Amazon’s TV streamer will have apps for Netflix and Hulu Plus, and will possibly support DIAL, but don’t hold your breath for a YouTube app. via Amazon’s TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps — Tech … Continue reading →
The NetGear-based SuperHub (VMDG485) broadband routers, which are supplied by cable provider Virgin Media, appear to be suffering from a new security flaw that means your administrative settings web page and WiFi passphrase is left exposed for around 7 seconds … Continue reading →
Cable Europe’s Cable Congress, the much anticipated annual industry gathering taking place from 12-14 March in Amsterdam, is shaping up as just the ticket for those steeped in the converging worlds of entertainment and technology. An all-star line-up of leaders … Continue reading →
Japanese public broadcaster NHK will present the latest iteration of its Super Hi-Vision system at the 2014 NAB Show, including a closed-circuit demonstration of over-the-air transmission of 8K content in a single 6 MHz UHF TV channel. via NHK to … Continue reading →
Viaccess-Orca (VO), a specialist in the protection and enhancement of content services, is to acquire the SecurePlayer business from Discretix Technologies, a provider of embedded security and content protection solutions. The deal is expected to close in early Q2 2014. … Continue reading →
Netflix’s oddly public peering agreement to connect directly with Comcast has, as many expected, been followed closely by a similar deal. via Netflix reportedly reaches another Comcast-style agreement, but with a Norwegian ISP.
The BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, today launched new BBC iPlayer, the latest version of the BBC’s popular video-on-demand service. Launched on Christmas day 2007, BBC iPlayer has grown to be the number one brand in the UK. Loved by audiences, … Continue reading →
Portugal ended 2013 with around 4,000 more pay-TV subscribers than it completed 2012 with. A mid-year dip was taken over parity by the addition of 8,500 subscribers in the third and fourth quarters of the year. via Portugal pay-TV edges … Continue reading →
Comcast is to sell Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) titles through its Xfinity On Demand digital store. In the coming weeks, Xfinity TV customers will be able to purchase Sony Pictures movies and TV shows to own and access anytime, … Continue reading →
In a few years, Samsung’s new Internet-connected TVs might come with an extra function that you may not have expected: switching on and off living room lights. via Future Samsung TVs May Be Able to Control Your Living Room Lights.
Spain’s largest cable company ONO must decide between Vodafone’s purchase bid and an IPO. The decision will be known later on this week after the shareholders’ meeting takes place on Thursday. via ONO: Vodafone v IPO, shareholders to decide | … Continue reading →
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) Cable President-CEO Neil Smit said today that things will start to move fast once the communications giant has the OK to acquire Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) because, among other things, “we are very well aligned.” via … Continue reading →
Portuguese cable TV operator Cabovisão has introduced a triple-play offering (Internet, TV and fixed telephony) that does not require a minimum period of subscription. via Portugal: Cabovisão triple-play without contract | Advanced Television.
Last week the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) expressed serious concern over a Swedish government decision to reallocate the 700 MHz band to “other forms of use” from 2017 on, as such a fast switch over could likely jeopardize the integrity … Continue reading →
Quadrille announces the availability of non-linear content delivery with Eutelsat’s “smart LNB”. Quadrille’s MConnect Multimedia Push solution has been fully integrated within Eutelsat’s new “smart LNB” technology. via Quadrille push VOD integrated with Eutelsat’s ‘smart LNB’.
70% of consumers have never heard of the 4K high definition TV standard, according to a new study by Leichtman Research Group. Of the 30% who have heard of the higher-resolution standard, only about a third of those has actually … Continue reading →
Orange’s CEO Stéphane Richard confirmed at the end of last week that Netflix plans to launch a service in France this autumn but said that talks of an exclusive deal with Orange was premature. via Orange CEO confirms Netflix French … Continue reading →
ONO’s shareholders are to meet this Thursday to decide whether to press ahead with plans for an IPO or to consider a sale of the Spanish cable operator to Vodafone, according to press reports. via ONO shareholders weigh up IPO … Continue reading →
Bouygues Telecom has entered into exclusive talks with Iliad Telecom to sell its mobile telecom frequencies and network to the Free operator for up to €1.8 billion, in a move that is seen as clearing the way for Bouygues’ acquisition … Continue reading →
Video services firm Piksel has restructuring of its commercial and solutions operations into a “global customer-centric business.” via Piksel restructures commercial and solutions operations » Digital TV Europe.
