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- Britain’s second-largest carrier O2 to be bought out in $15 billion deal | The Verge
Hong Kong-based telecommunications giant Hutchison Whampoa is poised to purchase Britain’s second-biggest wireless carrier, O2, in a deal reportedly worth upwards of £10 billion ($15 billion). Hutchison Whampoa — owned by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing — already owns Three, another major cell … Continue reading
- Netflix Promises Profitability In 2017 – Business Insider
Netflix stock is up 17% after the company released an earnings report on Tuesday that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations for the company’s most crucial metric — subscriber growth. via Netflix Promises Profitability In 2017 – Business Insider.
- Nangu.TV appoints new CEO » Digital TV Europe
Media platform provider for IPTV and OTT services, Nangu.TV, has appointed former T-Mobile, Vodafone and UnicreditBank executive Ivo Korčák as its new CEO. via Nangu.TV appoints new CEO » Digital TV Europe.
- Dom.ru taps Nagra for content security » Digital TV Europe
Russian service provider ER-Telecom, which operates under the Dom.ru brand, has introduced comprehensive content protection from Nagra for its TV services. via Dom.ru taps Nagra for content security » Digital TV Europe.
- DTG 4k Plugfest tests streamed content
The DTG’s UK UHD Forum has staged a second 4k Plugfest with an emphasis on content streamed in 4k over satellite, IP and DTT to UHD TVs and set-top boxes. via DTG 4k Plugfest tests streamed content.
- Chris Dziadul Reports: Ultra HD in Russia
Russia is making good progress in the introduction of Ultra HD services. Just a week before Christmas, the OTT video service Okko, formerly known as Play, announced the release of the Hollywood blockbuster The Expendables 3 in the original Ultra … Continue reading
- Parks: 50% of HBO OTT Video Subs Would Cancel Pay-TV Service | Home Media Magazine
Be careful what you wish for. Media companies clamoring to join the subscription streaming bandwagon could see forays into over-the-top (OTT) video undermine their existing distribution channels, according to new research. via Parks: 50% of HBO OTT Video Subs Would … Continue reading
- Bouygues opts for Envivio
France’s Bouygues Telecom has selected Envivio Muse VOD encoding software for its multiscreen services. via Bouygues opts for Envivio.
- VOD Professional | Eye on 2020: Devices, Piracy and Prevalence of Video Gaming Blur the Lines for Operators
Irdeto today has launched its Eye on 2020 report, a series of predictions over the next five years covering trends that will impact the broadcast and content industries, including the connected home, piracy, platform expectations and future differentiators. via VOD … Continue reading
- 17% US ‘likely’ to be HBO OTT subs | Advanced Television
Research from Parks Associates suggests that 17 per cent of US broadband households are likely to subscribe to an OTT video service from HBO. Among these likely subscribers, 91 per cent are currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would cancel … Continue reading
- OpenVault and FourthWall partner on set-top box diagnostic data
OpenVault, the leading provider of easy-to-use tools to help Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) increase revenues, reduce costs and manage growth on their high-speed data broadband networks and FourthWall Media®, the largest independent source of cable set-top box viewing and … Continue reading
- Tata Elxsi joins the Frog by Wyplay Community
Wyplay, a creator of software solutions for leading pay TV operators, and Tata Elxsi, a leading Global Design & Technology Services Company – the Embedded Technology arm of the TATA Group ($100 Billion Business Conglomerate) -announced today that the latter … Continue reading
- DTG :: News :: DTG’s 4k Plugfests turn spotlight on HEVC streams
The DTG’s UK UHD Forum has held its second 4k Plugfest with a focus on content streamed in 4k over satellite, IP and DTT to UHD TVs and set-top boxes. via DTG :: News :: DTG’s 4k Plugfests turn spotlight … Continue reading
- Kabel Deutschland to provide online and TV viewing via a single UI | VideoNet
Germany’s largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland (now part of Vodafone) has provided initial details on its next-generation video service that point towards the operator trying to become a ‘super-aggregator’ that makes all entertainment sources available through the same user interface. … Continue reading
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- YouSee to launch 300Mbps service » Digital TV Europe
TDC-owned Danish cable operator YouSee is to launch an internet service offering up to 300 Mbps downstream on February 2. The ultra high-speed service will be available to about 20% of the company’s customers at launch, but will be rolled … Continue reading
- Netflix CEO Agrees 25 Mbps Should Be The New Baseline | DSLReports, ISP Information
Preparing for a protracted fight over net neutrality and municipal broadband, FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been making a significant push to redefine the baseline broadband definition at 25 Mbps. Why? To justify legal action on both fronts, the agency … Continue reading
- BBC iPlayer cracks 3.5bn requests
BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio went through another record in 2014 with the combined number of programme requests reaching over 3.5 billion, compared with 3.1 billion in the previous year. via BBC iPlayer cracks 3.5bn requests.
