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Digital TV News May 29, 2015

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  • Vodafone investors open to Liberty deal – Yahoo News
    Some of the biggest investors in Vodafone say they are open to a European tie-up with Liberty Global, as the British company is now in a stronger position to negotiate a deal with John Malone’s cable group. Shares in the world’s second largest mobile operator hit a 14-year high last week after Liberty’s billionaire chairman […]
  • Apple streaming tv service pacific crest securities – Business Insider
    Apple is the company best positioned to take on cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable. That’s one of the key takeaways from a new report on the future of TV, from the investment banking firm Pacific Crest Securities. Apple is reportedly working on a streaming TV service delivered online. The Wall Street Journal […]
  • DirecTV Preps for 4K TV With New Satellite Launch | DSLReports, ISP Information
    DirecTV this week announced that the company has successfully launched two new satellites, DIRECTV-15 (D-15) and SKY MEXICO-1. According to the company’s announcement, the company’s six-ton D-15 satellite will be the first DIRECTV satellite with the capability to operate in all five DIRECTV U.S. orbital slots and in all frequency bands (Ku, Ka and Reverse […]
  • 4K panels set for record high |
    TV panel shipment targets will reach an historic high in 2015, despite the strengthening dollar against other currencies, especially those of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and emerging markets. According to information and insight source IHS, TV panel unit shipments are expected to grow 5 per cent, year-over-year, reaching a record 265 million units […]
  • What Two Decades of Cable TV Mergers Looks Like | DSLReports, ISP Information
    The Wall Street Journal (via Stop the Cap) offers up a pretty great infographic documenting two decades of consolidation and mergers in the pay TV space. Some of these names will surely be blasts from the past for readers who’ve been around DSLReports for the last fifteen years. There’s a few errors (AT&T U-Verse was […]
  • TVTechnology: IBC 2015 Opens Registration
    Registration is now open for IBC 2015. Taking place once again in Amsterdam and will take place from Sept. 10-15. via TVTechnology: IBC 2015 Opens Registration.
  • TVTechnology: Why Move to ATSC 3.0?
    Why move to ATSC 3.0? There are many answers to that question, and the hundreds of people who attended the annual ATSC Broadcast Television Conference and ATSC 3.0 Boot Camp earlier this month came away with new insights about how broadcasters will reach tomorrow’s audience hungry for local news, emergency alerts, favorite shows, and a […]
  • Mobile video drives ad growth – Business Insider
    Video is quickly becoming the dominant medium of the smartphone era. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, BuzzFeed, and Snapchat videos are increasingly keeping audiences glued to their small screens, opening up new greenfield opportunities in advertising. via Mobile video drives ad growth – Business Insider.
  • Apple TV’s 4K Future
    On June 8th at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), CEO Tim Cook will reportedly introduce a new and improved Apple TV. For those who live under rocks this doesn’t mean a television made by Apple but rather a new version of the Apple TV set top box that 25 million people have bought […]
  • Canadian Cablers Bowing Netflix Competitor | Home Media Magazine
    Streaming service Shomi will be available to any broadband user; priced identical to Netflix Canadian pay-TV operators have rued the day Netflix launched its first foreign service in their backyard five years ago this September. via Canadian Cablers Bowing Netflix Competitor | Home Media Magazine.
  • HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer
    That Apple-exclusive streaming window is ending — Google exec Sundar Pichai just announced that HBO Now is coming to Android too. via HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer.
  • Cable chip supplier Broadcom swallowed up by Singapore’s Avago for $37B – FierceCable
    The global chipmaking business continued to consolidate Thursday morning, with Singapore’s Avago Technologies confirming its $37 billion purchase of Broadcom, a leading supplier of silicon device parts to cable, wireless and other telecom sectors. via Cable chip supplier Broadcom swallowed up by Singapore’s Avago for $37B – FierceCable.
  • Avago Technologies to acquire Broadcom | Digital TV News
    vago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) and Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Avago will acquire Broadcom in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at $77 billion in enterprise value. Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company will have the most […]
  • Personalised TV progresses in Russia
    The Russian VOD operator ivi has launched a personalised TV service based on and deeply integrated into its platform. via Personalised TV progresses in Russia.
