Digital TV News April 28, 2015

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  • Q&A: Tiaan Schutte, President, Alticast » Digital TV Europe
    Tiaan Schutte, President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Alticast, talks about the impact of cloud technology on pay TV. via Q&A: Tiaan Schutte, President, Alticast » Digital TV Europe.
  • NAGRA enables CANAL+ France to deploy multiscreen TV services on over one million Android devices | Digital TV News
    NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) digital TV business and the world’s leading provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today that CANAL+ Group, the leading premium content pay-TV operator in France, has deployed multiscreen services on more than one million Android devices using NAGRA multiscreen solutions. via NAGRA enables CANAL+ France to deploy […]
  • Zenterio OS to be rolled out in Deutsche Telekom’s European footprint | Digital TV News
    Zenterio today announces that they will deliver their independent operating system Zenterio OS to Deutsche Telekom, to be deployed in their Southern and Eastern European markets. via Zenterio OS to be rolled out in Deutsche Telekom’s European footprint | Digital TV News.
  • Samsung leads 4K market | Advanced Television
    Samsung’s curved screens have helped it take the World No 1 position in terms of flat-panel 4K/Ultra HDTV displays, according to market research from Display Search. Sales y-o-y are up a massive 350 per cent on Q1 2014. via Samsung leads 4K market | Advanced Television.
  • Sky drops 3D channel | Advanced Television
    Sky UK is closing its dedicated 3D channel from June 9th, leaving viewers wanting 3D content having to download movies and programming via Sky’s on-demand service. via Sky drops 3D channel | Advanced Television.
  • 8K TV will be the limit | Advanced Television
    One event largely unreported at the recent NAB show was a presentation by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster that referred to NHK’s ‘road map’ for the deployment of its 8K Super HiVision technology. via 8K TV will be the limit | Advanced Television.
  • Germany to integrate YouTube in TV ratings system
    AGF, the German association providing the official TV audience ratings, will include online video consumption at YouTube in its reach figures. via Germany to integrate YouTube in TV ratings system.
  • Minimal impact for cord-cutting in Western Europe | Digital TV News
    Despite signs of market maturity, cord-cutting is not expected to make much of an impact in Western Europe, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Western Europe Forecasts report (which covers 18 countries) states that pay TV penetration is expected to grow from 56.7% at end-2014 to 60.4% in 2020. […]
  • ThinkAnalytics reaches over 20m OTT subs | Advanced Television
    ThinkAnalytics, developer of a global multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has revealed it now serves over 20 million OTT subscribers worldwide, a figure that has doubled in the last 12 months. via ThinkAnalytics reaches over 20m OTT subs | Advanced Television.
  • Marvell launches ARMADA 1500 Ultra platform | Advanced Television
    Marvell, a global player in providing complete silicon solutions, has added the ARMADA 1500 Ultra (88DE3218) system-on-chip (SoC) to its ARMADA 1500 family. via Marvell launches ARMADA 1500 Ultra platform | Advanced Television.
  • ABOX42 unveils package of innovations at TV Connect | Advanced Television
    The converging of traditional cable networks and new IP Services offers a huge challenge for network operators. At TV Connect 2015 ABOX42 (www.abox42.com) is unveiling innovations, which help operators to migrate hassle free from legacy Set Top Box platforms to a latest technology solution for the first screen and beyond. The leading supplier of OTT, […]
  • ruwido brings synchronised ‘leaf’ user interface to TV Connect 2015 | Advanced Television
    ruwido will reveal at this year’s TV Connect how to support the ‘synchronisation of mind and sense’ by demonstrating a new user interface that corresponds to its TV Connect Awards shortlisted ‘leaf’ input device. via ruwido brings synchronised ‘leaf’ user interface to TV Connect 2015 | Advanced Television.
  • Pay TV growing fastest in the MENA region | Digital TV News
    IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight, today announced key findings from its annual Middle East & North Africa Pay TV Market Monitor report. The report found that 2014 was another year of substantial growth for the pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, […]
  • Digital TV Labs opens ‘HbbTV App Lab’ | Digital TV News
    Media and device testing specialists, Digital TV Labs has recently launched the world’s first independent ‘HbbTV App Lab’ to assist HbbTV Application Developers in testing their applications on a wide range of real HbbTV devices to ensure interoperability in the real world. via Digital TV Labs opens ‘HbbTV App Lab’ | Digital TV News.
  • Cable Congress Contemplation and TV Connect | Fairmile West
    Each year, the cable industry in Europe (and some of the US side), congregates in one of the major capitals and spends two to three days discussing a wide variety of trends and happenings in the industry. It is truly a fascinating few days for anyone who works in or near to the Cable industry, […]

