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Digital TV News July 27, 2015

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  • Vodafone may consider exclusive content deals, calls for BT split » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone could consider bidding exclusively for premium content if conditions demand that approach, even though it “philosophically” would prefer to be a non-exclusive distributor, according to CEO Vittorio Colao. via Vodafone may consider exclusive content deals, calls for BT split » Digital TV Europe.
  • 4K Sky box within weeks
    Sky plans to leapfrog its pay-TV rivals when its new set-top developed under Project Ethan is released in the next few weeks. via 4K Sky box within weeks.
  • Should Sky insist on WMO sports swap?
    Ofcom is asking the industry whether Sky’s insistence that its supply of Sky Sports to rival platforms is reciprocated represents a practice of concern. via Should Sky insist on WMO sports swap?.
  • Today’s smart home devices are too dumb to succeed • The Register
    At the end of 2012, working hard on my own connected lighting startup, MooresCloud, I got very excited to find out that Philips planned to launch Hue, the company’s own full-spectrum connected lights. I bought a ‘starter pack’ of three soon after release, and played with them for weeks. via Today's smart home devices are […]
  • Tricolor TV focuses on HD
    Russia’s Tricolor TV has acquired 5.3 million HD subscribers in the three years since it launched services in the format. via Tricolor TV focuses on HD.
  • NextRadioTV, Altice partner for multimedia projects |
    Alain Weill, the Chairman, CEO, Founder and main shareholder of independent multimedia company NextRadioTV and Patrick Drahi, the Chairman and Founder of multinational cable, fibre, telecommunications, contents and media company Altice have signed a strategic partnership of their groups to invest in and to accelerate the development of multimedia projects in both France and other […]
  • Swisscom faced with possible CHF143m fine
    The Swiss Competition Commission (Weko) said Swisscom is misusing its dominant position by keeping coverage of the national football and ice hockey games exclusive to its own customers. via Swisscom faced with possible CHF143m fine.
  • Euskaltel to acquire R Cable for €1.2bn
    Consolidation on the Spanish cable market continues with Basque operator Euskaltel planning to acquire R cable for €1.2 billion. via Euskaltel to acquire R Cable for €1.2bn.
  • Mediaset Premium Play comes to smartphones and tablets
    Mediaset has made its Premium Play service available on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Chromecast support is expected in September. via Mediaset Premium Play comes to smartphones and tablets.
  • AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition |
    US telco AT&T has completed its $48.5 billion (€44.2bn) acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following the Federal Communications Commission’s approval – with conditions – of the deal. The FCC determined that granting the merger application was in the public interest. The newly-combined company will become the largest pay-TV provider in the United States and the […]
  • Sky prepares launch of new ‘Apple and Netflix-style’ set-top box – Telegraph
    Sky is putting the finishing touches to an advanced set-top box, dubbed SkyQ, that it hopes will be a powerful weapon in its defence of its domestic pay-TV business against BT and help it integrate its European operations. The new hardware is due to be unveiled within weeks and will offer satellite households an “Apple […]
  • BT’s Ultra HD box now available to order online
    When the Premier League kicks off again in two weeks, we’ll see new teams and fresh faces, but there’ll also be a new way to catch the action as it unfolds. That’s all thanks to BT’s new Ultra HD box, which will offer coverage of Saturday evening and mid-week matches in glorious 4K. While the […]
  • Nintendo’s awkward TVii service will shut down on August 11th
    Remember Nintendo TVii, Nintendo’s weird television hub for the Wii U? Don’t worry, most people don’t — and in a few weeks you’ll never have to think about it again. Nintendo just announced that the service is shutting down on August 11th. via Nintendo’s awkward TVii service will shut down on August 11th.
  • Comcast targets DOCSIS 3.1 market trials for EOY; says nothing about speeds – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will begin trials of DOCSIS 3.1 in unspecified markets in the fourth quarter of this year, the company said in its second-quarter earnings report. The MSO didn’t specify markets or dates for these trials. And while CableLabs’ DOCSIS 3.1 specification is capable of download speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, […]
  • IP TV Times: Plugge It To The EU
    In 1931 a suave Brit called Leonard Plugge visited the owners of the Benedictine distillery in a small town on the Northern French coast to see their transmitter. In an eureka moment (possibly lubricated by his guests’ product), he decided to take on the BBC who, on Sundays especially, only broadcast a rather heavy schedule […]
  • Court of Appeal rejects Rovi’s appeal against Virgin Media
    The Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in an appeal of one of the patent cases brought by Rovi against Virgin Media, and have comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claims. via Court of Appeal rejects Rovi’s appeal against Virgin Media.