- Online sports viewing to grow tenfold | Advanced Television
A passion for live sports and the growing availability of OTT TV services will see consumers increasingly engage sports on broadband platforms, according to research firm TDG. via Online sports viewing to grow tenfold | Advanced Television.
- Discovery eyes Premier League rights
Discovery Communications is set to bid for broadcasting rights to the English Premier League, with its head David Zaslav reported to have flown to London to meet with the league’s officials. via Discovery eyes Premier League rights.
- Comcast’s next-generation Xi4 set-top box passes the FCC — Tech News and Analysis
It looks like Comcast is getting ready to ship its next-generation set-top box to consumers: A filing for the company’s Xi4 set-top box just popped up in the FCC’s database. The filing, which has been approved by the FCC, is heavily … Continue reading
- Strong moves on to Liberty
Dana Strong is to take on a new role within Liberty Global, becoming the company’s senior VP, chief transformation officer, on January 31. via Strong moves on to Liberty.
- Netflix Stock Soars After Q4 Earnings Report | LostRemote
Netflix’s stock skyrocketed today after they released their Q4 earnings report yesterday. Turns out, their making a lot more money than you think: via Netflix Stock Soars After Q4 Earnings Report | LostRemote.
- EBU urges European net neutrality » Digital TV Europe
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), alongside a coalition of digital stakeholders, has signed an open letter urging the EU to support “strong and clear net neutrality rules.” via EBU urges European net neutrality » Digital TV Europe.
- CableLabs CEO McKinney discusses the DOCSIS 3.1 rollout, carrier-grade Wi-Fi and 4K – FierceCable
Former Hewlett-Packard CTO Phil McKinney was hired as president and CEO of the research consortium CableLabs 28 months ago to pick up the pace of innovation in the cable industry. A self-described “innovation guy,” McKinney came in with a mandate … Continue reading
- KPN to launch TV everywhere » Digital TV Europe
Dutch telco KPN is to extend its multiscreen TV service to enable out-of-home consumption from the end of this month. via KPN to launch TV everywhere » Digital TV Europe.
- Dutch telcos take TV Everywhere
Both Tele2 and KPN are rolling out their TV Everywhere service nationwide for their customers. via Dutch telcos take TV Everywhere.
- BBC Three, not closing, not for sale
The controller of BBC Three has made clear that the BBC’s youth-skewing TV channel is neither closing, nor for sale. via BBC Three, not closing, not for sale.
- Sky and O2 in mobile talks
Sky has been talking to Telefónica about a possible tie-up with the O2 mobile business, it has emerged. via Sky and O2 in mobile talks.
- Liberty Global appoints Strong as CTO | Advanced Television
Liberty Global and Virgin Media have announced that Dana Strong, Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Media, has been tapped to take on a new role within Liberty Global. via Liberty Global appoints Strong as CTO | Advanced Television.
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- Court Upholds Dish’s Hopper Ad-Skipping Feature | Home Media Magazine
The United States District Court, Central District of California, Jan. 20 publicly released Judge Dolly Gee’s summary ruling upholding Dish Network’s right under U.S. copyright law to incorporate ad-skipping technology on the Hopper DVR, among other features. via Court Upholds … Continue reading
- ST launches HDMI signal-conditioning and protection ICs
STMicroelectronics has launched its latest single-chip HDMI™ signal-conditioning and protection ICs, designed for maximum performance up to today’s fastest 4K Ultra-HD data rates. via ST launches HDMI signal-conditioning and protection ICs.
