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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 |.

Digital TV News May 20, 2015

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  • 30% of UK consumers use SVoD monthly |
    Figures from Decipher’s bi-annual media consumption report Mediabug have shown how growth in usage of subscription VoD services like Netflix and Amazon Prime has been solely due to those over the age of 35. via 30% of UK consumers use SVoD monthly |.
  • Reliable connectivity essential for smart homes | ITProPortal.com
    When your phone tells you whether you have enough beer in the fridge and adjusts the laundry setting to ensure perfect timing for your arrival home, you might think you’ve found your perfect virtual spouse. But that story’s been told a few times and it rarely ends well. via Reliable connectivity essential for smart homes […]
  • VOD Professional | UKTV On-Demand Views Grow by 348%
    UKTV has released its full year earnings results for 2014 revealing that it is now the fastest-growing broadcaster in the country after hitting a high of 9% SOCI (Share of Commercial Impacts – the number of TV commercials shown to individual viewers) whilst the collective commercial impact of other broadcasters fell by 3.7%. via VOD […]
  • AT&T, DirecTV Extend Merger Deadline Date | DSLReports, ISP Information
    AT&T and DirecTV have extended their predicted deadline for closure of the companies’ $49 billion merger. In an 8K filed with the SEC the companies say they’re extending the termination date of their merger agreement “for a short period of time to facilitate obtaining final regulatory approval required to close the merger.” via AT&T, DirecTV […]

Digital TV News May 19, 2015

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  • Pay TV operators can continue to deliver value for content providers, says Arris » Digital TV Europe
    Pay TV operators have an opportunity to sustain their role, delivering value and protecting their business by using their platform capabilities to enable content owners to adjust to changing viewing patterns, according to Stefan de Beule, director, solutions architecture at Arris. via Pay TV operators can continue to deliver value for content providers, says Arris […]
  • Binge-viewing is solitary activity, finds Arris consumer research » Digital TV Europe
    Binge viewing is primarily a solitary activity, WiFi is now seen as a utility and out-of-home viewing has yet to take off. These are some of the preliminary findings from technology provider Arris’s annual Consumer Entertainment Index research, details of which for the US, UK and Spain were revealed at its Video Leadership Forum in […]
  • Vodafone Deutschland CEO to step down
    Jens Schulte-Bockum has informed the supervisory board of Vodafone Deutschland of his intention to resign from his position as CEO within the current fiscal year. via Vodafone Deutschland CEO to step down.
  • Unitymedia to close down analogue cable TV
    Germany’s second-largest cable operator Unitymedia will initiate analogue switch-off across its entire network on July 1, 2015. With the move, the subsidiary of US media company Liberty Global reacts to the growing demand for digital TV services and creates room for further digital TV and HDTV channels. via Unitymedia to close down analogue cable TV.
  • Telenor hit by Hungarian fine
    The Hungarian regulator NMHH has fined Telenor HUF250 million (€812,527) for unilaterally amending individual subscriber contracts. via Telenor hit by Hungarian fine.
  • UK expansion, German headache for Vodafone
    Vodafone expansion plans for the next 12 months include increasing the number of integrated quad play markets to eight. In the UK, its priorities include the rollout of its consumer broadband proposition and TV. via UK expansion, German headache for Vodafone.
  • Vodafone’s UK Home Fibre Broadband to Launch in the “Coming Weeks” – ISPreview UK
    Mobile provider Vodafone UK has confirmed today that their consumer focused fixed line superfast “fibre broadband” (FTTC) and phone product(s), which will be called Vodafone Connect, should launch in the “coming weeks“. A TV (IPTV) product will then follow later this year. via Vodafone’s UK Home Fibre Broadband to Launch in the “Coming Weeks” – […]
  • DTH boom in Slovakia continues
    Slovakia may shortly see the launch of a new DTH platform offering viewers channels distributed by Astra. Quoting an unnamed source, Zive reports that it will be operated by the national transmission company Towercom and provide basic Slovak channels in SD free of charge. via DTH boom in Slovakia continues.
