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Digital TV News August 4, 2015

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  • Delta and Ziggo connect WiFi hot spots
    Dutch cable operators Delta and Ziggo are connecting their free WiFi hot spots. via Delta and Ziggo connect WiFi hot spots.
  • Portuguese operators pay €5.3m into media fund
    Portugal’s leading pay-TV platforms have between them paid €5.3 million into the country’s media fund, the country’s ministry for culture has announced. via Portuguese operators pay €5.3m into media fund.
  • Hungarian broadband: the stats
    Hungary’s fixed broadband market remains dominated by three providers, with Magyar Telekom, UPC and Digi together accounting for seven in 10 subscriptions. via Hungarian broadband: the stats.
  • Parks: high churn rates for many OTT services
    Parks Associates’ OTT Video Market Tracker reveals high churn rates for many OTT video subscriber services. via Parks: high churn rates for many OTT services.
  • Sky Deutschland activates Sky Go download function
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has added a download function to its mobile service Sky Go. via Sky Deutschland activates Sky Go download function.
  • Suddenlink loses 29,400 subscribers in Q2, calls losing Viacom a diminishing factor – FierceCable
    Suddenlink Communications continues to lose basic video subscribers after failing to renew its contract with a major programming conglomerate, Viacom, late last year. via Suddenlink loses 29,400 subscribers in Q2, calls losing Viacom a diminishing factor – FierceCable.
  • Sky Deutschland appoints Simon Robson as new CFO
    Simon Robson will succeed Steven Tomsic as the new CFO of Sky Deutschland. via Sky Deutschland appoints Simon Robson as new CFO.
  • ARRIS @ the 2015 CableLabs Summer Conference | ARRIS Everywhere
    Yesterday, we kicked off the annual CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, Colorado. The event brings industry leaders together to explore the future cable technology. via ARRIS @ the 2015 CableLabs Summer Conference | ARRIS Everywhere.
  • Cable networks cram in up to 10% more commercials, with ratings down 9% in Q2, report finds – FierceCable
    With linear TV ratings dropping another 9 percent in the second quarter, major cable networks now appear to be stuffing as many as 10 percent more commercials into every hour of programming to sustain their margins. via Cable networks cram in up to 10% more commercials, with ratings down 9% in Q2, report finds – […]
  • Crowding Out Broadcasters? | TvTechnology
    A Federal Communications Commission request for comment on a proposal to reserve one vacant UHF TV channel in each geographic area of the U.S. for use by unlicensed white space devices and wireless mics has unleashed criticism from an array of television industry organizations. via Crowding Out Broadcasters? | TvTechnology.
  • ITV angry over catch-up licence fee plans » Digital TV Europe
    ITV is challenging plans to widen the scope of the UK licence fee to cover the pubcaster’s catch-up services. via ITV angry over catch-up licence fee plans » Digital TV Europe.
  • Sky hoping for “sensible outcome” to EC geo-blocking probe » Digital TV Europe
    Sky is “open-minded” about the outcome of the European Commission’s investigation into geo-blocking requirements in its contracts with major Hollywood studios and is hopeful that “a sensible outcome” will prevail, according to chief financial officer Andrew Griffith. via Sky hoping for “sensible outcome” to EC geo-blocking probe » Digital TV Europe.
  • BT Media & Broadcast boosts 4K content |
    BT Media & Broadcast – BT Group’s international media services enterprise business – has confirmed that it will be delivering BT Sport’s new 4K Champions League sports content. The news follows BT Sport’s announcement in July that it will be launching the first live sports Ultra HD channel in Europe, BT Sport Ultra HD. via […]
  • 4K: More obfuscation from Sky |
    BT Sport might be winning this particular 4K/Ultra-HD battle, but will it win the long-term war? The launch on August 2nd of BT’s 4K channel was no ‘blue moon’ but the opening salvo in what might be a long-drawn out scrap for viewer loyalty. via 4K: More obfuscation from Sky |.
  • One in five Dutch use mobile device to control TV
    Dutch viewers prefer to use a remote control for TV viewing and few have embraced the smartphone or tablet for changing channels. via One in five Dutch use mobile device to control TV.
  • Analyst: High churn for Netflix and other OTT services |
    Findings from market research and consulting company Parks Associates suggest that annual churn rates for OTT entertainment services Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime are a sign of consumers testing new video services. via Analyst: High churn for Netflix and other OTT services |.
  • The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates – CNET
    There’s a simple rule of thumb for companies that market electronics: When it comes to specs, a higher number is usually preferred. Sure, there are exceptions — you want things like response time, load times and mobile device weight to be low — but generally, more equals better. It comes down to the “speeds and […]
  • ARM snags Sansa Security to beef up IoT security | ITProPortal.com
    ARM has announced that it has acquired Sansa Security, a provider of both hardware and software security for Internet of Things devices, and mobile devices in general. via ARM snags Sansa Security to beef up IoT security | ITProPortal.com.

