Digital TV News April 17, 2015

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  • Netflix will stop asking ISPs to exempt its videos from data caps | Ars Technica
    Netflix says it regrets striking a deal that exempted its videos from data caps imposed by an Internet service provider and will avoid such arrangements in the future. Netflix has criticized data caps on fixed broadband for years and said that when they are applied, they should be applied equally to all content. But in Australia, […]
  • Netgear launches Powerline 1200 adapters offering blazing speeds | ITProPortal.com
    Netgear has announced a pair of new powerline adapter packages, the Powerline 1200 Adapter Kit (PL1200), and Powerline 1200 + Extra Outlet Adapter Kit (PLP1200). via Netgear launches Powerline 1200 adapters offering blazing speeds | ITProPortal.com.
  • Digital TV Labs opens HbbTV App Lab | Advanced Television
    Media and device testing specialists, Digital TV Labs has launched what it claims isthe world’s first independent ‘HbbTV App Lab’ to assist HbbTV Application Developers in testing their applications on a wide range of real HbbTV devices to ensure interoperability in the real world. via Digital TV Labs opens HbbTV App Lab | Advanced Television.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Eastern promise
    Change is in the air for the TV industries in Russia and Ukraine. While the conflict in the latter’s Donbas region has certainly had an adverse effect on both, there are growing signs of improvement, particularly in Russia. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Eastern promise.
  • Hard lessons for OTT dealmakers | Advanced Television
    Larry Gerbrandt offers expert advice to anyone planning an OTT channel launch. Is there anyone who isn’t starting an online video channel for the OTT market? Having just wrapped up a consulting gig assisting a client to develop an economic and programming model for a start-up Over-The-Top online channel, some of the lessons (and battle […]
  • Amino certified for YouTube on TV on latest IPTV/OTT device range | Digital TV News
    Amino’s latest range of IPTV/OTT devices now support YouTube on TV – allowing consumers to view videos from the world’s most popular video site full screen on their televisions. via Amino certified for YouTube on TV on latest IPTV/OTT device range | Digital TV News.
  • Ultra HD – The future is clear, but why can’t I see it? | ARRIS Everywhere
    The landscape is shifting in the world of entertainment, content and delivery. The last few years have seen the world’s biggest brands touting their latest and greatest TVs, most of which boast some form of Ultra HD (UHD) capability. But how many people actually know what this technology is. And for those who have already […]

Digital TV News April 16, 2015

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  • European upgrade for UEI QuickSet
    Universal Electronics is to unveil the latest European upgrade to its Quickset platform. Several million devices have already been deployed using the industry-leading universal setup and control SDK. via European upgrade for UEI QuickSet.
  • Beenius upgrades TV platform
    Beenius is to demonstrate the latest version of its Beenius TV platform. The Ljubljana-based company is taking to TV Connect to showcase new mobile apps, T-Commerce Support and Enhanced Advertising. via Beenius upgrades TV platform.
  • Netflix passes 60m subs | Advanced Television
    Online streaming giant Netflix added more subscribers than projected in the US and abroad during the first quarter, with the news sending its shares up nearly 12 per cent. via Netflix passes 60m subs | Advanced Television.
  • Netflix numbers impress market | Advanced Television
    By any measure the Q1/2015 financial numbers released by OTT operator Netflix this week impressed the market.  Each and every metric managed to beat the market’s consensus expectations. via Netflix numbers impress market | Advanced Television.
  • Netflix to move marketing budget to international
    Netflix is to take advantage of increasing appetite for its product globally by shifting part of its marketing budget to its international business. via Netflix to move marketing budget to international.