  • Altice’s Drahi: ‘If I buy five small operators, I can be as big as Time Warner Cable’ – FierceCable
    European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi told a French parliamentary hearing Wednesday that Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ: CHTR) $56.7 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) is actually a win for his burgeoning Altice SA telecom empire. via Altice’s Drahi: ‘If I buy five small operators, I can be as big as Time Warner Cable’ – […]
  • Broadcom enables KT Skylife Ultra HD satellite STB | Digital TV News
    Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced that KT Skylife, a leading satellite broadcast provider in South Korea, has deployed the world’s first Ultra HD set-top box built on Broadcom’s single chip HEVC 4K/Ultra HD satellite solution, the BCM7376. Based on the highly integrated […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: TiVo looks East
    TiVo’s acquisition of Cubiware is undoubtedly one of the most important industry deals so far this year in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: TiVo looks East.
  • Netflix Now Accounts for 36.5% of Peak Internet Traffic | DSLReports, ISP Information
    A new analysis of Internet data indicates that Netflix now accounts for 36.5% of Internet traffic in North America during peak usage hours. According to the latest Sandvine breakdown of user behavior, the sharp climb in Netflix usage continues to coincide, rather un-coincidentally, with a notable drop in BitTorrent traffic. BitTorrent now accounts for 6.3% […]
  • The TV App Opportunity | ARRIS Everywhere
    The mobile app market is exploding. Downloads are at an all-time high. Gartner estimates app downloads to rise from 150 billion today to 300 billion by 2017 (doubling in 2 years, and rising five fold in five years) But while their general popularity would seemingly justify most forays from content developers and service providers, our […]
  • Catel deploys Amino IPTV devices in Argentina | Digital TV News
    Catel, the association representing a new breed of locally-focused IPTV operators in Argentina, has deployed Amino devices in the rollout of a second wave of pay-TV services in key cities across the country. via Catel deploys Amino IPTV devices in Argentina | Digital TV News.
  • ANGA COM 2015: Eutelsat TV Forum shows satellite TV business opportunities
    New business opportunities at Eutelsat’s prime orbital TV locations 13° East and 9° East, revenue potential with Ultra HD, channel contribution to cable and IP head-ends, community reception and DTH services for German-speaking TV markets are the key topics of the Eutelsat TV Forum 2015 the satellite operator will host in partnership with German trade […]
  • More than half a million customers for Swisscom TV 2.0 | Digital TV News
    Strong customer growth: TV 2.0 exceeds half a million customers via More than half a million customers for Swisscom TV 2.0 | Digital TV News.

Digital TV News May 28, 2015

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  • Drahi “not ready” for TWC deal, but plans further US expansion » Digital TV Europe
    Altice boss Patrick Drahi has said he was “not ready” to make a bid for Time Warner Cable as part of his international expansion plans after a two-hour discussion with Time Warner Cable CEO Bob Marcus. via Drahi “not ready” for TWC deal, but plans further US expansion » Digital TV Europe.
  • Lenovo joins HDMI device battle with Chromecast rival » Digital TV Europe
    Chinese technology giant Lenovo has launched a Chromecast rival, the Lenovo Cast, to bring content from smartphones and tablets to the TV. via Lenovo joins HDMI device battle with Chromecast rival » Digital TV Europe.
  • Second screen users ignore TV ads |
    Research has shown that the trend of using a smartphone or tablet whilst watching TV is distracting viewers and significantly damaging the impact of advertising campaigns. via Second screen users ignore TV ads |.
  • FRK challenges Liberty Global’s German cable deal
    German cable operator association FRK wants to achieve that US media company Liberty Global has to revoke the acquisition of cable company Kabel BW by its subsidiary Unitymedia. via FRK challenges Liberty Global’s German cable deal.
  • French to expand HDTV
    French regulator CSA has issued a call for channels wanting to broadcast on the terrestrial TNT system in the HD format. via French to expand HDTV.
  • Accedo partners with Xstream
    Xstream and Accedo have announced that they are entering a strategic partnership to offer customers a joint solution for an OTT platform. via Accedo partners with Xstream.