  • Satellite UHD channels expected to reach 315 » Digital TV Europe
    The number of Ultra HD satellite channels globally is expected to number at least 315 by 2024, according to Northern Sky Research. via Satellite UHD channels expected to reach 315 » Digital TV Europe.
  • New HEVC patent pool outlines royalty pricing, names CEO » Digital TV Europe
    HEVC Advance, the new patent pool for intellectual property rights holders that have contributed to the new H.265 compression standard, has announced royalty pricing and a new CEO. via New HEVC patent pool outlines royalty pricing, names CEO » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone’s cable investments contribute to recovery » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone’s cable investments in Germany and Spain helped boost its first fiscal quarter performance, along with more stable pricing in key markets. via Vodafone’s cable investments contribute to recovery » Digital TV Europe.
  • YouTube redesigns mobile app » Digital TV Europe
    YouTube has redesigned its official mobile app, adding clip editing tools and support for full-screen vertical videos for the first time. via YouTube redesigns mobile app » Digital TV Europe.
  • Comcast defends new OTT service » Digital TV Europe
    Comcast Communications has defended its new cord-cutting enabler Stream. via Comcast defends new OTT service » Digital TV Europe.

Digital TV News July 24, 2015

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  • Comcast 10Gbps Broadband Trial Starts Later This Year | Ubergizmo
    Later this year Comcast is going to start a market trial of its new 10Gbps broadband service which will provide the aforementioned maximum download speed and maximum upload speeds of 1Gbps. The announcement was made by Comcast CEO Neil Smit earlier today, he said that the company is going to start this trial at sometime […]
  • New CEO for Telekom Austria
    Alejandro Plater is to become the new CEO of Telekom Austria Group, effective August 1. via New CEO for Telekom Austria.
  • Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Sony devices
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has expanded the reach of Sky Go by making the mobile service available on smartphones and tablets from Sony. via Sky Deutschland takes Sky Go to Sony devices.
  • Vodafone makes steady progress
    Vodafone has posted second quarter revenues of £6,501 million (€9.238 million) for its operations in Europe, a 3.9% fall on the same period last year. However, on an organic basis they grew by 1.1%, helped by the inclusion of Germany’s KDG and Spain’s Ono. via Vodafone makes steady progress.
  • Virgin Media UK Customers Annoyed by TV Price Hike and TiVo Rebooting – ISPreview UK
    An unspecified number of Virgin Media’s broadband bundle customers, specifically those who take one of the cable operators TiVo set-top-boxes, have been unable to watch their favourite shows because the kit keeps rebooting itself. Also there’s a +£3 TV price rise coming in September, hurray? via Virgin Media UK Customers Annoyed by TV Price Hike […]
  • SES has 5 UHD channels signed up |
    SES has signed agreements for a further three UHD channels to be launched by the end of the year, and these are in addition to the 4K service already announced for Sky Deutschland and a shopping channel (pearl.tv) scheduled to launch in September. via SES has 5 UHD channels signed up |.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Romanian OTT success story
    Romania remains very much at the heart of what is a rapidly changing TV industry in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Romanian OTT success story.
  • Analyst: ‘Ultra HD investment hitting new highs’ |
    Ultra HD programming is expected to see strong take-up rates globally, with failure to invest now will mean a failure to tap into its growing premium revenues, according to Alan Crisp, Analyst at satellite industry market research and consulting services firm NSR. via Analyst: ‘Ultra HD investment hitting new highs’ |.
  • In the US, Gen X families watch more OTT
    Households with at least one member of Generation X (roughly ages 35 to 49), and those where children (ages 17 and under) are present, are much more likely to view OTT. via In the US, Gen X families watch more OTT.
  • Studios, Sky respond to EC competition probe |
    A number of the six major film studios named by the European Commission as having licensing agreements with Sky UK that may be in breach of EU competition rules have responded to the EC’s ‘Statement of Objections’, with Disney saying the impact of the Commission’s analysis was “destructive of consumer value”, and confirming it would […]
  • Mobile data traffic up 59% in 2015 |
    Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59 per cent from 2014, according to Gartner. The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their […]
  • AT&T loses 22K U-verse video subs in Q2, promises DirecTV acquisition will ‘transform our industry’ – FierceCable
    AT&T (NYSE: T) reported losing 22,000 U-verse video customers during the second quarter, an improvement from the 190,000 the carrier lost during the same quarter a year ago. Conversely, AT&T’s rival Verizon (NYSE: VZ) reported it added 26,000 net FiOS video subscribers during the period. via AT&T loses 22K U-verse video subs in Q2, promises […]
  • Comcast’s Roberts: Stream ‘not going to deliver meaningful results in the near future’ – FierceCable
    Putting some context on his company’s much ballyhooed announcement of a new skinny, IP-distributed programming bundle, Stream, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said the service will offer the MSO a way to “up sell” broadband customers who don’t already have a video package. via Comcast’s Roberts: Stream ‘not going to deliver meaningful results in the near […]
  • Comcast video subscribers down 69,000 in 2Q 2015 | Digital TV News
    Customer Relationships increased by 31,000 to 27.3 million in the second quarter of 2015, a 56,000 improvement compared to the second quarter of 2014 and driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. via Comcast video subscribers down 69,000 in 2Q 2015 | Digital TV News.