  • A Summary of the Broadband Policies from Minor UK Political Parties – ISPreview UK
    Over the past few days we’ve worked to highlight any broadband related commitments from the Green (here), Libdem (here), Labour (here), UKIP (here) and Conservative (here) Parties. But there are plenty of smaller, often more region specific, parties too and here’s a short summary of what we know about them. via A Summary of the […]
  • Netflix will make browsing movies more secure within the next year | The Verge
    In addition to admitting his company’s recent net neutrality blunder, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings also used his quarterly letter to shareholders to announce that the streaming service will soon be getting far more secure. “Over the next year we’ll evolve from using HTTP to using Secure HTTP (HTTPS) while browsing and viewing content on our service,” […]
  • Netflix will roll out a new look for its TV apps later this year
    This quarter’s Netflix earnings report is especially interesting because it’s the first one since HBO’s online-only Now service launched, so investors and other looking to see how it responds to direct competition. via Netflix will roll out a new look for its TV apps later this year.
  • HDTV on the rise on Austria
    2.26 million TV households in Austria (64% of all TV households) received HD channels at the end of 2014 – an increase by around 16% within 12 months. via HDTV on the rise on Austria.
  • VOD Professional | Kaltura ‘Cracks the Code’ for Reliable HLS Video Streaming on Android Devices
    Kaltura has launched the industry’s first open source video library for HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) playback on Android devices. via VOD Professional | Kaltura ‘Cracks the Code’ for Reliable HLS Video Streaming on Android Devices.
  • Dutch launch first Ultra HD/4K channel
    The Dutch Brava Media group is launching its Festival 4K channel, claiming to be the first Ultra HD channel in the world. via Dutch launch first Ultra HD/4K channel.
  • Rovi integrates natural-language voice-control processing into Dish remotes – FierceCable
    After acquiring voice-recognition software startup Veveo for $62 million 14 months ago, Rovi announced a major sale of the technology, embedding it into the video products of Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH). via Rovi integrates natural-language voice-control processing into Dish remotes – FierceCable.

Digital TV News April 15, 2015

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  • Sky extends Buy & Keep service to all » Digital TV Europe
    Pay TV operator Sky has extended Buy & Keep service to all homes in the UK and Ireland via the launch of a new app and availability on a number of other devices. The service, part of the Sky Store offering, which launched in April last year, was previously available via the Sky+ HD box […]
  • Kudelski and Google strike patent cross-licensing deal » Digital TV Europe
    Kudelski Group and Google have struck a patent cross-licensing agreement  the pair say will provide both companies with a patent license for their respective businesses, subject to certain limitations. via Kudelski and Google strike patent cross-licensing deal » Digital TV Europe.
  • Nokia confirms Alcatel-Lucent purchase
    Nokia has agreed to buy its French rival Alcatel-Lucent in a deal worth €15.6 million. via Nokia confirms Alcatel-Lucent purchase.
  • Netflix adds audio description » Digital TV Europe
    Netflix has started to add audio description to selected titles on its service to help the visually impaired. via Netflix adds audio description » Digital TV Europe.
  • Kudelski Googles patent agreement
    The Kudelski Group has signed a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement with Google. via Kudelski Googles patent agreement.
  • Telecom Italia to offer complete Sky line-up
    Telecom Italia its to offer its customers the complete Sky line-up over broadband. A dedicated version of the Sky HD decoder has been created for the ‘ultrabroadband’ service. via Telecom Italia to offer complete Sky line-up.
  • Slovenian telco sale disappointment
    The upcoming privatisation of Telekom Slovenije has attracted less interest than was previously expected, with only one bid lodged for a majority stake in the company. via Slovenian telco sale disappointment.
  • Polish regulator acts against Canal+
    Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has taken action against Canal+ for unilaterally changing the terms of its contracts with subscribers in a manner that is inconsistent with the law. via Polish regulator acts against Canal+.
  • One in ten Dutch homes have Netflix
    More than one in ten (11%) Dutch households had a Netflix subscription in Q4 2014, according to the latest research from Telecompaper. This equals 865,000 households. The local streaming video services Videoland Unlimited and NLziet are less popular, with only a fraction of the subscribers of Netflix. via One in ten Dutch homes have Netflix.