Digital TV News April 27, 2015

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  • UPC maintains Hungarian lead
    UPC remains the leading provider of pay-TV services in Hungary but remains closely challenged by Magyar Telekom and Digi. via UPC maintains Hungarian lead.
  • iPlayer requests fall in March
    There were 255 million requests to BBC iPlayer in March, with a weekly average of 57 million requests. However, the BBC points out that measurement issues during the month meant that it was unable to capture a large volume of TV requests. via iPlayer requests fall in March.
  • Successful Sunday outing for Thor 7
    Thor 7 was successfully launched on Sunday from the European Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana. via Successful Sunday outing for Thor 7.
  • West European pay-TV set to grow
    Cord cutting is not expected to make much of an impact in Western Europe despite signs of market maturity, with pay-TV penetration forecast to increase from 56.7% at end-2014 to 60.4% in 2020. via West European pay-TV set to grow.
  • Sky targets Mediaset Premium
    Mediaset’s pay-TV business is attracting interest from Sky and at least one other prospective buyer. via Sky targets Mediaset Premium.
  • Sky 3D moves to on demand
    Five years after its launch, Sky is moving its 3D channel from linear to on demand alone from June. via Sky 3D moves to on demand.
  • Thor 7 waits for Sunday launch
    Arianespace Flight VA222 will finally lift off on Sunday afternoon after a fortnight of stop-start delays. via Thor 7 waits for Sunday launch.
  • Charter reportedly laying the groundwork for new TWC bid – FierceCable
    Just hours after Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) officially confirmed that their marriage is off comes word that Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) is preparing to make its next bid for TWC. via Charter reportedly laying the groundwork for new TWC bid – FierceCable.
  • Charter Has Already Reached Out to Time Warner Cable For Merger | DSLReports, ISP Information
    With the ink barely dry on Comcast’s formal announcement that it’s abandoning its attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable, several journalists are claiming that Charter is reaching out to Time Warner Cable to begin a merger of its own. Charter initially tried to acquire Time Warner Cable, but found itself outbid by Comcast. Charter executives […]
  • DTG :: News :: DTG UHD 4k Plugfest: HDMI HDCP 2.2 interoperability
    The next DTG UK UHD Forum 4k Plugfest exploring HDMI HDCP 2.2 interoperability will take place on Wednesday 6th May 2015 at the DTG offices in Central London. via DTG :: News :: DTG UHD 4k Plugfest: HDMI HDCP 2.2 interoperability.
  • Here’s The Dead Merger E-mail Comcast Execs Sent Employees | DSLReports, ISP Information
    I’ve been talking with a number of Comcast employees whose opinions are mixed on the regulatory scuttling of the company’s $45 billion acquisition on Time Warner Cable. On some fronts, employees and executives continue to believe that Comcast would have significantly improved Time Warner Cable territories via the implementation of faster speeds and slightly more […]
  • Telefónica-Canal Plus takeover approved | Advanced Television
    The acquisition by Telefónica of a 56 per cent stake in pay-TV platform Canal Plus has been approved by Spanish competition authority CNMC, albeit with several conditions. via Telefónica-Canal Plus takeover approved | Advanced Television.
  • ARRIS to acquire Pace; IHS says it will create largest STB and cable TV tech supplier | VideoNet
    ARRIS is going to acquire Pace plc for $2.1 billion in stock and cash to create a company of 8,500 employees that, according to Daniel Simmons, the Director of Connected Home Analysis at the research and consulting firm IHS Technology, will be the world’s largest supplier of set-top boxes, broadband gateway and cable TV technology. […]

