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- Comcast pushes back expected TWC deal closure to mid-2015 – FierceCable
Delays, delays, nothing but delays… With the FCC once again suspending its regulatory review process, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) once more pushed back its expected close of its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). via Comcast pushes back expected TWC deal closure to mid-2015 – FierceCable.
- BT TV’s power team » Digital TV Europe
Kate Bulkley profiles the top trio at BT who are tweaking Sky’s tail and leading the telco’s TV strategy. via BT TV’s power team » Digital TV Europe.
- Broadcom enables China’s first 4Kp60 STB deployment | Digital TV News
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that Inspur Group, Shandong Cable Network’s primary systems integrator, has selected Broadcom’s Ultra HD system-on-chip (SoC) and Wi-Fi SoC for a new line of 4Kp60 cable set-top boxes (STBs). Leveraging Broadcom’s latest compression and decoding technology, Inspur’s […]
- TV to account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015 » Digital TV Europe
TV advertising will account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015, but there are indications that its share is “slowly eroding”, according to new research by global media network Carat. via TV to account for 42.2% of the global ad market in 2015 » Digital TV Europe.
- UK launch for Amazon Fire’s streaming stick
Amazon has launched its Fire TV Stick into the UK market. via UK launch for Amazon Fire’s streaming stick.
- South Africa digital TV a “fiasco” | Advanced Television
South African opposition parliamentarians have described the nation’s adoption of digital TV as a “fiasco”. Marian Shinn, the opposition’s shadow Telecoms minister, has severely criticised South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma for failures in decision making, and which has resulted in a “legislative nightmare and confusing reporting lines”. via South Africa digital TV a “fiasco” | […]
- Channel merger still haunts Mediaset
The Spanish regulator CNMC is set to open new disciplinary proceedings and impose new sanctions on Mediaset. via Channel merger still haunts Mediaset.
- Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom sold for a euro
The European investment group LIC33 has acquired a 43% stake in the Bulgarian incumbent telco Vivacom. via Bulgarian incumbent Vivacom sold for a euro.
- New head for T-Mobile in Poland
Adam Sawicki has been appointed the CEO of T-Mobile Polska, effective June 1. via New head for T-Mobile in Poland.
- EchoStar renames Solaris Mobile | Advanced Television
Dublin-based Solaris Mobile is now formally operating as EchoStar Mobile Ltd. The plans that EchoStar might have for the S-band satellite (and matching terrestrial activity) frequencies are now clearer. via EchoStar renames Solaris Mobile | Advanced Television.
- Global pay TV subscriber base to pass 1.1 Billion in 2020 | Digital TV News
According to ABI Research, the worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers. “Despite the growth in subscriber base, weak currency exchange rates resulted in a slower increase of pay TV market service revenue. Worldwide the pay TV market generated US$257 billion in 2014 and […]
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- Cross-device syncing enabled for iPlayer with BBC iD app | ITProPortal.com
BBC iPlayer users can now set up their own personal account, enabling them to sync content across different platforms. Users can register a BBC iD and access their favourites and viewing history on iOS and Android, as well as the BBC iPlayer website. via Cross-device syncing enabled for iPlayer with BBC iD app | ITProPortal.com.
- Guangdong Cable selects NAGRA content protection | 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 Guangdong Cable has selected NAGRA anyCAST content protection solutions to secure a new offer combining DVB-based live TV and Internet-based over-the-top services (OTT). The OTT services will include live TV and VOD […]
- Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere Slammed for Lack of Android 5 Support – ISPreview UK
Customers of Sky Broadband with Sky TV, specifically those who enjoy accessing their TV content on an Android based mobile device via the Sky Go app, have criticised the operator for not updating their app to work properly with the latest Android 5.1 release. But it could be worse; they might be users of Virgin […]
- Google’s Nexus Player for UK | Advanced Television
Google’s Nexus Player, the company’s first device to feature the Android TV platform, will launch in the UK on March 26th. The Asus made device is available for £79.99 (€104) – £20 more than the recently price-cut Apple TV. via Google’s Nexus Player for UK | Advanced Television.
- T-Mobile Polska appoints Netia chief as new CEO » Digital TV Europe
Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. via T-Mobile Polska appoints Netia chief as new CEO » Digital TV Europe.
