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Digital TV News June 29, 2015

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  • Altice interested in acquiring KPN » Digital TV Europe
    Undaunted by last week’s rejection of its €10 billion offer by France’s Bouygues for its telecom unit, Numericable-SFR owner Altice has declared an interest in a possible acquisition of Dutch telco KPN. via Altice interested in acquiring KPN » Digital TV Europe.
  • Netflix closing in on 70m subs |
    Digital TV Research’s Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that Netflix will have 69.90 million paying subscribers by end-2015, up by 28 per cent from 54.48 million at end-2014. via Netflix closing in on 70m subs |.
  • Sky Demands Ofcom Launch UK Competition Inquiry into BT Openreach – ISPreview UK
    Sky (Sky Broadband) has used the backdrop of Ofcom’s on-going strategic review of the UK’s digital communications market to formally demand that the national telecoms regulator launch a competition review of BTOpenreach, which manages BT’s underlying broadband and phone infrastructure. via Sky Demands Ofcom Launch UK Competition Inquiry into BT Openreach – ISPreview UK.
  • Gulf tipped as next SVoD opportunity |
    The launch of the first non-native subscription online video service in the Middle East heralds a new phase in the evolution of the premium OTT video market in the region, according to global technology research and advisory firm Ovum. Traditional cultural barriers that previously made outside companies hesitant about launching in the region, the core […]
  • Netflix viewed as cable replacement |
    A new brand study of streaming providers seeking to understand how consumers perceive each brand has revealed that consumers believe Netflix can wholly replace other entertainment options, Hulu is irritating users with its mandatory commercials and Amazon Prime Instant Video isn’t differentiated from Amazon Prime shipping. via Netflix viewed as cable replacement |.
  • Sky, Liberty Global renew F1 interest? |
    Further to advanced-television.com’s June 2014 story that John Malone’s international cable operator Liberty Global and cable networks programmer Discovery Communications were seeking to take a 49 per cent stake in Formula One Group from private equity player CVC Capital Partners, the UK’s Sunday Times is reporting that Liberty Global and Sky a considering a £4.5 […]
  • TiVo’s Rogers to MSOs: Let them cut the cord and profit on video through the Roamio OTA – FierceCable
    TiVO CEO Tom Rogers encouraged multi-system operators (MSOs) to cede their video businesses to cord-cutting and profit on TV through broadband services. via TiVo’s Rogers to MSOs: Let them cut the cord and profit on video through the Roamio OTA – FierceCable.
  • Canada’s Shaw dumps IPTV plans, will license Comcast’s X1 platform instead – FierceCable
    Canada’s Shaw Communications has given up on plans to launch an IPTV-based video service and will instead license a white-label version of Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) X1 platform. via Canada’s Shaw dumps IPTV plans, will license Comcast’s X1 platform instead – FierceCable.
  • VOD Professional | BBC iPlayer Usage Figures May 2015
    The BBC iPlayer Performance Pack for May 2015 has just been released and it shows that TV request were up to 222 million, a 10% year-on-year increase, with an additional 20m requests compared to May 2014. via VOD Professional | BBC iPlayer Usage Figures May 2015.
  • Altice hits out at Bouygues rejection » Digital TV Europe
    Cable and telecom investor Altice has hit out at Bouygues’ rejection of its €10 billion offer for Bouygues Telecom and has accused the French conglomerate of failing to engage with it before presenting the offer to its board. via Altice hits out at Bouygues rejection » Digital TV Europe.
  • Altice clarifies Bouygues offer |
    Multinational cable and telecommunications player Altice has issued clarification of its bid to acquire fellow French mobile telco Bouygues Telecom, noting with regret that the Bouyges Board had decided not to follow up on the Altice group’s offer to enter into negotiations, but had not once, either through its advisers or through its management teams, […]
  • Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global households by 2019 |
    The number of households worldwide with Wi-Fi home gateways or routers will rise substantially in the next five years to become a strategic component for ISPs and customers who rely on the technology for everyday activities, according to research from IHS. via Wi-Fi to reach 90% of global households by 2019 |.