Digital TV News August 3, 2015

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  • Orange trials G.fast technology
    Orange Polska has undertaken its first trial of G.fast technology for services currently offered via FTTH, including HDTV, VoIP and internet access at 300/30 Mbps. via Orange trials G.fast technology.
  • AT&T introduces ‘first-ever’ triple play |
    Just over a week after it closed its acquisition of pay-TV provider DirecTV following regulatory clearance, US telco AT&T has announced what it says is the first-ever nationwide package of TV and wireless services – all from a single provider on one bill, with special discounts – beginning August 10. via AT&T introduces ‘first-ever’ triple […]
  • Altice increases Numericable-SFR stake |
    Multinational cable and telecommunications company Altice, founded by telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi, has acquired 1,298,398 shares in French cable telco Numericable-SFR for some €64.6 million. via Altice increases Numericable-SFR stake |.
  • HbbTV 2.0 spec test suite contracts placed |
    The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has selected Digital TV Labs and RT-RK as suppliers for the HbbTV 2.0 specification test suite. via HbbTV 2.0 spec test suite contracts placed |.
  • Comcast’s X1 box automatically records extra-long events
    There are few things worse for DVR-toting sports fans than to realize that a game is going into extra time that they can’t record — just ask Red Sox and Yankees fans, who may have missed 10 innings this April. via Comcast’s X1 box automatically records extra-long events.
  • Espial acquires Bluestreak
    Espial has acquired Bluestreak Technologies, a software and services provider of video solutions for connected devices. via Espial acquires Bluestreak.
  • David Souhami – HDR is the next step for video quality but standards must converge
    The broadcast and TV industries have been focusing heavily on 4K for at least two years now and hyping it as the next big thing for video quality. Yet it has not yet delivered on its promise for several reasons, including insufficient capacity in the transport infrastructure, lack of enough compelling 4K content and the […]
  • MoffettNathanson: HBO Now has as many as 1.9M subs, Sling TV has up to 200,000 – FierceCable
    Delving into what he admits is the very inexact science of measuring app downloads, MoffettNathanson media analyst Michael Nathanson estimates that HBO Now currently has between 970,000 and 1.9 million subscribers. via MoffettNathanson: HBO Now has as many as 1.9M subs, Sling TV has up to 200,000 – FierceCable.
  • Comcast Blocks Sling TV Ads | LostRemote
    Oh, Comcast. This morning, Business Insider reported that Comcast-owned NBC stations have blocked the new ads for Sling TV. The ones where “old TV” representatives give wet willies to their customers. via Comcast Blocks Sling TV Ads | LostRemote.
  • Avid Names Paula Boggs to Board of Directors | TvTechnology
    Avid has announced that Paula Boggs has been appointed to its board of directors. Boggs is a former executive of Starbucks Coffee Company, leading the global law department for 10 years. Prior to that position she served as vice president of legal for products, operations and information technology, and senior deputy general counsel at Dell, […]
  • NBCU to invest in BuzzFeed, Vox |
    NBCU poised to make investments in BuzzFeed and Vox, seeking to appeal to younger viewers who are abandoning traditional media, according to the NYT. via NBCU to invest in BuzzFeed, Vox |.
  • Spain helps lift Mediaset performance » Digital TV Europe
    An uptick in Spain helped partially offset a continued decline in the Italian advertising market for broadcaster Mediaset in the first half. The group turned in first half revenue of €1.721.1 billion, down from €1.724.8 billion, and EBIT of €137.5 million, up from €109.5 million last year. via Spain helps lift Mediaset performance » Digital […]
  • Vodafone Portugal launches new t-commerce service » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone Portugal has launched a new t-commerce service, Click-to-Buy. via Vodafone Portugal launches new t-commerce service » Digital TV Europe.
  • Movistar Plus tests new audio technology |
    Following the recent integration of Canal Plus into Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, it is testing new technology to improve the audio quality based on the EAC3 format. via Movistar Plus tests new audio technology |.
  • Vodafone dismissed Portela unfairly, says Spanish court » Digital TV Europe
    A Spanish court has ruled that Vodafone’s dismissal of former Ono CEO Rosalía Portela was unjustified and has ordered the telco to indemnify the executive, according to local reports. via Vodafone dismissed Portela unfairly, says Spanish court » Digital TV Europe.
  • Mobile to drive 20% boost in online video |
    The average amount of time each day people will spend consuming online video will increase by 23.3 per cent in 2015 and by a further 19.8 per cent in 2016, according to the Online Video Forecasts, a new report by global media network services company ZenithOptimedia in conjunction with Newcast, ZenithOptimedia Group’s global branded content […]
  • Green takes over at Amazon Instant Video
    Amazon Instant Video has hired BT’s Alex Green as its new managing director, Broadband TV News has learnt. via Green takes over at Amazon Instant Video.
  • DTG :: News :: SAVE THE DATE: DTG Television Innovation Awards Grand Final @ IBC 2015: September 13th
    Here’s a date for your IBC 2015 diary: The DTG Television Innovation Awards 2015 Grand Final will be held at 4pm on Sunday, September 13th. via DTG :: News :: SAVE THE DATE: DTG Television Innovation Awards Grand Final @ IBC 2015: September 13th.
  • Sony Pictures closes Film1 deal
    Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has finalised its acquisition of Dutch premium movie service Film1 following regulatory approval from the European Commission. via Sony Pictures closes Film1 deal.
  • Broadcom reports second quarter 2015 results | Digital TV News
    Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2015. via Broadcom reports second quarter 2015 results | Digital TV News.
  • Rhode & Schwarz All About 4K at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology
    With its new motto, “4K: more than just a resolution,” Rhode & Schwarz will show its entire 4K product portfolio at IBC 2015, set to take place in Amsterdam from Sept. 11-15. via Rhode & Schwarz All About 4K at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology.