A consortium with links to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is investigating partnerships with some of Australia’s major television networks to launch an SVoD service over broadband aimed at pre-empting the expected arrival of US giant Netflix, reports the Australian … Continue reading →
Ultra HD, also known as 4K, should receive a positive reaction from European consumers, according to the latest survey results from Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix service. via 55% of Europeans likely to buy Ultra HD.
Google SVP Sundar Pichai told the crowd at SXSW that Chromecast has been selling really well, and that it will come to many more countries soon. via Google exec: We’ve sold millions of Chromecast adapters — Tech News and Analysis.
Multiscreen pay-TV subscriber management and billing solutions specialist PayWizard is partnering with total service protection innovator Conax to boost operators’ offerings for multiscreen content delivery and monetisation. via PayWizard, Conax boost multiscreen monetisation | Advanced Television.
New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group has revealed that 77 per cent of households in the United States have at least one high definition television (HDTV) set, and about 46 per cent of all households have multiple HDTVs. Five … Continue reading →
A secret internal report has recommended the BBC should drop the licence fee in favour of subscriptions. The majority of the 12-person centenary review committee set up by James Purnell, the former Labour DCMS minister and now BBC head of … Continue reading →
I am passionate about the Internet of Things intersecting with the connected home, as it is leading to the really Smart Home. via Is it worth waiting for a Universal Standard for the Smart Home? – by Paul Bristow of … Continue reading →
Local TV stations would be prohibited from teaming up to negotiate retransmission-consent agreements with pay-TV distributors, under a proposal FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced Thursday. via Distributors cheer proposal to prohibit coordinated retrans negotiations – FierceCable.
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) and cable overbuilder WideOpenWest face new competition in Georgia from AT&T (NYSE: T), which launched its U-verse TV and Internet products in Augusta on Thursday. via AT&T takes on Comcast, WOW with U-verse launch in Augusta – … Continue reading →
Disney’s struggling video game and Internet division has laid off 700 employees (26 per cent of its staff) in a major retrenchment that includes a shift in advertising strategy at Disney.com. via Disney Interactive cuts 25% staff | Advanced Television.
Total TV advertising revenue in the UK increased by 3.5% in 2013 to reach a new record high of £4.63 billion, according to full year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox by the UK commercial TV broadcasters. This is the fourth consecutive … Continue reading →
James Murdoch, 21st Century Fox’s deputy COO, says recent disposals have freed up cash for reinvesting in the company’s core businesses, including sports channels. However, speaking at Morgan Stanley’s TMT conference in New York, he also said that 21st Century … Continue reading →
Total TV advertising revenue in the UK increased by 3.5% in 2013 to reach a new record high of £4.63 billion, according to full year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox by the UK commercial TV broadcasters. This is the fourth … Continue reading →
Inview Technology, the broadcast and OTT services specialist, today announced the launch of its latest cost-effective solution for VOD and IPTV at TV Connect, 18-20 March in London. via Inview to reveal next generation OTT solution at TV Connect 2014 … Continue reading →
Contract prices for NAND flash memory fell about 14% in February to reflect an oversupply in the market, according to DRAMeXchange. The situation will likely persist through the third quarter of 2014. via NAND flash oversupply to persist through 3Q14, … Continue reading →
Orange will look to take an active part in any consolidation in the Spanish fixed line market, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. via Orange looks to fixed line consolidation in Spain » Digital TV Europe.
TV ad revenue in the UK reached a record high of £4.63 billion (€5.59 billion) in 2013, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%, according to new research by Thinkbox. via Ad revenue in UK hits record high » Digital TV Europe.
Whichever way you dress it up the BBC will as of the autumn of 2015 be down one broadcast channel. The possible closure of BBC Three gained ground over the last couple of weeks as it became clear that salarmi … Continue reading →
The Polish commercial broadcaster TV Puls has begun HbbTV tests on its two channels TV Puls and Puls 2, both of which are distributed on the country’s DTT network. via HbbTV progress continues in Poland.
