from December 22. via Ziggo’s last day of trading December 19.
- UPC prepares ‘second pillar’ of Polish Horizon
The Polish cable operator UPC Polska plans to launch a new VOD offer on December 1. via UPC prepares ‘second pillar’ of Polish Horizon.
- FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality | TechCrunch
The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the … Continue reading
- Netflix takes up 9.5% of upstream traffic on the North American Internet | Ars Technica
We’ve written a lot about how Netflix takes up a gigantic share of Internet traffic. During peak viewing hours, Netflix accounts for about a third of all bits sent to Internet users in North America on “fixed” connections—that is, cable, … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Manufacturers Take Pragmatic Approach to 4K Multiviewers
4K/ultra HD is a broadcast/production technology that has generated a lot of discussion and interest, and is seeing increasing use in cinema and television production. It is only a matter of time before the new format is universally adopted—the point … Continue reading
- Aereo files for Chapter 11 reorganisation | Advanced Television
Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District … Continue reading
- Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom » Digital TV Europe
Altice could be open to acquiring French service provider Bouygues Telecom, according to the Patrick Drahi investment vehicle’s CEO, Dexter Goei, cited by Dow Jones Newswires. via Altice open to acquiring Bouygues Telecom » Digital TV Europe.
- Amazon launches Prime streaming in Austria » Digital TV Europe
Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video service in Austria. via Amazon launches Prime streaming in Austria » Digital TV Europe.
- German internet users turning away from TV » Digital TV Europe
One third of German users of video streaming services have replaced classic TV entirely or partially by the use of streaming services, according to research for German technology industry association Bitkom. via German internet users turning away from TV » … Continue reading
- BSkyB set to scrap ‘British’ » Digital TV Europe
Pay TV operator BSkyB is set to scrap the ‘British’ from its trading name in the wake of the Sky Europe deal that saw it take control of a combined UK-Italian-German pay TV platform. via BSkyB set to scrap ‘British’ … Continue reading
- Intel could enter HDMI dongle market » Digital TV Europe
Intel could be the next company to enter the HDMI dongle market in competition with Google’s successful Chromecast product, according to various reports. via Intel could enter HDMI dongle market » Digital TV Europe.
- Ukrainians open to paid OTT
Over half (53%) of Ukrainians using the internet now receive OTT services. via Ukrainians open to paid OTT.
- Netflix still dominates US internet traffic, Amazon growing
Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. via Netflix still dominates US internet traffic, Amazon growing.
- ITU hails role of global TV standards | Advanced Television
In recognition of World Television Day, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has highlighted the impact of television in society and the role of standards. via ITU hails role of global TV standards | Advanced Television.
- Multiscreen TV providers moving to NFV | Advanced Television
Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its 2014 Multiscreen TV Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey, which provides insight into pay-TV operator plans for multiscreen video services and delivering live and file-based video content to … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul Reports: UPC’s cloud success
The performance of UPC TV Apps is a rare piece of good news in what are otherwise challenging times for the TV industry in Hungary. via Chris Dziadul Reports: UPC’s cloud success.
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- Rovi paid $12 million for Fan TV — Tech News and Analysis
Rovi paid just $12 million for Fan TV, the TV discovery startup previously known as Fanhattan, according to a FCC filing (hat tip to Multichannel News). via Rovi paid $12 million for Fan TV — Tech News and Analysis.
- Cirkus secures distribution with Norway’s Get » Digital TV Europe
On-demand service Cirkus, which offers the ‘Best of British’ programming to international markets, has secured a distribution deal with Norwegian cable operator Get. via Cirkus secures distribution with Norway’s Get » Digital TV Europe.
- ‘Hell, yes!’ Malone will go after TWC if Comcast can’t close the deal – FierceCable
Liberty Global Media Chairman John Malone hasn’t given up on acquiring Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). via ‘Hell, yes!’ Malone will go after TWC if Comcast can’t close the deal – FierceCable.
- TVTechnology: Akamai Reports on 4K Internet Readiness
As broadcasters advance farther into the connected digital environment, they become more dependent on fast, reliable Internet and mobile connections. via TVTechnology: Akamai Reports on 4K Internet Readiness.
- More UK homes use PVR than VoD | Advanced Television
Decipher, the digital media consultancy, has released findings from Wave 5 of its Mediabug research. It shows that VoD viewing is moving from devices to the TV screen; both PCs and tablets lost share of online VoD viewing (5 per … Continue reading
- Zenterio integrates Ekioh HTML5 browser
Zenterio, which develops an independent software platform for interactive TV, announces that the company has added Ekioh’s HTML5 TV Browser to the range of products integrated within Zenterio OS. via Zenterio integrates Ekioh HTML5 browser.