- Netflix tops 57m subs; accelerates expansion | Advanced Television
Internet entertainment streaming service Netflix has released Fourth-Quarter 2014 Financial Results which show that in 2014, it added a record 13.0 million new members, compared to 11.1 million in 2013, bringing its global total to 57.4 million members. via Netflix … Continue reading
- Verimatrix updates list of certified chipsets
Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, today revealed the latest system-on-chip (SoC) families that have been certified compliant with Verimatrix Advanced Security. Having the industry’s broadest range of chipsets … Continue reading
- Netflix Getting ‘The Interview’ Jan. 24; Adds 4.3 Million Subs Worldwide | Home Media Magazine
Netflix reported a fourth-quarter (ended Dec. 31) global gain of 4.3 million subscribers, including 1.9 million in the United States. The subscription streaming pioneer ended the period with more than 57 million subs (54.4 million paid), including 18 million (16.8 … Continue reading
- Brits are ready to be ‘digital by default’
A new study from Fujitsu has revealed that UK consumers are ready for a nation that is digital by default. Over a fifth of us will always opt for a digital-first approach, when a digital service is offered. Driven by … Continue reading
- Embracing the cloud | Advanced Television
Advanced Television talks to Yvette Kanouff, SVP Cisco Service Provider Video Software and Solutions, about Cisco’s increasing commitment to the cloud, V2P and the benefit of comprehensive virtualization, RDK and bringing Internet speed innovation to cable, data security in the … Continue reading
- Sky link to O2? | Advanced Television
Sky is talking to Telefónica about a link with the telco’s UK MNO foreshadowing a complete quad-play proposition. The talks come as BT confirms exclusive negotiations to buy 02 rival EE, having previously targetted O2. via Sky link to O2? … Continue reading
- Colombia’s pay TV subscriber base passes the 8 million mark
According to the latest Market Estimates report from BB BUSINESS BUREAU, the pay TV market in Colombia is continuing to grow though at a slower rate than one year ago. via Colombia’s pay TV subscriber base passes the 8 million … Continue reading
- Elliott granted Kabel Deutschland EGM » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone majority-owned German cable operator Kabel Deutschland is to grant minority shareholder Elliott Management its request for an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders, which will likely take place on March 20. via Elliott granted Kabel Deutschland EGM » Digital TV … Continue reading
- Altech partners with DivX on 4K set-top boxes » Digital TV Europe
Set-top provider Altech Multimedia has struck a deal with DivX to integrate DivX Plus HD and DivX HEVC technology into its upcoming set-top boxes. via Altech partners with DivX on 4K set-top boxes » Digital TV Europe.
- Google to invest in 4,000 satellite plan? | Advanced Television
Paypal founder – and billionaire – Elon Musk might have some friendly help in his plan to build a 4,000 satellite constellation to girdle the Earth. Google is widely reported to be considering an investment in the scheme. The plan … Continue reading
- Virgin Media in Telegraph sports tie-up
Virgin Media has agreed an exclusive partnership with the Telegraph Media Group to promote its sports tier. via Virgin Media in Telegraph sports tie-up.
- New headache for Russian pay-TV
Pay-TV operators in Russia face the prospect of only being able to access public channels exclusively from Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS). via New headache for Russian pay-TV.
- Polsat eyes key sports rights
Polsat is set to strengthen its position as the leading sports broadcaster in Poland by securing more rights. via Polsat eyes key sports rights.
- Over a third of Dutch use illegal VoD | Advanced Television
Market research firm Gfk has reported a growing user base for VoD services in the Netherlands. via Over a third of Dutch use illegal VoD | Advanced Television.
- Vietnam and Japan plan workshop on smart TV
Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications hosted a Vietnam-Japan policy dialogue on information and communications technology (ICT) in Hanoi on January 16, 2015. The meeting focused on the introduction of digital terrestrial … Continue reading
- TrueVisions offers subscription-free satellite TV STB
Thailand’s TrueVisions, owned by True Corporation, has launched a new set-top box capable of receiving up to 200 subscription-free satellite TV channels. via TrueVisions offers subscription-free satellite TV STB.