  • Vodafone ends Q1 with 9.1 million TV customers in Europe | Digital TV News
    Vodafone has announced results for the year ended 31 March 2015. “We now have 11.3 million broadband customers and 9.1 million TV customers in Europe.” via Vodafone ends Q1 with 9.1 million TV customers in Europe | Digital TV News.
  • WSJ: Apple shelved its HDTV plans last year
    Ever wondered what happened to that Apple HDTV we’ve been hearing rumors about for years ? According to The Wall Street Journal, those rumors weren’t baseless speculation, as the company did work on a television set for nearly a decade. Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing one anytime soon: the project’s reportedly been shelved since last […]
  • Content investment boosts UKTV |
    Commercial broadcaster UKTV’s focus on investment in exclusive and original programming generated record ratings, revenue and profit in 2014. Officially the fastest growing broadcaster in Britain, UKTV’s £123 million investment in content produced strong growth in commercial impacts and in its on demand services. via Content investment boosts UKTV |.
  • End nigh for linear cable? Cable audience down 11% year over year – FierceCable
    Audience ratings for linear TV continue to plummet, with the latest Bernstein Research audience tracker revealing an overall year-over-year dip of 11 percent for the week of May 4-11. via End nigh for linear cable? Cable audience down 11% year over year – FierceCable.
  • Citigroup: After it closes on AOL, Verizon should buy Dish Network – FierceCable
    Citigroup says that after it finishes digesting AOL, Verizon (NYSE: VZ) should seek to acquire Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH). “This AOL deal suggests a legacy business did not get in the way of Verizon’s strategic aspirations,” wrote Citigroup analyst Michael Rollins in a report sent to investors last week, after Verizon announced its $4.4 billion […]
  • Comcast video services chief Strauss: Millennials are among our biggest bundle buyers – FierceCable
    While young adults are widely viewed as completely dissonant towards cable, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) video services chief Matthew Strauss says they’re actually among the biggest bundle buyers for the No. 1 cable company. via Comcast video services chief Strauss: Millennials are among our biggest bundle buyers – FierceCable.
  • Watch4 rolls out SVOD service in German-speaking Europe
    Video-on-demand (VOD) provider Watch4 has launched a subscription-VOD service in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. via Watch4 rolls out SVOD service in German-speaking Europe.
  • Twitch launches on Roku » Digital TV Europe
    Amazon-owned video platform for gaming enthusiasts, Twitch, has launched as a channel on Roku devices in Europe and North America. via Twitch launches on Roku » Digital TV Europe.
  • Tele Columbus to launch quadruple play
    Tele Columbus, Germany’s third-largest cable operator, wants to roll out a mobile service in the second half of 2015. via Tele Columbus to launch quadruple play.
  • EchoStar completes Kudelski-SmarDTV deal » Digital TV Europe
    EchoStar has completed its deal to become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the conditional access module subsidiary of Kudelski, and merge its European operations with the unit. via EchoStar completes Kudelski-SmarDTV deal » Digital TV Europe.
  • Most UHD TVs will support HDR etc |
    Nearly 70 per cent of Ultra HD (UHD) TVs will support new technologies like high dynamic range (HDR), wider colour gamut, high frame rates, and immersive audio by 2020, says ABI Research. via Most UHD TVs will support HDR etc |.
  • 70% of Ultra HD TVs to feature HDR or other enhancements by 2020 | Digital TV News
    New technologies and enhancements like high dynamic range (HDR), wider color gamut, high frame rates, and immersive audio will advance the viewing experience far more than higher solution could do alone. While the market will take time to develop ABI Research expects nearly 70% of UHD TVs to support some, if not all of these […]

Digital TV News May 18, 2015

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  • Major change in Russian TV ad market
    TV advertisers in Russia are increasingly reallocating their budgets from national to regional broadcasters. via Major change in Russian TV ad market.
  • TV pushes ahead for Eircom
    Eircom says its receiving continued traction for its TV service. Ireland’s leading telco now has 37,000 TV customers, representing 26% of customers to its fibre service. via TV pushes ahead for Eircom.