- Darroch takes Chair of Sky Deutschland | Advanced Television
The Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland has elected Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive Officer of Sky, as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Sky Deutschland. He replaces James Murdoch, who will remain a member the Board. via Darroch takes Chair of … Continue reading
- Netflix still dominates Internet traffic | Advanced Television
Findings from intelligent broadband network solutions specialist Sandvine’s latest latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report – Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014 – suggest that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, with Amazon Instant Video establishing itself as the … Continue reading
- Liberty moves to delist Ziggo after gaining 95% of shares » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global has secured control of 95.6% of Dutch operator Ziggo’s shares and is initiating a statutory “squeeze-out” to take 100% control. via Liberty moves to delist Ziggo after gaining 95% of shares » Digital TV Europe.
- High pay-TV adoption in UK and Germany
Pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86% and 78% of broadband households, respectively, according to Parks Associates. via High pay-TV adoption in UK and Germany.
- Rights project ‘exceeds expectations’ | Advanced Television
RDI, the part-EU-funded project, working to make it possible for any user to find out anything about any rights information on any online content, is exceeding its expectations and is set to result in real commercial implementations, its members claim. … Continue reading
- Hungary opens OTT consultation
The Hungarian regulator NMHH has opened a public consultation into OTT services, inviting comments from market participants and stakeholders up until January 31, 2015. via Hungary opens OTT consultation.
- Dutch broadband penetration grows to 90%
The share of Dutch households with broadband connections reached the milestone of 90% during the third quarter of this year, according to Telecompaper’s latest quarterly report. via Dutch broadband penetration grows to 90%.
- Germany: Video streaming pushes down TV consumption
Video streaming changes the TV habits of consumers in Germany with one out of three video streaming users (33%) replacing conventional television completely or partially through streaming offerings. via Germany: Video streaming pushes down TV consumption.
- Vectra grows digital TV base
The Polish cable operator Vectra ended Q3 with 911,300 subscribers, a 4.54% increase on a year earlier. via Vectra grows digital TV base.
- HBO GO launches on Xbox One in U.S.
Today, HBO GO is arriving on Xbox One in the U.S. Now you can get every episode from every season of your favorite HBO shows right on your Xbox One.* That means you can watch the latest episodes from shows … Continue reading
- Mirada and Edgeware partner for multiscreen delivery
Edgeware, the technology leader in distributed video delivery, today announces its partnership with Mirada, AIM-quoted audiovisual technology supplier, to provide an end-to-end multiscreen solution that significantly reduces costs and time to market for pay TV operators regardless of network type. … Continue reading
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- Liberty Global buy Comcast? Malone says ‘you never know’ – NBC News.com
John Malone, Liberty Media chairman, discusses telecom consolidation and if Liberty Global is big enough to buy Comcast. via Liberty Global buy Comcast? Malone says ‘you never know’ – NBC News.com.
- HTML5′s “Dirty Little Secret”: It’s Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile – ReadWrite
HTML5 has never really lived up to its potential. As VisionMobile posits, this is partly a problem with performance and partly a question of tooling. via HTML5′s “Dirty Little Secret”: It’s Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile – ReadWrite.
- Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent licensor | Ars Technica
Cisco is preparing to dole out a serious chunk of cash to settle its patent lawsuit with Rockstar, a patent-holding company created out of the ashes of Nortel, a Canadian telecom. via Cisco expects to pay $188M to Rockstar, the Apple-owned patent licensor … Continue reading
- EE TV review: a decent set-top box with too many strings attached
EE has evolved rapidly since it became a household name two years ago after switching on the UK’s first 4G mobile network. Today, it’s more than just a carrier, with a home broadband business and a selection of own-brand mobile … Continue reading
- Jeremy Darroch new head of Sky Deutschland’s supervisory board
UK-based pay-TV operator BSkyB has enforced its weight in Sky Deutschland’s supervisory board following BSkyB’s recent takeover of the majority interest in the German pay-TV broadcaster. via Jeremy Darroch new head of Sky Deutschland’s supervisory board.
- Wuaki.tv set to expand
The cloud-based OTT service Wuaki.tv aims to be available in 15 countries by the end of 2015, according to Simon Homent, the company’s European head of content. via Wuaki.tv set to expand.