  • Suddenlink to provide Hulu on TiVo devices | Digital TV News
    Suddenlink and Hulu jointly announced today an agreement that will give Suddenlink customers access to Hulu, a premium streaming television destination that offers a comprehensive catalog of on-demand content, including hit series such as Seinfeld, Empire, South Park, CSI, Nashville and current season programming from NBC, FOX, and ABC. via Suddenlink to provide Hulu on […]
  • French Company Altice Still Wants to Buy U.S Cable Companies | DSLReports, ISP Information
    After announcing a $9.1 billion acquisition of Suddenlink, there were hints that French company Altice had also approached Time Warner Cable about an acquisition. But Charter was first to the punch, swooping in and buying Time Warner Cable and Bright House in a mammoth $56.7 billion deal. French billionaire and Altice owner Patrick Drahi this […]
  • ST home networking chipset receives MoCA 2.0 certification | Digital TV News
    STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announces that its STiC2BB+STiC2PA home-networking reference design has received the MoCA® (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) 2.0 interoperability certificate(1). ST’s MoCA 2.0-certified solution delivers the highest standard in home networking, boosting speed, power efficiency, and capacity for a multi-room HD and […]
  • Connected TV in more than half of U.S. households | Digital TV News
    New consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) finds that 56% of all US households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a smart TV set, a Blu-ray player, and/or a stand-alone device (like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV) — up from 44% […]
  • Cisco: IP video 80% of traffic |
    According to the 10th annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast, annual Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will triple between 2014 and 2019, when it will reach a record 2 zettabytes. Factors expected to drive traffic growth include global increases in Internet users, personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, faster broadband speeds, and the adoption of […]
  • Emerging markets to drive satellite pay TV growth » Digital TV Europe
    Growth in emerging markets will help push the number of satellite pay TV homes globally up by over 60 million between now and 2020, according to a report by Digital TV Research. via Emerging markets to drive satellite pay TV growth » Digital TV Europe.
  • Internet penetration up sevenfold since 2000, says ITU » Digital TV Europe
    Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from 6.5 to 43 per cent of the global population between 2000 and 2015, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). via Internet penetration up sevenfold since 2000, says ITU » Digital TV Europe.
  • TiVo “no longer a DVR company”, acquires Cubiware |
    Tom Rogers, president and CEO of TiVo, told analysts that TiVo had moved “way beyond” being just a DVR company. “While the role of the cable operator is still vitally important in all this, the consumer has more of a say than ever, with regard to cord-cutting, unbundling content, streaming services, and delivery from the […]
  • TiVo continues to grow
    Total subscriptions to TiVo stood at around 5.8 million as of the end of April, up 27% on a year earlier. In its latest set of results, the company also says that it also had the best ever Q1 net additions figure in eight years, while gross additions of 39,000 were 22% up year-on-year. via […]
  • Tricolor TV faces investigation
    The leading Russian pay-TV operator Tricolor TV is being investigated by the regulator Roskomnadzor for allegedly not offering must-carry channels for free. via Tricolor TV faces investigation.
  • WISI gets busy with innovation
    ANGA COM stalwart WISI is showing off several new product innovations for the installation and extension of TV distribution systems and CATV networks. via WISI gets busy with innovation.
  • ANGA demo for Ultra HD over Harmonic CCAP
    Harmonic, the video delivery infrastructure company, is to demonstrate the delivery of Ultra HD over cable with its Exo Distributed CCAP System. via ANGA demo for Ultra HD over Harmonic CCAP.
  • Spanish cableco for sale
    The Spanish cable operator Telecable may soon find itself under new ownership. via Spanish cableco for sale.
  • Over half of UK homes own tablet |
    The tablet computer has established itself as a must-have device in just five years with more than half of UK homes now owning one, up from just 2 per cent in 2011, reports Ofcom. via Over half of UK homes own tablet |.
  • Spain: Movistar multifunction STB |
    Telefonica’s IPTV service Movistar TV is launching a new and smaller (13 cm x 2.3 cm) set-top-box, manufactured by Motorola, branded as Motorola VIP113. via Spain: Movistar multifunction STB |.
  • TVbeat, Metrological partnership |
    TVbeat, the next generation TV analytics SaaS company, has announced a strategic partnership with Metrological, a TV application solution company. The agreement means that both companies can identify avenues of mutual benefit and complement each other’s proposition to support TV platforms around the world in accelerating their path to monetising data by better understanding cross […]
  • TV Connect attendance up |
    TV Connect, the connected entertainment event, has revealed that the eleventh edition of the show (that ran April 28th  – 300th)has seen a 4 per cent attendee increase from 83 countries, transforming it into a centralised platform for discussion and innovation in the digital TV and connected entertainment market. via TV Connect attendance up |.