  • South African broadcaster loses STB encryption case |
    South African pay-TV operator e.TV has been unsuccessful in its court challenge to the state’s digital migration policy, where it argued that an amendment governing encrypted broadcasts effectively barred it from ever being able to encrypt its broadcasts, because the cost of doing it at a later stage was prohibitive. via South African broadcaster loses […]
  • Avid Completes Orad Acquisition | TvTechnology
    Avid announced this week that it has finalized its acquisition of Orad Hi-Tec, the Israeli-based provider of graphics, MAM, video wall and virtual set systems to the broadcast and professional video markets. The $65 million deal was announced in April. via Avid Completes Orad Acquisition | TvTechnology.
  • Android boxes with HDMI input for video recording – Liliputing
    There are plenty of Android boxes with HDMI output that let you run Android apps on a TV. But there are only a few models that have HDMI input and software that lets you record videos. via Android boxes with HDMI input for video recording – Liliputing.
  • MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation • The Register
    The Internet Engineering Task Force’s (IETF’s) decision last year to push back against surveillance is bearing fruit, with the ‘net boffins and the IEEE proclaiming successful MAC address privacy tests. While MAC address randomisation has been a feature of various clients (including Linux, Windows, Apple OSs and Android) for some time, it has yet to […]
  • Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up • The Register
    A red-faced Cisco has pushed out a patch for a bunch of virtual security appliances that had hard-coded SSH keys. Since the keys are associated with the virty appliances’ remote management interface, a successful login would let an attacker waltz through the devices. via Cisco in single SSH key security stuff-up • The Register.

Digital TV News June 26, 2015

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  • German Pepcom opens cable network for competitors
    As the first German cable operator Pepcom wants to enable competitors to use its infrastructure to offer high-speed internet access. via German Pepcom opens cable network for competitors.
  • Ex-Sky man Sullivan named President of Digital at Fox |
    Brian Sullivan, who served for the past five years as the CEO of Sky Deutschland, will join 21st Century Fox in a senior capacity as President of Digital for Fox Networks Group (FNG), a new role within the Company. Sullivan will be based in Los Angeles and begin his duties on July 27th. via Ex-Sky […]
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: The CEE game changers
    In what is a rapidly changing electronic communications market, it is worth keeping a particularly close eye on four telcos in Central and Eastern Europe. via Chris Dziadul Reports: The CEE game changers.
  • Another step in the eco-friendly direction | ARRIS Everywhere
    We’ve said it before and it is worth saying it again — when it comes to energy efficiency, less is more. As a global leader in products responsible for broadband and TV entertainment delivery into homes everywhere, we also never lose sight of how we can play a significant role in energy conservation. via Another […]
  • Netflix Is About to Be Bigger Than ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox
    Well, we saw this coming: The explosive, cord-cutting popularity of Netflix will finally torch the laurels of traditional broadcast television networks. Analysts predict that if Netflix were measured as a 24-hour station by Nielsen, it would have more viewers than ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox within the year. via Netflix Is About to Be Bigger […]
  • BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You’ve all got great internet, right? • The Register
    BT is asking Ofcom to be freed from its obligation to provide ordinary PSTN/POTS voice telephone connections across the UK. The telecoms giant would prefer to provide only internet services, and let customers use them for voice calls. The Telegraph reported that BT wants to move “all domestic and business customers to internet-based voice calls […]
  • NCTA teams with CEA to cut modem and router power use by 10% – 20% – FierceCable
    After successfully establishing voluntary energy-efficiency guidelines for pay-TV set-tops, the NCTA and CEA are teaming up again to make modems, routers and other premises-based Internet equipment more efficient. via NCTA teams with CEA to cut modem and router power use by 10% – 20% – FierceCable.
  • Maxdome looks to the future
    The focus for maxdome is now on Germany and Austria, with expansion not on its immediate agenda, according to Filmon Zerai, the company’s COO and MD. via Maxdome looks to the future.