  • Fastest internet connection speeds – Business Insider
    With a few clicks on a keyboard and a swipe of the mouse, we have access to an unprecedented amount of information the likes of which humanity has never seen before. But if you have a slow internet connection speed, then waiting for that page to load, that video to buffer, or that file to […]
  • Connected TVs to drive OTT subs surge |
    Findings from Juniper Research indicate that subscriber numbers to OTT TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will increase from 92.1 million in 2014, to 332.2 million globally by 2019. Continued growth in the North American market will see it remain as the leading region in terms of subscriber numbers, but closely followed by […]
  • Cable internet drives Kabel Deutschland
    Broadband internet access has been the main growth driver for Kabel Deutschland in its fiscal year 2014/15 with Germany’s largest cable operator gaining 450,000 new internet customers between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 – considerably more than in the previous year (349,000). via Cable internet drives Kabel Deutschland.
  • Norigin launches Cloudncoder.com |
    Scandinavian company Norigin Media has launched Cloudncoder.com, a platform for capturing, encoding and hosted Origin-server services for linear TV. The private cloud is launched with a pay-as-you-go business model to make online live-TV management affordable. via Norigin launches Cloudncoder.com |.
  • The best defence against cyber crime? Get your employees on board | ITProPortal.com
    Companies are engaged in an ongoing battle to control information. Some data breaches are contained internally, while others grab global headlines. The strength of your internal controls plays a large part in your ability to prevent data theft. The behaviour and attitudes of your employees matter too. via The best defence against cyber crime? Get […]
  • EU telecoms holding Google to ransom | ITProPortal.com
    Google’s European woes just never seem to end. In the latest turn of events, European telecom operators are thinking of installing ad blocking software on their servers to force Google and others to give them a share of the spoils earned through mobile advertising. via EU telecoms holding Google to ransom | ITProPortal.com.
  • ‘Account sharing’ rife in US OTT |
    Digital media consumer research from Parks Associates reports 57 per cent of US broadband households access an OTT video subscription, but account sharing is a lingering challenge. According to a Q3 2014 survey of US broadband households, 8 per cent are using a subscription OTT video account held by someone outside of their home, and […]
  • MNOs to block ads |
    Several MNOs plan to block ads on their networks, as they battle for a cut of revenue with content providers such as Google, AOL and Yahoo. One European MNO told the FT that it has installed blocking software in its data centres and planned to turn it on before the end of 2015. via MNOs to […]
  • Comcast to share viewer data with NBCUniversal – FierceCable
    Four years after Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) closed its acquisition of NBC Universal, the entertainment and media conglomerate finally has access to the cable parent’s set-top data. via Comcast to share viewer data with NBCUniversal – FierceCable.
  • Comcast vendor CSG says TWC merger would have cost it up to $20M in annual billings – FierceCable
    Count backend business services provider CSG International among those who are pleased that the $45 billion merger between Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) didn’t occur. via Comcast vendor CSG says TWC merger would have cost it up to $20M in annual billings – FierceCable.
  • Broadband grew by 1.2M subs in Q1, and cable accounts for 86% of growth, report says – FierceCable
    The top 17 ISPs added nearly 1.2 million broadband subscriptions in the first quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group, with cable companies accounting for 86 percent of that growth. via Broadband grew by 1.2M subs in Q1, and cable accounts for 86% of growth, report says – FierceCable.