  • Roku exec: There needs to be a shakeout of TV-connected devices – FierceCable
    The world of streaming video devices is too fragmented for the good of the pay-TV industry–and is in need of consolidation, according to a top executive with streaming video provider Roku. via Roku exec: There needs to be a shakeout of TV-connected devices – FierceCable.
  • TVTechnology: NAB 2015: Cisco and Imagine Communications Demonstrate IP Collaboration
    Imagine Communications announced collaboration with Cisco on IP playout and hybrid IP facilities. via TVTechnology: NAB 2015: Cisco and Imagine Communications Demonstrate IP Collaboration.
  • Dish expands Netflix to whole-home Hopper solution, adds Vevo – FierceCable
    Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) has expanded the in-home availability of the Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) app on its system, extending its use beyond Dish’s Hopper DVRs and to the Joey client boxes in adjacent rooms. via Dish expands Netflix to whole-home Hopper solution, adds Vevo – FierceCable.
  • CONTENT IS STILL ALL THE YESTERDAYS OF TOMORROW’S TV | Tvangelist
    Once upon a time we switched on the TV and watched a programme or two, in the evening after we had tea, when the kids were in bed and it was time to settle down to relax.  TV Time was limited as the TV signal would shut down at night and eight-year-old Carole Hersee would appear (in the UK at least). […]

Digital TV News April 14, 2015

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  • 117.39m IPTV subs worldwide at year end
    There were 117.39m IPTV subscribers worldwide at the end of Q4 2014 according to Point Topic’s latest research. Strong growth continued with a second consecutive quarterly increase of 4.1% recorded. via 117.39m IPTV subs worldwide at year end.
  • Charter partners with Arris, buys cloud interface vendor ActiveVideo for $135M – FierceCable
    Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) and Arris have jointly purchased cloud TV interface company ActiveVideo for around $135 million. In a deal announced Monday, Arris will own 65 percent of the company, which provides the backbone product, CloudTV, behind Charter’s Spectrum Guide user interface. via Charter partners with Arris, buys cloud interface vendor ActiveVideo for $135M […]
  • SPI gears up for 4K channel launch » Digital TV Europe
    European channel group SPI International has acquired programming from NBCUniversal, while preparing for the launch of its first 4K network. via SPI gears up for 4K channel launch » Digital TV Europe.
  • Accenture: Traditional TV on the wane | Advanced Television
    The television’s popularity as the go-to entertainment device may be ending, according to ‘Digital Video and the Connected Consumer‘, a research report from Accenture. The television was the only product category to see uniform, double-digit usage declines across different types of media worldwide among viewers of nearly all ages. It is rapidly being replaced as […]
  • Swisscom TV 2.0 brings HbbTV to SRG SSR channels | Digital TV News
    TV that is geared to the individual viewer: With HbbTV, Swisscom TV 2.0 now features a service that allows viewers at home to enhance programmes according to their needs. Swisscom will today activate the multimedia successor to teletext, which includes many interesting features. HbbTV will be available in HD programmes shown on SRG: “The interactive […]
  • Darroch: ‘Innovation core part of Sky brand’ | Advanced Television
    Declaring that there has “never been a better time” to be in the broadcast industry, Jeremy Darroch, CEO of Sky, has suggested that the enlarged group, following the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, is well placed to meet growing customer expectations of content quality, choice and availability. via Darroch: ‘Innovation core part of […]
  • Major shakeup for RCS&RDS
    Romania’s leading cable and DTH operator RCS&RDS will mark an important change today (Tuesday, April 14), when its chairman and CEO Alexandru Oprea leaves after 18 years with the company. via Major shakeup for RCS&RDS.
  • Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch on changing programmers’ minds, targeted ads, linear TV’s ‘rabbit hole’ – FierceCable
    ​On the Hot Seat with Roger Lynch, CEO, Sling TV, executive VP of advanced technologies, Dish Network For years, the major programming conglomerates buried their heads in the sand as they simultaneously enabled the most disruptive company in television’s modern era, Netflix, with syndication deals. These monolithic content companies clung to notions of tight control […]
  • NAB rife with Ultra HD deals and demos: SES shows live 4K over cable; NeuLion unveils LG and Broadcom pacts – FierceCable
    With 4K being one of the main topics at the ongoing National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas this week, satellite operator SES is showing off the first live video presentation of 4K video over cable. via NAB rife with Ultra HD deals and demos: SES shows live 4K over cable; NeuLion unveils LG […]
  • Sling TV glitches on Roku reported during ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere – FierceCable
    After delaying for 24 hours the launch of HBO service on its Sling TV platform last week to iron out technical glitches, Dish Network’s (NASDAQ: DISH) OTT platform still experienced streaming hiccups Sunday during the much-watched season-five premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. via Sling TV glitches on Roku reported during ‘Game of Thrones’ premiere […]
  • Broadcom cable SoCs DivX Certified for HEVC Ultra HD | Digital TV News
    NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), a leading technology product and service provider that specializes in the digital video broadcasting, distribution and monetization of live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices, today announced that Broadcom’s family of Ultra HD solutions has been DivX Certified® for HEVC Ultra HD, enabling support for high-quality 4K video streaming experiences on […]
  • Bonnier, Ericsson collaborate on Nordic VoD | Advanced Television
    Ericsson has been selected to provide the online video platform to the OTT and live SVoD service, currently being developed by Bonnier Broadcasting, a business area within the Bonnier Group. via Bonnier, Ericsson collaborate on Nordic VoD | Advanced Television.
  • ViXS extends professional decoder lineup with HDR and UHD 12-bit colour | Digital TV News
    ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced that it has extended its family of XCodePro products for professional and infrastructure markets with the launch of its XCodePro 370 decoder. As HEVC and UltraHD 4K make further strides in adoption in the broadcast market, the XCodePro 370 integrates […]
  • Online takes share of Swedish TV high
    Sweden’s television market achieved an annual turnover of SEK21 billion (€2.24 billion) in 2014. However the 5% growth hides the decline in influence from the traditional broadcasters. via Online takes share of Swedish TV high.
  • Top 10 pay-TV providers have 130m subs | Advanced Television
    The April issue of the informitv Multiscreen Index report shows that the industry index of 100 leading pay-TV services around the world added 5.11 million subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, a rise of 1.42 per cent. The ten services with the most subscribers added 5.53 million during 2014, with a combined total of […]
  • Liberty Global launches Horizon on Ziggo and drops UPC brand in Netherlands » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global has launched its Horizon advanced TV service on Ziggo’s network in The Netherlands. The company has also adopted the Ziggo brand for all its Dutch assets, with UPC Netherlands’s services rebranded as Ziggo from today. via Liberty Global launches Horizon on Ziggo and drops UPC brand in Netherlands » Digital TV Europe.
  • New Ziggo launches Replay TV
    New Ziggo, the combined cable operations of UPC and Ziggo in the Netherlands, is launching the Replay TV function as part of its upgraded Horizon TV offer. via New Ziggo launches Replay TV.
  • Amazon Prime set for HDR
    Amazon’s Prime members and customers in the US, UK and Germany will be able to watch titles in High Dynamic Range (HDR) from this later year, with Amazon Originals being the first to be made available. via Amazon Prime set for HDR.
  • MIPTV expects “significant” 4K progress in 2015 | Advanced Television
    International programming market MIPTV, running in Cannes this week, heard speakers say they anticipated rapid growth in the number of 4K/Ultra-HD channels launched in 2014. Conference delegates in the Sony 4K Theatre were told that Japan already has two full-time 4K channels from SkyPerfecTV and other full-service transmissions from public broadcaster NHK are due to […]
  • European rights groups back net neutrality | Advanced Television
    European civil society groups have relaunched ‘Save the Internet’, a European wide campaign aimed at defending net neutrality in Europe. The campaign calls on concerned Internet users in Europe to contact their representatives in the European Parliament to ask them to maintain their strong position on net neutrality. via European rights groups back net neutrality […]
  • Providers ramp spending on premium CPE | Advanced Television
    Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of HIS, has reported that growth in FTTH and DOCSIS 3.0 customer premises equipment (CPE) drove the global broadband CPE market to $10.5 billion in 2014, a 9 per cent increase from the prior year. via Providers ramp spending on premium CPE | Advanced Television.