- Cable, Broadcast Executives Slowly Waking Up To Netflix Impact | DSLReports, ISP Information
While the overall number of total pay TV subscribers is seeing a modest decline, the same can’t be said for cable programming ratings — which have been in free fall for several years. That’s especially been true of children’s programming, with parents (and kids) often finding better value with Netflix content. Total TV viewing dropped […]
- Astro selects Thomson for DTH, IPTV and OTT expansion | Digital TV News
Southeast Asia’s largest pay-TV operator, Astro, has chosen a suite of Thomson Video Networks encoding and video processing solutions to drive its new Multi-screen Unified Compression System (MUCS), a compression platform that will enable Astro to deliver additional channels for its future business expansion. Thomson Video Networks’ solutions deployed for MUCS include the award-winning ViBE™ […]
- PrimaCom looking for acquisition targets
Germany’s fourth-largest cable operator PrimaCom wants to accelerate its growth through further acquisitions following last year’s takeover of DTK Deutsche Telekabel. via PrimaCom looking for acquisition targets.
- Sony’s poorly targeted PlayStation Vue service ‘DOA,’ analyst says – FierceCable
Describing Sony’s over-the-top pay-TV service as a product grossly mismatched with its young, price-conscious male target market, TDG analyst Joel Espelien has declared PlayStation Vue “dead on arrival.” via Sony’s poorly targeted PlayStation Vue service ‘DOA,’ analyst says – FierceCable.
- Crisis hits Ukrainian DTT
The Ukrainian DTT broadcaster Zeonbud has been forced to take its services off the air, only to have the suspension lifted a day later. via Crisis hits Ukrainian DTT.
- Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast | Advanced Television
The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2014, reveals viewing of video content on Internet-connected mobile devices has grown year-on-year though it remains small relative to the time Australians spend watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets. via Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast | Advanced Television.
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- Ustream’s Software-Defined CDN Could Become A Bandwidth Exchange For Live Broadcasters – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
Ustream has developed a reputation for its ability to host some of the world’s largest streaming events via their HD broadcast video platform. The company hosted more than 1 million concurrent viewers and 8 million total viewers during the launch of Sony’s Playstation 4 and regularly hosts 70 million viewers per month. And, while it […]
- CableLabs joins NYU Wireless to drive 5G research – FierceCable
Non-profit cable consortium CableLabs has joined university research center NYU Wireless to help define and drive research around 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology. Specifically, the consortium will be an affiliate of NYU Wireless and join wireless industry stalwarts such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Samsung, Nokia Networks and Solutions (NYSE:NOK) and Intel to figure out the […]
- UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 » Digital TV Europe
The subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of £1 billion (€1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, according to new research. via UK SVoD market to pass £1 billion by 2019 » Digital TV Europe.
- Telefonica to triple FTTH speed | Advanced Television
Telefonica is going to triple the Internet broadband speed, from 100 Mpbs to 300 Mpbs, before thr summer in an attempt to take the lead in the increasingly competitive broadband market, and widen its capacity to distribute Movistar TV and new added-value video services. via Telefonica to triple FTTH speed | Advanced Television.
- Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels | Advanced Television
Japan’s SkyPerfecTV, owned by J-Sat, is broadcasting two 4K/UltraHDTV channels. via Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels | Advanced Television.
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- Major changes for Canal+ in Poland
The Polish DTH platform nc+ plans to increase the number of Canal+ branded premium channels it offers from six to eight. via Major changes for Canal+ in Poland.
- German HD+ platform plans Ultra HD service
HD+, the HD satellite platform for DTH households in Germany on Astra (19.2° East), wants to give viewers a glimpse at the next generation of high-definition television. via German HD+ platform plans Ultra HD service.
- Czech Digi TV to be sold
RCS&RDS is set to sell its Digi TV operation in the Czech Republic to the utility company Lama Energy. via Czech Digi TV to be sold.
- Liberty wants to take ITV shows to Europe
Liberty Global’s chief financial officer has ruled out an outright bid for ITV but sees an opportunity in taking some of its top shows into Europe. via Liberty wants to take ITV shows to Europe.