  • Openreach’s UK Telecoms Engineers Can Now Test Your Broadband Router – ISPreview UK
    In the future when one of BTOpenreach’s engineers pops around to investigate a fault (SFI2) or boost your broadband connection then they may now also access your ISP supplied router in order to interrogate the data it holds and hopefully highlight or reduce the occurrence of repeated faults (especially early life failures on new lines). […]
  • Plex brings photos, music and video streaming to TiVo June 8th
    After a number of leaks and hints, this week Plex and TiVo announced their products will start working together soon. Plex media server gives users a way to easily stream photos, music or video files to devices like Roku and Chromecast, and pulls content from local hard drive or the cloud all the same. Mixing […]
  • MNOs to block ads | Advanced Television
    Several MNOs plan to block ads on their networks, as they battle for a cut of revenue with content providers such as Google, AOL and Yahoo. One European MNO told the FT that it has installed blocking software in its data centres and planned to turn it on before the end of 2015. via MNOs to […]

Digital TV News May 15, 2015

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  • First Click: Don’t confuse smart devices with a smart home | The Verge
    Waiting on a complete smart home solution that just works out of the box is like waiting for Godot: he’s not arriving today but surely tomorrow. It was four years and four days ago that Google announced Android@Home with the intent of extending Android into household objects. Google’s announcement brought the promise of scale and […]
  • Next-gen Freeview telly won’t be another disruptive 4Ker • The Register
    The evolution of TV once again fell under the spotlight at the annual DTG (Digital TV Group) conference held earlier this week in London. The event provides a high profile platform for engineers, service providers, manufacturers and software developers to compare notes and scout out the ever undulating broadcast landscape. If telly techies have a […]
  • European carriers could block internet ads for their own benefit
    While advertising has become a necessary evil, some companies have become specialists in helping you rid yourself of it. If you live in Europe, you could soon find help from an unlikely ally, after a Financial Times report noted that some operators are ready to block ads from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo on your smartphone. […]
  • Samsung reportedly to launch HDR service soon » Digital TV Europe
    Samsung is to launch the first commercially available Higher Dynamic Range (HDR) video content as part of a new UHD video pack, possibly as early as next month, according to a report in Forbes magazine. via Samsung reportedly to launch HDR service soon » Digital TV Europe.
  • Martina Rutenbeck to leave M7/KabelKiosk
    Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of M7 Deutschland, will leave the operator of direct-to-cable platform KabelKiosk. via Martina Rutenbeck to leave M7/KabelKiosk.
  • US pay TV additions weakest in a decade » Digital TV Europe
    The first quarter of 2015 represented the weakest first quarter for US pay TV customer sign-ups in more than a decade, according to Leichtman Research Group. via US pay TV additions weakest in a decade » Digital TV Europe.
  • UltraViolet familiarity and satisfaction grows | Advanced Television
    According to The NPD Group’s Digital Video Acquisition Monitor (UltraViolet) report, 13 per cent of UV users report buying digital video via websites and apps (electronic sell-through) more often because of UV, a three point increase over the past year. In addition, almost one-in-five (19 per cent) of UV users report buying more discs because […]
  • Data issue adds to iPlayer fall
    TV viewing on the BBC iPlayer fell in March, but while the figure is the second consecutive fall, it’s likely the 9% drop is related to measurement issues. The BBC said it estimated around 10 million requests were likely to be missing from the 278 million requests made to the iPlayer in March. via Data […]
  • New VOD partner for Orange Slovakia
    Orange Slovakia has entered into a strategic partnership with the VOD operator Banaxi. via New VOD partner for Orange Slovakia.
  • RCS&RDS upgrades service
    Romania’s RCS&RDS has upgraded its broadband offer and at the same time added four more HD channels to its line-up. via RCS&RDS upgrades service.