Digital TV News May 27, 2015

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  • IHS: US cable performance improves
    While US cable operators continue to show improvement, the overall pay TV market still faces strong headwinds, according to IHS. US cable companies improved on normal quarterly losses In the first quarter of 2015, losing only 132,900 subscribers since the fourth quarter of 2014. Many pay TV operators have already seized the initiative to attract […]
  • TiVo acquires Cubiware | Digital TV News
    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a leader in the advanced television entertainment market, today announced that is has acquired Cubiware, an innovative provider of cost-effective software solutions for emerging market Pay-TV operators. Cubiware will expand TiVo’s international presence in 25 countries and positions TiVo to offer a broader array of compelling, cost effective solutions for Pay-TV […]
  • HBO Now Considering Price Cut? | Home Media Magazine
    In an age of interactive home entertainment, it would seem logical that feedback is a two-way street to over-the-top video services. HBO Now, the $15 per month OTT video service launched in April on Apple TV, Sling TV and Cablevision broadband, among others, is floating alternative price points to trial users who elect not to […]
  • Most Philips TVs to feature Android TV
    TP Vision will equip most Philips TVS from the 5-series upwards with Android TV. This is the second year that the manufacturer is offering Android TV, initially only on its top-line models of the 8- and 9-series, but now 80% of all its TV sets will feature the Google Play store. There will be a […]
  • Emerging markets drive satellite TV momentum
    The number of pay satellite TV [DBS or DTH] homes will reach 265 million by 2020, up from 203 million at end-2014 and 143 million at end-2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. via Emerging markets drive satellite TV momentum.
  • Setting Up a TiVo Roamio Is Really, Really Hard | LostRemote
    TiVo is expected to announce earnings later this afternoon that are pretty much unchanged from last year, at 7 cents a share. In March, they acquired some of Aereo’s assets and if you’re an ex-customer, you’ve been inundated with TiVo Roamio offers in your inbox. via Setting Up a TiVo Roamio Is Really, Really Hard […]
  • OTT will drive pay-TV growth over the next 5 years but push down ARPU, research firm says – FierceCable
    Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network’s (NASDAQ: DISH) Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry. via OTT will drive pay-TV growth over the next 5 years but push down ARPU, research […]
  • Cable analysts: Altice’s Drahi will target Cablevision, Cox, Mediacom – FierceCable
    While European telecom magnate Patrick Drahi and his Luxembourg-based firm Altice SA could counter Charter Communications’ (NASDAQ: CHTR) proposed $56.7 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), at least one media investment analyst says it’s far more likely that he’ll turn his attention to another U.S. cable property. via Cable analysts: Altice’s Drahi will […]
  • TWC’s Marcus asks his ‘fatigued’ staff to get back on the merger ‘rollercoaster’ – FierceCable
    Just 32 days after his staff abruptly aborted a 14-month M&A integration process with Comcast, Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) CEO Rob Marcus sent a memo to his charges Monday asking them to do it all over again. via TWC’s Marcus asks his ‘fatigued’ staff to get back on the merger ‘rollercoaster’ – FierceCable.
  • The Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA) Finalizes Specifications and Introduces “VIDITY” Brand Name | Business Wire
    The SCSA (Secure Content Storage Association) today unveiled its official consumer-facing brand name, VIDITYTM, and completed specifications that will establish a durable and future-proof marketplace for the secure delivery of premium digital entertainment experiences, including unparalleled locally stored playback of 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD movies across devices. via The Secure Content Storage Association […]

Digital TV News May 26, 2015

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  • Malone trumps Drahi to strike merger deal with Time Warner Cable » Digital TV Europe
    Cable magnate John Malone-backed US cable operator Charter Communications has struck a deal to merge with Time Warner Cable and acquire US number six cable operator Bright House Networks in a deal that values Time Warner Cable at US$78.7 billion (€71.6 billion). via Malone trumps Drahi to strike merger deal with Time Warner Cable » […]
  • Roku rolls out software update in the UK » Digital TV Europe
    Roku has started rolling out a software rollout in the UK, adding two new features designed to make it easier to find and follow content – Roku Search and the Roku Feed. via Roku rolls out software update in the UK » Digital TV Europe.
  • Netflix Australia runs into billing problems » Digital TV Europe
    Netflix has charged a number of its Australian and New Zealand customers numerous times, prompting a social media outcry from the overcharged subs. via Netflix Australia runs into billing problems » Digital TV Europe.
  • Report: Telcos have key role in OTT battle |
    A report from strategy consultant Arthur D. Little and banker Exane BNP Paribas predicts that telcos have a key role to play in the intensifying battle between traditional media providers (free-to-air, pay-TV and radio) and OTT (Over-The-Top) content services such as Netflix and Spotify, by offering services to both established and emerging media, with the […]
  • UK producers to fight EU copyright changes |
    The UK’s film and television industries are to lobby against the European Union’s plans to equalise the prices and availability of digital entertainment across member countries, according to politico.eu. via UK producers to fight EU copyright changes |.