- Liberty rules out ITV bid | Advanced Television
US cable group Liberty Global wants to distribute ITV’s most popular programmes across Europe, but sees the UK commercial broadcaster as too “pricey” to acquire outright, its chief financial officer has suggested in an interview with the FT. via Liberty rules out ITV bid | Advanced Television.
- Philips smart TVs opt for Android
The vast majority of 2015 Philips Smart TVs are powered by Android 5.0, Lollipop. via Philips smart TVs opt for Android.
- Raduga TV bankruptcy confirmed
Moscow’s Arbitration Court has upheld a petition for bankruptcy filed by DalGeoKom, the operator of the former DTH platform Raduga TV. via Raduga TV bankruptcy confirmed.
- European TV executives bullish on Apple TV – Business Insider
Apple’s new subscription TV service is reportedly arriving in the US this fall, offering around 25 channels for between $25 and $40 per month, according to The Wall Street Journal. via European TV executives bullish on Apple TV – Business Insider.
- Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads
For all of the other things it does, Google is still a company that makes a ton of money from advertising, and now it’s turning that focus to TV. via Google Fiber starts testing targeted, trackable TV ads.
- SFR to abandon Android STBs
French telecom operator SFR is giving up on its Google Android STBs following the acquisition by Numericable-Altice. via SFR to abandon Android STBs.
- Liberty’s Project Lightning: 40% take-up | Advanced Television
Liberty Global is planning a wide-ranging expansion of its UK penetration, and a management briefing for the City has seen investment bank Jefferies issue a major (17-page) re-examination of Liberty’s prospects – and summarises its position with a “Buy” recommendation and a raised $59 price target (Liberty Global’s shares are currently about $53). via Liberty’s […]
- South Africa targets 84% of population in digital switchover » Digital TV Europe
South Africa will now aim to cover 84% of the country’s total population with its digital terrestrial TV signal, according to amendments made to the country’s digital migration policy. via South Africa targets 84% of population in digital switchover » Digital TV Europe.
- Telecom Italia returns to profit | Advanced Television
Telecom Italia has returned to profit for the first time in three years as Italy’s largest telecoms group begins its biggest investment to date to modernise its mobile and broadband networks. via Telecom Italia returns to profit | Advanced Television.
- Pay-TV being forced out of Russia | Advanced Television
A report from IHS Technology says that Russia’s weak economy, and tough regulatory changes are making life difficult for pay-TV broadcasters. via Pay-TV being forced out of Russia | Advanced Television.
- Early price increase for Sky subscribers
Just weeks after agreeing to pay £4.2 billion to maintain coverage of the Premier League, Sky is to bring in an early price increase. via Early price increase for Sky subscribers.
- Video infrastructure software spending shifting to headend
New Q4 data from Synergy Research Group shows that headend-oriented software is accounting for an ever-larger share of video infrastructure software revenues, while content protection share of the market is declining. via Video infrastructure software spending shifting to headend.
- Telenet, Belgacom strengthen duopoly on Belgian market
Telenet remains the biggest provider on the Belgian consumer fixed market, followed by incumbent Belgacom. via Telenet, Belgacom strengthen duopoly on Belgian market.
- Chris Dziadul Reports: Scripps looks to Europe
The sale of a majority stake in Poland’s TVN to Scripps Network Interactive has come as something of a surprise. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Scripps looks to Europe.
- Envivio reduces losses | Advanced Television
Envivio, a provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015 ending January 31st 2015. via Envivio reduces losses | Advanced Television.
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- MPEG LA expands HEVC license coverage – Digital TV News
MPEG LA, LLC has announced that the coverage of its HEVC Patent Portfolio License has been updated to conform with recent revisions to the HEVC standard as defined in Recommendation ITU-T H.265 v2 (10/2014). As a result of the update, … Continue reading
- Comcast may be forced to join Apple’s new pay-TV service – FierceCable
Federal mandates put in place when Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) acquired NBCUniversal in 2011 could force the conglomerate to the bargain table with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) over the tech giant’s upcoming streaming pay-TV service. via Comcast may be forced to join … Continue reading
- Pay-TV’s revolutionary OTT services are coming up short on revolution – FierceCable
Meet the new pay-TV. Same as the old pay-TV. I can’t say I’m not intrigued by the possibility—seemingly real this time—that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) will launch a streaming pay-TV service. The concept of the company with the biggest market capitalization, … Continue reading
- 4KTV Standards Are A Mess, and Only 41% Even Know What 4K Is | DSLReports, ISP Information
While 4K isn’t the gimmick 3D TV was in the eyes of many consumers, a new study shows the standard has a lot of work to do before sales of the sets ramp up. According to new data from Leichtman … Continue reading
- Orange plans 4K STB for 2016 | Advanced Television
Orange will launch a new STB with 4K compatibility in 2016, and the box will not use the Android but a home grown system. via Orange plans 4K STB for 2016 | Advanced Television.