- Sky to benefit from Ofcom EPL review | Advanced Television
The decision by UK media regulator Ofcom to investigate the way in which the English Premier League sells domestic rights managed to send Sky’s share price up a very healthy 43p to £8.90 in robust trading. The market’s sentiment reflects … Continue reading
- Orange looks to the future
The problem of piracy is likely to be contained by 2020, according to Patrice Slupowski, VP digital innovation, Orange France Telecom. via Orange looks to the future.
- Canal Plus to drop Canal Ready boxes
Canal Plus is to drop support for its ‘Canal Ready’ decoders and return to a solely proprietary system. via Canal Plus to drop Canal Ready boxes.
- Exset brings interactivity to sub$20 STBs
In developing countries, switching from analogue to digital is not always smooth sailing. via Exset brings interactivity to sub$20 STBs.
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- UPC Hungary: 80% YouTube STB take-up | Advanced Television
The percentage of available subscribers accessing YouTube via existing STBs in UPC Hungary has risen substantially to 80 per cent, according to Arpad Jordan, CTO, UPC Central and Eastern Europe. via UPC Hungary: 80% YouTube STB take-up | Advanced Television.
- Zigbee at work on unified wireless 3.0 spec for IoT devices | Embedded
The ZigBee Alliance is unifying its various wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0 desgned to provide interoperability over a range of consumer and other Internet of Things smart devices. via Zigbee at work on unified wireless 3.0 … Continue reading
- Want to push 4K video from your mobile device? MHL makes it so, with USB Type-C connector
When USB was first introduced to consumers, it changed everything. The connection standard made adding peripherals and accessories extremely easy. Before it, adding things over parallel or serial ports was tedious and confusing for consumers. via Want to push 4K … Continue reading
- Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which? • The Register
UK telcos need to stop fibbing about the network speeds they offer to subscribers, consumer champion Which? demanded today. via Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which? • The Register.
- Germany seeks DVB-T2/HEVC platform operator
The German media authorities have set up a tender for the operation of a nationwide DTT platform in DVB-T2/HEVC standard carrying commercial TV channels. via Germany seeks DVB-T2/HEVC platform operator.
- UPC Ireland’s Ternsjo to report to Virgin’s Mockridge
UPC Ireland CEO Magnus Ternsjo is to report to Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge, according to an internal email sent to staff on Tuesday morning. via UPC Ireland’s Ternsjo to report to Virgin’s Mockridge.
- Top cable companies support FCC’s disclosure of programming deals – FierceCable
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Charter (NASDAQ: CHTR) have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., offering their support for the FCC’s decision to disclose details about program licensing deals for the purpose of regulatory review. via Top cable companies … Continue reading
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- Pace “continues good progress” | Advanced Television
UK STB maker Pace has reported that it expects full-year operating margins to be greater than nine per cent, up from its previous forecast. via Pace “continues good progress” | Advanced Television.
- UPC Hungary to extend cloud-based YouTube to all boxes » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Hungary is to expand its ActiveVideo-powered cloud-based YouTube app to its entire base of set-tops, having experienced strong take-up from deployment of the platform to its base of HD boxes. via UPC Hungary to extend … Continue reading
- UPC TV Apps: a Hungarian perspective
UPC TV Apps has proved to be a success in Hungary, the market in which it was developed and first launched. via UPC TV Apps: a Hungarian perspective.
- Piksel names EMEA commercial chief » Digital TV Europe
OTT TV technology specialist Piksel has named Neil Berry as executive vice-president of commercial for the EMEA region. via Piksel names EMEA commercial chief » Digital TV Europe.
- Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service
Vodafone only confirmed it will take another stab at selling broadband last week, but already rumours of potential tie-ups are starting to circulate. via Vodafone in talks to bundle Now TV boxes with its new broadband service.
- Norwegian cable bundling is anticompetitive
Norway’s consumer ombudsman has told the country’s two major cable companies that the practice of bundling broadband services with TV subscriptions is against the law. via Norwegian cable bundling is anticompetitive.
- Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights | Advanced Television
UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into how the English Premier League sells live UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches. via Ofcom to investigate Premier League rights | Advanced Television.
- New UK milestone for Samsung
Samsung’s Smart TV platform now has more than 1.5 million weekly unique users in the UK, equivalent to a 50% increase in the past nine months. via New UK milestone for Samsung.
- KPN acquires remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber | Advanced Television
KPN has reached an agreement with joint-venture partner Reggeborgh to acquire the remaining 40 per cent stake in Reggefiber and obtain 100 per cent ownership for €610 million. via KPN acquires remaining 40% stake in Reggefiber | Advanced Television.