Total TV advertising revenue in the UK increased by 3.5 per cent in 2013 to reach a new record high of £4.63 billion, according to full year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox – the marketing body for commercial TV in … Continue reading →
While the debate about the end game for the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger rages on, the two companies have been working behind the scenes for at least a year on a common platform for supporting two-way interactivity and video … Continue reading →
Europe’s DVB Steering Board has approved new extensions to the DVB-S2 specification—referred to as “DVB-S2X”—that offer spectral efficiency gains for professional applications of up to 30 percent and for some scenarios, gains of up to 50 percent can be achieved, … Continue reading →
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) confirmed that Bill Goetz, a longtime Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) executive who joined TWC in 2002, is resigning from his post as EVP and COO of residential services. via Time Warner Cable veteran Bill Goetz resigning … Continue reading →
Synacor stock dropped about 10 percent Thursday morning, hours after the TV Everywhere technology vendor posted a drop in fourth-quarter revenue and net income and announced that CEO Ron Frankel would resign. via Synacor CEO resigns as TV Everywhere vendor … Continue reading →
Telefonica is close to finalising a deal to buy Prisa’s controlling 56 per cent stake in pay-TV platform Canal Plus for around €800 million. via Telefonica close to Canal Plus purchase | Advanced Television.
French construction and telecommunications group Bouygues, has offered €10.5 billion cash for Vivendi’s SFR unit, setting up a bidding war with billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice group and potentially creating a phone carrier to rival Orange. via Bouygues bids for SFR … Continue reading →
Portuguese telco Zon Optimus has decided to drop a lawsuit against the tender process to operate the fifth free-to-air DTT channel in Portugal. via Zon Optimus gives up legal action on DTT licence | Advanced Television.
RTL Group has reported net profits up 45.7 per cent to €870 million for 2013. Europe’s largest broadcast network saw revenue drop 1.8 per cent to €5.89 billion as higher revenues from RTL Netherlands and RTL Germany were offset by … Continue reading →
UK free-to-air DTH satellite platform Freesat is to build on recent innovations such as its launch of a mobile companion app and the September 2012 launch of its smart EPG by launching on Integrated Digital TV (IDTV) sets. via Freesat … Continue reading →
Bouygues has thrown its hat into the ring in the battle for control of Vivendi-owned telco SFR with a €10.5 billion offering. via Bouygues takes on Numericable as it tables offer for SFR » Digital TV Europe.
Altech UEC SA (Pty) Ltd, the largest developer and manufacturer of set-top boxes in Africa, celebrated the production of its twenty millionth set-top box in February 2014. “This is an important milestone in the history of Altech UEC since we … Continue reading →
Piksel, a global provider of video monetization software and services, has been commissioned by VRT, Belgium’s national public television broadcaster, to deliver a landmark over-the-top television (OTT) solution. The project will allow VRT to satisfy the growing need for video-on-demand … Continue reading →
US-based over-the-top subscription TV service WhereverTV has signed up with German white label smart TV portal provider NetRange to make its service available in Europe and other international markets. via OTT service WhereverTV heads for European smart TV » Digital … Continue reading →
Belgian broadcaster VRT is due to launch an OTT solution in partnership with video services firm Piksel. The national public broadcaster said it will use the project to satisfy the growing need for video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up and live content on … Continue reading →
Gadget maker Roku is touting a Streaming Stick video-playing dongle that plugs directly into HDMI televisions.Previous sticks plugged into an MHL socket in Roku-compatible telly sets. via Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google’s stick … Continue reading →
Huawei has launched its first ever YouView HD set top box that will be capable of recording up to 300 hours of content from the 70+ channels that are available via the YouView service. The set top box, known as … Continue reading →
Spanish media giant Prisa is on the verge of selling its pay-TV business to Telefonica. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Prisa would recoup around €800 million from the sale. However, it is not thought the sale is yet done and dusted … Continue reading →
The Romanian regulator ANCOM has completed the tender documents for the granting of five DTT multiplexes. In a statement, it says that bidding will start following the publication of the documents in the Official Gazette. via Romania set for DTT … Continue reading →
ALi Corporation, a Set-Top Box (STB) system-on-chip (SoC) solution provider, has announced that ALi’s ATSC STB SoC solution has been adopted for design-in with set-top boxes from Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company. The partnership solution is aimed to … Continue reading →
A variety of Linux distributions are vulnerable to hacks because of a bug that allows people to bypass security protocols to intercept and disseminate encrypted information. A member of the Red Hat security team discovered a bug in the GnuTLS … Continue reading →
Verizon only recently inherited Intel’s failed internet TV project, but the company isn’t wasting time in pushing its over-the-top ambitions forward. Speaking at a conference yesterday, CEO Lowell McAdam said Verizon “would love to partner with content companies” on an … Continue reading →
Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a … Continue reading →
It’s only been about 10 months since Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) began deploying Xfinity Home Gateways from Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO#, Arris #Nasdaq: ARRS) and Technicolor capable powering neighborhood hotspots, and the MSO has already installed 8 million of the devices in … Continue reading →
A bit more than a decade ago I was sitting in our start up offices in the basement of a building somewhere in the area of London north of Oxford Street, an area called Noho. I jokingly mentioned to my … Continue reading →
Hungary’s pay-TV operators experienced steady growth during last year, and this has extended into January. According to local regulator NMHH the pay-TV sector saw net growth in January of some 16,000 subscribers, taking the total to 3.048 million (3.032m at … Continue reading →
Some 56% of Europeans said they would be likely to buy an Ultra High Definition TV in the next two years, according to new research by Strategy Analytics. via More than 50% of Europeans to buy UHDTVs by 2016, claims … Continue reading →
Screen Media Ventures-owned US free movies video-on-demand service Popcornflix is launching in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand as part of a push into international markets. via OTT VoD service Popcornflix launches in UK, Ireland, Scandinavia » Digital … Continue reading →
Tablets is continuing to drive the market for smart connected devices in the UK, with shipments growing by 50% in 2013, according to research by International Data Corporation (IDC). via Tablets driving UK connected device market » Digital TV Europe.
Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska managed to achieve modest revenue and EBITDA growth last year as it grew its broadband base and made progress towards digital migration. via Multimedia Polska sees modest growth » Digital TV Europe.
Olivier Schrameck, the president of French audiovisual media regulator the CSA, has been elected as first president of the European Regulator Group for Audiovisual Media Services, the Europe-wide regulators group recently set up by the European Commission to advise it … Continue reading →
Following the positive news regarding U-HDTV purchase intentions reported by Strategy Analytics VP and Principal Analyst David Mercer in early January, the firm has completed the weighting of the latest European survey data in its ConsumerMetrix service. via 55% of … Continue reading →
The Polish cable operator Multimedia Polska saw a fall in its TV revenues in H1 2013 due to the country’s upcoming ASO in July. However, by the fourth quarter they were again growing. via Multimedia Polska makes steady progress.
The smart connected device (SCD) market continued to post strong growth in 2013, with combined shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones reaching over 16 million units in the UK in Q4 2013 and totaling to over 56 million units for … Continue reading →
Streaming platform Roku has unveiled the new Roku Streaming Stick (HDMI version), a tiny Roku player that gives consumers the easiest way to enjoy the best selection of streaming entertainment on TV. The new version features the compact stick design … Continue reading →
Netflix had to make its new deal to pay Comcast for improved service over its broadband lines because “there were some choke points around peak usage times,” CFO David Wells told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. That … Continue reading →
Set-top provider Pace performed above expectations in 2013, delivering increased operating profits through top-line growth and operational efficiency, according to its full-year 2013 results. via Pace outperforms expectations with strong 2013 » Digital TV Europe.
The German economy has benefitted to the tune of €2 billion thanks to Sky Deutschland, according to a new report prepared for the broadcaster by HMR International. via Study: Sky-D benefitting German economy.
At the end of 2013, Switzerland had more than 2,692,400 cable TV subscribers, down 57,600 from 2,750,700 the previous year. Despite growing competition, cable remains the dominant platform for television in the country with a two-thirds market share, according to … Continue reading →
Pace has recorded a 2.6% growth in revenues after increased demand from major customers and new wins in previously untapped markets such as European cable and IPTV. Profit after tax was up by 65.6% to $96.7 million (€70.62 million). via … Continue reading →
According to figures from Swisscable, the sectoral association for cable TV companies in Switzerland, the number of cable TV subscribers in the country at the end of 2013 was 2.69 million, down 58 thousand or 2.1% over the year. via … Continue reading →
Pace plc (LSE: PIC), a leading global developer of technologies and products for Pay TV and broadband service providers, today announces its results for the year ended 31 December 2013. via Pace preliminary results for the year ended 31 December … Continue reading →
ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices has been ranked number one globally in three major market segments: middleware, video-on-demand (VOD), … Continue reading →
Looks like Dish had good reason to give up automated ad skipping in a retrans deal with Disney. The satellite provider just won the rights to include ABC and ESPN in an online TV service. via Dish just secured rights … Continue reading →
The UK STB maker Pace has posted a 22.5 per cent rise in full-year core earnings, driven by high demand for its next-generation media servers in the US. via Pace expects $2.7bn revenue in 2014 | Advanced Television.