Digital TV News July 31, 2015

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  • Cable TV box rental fees cost average household $232 a year | Ars Technica
    A new survey of the country’s top pay-TV providers shows that about 99 percent of US customers rent set-top boxes directly from their providers and pay an average of $231.82 a year in rental fees. via Cable TV box rental fees cost average household $232 a year | Ars Technica.
  • BT reinvests £129 million into public funding for superfast broadband | ITProPortal.com
    BT plans to pay back £127 million of the £1.7 billion government contract to local councils, as part of a “claw-back” clause in the contract. The “claw-back” clause is initiated when BT reaches over 20 per cent adoption rate for broadband in the areas specified. via BT reinvests £129 million into public funding for superfast […]
  • Proximus continues to grow TV homes
    Proximus (formerly Belgacom) has seen its TV home base grow with 35,000 TV subscriptions, increasing the total TV customer base to 1,692,000. via Proximus continues to grow TV homes.
  • Virgin Media UK Sets Five “Sustainability Goals” for the Next 5 Years – ISPreview UK
    Virgin Media (Liberty Global) has today committed itself to achieving five “ambitious” sustainability goals in the next five years, which covers everything from the energy efficiency of their on-going £3bn “Project Lighting” network expansion to improving the lives of disabled people through digital technology. via Virgin Media UK Sets Five “Sustainability Goals” for the Next […]
  • Liberty Global increases ITV stake to 9.9% |
    Cable MSO Liberty Global has acquired 138.7 million shares in UK commercial broadcaster ITV plc, thereby increasing its existing stake to a total of 398.5 million shares in ITV or approximately 9.9 per cent of ITV’s ordinary shares outstanding. Liberty Global has at the same time nentered into a hedging transaction with respect to the […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Telekom Austria gets blizoo
    The sale of Bulgaria’s leading cable operator blizoo to Telekom Austria’s Mobiltel (MTel) is undoubtedly one of the biggest TV industry deals so far this year in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Telekom Austria gets blizoo.
  • Civolution sells Teletrax to focus on content protection |
    Civolution, the specialist provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing and monetising content, has sold its TV Analytics and TV Synced Ads business Teletrax to data science company 4C, enabling company management and its R&D resources to focus entirely on content protection through its NexGuard forensic watermarking business via Civolution sells Teletrax to focus […]
  • NCTA responds to Senators’ set-top complaints, says consumers already have plenty of choice – FierceCable
    The NCTA responded aggressively to comments made by two Democratic senators today, refuting their assertion that pay-TV consumers are paying too much for video set-top boxes and that more competition is needed in the set-top market. via NCTA responds to Senators’ set-top complaints, says consumers already have plenty of choice – FierceCable.
  • SCTE sets network power consumption standards for Energy 2020 program – FierceCable
    The SCTE has established the first standard sets for its year-old Energy 2020 electrical-power consumption initiative. via SCTE sets network power consumption standards for Energy 2020 program – FierceCable.
  • Time Warner Cable loses only 45K video subs, best Q2 performance since 2008 – FierceCable
    Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) reported a net decline of 45,000 pay-TV subscribers in the second quarter, its best second quarter subscriber performance since 2008. via Time Warner Cable loses only 45K video subs, best Q2 performance since 2008 – FierceCable.
  • Inge Smidts new CMO at Liberty Global
    Inge Smidts, SVP residential marketing at Telenet, is to become Chief Marketing Officer at Liberty Global. via Inge Smidts new CMO at Liberty Global.
  • BT posts best TV performance since launch of BT Sport » Digital TV Europe
    BT added 60,000 TV customers in the quarter to June, taking its total to 1.202 million. This was BT TV’s best performance since the launch of BT Sport, which the company said reflected improvements made to the TV service including the exclusive UK debut of the AMC channel and its download to own agreement with […]

