Digital TV News August 27, 2015

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  • South African Netflix rival launches » Digital TV Europe
    South African SVoD platform ShowMax has launched with “more than a year’s continuous viewing” for customers as aims it “change the game” for on-demand in the territory. via South African Netflix rival launches » Digital TV Europe.
  • RCS & RDS launching LTE 4G mobile » Digital TV Europe
    Romanian cable operator RCS & RDS is launching a LTE mobile service in 25 cities following its acquisition of a 4G licence. via RCS & RDS launching LTE 4G mobile » Digital TV Europe.
  • Assets seized in Swedish pirate TV assault
    Assets worth SEK 59.4 million (€6.22 million) have been seized from a 31-year old in Jönköping for his involvement in a pirate TV network in the Swedish city. via Assets seized in Swedish pirate TV assault.
  • New rules for Romanian pay-TV contracts
    The Romanian regulator ANCOM has imposed additional obligations on the providers of electronic communication services related to users’ information in framework agreements. via New rules for Romanian pay-TV contracts.
  • Key copyright ruling in Russia
    The Russian cable operator Akado has won a copyright dispute over the carriage of a music channel named Chanson TV. via Key copyright ruling in Russia.
  • Dutch cable loses broadband customers
    For the first time since cable broadband was introduced in the Netherlands, the number of cable broadband connections saw a quarterly decrease during the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest research from Telecompaper. via Dutch cable loses broadband customers.
  • 4K TV bolsters panel makers’ profits |
    The four major panel makers in the market saw revenues decline in the second quarter of 2015 but profits remained high as a result of sales of high-end products such as Ultra HD (4K) TV panels, according to Digitimes Research. via 4K TV bolsters panel makers’ profits |.
  • Molotov looking to raise EUR100mi
    French platform Molotov, founded by Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, aims to raise around EUR100 million for their planned disruptive TV service. via Molotov looking to raise EUR100mi.
  • TDG: ‘Cord-Cutting unrealistic option for most’ |
    According to Alan Wolk, Senior Analyst with The Diffusion Group (TDG), whilst there was much rending of clothing and gnashing of teeth about the Q2 2015 pay-TV subscriber statistics (along with a dramatic sell-off on Wall Street), a closer look at those numbers reveals a lot less gloom and doom than originally reported, with factors … Continue reading TDG: ‘Cord-Cutting unrealistic option for most’ |
  • Double success for Ariane |
    Both Eutelsat and Intelsat saw their latest satellites successfully launch on an Arianespace rocket August 20th. The double launch was the 67th successive success for Ariane from its spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana. via Double success for Ariane |.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Poland gears up for Netflix
    Netflix will shortly make its debut in Poland, one of Central and East Europe’s largest and most lucrative markets. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Poland gears up for Netflix.
  • Structural shift in broadcast tech Industry |
    Spending on products and services in the $48 billion (€42.8bn) broadcast and media technology industry shifted dramatically between 2012 and 2014, according to a Global Market Valuation and Strategy Report (GMVR), published by IABM, a joint venture between IABM and Devoncroft Partners. via Structural shift in broadcast tech Industry |.
  • Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming device market
    Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate the US streaming media device market with 86% of sales, according to Parks Associates. via Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming device market.
  • Evertz to Debut IP-Based Monitoring Platform at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology
    Evertz is bringing a quartet of products to Amsterdam for the upcoming 2015 IBC Show, led by the IP-based monitoring platform, MViP-II. The audio and video infrastructure manufacturer will also have its new audio/video processor, router, and 10GE monitoring system on hand. via Evertz to Debut IP-Based Monitoring Platform at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology.
  • ATSC 3.0 Expands Closed-Caption Offerings | TvTechnology
    As the industry pushes forward with ATSC 3.0, the new standard will revolutionize more than just the way content is delivered, it will also expand the capabilities of closed captioning and audio description. TV Technology recently sat down with Chris Homer, vice president of operations and engineering for PBS to discuss the potential improvements to … Continue reading ATSC 3.0 Expands Closed-Caption Offerings | TvTechnology
  • SMPTE Announces 2015 Award Recipients | TvTechnology
    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers have revealed the awards for individual industry members whose contributions will be recognized at the SMPTE 2015 Awards Ceremony. via SMPTE Announces 2015 Award Recipients | TvTechnology.
  • More services, more access, more security headaches? |
    TV Everywhere on unmanaged networks and devices is a real challenge for content security. Smart homes and Internet of Things is about to up the ante again – how are security providers preparing for the next era of content and data protection. Advanced Television gathered three top providers in London. via More services, more access, … Continue reading More services, more access, more security headaches? |
  • US pay-TV subs down, ARPU up |
    In perhaps an indication of North American pay-TV operators seeing a silver lining in the cloud that is the decline of their current subscriber numbers, findings from Strategy Analytics suggest the reversal of fortune continued into the second quarter of 2015, as service providers in the US and Canada posted significant subscriber losses. Total subscribers … Continue reading US pay-TV subs down, ARPU up |
  • Canal+ trials UHD simulcast |
    French pay-TV channel Canal+ has launched an Ultra-HD test channel. The channel is broadcasting on Astra 1L satellite but not accessible to subscribers, according to French daily Telesatellite. via Canal+ trials UHD simulcast |.
  • Sky Germany plans UHD launch for next year » Digital TV Europe
    Sky Germany is gearing up to launch a new Ultra High Definition-compatible set-top box next year, DTVE has learned. via Sky Germany plans UHD launch for next year » Digital TV Europe.
  • Altice leads for bundles in Portugal |
    The Altice Group is the market leader for bundled offers in Portugal in double-play (2P), triple-play (3P) and quintuple-play (5P), while NOS leads in the quadruple-play (4P) category. via Altice leads for bundles in Portugal |.