- Conviva for Dutch online audience reporting | Advanced Television
Conviva, a specialist in real-time big data, viewer-centric video optimisation, has announced its collaboration with SKO, the television audience measurement service in the Netherlands. via Conviva for Dutch online audience reporting | Advanced Television.
- Internet and telephony drive Tele Columbus
Germany’s third-largest cable operator Tele Columbus reported 197,000 internet and 166,000 telephony customers on September 30, 2014 – an increase by around 22% in both cases compared with one year ago. via Internet and telephony drive Tele Columbus.
- Dutch regulator enforces ‘must carry’
The Dutch media regulator Commisariaat voor de Media has enforced ‘must carry’ rules of Flemish radio and TV stations with KPN and the M7 Group. via Dutch regulator enforces ‘must carry’.
- 1.5 million visitors each week to Samsung’s UK Smart TV hub
Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. today reinforced its position as the number one Smart TV brand in the UK with the news that its Smart TV platform now has more than 1.5 million weekly unique users – a 50% increase in … Continue reading
- VOD Professional | Easel TV Launches New Version of its Suggested TV Platform with Managed Web Tools and Adds HbbTV and Amazon Fire
Easel TV, the multi-screen video software company, has launched a new version of its Suggested TV video platform with enhanced web based publishing and service management tools. The service, which is used by Curzon and All3Media, allows consumers to buy … Continue reading
- IPTV will account for 24% of UK media connections by end-2018
Quantum-Web analysis shows that IPTV share of media* connections (vs Cable TV and DTH) doubled during 2014, rising from 7.4% at end-2013 to 14.9% at end-2014. This shift towards IPTV will continue and IPTV will account for 23.7% of UK … Continue reading
- Top UK pay-TV packs top £1,000 a year | Advanced Television
The top TV packages from Sky, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, which include all the premium content and best available broadband speeds, all now cost more than £1,000 (€1,251) a year. via Top UK pay-TV packs top £1,000 a year | … Continue reading
- TalkTalk goes quadplay | Advanced Television
TalkTalk has struck an MVNO deal with Telefónica UK to launch mobile services over its network as it plans a quad play package. via TalkTalk goes quadplay | Advanced Television.
- Sky Italia using Contentwise for OTT TV service » Digital TV Europe
Contentwise is providing personalised recommendations for Sky Italia’s Sky Online OTT TV service, launched earlier this year. via Sky Italia using Contentwise for OTT TV service » Digital TV Europe.
- Netflix exec reportedly lands in Australia to prep for launch » Digital TV Europe
In another sign that Netflix is actively preparing a forthcoming launch in Australia, the company’s senior director for programmatic buying, Kathy O’Dowd, arrived in the country last week to hold talks with media companies about buying broadcast TV and online … Continue reading
- Connected TV gains momentum in Spain | Advanced Television
Specific online content and better Internet connections are driving the growth of connected TV in Spain, with a quarter of connected TV users saying they are watching less linear TV and over half of users turning to Smart TVs to … Continue reading
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- Multimedia grows TV business
The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska has posted revenues of PLN261.6 million (€61.8 million) for its TV business in the first nine months of the year. via Multimedia grows TV business.
- Sky Deutschland to change supervisory board
The recent ownership changes at Sky Deutschland will be reflected by changes in the German pay-TV broadcaster’s supervisory board. via Sky Deutschland to change supervisory board.
- Major U.S. pay TV providers lose 150,000 subscribers in 3Q 2014
Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US — representing about 95% of the market — lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in 3Q 2014, compared to a loss of about 25,000 video … Continue reading
- Major content networks launch Streaming Video Alliance without Netflix or YouTube
Float around the internet long enough, and you’ll find a video stream that just doesn’t wanna work. Maybe you’re lacking some plug-in, or something’s up with your browser? Either way, bad times. via Major content networks launch Streaming Video Alliance … Continue reading
- Proximus gains access to Telenet network
The Court of Appeal (Hof van Beroep) in Brussels has ruled that alternative operators have access to the Telenet network, including incumbent Proximus (Belgacom). via Proximus gains access to Telenet network.