  • Fraunhofer IIS, Qualcomm and Technicolor to demonstrate MPEG-H Audio | Digital TV News
    Fraunhofer IIS, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (“QTI”), and Technicolor, the three major technology companies behind the MPEG-H Audio standard, are demonstrating this new technology at the NAB 2015 conference in Las Vegas this week. In two separate venues, the companies will offer the world’s first live broadcast demonstration of their new immersive and interactive TV audio […]
  • ARRIS, Charter acquire ActiveVideo | Advanced Television
    ARRIS Group and Charter Communications have established a joint venture that has agreed to acquire ActiveVideo for approximately $135 million. ARRIS will own 65 per cent of the joint venture company and will be the sales channel for ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform. Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the second quarter, subject to […]

Digital TV News April 13, 2015

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  • Ericsson to power C More VOD
    Ericsson is to provide the online video platform being developed by Bonnier Broadcasting for its C More pay-TV platform. via Ericsson to power C More VOD.
  • Amazon Will Stream Movies And TV Shows In HDR | Ubergizmo
    Amazon Prime Instant Video is already one of the few online video streaming services that delivers content in 4K and now the company wants it to conquer the next frontier. Amazon has confirmed that later this year it will start streaming movies and TV shows in HDR or High Dynamic Range. The company has not […]
  • Infomir launches HEVC STBS | Advanced Television
    Infomir has unveiled new HEVC Set-Top boxes: The high-powered MAG257 (successor to MAG254) with STiH301 processor, and the premium IPTV/OTT set-top box MAG350 featuring a Broadcom processor. Infomir has also launched a new version of its free Stalker Middleware that is even simpler and more convenient to use. via Infomir launches HEVC STBS | Advanced […]
  • Pay-TV reaches 130m customers
    The leading pay-TV services added a further 5.11 million subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, a rise of 1.42%. via Pay-TV reaches 130m customers.
  • TVTechnology: IP for Broadcast: The Time Is Now
    One of the biggest technology trends at the 2015 NAB Show will be discussions about how IP-based systems can replace traditional broadcast infrastructure. via TVTechnology: IP for Broadcast: The Time Is Now.
  • Saffron Digital and Verimatrix collaborate on OTT content security | Digital TV News
    Saffron Digital, a premium video platform provider that simplifies the management and delivery of multi-platform video services, has partnered with Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multi-screen video services around the globe, to offer advanced revenue security and monetization tools to broadcasters and operators. via Saffron Digital and Verimatrix collaborate on […]
  • ARRIS and Conax to demo DASH repackaging and multi-DRM Encryption at NAB | Digital TV News
    ARRIS Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) and Conax (SIX:KUD:S) today announced they will be demonstrating the joint capabilities of ARRIS’s DASH repackaging and Conax’s multi-DRM encryption at the annual NAB Show on April 13-16 in Las Vegas. via ARRIS and Conax to demo DASH repackaging and multi-DRM Encryption at NAB | Digital TV News.
  • The Quality of an ISP’s Bundled Broadband Router Does Matter – ISPreview UK
    The latest survey of 2,725 ISPreview.co.uk readers has found that the quality of the router that big broadband ISPs bundle with their Internet access packages does have an impact on whether consumers choose a particular provider, with 36.9% saying it was important to their choice. But most would also like more choice. via The Quality […]
  • My Ultra High Definition #NAB15 | IPTV business & technology
    There is always plenty to see at NAB and if I liked Las Vegas, I’d surely come more often. But the last time I was here was in 2001 when the show was dubbed the convergence NAB. I’m going again this year for one main reason: Ultra HD. Sure 4K has been a key topic […]
  • Amazon is bringing HDR to Prime Video
    There’s another confusing video acronym on the horizon: HDR, or high dynamic range. When it comes to photos, HDR refers to merging footage shot in different exposures into a single, hyper-realistic scene — but for video it’s more about improving the dynamic range of contrast and color. via Amazon is bringing HDR to Prime Video.