  • Swisscom TV 2.0: progress to date
    Launched in April 2014, Swisscom TV 2.0 already has 550,000 customers and is gaining 40,000-50,000 a month, according to Peter Fregelius, head of entertainment devices at the Swiss telco. via Swisscom TV 2.0: progress to date.
  • North American SVOD market far from mature | Digital TV News
    North America already had 50.6 million SVOD homes [for movie and TV services only – excluding sports] by end-2014 – or 38.8% of TV households and 48.1% of fixed broadband homes, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The Americas OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that this represents considerable growth since […]
  • Sky-D VP: Binge-viewing dependent on series |
    Binge viewing is much more common in the case of some TV series than others, according to Jörg Allgäuer, VP, corporate communications at Sky Deutschland, speaking at the Connected TV World Summit. via Sky-D VP: Binge-viewing dependent on series |.
  • Source: Comcast Will Soon Offer EA Games Via Your Cable Box | DSLReports, ISP Information
    For a few years now reports have claimed Comcast is working on using its new X1 set top box platform to stream video games. The idea is to have the set top act as a dumb console, streaming video games to Comcast TV subscriber homes for a rental fee, a la Sony-owned OnLive, but only […]

Digital TV News June 25, 2015

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  • This  Full-Color Display is Just Microns Thick and Flexible Like Skin
    The prospect of a material that can change color yet is still flexible enough to wear as clothing is a perennial sci-fi dream—and now amazingly close to reality. This new electronic skin is just a few microns thick and yet manages to change color, acting as a credible digital display. via This  Full-Color Display is […]
  • Netflix reportedly set to launch in India by 2016 | iMore
    Netflix is set to make its much-awaited debut in India next year, reportedly offering local content in the country. via Netflix reportedly set to launch in India by 2016 | iMore.
  • BT Wants to Scrap Traditional UK Phone Services Within 10 Years – ISPreview UK
    Hands up how many of you still make regular use of your fixed line phone to make calls? Probably not many. In that sense the news that BT are pushing Ofcom to relax their regulation so they can close their traditional phone network and move customers to a new Internet-based system will not come as a […]
  • Cisco CTO: no distinction between OTT and pay TV in “two to three years” » Digital TV Europe
    Pay TV operators need to simplify the client-side equipment they provide and focus on open-source and cloud-based technologies to achieve the necessary scale and agility to see off OTT competitors, according to Ken Morse, CTO of connected devices at Cisco. via Cisco CTO: no distinction between OTT and pay TV in “two to three years” […]
  • Sky Deutschland reveals viewing habit variations » Digital TV Europe
    Viewing habits for different top titles vary hugely amongst Sky Deutschland’s base, with non-linear and binge viewing much more popular in the case of some series than for others, according to Jörg Allgäuer, VP, corporate communications, speaking at the Connected TV World Summit yesterday. via Sky Deutschland reveals viewing habit variations » Digital TV Europe.
  • KPN launches live and on-demand OTT service
    Dutch incumbent KPN will be launching its live and on-demand OTT service Play van KPN sometime later this year, probably in September. HBO will be part of the offer. via KPN launches live and on-demand OTT service.
  • Discovery ‘driving hard’ on 4K » Digital TV Europe
    Discovery says it is driving hard on 4K to ensure it is ready when pay TV platform operators start to demand content in the ultra high definition format. via Discovery ‘driving hard’ on 4K » Digital TV Europe.
  • Plenty of growth left in US SVoD » Digital TV Europe
    Despite the rapid uptake of Netflix and Amazon in the US there will be a steep rise in the number of SVOD and OTT customers in North America in the next five years and a big uptick in the revenues generated by these services, according to new research. via Plenty of growth left in US […]
  • Technicolor unveils HDR and SDR compatibility solution » Digital TV Europe
    Technicolor has launched what it describes as a High Dynamic Range (HDR) single-layer solution that is compatible with MPEG HEVC standards and backwards compatible with legacy Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) displays. via Technicolor unveils HDR and SDR compatibility solution » Digital TV Europe.