- New Virgin Media 1300Mbps WiFi SuperHub 2AC Router Leaking Out – ISPreview UK
Back in June 2014 we revealed that Virgin Media were preparing to introduce a new generation of SuperHub cable broadband router (here) and recently we’ve learnt that some customers have already started to receive the kit, which looks almost identical … Continue reading
- Netflix is shutting down its public API today — Tech News and Analysis
Netflix is shuttering its public API today, effectively ending support for a number of third-party apps that made use of the API to get TV and movie show titles as well as other data from the streaming service. via Netflix … Continue reading
- Industry majors form Streaming Video Alliance | Advanced Television
A number of leading companies from the online video ecosystem are jointly to form the Streaming Video Alliance with the aim of facilitating the creation of architecture, standards and best practices that will scale the infrastructure for online video and … Continue reading
- Mediaset to spin off pay-TV | Advanced Television
The Board of Italian broadcaster RTI (Mediaset) has approved the transfer of the pay-TV activities to a new company, Mediaset Premium Spa, which will be operational from December 1st. via Mediaset to spin off pay-TV | Advanced Television.
- Mediaset to create new pay TV company in December » Digital TV Europe
Mediaset is to spin off its Premium pay TV arm into a new company on December 1, following its sale of a stake in the venture to Telefónica. via Mediaset to create new pay TV company in December » Digital … Continue reading
- Cyfrowy Polsat reports TV gains » Digital TV Europe
Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat provided 4.34 million active pay TV services, including over 0.8 million multiroom services, in the third quarter, up 4.4% year-on-year. via Cyfrowy Polsat reports TV gains » Digital TV Europe.
- Primacom on the up after Telekabel acquisition » Digital TV Europe
German cable operator Primacom was boosted by its acquisition of Deutsche Telekabel in the first half, with a 40% increase in revenues and an EBITDA uplift of over 50%. via Primacom on the up after Telekabel acquisition » Digital TV … Continue reading
- RTVE launches HbbTV app | Advanced Television
Spanish broadcaster RTVE has launched a ‘Red Button’ HbbTV app with Dolby Digital Plus. This is the first HbbTV service from a broadcaster in Europe to deliver its own content in Dolby Digital Plus. via RTVE launches HbbTV app | … Continue reading
- EchoStar firming up Solaris plans | Advanced Television
Back in January Denver based EchoStar bought struggling Solaris Mobile from its SES and Eutelsat joint owners. Solaris Mobile was planned to deliver S-band programming and content to handheld devices. Part of the reason why SES and Eutelsat were happy … Continue reading
- YouTube launches paid music service
YouTube is launching a music subscription service next week, YouTube Music Key. via YouTube launches paid music service.
- Videoland comes to Chromecast
Dutch VOD service Videoland has now launched on Chromecast for both Android and iOS devices. via Videoland comes to Chromecast.
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- YouTube Demographics For Ads – Business Insider
YouTube’s reach among millennials is huge. The site attracts more adults aged 18 to 34 than any single cable TV network, according to Nielsen. via YouTube Demographics For Ads – Business Insider.
- Here’s what the FCC thought about John Oliver’s net neutrality rant
Remember when John Oliver gave the net neutrality issue a hammering on his HBO Show? If you hadn’t heard (and we’ve embedded the segment after the break), Oliver’s call to (digital) arms led to internet users collapsing part of the … Continue reading
- Native vs HTML5 security: is there a third way for app development? | News | TechRadar
“We need a mobile app.” Those five words seem to reach a decision, but in fact they’re the beginning of a whole raft of choices. Making sure that you are providing a mobile-accessible service is increasingly of critical importance. Whether … Continue reading
- DirecTV claims 4K UHD first | Advanced Television
US DTH operator DirecTV is to become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers’ TVs. via DirecTV claims 4K UHD first | Advanced Television.
- Chris Dziadul Reports: A new Cold War?
These are troubling times for the TV industry in Central and Eastern Europe. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, it feels like we’re back to square one in some countries. via Chris Dziadul Reports: A new Cold … Continue reading
- Live OTT viewing up 214% | Advanced Television
FreeWheel has published its Q3/14 Video Monetisation Report: Digital TV’s Time is Now. After having been touted as an integral part of TV’s future for some time, FreeWheel believes it is now clear from the behaviour of consumers, publishers, advertisers, … Continue reading
- Cyfrowy Polsat holds steady
The Polish DTH platform Cyfrowy Polsat ended the third quarter with 4,344,773 pay-TV contact RGUs, of which 806,064 were Multiroom. via Cyfrowy Polsat holds steady.
- M7 secures more Astra capacity
Luxembourg-based M7 Group has contracted additional capacity and extended an existing capacity contract on Astra at 23.5 degrees East. via M7 secures more Astra capacity.