Digital TV News April 24, 2015

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  • Comcast kills $45.2B Time Warner Cable takeover – FierceCable
    As expected, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has announced that it’s ending its $45.2 billion quest to buy Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). via Comcast kills $45.2B Time Warner Cable takeover – FierceCable.
  • Legal defeat for Czech streaming service
    The Prague Municipal Court has ruled against the streaming service TV4You in a dispute with TV Nova, the Czech Republic’s leading broadcaster. via Legal defeat for Czech streaming service.
  • Thor-7 delayed | Advanced Television
    In what must be another nail-biting period for Telenor Satellite Broadcasting’s upcoming launch of its important Thor-7 satellite, the planned April 24th launch has been scrapped. via Thor-7 delayed | Advanced Television.
  • IP TV Times: The Regulators Bare Their Teeth
    I think it’s fair to say that big business has had a relatively smooth ride over recent years, allowing the growth of massive virtual monopolies such as Google, YouTube, Comcast and Sky (when I was at school the definition of a monopoly was a company with more than 25% market share, although that would be […]
  • Comcast pulls plug on Time Warner deal
    Comcast has decided to withdraw its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable (TWC) after failing to convince the FCC and other regulators. via Comcast pulls plug on Time Warner deal.
  • Brazil: TIM readies for 4K | Advanced Television
    Brazil’s TIM telco (a 67 per cent-owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Mobile) is readying for 4K transmissions.  Its latest ‘Live Blue’ set-top box will be upgraded to allow for 4K-quality signals. via Brazil: TIM readies for 4K | Advanced Television.
  • Dutch viewers favour live TV over OTT
    OTT services have yet to make their presence fully felt in the Netherlands, with almost 60% of viewers indicating they have no intention to switch to them from their traditional TV subscriptions. via Dutch viewers favour live TV over OTT.
  • Steady year for Romanian cableco
    The Romanian cable operator Digital Cable Systems (DCS), along with its sister company AKTA Telecom, had a combined turnover of RON199.48 million (€45.10 million) in 2014. via Steady year for Romanian cableco.
  • Comcast reportedly abandons acquisition of Time Warner Cable | The Verge
    Comcast is calling off its $45 billion dollar attempt to buy fellow cable provider Time Warner Cable, according to Bloomberg. The decision comes after recent reports that both the US Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission were preparing to turn against the deal after months spent looking into what it would mean for competition in the cable […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Ultra HD in CEE
    Why is it worth keeping a close eye on the development of UHD services in Central and Eastern Europe? via Chris Dziadul Reports: Ultra HD in CEE.
  • TVTechnology: Elemental Dubbed ‘Cool Vendor’ by Gartner
    Elemental Technologies was recently named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm Gartner in its “Cool Vendors in Communications Service Provider Infrastructure, 2015” report on April 16. The Gartner report focuses on vendors that have an impact on the CSP networking marketplace from the perspective of various technologies and end-user needs. In addition, the report assesses […]
  • Comcast will reportedly drop its bid for Time Warner Cable
    That heavily-criticized $45 billion Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger? Well, it looks like it’s not going to happen after all. Bloomberg reports that the former company is dropping its bid to acquire the latter, with an official announcement expected as soon as tomorrow. via Comcast will reportedly drop its bid for Time Warner Cable.
  • Analyst: Netflix’s damage to linear TV could be mostly done for now – FierceCable
    Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has incurred a huge influence in the decline of linear pay-TV. But acceleration of that impact will probably slow down, as the SVOD service is forced to infiltrate homes with less affluent and older consumers. via Analyst: Netflix’s damage to linear TV could be mostly done for now – FierceCable.
  • Pace acquisition gives Arris offset to volatile U.S. pay-TV market, analyst says – FierceCable
    Merging the world’s two largest set-top makers, Arris’ $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace offers insulation from a volatile U.S. pay-TV market, as well as the unpredictable revenue streams of the disparate CPE product cycles, analysts say. via Pace acquisition gives Arris offset to volatile U.S. pay-TV market, analyst says – FierceCable.
  • Streaming overtakes linear TV in US | Advanced Television
    According to Deloitte’s latest Digital Democracy Survey, Americans now prefer to stream TV content (53 per cent) rather than watch TV content live (45 per cent). The report also found that viewers aged 14 to 25 year olds watch more content on mobile devices than they do on actual TVs. via Streaming overtakes linear TV […]
  • Wyplay integrates V-Nova PERSEUS video compression technology | Digital TV News
    V-Nova Ltd., the leading provider of video compression solutions, and Wyplay, a creator of software solutions for leading pay-TV operators, today announced that they have achieved the integration of V-Nova’s PERSEUS® video compression technology into the existing set-top-box platform of a Tier 1, European TV operator, which had been upgraded to run Frog Client middleware […]
  • Turk Telekom loses TV customers
    Turk Telekom ended the first quarter with 1.7 million Tivibu (IPTV and Tivibu Go) subscribers, or 7.6% fewer than at the start of the year. via Turk Telekom loses TV customers.
  • YouView Based TV Product “Launching Soon” for UK PlusNet Customers – ISPreview UK
    It’s been around two years since we first heard of PlusNet’s plan to launch a YouView (IPTV) based TV service for their broadband customers, yet the good news is that the official product “will be launching soon“. But it will only be available to their “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) subscribers. via YouView Based TV Product “Launching […]
  • Broadcom forecasts busy 2016 for 4K | Advanced Television
    System-on-a-chip manufacturer Broadcom, speaking to analysts following its Q1/2015 results announcement, told them that it was already experiencing strong growth drivers from its Ultra-HD and HEVC chip-sets. via Broadcom forecasts busy 2016 for 4K | Advanced Television.
  • Report: Comcast set to walk away from TWC deal – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) could announce as soon as Friday that it’s walking away from its proposed $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), according to Bloomberg. via Report: Comcast set to walk away from TWC deal – FierceCable.
  • TVTechnology: Rohde & Schwarz Testing Broadband Devices with DOCSIS 3.1Test Setups
    The new DOCSIS 3.1 is a broadband technology that enables data rates of several Gbit/s for IP-based transmission in cable networks, including transmitting Ultra-HD content and capacity requirements for IP-based services. Rohde & Schwarz is now offering test solutions for developing and manufacturing DOCSIS 3.1 based consumer electronics equipment and components. via TVTechnology: Rohde & […]