- Fries and Cubero to appear at ANGA COM » Digital TV Europe
German broadband trade fair ANGA COM has provided details of the agenda for the 2015 show. via Fries and Cubero to appear at ANGA COM » Digital TV Europe.
- Piksel launches redesigned asset management system » Digital TV Europe
Piksel has launched Piksel Digital Enterprise 6.0, a redesigned version of its cloud-based asset management system. via Piksel launches redesigned asset management system » Digital TV Europe.
- UK streaming market £1bn by 2019 | Advanced Television
The rise is streaming could soon makes DVDs and Blu-ray discs as obsolete as VHS video cassettes, according to market research firm Mintel. via UK streaming market £1bn by 2019 | Advanced Television.
- David Souhami – Casting good fit for pay-TV
The Wi-Fi connected HDMI dongle is emerging as a serious solution not just for accessing online content but also for bringing broadcast services to legacy TV sets. There are several reasons why this is happening, perhaps the primary one being … Continue reading
- Altice puts Cabovisão on the market
Altice has put up Portuguese cable net Cabovisão for sale, just three years after it acquired the operation from Montreal-based Cogeco Cable. via Altice puts Cabovisão on the market.
- Sony’s PlayStation Vue ‘just paying for cable over IP,’ review says – FierceCable
Launching officially in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia Wednesday, Sony’s PlayStation Vue over-the-top pay-TV service was subject to its first press reviews. via Sony’s PlayStation Vue ‘just paying for cable over IP,’ review says – FierceCable.
- Elemental for Tata Sky 4K STBs | Advanced Television
Elemental Technologies, a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has announced that Tata Sky, India’s leading DTH operator, is using Elemental software to process Ultra HD live linear content in high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) for delivery to … Continue reading
- HBO, Showtime reportedly want exemptions from Internet data caps | Ars Technica
HBO, Showtime, and Sony reportedly want special treatment from Internet service providers to avoid congestion and data caps for their online streaming services. via HBO, Showtime reportedly want exemptions from Internet data caps | Ars Technica.
- HBO, Sony reportedly look for special streaming deals with ISPs
According to the Wall Street Journal, as TV services shift from the traditional outlets (antenna, cable, satellite) to the internet big names like HBO, Showtime and Sony are worried about their services running into congestion and bandwidth caps. A possible … Continue reading
- Sky’s raising its TV prices to balance Premier League costs
Sky just spent a whopping £4.2 billion on Premier League broadcasting rights, so unsurprisingly, it’s decided to make up some of the cost by increasing the prices of its various TV packages. The cheapest “Original” bundle will stay the same, … Continue reading
- PlayStation’s new TV service doesn’t work on PlayStation TV | The Verge
Sony’s odd-duck PlayStation TV hardware seemed like a good idea at the time — an inexpensive box that lets you play many of the excellent and inexpensive PS Vita games out there as well as a way to stream shows … Continue reading
- Virgin Media customers finally get access to Sky Sports’ Android app
As part of its tie-up with Sky, Virgin Media has been letting subscribers use their logins to access Sky Sports and Sky Movies. via Virgin Media customers finally get access to Sky Sports’ Android app.
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- Apple’s new TV service has the one feature that will scare the heck out of cable companies – Business Insider
Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new TV service this fall that will include a “slimmed-down bundle of TV networks,” according to a Wall Street Journal report. via Apple’s new TV service has the one feature that will scare … Continue reading
- Canoe now reaching 130 DMAs, 48 out of top 50 – FierceCable
Canoe, the cable-industry joint venture specializing in dynamic ad insertion (DAI) into video-on-demand, says its reach has expanded into 130 demographic marketing areas (DMAs) across the U.S., and 48 of the top 50 DMAs. via Canoe now reaching 130 DMAs, … Continue reading
- Comcast now field-testing DOCSIS 3.1, readying for 2016 deployment – FierceCable
Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is now field-testing network systems based on the DOCSIS 3.1 specification and is preparing for deployment of the standard in 2016. via Comcast now field-testing DOCSIS 3.1, readying for 2016 deployment – FierceCable.