  • Cable Congress 2015 interviews: Paul Kearney, Ono » Digital TV Europe
    Paul Kearney, CTO of Vodafone-owned Spanish cable operator Ono, talks to DTVE’s Andy McDonald about fixed-mobile convergence, the RDK and the future of the set-top box. via Cable Congress 2015 interviews: Paul Kearney, Ono » Digital TV Europe.
  • OTT ads $40bn by 2020 | Advanced Television
    Advertising on OTT TV programming will grow four-fold to $40 billion by 2020, according to the Diffusion Group. As ad revenue for OTT grows, TV ad revenues will remain essential flat at about $85 billion. via OTT ads $40bn by 2020 | Advanced Television.
  • New Codec Promises 4K Streams at 7-8 Mbps | DSLReports, ISP Information
    A new British company by the name of V-Nova Ltd. claims that they’ve developed a compression algorithm capable of delivering a 4K video stream into around 7 to 8 Mbps. via New Codec Promises 4K Streams at 7-8 Mbps | DSLReports, ISP Information.
  • Smart TV sales up 10% in Europe | Advanced Television
    Smart TVs in Europe boosted the overall TV set market last year, with over 15 million units sold across 10 countries, up 18.5 per cent on the previous year’s figures, according to statistics from GfK for German consumer electronics trade organisation GFU. via Smart TV sales up 10% in Europe | Advanced Television.
  • OTT to account for half of TV ad revenue by 2020 » Digital TV Europe
    Over-the-top TV ad revenue will account for just under half of total TV ad revenue by 2020, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG). via OTT to account for half of TV ad revenue by 2020 » Digital TV Europe.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: Telcos for sale
    A growing number of incumbents in Central and Eastern Europe are finding themselves on the market. via Chris Dziadul Reports: Telcos for sale.

Digital TV News April 10, 2015

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  • New HEVC Patent Pool Launches Creating Confusion & Uncertainly In The Market – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
    Last month, a new group named HEVC Advance announced the formation of a new HEVC patent pool, with the goal of compiling over 500 patents pertaining to HEVC technology. Some were surprised by the announcement since MPEG LA already offers licensing for HEVC patents, but it’s not unusual for multiple patent pools to emerge. Philips […]
  • VOD Professional | Kaltura Announces New Universal Digital Rights Management Solution
    Kaltura, provider of the leading video technology platform, today announced a Universal DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution, adding support for DASH and the Common Encryption (CENC) standard, which enables media companies, content rights owners and OTT providers to stream premium content without needing to worry about which browser, device or platform is being used. The […]
  • TVTechnology: TV’s Transition to an All-IP Future: Why it’s a Big Deal
    Experts from Fox, Disney and the vendor community will come together at NAB to discuss a dynamic that promises to change the television industry more than any other—the transition to IP-based technology. via TVTechnology: TV’s Transition to an All-IP Future: Why it’s a Big Deal.
  • Technicolor and Sinclair Broadcast demonstrate first HDR UltraHD live broadcast | Digital TV News
    Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI) today announced the successful demonstration of the world’s first UltraHD (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) live broadcast based on proposed ATSC 3.0 technologies. The demonstration marks a significant step forward in the distribution of live UHD and HDR content for future broadcasting […]
  • Comcast locks in Xfinity Home security technology piece – FierceCable
    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has locked in an integral element in its Xfinity Home platform by adding the Kwikset SmartCode 914 touchpad electronic deadbolt to its features list. Xfinity Home customers outfitted with the deadbolt–suggested retail price $219.99–will be able to lock and unlock their doors remotely via the Xfinity Home app or an Internet connected […]
  • YouTube confirms subscription plans » Digital TV Europe
    YouTube has confirmed plans to launch an advertising-free version of YouTube that users will be able access by paying a monthly fee. via YouTube confirms subscription plans » Digital TV Europe.