Digital TV News April 23, 2015

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  • Pace sold to ARRIS for $2.1bn
    ARRIS has agreed to buy Pace in a $2.1 billion stock and cash deal that puts the UK set-top company in the same portfolio as the former Motorola set-top business. In a statement issued late Wednesday. ARRIS said the deal would both enhance its international presence and provide a large-scale entry into the satellite segment. via […]
  • Arris to buy British set-top box maker Pace in $2.1 billion deal | Reuters
    Communications equipment maker Arris Group Inc will buy British set-top box maker Pace Plc in a $2.1 billion cash-and-stock deal to expand into the satellite business and boost its business outside North America. via Arris to buy British set-top box maker Pace in $2.1 billion deal | Reuters.
  • ARRIS Group (ARRS) to Acquire Pace plc in $2.1B Deal
    ARRIS Group (NASDAQ: ARRS) and Pace plc jointly announced that they have agreed that ARRIS will acquire Pace for aggregate stock and cash consideration of US$2.1 billion (£1.4 billion). The acquisition is expected to be accretive to ARRIS Non-GAAP earnings per share in the first 12 months following the acquisition. via ARRIS Group (ARRS) to […]
  • Why IPTV operators need to go OTT » Digital TV Europe
    Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo, argues that telcos need to adopt OTT technology to remain flexible and cost effective. via Why IPTV operators need to go OTT » Digital TV Europe.
  • Google getting it right at last with Android TV | IPTV business & technology
    It may still be too early to be sure, but there are signs that with Android TV Google’s connected video strategy is at last starting to look joined up. There is not yet any killer blow in sight, which could only really come from the content angle, but evidence is mounting that Google now has […]