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- VOD Professional | Piksel Expands into Content Acquisition Services for Next Generation of OTT Players
Piksel, a global provider of video monetization software and solutions designed to maximize the reach and return of video, announces today the launch of Piksel Content Services. Piksel will manage all stages of the content acquisition process for new OTT … Continue reading
- Three UK Owner Still in Talks to Potentially Buy O2 from Telefonica – ISPreview UK
The Hong Kong based parent of mobile operator Three UK (Hutchison Whampoa), which before Christmas had initially expressed an interest (here) in buying either ideally EE or perhaps O2, is still in talks to buy Telefonica’s mobile sibling in the … Continue reading
- EUROPE, A LEADER NOT A LAGGARD by Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman, Cable Europe #CableCongress2015 | Cable Congress Blog
Since I joined Cable Europe in 2012 I’ve become accustomed to a particular feeling that the New Year brings. I’m not referring to the promise of change and betterment (though I have made a few of my own resolutions for … Continue reading
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- New Russian VOD service launches
The Russian cable operator ER Telecom, which uses the brand name Dom.ru, has launched a new video service. via New Russian VOD service launches.
- Vodafone returns frequencies after Ono purchase
The Spanish government has obliged Vodafone to hand back frequencies allocated for its mobile telephony service. via Vodafone returns frequencies after Ono purchase.
- Motive adds Chromecast to TabletTV | Advanced Television
Pay-TV technology specialist Motive Television is to begin integrating Google’s Chromecast technology into Motive’s TabletTV apps. via Motive adds Chromecast to TabletTV | Advanced Television.
- Movies drive the online video market
Short-form video has a strong future but TV and Movies drive the online video market, according to ABI Research. via Movies drive the online video market.
- Streaming devices in 26% of US homes
Ownership and usage of connected devices is growing among US broadband households, according to Parks Associates. via Streaming devices in 26% of US homes.
- Striking a balance: How YouTube reinvented its TV app — Tech News and Analysis
Here’s a little secret about YouTube’s new TV app, which just launched on Roku streaming devices this week: It’s using the wrong shade of red. via Striking a balance: How YouTube reinvented its TV app — Tech News and Analysis.
- Amazon launches Ultra HD streaming in Germany
Online retailer Amazon has commenced providing selected movies and series in Ultra HD/4K resolution on its video-on-demand (VOD) service Amazon Instant Video in Germany, an Amazon spokesman confirmed to Broadband TV News. via Amazon launches Ultra HD streaming in Germany.
- TVTechnology: Quantum Dots Make a Scene at the 2015 CES
One of the heavily hyped technologies to emerge from the 2015 Consumer Electronic Show was “quantum dot” displays. It might have seemed as though quantum dots were new to displays this year, but Sony introduced the technology in 2013 in … Continue reading
- Vodafone: “Ban Telefonica’s Canal Plus buy” | Advanced Television
Vodafone-Ono is putting pressure on the Spanish competition watchdog CNMC to stop Telefonica’s acquisition of the pay-TV operator Canal Plus from becoming a reality. via Vodafone: “Ban Telefonica’s Canal Plus buy” | Advanced Television.
- Richard Branson Plans Huge New Broadband Satellite Constellation | DSLReports, ISP Information
You can add Sir Richard Branson to the growing list of companies that are exploring satellites, drones and hot air balloons to deliver broadband services to developing nations. Branson and Virgin announced that they’re building the “world’s largest ever satellite … Continue reading
- DTG :: News :: DTG welcomes new members Asda and Roku
The DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, can announce its new members, Asda and Roku. via DTG :: News :: DTG welcomes new members Asda and Roku.
- Microsoft Announces Skype 4.0 For TVs, Offers Free Group Video Calling
Microsoft today announced the launch of Skype 4.0 on TV, allowing you to enjoy a free group video call on your 2014 Samsung Smart TV with built-in camera. via Microsoft Announces Skype 4.0 For TVs, Offers Free Group Video Calling.
- This movie sharing service is the first good use of Ultraviolet we’ve seen | The Verge
Former Wall Street analyst Steve Wang has just launched Wavelength, a free movie-sharing service, or, as Wang is calling it, “the first social movie service.” via This movie sharing service is the first good use of Ultraviolet we’ve seen | The Verge.