Dish customers won’t be able to automatically skip over the ad breaks of ABC TV shows for much longer: The satellite service operator agreed to disable ad skipping to secure its access to ABC and ESPN. via There goes the … Continue reading →
You may have already followed the announcement of Sony’s Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet last week, but did you know that they are also the first mobile devices to feature MHL 3.0? For those who haven’t caught up, this … Continue reading →
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association signed a contract extension with Michael Powell which will keep the former FCC chairman at the helm of the industry’s top lobbying group through 2017, an NCTA spokesperson confirmed. via NCTA signs CEO Powell … Continue reading →
Canal Plus is to sue France’s main terrestrial networks for allegedly denying the pay-TV broadcaster access to French-originated movies. via Canal+ hits French networks over rights | Advanced Television.
Comcast has quite a chore ahead of it in order to gain regulatory approval, given concerns about vertical integration, overall reach and concentrated market power when it comes to content licensing. One of the ideas being considered as a merger … Continue reading →
Canal+ Group has taken a majority stake in YouTube comedy channel producer Studio Bagel as part of its new OTT initiative. via Canal+ extends OTT reach with Studio Bagel acquisition » Digital TV Europe.
The EBU has expressed concern following last week’s decision by the Swedish government to open up the 700MHz spectrum band to non-TV applications. via EBU sounds alarm on Swedish 700MHz move » Digital TV Europe.
Bouygues Telecom chief Martin Bouygues reportedly met French president François Hollande last week as part of a drive to convince French official circles of the seriousness of its move to acquire Vivendi-owned telco SFR. via Bouygues moves forward with SFR … Continue reading →
Two in five pay TV households are expected to have access to web apps on their set-top boxes by 2019, according to ABI Research, double the number it estimates to have access to such services today. via Web apps on … Continue reading →
Sky and the BBC have finally reached agreement on the amount paid by the BBC for the cost of Sky’s platform services in a move that will save the corporation some £4.5 million. via BBC and Sky agree on retrans … Continue reading →
Britain’s Channel 5 network is up for sale and widespread reports over the weekend cite a number of potential bidders, each of which has looked at the assets on sale. via Bidders roll up for Channel 5 | Advanced Television.
CableLabs Winter Conference 2014 — Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today it is providing CableLabs with core infrastructure and Videoscape components for a new IPTV Innovations Lab in Louisville, Colorado designed to provide cable system operator members with a state-of-the-art … Continue reading →
Nintendo fans, mark your calendars for May 20, 2014. As Nintendo announced yesterday, that’s the last day you’ll be able to use the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to play hundreds of online games on the Wii and Nintendo DS. Single-player modes … Continue reading →
After a year of discussion and setting of baseline specifications, the hard work of creating 400G bps Ethernet is about to begin.This month, according to the acting chair of the IEEE’s 400G Ethernet study group, Dell’s John D’Ambrosia, the group … Continue reading →
In a Twitter chat ahead of next week’s Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Phil McKinney, the President and CTO of CableLabs said the organisation’s near term focus was on DOCSIS 3.1 and the commitment that had already been made to the … Continue reading →
Customers that spent £4.99 a month to purchase the Entertainment Pass for Sky’s broadband-based NOW TV service, which is supposed to include access to 10 of their top pay-tv channels (e.g. Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Discovery etc.), have been left … Continue reading →
Cutting the BBC licence fee would reduce consumer choice and value for money, as well as greatly damaging UK programme producers, according to a study from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. The report – What If There … Continue reading →
Although his late predecessor as Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested in June 2010 that Apple TV would remain a “hobby” at his company because the cable industry had “squashed the opportunity for innovation in the TV market,” current incumbent Tim … Continue reading →
Following the announcement November 2013 that it would be launching a hybrid broadcast broadband service, Australian digital terrestrial platform Freeview has unveiled the key features of its FreeviewPlus service which will provide access to content and services from the free-to … Continue reading →
According to Portugal’s Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM), there were 3.171 million subscribers to subscription TV in the country at the end of the 4th Quarter of 2013, nine thousand (+0.3 percent) more than in the previous quarter, and an … Continue reading →
The forthcoming BBC iPlayer revamp will feature the planned download store, after the BBC Trust concluded the plans would be in the interest of license payers. via BBC iPlayer download store gets green light ahead of major service revamp | … Continue reading →
The CEO of Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) investor Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LMCA) suggested Friday that the company could consider the option of making another run at acquiring Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) if Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) fails to close its … Continue reading →
The BBC and BSkyB have settled the long-running row over retransmission fees with the corporation no longer having to pay to put its channels on the pay-TV platform, saving £4.5 milliom (€5.3m) a year in licence money. via Sky and … Continue reading →
The distribution of the Canal Plus digital TV service through different platforms is proving to be a success in terms of revenues and subscribers. via Multiplatform strategy boosts Canal Plus | Advanced Television.