  • Anvato launches live-to-VOD for TV everywhere » Digital TV Europe
    TV everywhere technology specialist Anvato has introduced a new live-to-VoD capability that it says will allow content owners and programmers to create video-on-demand files from their live linear streams and syndicate these files to online video service providers, cable operators and telcos. via Anvato launches live-to-VOD for TV everywhere » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vivendi becomes Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder
    Vivendi has made a return to the European telecoms market, taking a 8.24% stake in Telecom Italia, as part of a share swap with Telefonica Brasil. via Vivendi becomes Telecom Italia’s largest shareholder.
  • Amazon first to offer HDR video streaming content
    Amazon on Wednesday became the first video streaming service to provide high dynamic range (HDR) video content, beating rivals such as Netflix to the punch. via Amazon first to offer HDR video streaming content.
  • RTL Deutschland to launch new VOD portal
    German commercial broadcaster RTL wants to set up a new video-on-demand (VOD) portal for young people. via RTL Deutschland to launch new VOD portal.
  • Digitürk sale edges closer
    Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports is close to acquiring Digitürk, with a deal possible in the next few weeks. via Digitürk sale edges closer.
  • CEE regulators to work together
    Croatian, Czech, Slovak and Slovenian national telecom regulators have signed a cooperation agreement in the area of service quality and spectrum management. via CEE regulators to work together.
  • On demand: the trends and challenges
    When it comes to content licensing, local territory VOD and SVOD operators should maintain their local focus rather than compete with global buyers like Netflix for US TV series. via On demand: the trends and challenges.
  • North American SVOD far from mature
    North America already had 50.6 million SVOD homes [for movie and TV services only – excluding sports] by end-2014 – or 38.8% of TV households and 48.1% of fixed broadband homes, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. via North American SVOD far from mature.
  • Technicolor makes HDR single-stream HEVC reference code available | Digital TV News
    Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY) committed to enabling HDR across all aspects of content creation and distribution, announced today the immediate availability of its new High Dynamic Range (HDR) single-layer solution for testing by key ecosystem partners. The solution, which is compatible with MPEG HEVC standards, creates a video which benefits from improved compression […]
  • Amazon Prime’s first wave of HDR videos is here
    Determined to watch streaming video with the maximum color range possible? You now have your chance. As promised, Amazon Prime Instant Video is now offering high dynamic range (HDR) videos to American customers. via Amazon Prime’s first wave of HDR videos is here.
  • Television in the cloud virtualisation era » Digital TV Europe
    Pay TV operators are under pressure.  They face growing competitive threats in the shape of OTT services and bundled offerings from telecom rivals. As a result, they need to provide new experiences that appeal to their consumers, drive up revenue and reduce costs at the same time. via Television in the cloud virtualisation era » […]
  • TV Everywhere still an inconsistent experience plagued by ‘rickety’ tech, Fox exec says – FierceCable
    It was an industry panel convened to discuss the recent progress of the pay-TV industry’s long-struggling TV Everywhere initiative (TVE). But even some of TVE’s key backers remain mired in frustration over the initiative’s vast complexity. via TV Everywhere still an inconsistent experience plagued by ‘rickety’ tech, Fox exec says – FierceCable.
  • Premium OTT: the next three years
    Globally, no country regards its premium OTT video market as mature, with even advanced ones seeing themselves as moving from a fast growing to plateauing stage. via Premium OTT: the next three years.
  • Ericsson Launches BT Sport UHDTV Channel | TvTechnology
    Ericsson has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with London-based BT Sport to launch three new TV channels, one of which will be UHD. Ericsson will also help an interactive red button service for the broadcaster. via Ericsson Launches BT Sport UHDTV Channel | TvTechnology.

Digital TV News June 24, 2015

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  • TDC adds HBO Nordic to TV offerings » Digital TV Europe
    Danish telco TDC has signed a deal to bring HBO Nordic, the premium content provider’s Scandinavian OTT service, to its TV subscribers. via TDC adds HBO Nordic to TV offerings » Digital TV Europe.