  • HDMI Forum unveils new version with HDR support » Digital TV Europe
    The HDMI Forum has unveiled the latest version of the HDMI specification, enabling the transmission of High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats. via HDMI Forum unveils new version with HDR support » Digital TV Europe.
  • Beamly tops 10 million users
    Beamly, the social TV app that launched as Zeebox, has seen an 11 fold increase in users since its relaunch 12 months ago. via Beamly tops 10 million users.
  • Canal+ outlines Polish changes
    The number of Canal+-branded channels available in Poland will be increased to eight at the beginning of next month. via Canal+ outlines Polish changes.
  • Vivendi cools Sky bid speculation | Advanced Television
    Following on the press and financial speculation French media giant Vivendi attempted to cool the rumour-mill surrounding its potential acquisition of Sky’s three European pay-TV operations. via Vivendi cools Sky bid speculation | Advanced Television.
  • Average UK home owns 7.4 connected devices | Advanced Television
    The average UK household now owns 7.4 connected devices, with four out of 10 households buying a tablet in the last year, according to YouGov. via Average UK home owns 7.4 connected devices | Advanced Television.
  • NHK updates 8K for NAB | Advanced Television
    Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is showcasing its latest product and programming concepts in 8K/Super Hi-Vision at the giant NAB show in Las Vegas next week (North Hall N8933). via NHK updates 8K for NAB | Advanced Television.

Digital TV News April 9, 2015

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  • HBO GO widens reach in Romania
    HBO GO is now available to all RCS&RDS owned Digi Net and Digi TV customers in Romania that have an HBO or Maxpak subscription. via HBO GO widens reach in Romania.
  • Motive launches TabletTV Europe
    Motive Television has released today TabletTV Europe (TTV Europe) following its approval by the Apple App store. via Motive launches TabletTV Europe.
  • OTT streaming to hit 100 million subs in 2015
    Direct-to-consumer initiatives such as HBO Now and Sling TV herald a new era in online streaming as premium, stand-alone services based on content once exclusive to traditional pay TV hit the market. via OTT streaming to hit 100 million subs in 2015.
  • TVTechnology: Cisco to Demo Frame-Accurate IP Video Switching
    Using a non-specialized IP router, Cisco will demonstrate frame-accurate streamed video switching at NAB. According to TV Technology contributor, Al Kovalick, this will be first public showing of an off-the-shelf IP router copying the functionality of an SDI switch. (Fox conducted their own tests and presented them at the SMPTE technical conference last October. See […]
  • Google sends love to DVRs, patents automated spoiler-warning system | Ars Technica
    If you feel like you can barely wade through social media sites without stepping into a spoiler-filled land mine, you’re not alone. Google wants to ease the pain of anybody who checks friends’ feeds before getting home to watch DVR’d episodes of shows like Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones—as evidenced by a filing approved by the US […]
  • Marvell: We don’t want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it’s way too much • The Register
    Chip biz Marvell is still trying to wriggle out of paying a whopping $1.5bn to Carnegie Mellon University after infringing the college’s patents. The design firm has now warned the penalty could have “sweeping consequences” – to its existence, we presume. via Marvell: We don’t want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it’s […]
  • Hands-On With The New Roku 3 | TechCrunch
    Yesterday, Roku announced that it had upgraded the hardware of its Roku 2 and Roku 3 streaming boxes as well as some new features for finding stuff to watch. While the company gave me a brief demo last week, today I got my first chance to sit down with the new Roku 3 to put it […]
  • White Paper: Shifting Live-To-VOD Media Processing To The Edge – Dan Rayburn – StreamingMediaBlog.com
    To date, the most popular paradigm for multiscreen content transcoding has been a just-in-time-packaging (JITP) approach, driven by low-cost storage, manageable content volumes, and expensive live transcoders. However, soaring content volumes and growing profile complexities on the one hand, and increasing transcoder densities and falling transcoding costs on the other, are shifting economics in favor […]
  • Amazon Prime Subscribers Aren’t Watching Much Video | LostRemote
    Amazon is good at being the best at a lot of things: like shipping, making seamless payments, and even having a huge catalog of videos to watch, for a price. But apparently, people aren’t really watching them. via Amazon Prime Subscribers Aren’t Watching Much Video | LostRemote.