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- Vodafone Spain slams Telefónica Canal+ acquisition » Digital TV Europe
Spain’s competition watchdog must prohibit Telefónica’s acquisition of pay TV operator Canal+ or at least subject it to stricter conditions, according to rival service provider Vodafone Spain’s director of legal and regulatory affairs, Pedro Peña. via Vodafone Spain slams Telefónica … Continue reading
- Ericsson exec Johan Wibergh to join Vodafone as CTO » Digital TV Europe
Ericsson’s executive vice president and head of segment networks, Johan Wibergh, is due to join Vodafone in May, taking over from Steve Pusey as the mobile operator’s chief technology officer. via Ericsson exec Johan Wibergh to join Vodafone as CTO … Continue reading
- Nair named SCTE Energy 2020 co-chair
Liberty Global CTO Balan Nair has been named as co-chair of the US Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers’ Energy 2020 plan. via Nair named SCTE Energy 2020 co-chair.
- German VOD market on the rise
The turnover achieved by video-on-demand (VOD) providers is expected to grow in Germany to €458 million this year – an increase by 42% compared with 2014. via German VOD market on the rise.
- NHK confirms 8K plans | Advanced Television
An NHK board meeting on January 15 approved the public broadcaster’s three-year plan. The NHK Board set five major objectives for the three years beginning 2015, but also re-stated its vision towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and covering the … Continue reading
- Chris Dziadul: HbbTV – a CEE perspective
Central and Eastern Europe may not be at the forefront of HbbTV, but it is certainly not far behind. via Chris Dziadul: HbbTV – a CEE perspective.
- All you need to know about Dish’s new Sling TV service — Tech News and Analysis
Dish’s Sling TV online streaming service, which the company plans to launch in the coming weeks, made waves at CES earlier this month, but a few questions were left unanswered. Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took to Reddit this week … Continue reading
- TVTechnology: Zenterio Supports HbbTV
Zenterio, in cooperation with Access, a global provider of advanced software technologies such as browsers, will offer a platform for broadcasters and hybrid operators that want to launch interactive services based on standard technologies such as HbbTV. via TVTechnology: Zenterio … Continue reading
- DTG :: News :: London’s NYE fireworks give BBC 4K and HDR tests a blast
BBC Research and Development used London New Year’s Eve firework display to test the capabilities of 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range technology. via DTG :: News :: London’s NYE fireworks give BBC 4K and HDR tests a blast.
- Piksel makes three senior hires in EMEA push » Digital TV Europe
OTT TV technology specialist Piksel has hired three new senior executives from FilmFlex and Ooyala in a bid to “advance commercial expansion” in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. via Piksel makes three senior hires in EMEA push » Digital … Continue reading
- Web browsing and other smart TV services in decline, says uWand » Digital TV Europe
Watching catch-up TV from smart televisions is on the rise, but other services like gaming, internet browsing and watching video clips are “gradually decreasing in popularity,” according to a new study. via Web browsing and other smart TV services in … Continue reading
- TVP outlines 2015 HbbTV strategy
The Polish public broadcaster TVP has added an EPG with recommendation to its hybrid platform. via TVP outlines 2015 HbbTV strategy.
- Czech HbbTV: problems and solutions
HbbTV is being driven in the Czech Republic by the public broadcaster CT, with most commercial stations hitherto showing little if any interest introducing services. via Czech HbbTV: problems and solutions.
- Lebedev says Ofcom action on RT would reflect badly on UK
The owner of London Live, the London Evening Standard and The Independent has told Russia Today (RT) that any action by Ofcom against the broadcaster would reflect badly on Britain. via Lebedev says Ofcom action on RT would reflect badly … Continue reading
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- Horizon makes full Polish debut
UPC Polska is making the full Horizon offer, including the Horizon set-top box, commercially available in Poland from today (January 15). via Horizon makes full Polish debut.
- Industry pros favour 2nd screen over Smart TV | Advanced Television
Findings from Philips uWand, the intuitive camera-based direct pointing remote control technology specialist, have revealed that professionals in the consumer electronics industry recognise need for a better Smart TV experience, with few taking advantage of Smart TV’s potential, with the … Continue reading
- A+E Networks taps Clearleap to support set-top VOD – FierceCable
Atlanta technology company Clearleap says it’s stuck a deal with A+E Networks to power set-top-based VOD programming across all of the conglomerate’s channels. via A+E Networks taps Clearleap to support set-top VOD – FierceCable.
