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Digital TV News May 1, 2015

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  • HBO CEO: ‘HBO Now’ Additive to Cable | Home Media Magazine
    Standalone subscription streaming service HBO Now has only been functional about three weeks but so far its potential negative impact on the multichannel video program distribution ecosystem is non-existent, HBO CEO Richard Plepler told analysts April 29 on Time Warner’s fiscal call. via HBO CEO: ‘HBO Now’ Additive to Cable | Home Media Magazine.
  • Piracy app Popcorn Time to be blocked in the UK | The Verge
    Popular streaming app Popcorn Time will be blocked in the UK after a successful legal challenge from Hollywood movie studios. The app — which has been dubbed “Netflix for pirates” thanks to its slick and easy-to-use interface — will be banned under the same laws used to target torrent sites like The Pirate Bay. Although Popcorn […]
  • Time Warner, Charter Eye Bright House Acquisition | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Both Time Warner Cable and Charter have reached out to Bright House Networks about the possibility of being acquired, according to the Wall Street Journal. Charter was slated to buy Bright House for $10.4 billion as a consolidation prize after it failed to win its bid for Time Warner Cable. via Time Warner, Charter Eye […]
  • Telefónica closes Canal+ Spain acquisition » Digital TV Europe
    Telefónica has closed its acquisition of Prisa’s 56% stake in pay TV outfit Canal+ España following approval of the deal by the country’s competition watchdog, the CNMV. via Telefónica closes Canal+ Spain acquisition » Digital TV Europe.
  • UK TV viewers remain traditional in tastes, says survey » Digital TV Europe
    UK TV viewers remain broadly traditional in their TV preferences, but strongly identify with programme ‘superbrands’, according to research carried out for free-to-air digital-terrestrial TV platform Freeview. via UK TV viewers remain traditional in tastes, says survey » Digital TV Europe.
  • Channel 5 faces job losses as Sky and Viacom renew deal » Digital TV Europe
    Sky and Viacom International Media Networks has renewed the deal that sees a raft of channels including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central carried on the UK pay TV platform. via Channel 5 faces job losses as Sky and Viacom renew deal » Digital TV Europe.
  • Montenegro Telecom adds to TV base » Digital TV Europe
    Deutsche Telekom-owned Montenegrin telecom operator Crnogorski Telekom added 1,700 TV customers in the first three months of this year, taking the total number of customers for its Extra TV service to 64,400. via Montenegro Telecom adds to TV base » Digital TV Europe.
  • Amazon Germany adds 4K content | Advanced Television
    Amazon Prime customers in Germany can now download movies and TV series in Ultra-HD. via Amazon Germany adds 4K content | Advanced Television.
  • Arris set-top with us for some time
    Arris says there’s plenty of life left in the set-top box or at least something like it. Bob Stanzione, ARRIS Chairman and CEO, was answering questions following the announcement of the company’s first quarter results. via Arris set-top with us for some time.
  • Spain approves new TV rights model | Advanced Television
    A meeting of Spain’s cabinet has approved a Royal Decree mandating collective bargaining for TV rights from the 2016-2017 season, similar to the English Premier League’s model. via Spain approves new TV rights model | Advanced Television.
  • Contract renewal for Sky and Viacom
    Sky Media will sell advertising for Channel 5, 5 USA and 5*under a new agreement that confirms the distribution of the Viacom stable of channels in Sky homes for a further five years. via Contract renewal for Sky and Viacom.
  • DTG :: News :: DTG prepares R-Book update for the post-switchover environment
    The DTG has received a request from Ofcom that R-Books 2 and 5 be updated to provide guidance to installers to promote the use of ‘wideband’ aerials that would not need replacing should a change of use of 700MHz occur. via DTG :: News :: DTG prepares R-Book update for the post-switchover environment.
  • More than half Brits ‘TV addicts’ | Advanced Television
    Findings from UK DTT platform Freeview, commissioned to find out more about people’s relationship with TV, reveal that Britain is having a love affair with TV, though viewers stick within their comfort zone when it comes to picking what to watch. via More than half Brits ‘TV addicts’ | Advanced Television.
  • Comcast to Offer 2 Gigabit Service In Chattanooga | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Comcast today announced that the cable giant will be bringing its two gigabit “Gigabit Pro” service to portions of Chattanooga. According to the Comcast announcement, the faster speeds will be offered to an estimated 200,000 subscribers starting in June, with plans to “expand availability locally over the next several months.” Comcast is still refusing to […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Czech CAEK conference review