Digital TV News July 30, 2015

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  • HEVC Advance: What Do the Royalties Mean for Video Publishers? – Streaming Media Magazine
    HEVC Advance is the second HEVC patent group, representing the patents of GE, Dolby, Philips, Mitsubishi, and Technicolor. The group launched in April 2015, and announced terms on July 21. In this article, I’ll summarize the terms and add perspective gained from a review of previous licensing efforts of different technologies as well as discussions […]
  • Sky Deutschland takes OTT service to LG smart TV sets
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has made its OTT service Sky Online available to the owners of smart TV sets from LG (all WebOS models) in Germany and Austria. via Sky Deutschland takes OTT service to LG smart TV sets.
  • Sky Store Ups ‘Buy & Keep’ Sales 77% | Home Media Magazine
    British satellite TV operator Sky July 29 said revenue from Sky Store’s “Buy & Keep” electronic sellthrough platform increased 77% in the 2015 fiscal year ended June 30. via Sky Store Ups ‘Buy & Keep’ Sales 77% | Home Media Magazine.
  • Technicolor enters race to put high dynamic range in your TV – CNET
    Dolby has gotten the most press when it comes to high dynamic range (HDR), widely seen as the next generation of home video content after 4K. The company has been been making a big push for several years with its Dolby Vision HDR format, but it’s not the only one in the game. via Technicolor […]
  • BT Sport holds subscribers
    BT says its seeing few customers opting out of the new £5 charge for its repackaged sports channels. via BT Sport holds subscribers.
  • UPC Cablecom completes analogue switch-off
    Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC Cablecom has completed the transition to digital television with the last analogue channel having been switched off in Ticino on July 7, 2015. via UPC Cablecom completes analogue switch-off.
  • Arris Q2 meets not so great expectations
    Arris delivered an improved second quarter, but the lights were dimmer than originally anticipated as the set-top and modem maker dealt with industry consolidation and a strong dollar. via Arris Q2 meets not so great expectations.
  • Research: 14% of our lives spent watching TV |
    Britain is a nation of TV addicts, according to new research that reveals Britons spend more than seven full weeks a year in front of the telly, which adds up to a massive 9.5 years over an adult lifetime – that’s a seventh (14 per cent) of our lives. via Research: 14% of our lives […]
  • 4K TV shipments to grow 147% |
    According to the worldwide TV market report from Futuresource Consulting, 4K TV shipments are expected to grow by 147 per cent in 2015, despite an overall 2 per cent fall in TV sales. via 4K TV shipments to grow 147% |.
  • STB shipments to South Asian countries rise 20% in Q2 2015 | Digital TV News
    From SD Set-Top-Boxes to HDTV and hybrid boxes, the STB market in major South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries is witnessing steady and robust growth, as digitisation in India and other countries in the region is propelling the demand for STBs. via STB shipments to South Asian countries rise 20% in Q2 2015 […]
  • BT adds 60,000 TV customers |
    In reporting its Q1 results, BT has revealed that it added 60,000 TV customers in the quarter, bringing its total to 1.2 million. via BT adds 60,000 TV customers |.
  • Telenet churn slows down
    Belgian cable operator Telenet now services 2,181,400 customers relationships, approximately 75% of the 2,926,000 homes passed. via Telenet churn slows down.
  • Paywizard gains £3.5m cash injection
    Paywizard is to receive £3.5 million in funding from the Scottish Loan Fund as the subscriber management firm looks to develop international sales of its software and services. The company recently announced its launch into the Asia Pacific market and now plans to target Africa and South America. via Paywizard gains £3.5m cash injection.