- Cable One promotes Laulis to president and COO – FierceCable
Cable One has promoted Julie Laulis to president and chief operating officer. Laulis has spent the last 15 years at the Phoenix-based MSO, which touts just under 500,000 video subscribers. She has operated under the title of COO since 2012. … Continue reading
- The Adoption Of 4K Streaming Will Be Stalled By Bandwidth, Not Hardware & Devices – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
With all the talk of 4K that took place at CES, some within the industry are making statements and assumptions about 4K streaming bitrates that simply aren’t accurate. Many are under the impression that 4K streaming will soon be delivered … Continue reading
- Satellite dominates Sub-Saharan Africa pay TV revenues
Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach $6.22 billion in 2020, up from $3.54 billion in 2014 and $1.92 billion in 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. Excluding South Africa, pay TV revenues will climb … Continue reading
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- Sky AdSmart extends to on demand
Sky is taking its tailored advertising service AdSmart into the satcaster’s on demand services. via Sky AdSmart extends to on demand.
- CTAM EuroSummit ’15 moves to August
CTAM Europe has just announced that EuroSummit ’15 will take place on August 27-28 in Amsterdam. via CTAM EuroSummit ’15 moves to August.
- Broadpeak adds “impulsive recording” » Digital TV Europe
CDN and on-demand technology provider Broadpeak has added “impulsive recording” capabilities for its cloud-PVR solution. via Broadpeak adds “impulsive recording” » Digital TV Europe.
- Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion » Digital TV Europe
Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will more than triple in the decade starting 2010, reaching US$6.22 billion in 2020, according to Digital TV Research. via Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa to hit US$6.22 billion » Digital TV Europe.
- Telefónica closes Mediaset Premium deal, names content exec to board » Digital TV Europe
Telefónica has completed its acquisition of a stake in Mediaset’s Italian pay TV arm, Mediaset Premium, and has named Luis Velo Puig-Durán as its board representative. via Telefónica closes Mediaset Premium deal, names content exec to board » Digital TV … Continue reading
- 4K TVs Are Forked. You Should Wait Before You Buy One | WIRED
This is the year buying a 4K TV seems to make a lot more sense. Everything is falling into place: 4K services are primed to explode, and UltraHD sets will be both plentiful and more affordable. You won’t just see … Continue reading
- The Kudelski Group and Netflix enter into long-term business relationship and resolve all pending patent litigation | Kudelski Group
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S) today announced that they have entered into a comprehensive product relationship enabling the Kudelski Group to pre-integrate its NAGRA anyCAST content protection and OpenTV connectware products with the Netflix service for the … Continue reading
- UHD Alliance coalition already has internal friction, post-CES report reveals – FierceCable
The Ultra HD Alliance is one week old. But according to a report in GigaOm, the cooperative effort already has significant fault lines. via UHD Alliance coalition already has internal friction, post-CES report reveals – FierceCable.
- Deloitte: SVoD 3% of pay-TV in 2015 | Advanced Television
Deloitte forecasts SVoD will generate about £5 billion (€6.4bn) globally this year, which is only around 3 per cent of the £168 billion pay-TV market. SV0D should not be considered solely as a competitor to pay-TV but more as a … Continue reading
- UHD is TV’s next big thing. So why is the industry divided? — Tech News and Analysis
We’ve had gigantic TVs, curved TVs, 3D TVs, even TVs that can bend with the press of a button. TV makers tend to bring all their latest gimmicks to one-up each other at the annual CES show in Las Vegas. … Continue reading
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- Activist investor calls for Kabel Deutschland EGM on Vodafone takeover » Digital TV Europe
Vodafone majority-owned Kabel Deutschland has been asked to call an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to look into whether its management gave accurate and timely information to investors at the time of its takeover. via Activist investor calls for Kabel Deutschland EGM … Continue reading
- Liberty Global reorganising European business to improve credit appeal » Digital TV Europe
Liberty Global is to reorganise its European businesses, merging UPC Ireland with Virgin Media and UPC Netherlands with Ziggo to create a simpler debt structure. via Liberty Global reorganising European business to improve credit appeal » Digital TV Europe.
- Interactive digital TV found in 61.5% of Belgian homes » Digital TV Europe
Some 61.5% of Belgian households now have interactive digital TV according to a new study on Belgian Telecom sector, commissioned by the country’s five major operators. via Interactive digital TV found in 61.5% of Belgian homes » Digital TV Europe.