  • 4K Blu-rays are here, but do you really care? | ITProPortal.com
    I am a huge proponent of pushing the limits. The moment you say something is good enough, you have officially lost your way. When DVD was released, I remember being blown away by the quality and convenience, but many friends and family said VHS was good enough. The fools! via 4K Blu-rays are here, but do you […]
  • HTTP/2 is now utterly officially official • The Register
    HTTP/2 was signed off back in February, but the spec took its final step towards becoming a standard on Thursday US time with the publication of rfc7540. RFCs – request for comments – are counterintuitively named because as the Internet Engineering Task Force explains, “Once an RFC is published, it is never revised. If the […]
  • UPDATE Ofcom Propose to Open BT’s UK Dark Fibre Optic Network to Rivals – ISPreview UK
    In a surprise move Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR2016) has done a U-turn on its 2012 policy by proposing that rival ISPs, specifically those that provide Leased Lines, should be granted access to BT’s national Dark Fibre network (i.e. un-lit fibre optic lines that have spare capacity for coping with future demand). via UPDATE […]
  • Netflix eyes China partnerships | Advanced Television
    OTT entertainment streaming service Netflix is in talks with Jack Ma-backed Wasu Media and other potential partners to enter China’s booming online video market, according to Bloomberg . via Netflix eyes China partnerships | Advanced Television.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Focus on Hungary
    Hungary has long been a key market in Central and Eastern Europe for foreign media companies. HBO, for instance, chose it as the first country outside the US to expand to almost a quarter of a century ago, and it has since been followed by a multitude of others including CME, RTL, AMC, Sony and […]
  • CEA: Major shifts in technology ownership | Advanced Television
    A major shift in the consumer electronics (CE) products owned by US households is now underway, according to the 17th Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study from trade group the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Smartphones are now the third most-owned CE product in the country, trailing only televisions and DVD/Blu-ray players, a key reason […]
  • Cox Sues AT&T Over U-Verse Patents | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Cox Communications has sued AT&T, claiming that the telco’s U-Verse TV platform violates several of Cox’s patents. via Cox Sues AT&T Over U-Verse Patents | DSLReports, ISP Information.

Digital TV News May 14, 2015

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  • Deutsche Telekom CEO tight-lipped on Slovak Telekom speculation » Digital TV Europe
    Deutsche Telekom’s CEO has refused to be drawn on reports that it has placed an offer for the 49% stake it does not already own in Slovakia’s Slovak Telekom. via Deutsche Telekom CEO tight-lipped on Slovak Telekom speculation » Digital TV Europe.
  • Cisco looks to cloud as video business dips in third quarter » Digital TV Europe
    Cisco Systems’ service provider video business took a hit on lower orders and revenue in its third fiscal quarter, but will look to rebound as it focuses more on cloud TV delivery internationally, according to its outgoing CEO. via Cisco looks to cloud as video business dips in third quarter » Digital TV Europe.
  • Hulu strikes AT&T deal » Digital TV Europe
    Telco AT&T has inked a deal with Hulu and will make the streaming and catch-up service available via its websites and mobile services. The agreement covers the paid-for Hulu+ subscription service, which AT&T subs will be able to access on their connected mobile devices by using the dedicated AT&T app. The new service will cost […]
  • Telefónica pay-TV take-up soars
    The success of Movistar TV helped Telefónica triple its pay-TV subscriber total in Spain to 2.1 million in the year to March 31. Its net additions in the first quarter amounted to 255,000, compared to 58,000 a year earlier and churn was at a record low of 0.9%, a reduction of 1.5 percentage points year-on-year. […]
  • Hungary eyes ‘Google tax’
    Hungary is considering the possibility of introducing a tax specifically aimed at “multinational internet based companies”. via Hungary eyes ‘Google tax’.
  • maxdome adds MPEG DASH support
    Popular video-on-demand site maxdome has carried out one of the first web browser deployments to combine MPEG DASH and Widevine. The move comes as browsers begin to move to embed specific DRM technologies on each of their platforms, meaning any OTT service viewed on a PC, Mac or the browser of any CE device will […]
  • Netflix on the future of TV – Business Insider
    The time people spend watching streaming services has increased over the last several years, and the time people spend watching live TV has decreased. But live sports and awards shows are going to be the “saving grace” of TV, at least according to Netflix’s programming boss. via Netflix on the future of TV – Business […]
  • Activist shareholders oust Rovi chairman
    Activist shareholder Engaged Capital has secured two places on the board of Rovi, at the same time removing chairman Andrew Ludwick. Since March Engaged has been conducting a campaign against what it sees as the waste of shareholder money on“ baseless, outrageous and recycled claims”. The EPG developer and patent holder has attempted a series […]
  • TiVo wants to become the legal version of Aereo
    Turns out TiVo snapped up Aereo’s trademarks and customer lists for a reason: it’s planning to make its own version that won’t have broadcasters lining up to sue. According to Multichannel, the company wants to offer their customers low-cost bundle subscriptions to streaming services and specific channels. via TiVo wants to become the legal version […]
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K is coming — will consumers care?