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Matthias Kurth, Cable Europe » Digital TV Europe
Revenues are still growing among Europe’s cable operators, but with the emergence of new over-the-top content providers it is a competitive market, says executive chairman of Cable Europe Matthias Kurth. via Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Matthias Kurth, Cable … Continue reading
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Severina Pascu, UPC Romania & Hungary » Digital TV Europe
Low internet penetration gives cable room for growth in CEE, according to Severina Pascu, UPC Romania and Hungary. Demand for content is meanwhile following the pattern set in western Europe, with a growing number of people willing to pay an … Continue reading
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve Oetegenn, Verimatrix » Digital TV Europe
It’s complex, rather than difficult, to provide a uniform level of security across a wide range of devices and digital platforms, according to Verimatrix president, Steve Oetegenn. via Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve Oetegenn, Verimatrix » Digital TV … Continue reading
- Cable Congress Video Interviews – Asanga Gunatillaka, ComHem » Digital TV Europe
Com Hem’s TiVo deployment allows it to bring together lots of content sources in one place, according to chief product officer, Asanga Gunatillaka. via Cable Congress Video Interviews – Asanga Gunatillaka, ComHem » Digital TV Europe.
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Philipp Humm, Vodafone » Digital TV Europe
True convergence will be customer driven, unlike the operator driven product bundling of today, according to Philipp Humm, CEO Europe, Vodafone. via Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Philipp Humm, Vodafone » Digital TV Europe.
- Altice to sell Portugal’s Cabovisão | Advanced Television
France’s Altice has confirmed it is planning to sell Portuguese cable TV operator Cabovisão. via Altice to sell Portugal’s Cabovisão | Advanced Television.
- Comcast Is Preparing To Launch 1 Gbps Broadband Service | DSLReports, ISP Information
Quite some time before 1 Gbps fiber to the press release became the industry PR trend du jour, Comcast had started offering a 505 Mbps down, 100 Mbps up tier. The tier isn’t cheap — it runs users around $300 … Continue reading
- Sky to expand OTT in Germany, Italy, will launch Restart in UK » Digital TV Europe
Sky plans to build its on-demand offering and OTT offerings in Germany and Italy on the model of what has been achieved in the UK, and potentially launch download-to-own services in those markets, while introducing the Restart services provided to … Continue reading
- Orange to launch new box, will bring TV dongle to France » Digital TV Europe
Orange is to present a new TV and internet box, along with the HDMI dongle pioneered in Romania, in October as part of its Essentials 2020 development plan. via Orange to launch new box, will bring TV dongle to France … Continue reading
- Sky launching Restart in UK | Advanced Television
Sky has confirmed that its Restart feature will roll out in the UK later this year. via Sky launching Restart in UK | Advanced Television.
- DTT dominates in Spain | Advanced Television
Whereas in most of Europe, TV consumption is via satellite with a penetration rate of 35 per cent, in Spain, DTT takes the lion’s share with 11.56 million homes, albeit with a drop of 500,000 homes, down 8.6 per cent … Continue reading
- Changes ahead for Skylink
Skylink and its sister service CS Link had a total of 1.96 million active cards as of the end of February, according to Jaromir Glisnik, member of the board at M7 Group. via Changes ahead for Skylink.