  • Arris set to lead video infrastructure market
    Arris is set to take the leadership of the video infrastructure market, taking over from Cisco, with Technicolor claiming the #3 ranking. via Arris set to lead video infrastructure market.
  • European Union Alleges Antitrust Actions by Major Studios, Sky | Home Media Magazine
    The European Union July 23 filed antitrust charges against six major Hollywood studios and British satellite TV operator Sky UK, alleging the companies entered in unlawful pay-TV and digital agreements that hurt competition and hindered consumer access. via European Union Alleges Antitrust Actions by Major Studios, Sky | Home Media Magazine.
  • Cisco bails on fast-declining set-top market, sells unit to Technicolor for $602M – FierceCable
    French media technology conglomerate Technicolor has agreed to purchase Cisco’s customer premises equipment (CPE) division for $602 million, a move delivers a second burst of consolidation to the fast-declining pay-TV set-top industry. via Cisco bails on fast-declining set-top market, sells unit to Technicolor for $602M – FierceCable.
  • Comcast Officially Has More Broadband Than Cable TV Subscribers | DSLReports, ISP Information
    The latest Comcast earnings report indicates that broadband growth is slowing and cord cutting remains a thorn in the cable and broadband giant’s side. Comcast gained 180,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter, compared to 203,000 during the same period last year. But the company also lost 69,000 basic video subscribers, which is notably less than […]
  • VOD Professional | Discovery Communications Agrees to Take Full Control of Eurosport
    Discovery Communications today announced an agreement to acquire full ownership of Eurosport, the leading sports channels group across Europe and Asia, for €491 million from TF1 Group, which has announced it will exercise a put option on its 49% ownership stake as part of the companies’ previous 2012 agreement. via VOD Professional | Discovery Communications […]
  • Sky takes complete control of German unit » Digital TV Europe
    Sky has taken complete control of its German subsidiary after a successful squeeze-out of remaining shareholders. via Sky takes complete control of German unit » Digital TV Europe.
  • Technetix acquires Arris Supplies » Digital TV Europe
    Technetix Group has acquired Arris’s supplies division, formerly Telewire Supplies, to give it a better position for growth in the cable market in the Americas. via Technetix acquires Arris Supplies » Digital TV Europe.
  • Thomson Video Networks unveils single-feed DVB-T2 and DTH system » Digital TV Europe
    Technology provider Thomson Video Networks has unveiled a new single-feed system for DVB-T2 and DTH satellite networks that it says will enable headend operators to simultaneously feed both types of networks from a single multiplex. via Thomson Video Networks unveils single-feed DVB-T2 and DTH system » Digital TV Europe.
  • TVP on a roll
    The Polish public broadcaster TVP has posted a gross profit of PLN144.4 million (€35 million) for the first half of this year, or PLN28.2 million more than in the corresponding period in 2014. via TVP on a roll.
  • Cartesian Expands Global Capabilities with Acquisition of Farncombe – Farncombe
    Cartesian™ (NASDAQ: CRTN), a leading provider of consulting services and managed solutions to the global communications, technology and digital media industries, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Farncombe Technology Limited, a consulting and advisory services provider to the digital TV sector. via Cartesian Expands Global Capabilities with Acquisition of Farncombe […]

Digital TV News July 23, 2015

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  • European Union Launches Anti-Trust Case Against Sky, Hollywood Studios | Variety
    The European Union has launched an anti-trust case against pay TV operator Sky and six major Hollywood studios. The EU argues that consumers from across Europe should be allowed access to Sky’s pay TV services in the U.K. and Ireland. via European Union Launches Anti-Trust Case Against Sky, Hollywood Studios | Variety.
  • Netflix updates User Experience |
    Netflix has released details of the first major update to its TV applications since late 2013. via Netflix updates User Experience |.