    I am a huge proponent of pushing the limits. The moment you say something is good enough, you have officially lost your way. When DVD was released, I remember being blown away by the quality and convenience, but many friends and family said VHS was good enough. The fools! via Ultra HD Blu-ray 4K is coming — […]
  • Cisco CEO John Chambers’ parting gift: a better-than-expected Q3 • The Register
    Outgoing Cisco boss John Chambers is smiling after delivering an April quarter that’s 5.1 per cent up over the April 2014 quarter in turnover and 11.7 per cent up in profit. The result would have been even better, but for ongoing weakness in the service provider market (down 7 per cent). The enterprise, public sector […]
  • We’re Running Out of Internet
    It’s been a long time coming, but we’re finally going to run out of internet. Back in 2011, we warned that this web reckoning was upon us, and now we have a more substantial timeframe. According to The Wall Street Journal, we’ll be fresh out of IP addresses in the next few months. via We’re […]
  • Google’s making high-res video on Chrome suck less
    Trying to make YouTube’s new super-high-res 4K 60fps video work? Good luck with that! Not only does such video require very fast internet, but also a super-charged computer. Google’s new VP9 video codec helps with the connection speed part, but to make 4K60p, regular 4K or 1080p60 videos play with fewer hiccups, it’s built a […]
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming | The Verge
    Don’t give up on physical media just yet. That’s the message from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), which this week announced that it’s completed work on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. via Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming | The Verge.
  • OTE grows TV business, launches TV Everywhere
    TV services provided a welcome boost to OTE’s performance both in its home market Greece and in neighbouring Romania in the first quarter. via OTE grows TV business, launches TV Everywhere.
  • UPC starts Romanian expansion
    UPC Romania has acquired a local cable operator in Prahova named TCCOM. According to ZF, the deal has not been officially announced but confirmed by multiple industry sources. via UPC starts Romanian expansion.
  • TalkTalk Top 4.28M Broadband Subs as 1Gbps FTTP for York Set to Go Live – ISPreview UK
    UK ISP TalkTalk has posted their latest results for Q1-2015 (calendar), which revealed that the provider added +47k broadband subscribers in the quarter to total 4,283,000 (sharply up from +15k added in Q4 2014). But there’s bad news for some of the recent off-net (BT based) broadband customer gains from Virgin Media and Tesco. via […]
  • Boost for 4k in CEE
    SPI International/FilmBox has entered into a 4k agreement with LG Electronics. Under it, the two companies will promote the new line of LG Super UHD TVs (known as LG Prime UHD in the US, UK, Turkey and Morocco) and male more 4k content available to LG Smart TV users in Poland, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and […]
  • DTT licence awards in Romania
    The auction commission Romanian regulator ANCOM has granted licences for four DTT multiplexes. via DTT licence awards in Romania.
  • Top cable execs: Programming agreements allow operators to experiment with skinny bundles – FierceCable
    Ever so slightly pulling up the veil on the pay-TV industry’s shrouded program licensing deals, top pay-TV executives have agreed with Verizon’s assertion that operators have the contractual leeway to at least conduct limited experiments with “skinny” bundles. via Top cable execs: Programming agreements allow operators to experiment with skinny bundles – FierceCable.
  • DTG :: News :: Sky, BBC Digital and DVB win at the DTG 20th Anniversary CollaborVation Awards at the DTG Summit 2015
    The DTG has given out awards to industry at its 20th anniversary celebrations held after the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation. via DTG :: News :: Sky, BBC Digital and DVB win at the DTG 20th Anniversary CollaborVation Awards at the DTG Summit 2015.