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Steve McCaffery and Cornel Ciocirlan, Arris » Digital TV Europe
WiFi is making the home truly connected and operators need the industry to come together to provide an intuitive user experience, according to Steve McCaffery, SVP, EMEA, Arris. Meanwhile, cable operators are investing in network connectivity and connected home technology. … Continue reading
- Cable Congress 2015 Video Interviews – Manuel Kohnstamm, Liberty Global & Cable Europe » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global will look to make selective investments in content production, particularly to feed its SVoD services, according to Manuel Kohnstamm, the company’s chief policy officer, who also serves as president of cable industry organisation Cable Europe. via Cable Congress … Continue reading
- UK man arrested for wrestling piracy | Advanced Television
A man from the East Midlands of the UK – believed to be one of the Internet’s biggest illegal uploaders of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) content – has been arrested by detectives from the Police … Continue reading
- Sling TV launches on Xbox One – Digital TV News
Today Sling TV released its app for Xbox One, the first gaming console to support the live, over-the-top TV service. Xbox One joins a constellation of other devices that support Sling TV, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; … Continue reading
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- Adam Crozier CEO ITV on tv audience and employment – Business Insider
Adam Crozier, the chief executive of ITV, says British people watch on average 3.41 hours of TV per day, slightly down on the year before. But it’s not the onslaught of Netflix competition that is drawing people away from the … Continue reading
- BT CEO John Petter just calls for break up of Sky ‘monopoly’ on cable TV – Business Insider
John Petter, the CEO of BT’s consumer business, has brushed aside calls for BT to be broken up by the UK government so that its Openreach unit, which operates the largest national broadband internet network, can be forced to compete … Continue reading
- Apple rumored to offer sharing of customer data with networks for TV service | iMore
Apple is rumored to be willing to share customer data with potential partners to get its reported TV service off the ground. via Apple rumored to offer sharing of customer data with networks for TV service | iMore.
- Chromecast now works with your TV’s remote control — Medium
One of the most frequent complaints about Chromecast has been that it doesn’t come with a remote control, requiring users to fiddle with their phone even if they just want to pause a program for a few seconds. Well, complain … Continue reading
- Apple plans TV service with around 25 channels after falling out with Comcast: WSJ | The Verge
Apple’s long-rumored online TV service could be announced as soon as June, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly preparing to offer a service with around 25 channels from broadcasters like ABC, CBS, and Fox and launch … Continue reading
- You Can Now Control Your Chromecast With A Normal TV Remote
A Chromecast is just about the cheapest (and best) way to get Netflix onto your TV with minimum hassle, but one of the tradeoffs is that you have to control everything from your smartphone or laptop — which kinda sucks. … Continue reading
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- Andrew Neil: ‘UHD will strengthen traditional TV’ | Advanced Television
Broadcaster and commentator Andrew Neil has predicted that the advent of 4K viewing will give mainstream broadcast TV “a new lease of life”. via Andrew Neil: ‘UHD will strengthen traditional TV’ | Advanced Television.
- Rovi appoints chief revenue officer » Digital TV Europe
Rovi has appointed former Alcatel-Lucent executive Dave Longaker to the newly created role of chief revenue officer. via Rovi appoints chief revenue officer » Digital TV Europe.
- Netflix confirms Euro content buyer hire » Digital TV Europe
Netflix has confirmed the hire of former Telepool executive Kai Finke to its European content acquisitions team. via Netflix confirms Euro content buyer hire » Digital TV Europe.
- Germany leads in Ultra HD awareness
Awareness of Ultra HD is higher among German viewers than those in other large West European markets. via Germany leads in Ultra HD awareness.
- No new regulation on Sky Access Control
Ofcom says it has no plans to impose new regulatory conditions on Sky’s provision of interactive services to third party channels. via No new regulation on Sky Access Control.
- Strong UK TV market faces changes
The BBC is likely to find itself being regulated by Ofcom rather than the BBC Trust, according to Andrew Neil, the political commentator and former executive of Sky Television. via Strong UK TV market faces changes.
- SES claims 1.1bn viewers globally | Advanced Television
SES has released its annual ‘Satellite Monitor’ numbers and say they have expanded their worldwide reach to 312 million (up 7 per cent) which means the 6500 channels they carry on their satellites are collectively reaching more than 1.1 billion … Continue reading
- Sky invests further $5m in 1Mainstream | Advanced Television
Sky has invested a further $5 million in 1Mainstream, an OTT startup company that operates an automated platform for the distribution of linear and on-demand video to Internet-connected devices. The investment, which is in the form of a convertible debt … Continue reading
- KPN reports record usage of Restart-TV
Dutch incumbent KPN said that its Restart-TV service Begin Gemist has been used a record number of 2.5 million times during January 2015. via KPN reports record usage of Restart-TV.