Digital TV News April 22, 2015

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  • Sky CEO: Netflix Having Little Impact | Home Media Magazine
    British satellite TV operator said more than 500,000 people have bought a movie with DVD backup through the Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ platform via Sky CEO: Netflix Having Little Impact | Home Media Magazine.
  • Broadcom tops US$2 billion in March quarter • The Register
    Broadcom reckons its exit from the cellular baseband modem business was a win, with better cashflow and more money handy to invest in its core business. via Broadcom tops US$2 billion in March quarter • The Register.
  • HBO cuts off its nose to spite its face
    Using proxies to access blocked or region-locked content is nothing new. It’s a technique that’s often associated with piracy, such as using tools to bypass restrictions placed on torrent sites, but it’s far from being the only use. Step outside of the US and it’s surprising how many well-known services are no longer available. via […]
  • Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs • The Register
    Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API. via Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs • The Register.
  • Video will change the face of the Internet | ITProPortal.com
    Video is the future of the Internet, and that could become a real problem, as the Internet we have today is not quite ready for video. via Video will change the face of the Internet | ITProPortal.com.
  • Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D • The Register
    The arrival of a flash dead-end is being delayed by two technologies, both involving the number three – three-level cell (TLC) flash and three-dimensional (3D) flash – with the combination promising much higher flash chip capacities. via Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D • The Register.
  • Altice taps Cisco for DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP upgrade » Digital TV Europe
    Cisco has struck a deal with Altice to provide its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled CCAP cable access platform across its cable properties internationally, with the first rollout scheduled for Numericable-SFR in France. via Altice taps Cisco for DOCSIS 3.1 and CCAP upgrade » Digital TV Europe.
  • Tele Columbus kicks off 400Mbps internet
    German cable operator Tele Columbus has commenced offering its customers internet access with a download speed of 400Mbps as the first internet service provider in the German consumer market. via Tele Columbus kicks off 400Mbps internet.
  • MTG reports strong sales, Nordic gains » Digital TV Europe
    Modern Times Group (MTG) reported record sales in the first quarter, with lower revenues in its Scandinavian free TV business offset by sales growth in Nordic pay TV and free TV in emerging markets. via MTG reports strong sales, Nordic gains » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone eyes Portugal’s Cabovisaõ
    Vodafone has emerged as one of several parties interested in buying the Portuguese cable operator Cabovisaõ. via Vodafone eyes Portugal’s Cabovisaõ.
  • Broadband, TV drive Telekom Austria growth
    Telekom Austria saw its net income more than double year-on-year in the first quarter, up from €40.8 million to €92.7 million. via Broadband, TV drive Telekom Austria growth.
  • Ziggo shareholders feel the Squeeze
    The Amsterdam Court of Appeal has set the price at which minority shareholders in Ziggo Holding must sell to Liberty Global. via Ziggo shareholders feel the Squeeze.
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi CPE shipments to hit 71 million units in 2015 | Digital TV News
    ​The worldwide consumer Wi-Fi equipment market increased 5% in 2014, surpassing 166.1 million unit shipments. “Shipments of devices which support the 802.11ac standard grew significantly in 2014, representing more than 11% of total access point shipments,” says Jake Saunders, VP and Practice Director, ABI Research. via 802.11ac Wi-Fi CPE shipments to hit 71 million units […]
  • Broadcom reports first quarter 2015 results | Digital TV News
    Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today reported unaudited financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015. via Broadcom reports first quarter 2015 results | Digital TV News.
  • OTT to ‘end broadcast TV as we know it’ » Digital TV Europe
    The emergence of the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video signals “the end of broadcast TV as we know it”, according to media analyst Juniper Research. via OTT to ‘end broadcast TV as we know it’ » Digital TV Europe.
  • Elliott to pursue Kabel Deutschland in court » Digital TV Europe
    Hedge fund Elliott Management is continuing to pursue German cable operator Kabel Deutschland in the courts, despite a rejection of its claim that Vodafone underpaid for its majority stake in the company by an extraordinary shareholders meeting in March. via Elliott to pursue Kabel Deutschland in court » Digital TV Europe.
  • OTT subs up 32% by 2019 | Advanced Television
    OTT subscriptions from providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will generate $31.6 billion by 2019, up from just under $8 billion in 2014, according to a report by Juniper Research. via OTT subs up 32% by 2019 | Advanced Television.
  • Frog by Wyplay powers Sky Italia HD decoders | Digital TV News
    Wyplay, creator of software solutions for leading pay-TV operators, announced that Sky Italia, in cooperation with Telecom Italia, are deploying a broadband HD TV decoder powered by Frog By Wyplay. The full Sky TV’ service offering will be deployed by Telecom Italia for their ‘ultra-broadband’ customers. via Frog by Wyplay powers Sky Italia HD decoders […]
  • Sky Group: The Numbers (March 2015)
    ALL FIGURES (000) via Sky Group: The Numbers (March 2015).
  • Sky sees best growth in 11 years
    Sky Group has seen its highest third quarter growth in the UK and Ireland for 11 years and the best on Italy for three years. via Sky sees best growth in 11 years.
  • Sky Deutschland adds 103,000 subscribers
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired 103,000 new subscribers in the first three months of 2015, increasing its total customer figure to 4.23 million. via Sky Deutschland adds 103,000 subscribers.
  • Sky UK Sees Stable Growth to Reach 5.53 Million Broadband Subscribers – ISPreview UK
    Sky (Sky Broadband) has released their latest batch of Q1-2015 (calendar) results since they merged with Sky Italia (Italy) and Sky Deutschland (Germany), which reveals that they added +100,000 broadband subscribers for UK and Ireland in the quarter to total roughly 5.53 million (stable from the +106k added in Q4-2014 and up from +75k in […]
  • EU clears Altice-Portugal Telecom deal
    The European Commission has approved Luxembourg-based Altice’s €7.4 billion acquisition of the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom, after Altice agreed to sell its existing businesses in Portugal. via EU clears Altice-Portugal Telecom deal.
  • Sky growth at 11 year high | Advanced Television
    Sky has posted its highest Q3 subs growth in 11 years. “We have delivered an excellent third quarter as customers across the enlarged Sky group respond to the quality and breadth of what we offer. via Sky growth at 11 year high | Advanced Television.
  • Broadband Forum compliant devices to grow 30% | Advanced Television
    According to a forecast by Ovum, the number of residential gateways, TV set-top boxes and other home broadband equipment in use that support the Broadband Forum’s TR-069 (CPE WAN Management Protocol) standard will reach 356 million in 2016, as a growing number of service providers embrace the management protocol to support burgeoning demand for ultrafast-broadband […]
  • Piksel supports All 4 launch | Advanced Television
    UK broadcaster Channel 4 has continued its long-standing relationship with Piksel, a global provider of video monetiaation software and solutions, to support this week’s launch of All 4 (which replaces Channel 4’s existing 4oD online video offering). Developed with support from Piksel, All 4 leverages the cloud to deliver portal consistent user experience – creating […]