  • Making the Most of Metadata | TvTechnology
    The TV landscape has changed dramatically in recent years, with consumers growing accustomed to receiving content they want when and where they want it. With this evolution is increased pressure on video providers to know what the customer wants and to provide recommendations and compelling value added services. Providers are tapping into metadata to increase […]
  • HEVC Advance patent pool announces pricing, CEO; threatens to disrupt 4K market – FierceCable
    The HEVC Advance patent pool has unveiled a flurry of new details about itself after emerging suddenly in late March to inject uncertainty into the economics of 4K video program distribution. via HEVC Advance patent pool announces pricing, CEO; threatens to disrupt 4K market – FierceCable.
  • STMicroelectronics reports 2Q 2015 results | Digital TV News
    TMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, reported financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 27, 2015. via STMicroelectronics reports 2Q 2015 results | Digital TV News.
  • Netflix replaces live TV as youngsters’ viewing choice |
    New findings from Hub Entertainment Research shows that while cord cutting remains low, online TV is becoming the default for key TV segments and scenarios. In a very short time, online TV sources have become more common than not: more than three-quarters of TV consumers watch online to some extent, and the average pay TV […]
  • UltraHD/4k market to reach $30,404.6m by 2020
    UltraHD/4k panels market is estimated to reach $30,404.6 million by 2020, according to Transparency Market Research. via UltraHD/4k market to reach $30,404.6m by 2020.
  • Start 4K Now | TvTechnology
    Sitting down a group of broadcasting experts and asking them to deliver their advice on ultra HD guarantees plenty of passion and some controversy, and yet there was a strong sense of consensus by the end of the session. Chris Forrester moderated the roundtable discussion, hosted by Marquis Media Partners in conjunction with TVBEurope, during […]
  • WOW! selects TiVo to power multiscreen TV | Digital TV News
    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a leader in the advanced television entertainment market, and WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, a top 10 cable operator serving nearly 800,000 customers, today announced a joint development relationship with Evolution Digital. The agreement includes plans to deploy TiVo’s software solution across mobile, web and a new low-cost, Hybrid HD Set-Top […]
  • 21% of UK users have accessed TV content illegally | Digital TV News
    A new survey, published today by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), highlights the latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading. The survey highlighted 62% of internet users in the UK have downloaded or streamed music, TV shows, films, computer software, videogames or e-books. This is up from 56% in 2013. The survey showed that […]
  • Technicolor buys Cisco CPE division for €550m |
    In a move that it says creates global leader in customer premises equipment (CPE), and in a further consolidation of the sector following ARRIS’s acquisition of Pace, media and entertainment technology specialist Technicolor has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cisco to acquire its CPE business for €550 million in a cash and stock transaction, […]
  • Technicolor Acquires Cisco’s Connected Devices Division
    Today, Technicolor announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cisco to acquire our service provider video customer premises equipment (CPE) business for $600 million (or €550 million equivalent) in cash and stock. The companies also signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop and deliver next generation video and broadband solutions and services. More […]
  • Dislike your home Wi-Fi? You’re not alone
    A new survey from Global Wireless Solutions has shown the state of Wi-Fi in homes across the UK, and the picture is a bleak one for some folks. Of the 2000 UK adults who were questioned, 40 percent said they used their 3G or 4G data connection even when they were at home, because their […]
  • Arris: OTT use has declined by 2% from last year – FierceCable
    Netflix and Hulu have both reported massive new subscription growth. And from HBO Now to CBS All Access to Sling TV, a flurry of new over-the-top choices have been added by programmers and distributers. Still, somehow, in its latest Consumer Entertainment Index, Arris claims that the percentage of North American survey respondents reporting regular OTT […]
  • Glashart Media adds Videoland VOD to its apps
    Dutch IPTV provider Glashart Media has added direct access to the Videoland VOD service to its Android and iOS apps. Customers can now access content from the Videoland library directly on the app and choose on whichever screen they want to view the TV series and movies. via Glashart Media adds Videoland VOD to its […]
  • VOD Professional | Ireland’s Largest Commercial Broadcaster, TV3, Chooses Ooyala For Complete Video And Advertising Solutions
    Ooyala, a Telstra subsidiary and a leading innovator in premium video publishing, analytics and monetization, is powering live and VOD content across all digital devices for TV3, Ireland’s largest commercial television broadcaster. TV3 uses the widely popular video analytics and Discovery solution from Ooyala as well as its ad serving technology to maximize engagement and […]
  • iPlayer accounts for 62% of UK TV streaming, says government » Digital TV Europe
    Some 15 million UK internet users have now accessed a TV programme online, with the BBC iPlayer accounting for 62% of this activity, according to a government report. via iPlayer accounts for 62% of UK TV streaming, says government » Digital TV Europe.