  • Charter confirms TWC merger, Bright House acquisition |
    Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable have entered into a definitive agreement for Charter to merge with Time Warner Cable. The deal values Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion. Charter will provide $100.00 in cash and shares of a new public parent company (New Charter) equivalent to 0.5409 shares of CHTR for each Time Warner […]
  • NHK and FIFA to hold 8K live public viewings
    NHK will produce 8K (Super Hi-Vision)broadcasts of ten matches at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. via NHK and FIFA to hold 8K live public viewings.
  • TiVo said to be launching Cox video on demand
    You’re forgiven if you forgot that TiVo and Cox were once best buddies. They formed a partnership years ago, but that alliance quietly fell by the wayside. via TiVo said to be launching Cox video on demand.
  • Red Bee set for rebranding |
    Global broadcast and media services provider Red Bee Media – now owned by Ericsson – is to be rebranded from June 1st. Social network postings from the company suggest there will be “the same great TV/media news/comment/insight,” with a new name and look. via Red Bee set for rebranding |.
  • Pay-TV providers embrace OTT video
    The global pay-TV services market, including cable TV, satellite TV, telco TV and OTT video, totaled $237 billion in 2014, up 7% from the previous year, according to the 2015 IHS Infonetics Pay-TV Services and Subscribers report from IHS. via Pay-TV providers embrace OTT video.
  • Metrological demos its Application Platform
    Metrological is bringing apps to TV, enabling TV operators to launch, manage and monetize their own branded TV app store and UX across devices. via Metrological demos its Application Platform.
  • First FreeviewPlus STB available in Australia | Digital TV News
    Freeview today welcomed the arrival of the aerialBox T2100, the first set-top box (STB) certified for FreeviewPlus, the new TV service that provides access to more content and services from the Freeview networks. via First FreeviewPlus STB available in Australia | Digital TV News.

Digital TV News May 25, 2015

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  • Interview: Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch on snagging HBO, competing with Apple, and the future of TV
    Earlier this year Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took the stage at CES 2015 to unveil Sling TV, an exciting new streaming servicefrom DISH. At the time we were blown away, and several months later the company continues to impress us. via Interview: Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch on snagging HBO, competing with Apple, and the […]
  • Anevia’s ViaMotion first Cablelabs certified multi-encoder packager |
    Anevia, a global player in software infrastructure for live television and VoD services, announces CableLabs certification for ViaMotion Plus, its flagship packaging, streaming and recording solution. via Anevia’s ViaMotion first Cablelabs certified multi-encoder packager |.
  • The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years | The Verge
    Back in March, a developer named Renan Cakirerk wrote a small piece of code that made a big impact on Netflix. Cheekily named “god mode,” it addressed one of the most annoying aspects of trying to use Netflix in your browser: scrolling through the company’s ever-growing list of movies. Once enabled, it would simply give […]
  • Altice’s Drahi meets with Marcus as FCC gives OK to Charter to also pursue TWC – FierceCable
    Patrick Drahi, Altice telecom group’s majority shareholder, was in New York Thursday, meeting with top Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) executives, including CEO Rob Marcus, to discuss a possible cash-and-stock buyout of the No. 2 cable operator in the U.S. via Altice’s Drahi meets with Marcus as FCC gives OK to Charter to also pursue […]
  • YouTube HFR and in-ad links |
    YouTube is adding TrueView for Shopping, meaning that viewers can click and buy products listed directly within pre-roll videos.  The ads are powered by an integration with Google Merchant Center, delivered in ‘cards’ alongside retailers’ video ads on mobile and desktop. via YouTube HFR and in-ad links |.

Digital TV News May 22, 2015

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  • YouTube adds 60fps live-streaming video as it ramps up battle with Twitch
    Google’s video service promises silky smooth playback for gaming and fast-action videos alongside partnerships with game-capture firms via YouTube adds 60fps live-streaming video as it ramps up battle with Twitch.
  • Sky D to show DFB football final in Ultra HD
    German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland will produce and broadcast the final game of domestic football cup DFB Pokal on May 30, 2015 in Berlin in Ultra HD. via Sky D to show DFB football final in Ultra HD.
  • Yes reaches new subscriber record
    New subscriber growth has taken Israeli satellite platform Yes to a new subscriber high. But CEO Ron Eilon is still critical of the current regulatory environment. via Yes reaches new subscriber record.
  • New apps on Philips TVs
    TP Vision has announced a few new apps for its Phiips smart TVs. A new news app called Newsmax TV ois now available to an international audience and can be accessed on all devices from 6xx8-9xx9. via New apps on Philips TVs.