- Comcast won’t join the internet TV crowd, but still looks to test video service — Tech News and Analysis
Dish and Sony may be close to launching their internet-based TV services, but Comcast has no plans to join them any time soon. The company doesn’t want to target viewers outside of its cable footprint with an internet-based TV service, confirmed … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: DirecTV to Launch 4K Tomorrow
On Friday, Nov. 14, DirecTV will begin offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries in 4K resolution. DirecTV has teamed up with Samsung as its exclusive CE 4K UHD launch partner. Customers who have DirecTV’s Genie … Continue reading
- VOD Professional | Anatomy of a TV Viewer – Infographic From Videology
Drawing on findings from recent Videology research with Forrester, and other tier-one research bodies, the infographic below captures some of the major consumer changes being driven by the booming growth of online video. The traditional TV viewer is more connected … Continue reading
- Comcast rolls out more X1 features: IFTTT support, voice guide for visually impaired – FierceCable
Continuing to build bells and whistles into its next-generation pay-TV platform, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) says X1 can now use IFTTT to do things like change the channel when a specified event pulls a trigger. via Comcast rolls out more X1 … Continue reading
- Cirkus secures Driver for Nordic markets » Digital TV Europe
On-demand service provider Cirkus, which specialises in aggregating a ‘Best of British’ catalogue or programmes, has acquired the exclusive subscription on-demand rights for Nordic territories to BBC One drama series The Driver. via Cirkus secures Driver for Nordic markets » … Continue reading
- Oregan Networks joins RDK community
Oregan Networks, the long-standing expert in Pay TV systems, has become a member of the RDK (Reference Design Kit), a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers, and announced a strategic … Continue reading
- Comcast launches industry’s first voice-guided TV interface
Comcast today announced the industry’s first voice-enabled television user interface, a solution that will revolutionize the way its Xfinity TV customers, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, navigate the X1 platform. The “talking guide” features a female voice … Continue reading
- Sky: We’re no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too • The Register
BSkyB has ditched the words British and Broadcasting from its name, after the media and telecoms company completed its takeover of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland yesterday. via Sky: We’re no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do … Continue reading
- Sky Go or Android Lollipop? That is the question… | Coolsmartphone
Regular users of Sky apps and Android devices will not be surprised to read about another problem in this marriage of convenience. Sky’s forums are chock full of entries about how their apps crash whenever Android is updated. Lollipop, aka … Continue reading
- CEO: Turner Broadcasting Eyeing International OTT Service | Home Media Magazine
Turner Broadcasting, whose properties include Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, TNT and Boomerang, is considering launching over-the-top video services internationally, CEO John Martin told an investor group. via CEO: Turner Broadcasting Eyeing International OTT Service | Home Media … Continue reading
- Amazon Instant Video 4K Streaming Launches Later This Year | Ubergizmo
4K TVs had a strong presence back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014. At that mega tech event online video streaming companies like Amazon committed to offering 4K or Ultra HD streaming. Its rival Netflix has already taken … Continue reading
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- Sony to offer web-based TV
Sony Network Entertainment International has provided details of a cloud-based TV service it plans to launch in Q1 2015. via Sony to offer web-based TV.
- GS launches Tricolor TV tablet
GS Group has launched the first tablet computer designed for viewing Russia’s Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading DTH platform. via GS launches Tricolor TV tablet.
- Sky looks to the future
BSkyB is to officially change its name to Sky following the acquisitions of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland, subject to shareholder approval at its AGM on November 21. The move will reflect the international nature of … Continue reading
- ADB offers ‘Light’ version of GraphyneTV middleware
Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) (SIX: ADBN) today announced a “light version” of its very successful and sophisticated pay-TV software for use on multiple screens – GraphyneTV. via ADB offers ‘Light’ version of GraphyneTV middleware.
- European Commission appoints Ziggo watchdog
The European Commission, DG Competition, has appointed a Monitoring Trustee to oversee the acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global. via European Commission appoints Ziggo watchdog.
- Sony unveils PlayStation Vue cloud-based TV Service
Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled PlayStation™Vue, a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience. via Sony unveils PlayStation Vue cloud-based TV Service.
- BSkyB stocks up Sky Deutschland stake
UK-based pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB has purchased further shares in sister company Sky Deutschland following the completion of its voluntary takeover offer. via BSkyB stocks up Sky Deutschland stake.