  • Telenor slows DTH decline » Digital TV Europe
    The rate of decline of Telenor’s DTH TV base continued to slow in the second quarter. Telenor reported 902,000 customers for its Canal Digital DTH operation at the end of June, down 3,000 quarter-on-quarter and down from 915,000 at the same time last year. via Telenor slows DTH decline » Digital TV Europe.
  • DOCSIS – Change is Coming and it is Good –
    Everyone is talking about it. Everyone in cable will be impacted by it. You may not realize it but DOCSIS 3.1 will change the cable industry — whether cable operator, vendor or consumer. Even if you don’t plan to upgrade to DOCSIS 3.1 you will be impacted. There are two fundamental technologies that DOCSIS 3.1 […]
  • Spain takes to 5-play
    The take-up of quintuple play services, including pay-TV, is growing rapidly in Spain. via Spain takes to 5-play.
  • Hulu’s value proposition to cable operators: stemming subscriber losses – FierceCable
    Cable operators that integrate Hulu’s over-the-top video service into their lineup will get, in return, happier subscribers who are much less likely to churn. At least, that’s the value proposition put forth by Hulu’s Jim Galley, director of the company’s distribution and strategic partnerships, in a panel session at The Independent Show here. via Hulu’s […]

Digital TV News July 22, 2015

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  • Vodafone’s Humm to quit in European management restructure » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone Europe CEO Phlipp Humm is to leave the group as part of a wider restructuring its European management organisation, with chiefs of the four largest European markets to report direct to Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao. via Vodafone’s Humm to quit in European management restructure » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vice wins appeal on UK VOD requirements
    UK regulator Ofcom has overruled on appeal the decision by the Authority for Television on Demand for VOD content to hold Vice UK liable to statutory requirements for VOD services. via Vice wins appeal on UK VOD requirements.
  • Results of the 2015 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index | ARRIS Everywhere
    Our latest Consumer Entertainment Index (CEI) surveyed 19,000 consumers from 19 countries for a representative sample of how entertainment is evolving all over the world. via Results of the 2015 ARRIS Consumer Entertainment Index | ARRIS Everywhere.
  • Massive piracy for Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer
    VPN users are raiding content sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer, according to the Global Web Index. via Massive piracy for Netflix, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer.
  • Slingbox Class Action lawsuit filed over unwanted ads
    Two men who bought Sling Media Inc.’s Slingbox device filed a class action against the company in New York federal court, alleging that when they purchased the devices to stream television content onto their mobile devices, they never consented to original advertisements. via Slingbox Class Action lawsuit filed over unwanted ads.
  • Top Russian TV head to step down
    NTV’s director general Vladimir Kulistikov is set to leave after 10 years in the post. via Top Russian TV head to step down.
  • EEMEA OTT TV and video market set for $2.2bn boost |
    OTT TV and video revenues in EEMEA [19 countries] will reach $2.635 billion in 2020; up from only $52 million recorded in 2010 and the $616 million expected in 2015, according to Digital TV Research’s Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa OTT TV & Video Forecasts report. via EEMEA OTT TV and video market set […]
  • Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system
    Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT are launching the first broadcast Direct-2-TV (D2TV) system for the Indonesian market that does not require a set-top box. via Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system.
  • Research: Accessibility, affordability best anti-piracy tools |
    New research conducted by the Australian and United Kingdom Governments shows Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement and reinforces the need for international and industry cooperation to address piracy. via Research: Accessibility, affordability best anti-piracy tools |.
  • Arris survey shows Wi-Fi to be an imperfect delivery mechanism
    Close to two-thirds of consumers around the world have issues with Wi-Fi in their homes. via Arris survey shows Wi-Fi to be an imperfect delivery mechanism.
  • DTG :: News :: DTG Television Innovation Awards 2015: IBC finalists announced
    The DTG has selected six UK media technology start-ups to receive an international showcase at the world’s biggest media technology event, IBC 2015. via DTG :: News :: DTG Television Innovation Awards 2015: IBC finalists announced.
  • Comcast’s Xfinity Games service blasted as ‘confusing, unfocused’ – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) announced its new Xfinity Games service earlier this month with partner Electronic Arts, and early reviews of the offering are decidedly negative. Ars Technica tested the handful of games available through the service using Comcast’s X1 platform and an iPad as a controller, and found that “Xfinity Games isn’t just ‘beta’ bad; it could go down as […]
  • Comcast Wholesale teams with Rovi to deliver interactive program guides to analog homes – FierceCable
    Comcast Wholesale (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will offer Rovi’s video programming guide for digital terminal adapters (DTAs) to its HITS affiliate MSOs, enabling consumers with ages-old analog TV tech to experience a next-generation program guide. via Comcast Wholesale teams with Rovi to deliver interactive program guides to analog homes – FierceCable.