- The Impact Of HTTPS On Caching Deployments In Operator Networks – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
When Google made the decision in 2013 to have all of their properties and data, including YouTube, move to HTTPS delivery, many have been asking what impact this has had on open caching deployments inside operator networks. Some have suggested … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Thomson Video Networks to Debut Next-Gen Video Delivery at 2015 NAB Show
At the 2015 NAB Show, Thomson Video Networks will debut Behind Every Screen, a unified video delivery infrastructure that mixes on-premises and cloud-based resources to support broadcast and OTT streaming of SD, HD and Ultra HD (UHD) content on every … Continue reading
- Cablevision first cable provider to offer HBO NOW – Digital TV News
Cablevision and Home Box Office (HBO) announced today that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer … Continue reading
- The evolution of IPTV and why legacy systems just won’t do | Blogs | Red Bee Media
Competition is also growing for many providers due to the rise of Netflix and other OTT TV services, so it’s vital that IPTV vendors are at the top of their game. Given that IPTV has a potential market value of … Continue reading
- Silicon Image introduces world’s first superMHL/HDMI 2.0 port processor – Digital TV News
Silicon Image, a leading provider of multimedia connectivity solutions and services and a Lattice Semiconductor company, today announced the world’s first superMHL™/HDMI® 2.0 port processor – the SiI9779. The SiI9779 supports superMHL, the MHL Consortium’s latest specification, which is ideal … Continue reading
- Satellite, cable or IPTV in 75% of French homes – Digital TV News
Mediametrie has released results from its Médiamat’Thématik survey of the French television market. According to the survey, out of a total of 59.093 million TV households in the country, 44.099 million (74.6%) receive their TV service via satellite, cable or … Continue reading
- Vodafone takes on Sky and BT with pay-TV launch | ITProPortal.com
Vodafone is preparing to launch a pay-TV service later this year, as it looks to compete against the likes of EE and TalkTalk. via Vodafone takes on Sky and BT with pay-TV launch | ITProPortal.com.
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- Vodafone loses bid to prevent Telefónica from selling converged packages » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone España has lost its two-year legal bid to prevent rival Telefónica from selling converged packages of fixed and mobile telephony, broadband TV on the grounds that rivals were unable to offer the same services over Telefónica’s network. via Vodafone … Continue reading
- Boxer gives Wiklund new role » Digital TV Europe
Swedish digital-terrestrial pay TV provider Boxer has named Per Wiklund as its new commercial director. via Boxer gives Wiklund new role » Digital TV Europe.
- Discovery cautious on 4K | Advanced Television
John Honeycutt, Discovery’s CTO, in an interview for the Satellite 2015 ‘Daily’ ahead of the show’s opening, says that even though the network is already making certain programming in 4K/Ultra HD, his channel has no immediate plans to launch a … Continue reading
- KPN adds German TV bouquet
Dutch incumbent KPN is adding a bouquet of German language channels to its IPTV service. via KPN adds German TV bouquet.
- New Ziggo takes 57% of Dutch triple-play market
Triple-play subscriptions were used by 59^ of Dutch households in Q4 2014, up from 50% eighteen months ago. via New Ziggo takes 57% of Dutch triple-play market.
- Czech Republic eyes new DTH platform
The Brno-based company itself plans to launch a DTH platform in cooperation with Telekom Austria. via Czech Republic eyes new DTH platform.
- Scripps to buy Poland’s TVN
Scripps Networks Interactive is to acquire a controlling interest of around 52.7% in the Polish national commercial broadcaster TVN from Canal+ and ITI Group for €584 million in cash. via Scripps to buy Poland’s TVN.
- Norigin Media restructures for big growth | Advanced Television
Norigin Media has announced its company owners have appointed Ajey Anand as Chief Executive Officer and have outlined a new company structure effective immediately. Anand in his previous commercial position welcomed clients such as, Deutsche Telekom, Orange Global, and Boxer … Continue reading
- Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV merger reviews halted by FCC – FierceCable
The FCC once again will pause the 180-day “shot clock” on its regulatory reviews for the prospective mergers of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), and AT&T (NYSE: T) and DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV). via Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV merger … Continue reading
- Spanish pay-TV: Subs up, revenues down | Advanced Television
The Spanish pay-TV market is gaining subscribers but losing revenue. The pay-TV market reached 4.76 million subs, up 23.32 per cent, but with lower revenue, down 6.98 per cent to €401.3 million, in the third quarter of 2014, according to … Continue reading
- OTT to grow massively, Netflix now “outspending BBC” on content » Digital TV Europe
Bundled and standalone OTT video subscriptions are expected to grow massively over the next five years as traditional cable TV subscriptions continue to decline, according to Ben Keen, chief analyst and VP, consumer media, IHS. However, the transition to digital … Continue reading
- 8K to go commercial in 2020, says CableLabs CEO » Digital TV Europe
8K is “on track to go commercial in 2020,” according to CableLabs president and CEO, Phil McKinney. via 8K to go commercial in 2020, says CableLabs CEO » Digital TV Europe.