  • Analyst: Pricing pressure drags on STB market |
    Unit shipments of set-top boxes (STBs) worldwide improved 2 per cent sequentially in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), and were up 3 per cent from the year-ago first quarter, according to the IHS Infonetics Set-Top Boxes report. via Analyst: Pricing pressure drags on STB market |.
  • Central American pay-TV subscribers to hit 5.57 million by 2018 | Digital TV News
    The number of pay-TV subscribers in Central America and the Dominican Republic will grow from 3.58 million in 2014 to 5.57 million in 2018, according to findings in a new report published today by Dataxis. via Central American pay-TV subscribers to hit 5.57 million by 2018 | Digital TV News.
  • Xbox chief doesn’t see ‘as much value’ in TV cable box features | The Verge
    When Microsoft originally unveiled the Xbox One nearly two years ago, the software maker was focused heavily on entertainment. Reaction was swift and critical from fans, and the launch quickly turned into a disaster. Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, took over the role around a year ago and he has re-centered the company’s focus on […]
  • VOD Professional | Rightster Announce Net Revenue of £7 million in H1 2015
    Rightster Group, the digital video distribution and monetisation network, today provides an update on trading during the first six months of its financial year to 30 June 2015, together with a business update. via VOD Professional | Rightster Announce Net Revenue of £7 million in H1 2015.
  • MOCA: whole home fast access |
    Advanced Television talks to Rob Gelphman, VP Marketing & Member Relations, at the Multimedia over Coax  Alliance (MOCA) about how MOCA works alongside WiFi to guarantee fast and reliable access inside the modern multi-device home. via MOCA: whole home fast access |.
  • Orange not interested in media investments, says Richard » Digital TV Europe
    Orange’s management does not believe in making direct investments in the media industry and has no plans to increase its involvement in the content business the model adopted by a number of its peers, according to CEO Stéphane Richard. via Orange not interested in media investments, says Richard » Digital TV Europe.
  • VOD Professional | Charging for BBC iPlayer
    You may have seen the news a couple of weeks ago that the BBC’s budget was effectively being cut by around £650m after the British government announced that the corporation now had to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s. In return, it may be able to start charging for access to […]
  • German WISI Group takes over majority in Inca Networks
    WISI Group, a German provider of broadband reception and distribution technologies, has acquired the majority stake in Inca Networks, a Canadian provider of multiscreen video delivery solutions. via German WISI Group takes over majority in Inca Networks.
  • Numericable-SFR sees improvement in second quarter » Digital TV Europe
    French operator Numericable-SFR and parent company Altice both posted solid second-quarter financials, although the group has continued to lose mobile and fixed subscribers. via Numericable-SFR sees improvement in second quarter » Digital TV Europe.
  • Nos boosted by mobile, sees return of pay TV growth » Digital TV Europe
    Portuguese pay TV operator Nos saw its revenue-generating unit base jump by 64.2% in the quarter to June thanks to a 50% rise in mobile net additions. via Nos boosted by mobile, sees return of pay TV growth » Digital TV Europe.
  • Common Sky hardware platform by 2017
    Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has expressed caution on the launch of an Ultra HD service. However, CFO Andrew Griffith told analysts at the presentation of Sky’s annual results that the pay-TV platform will move to a single hardware platform by 2017. via Common Sky hardware platform by 2017.