    Although this year’s CAEK conference in Prague coincided with the full launch of Horizon by UPC in the Czech Republic, that was not the main subject of debate at the event. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Czech CAEK conference review.
  • TWC adds 30K TV subs in Q1, experiences first growth in five years – FierceCable
    Driven by what it says are improvements in products and customer service, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) added 30,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, the first quarterly addition of TV subscribers for the MSO since first quarter 2009. via TWC adds 30K TV subs in Q1, experiences first growth in five years – FierceCable.
  • 27% US homes own streaming device | Advanced Television
    Parks Associates research shows 27 per cent of US broadband households now own a streaming media device and nearly 90 per cent of these households have these devices connected to the Internet. via 27% US homes own streaming device | Advanced Television.
  • BT Shareholders Approve GBP12.5bn Acquisition of Mobile Operator EE – ISPreview UK
    In an entirely unsurprising development the shareholders of BT have today voted in favour of the operators £12.5bn move to buy mobile operator EE from current owners Deutsche Telekom (Germany) and Orange (France), although the final regulatory approval will take a lot longer to achieve and may extract concessions. via BT Shareholders Approve GBP12.5bn Acquisition […]
  • Erik Huggers joins Vevo as CEO » Digital TV Europe
    Former Intel TV and BBC digital chief Erik Huggers has joined music video content company Vevo as its president and CEO, according to reports. via Erik Huggers joins Vevo as CEO » Digital TV Europe.
  • Virgin Media to expand addressable advertising offering » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global-owned UK cable operator Virgin Media will build on its recent launch of dynamic ad insertion on its video-on-demand platform with a wider addressable advertising offering within the next year, according to Lynette Turnbull, head of digital entertainment product management. via Virgin Media to expand addressable advertising offering » Digital TV Europe.
  • Strong quarter for SES
    SES has reported another strong first quarter, though comparisons with the prior year are not the easiest, given 2014 transponder sales and the terms of the AMC-15/-16 capacity renewal agreements with EchoStar. via Strong quarter for SES.
  • IPTV boosts KPN’s performance
    KPN gained an additional 77,000 IPTV subscribers in the first quarter, while its broadband customer total grew by 35,000. via IPTV boosts KPN’s performance.
  • OTT v linear satellite TV: the likely outcome
    Linear satellite TV is likely to hold its own for the next few years despite the growing strength of OTT. However, in the long-term it will have to make changes. via OTT v linear satellite TV: the likely outcome.
  • Grundig selects Rovi Guide CE | Advanced Television
    Rovi has announced that Grundig, a supplier of entertainment electronics, has renewed its licensing and product agreement with Rovi. As part of the agreement Grundig will use the latest release of Rovi Guide CE to power enhanced search and recommendations in their LED TVs manufactured in 2015 and distributed across Europe. This arrangement marks the […]
  • Tough times continue at Hrvatski Telekom
    The Croatian incumbent Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT) ended the first quarter with a total of 390,000 TV subscribers, or 0.6% fewer than in the same period last year. via Tough times continue at Hrvatski Telekom.
  • Conax: Strong DRM needed for OTT battle | Advanced Television
    Maintaining a high level of security is essential for pay-TV operators looking to take their share of the lucrative OTT market, according to Tom Jahr, Conax’s executive vice president, products and partners. via Conax: Strong DRM needed for OTT battle | Advanced Television.
  • Arris’ Stanzione: Pace, ActiveVideo buys ‘give us substantial software base with which to grow’ – FierceCable
    Following an active start to 2015, during which Arris entered a $135 million co-venture with Charter Communications to purchase cloud-based video software company ActiveVideo, then put down a whopping $2.1 billion to buy competitor Pace LLC, company president and CEO Bob Stanzione put the acquisitions in context for investors. via Arris’ Stanzione: Pace, ActiveVideo buys […]
  • TV Connect Awards 2015 winners revealed | Advanced Television
    TV Connect, the connected entertainment event, has announced the winners of the 2015 TV Connect Awards. The prestigious award ceremony was held at the Gherkin in Central London, and celebrated the industry’s continued efforts to innovate and transform 4K, cloud TV, multiscreen, OTT, TV Everywhere, VoD and more. via TV Connect Awards 2015 winners revealed […]