  • VOD Professional | Piksel Launches Consumer Behaviour Modelling Service with Strategy Analytics
    Piksel, a global provider of video monetization software and solutions designed to maximize the reach and return of video, today announced the launch of its Consumer Insights service in partnership with international analyst firm Strategy Analytics. The service gives Piksel customers the tools to understand consumer behaviours and choices around content so they can create […]
  • ViXS announces 2nd generation Golden Reference Decoder for broadcast | Digital TV News
    ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced the availability of the industry’s next generation Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K HEVC Golden Reference Decoder (GRD2) tool, critical to the testing, validating, debugging and deploying of UHD 4K content for the broadcast industry. As the broadcast industry quickly transitions […]
  • Netflix wants to terminate VPN users | Advanced Television
    Netflix is clamping down on users accessing the service through a VPN (virtual private networks), with its updated terms of service threatening to “terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice”. via Netflix wants to terminate VPN users | Advanced Television.
  • Alticast, S&T and UniSoft demonstrate TV apps for ATSC at NAB 2015 | Digital TV News
    Alticast, Strategy & Technology (S&T) and UniSoft are partnering to demonstrate how the companies combined technologies enable broadcasters to deliver ATSC Interactive applications by overlaying graphics onto their video content. This combined tool set and complete framework brings together TV and web technologies to give broadcasters the means to deliver a new generation of iTV […]
  • Sky share buying buzz | Advanced Television
    The news that Vivendi might be seeking to buy the trio of Sky Europe broadcasters has prompted considerable activity on the London stock market in Sky shares. via Sky share buying buzz | Advanced Television.
  • Could Vivendi buy Sky? | Advanced Television
    French media giant Vivendi is said to be considering a bid to acquire all of the Sky-branded European pay-TV broadcasters. via Could Vivendi buy Sky? | Advanced Television.
  • Comcast expands Elemental partnership, uses its encoding software for X1 cloud DVR – FierceCable
    Signaling a major expansion to its relationship with the biggest U.S. pay-TV operator, Elemental Technologies says its video processing software is now being used to power Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) X1 in-home streaming and cloud-based DVR services. via Comcast expands Elemental partnership, uses its encoding software for X1 cloud DVR – FierceCable.
  • HBO Now is live on Apple devices
    HBO’s cable-free streaming service, HBO Now, is available right this very second on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, HBO says in a press release. via HBO Now is live on Apple devices.
  • Comcast selects Elemental to support advanced DVR services | Digital TV News
    Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, today announced that Comcast has selected its video processing software to power encoding for the X1 DVR with cloud technology. via Comcast selects Elemental to support advanced DVR services | Digital TV News.
  • Virgin Media clocks up 10th Rovi win
    Virgin Media says it has notched up its tenth win over a patent infringement claim brought by Rovi Corporation, the litigious patent holder. via Virgin Media clocks up 10th Rovi win.
  • Czech Digi sale approved
    The Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (UOHS) has approved the sale the DTH platform Digi Czech Republic. via Czech Digi sale approved.
  • Poland eyes must-carry change
    Poland is facing the prospect of a major change to its must-carry rules. via Poland eyes must-carry change.
  • Netflix poses further threat from Smart TVs | Advanced Television
    New ranges of Smart TVs are going on sale in Europe from brands such as Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and others. What makes these latest models different is that they have a dedicated ‘Netflix’ button on the remote control, as reported by Advanced-Television last week. via Netflix poses further threat from Smart TVs | Advanced Television.