  • Cablevision Sued for Turning User Routers into Public Hotspots | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Cablevision is being sued by a man who claims the company’s decision to turn his home gateway into a publicly-available hotspot violates the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. According to Courthouse News, lead plaintiff and Cablevision customer Paul Jensen says the company never asked for his permission before modifying the software on his rented router […]
  • Verizon adds 26,000 FiOS Video connections in 2Q 2015 | Digital TV News
    Reporting second-quarter 2015 results today, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) announced double-digit percentage growth in year-over-year quarterly earnings on an adjusted basis (non-GAAP) and continued strong cash flows. via Verizon adds 26,000 FiOS Video connections in 2Q 2015 | Digital TV News.
  • UK consumers give boost to legal downloading |
    A new survey from the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has revealed that 62 per cent of Internet users in the UK have downloaded or streamed music, TV shows, films, computer software, videogames or e-books. This is up from 56 per cent in 2013. The survey showed that there was a 10 per cent increase […]
  • BT to start testing 5000Mbps broadband | ITProPortal.com
    It’s a big week for BT. After rolling out the first ultra high-definition entertainment bundle, it’s now getting ready to start testing 500Mbps broadband next month. via BT to start testing 5000Mbps broadband | ITProPortal.com.
  • BT launches UHD bundle for £15 a month | ITProPortal.com
    Sports fans in the UK will soon get to enjoy their favourite program in ultra high-definition resolution, as BT launches its first entertainment bundle of the sorts. via BT launches UHD bundle for £15 a month | ITProPortal.com.
  • Home Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch for many in the UK | ITProPortal.com
    A new survey from Global Wireless Solutions has shown the state of Wi-Fi in homes across the UK, and the picture is a bleak one for some folks. via Home Wi-Fi isn’t up to scratch for many in the UK | ITProPortal.com.

Digital TV News July 21, 2015

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  • Verizon Growth Slows, Internet TV Service Coming ‘Late Summer’ | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Growth continues to slow for Verizon according to the latest Verizon earnings report. While the company was quick to proclaim it added 1.1 million postpaid wireless subscribers in the quarter, about 852,000 of those additions were tablets — a good number of which Verizon gives away on promotion. Verizon’s net postpaid phone additions for the […]
  • Maker Studios-owned Blip.tv to shut, says co-founder » Digital TV Europe
    Justin Day, the co-founder of online video producer and distributor Blip.tv, has said the business is closing down, two years after it was acquired by Maker Studios. via Maker Studios-owned Blip.tv to shut, says co-founder » Digital TV Europe.
  • Kids SVOD service goes global » Digital TV Europe
    Educational content-focused app Hopster is to launch internationally through Apple TV. via Kids SVOD service goes global » Digital TV Europe.
  • FilmOn can be treated like cable
    A US Federal Court judge has ruled that the FilmOn streaming service is entitled to a so-called ‘compulsory licence’ that would force broadcasters to sell their programming at a discounted rate. via FilmOn can be treated like cable.
  • Romanian telcos: the stats
    Romania’s telco market is dominated by the multinationals Orange and Vodafone, along with the local company RCS&RDS. via Romanian telcos: the stats.
  • Amino to acquire Entone for €67.2m |
    Amino Technologies, the provider of digital entertainment solutions for IPTV, Internet TV and in-home multimedia distribution, has conditionally agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of broadcast hybrid TV and connected home solutions provider Entone for a total consideration of $73.0 million (€67.2 million). via Amino to acquire Entone for €67.2m |.
  • Keeping up with pay-TV’s Q2 earnings season – FierceCable
    The second quarter could be particularly interesting for the cable industry. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), for example, is delivering its first quarterly earnings report since walking away from Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). Its investors are going to expecting details on the conglomerate’s growth strategy, particularly with a new CFO at the helm. via Keeping up […]
  • Cablevision secures key patent for set-top analytics system – FierceCable
    Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has secured a key patent to measure audiences and cull analytics through its 7 million set-tops. The Bethpage, N.Y.-based MSO said its “System and Method for Set Top Box Viewing Data” patent covers critical aspects of its system for capturing, synthesizing and running analytics against viewing data. via Cablevision secures key patent […]
  • SES and Armstrong Hold Ultra HD Trial | TvTechnology
    Satellite operator SES S.A. and cable MSO company Armstrong have teamed up to initiate a live and linear Ultra HD trial. Armstrong is testing SES’s camera-to-screen UHD ecosystem at its Butler, Pa. cable lab. via SES and Armstrong Hold Ultra HD Trial | TvTechnology.