  • 4K challenges for Kino Polska TV
    Launching the channel 4K Funbox UHD will be a big technical challenge for Kino Polska TV, according to Boguslaw Kisielewski, the latter’s president. via 4K challenges for Kino Polska TV.
  • Mediaset seeks retransmission fees from Sky Italia |
    Italian commercial broadcaster Mediaset will seek retransmission fees from pay-TV operator Sky Italia for the broadcasting of its free-to-air channels on the satellite TV platform. via Mediaset seeks retransmission fees from Sky Italia |.
  • Sky passes 12 million customers
    The highest organic growth in 11 years has taken the number of Sky subscribers in the UK and Ireland to over 12 million. The figures also include the NOW TV OTT platform that is seen as a prime source of growth. via Sky passes 12 million customers.
  • Sky “outstanding” results in a year of transformation |
    Sky has published its results for the year ending June 30th 2015, the first to include the results of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland following their acquisition in November, reporting a 5 per cent increase in group revenue to €15.941 billion. via Sky “outstanding” results in a year of transformation |.
  • Sky Deutschland Q4: Lower customer growth, higher loss
    German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland faced declining customer additions, lower ARPU and increased loss in Q4 2014/15. via Sky Deutschland Q4: Lower customer growth, higher loss.
  • KPN adds 64k IPTV customers
    KPN has strengthened its hold on the TV market in the Netherlands with a total of 1,740,000 connected TV homes at the end of Q2, 2015. via KPN adds 64k IPTV customers.
  • Sky Broadband UK Growth Stable to Reach 5.62 Million Internet Users – ISPreview UK
    Sky Broadband is holding its own against increasing pressure from BT and this is demonstrated by their Q2 2015 results reporting another +96,000 increase in Internet subscribers for the UK and Ireland (total 5.62 million), which is only a small dip from the +100k added in Q1 2015 and +106k in Q4-2014. via Sky Broadband UK Growth […]
  • Grass Valley Focuses on 4K, IP at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology
    Grass Valley is set to bring its full stable of cameras, switchers, routers, servers, editing software, automation products and more to Amsterdam for IBC 2015, all of which utilize 4K, IP and the cloud for improved efficiency. via Grass Valley Focuses on 4K, IP at IBC 2015 | TvTechnology.
  • PathPartner announces HEVC codec for x86 platforms | Digital TV News
    PathPartner Technology, a leading provider of embedded multimedia software solutions and services, has taken huge steps towards enabling real time delivery for UHD video. PathPartner announces the availability of high performance and high quality HEVC encoder and decoder solutions on Intel server class and client (i5, i7) platforms. via PathPartner announces HEVC codec for x86 […]
  • Global STB shipments fell 2% to 275 million units in 2014 | Digital TV News
    According to the latest ‘Worldwide Set Top Box’ report and ‘Perspectives’ market snapshot from Futuresource Consulting, the recent €550 million ($600 million) acquisition by Technicolor of the Cisco set-top box and related home broadband equipment business, reflects a common trend in a shrinking, yet substantial, $20 billion global STB market place, claiming (at least) 13% […]
  • FTTH subscribers in Asia-Pacific up 35 percent in one year | Digital TV News
    New figures have revealed that more than 300 million businesses and homes across Asia-Pacific now have access to fiber services – an increase of 36.8 percent when compared to 2013. via FTTH subscribers in Asia-Pacific up 35 percent in one year | Digital TV News.