- 4K didn’t happen in 2014. Will things look different in 2015? — Tech News and Analysis
Here’s the 4K content you’ve been waiting for: Streaming service M-GO announced Wednesday that it is making 70 4K titles available through Samsung TVs, with the goal to have 100 4K movies for rental and sale by the end of 2015. … Continue reading
- IP TV Times: Vodafone Joins The Fray
After EE’s recent announcement that they are to launch a TV service, Vodafone has now announced an entry to the UK market. Both must be heartened by the relative success of TalkTalk, which has successfully carved a niche in the … Continue reading
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- 40% of large screen TVs sold in September were 4K | Advanced Television
Research specialists GfK reports that sales of 4K/UHD TVs in the period January-October are “impressive”, and that sales in the UK, France, German, Italy and Spain, will “comfortably exceed 300,000 units,” according to GfK Business Group Director Nigel Callow. via … Continue reading
- Netflix update brings support for iOS 8, 1080p on iPhone 6 Plus | iMore
The iOS 8 app updates just keep rolling in, and Netflix is the latest big name to get in on the action today. The update brings the streaming app up to version 7.0 with official iOS 8 and iPhone 6 … Continue reading
- thePlatform launches mpx Replay to take linear channels online » Digital TV Europe
Comcast-owned video management and publishing firm, thePlatform, has launched a new service to help broadcasters publish their linear TV channels online. via thePlatform launches mpx Replay to take linear channels online » Digital TV Europe.
- New bid for PT
Apax Partners and Bain Capital Partners have made a joint offer of €7.075 billion for Oi’s Portuguese assets. via New bid for PT.
- PrimaCom on growth course
Germany’s fourth-largest cable operator PrimaCom has increased its turnover in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period last year by 39.7% to €65.9 million. via PrimaCom on growth course.
- Amazon Prime: ‘No UHD premium’ | Advanced Television
Amazon has confirmed it will not charge Prime Instant Video members who own a 4K compatible television a premium to stream Ultra HD content. via Amazon Prime: ‘No UHD premium’ | Advanced Television.
- Netflix set for “sizeable expansion”
Having launched its service in a number of countries this year, Netflix plans a “sizeable expansion” into new markets in 2015. via Netflix set for “sizeable expansion”.
- Industry players line up to support ‘4K Ultra HD’ | Advanced Television
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has revealed that leading US industry associations, technical organisations and retail groups have agreed to use ’4K Ultra HD’ and ’4K UHD’ as common terminology to describe the new generation of television products, technology and … Continue reading
- DEG, CEA collaborate for home entertainment promotion | Advanced Television
US trade groups the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group are teaming up to promote the latest Blu-ray Disc releases and emerging home entertainment technologies to consumers. via DEG, CEA collaborate for home entertainment promotion | … Continue reading
- CEA announces availability of 4K Ultra HD logo license
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today that the licensing agreement for logos for use by manufacturers to designate 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs (4K Ultra HD or 4K UHD), monitors and projectors for the home is now available. CEA also … Continue reading
- Ultra HD and HEVC set-top box shipments to explode
Worldwide UltraHD capable set-top box shipments will reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes—the next-generation of video compression technology—will rise even further to 88 million units. via Ultra HD and HEVC set-top box shipments to … Continue reading
- UltraHD and HEVC set-top box shipments to explode
Worldwide UltraHD capable set-top box shipments will reach 48 million by 2020, while the market for HEVC set-top boxes—the next-generation of video compression technology—will rise even further to 88 million units. In 2014, the market will deploy only about 60K … Continue reading
- C4 cloud marketplace for ads | Advanced Television
UK’s Channel 4 is to launch an eBay-style digital marketplace for advertisers to buy commercials on its VoD service. It claims it is the first in Europe to introduce programmatic buying – which will allow advertisers to better target specific … Continue reading
- Vodafone UK TV unveiled | Advanced Television
Vodafone is launching UK TV services next spring using its Cable & Wireless business fibre network and BT’s Openreach network to provide its broadband and TV service. Pricing, and what TV content will be offered, has yet to be announced. … Continue reading
- Skylink looks to HD
Skylink has taken the strategic decision to make all popular channels in the Czech Republic available in HD before the end of 2016, according to Jaromir Glisnik, member of the board of directors, M7 Group. via Skylink looks to HD.
- Canoe reaches milestone: 10B VOD ads served – FierceCable
Just two years after its drastic restructuring to focus on inserting ads into VOD, Canoe Ventures announced that it has delivered its 10 billionth national TV impression. via Canoe reaches milestone: 10B VOD ads served – FierceCable.