  • SeaChange technology chief resigns » Digital TV Europe
    TV technology provider SeaChange International’s technology chief Shiva Patibanda is to leave the company. SeaChange has also named a new chairman. via SeaChange technology chief resigns » Digital TV Europe.
  • KPN strikes ‘reference deal’ on fixed network access » Digital TV Europe
    Dutch telco KPN has reached an agreement with rival service provider Tele2 and pay TV provider M7 Group about access to its fixed network based on virtual unbundled local access (VULA) and wholesale broadband access (WBA) respectively, for seven years. via KPN strikes ‘reference deal’ on fixed network access » Digital TV Europe.
  • DTT boost for Romanian cable
    The Romanian cable industry could gain over 100,000 subscribers this year as a direct result of the country’s transition to digital broadcasting. via DTT boost for Romanian cable.

Digital TV News July 20, 2015

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  • Eutelsat 8 West B set for August 20 launch
    Eutelsat 8 West B has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20. via Eutelsat 8 West B set for August 20 launch.
  • Netflix: 50% use third-party account
    Account sharing on premium services such as Netflix and Spotify is popular among UK consumers, according to a survey carried out by Broadband Genie. via Netflix: 50% use third-party account.
  • Boardroom shake-up at SeaChange
    SeaChange International has elected a new chairman to its board of directors; it’s also been announced that CTO Shiva Patibanda has resigned. via Boardroom shake-up at SeaChange.
  • Analyst: ‘Netflix subs ripe for up-selling’ |
    Netflix’s impressive recent quarterly results pointed to continued subscriber growth, driven in particular by further international expansion. In addition, Netflix spoke of its desire to move consumers up to higher pricing tiers. Analysis from Futuresource Consulting points in more detail to some of the drivers of future growth, suggesting that there is significant potential to […]
  • Brightcove enhances Video Cloud |
    Cloud services for video specialist Brightcove has confirmed the general availability of the new Brightcove Video Cloud, the company’s flagship solution re-architected to simplify the complexity of next-generation online video distribution and publishing. The new Video Cloud incorporates a new HTML5 user interface, faster upload and playback, mobile publishing, and new custom analytics to scale […]
  • Wyplay, STMicro power Canal+ hybrid STB |
    Wyplay, creator of software solutio ns for pay-TV operators, and global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics have disclosed their contributions to the development of Canal+ Group’s new Cube S set-top-box. via Wyplay, STMicro power Canal+ hybrid STB |.
  • Sky Deutschland expands Sky Anytime on cable
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has expanded the video-on-demand service Sky Anytime available through PVR Sky+ HD to cable customers. via Sky Deutschland expands Sky Anytime on cable.

Digital TV News July 17, 2015

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  • NTV+ secures Russian football, plans 4K launch » Digital TV Europe
    Russian pay TV service NTV+ has secured rights to show Russian premier league football for the 2015-18 seasons. via NTV+ secures Russian football, plans 4K launch » Digital TV Europe.
  • WideOrbit Audio and Video Streaming Innovations Earn Patents | TvTechnology
    WideOrbit has announced that the U.S. Patent Office has issued three patents for inventions designed to provide broadcasters with greater control, engagement and monetization of streamed content. via WideOrbit Audio and Video Streaming Innovations Earn Patents | TvTechnology.
  • HDR, UHD and Wide Color Gamut Changes For Film Content
    Ultra high definition (UHD), Higher Dynamic Range (HDR), and Wider Color Gamut (WCG) are taking the video experience market by storm these days.  But these video-enhancing technologies are much more than buzzwords. In fact, these new technologies will create new opportunities – particularly for content creators. So says Josh Limor, Senior Director of Product Development […]
  • Netflix nukes Rovi’s “we own TV guide” patents | Ars Technica
    A long-running patent battle between Netflix and Rovi has concluded, with Netflix beating back the entertainment guide company. via Netflix nukes Rovi’s “we own TV guide” patents | Ars Technica.
  • Survey: Alternative platforms to eclipse cable and satellite |
    Americans are eschewing cable and satellite service in favour of a variety of ‘Over The Top’ video options according to a new survey that shows nearly half of consumers already using streaming video service such as Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Hulu. via Survey: Alternative platforms to eclipse cable and satellite |.
  • French say no to Netflix rival
    Plans by Orange, TF1, M6 and France Télévisions to launch a French Netflix-type service have been scrapped. via French say no to Netflix rival.
  • Subscription BBC proposal for the long term
    A hybrid licence fee and subscription model is one of the options under consideration for the future funding of the BBC. via Subscription BBC proposal for the long term.