  • New Ziggo has 60.6% penetration of homes passed
    During the first quarter of 2015, Dutch cable operator Ziggo has lost 49,500 TV customers. The total number of TV homes of the combined cable operator was 4,239,900, with 6,993,600 homes passed, the penetration stood at 60.6%. via New Ziggo has 60.6% penetration of homes paased.
  • BBC’s combined global audience at 308m |
    Figures reveal the BBC has a weekly global audience of 308 million people. This represents the combined measured reach of international BBC content – both news and entertainment – for the year 2014/15 and is the first time this figure has ever been measured in this way. via BBC’s combined global audience at 308m |.
  • Pay-TV growth helps Rostelecom
    Rostelecom ended the first quarter with 8.1 million pay-TV subscribers, or 7% more than a year earlier. Of these, 2.9 million opted for IPTV services, up 24% on the same period in 2014. via Pay-TV growth helps Rostelecom.
  • Tech breakthrough for Telekom Slovenije
    The Slovenian incumbent Telekom Slovenije has developed its own technological solution that will provide customers with internet, fixed telephony and TV services via LTE/4G mobile networks. via Tech breakthrough for Telekom Slovenije.
  • Ukraine delays ASO
    Ukraine will probably have to put off its ASO date, currently set for July 17, by between six months and a year. via Ukraine delays ASO.
  • IPTV revenues in Canada up 39% in 2014 | Digital TV News
    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission today released statistical and financial information on Canadian terrestrial and satellite broadcast distribution companies for the year that ended August 31, 2014. Overall, these companies’ revenues increased 1.5% from $8.8 billion in 2013 to $8.9 billion in 2014, despite the number of subscribers remaining relatively flat over the period, […]
  • Comcast On Trial After Security System Fails | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Last fall we noted how Comcast was being sued by a Washington State couple after the company’s home security platform failed to detect intruders, who broke into their home and attempted to remove their son’s arms and legs from his body. The report notes Comcast didn’t install motion detectors on the basement window, despite promising […]
  • Comcast Still Won’t Reveal Price Of New 2 Gigabit Service | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Comcast today announced that the company is further expanding its new, two gigabit “Gigabit Pro” broadband service into parts of Washington, Utah, Houston and Colorado. According to a series of Comcast announcements, millions of homes in these states “within close proximity” to the comapny’s fiber network will be able to get the service sometime this […]
  • Inside the labs where Netflix is trying to make televisions suck less | The Verge
    In a nondescript room in the center of Netflix’s headquarters, you can walk into a small, paper white chamber called the Shu. It’s an homage to the solitary confinement cell in Orange Is The New Black, one of Netflix’s most popular original series. And just like the Shu in the show, Netflix’s version is a […]
  • Comcast announces 2-Gbps Gigabit Pro Internet in Houston [Updated] – TechBlog
    When it launched its 1-gigabit-a-second Internet service last month, AT&T finally could claim that it offered the fastest consumer broadband in Houston. But those bragging rights are short-lived. via Comcast announces 2-Gbps Gigabit Pro Internet in Houston [Updated] – TechBlog.
  • Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make money from 4G • The Register
    Vodafone has announced steady-as-she-goes results for the year to 31 March 2015, with group revenue up 10.1 per cent to £42.2bn, and the first increase in service revenue for ten quarters (albeit only 0.1 per cent) — all pretty much in line with what the company had forecast. via Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make […]
  • A lot of people share Netflix accounts, and that’s an issue | ITProPortal.com
    Every new and widely used technology brings new challenges with it, and TV streaming is no different. According to a new report from Dallas-based market research firm Parks Associate, more than 10 per cent of households in the U.S. that have a broadband connection and watch a subscription streaming service like Netflix or Hulu Plus […]
  • New president at HBO Polska
    Michal Kozicki has been appointed president of HBO Polska. He replaces Aleksander Kutela, who will become CEO of the Onet Group will at the beginning of August. via New president at HBO Polska.
  • First worldwide DVB-T2 tests on 4K in Spain |
    Spain has become the first country in the world to test the second generation DVB-T2 under 4K format with 100 frames per second. via First worldwide DVB-T2 tests on 4K in Spain |.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Update on Russia
    Is the “crisis” in Russia’s TV industry finally coming to an end? If a forecast by J’son & Partners is to be believed, there really has been no crisis. It predicts that take-up of pay-TV services will continue to grow steadily, just as it has done up until now, to reach a figure of 45.2 […]
  • Spotify makes major video push » Digital TV Europe
    A new video platform from on-demand music app Spotify will run content from a variety of UK and US distributors. via Spotify makes major video push » Digital TV Europe.