Digital TV News April 30, 2015

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  • UPC Czech Republic launches Horizon » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global-owned UPC Czech Republic has launched UPC’s full Horizon interactive TV service to customers in the country. via UPC Czech Republic launches Horizon » Digital TV Europe.
  • ABOX42 highlights advanced set-tops » Digital TV Europe
    Germany-based set-top provider ABOX42 is using TV Connect to highlight the latest generation M40 Smart STB platform for IPTV, OTT and hybrid deployments. This latest model of the M-series product range supports HEVC/H.265 compression and is based on the latest chipset technology from Broadcom, supporting up to 4K video resolution. via ABOX42 highlights advanced set-tops […]
  • Software-defined video market to top US$10 billion » Digital TV Europe
    The total addressable market for software-defined video solutions will be US$10 billion by 2018, according to Gartner. via Software-defined video market to top US$10 billion » Digital TV Europe.
  • UPC Cablecom completes mobile Swiss rollout
    UPC Cablecom has opened up its mobile offer to the whole of Switzerland. The cablenet is offering a SIM-only mobile subscription with no minimum contract period. via UPC Cablecom completes mobile Swiss rollout.
  • Satellite TV to remain robust despite OTT threat | Advanced Television
    A report from research and consultancy firm NSR finds that, despite increasing concerns about OTT video, the linear TV via satellite market will continue to show solid growth. By 2024 the market will see an increase of over 21,000 channels across both DTH and video distribution platforms. The proliferation of Ultra-HD, HD and SD channels, […]
  • ARRIS, Akamai advance IP video delivery | Advanced Television
    ARRIS Group has revealed will offer Akamai Technologies’ Aura Licensed Content Delivery Network (LCDN) as part of its end-to-end IP video portfolio. via ARRIS, Akamai advance IP video delivery | Advanced Television.
  • Comigo partners with Broadpeak | Advanced Television
    Comigo, a multiscreen TV platforms, and Broadpeak, a CDN technology provider, have unveiled an integrated solution that allows IPTV operators to deliver live TV services to TV screens, mobile devices, smartphones, and tablets, in addition to personalised content, advanced social capabilities, and content-related interactive apps. via Comigo partners with Broadpeak | Advanced Television.