  • Interview: Yves Padrines, Cisco Systems » Digital TV Europe
    Yves Padrines, vice-president and general manager, cable, EMEAR, at Cisco’s service provider video technology group talks to DTVE’s Stuart Thomson about the evolution of cable as it addresses growing demand for broadband and OTT video. via Interview: Yves Padrines, Cisco Systems » Digital TV Europe.
  • TV industry needs to agree ‘UHD recipe’, says DTG » Digital TV Europe
    The television industry still needs to agree upon a “recipe” for Ultra High Definition, amid consumer confusion and no clearly defined device capabilities, according to DTG chief technology officer Simon Gauntlett. via TV industry needs to agree ‘UHD recipe’, says DTG » Digital TV Europe.
  • LTE broadcast ‘the future of linear TV’, says MVA » Digital TV Europe
    LTE broadcast represents “the future of live and linear TV” according to Mobile Video Alliance (MVA) member and senior manager of network strategy at UK mobile operator EE, Matt Stagg. via LTE broadcast ‘the future of linear TV’, says MVA » Digital TV Europe.
  • UPC Slovakia launches Horizon Go » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Slovakia has launched the mobile version of the Horizon advanced TV service, Horizon Go, to its subscriber base. via UPC Slovakia launches Horizon Go » Digital TV Europe.
  • DTG :: News :: DTG Summit 2015 news roundup: Driving Global CollaborVation with Ofcom, Freeview, Panasonic and live 4k
    DTG Summit: Ofcom calls for 4k ‘kite mark’ Ofcom’s CTO has called for a cross-industry standard and identity for Ultra HD products to build consumer confidence. Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation, Steve Unger said the regulator may act is consumers were misled by ‘4k ready’ labels, reports Broadband TV News. via […]
  • Vivendi bids €495m to secure Canal+
    Vivendi has launched a €495 million bid to take full control of the Canal Plus Group. In recent months the French media conglomerate has been refocusing its portfolio away from telecoms and towards television and music. via Vivendi bids €495m to secure Canal+.
  • Barcelona conference to look at new revenue models
    New revenue streams, cooperation models and the regulatory framework for a convergent media industry remain key issues for today’s convergent media industries. via Barcelona conference to look at new revenue models.
  • OTT in Hungary: the main issues
    The Hungarian regulator NMHH will shortly release the full findings of a consultation it began into OTT services at the end of last year. via OTT in Hungary: the main issues.
  • Satellite revenues overtake cable
    Satellite TV (DTH or DBS) revenues will overtake total cable TV revenues this year, according to Digital TV Research. Its report Digital TV World Forecasts, which covers 138 countries, estimates that satellite TV accounted for 44% of the total in 2014, rising to 46% by 2020. However, cable TV revenues (both analogue and digital) will […]
  • Blu-ray 4K specs published | Advanced Television
    The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has completed its specification for its Ultra-HD devices. Consumers should be able to buy UHD discs and players during Q4 this year. “For years, Blu-ray Disc has set the standard for high definition picture and audio quality in the home. Ultra-HD Blu-ray will do the same for UHD home entertainment,” […]
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray specification and logo released | Digital TV News
    The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) today announced completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray™ specification and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which represents the work of global leaders from the consumer electronics, IT and content creation industries, will enable delivery of Ultra HD content via […]

Digital TV News May 13, 2015

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  • Comcast joins the OpenDaylight software-defined networking party • The Register
    Heavyweight US carrier Comcast has seen the light and wants its input into how software-defined networking (SDN) works. via Comcast joins the OpenDaylight software-defined networking party • The Register.
  • Time spent online doubles in a decade | Advanced Television
    People are spending twice as much time online compared to 10 years ago, fuelled by increasing use of tablets and smartphones, according to Ofcom research. via Time spent online doubles in a decade | Advanced Television.