  • BT strikes download-to-own deal for HBO shows » Digital TV Europe
    BT TV is to become the first UK pay TV provider to offer a buy-to-keep box collection of Game of Thrones and other premium shows shows through a new partnership with HBO Home Entertainment. via BT strikes download-to-own deal for HBO shows » Digital TV Europe.
  • Liberty Global to distribute Lat Am tracking shares on July 1 » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global is to implement the distribution of its LiLAC tracking stock on July 1, marking a key milestone in its plan to spin off its Latin American and Caribbean assets. via Liberty Global to distribute Lat Am tracking shares on July 1 » Digital TV Europe.
  • Mediaset acquires stake in Catalan broadcaster » Digital TV Europe
    Broadcaster Mediaset España has struck an agreement with media group Godó to acquire a 40% stake in Catalan regional channel provider Emissions Digitals de Catalunya, operator of the 8tv general entertainment channel. via Mediaset acquires stake in Catalan broadcaster » Digital TV Europe.
  • UPC Ireland launches new hospitality WiFi offering » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Ireland’s hospitality services provider unit Bitbuzz has launched a new WiFi service targeting the market, Bitbuzz Go. via UPC Ireland launches new hospitality WiFi offering » Digital TV Europe.
  • BT Vision gets new iPlayer version
    The BBC has upgraded the version of the iPlayer used by the old BT Vision set-top box. via BT Vision gets new iPlayer version.
  • Raduga TV operator set for bankruptcy
    The Moscow Arbitration Court has received an application from DalGeoKom, the former operator of the DTH platform Raduga TV, to declare it insolvent. via Raduga TV operator set for bankruptcy.
  • Netflix overhauling UI
    Netflix is revamping its online interface for the first time since 2011. It is scrapping its current carousel-style layout for a design that is more in line with the user interface on its portable apps via Netflix overhauling UI |.
  • Sky boosts kids VoD content |
    Sky has announced an expansion of the kids shows available in its ever-grow on demand library. From Adventure Time to Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom and iCarly, Sky will offer plenty more kids TV on demand – with the number of episodes of family favourites increasing from 700 to around 4,000 over the coming months. […]

Digital TV News May 21, 2015

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  • Sky Italia and Mediaset working on joint pay TV venture
    Sky Italia and Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset are in exploratory talks to establish a joint pay TV venture, according to Corriere della Sera. via Sky Italia and Mediaset working on joint pay TV venture.
  • Sky: ‘Roku partnership shows our innovative edge’ |
    The launch by Sky Italia of the Sky Online TV box is the latest success to come out of Sky’s partnership and investment in US tech company, Roku, according to Emma Lloyd, Business Development Director, writing in the company blog. via Sky: ‘Roku partnership shows our innovative edge’ |.
  • NHK demos 8K to public |
    Japanese public broadcaster NHK says that next week (May 28-31) during NHK’s Science & Technology Research Labs ‘open day’ in Tokyo that it will showcase its latest developments for 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ transmission. via NHK demos 8K to public |.
  • Brazil’s Globosat offers 4K |
    Brazilian pay-TV operator Globosat, part of the Globo Group, has launched a 4K/Ultra-HDTV ‘App’ for consumers with suitable Samsung smart-TVs. The connection is good for Samsung’s 2015 (and more recent) models and can access bandwidth of 30 Mb/s or higher. via Brazil’s Globosat offers 4K |.
  • SABC trims its digital ambitions |
    South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster says it will now only launch its digital transmissions with just five channels. In 2011 SABC told a parliamentary committee that digital TV would see it transmit 18 channels. via SABC trims its digital ambitions |.
  • Feds won’t allow Charter to buy TWC either, analyst says – FierceCable
    With the recent passage of Title II-based Internet regulation showcasing a heavy-handed political climate in Washington as it relates to cable broadband, Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) will likely run into the same regulatory hurdles that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) did if it continues its quest to buy Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC). via Feds won’t allow […]
  • Cablevision sues Verizon, defends commercial targeting FiOS – FierceCable
    Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) has filed its second advertising-related lawsuit against Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in the last five months, defending a TV commercial that claims Verizon’s FiOS service partially relies on cable to deliver video and Internet into residences. via Cablevision sues Verizon, defends commercial targeting FiOS – FierceCable.