NPD DisplaySearch, in its analysis of the UK’s display and TV market, credits Sony with leading the main ‘pack of four’ (Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic) in terms of UK unit sales and market share. via Sony leads UK Ultra-HD … Continue reading →
Growth in Belgacom’s TV subscriber base accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2013, with an additional 20,000 TV households taking the company’s TV base to 1.479 million, up 6.7% year-on-year. via Belgacom sees TV growth accelerate in fourth quarter » … Continue reading →
Telekom Slovenije’s OTT platform TViN has become one of the first in the world to integrate UEFA LiveEx technology. This allows those watching UEFA Champions League matches a better overview of other football games being played simultaneously. via Telekom Slovenije … Continue reading →
One other huge change at Virgin Media today, which deserves its own news item, is that the cable provider has also scrapped the Traffic Management Policy (TMP) for downloads across all of their fixed line cable broadband packages. Sadly upload … Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of speculation involving the business and technical details surrounding the recent deal between Comcast and Netflix and plenty of wrong numbers and information being used. I thought it would be helpful to detail what’s really taking … Continue reading →
Last time I was in Lusaka, Zambia, I chatted to a taxi driver. I asked him what he did when he wasn’t driving. “I make music”, he told me. As a sometime musician myself, I asked him what he did. … Continue reading →
Devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and portable gaming systems have made it easy for consumers to multitask while watching TV. However, a November 2013 study by TiVo found that three-quarters of US TV viewers were more focused on … Continue reading →
Global shipments for Wi-Fi enabled Consumer Electronics devices grew 19 per cent year-over-year to reach 1.9 billion units in 2013 according to research from Strategy Analytics. via Wi-Fi embedded in 57% of all CE devices | Advanced Television.
February 26th saw China Digital release its full-year results, and also provided a snapshot as to the state of play in terms of digital TV in China today. Dong Li, president of China Digital, said the country now has some … Continue reading →
French service provider Bouygues Telecom has kicked off a triple-play price war in France with rival Iliad Telecom by reducing the price of its TV, fixed phone and internet service by a third, with Iliad responding in kind. via Bouygues … Continue reading →
ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX:VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced that it has become the first and only company with a shipping Ultra High Definition (UltraHD) 4K HEVC 10-bit solution to sign the Reference Design Kit … Continue reading →
The DVB Steering Board has approved new extensions to the DVB-S2 specification. The new enhanced specification, known as DVB-S2X, offers spectral efficiency gains for professional applications of up to 20-30%, with 50% possible in some scenarios. In addition, new operational … Continue reading →
The DVB gave its approval onThursday to the much-anticipated extension to the DVB-S2 specification used in the transmission of digital video over satellite. via DVB-S2 extensions offer efficiency gains.