- MTG to restructure Swedish operation » Digital TV Europe
The Modern Times Group is restructuring its Swedish free TV operations with staff at the four-channel division facing the prospect of redundancy. via MTG to restructure Swedish operation » Digital TV Europe.
- Pace says profitability up 6 per cent
Pace says it expects 2014 revenues to come in at $2,610 million, an increase of 6%. via Pace says profitability up 6 per cent.
- HDMI Stick – Putting the Everywhere in TV Everywhere | Advanced Television
Since its initial rollout in 2009 TV Everywhere has been evolving, offering more and increasingly-varied content, supporting greater numbers and types of delivery devices, and providing more-easily-navigated access paths for consumers. New delivery devices such as the HDMI® Stick technology … Continue reading
- Netflix VPN usage revealed
Netflix has recently denied it is cracking down on VPN usage of its services, despite repeated calls from content owners to stop illegal access to the SVOD service. via Netflix VPN usage revealed.
- AllCast media streaming finally comes to iOS
The slow road for AllCast to bring its media streaming app to iOS is over, as today marks the app’s launch on Apple’s mobile OS. via AllCast media streaming finally comes to iOS.
- Tele Columbus kicks off IPO
Germany’s third-largest cable operator Tele Columbus has initiated its IPO: The price range for the offered shares has been set at €8.00 to €12.00 per share. via Tele Columbus kicks off IPO.
- VOD Professional | 10 VOD Talking Points for 2015
Hello, a belated happy new year and welcome back to work! It’s customary at this time of year to make some predictions about the twelve months ahead but I imagine that you’ve read quite a few of those already. Instead, … Continue reading
- TV subs up just 1% in Q3 | Advanced Television
Leading pay-TV services around the world increased their subscriber numbers by just 1 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, as reported in the January issue of the informitv Multiscreen Index. The 100 services in the index recorded total … Continue reading
- Chile adds 22,000 pay TV subscribers in 3Q 2014
Chile’s Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has releases pay TV statistics to the end of September 2014. via Chile adds 22,000 pay TV subscribers in 3Q 2014.
- Sharp showcases 8K TV » Digital TV Europe
Sharp showcased a prototype 85-inch 8K LCD TV at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. via Sharp showcases 8K TV » Digital TV Europe.
- DTG :: News :: Ultra HD: India’s Tata Sky announces 4K pricing as NHK Japan sets up 8K live test
Indian direct-to-home satellite operator Tata Sky launched the country’s first 4K set-top box, while Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has confirmed it will conduct live 8K test transmissions at a popular festival. via DTG :: News :: Ultra HD: India’s Tata … Continue reading
- TalkTalk adds Netflix to offer
Netflix is now available on TalkTalk TV, with YouView from TalkTalk homes that pre-registered for the service among the first to receive it on their set-top box. via TalkTalk adds Netflix to offer.
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- It’s 4K-ing big right now, but it’s NOT going to save TV • The Register
CES 2015 With CES in full swing, the industry’s favourite buzzword is cropping up all over the show floor and in the headlines. But the surveys and reports that are emerging still aren’t painting a picture of 4K’s success on … Continue reading
- CES 2015: The secret to Sling TV’s success
At first glance Sling TV’s hype is all about the business model: no onerous contracts, a low entry price and access across a slew of devices, all with a bundle of content viewers have usually needed a cable TV package … Continue reading
- Android TV spells end of Google TV
Google has now officially announced the end of Google TV and will instead concentrate on Android TV and the Google Cast ecosystem. via Android TV spells end of Google TV.
- Davey to head content at Sky | Advanced Television
Sky has appointed Gary Davey, Executive Vice President Programming at Sky Deutschland, to an expanded role as Managing Director, Content, with the additional responsibility for its entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK and Ireland. He will combine the … Continue reading
- Tele Columbus to launch 400Mbps internet
Germany’s third-largest cable operator Tele Columbus will launch a high-speed internet service offering 400Mbps download speed. via Tele Columbus to launch 400Mbps internet.
- Hungarian pay-TV trends revealed
The take-up of cable and IPTV services continues to grow steadily in Hungary. via Hungarian pay-TV trends revealed.