  • Canoe’s Pizzurro on the company’s big pivot to dynamic ad insertion – FierceCable
    Perusing the marketing material of Canoe Ventures, the JV launched by Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks seven years ago to focus on advanced advertising solutions for the cable industry, you’d think you were driving by a McDonald’s. In November, for example, Canoe touted 10 billion impressions served, a major milestone […]
  • Video ad views up 43% YoY |
    FreeWheel concluded 2014 reporting strong growth and evolution in the digital TV market.  The company’s Q1 2015 report shows those trend are continuing. via Video ad views up 43% YoY |.
  • Malone: Vodafone-Liberty Global combination would be ‘great fit’ » Digital TV Europe
    A combination of Vodafone and Liberty Global would be a “great fit” for the latter, according to Liberty chairman John Malone. Malone, interviewed by Bloomberg yesterday, said that an agreement to work together or a combination of the two companies could deliver “very substantial synergies” and cited the benefits of a merger in markets including […]
  • Vodafone plans mobile TV push with app overhaul » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone has announced plans to enrich its My Vodafone app “in a massive way”, adding functionality like video so that it acts like “a TV in your hands.” via Vodafone plans mobile TV push with app overhaul » Digital TV Europe.
  • EC authorises Orange’s €3.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel » Digital TV Europe
    The European Commission has authorised Orange’s €3.4 billion buyout of Jazztel, after Orange made a series of commitments, including agreeing to sell a fibre network representing 720,000 building units. via EC authorises Orange’s €3.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel » Digital TV Europe.
  • Positive outlook for Russian pay-TV
    Pay-TV penetration in Russia is set to reach 81% in 2019, by when there will be 45.2 million homes receiving services. via Positive outlook for Russian pay-TV.
  • Modern Times Group management changes
    MTG has made changes to its management structure, including the appointment with immediate effect of MTG EVP Anders Jensen as CEO of MTG Sweden; Kim Poder as CEO of MTG Denmark; and Trygve Rønningen as CEO of MTG Norway. via Modern Times Group management changes.
  • BT Says 100 Businesses to Join Swansea 500Mb G.fast Broadband Trial – ISPreview UK
    BT has confirmed that 100 businesses in the city of Swansea (Wales) will benefit when they begin their technically-focused trial of 500Mbps capable G.fast (ITU G.9701) broadband technology in the area this summer. via BT Says 100 Businesses to Join Swansea 500Mb G.fast Broadband Trial – ISPreview UK.
  • KPN to phase out Digitenne DTT service?
    Dutch incumbent KPN is actively promoting its IPTV service among its DTT customers by increasing the DVB-T subscription price to above the basic IPTV fee. via KPN to phase out Digitenne DTT service?.
  • TF1 revamps VoD, 4K launch |
    TF1 replay service MyTF1 will launch a new version of its VoD multiscreen service on May 25th making more content available from the group’s four free TV channels (TF1, HD1, NT1 and TMC). Three original digital channels will also be embedded and the service will be compatible with the 4K standard. via TF1 revamps VoD, […]
  • Malone talks up Vodafone deal
    Liberty Global’s chairman John Malone has come out in favour of a possible tie-up with Vodafone in Western Europe, calling such a move a “great fit”. via Malone talks up Vodafone deal.
  • Europe’s first FTA Ultra HD channel to launch on Astra at 19.2°E | Digital TV News
    SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that it will be broadcasting Europe’s first free-to-air Ultra HD channel via Astra 19.2 degrees East. The German shopping channel, pearl.tv, will be produced and broadcast in native Ultra HD as of September 2015. via Europe’s first FTA Ultra HD channel to launch […]
  • Altice enters the US market with acquisition of Suddenlink | Digital TV News
    Altice (Euronext: ATC) announces today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 70% of the share capital in Suddenlink from existing shareholders BC Partners, CPP Investment Board and Suddenlink management. BC Partners and CPP Investment Board will retain a 30% stake in Suddenlink. via Altice enters the US market with acquisition of Suddenlink […]
  • Amino buys Booxmedia for €7.9m
    Amino has acquired the cloud-TV platform provider Booxmedia in a move that strengthens its Cloud TV offer. via Amino buys Booxmedia for €7.9m.
  • 134 million digital TV homes to be added in 2015 | Digital TV News
    Based on forecasts for 138 countries, the number of digital TV homes will increase by more than 1 billion between 2010 and 2020 to 1.65 billion – or up by 180%, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The total will climb by 134 million homes in 2015 alone. via 134 million digital […]
  • Sub-free Sky Online TV Box for Italy
    Watching Sky programming streaming to the home TV and with no subscription required is now possible in Italy with the new Sky Online TV Box. via Sub-free Sky Online TV Box for Italy |.