  • Netflix splitting stock seven times » Digital TV Europe
    Cementing its reputation as a Wall Street darling, Nasdaq-listed streaming service Netflix is performing a seven-for-one stock split. via Netflix splitting stock seven times » Digital TV Europe.
  • Verizon completes AOL acquisition » Digital TV Europe
    US telco Verizon has completed its acquisition of AOL for US$50 (€45) a share on cash. via Verizon completes AOL acquisition » Digital TV Europe.
  • UPC Cablecom extends catch-up service, fast internet » Digital TV Europe
    Liberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom has extended its Replay catch-up TV service on its Horizon advanced TV service to seven days and has launched a 500Mbps internet service across its network. via UPC Cablecom extends catch-up service, fast internet » Digital TV Europe.
  • Kabel Deutschland in trouble for HD cable carriage conditions
    The current HD carriage distribution model of Germany’s largest cable operator Kabel Deutschland doesn’t comply with the principle of equal chances and poses unreasonable obstructions to smaller and new TV channels. via Kabel Deutschland in trouble for HD cable carriage conditions.
  • Germany approves HbbTV removal by platform operators
    German platform operators don’t have to distribute channels’ HbbTV services on their networks as it is not considered to be part of the programme content. This decision was made by the German media authorities’ licencing and supervision commission ZAK at its latest assembly in Saarbrücken. via Germany approves HbbTV removal by platform operators.
  • The rise of MCNs
    A huge cultural shift among young viewers has led to the creation of Multichannel Networks (MCNs), according to Sebastian Weil, CEO, Studio71, ProSiebenSat 1 Media. via The rise of MCNs.
  • Telekom Austria inks Bulgarian channel deal
    Telekom Austria has entered into a three-year partnership with Payner Media for distribution of the latter’s Bulgarian channels Planeta HD and Planeta Folk. via Telekom Austria inks Bulgarian channel deal.
  • Axel Springer sells Talpa Germany to Talpa Media
    Talpa Media, the media group founded by Dutch entrepreneur John de Mol, acquires the remaining 50.1% shares in Talpa Germany from German media company Axel Springer, thereby taking over the TV producer completely. via Axel Springer sells Talpa Germany to Talpa Media.
  • UPC wins Polish legal backing
    Poland’s Constitutional Court has made a ruling favouring UPC Polska’s stance on copyright infringement. via UPC wins Polish legal backing.
  • Czech success for Horizon
    Horizon has secured 100,000 users in the Czech Republic in less than two months since its launch. via Czech success for Horizon.
  • Bouygues rejects €10bn Altice takeover bid – BBC News
    French telecoms group Bouygues has rejected unanimously a near €10bn takeover offer by rival group Altice. Bouygues said the deal had “significant execution risks” related to French competition law. via Bouygues rejects €10bn Altice takeover bid – BBC News.
  • Pay TV market to reach 1.1 billion subscribers by 2020 | Digital TV News
    The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in 1Q 2015, representing 48% penetration—the market is likely to grow steadily over the next 5 years, mainly boosted by emerging markets. “According to ABI Research’s recent pay-TV market data, half of the world’s households will have access to pay-TV service by 2017, representing 1 […]
  • Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways • The Register
    Germany’s electricity, gas, telecoms, post and railway regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, has raised €5.08bn in its latest spectrum auction – including flogging the 700MHz frequencies currently in use by TV channels. via Vodafone splashes €2 BEEELLLION to kick German TV sideways • The Register.