  • UK ISP BT Launch 4K Ultra HD Sports TV Channel and Set-Top-Box – ISPreview UK
    As expected BT has today revealed the first solid details and price of their new 4K Ultra HD TV package, which claims to include “Europe’s very first live sports Ultra HD channel” (BTSport Ultra HD) and a new 4K capable 1TB YouView (IPTV) set-top-box. But you’ll need a faster than “superfast” broadband speed. via UK ISP BT […]
  • BT reveals Ultra HD prices |
    BT has announced details of its new BT TV Ultra HD package, which includes Europe’s very first live sports Ultra HD (4K) channel, BT Sport Ultra HD, and the company’s new BT TV Ultra HD set top box. via BT reveals Ultra HD prices |.
  • Netflix eyes UHD boost |
    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has suggested the Internet entertainment streaming service will benefit from the growth of 4K/Ultra-HD television. via Netflix eyes UHD boost |.
  • Court victory for FilmOn in copyright licensing fight |
    Internet television streaming company FilmOn has won a surprise ruling that it is potentially entitled to a compulsory licence to retransmit broadcasters’ copyrighted programming. US District Judge George Wu ruled in Los Angeles that FilmOn should be treated like a traditional cable system in order to transmit broadcast network programmes over the Internet. via Court […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Football rights in CEE
    Football is undoubtedly one of the main drivers for pay-TV in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Football rights in CEE.
  • BBV Deutschland opts for Zattoo IPTV solution
    German fibre-to-the home (FTTH) provider Breitbandversorgung Deutschland (BBV) will launch a comprehensive multiscreen IPTV service for reception on TV sets and mobile devices based on a white label solution from internet TV provider Zattoo. via BBV Deutschland opts for Zattoo IPTV solution.
  • Comcast Candidly Admits Its High Prices Helped Create Netflix | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Responding to Netflix’s record-setting second quarter numbers, top Comcast lobbyist David Cohen this week was willing to admit that Comcast’s refusal to seriously compete on TV pricing helped create the streaming giant that Netflix is today. Speaking to attendees of the New England Cable & Telecommunications Association, Cohen called Netflix a “frenemy” Comcast inadvertently encouraged […]
  • Verizon granted patent for program guide that sorts shows based on reviews and ratings – FierceCable
    Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has been granted a patent for a new program guide that lets users sort shows by such factors as reviews, as opposed to just time and channel. via Verizon granted patent for program guide that sorts shows based on reviews and ratings – FierceCable.
  • Airtel Digital TV launches ‘Made in India’ set-top-boxes | Digital TV News
    Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of India’s largest telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel, today announced the launch of its first indigenously manufactured set-top-boxes. The Made in India set-top-boxes will be available in HD to begin with and soon all Airtel Digital TV’s set-top-boxes will be manufactured in India. With this, Airtel Digital TV has become […]
  • DTG :: News :: DTG Television Innovation Awards 2015: shortlist revealed for UK Final July 21st
    The DTG has selected 10 UK media technology start-ups to compete for an international presence at the world’s biggest media technology event, IBC 2015. via DTG :: News :: DTG Television Innovation Awards 2015: shortlist revealed for UK Final July 21st.
  • The State of Programmatic Video in Germany – Video Ad News
    Programmatic video advertising is finally starting to gain traction in Germany. While even just last year the market was still hugely under-developed, there’s a growing sense in the industry that 2015 will be the year we start to see progress as a number of players on the sell-side will finally take off the training wheels […]
  • Digital video at tipping point, DVDs remain resilient |
    Figures presented by the British Video Association (BVA) at the bi-annual Insight Forum, hosted by the BVA and supported by Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and Digital Entertainment Group Europe (DEG Europe) indicate that while the digital home entertainment market is at crucial mass market tipping point, physical product continues to hold its own and show […]
  • Buying a Slingbox finally gets you free TV streaming apps
    As handy as a Slingbox can be for watching TV away from home, it’s not as good a deal as it sounds. via Buying a Slingbox finally gets you free TV streaming apps.
  • Rovi to appeal Netflix patent ruling » Digital TV Europe
    Rovi has said it plans to appeal a US court ruling issued this week in favour of Netflix, in a patent dispute that dates back to 2011. via Rovi to appeal Netflix patent ruling » Digital TV Europe.
  • Numericable-SFR extends Restart service » Digital TV Europe
    French service provider Numericable-SFR has added the five channels from public broadcaster France Télévisions to its Restart TV service and is making Restart available across its LaBox TV and SFR TV applications. via Numericable-SFR extends Restart service » Digital TV Europe.