- Streaming devices poised to dominate viewing
Just 55% of millennials in the US use TVs as their primary viewing platform, while streaming devices (laptops, tablets, and smartphones) are poised to dominate their viewing preferences, according to the preliminary results of the second NATPE|Content First and the … Continue reading
- Tata Sky launches India’s first 4K set top box
Leading the innovation cycle, Direct-To-Home (DTH) operator Tata Sky begins the New Year with the launch of India’s first 4K set top box (STB) in India. The set top box will be available for existing and new subscribers to enjoy … Continue reading
- PeerTV lands $500k HEVC set top box order
PeerTV, the TV over the internet (OTT) technology solutions provider, has announced that following the successful delivery of the first batch of its eTV set top box order to Polsky.TV, the company has now added an additional order totalling $490,000. … Continue reading
- DigiTAG: UHDTV by 2023
A report prepared for DigiTAG has said UHDTV of up to 8K could be in place on Europe’s DTT platforms by 2023. via DigiTAG: UHDTV by 2023.
- Will you be buying a 4K TV this year? | ITProPortal.com
HD, with its 1080p picture took off, albeit a bit slowly at first. But in the long run, almost all content moved to the format and customers bought sets. via Will you be buying a 4K TV this year? | … Continue reading
- TVs at CES 2015 go beyond 4K – CNET
4K is already old hat. The rapidly falling prices of 4K TVs are causing manufacturers push even more elaborate features to make a buck. That’s why quantum dots, HDR and curved, bendable and ultra-slim TVs were so prominent this year. … Continue reading
- Securing the IoT: Part 2 – Secure boot as root of trust | Embedded
Security of electronic devices is a must in today’s interconnected world. There is plenty of evidence  to show that when the security of a device on the IoT is compromised, you must be cautious, even suspicious of that device … Continue reading
- Securing the IoT: Part 1 – Public key cryptography | Embedded
Security of electronic devices is a must in today’s interconnected world of the Internet of Things (IoT). Electronic devices range from smart connected refrigerators to uranium centrifuge control systems. When the security of a device is compromised we can no … Continue reading
- NHK showcases 8K | Advanced Television
At the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, public broadcaster NHK has confirmed it will conduct live 8K test transmissions. Sapporo was the venue for the 1972 Winter Olympics and NHK says that it will mount 8K cameras and equipment … Continue reading
- Scottish pub rebels against Premier League | Advanced Television
A pub in Dundee is risking being fined for the illegal showing of live English Premier League football by using a foreign decoder. The Cask and Cork has also banned staff from Sky, BT, the Premier League and the Football … Continue reading
- Dolby has a better vision for the future of TV | The Verge
When it came to TVs at CES this year, one catchphrase stood out from the rest: high dynamic range. HDR content and equipment means you’ll get television shows and movies that are brighter and incredibly vivid, with better color reproduction … Continue reading
- Samsung holds 37% share in global Ultra HD TV market in 2014
Samsung Electronics held a 37% share in the global Ultra HD TV market during 2014. Approximately 50% of the Ultra HD TVs Samsung sold in 2014 were for curved units. via Samsung holds 37% share in global Ultra HD TV … Continue reading
- Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that… • The Register
While electronics giants are showing off their internet-connected 4K TVs, most people still do not have the web bandwidth to stream stuff in ultra high-def. via Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about … Continue reading
- 4K TV Marketing At CES Is Depressingly Bad | TechCrunch
CES kind of feels like my own personal hell, in that it takes the coolest technology in the world and surrounds it with marketing gimmickry. I noticed this the most in the way companies were pitching their TVs, which you … Continue reading
- 4K movies are coming to Blu-ray discs and hard drives
Sure, there are plenty of Ultra HD televisions floating around the Las Vegas Convention Center, but how will you find anything suitably super high-res to play on them? Netflix, Amazon and a few others have started 4K internet delivery, while … Continue reading
- Broadcom introduces chipset for HDMI set-top dongle – FierceCable
Broadcom has entered the HDMI dongle business. The chipmaker introduced two system on a chip (SoC) products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week necessary to put pay-TV set-tops inside sticks that fit into the HDMI slots … Continue reading
- Magine TV to pull out of Spain
Cloud-based TV service Magine TV will cease operations in Spain on February 1. via Magine TV to pull out of Spain.