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray is bringing high-res movies home soon
    After Blu-ray and HD DVD ushered in the age of HD and 1080p movies for the masses, discs were beaten to 4K by streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon. While the internet is still doing most of the heavy lifting for 4K, the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification is finally complete which means we should […]
  • INTX Recap: 4K, OTT and More | Technology | Cablefax
    Like CES, 4K was front and center on the INTX show floor. What’s different is High Dynamic Range (HDR), which supports a greater color palette and brighter images for 4K content. Comcast announced a HDR set-top box dubbed Xi5. Slated to launch next year, Xi5 promises increased color, contrast and brightness. Vendors at the show […]
  • Is UHD Ready for Prime Time? | Harmonic Blog
    The readiness of UHD to address the needs of up and coming channel launches is the key issue being asked by content producers, broadcasters, content aggregators and infrastructure providers. So what’s the answer and how will UHD be presented to viewers? via Is UHD Ready for Prime Time? | Harmonic Blog.
  • BBC shuts down iPlayer service for subscribers outside the UK
    The BBC has offered subscriptions to an international version of its iPlayer streaming service since 2011, but in the next month or so it will close its doors. In case you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of the iPlayer Global service, that’s because despite being offered in 16 countries (including Canada), the service never came […]
  • Verizon buying AOL for $4.4 billion, calls it a “digital trailblazer” | Ars Technica
    Verizon today announced it will buy AOL for $4.4 billion, with CEO Lowell McAdam saying the once-great “AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer.” Verizon will get into bunch of different businesses by virtue of owning AOL, assuming regulators approve the acquisition. AOL still has more than 2 million dial-up Internet customers, with average quarterly revenue […]
  • In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong] | TechCrunch
    So this just happened. AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share. We’ve just been sent an internal memo about the deal that we are embedding below. via In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For […]
  • Verizon will buy AOL for $4.4 billion | The Verge
    Verizon, it has just been announced, has agreed to a deal to buy AOL for $4.4 billion. That’s a price of $50 per share, and the transaction is expected to be completed this summer. The American mobile giant describes this as a “significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth.” via […]
  • Virgin TiVo boxes can now access media stored in the cloud
    Virgin Media customers might be at least vaguely familiar with “Cloud,” the company’s thoughtfully named cloud storage service. via Virgin TiVo boxes can now access media stored in the cloud.
  • Mastering In-Home Wi-Fi | ARRIS Everywhere
    Wi-Fi connects us to everything in our lives—from our entertainment, to our friends, and the outside world. But that very dynamic is putting more and more strain on our home networks. As a result, there’s a new impetus and opportunity for improving the quality of Wi-Fi in our lives. We talked with ARRIS CTO Charles […]
  • BT TV complaints down, still 5x average | Advanced Television
    Ofcom has pubished data on the volumes of consumer complaints made against major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services. via BT TV complaints down, still 5x average | Advanced Television.
  • FreeviewPlay revealed; Freeview passes 100 million items sold
    Digital UK has shown the first pictures of the EPG that will be used by Panasonic for its interpretation of the new FreeviewPlay platform. via FreeviewPlay revealed; Freeview passes 100 million items sold.
  • Ofcom Publish 2014 Broadband, Phone, Mobile and TV Complaints Report – ISPreview UK
    The communications regulator has today published their latest quarterly consumer complaints report to the end of 2014 and unsurprisingly, despite a general flatness in complaint volumes, there are still some familiar names topping the tables. We’re looking at you EE (fixed broadband and phone), Vodafone (mobile) and BT (Pay TV). via Ofcom Publish 2014 Broadband, […]
  • Ofcom threatens action over 4K labelling
    Ofcom’s CTO has suggested the regulator may be prepared to act if consumers were misled by the labelling of TV displays as 4K ready. via Ofcom threatens action over 4K labelling.
  • Freeview passes 100m sales | Advanced Television
    Freeview has passed the 100 million mark for the number of DTT TVs and boxes sold since its launch in 2002.  The figure includes all televisions, set-top boxes and DVD and Blu-ray devices with an inbuilt Freeview DVB-T SD or HD tuner. via Freeview passes 100m sales | Advanced Television.
  • Ikegami readies for 8K | Advanced Television
    Japanese high-end TV and video camera specialists says there is a growing interest in 4K and even 8K camera solutions. via Ikegami readies for 8K | Advanced Television.