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- Discovery realigns European structure
Discovery Networks International is realigning its European operations into three business clusters. via Discovery realigns European structure.
- US cable and telcos angrily reject Obama net neutrality call » Digital TV Europe
US cable and telecom operators have responded angrily to President Barack Obama’s call for the strongest form of net neutrality and the implementation of new regulations to ensure that all internet traffic should be given equal treatment. via US cable … Continue reading
- Vodafone Confirm Return to the UK Home Broadband Market in Spring 2015 – ISPreview UK
Mobile operator Vodafone has officially announced that it will have a second stab at the United Kingdom’s residential fixed line broadband market when it launches a new service for homes during Spring 2015. via Vodafone Confirm Return to the UK … Continue reading
- Vodafone to add Netflix in Germany
Vodafone Deutschland will offer subscription video-on-demand service Netflix to its customers from November 12, 2014. via Vodafone to add Netflix in Germany.
- Sky’s 3 questions for ITV
BSkyB has hit out at ITV over its silence regarding its call for the UK’s pay-TV platforms to start paying fees to the UK’s Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) for the right to carry their main channels. via Sky’s 3 questions for … Continue reading
- Yes subscribers up again
Israeli DTH platform Yes has grown its installed base for the 6th successive quarter. An additional 11,000 subs were added in the third quarter to reach a total of 623,000 subscribers as at September 30, 2014. via Yes subscribers up again.
- Virgin Media Signs WiFi Access Deal with Rival The Cloud (BSkyB) – ISPreview UK
In an unexpected move Virgin Media has today announced a new partnership deal with The Cloud, which is owned by rival BSkyB (Sky Broadband), that allows the national cable operator access to 22,000 additional premium public WiFi hotspots across the … Continue reading
- TP Vision bets on Android OS
TP Vision is betting on Android OS for its smart TVs, but at the same time keep sits Net TV portal alive. via TP Vision bets on Android OS.
- STB-less IPTV ready for prime time in 2015?
A consortium with the vision to bring back simplicity back to the TV consumer is reporting progress on the development of a STB-less IPTV standard. via STB-less IPTV ready for prime time in 2015?.
- PC-to-TV connections in Europe outpace US | Advanced Television
Research from Parks Associates into the European pay-TV industry and the ‘Internet of Things’ shows adoption of PC-to-TV connections in Europe exceeds adoption in the US. Among broadband households, 54 per cent in Spain and 38 per cent in the … Continue reading
- Netflix is becoming part of the cable bundle in the U.K. — Tech News and Analysis
Netflix is becoming more and more like HBO: Customers of U.K. telco BT can now pay for the service with their monthly TV bill. via Netflix is becoming part of the cable bundle in the U.K. — Tech News and … Continue reading
- DTVKit announces new membership level ‘Product Plus’ | Advanced Television
DTVKit has announced the availability of a new Membership level, ‘Product Plus,’ designed to meet the requirements of members wanting to use more than one silicon vendor. via DTVKit announces new membership level ‘Product Plus’ | Advanced Television.
- Entropic discontinues set-top box SoC product development
In Entropic’s quarterly results, the company announced a refocused strategy and restructuring plan. Entropic announced a strategy to refocus on its core Connectivity businesses, which include MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance), direct broadcast satellite outdoor unit (DBS ODU) and broadband … Continue reading
- Next-gen Comcast X1 gateway makes cameo appearance – FierceCable
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) representatives have confirmed that a picture making the Internet rounds is indeed the Cisco Systems-made next-generation gateway for Comcast’s X1 platform. via Next-gen Comcast X1 gateway makes cameo appearance – FierceCable.
- DTG :: News :: Britons want smart smart homes but we don’t want to pay for them
Smart entertainment, energy, heating and appliances have captured the imagination of British consumers but not their spending power. via DTG :: News :: Britons want smart smart homes but we don’t want to pay for them.
- KPN to launch STB-less IPTV
Dutch KPN is working with CAM manufacturer SMiT to launch an IPTV service directly to the TV set. Speaking at the TNO IPTV Seminar in The Hague, Bingyyu Xiang, director of product management at SMiT, said that there will be … Continue reading
- Obama tells the FCC to implement real net neutrality. And he’s serious. — Tech News and Analysis
President Obama has come out strongly and specifically in favor of “bright-line rules” that will protect network neutrality. Now the FCC just has to write them. via Obama tells the FCC to implement real net neutrality. And he’s serious. — … Continue reading