  • Cable operators want satellite foes to pay more fees – FierceCable
    The American Cable Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association have asked FCC to increase the amount of fees that satellite providers must pay per subscriber. The filing is in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and order that was issued in May in which the FCC said it wanted to charge […]
  • Cablevision CEO Makes It Clear Company Is Targeting Cord Cutters | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Cablevision clearly hopes that appealing to cord cutters will help set the company apart from its biggest regional competitor, Verizon FiOS. Cablevision was the first cable company to strike a semi-exclusive deal to sell HBO’s new HBO Now service, and back in April the company announced a suite of new cordcutter broadband promos that include […]
  • Ericsson for BT Sport 4K channel |
    Ericsson has signed a multi-year broadcast and media services deal with BT Sport to help launch three new television channels and an interactive red button service in the UK. via Ericsson for BT Sport 4K channel |.
  • TV manufacturing outsourcing to reach 43% this year » Digital TV Europe
    TVs manufactured using outsourcing is expected to reach a record 43% of all LCD TVs shipped globally this year, according to IHS statistics. via TV manufacturing outsourcing to reach 43% this year » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone recognises higher losses from Ono » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone has estimated that cable unit Ono made losses of €642 million last year after cleaning up the company’s accounts, according to local press. via Vodafone recognises higher losses from Ono » Digital TV Europe.
  • Belgacom completes Proximus rebrand » Digital TV Europe
    Belgacom has completed its rebrand to Proximus, having first grouped all its products and services under the one brand name back in September. via Belgacom completes Proximus rebrand » Digital TV Europe.
  • Unitymedia to add new HD channels
    German cable operator Unitymedia will expand its free-to-air HD lineup by four new channels on July 1, 2015. via Unitymedia to add new HD channels.
  • 68% of EU homes have high-speed broadband |
    Research conducted by IHS and Valdani, Vicari & Associati on the availability of broadband services across all European Union member states has been published by the European Commission (EC). via 68% of EU homes have high-speed broadband |.
  • Ericsson to build BT UHD channel
    Ericsson has been selected to design, build and run a range of new services for BT Sport, including three new BT Sport TV channels and a multiscreen, interactive red button service. via Ericsson to build BT UHD channel.
  • Netflix dominates Australian SVoD market |
    Within two months of its local launch, over a million Australians across 400,000 households had signed up to Netflix, the latest Streaming Video On Demand (SVoD) data from Roy Morgan Research shows. But will the numbers flatten or decline as the introductory free trials end—or really rocket up now the latest season of Game of […]
  • Manhattan to support Freeview Play |
    Digital UK and Freeview have confirmed that set-top box manufacturer Manhattan TV will launch a range of Freeview Play products early next year. via Manhattan to support Freeview Play |.
  • Scripps expands in Romania
    Food Network has launched on UPC Romania and is being distributed in the cable operator’s Maxim package. via Scripps expands in Romania.
  • Orange TV Stick for Romania |
    Following a trial period, the Orange TV sticks has officially launched in Romania. via Orange TV Stick for Romania |.
  • D-Smart chooses Broadpeak |
    Broadpeak, a provider of content delivery network (CDN) technologies, has revealed that Turkish DTH provider D-Smart has deployed Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN solution to support its OTT service offering. via D-Smart chooses Broadpeak |.

Digital TV News June 23, 2015

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  • Nokia files for EU permission to buy Alcatel-Lucent • The Register
    The European Commission has set 27 July as D-Day for its decision on the Nokia/Alcatel-Lucent takeover. via Nokia files for EU permission to buy Alcatel-Lucent • The Register.
  • DDR4 memory prices fall at rapid pace
    Contract prices for DDR4 memory have recently experienced a dramatic fall, due mainly to Samsung Electronics’ price cuts aimed at increasing market share, according to industry sources. via DDR4 memory prices fall at rapid pace.