- Glitch means recount for Brazilian pay-TV | Advanced Television
A misstatement by Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has forced a re-count for pay-TV growth covering December 2014 and January of this year. via Glitch means recount for Brazilian pay-TV | Advanced Television.
- UPC Hungary and Liberty Global’s Stephen Kelly Win Cable Europe Innovation Awards at #CableCongress | Cable Congress Blog
Cable Europe, the trade association representing the European cable industry, today awarded UPC Hungary and Liberty Global’s Stephen Kelly with awards for innovation and individual achievement, respectively. Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, and Peter Percosan, Partner, Digital Strategy, … Continue reading
- Poland opens new DTT tender
The Polish Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced a tender for what operating what will be the country’s eighth DTT multiplex. via Poland opens new DTT tender.
- Broadcom powers Free’s 4K STB | Advanced Television
Broadcom, a global specialist in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, is powering the Ultra-HD Android TV STB offered by French broadband and IPTV service provider Free via Broadcom powers Free’s 4K STB | Advanced Television.
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- Rise in Ultra HD TV penetration to drive DRAM market growth, says Nanya president
The global DRAM market will register sequential growth in the second quarter of 2015, buoyed by the rising penetration rate for Ultra HD TVs and set-top boxes (STBs), as well as demand created by car electronics applications, according to Nanya … Continue reading
- Nielsen Q4 total audience data – Business Insider
TV viewing in the US is plummeting. People are still watching TV programming, but the way in which they choose to watch it is transforming rapidly. The rise of on-demand subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant … Continue reading
- Sky and TalkTalk are itching for Ofcom to break up BT and Openreach
Back in 2006, Ofcom forced BT to set up Openreach, a separate division that manages its network infrastructure across the UK. The agreement struck between the pair was designed to give rival telephone and internet service providers (ISPs) equal access … Continue reading
- The FCC just revealed its rules to protect the open internet
When the FCC’s commissioners gathered to vote on the future of the internet as we know it a few weeks ago, the actual plan was shrouded in by ambitious (if broad) rhetoric. via The FCC just revealed its rules to … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul Reports: Cable Congress – a CEE perspective
What is already a good event will be even better next year when Cable Congress heads east to Poland. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Cable Congress – a CEE perspective.
- Albis Technologies acquired by UET
Swiss IPTV set-top maker and access technologies vendor Albis Technologies is acquired by UET United Electronic Technology. It will be merged with UET’s ELCON Systemtechnik. object is to provide Telecommunications Service Providers with a comprehensive product portfolio including Multimedia Access … Continue reading
- Charter in talks to buy Bright House, report says – FierceCable
Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) has quietly been in talks with billionaire Si Newhouse Jr. for months about buying Bright House Networks. via Charter in talks to buy Bright House, report says – FierceCable.
- TV Apps on Legacy STBs is a winner
Caroline Van Weede, Managing Director of Cable Europe, and Peter Percosan, Partner, Digital Strategy, announced this year’s winner of the Cable Europe Innovation Award. via TV Apps on Legacy STBs is a winner.
- Netflix subs ‘ultimate broadband consumers’ | Advanced Television
With press reports suggesting that Netflix subscribers regularly consume anywhere from 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the Internet’s total bandwidth, and even more on the day when Netflix releases a popular show such as House of Cards, … Continue reading
- Irdeto Names CEO | Multichannel
Video security specialist Irdeto has appointed Doug Lowther as CEO effective April 1, succeeding Graham Kill, who resigned last September to pursue new opportunities in the U.K. via Irdeto Names CEO | Multichannel.