  • ‘Quintuple-play’ growth drive Portuguese multi-play market » Digital TV Europe
    The number of multi-play packages taken by Portuguese consumers reached 3.1 million at the end of June, up 2.6% on the previous quarter and 12.7% year-on-year, with take up of ‘quintuple-play’ packages growing fastest, according to local regulator Anacom. via ‘Quintuple-play’ growth drive Portuguese multi-play market » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vivendi exits Numericable-SFR with €2 billion payment » Digital TV Europe
    Vivendi has received €1.974 billion from Patrick Drahi’s investment group Altice in part-payment for Vivendi’s residual 20% stake in French cable and telecom operator Numericable-SFR. via Vivendi exits Numericable-SFR with €2 billion payment » Digital TV Europe.
  • Kudelski on the up
    Kudelski has posted revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million) for the first half of the year, or 6.2% more than in the same period in 2014. via Kudelski on the up.
  • Optimising the user experience for OTT video » Digital TV Europe
    OTT video providers still face challenges in delivering consistent, high-quality video experiences to consumers. They are under pressure to address an ever-growing number of devices while maintaining a smooth video experience without buffering or freezing of the image. They need to offer an attractive user guide and content. They need to ensure they have access … Continue reading Optimising the user experience for OTT video » Digital TV Europe

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  • TiVo Bolt on the way, clears FCC
    When it comes to DVRs there are many choices. Most come from cable and satellite service providers. While these have improved over time, like Dish Hopper and DirecTV Genie, they aren’t perfect, although they are getting more usable. via TiVo Bolt on the way, clears FCC.
  • Telefónica makes pitch in aggressive pay TV discount battle » Digital TV Europe
    Telefónica has launched an aggressively priced new TV offering, providing its Movistar Fusión+ Premium Extra TV service for €9.90 a month until the end of this year without a contract commitment. via Telefónica makes pitch in aggressive pay TV discount battle » Digital TV Europe.
  • Nos adds Fox Play to TV offering » Digital TV Europe
    Portuguese pay TV provider Nos has added Fox Play, Fox International Channels’ video-on-demand service, to its TV offering. via Nos adds Fox Play to TV offering » Digital TV Europe.
  • Consumers want personalised video experience from brands |
    In an attempt to understand how customers interact with content put forward by brands, Rapt Media has examined the behaviours and preferences of more than 2,000 consumers in the US and UK. via Consumers want personalised video experience from brands |.
  • Sports rights blow to nc+
    The Polish DTH platform nc+ has suffered a major blow to its sports coverage. According to Press, it has after 18 years lost the rights to the French (Ligue 1), Spanish (La Liga) and Italian (Serie A) football leagues. via Sports rights blow to nc+.
  • BBC adds live restart to iPlayer
    The BBC has unveiled a slate of new features to the iPlayer including Live Restart and the ability to resume watching a show on a separate device. via BBC adds live restart to iPlayer.
  • Swisscom gains TV customers at the expense of cable
    Switzerland’s national telco Swisscom hast acquired 73,000 new customers for is IPTV platform Swisscom TV in the first half of 2015 which now counts a total of 1.24 million customers – an increase by 13.5% within the past 12 months. via Swisscom gains TV customers at the expense of cable.
  • Comcast buys ad insertion and IP video platform firm This Technology – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has acquired Denver-based This Technology, which specializes in dynamic ad insertion technology and has an IP video back office platform. According to Multichannel News, most of the company’s 63 employees will be joining Comcast’s VIPER (Video IP Engineering and Research) team that works on the company’s video infrastructure for IP services and some […]
  • Netflix raises subscription fee across Europe
    Netflix has raised its monthly subscription fee for new members with one euro to €9.99 across Europe. via Netflix raises subscription fee across Europe.
  • Chrome add-on helps you watch Netflix with friends
    If you’ve ever wanted to watch Netflix with someone not in the same room as you, here’s your chance. via Chrome add-on helps you watch Netflix with friends.
  • Broadcast, cable channels see 3% drop in summer viewers; pay-TV penetration declines slightly to 85% – FierceCable
    Here’s the good news for pay TV: The recent Republican presidential primary debate was the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time, giving Fox News more than 24 million viewers and underscoring the cultural relevance of TV broadcasts. Further, the cable news network reported it pulled in 7.9 million viewers in the key 25-54 year-old […]
  • DLNA announces 3.0 Certification Program and updated Interoperability Guidelines | Digital TV News
    The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) today announced it has expanded the DLNA Certification Program to give CE manufacturers more options for certifying their products based on how they plan to differentiate them in the market. The organization has also released updated Interoperability Guidelines that enable new product features for consumers who increasingly want to […]
  • Live TV Still Reigns Supreme Across Globe | TvTechnology
    OTT might be one of the buzz words in the industry, but live TV is still the people’s champ, according to a recent study completed by Futuresource. The latest report from its “Living with Digital” consumer research study showed that 65 percent of people in the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany and Australia still go […]
  • Comcast’s Watchable blasted as ‘non-starter,’ but reports indicate Comcast has relatively modest hopes for service – FierceCable
    Details continue to leak out on Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) rumored web video platform Watchable, including that the company will offer content suppliers better terms than Facebook and YouTube. Some analysts are already expressing serious reservations about whether the service will generate interest among Comcast customers and Internet users overall. However, according to a Wall Street […]
  • Quarter of US pay-TV subs change service options |
    According to findings from Parks Associates, around a quarter of pay-TV subscribers in US broadband households made changes to their pay-TV service over the past 12 months, although upgrades were nearly as significant as downgrades. via Quarter of US pay-TV subs change service options |.