  • Comcast’s thePlatform launches Unified Ingest Service for cable providers, others – FierceCable
    Comcast’s thePlatform announced today the release of its Unified Ingest Service, which the company said will allow cable operators “to centrally manage all of the video and related metadata files that operators want to publish to subscribers’ set-top boxes (STBs) and other IP-connected devices.” via Comcast’s thePlatform launches Unified Ingest Service for cable providers, others […]
  • Take these 6 security measures to protect your IoT devices from hackers – Business Insider
    BI Intelligence estimates that by 2020 there will be more than 23 billion IoT devices connected to the internet. One of the biggest challenges in connecting so many devices will be in securing them to prevent hackers from controlling them or using them to infiltrate networks and databases. Many low-power IoT devices don’t have the […]
  • Comcast scores high in workplace quality ranking – FierceCable
    While it continues to perform miserably in measurements of consumer satisfaction, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has notably ranked high in a Washington Post survey of top D.C.-area workplaces. via Comcast scores high in workplace quality ranking – FierceCable.
  • iWedia provides MHEG-5 engine for TabletTV UK app | Digital TV News
    iWedia, a leading provider of software solutions for TV devices to service operators and Consumer Electronics manufacturers, today announced it has provided the MHEG-5 engine of the TabletTV UK app of London-based Motive Television, the digital television technology, software and solutions provider. via iWedia provides MHEG-5 engine for TabletTV UK app | Digital TV News.
  • 79% of Netflix Users Would Prefer Rate Hike to New Ads | DSLReports, ISP Information
    Earlier this month reports falsely claimed that Netflix would soon be implementing advertisements in their streaming video service, when in reality Netflix was only starting to show promotions for Netflix content (like HBO). via 79% of Netflix Users Would Prefer Rate Hike to New Ads | DSLReports, ISP Information.

Digital TV News June 22, 2015

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  • VOD Professional | Arqiva Appoints New CEO
    Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has today announced the appointment of its new CEO, Simon Beresford-Wylie. Simon is a global executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the information technology and telecoms sector. He joins Arqiva on 1 August 2015. via VOD Professional | Arqiva Appoints New CEO.
  • Germany closes €5.08 billion spectrum auction » Digital TV Europe
    German regulator, the Bundesnetzagentur, closed its mobile broadband spectrum auction on Friday, raising a total of €5.08 billion. via Germany closes €5.08 billion spectrum auction » Digital TV Europe.
  • Set-top box market consolidation ‘not over’, says ABI » Digital TV Europe
    Set-top box market consolidation in “not over”, despite Arris’ acquisition of Pace earlier this year to form the world’s largest STB manufacturer, according to ABI Research. via Set-top box market consolidation ‘not over’, says ABI » Digital TV Europe.
  • Thor 7 sets up home at 1 West
    Thor 7 has now completed in launch testing and has reached its final orbital location at one degree West. via Thor 7 sets up home at 1 West.
  • Bouygues Telecom faces €10bn Numericable-SFR bid – BBC News
    French telecoms giant Numericable-SFR has made a €10bn ($11.4bn; £7.2bn) offer for rival Bouygues Telecom. Shares in Bouygues jumped more than 13% in early trading in Paris after the bid was announced. via Bouygues Telecom faces €10bn Numericable-SFR bid – BBC News.
  • Cable’s cord cutting threat overstated? |
    According to stock analysis firm Trefis, with the recent introduction of Dish Network‘s Sling TV and HBO’s HBO NOW service, as well as the continued success of Netflix, the threat of cord cutting to US pay-TV companies is as high as it has ever been, with reports suggesting that Q1 2015 saw the industry lose […]
  • Netflix tipped for 32% global penetration |
    Investment boutique Oppenheimer has suggested that Netflix’s “aggressive” expansion plans will see 32 per cent of the world’s broadband population using the service by 2020. via Netflix tipped for 32% global penetration |.
  • Altice confirms Bouygues Telecom offer |
    Following weekend reports, multinational cable and telecommunications player Altice has confirmed it has made an offer to acquire France’s Bouygues Telecom through its subsidiary, Numericable-SFR. via Altice confirms Bouygues Telecom offer |.
  • Altice in Bouygues Telecom talks
    Patrick Drahi’s Altice is offering to buy Bouygues Telecom for just over EUR 10 billion in cash. via Altice in Bouygues Telecom talks.