Digital TV News April 21, 2015

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  • TVTechnology: NAB 2015: What It Is, Why We Liked It
    TV Technology issued its Best of Show award winner list for the 2015 NAB Show on Friday. Here, we relate what the products were and why our team of judges liked them. via TVTechnology: NAB 2015: What It Is, Why We Liked It.
  • UPC signals Polish expansion
    UPC Polska has extended its network to the city of Plock and will shortly offer services there to both individuals and businesses. via UPC signals Polish expansion.
  • Google shutting down YouTube app for older Apple TVs, iOS devices | iMore
    In a recent update to a support document, Google announced that the YouTube app on older Apple TVs and iOS devices will no longer be supported “after April.” via Google shutting down YouTube app for older Apple TVs, iOS devices | iMore.
  • TV Connect announces results of Connected100 Survey
    TV Connect has announced the results of the Connected100 Survey, which reveals that data-driven video services will help tailor the consumer experience and open the door for programmatic TV advertising. via TV Connect announces results of Connected100 Survey.
  • Vestel at TV Connect 2015
    Vestel are exhibiting at TV Connect 2015, at the ExceL S1-S5, stand 24 to showcase the latest line of digital satellite, terrestrial, cable, IP and OTT set-top box solutions, Curved TV, Ultra HD TV, Smart TV, hotel TV, interactive flat panel display, digital signage, and video wall solutions. via Vestel at TV Connect 2015.
  • Two in Five Connected TV Users Say they Spend 50 Percent of their TV Viewing Streaming – VAN – Video Ad News
    There was once a time when connected TVs were often in homes, but simply weren’t being connected to the Internet. However, it now seems that the over-the-top (OTT) platforms (e.g. Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Apple TV, Sony Playstation) are not just getting into homes, but are now being put to good use, according to new […]
  • 4K displays’ global revenue will double to $18.8B this year, report says – FierceCable
    Driven by the technology’s proliferation across devices beyond just televisions, such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers, the global market for 4K/Ultra HD will nearly double in revenue this year to $18.8 billion, according to IHS. via 4K displays’ global revenue will double to $18.8B this year, report says – FierceCable.
  • Accenture Report: 87% of Consumers Use Second Screen Device While Watching TV | LostRemote
    Accenture last week released a report showing that traditional viewing is experiencing a rapid decline. According to “Digital Video and the Connected Consumer,” viewership of long-form TV and movie content on an actual TV screen has declined by 13% globally over the past year and by 11% in the United States. Even sports viewing – usually […]
  • VOD Professional | Rovi and Charter Sign Multi-Year License Renewal
    Rovi Corporation today announced that Rovi has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide (IPG) product agreement with Charter Communications, Inc. The license renewal extends Charter’s IPG patent license. via VOD Professional | Rovi and Charter Sign Multi-Year License Renewal.
  • Netflix international growth ‘dramatic’ » Digital TV Europe
    US-based streaming service Netflix has seen its international subscriber base “dramatically” grow since debuting outside the States in 2010, according to analysts. via Netflix international growth ‘dramatic’ » Digital TV Europe.
  • FTA channels find growth in pay-TV
    Europe’s free-to-air channels are fine tuning their digital channels to sustain audience shares in the digital environment. via FTA channels find growth in pay-TV.
  • HUMAX joins Frog by Wyplay | Digital TV News
    Wyplay, creator of software solutions for leading pay-TV operators, and HUMAX Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ:115160), a leading global set-top-box company, today announced that HUMAX has become a Licensee of the Frog open-source STB client middleware solution. via HUMAX joins Frog by Wyplay | Digital TV News.
  • Liberty Global’s Telenet to acquire KPN’s Base for €1.35bn
    Liberty Global’s Telenet has entered into a definitive agreement with KPN to acquire Base, the third-largest mobile network operator in Belgium, in an all cash transaction valuing Base at €1.325 billion. via Liberty Global’s Telenet to acquire KPN’s Base for €1.35bn.
  • South Africa’s digital TV transition 18 months from completion | Digital TV News
    Speaking at the Southern African Digital Broadcasting Workshop held from 15-17 April 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa’s Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, said: “I am happy to report that South Africa is well on track to ensure successful broadcasting digital migration. We have established a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Project Management Office, which is hard […]

Digital TV News April 20, 2015

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  • Virgin Media blames TV rights auction for rising Sky Sports prices
    Virgin Media is still trying to persuade Ofcom to change the way Premier League TV rights are auctioned in the UK. The company filed a complaint with the regulator last September, complaining that the current system — a limited number of match “bundles” which broadcasters bid for every few years — is leading to higher […]
  • Decline of US TV subscribers – Business Insider
    The rise of streaming online video services like Netflix and Hulu means Americans have more choice than ever on what to watch. via Decline of US TV subscribers – Business Insider.
  • Sony’s super-thin 4K TV arrives this summer
    A year after Sony’s 4K TV launch, the company is detailing the US launch of a revamped collection with HDR-compatible sets. via Sony’s super-thin 4K TV arrives this summer.
  • BeIN buys Digiturk
    Digiturk has reportedly been sold to the Qatari BeIN Media Group for a fee of between $1 billion and $1.2 billion. via BeIN buys Digiturk.
  • Sky Italia and TIM team for quadplay | Advanced Television
    Sky Italia’s whole package is now available on Telecom Italia’s new generation networks thanks to the IP platform and to the dedicated My Sky HD decoder. For the first time this means integrated landline and mobile, Internet and TV services. via Sky Italia and TIM team for quadplay | Advanced Television.
  • Internet TV to replace linear in 20 years, says Netflix » Digital TV Europe
    Over the next 20 years internet TV is going to replace linear TV as the way that people consume video, according to Netflix president and CEO Reed Hastings. via Internet TV to replace linear in 20 years, says Netflix » Digital TV Europe.
  • Sky “well placed” despite tough outlook | Advanced Television
    Sky will report its Q3 numbers next Tuesday on April 21st, and the market is expecting 9-month revenues growing by some 4.9 per cent (to £8.44 billion). via Sky “well placed” despite tough outlook | Advanced Television.
  • Canal Digital Go available on Android
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