Following Disney’s launch of Disney Movies Everywhere – a cloud-based movie service – in conjunction with Apple, rather than allying itself to the UltraViolet digital content ownership ecosystem backed by rival studios and consumer electronics groups, Mitch Singer, president of … Continue reading →
An impressive collection of television industry representative groups have launched the Joint Task Force on File Formats and Media Interoperability (JTF) with the ultimate goal of creating greater efficiencies and cost savings for exchange of file-based content. Sponsors include the … Continue reading →
Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming game service is still months away from launch, but Japanese cable company KDDI is testing the idea with the app-based GameNow service, through cable. via Japanese cable provider launches on-demand gaming service, will stream Sonic and … Continue reading →
The Korean satellite operator SkyLife has launched a cloud-based PVR service called SkyLife on Demand. The service complements an existing catch-up service that uses USB storage in the customer home to optimize network bandwidth. When content rights do not allow … Continue reading →
BBC Director-General Tony Hall has suggested that there is room for modernisation of the BBC licence fee so that it applies to the consumption of BBC TV programmes, whether live on BBC One or on-demand via BBC iPlayer. via BBC … Continue reading →
The Videonet Connected TV Awards 2014 deadline has been extended by one week to midnight PST, March 7th. Full details about the awards, including how to enter, can be found here. via Videonet Connected TV Awards deadline extended by one … Continue reading →
Tivo Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2014 Continued acceleration in MSO additions; record 313,000 cable MSO subscriptions added in the fourth quarter Positive TiVo-Owned quarterly net additions for first time in six years; … Continue reading →
Alticast, a worldwide leader in interactive television, announced today that its Alticast Media Cloud Platform has enabled Korean Telecom (KT) SkyLife (SkyLife),” South Korea’s leading satellite television broadcaster, to launch its “SkyLife on Demand” (SOD) service, the world’s first large-scale … Continue reading →
Citius, Altius, Fortius, Latin for Faster, Higher, Stronger, has long been the motto to describe the great feats of athleticism seen at the Olympic Games. With the Winter Olympics now underway in Sochi, and ahead of its annual flagship gathering, … Continue reading →
Vyve Broadband, the Purchase, N.Y.-based cable MSO founded last year by former Bresnan Communications executives, plans to deploy a network-based DVR this spring which will be powered by software from TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO) and ActiveVideo, a source told FierceCable Wednesday. … Continue reading →
Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) dropped 18,000 net video subscribers in the fourth quarter, but the losses were fewer than analysts had expected and an improvement compared to the 50,000 subscribers it shed in Q4 2012. via Cablevision reduces basic video sub … Continue reading →
This past few days the investor relations team from Sky Deutschland has been on a roadshow to the investment community, and this has prompted Berneberg Bank to issue an update to its clients. Analyst Sarah Simon says the broadcaster’s roadshow … Continue reading →
I sense a lot of excitement in the market regarding the advantages that a combined Cloud / Smart TV approach without an STB can bring service providers. But I wonder about possible negative impacts that such a shift could have … Continue reading →
SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) said late Tuesday that it’ll miss its revenue projections for the fourth quarter by more than $5 million, with the video-on-demand technology vendor blaming the shortfall on “delays in receiving anticipated orders from customers in the … Continue reading →
Chinese telecoms technology company ZTE has used Mobile World Congress to unveil a 4K/p60 set-top box. The device uses Broadcom’s latest BCM7252 chip and can handle Ultra-HDTV’s 4K x 2K/p60 (3840 x 2160 pixels) processing and decoding. via ZTE backs … Continue reading →
ITV has reported pre-tax profits up 30 per cent to £435 million (€512m) for 2013, aided by a 20 per cent rise in profits at ITV Studios. Revenues were up 8 per cent to £2.7 billion in the 12 months … Continue reading →
YouTube is starting to experiment with making its channels available on IPTV operators’ EPG as part of partner-led initiatives to extend the platform and keep viewers engaged. via YouTube looks to extend channels to IPTV EPG slots » Digital TV … Continue reading →
Interactive TV technology provider SeaChange’s fourth quarter revenues have fallen dramatically below expectations thanks to delays in orders from the Americas. via SeaChange falls short as 4Q revenues take a hit » Digital TV Europe.
As the number of OTT devices surpasses 1.7 billion this year, Pay TV operators are paying more and more attention to the need to deliver pay-TV across all devices, giving customers an alternative to OTT content while demonstrating that the … Continue reading →
Consumer exposure to advanced recommendations engines will grow to reach 75% of pay TV households on multiscreen services and 55% on set-top boxes within North America by 2018, up from 20% and 10% in 2013, respectively. via Content recommendations to … Continue reading →
Some broadcasters might have recently scored a victory against Aereo in court, but they can’t party just yet. The startup just got a 14-day grace period from a six-state preliminary injunction (it has won its share of court battles, and … Continue reading →
Canal+ Group ended 2013 with 10.4 million individual subscribers, or 249,000 more than a year earlier, while its total subscription total stood at 14.7 million. via Overseas assets drive Canal+ growth.