Digital TV News April 29, 2015

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  • Orange TV Stick powered by Espial HTML5 client | Digital TV News
    Transforming the viewing experience worldwide, Espial today announced that Orange, a top-ten mobile operator with 244M subscribers in 30 countries across the globe, has launched a new consumer streaming device called Orange TV Stick based on Espial’s HTML5 Client software. via Orange TV Stick powered by Espial HTML5 client | Digital TV News.
  • Minerva demonstrates integration with Oregan STB Client | Digital TV News
    Minerva Networks, a leading provider of software solutions for the delivery of entertainment services, will demonstrate integration with Oregan Networks’ set-top box client, showcasing the flexibility of the Minerva 10 platform along with the unique capabilities Oregan has developed to deliver an exceptional user experience across a broad range of set-top box (STB) models currently […]
  • Marvell partners with Celeno on wireless video | Digital TV News
    Celeno Communications, a leading provider of high-performance Wi-Fi chips and software for applications, and Marvell, a worldwide leader in providing complete silicon solutions, today announced a partnership that will see Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 family of multi-media processors and connectivity solution combined with Celeno’s 802.11ac Access Point chips to power a wireless video experience in the […]
  • Nagra brings together CAS and DRM
    Nagra has unveiled a new hybrid CAS/DRM content protection solution, the first joint project with Conax since last year’s acquisition. via Nagra brings together CAS and DRM.
  • Motive TV wins datacasting patent approval
    Motive Television’s application for a patent around datacasting has been accepted by the United States patent examiner. via Motive TV wins datacasting patent approval.
  • Netgem brings new features to EE TV
    Netgem says it’s rolling out features for EE TV, including Save from Replay and HD Replay. via Netgem brings new features to EE TV.
  • Three become one in Project Uno for Freeview
    S&T, ACCESS and Pixsan have jointly launched Project Uno, a Universal Television Kit (UTK) Shared Source base for hybrid TV projects, such as the new Freeview Play. via Three become one in Project Uno for Freeview.
  • HBO CEO Doesn’t Believe In Releasing Entire Seasons At Once | DSLReports, ISP Information
    HBO CEO Richard Plepler talked about the launch of HBO Now last week at at event hosted by the Washington Post. via HBO CEO Doesn’t Believe In Releasing Entire Seasons At Once | DSLReports, ISP Information.
  • Broadcom first with NAGRA NOCS3 certification for Ultra HD | Digital TV News
    Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that it is the industry’s first to receive NAGRA NOCS3 certification for HEVC and Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) set-top box (STB) systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). The security architecture supports the latest in content protection, ensuring the delivery of […]
  • Telenet blames OTT competition on ‘above average’ video churn » Digital TV Europe
    Belgian cable operator Telenet reported that subscribers to its total basic and enhanced video services decreased by 11,900 quarter-over-quarter to 2.07 million – an “above the average churn” compared to previous quarters in 2014. via Telenet blames OTT competition on ‘above average’ video churn » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone Spain suing former Ono managers » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone España is suing the former management of its cable operator arm Ono over alleged irregularities ahead of its acquisition of the company. via Vodafone Spain suing former Ono managers » Digital TV Europe.
  • NAGRA 1m Canal+ Android milestone | Advanced Television
    Specialist provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions NAGRA has revealed that French pay-TV operator Canal+Group has deployed multiscreen services on more than one million Android devices using NAGRA multiscreen solutions. via NAGRA 1m Canal+ Android milestone | Advanced Television.
  • KPN developing ‘Play by KPN’ OTT TV app | Digital TV News
    KPN is developing Play by KPN, a unique over-the-top TV service, to meet changing viewer demand. This single app will allow users to view content in a new, personal way as either live TV or on-demand. Play by KPN will be available for everyone with an internet connection, at home or out-of-home, during the course […]
  • First HEVC, then improve 4K quality, says Envivio
    Envivio says the deployment of 4K video delivery is being bogged down in the debate over standards. via First HEVC, then improve 4K quality, says Envivio.
  • Mobile the driver for Telenet
    Mobile provided an additional focus for Belgian operator Telenet in financials released Tuesday. via Mobile the driver for Telenet.
  • Horizon arrives in Czech Republic
    The Horizon platform will officially be launched in the Czech Republic later today (April 28). via Horizon arrives in Czech Republic.
  • Zattoo provides IPTV platform for German cable
    German cable operator association Deutsche Netzmarketing GmbH (DNMG) and Swiss internet TV provider Zattoo have signed an exclusive partnership for Germany enabling DNMG’s members to offer their customers IP-based TV products for TV sets, smartphones and tablets under their own brand. via Zattoo provides IPTV platform for German cable.
  • Sky D selects AirTies for Wi-Fi access to Sky Anytime
    AirTies Wireless Networks, a provider of wireless and OTT/IPTV technologies, supplies wireless connector SC201 to Sky Deutschland giving the German pay-TV broadcaster’s subscribers the opportunity to stream content from on-demand service Sky Anytime to the Sky+ HD set-top-box over Wi-Fi. via Sky D selects AirTies for Wi-Fi access to Sky Anytime.
  • Orange/Jazztel deal up against the clock
    Orange Spain has less than a week to convince the European Commission of the merits of its acquisition of Jazztel. via Orange/Jazztel deal up against the clock.
  • AirTies boosts Sky Deutschland Anytime | Advanced Television
    Following similar successful projects with both Sky UK and Sky Italia, advanced wireless and OTT/IPTV technology specialist AirTies Wireless Networks has confirmed that it is supplying its Wireless Connector SC201 to Sky Deutschland. This gives German customers the opportunity to stream content from the Sky Anytime service to the Sky+ HD Set Top Box over […]
  • TV Connect debut for ABOX42 M-series enhancement
    ABOX42 is premiering its latest generation M40 Smart STB platform for IPTV, OTT & Hybrid. via TV Connect debut for ABOX42 M-series enhancement.
  • Wyplay steps forward as V-Nova PERSEUS integrator
    Wyplay has given further details on the integration of its Frog Client pay-TV middleware with V-Nova’s PERSEUS compression technology on the set-top box platform of a leading European operator. via Wyplay steps forward as V-Nova PERSEUS integrator.
  • ACCESS delivering multiple platforms amid multiple standards
    ACCESS will use TV Connect to demonstrate the latest additions to its multiscreen software portfolio. via ACCESS delivering multiple platforms amid multiple standards.
  • Kudelski teams up with Walt Disney
    Kudelski Group has signed a multi-year patent licence agreement with The Walt Disney Company. via Kudelski teams up with Walt Disney.
  • Amino unveils new 4K platform
    Amino will be unveiling a new HEVC/4K platform at this year’s TV Connect that will feature the already established Aminet software. There’s also a new-look 4K HEVC product family. via Amino unveils new 4K platform.
  • RDK licensees increase by 60%+ in a year
    The number of Reference Design Kit (RDK) licensees has grown by more than 63% in the last 12 months and now stands at more than 200 across CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and pay-TV service providers. via RDK licensees increase by 60%+ in a year.
  • RDK Community Expands Worldwide | Advanced Television
    In advance of the The Internet & Television Expo 2015, RDK Management has provided an update on the continued global progress and adoption of the Reference Design Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment from TV service providers. via RDK Community Expands Worldwide | Advanced Television.
  • ADB with 2 millionth solution for Polish nc+ | Advanced Television
    ADB has delivered its 2 millionth solution for the most technologically advanced Polish satellite operator – nc+. via ADB with 2 millionth solution for Polish nc+ | Advanced Television.
  • Report: Time Warner Cable Approached Cox About Merger | DSLReports, ISP Information
    On the heels of its deal with Comcast falling apart, the Wall Street Journal reports that Time Warner Cable approached Cox over the last few days over the possibility of a new deal. Privately-owned Cox told Time Warner Cable they weren’t interested, according to the report. A Cox rep tells the Journal “we’ve been clear […]

Digital TV News April 28, 2015

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

Digital TV News April 27, 2015

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

Digital TV News April 24, 2015

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

Digital TV News April 23, 2015

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