Digital TV News July 29, 2015

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  • Christine Scheil to become new head of Sky Austria
    Christine Scheil, currently senior vice president investor relations, equity capital markets & governance at Sky Deutschland, will become managing director of Sky Austria on September 1, 2015. via Christine Scheil to become new head of Sky Austria.
  • Roku to power Telstra TV OTT |
    Entertainment streaming platform Roku has confirmed that Australian telco Telstra has joined the Roku Powered licensing programme. As part of the strategic agreement, Telstra will leverage the Roku streaming platform to deliver its new streaming service and player, Telstra TV, to consumers. The Telstra TV streaming service will launch later this year in Australia and […]
  • Hybrid OTT top business model for TV operators |
    TV operators and content owners are favouring the hybrid OTT model over more traditional solutions, according to MPP Global. via Hybrid OTT top business model for TV operators |.
  • Vodafone-ONO to axe 1,300 staff |
    Spain’s second largest telecom group Vodafone-ONO will cut up to 1,300 jobs (40 per cent from Vodafone and 60 per cent from ONO) following last year’s acquisition of the country’s largest cable operator ONO. via Vodafone-ONO to axe 1,300 staff |.
  • Set-top market set for gradual decline, Cisco “good deal” for Technicolor » Digital TV Europe
    Global set-top box sales fell by 2% last year to 275 million units, highlighting minimal growth or cutbacks in emerging markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China, and will continue to fall gradually, highlighting the need for consolidation moves such as Technicolor’s recent deal with Cisco, according to Futuresource Consulting. via Set-top market set for […]
  • Pace turns in strong performance » Digital TV Europe
    TV technology and set-top provider Pace has turned in an improved operating profit on lower revenue in its first half results, reporting adjusted EBITA of US$118 million (€108 million), up 11% on revenue of US$1.078 billion, down 5.3%. Profit after tax was up 54.2% to US$85.4 million. via Pace turns in strong performance » Digital […]
  • Internet of Things devices to triple by 2020 » Digital TV Europe
    Internet of Things connected devices will triple to over 38 billion units by 2020, according to data from Juniper Research. via Internet of Things devices to triple by 2020 » Digital TV Europe.
  • South Africa’s Altech to sell pay TV venture after failing to woo consumers » Digital TV Europe
    Technology group Altech is to sell its Altech Node pay TV venture in South Africa up for sale after less than a year, citing poor uptake of the service from consumers. via South Africa’s Altech to sell pay TV venture after failing to woo consumers » Digital TV Europe.
  • TV operators favour mixed SVoD and TVoD OTT » Digital TV Europe
    TV operators are looking to launch OTT services to provide multiscreen access and compete with the likes of Netflix, with most favouring a hybrid model, according to research by MPP Global. via TV operators favour mixed SVoD and TVoD OTT » Digital TV Europe.
  • TV proves strong Orange segment
    Orange’s IPTV subscribers are now through the 7 million barrier. via TV proves strong Orange segment.
  • Former Virgin Media execs’ outfit buys Spain’s Telecable for €640m » Digital TV Europe
    UK-based investment group Zegona has acquired the smallest of Spain’s three independent cable operators, Telecable, for €640 million. via Former Virgin Media execs’ outfit buys Spain’s Telecable for €640m » Digital TV Europe.

Digital TV News July 28, 2015

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  • DNA upgrades OTT content and tech
    Finnish operator DNA TV has upgraded its OTT platform to offer more premium, paid content for customers across multiple devices, including tablets and smartphones. via DNA upgrades OTT content and tech.
  • Measuring audience difficult in digital world, says ITV’s Crozier
    ITV boss Adam Crozier says it’s becoming increasingly difficult to estimate the share of audience. The comments came as the commercial broadcaster announced increased profits, but a fall in audiences. via Measuring audience difficult in digital world, says ITV’s Crozier.
  • Pace sees “solid” H1 |
    Pace, developer of technologies and products for Pay-TV and broadband service providers, has published its results for the 6 months to June 30th 2015. via Pace sees “solid” H1 |.
  • Strong first half for Pace ahead of Arris sale
    Pace has fought off industry consolidation and currency issues to produce a first half in line with management expectations. via Strong first half for Pace ahead of Arris sale.
  • MPEG LA issues Call for Patents for MPEG-DASH | Digital TV News
    World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC today announced a call for patents essential to the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) standards for the purpose of offering the market efficient access to this important technology. Currently used in leading content delivery platforms, DASH adaptively streams audio and video content enabling continuous viewing without freezing […]
  • Ofcom extends Sky sports deals review |
    Ofcom has published a supplementary consultation seeking further evidence as part of its review of the pay-TV ‘wholesale must-offer’ remedy. via Ofcom extends Sky sports deals review |.

Digital TV News July 27, 2015

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