  • Sony’s wafer-thin, Android-powered 4K TVs will start at $2,499
    Spring has come and gone without any sign of Sony’s promised X900C and X910C TVs, but those super-thin 4K sets are finally on their way… well, almost. via Sony’s wafer-thin, Android-powered 4K TVs will start at $2,499.
  • Lebara Play launches multi-ethnic OTT service
    Lebara has launched a multi-ethnic entertainment OTT service bringing together free and premium, fully licensed content in 13 languages. via Lebara Play launches multi-ethnic OTT service.
  • NVIDIA Shield TV review: the best Android set-top box you can buy
    Never let it be said that Google gives up on ideas that don’t pan out the first time. Remember when it tried invading our living rooms with clunky, disappointing set-top boxes? via NVIDIA Shield TV review: the best Android set-top box you can buy.
  • Intense STB market consolidation not over
    Arris’ acquisition of Pace created the largest set-top manufacturer, with 22% worldwide market share of the set-top box market. Arris is about three times larger than most competitors including EchoStar, Technicolor, Cisco, and Humax. Set-top semiconductor leader Broadcom was also acquired by relative newcomer Avago, an acquisition not directly impactful to the set-top market, but […]
  • 4K Today and Tomorrow |
    Ultra HD 4k is very much the next step for broadcasters and pay-TV providers everywhere. But it is about so much more than just more bits, and it is only the first step on the UHD road. via 4K Today and Tomorrow |.
  • Canal+ co-founder launching online TV service » Digital TV Europe
    Former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure and Jean-David Blanc, the founder of AlloCiné, are launching a new online TV service, Molotov. via Canal+ co-founder launching online TV service » Digital TV Europe.
  • Global pay TV penetration now 48% » Digital TV Europe
    Global pay TV penetration reached 48% in the first quarter of the year, with more than 900 million subscribers signed up to these services, according to ABI Research. via Global pay TV penetration now 48% » Digital TV Europe.
  • Vodafone Germany appoints Telekom Austria CEO as next boss » Digital TV Europe
    Vodafone Germany has announced plans to appoint Hannes Ametsreiter as its next CEO, following news of his departure from Telekom Austria earlier this week. via Vodafone Germany appoints Telekom Austria CEO as next boss » Digital TV Europe.
  • Analyst: STB market consolidation not over |
    ARRIS’s acquisition of Pace created the largest set-top manufacturer, with 22 per cent worldwide market share of the set-top box market. ARRIS is about three times larger than most competitors including EchoStar, Technicolor, Cisco, and Humax. Set-top semiconductor leader Broadcom was also acquired by relative newcomer Avago, an acquisition not directly impactful to the set-top […]

Digital TV News June 19, 2015

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  • Czech Ocko commercialises HbbTV
    The TV music station Ocko has launched what is the first HbbTV app with a commercial use in the Czech Republic. via Czech Ocko commercialises HbbTV.
  • Chris Dziadul Reports: The DTT laggards
    When it came to meeting the official ITU-set deadline of June 17, 2015 for switching from analogue to digital broadcasting, not all countries in CEE exactly covered themselves in glory. via Chris Dziadul Reports: The DTT laggards.
  • Videoland Unlimited lands at new Ziggo
    RTL-owned SVOD service Videoland Unlimited will become available on the Ziggo network. Arno Otto, managing director digital at RTL Nederland, broke the news at this year’s Mediapark Jaarcongres in Hilversum. via Videoland Unlimited lands at new Ziggo.
  • Dutch NPO looking at DVB-T2
    Dutch public broadcaster NPO is looking to broadcast its free-to-air channels NPO1, 2 and 3 in HD using the DVB-T2 standard from 2017 onwards. via Dutch NPO looking at DVB-T2.
  • Pay-TV penetration to exceed 50% |
    The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in 1Q 2015, representing 48 per cent penetration – the market is likely to grow steadily over the next five years, mainly boosted by emerging markets, according to pay-TV market data from ABI Research, who suggest that half of the world’s households will have access […]
  • TRT grows hybrid service
    The Turkish public broadcaster TRT has launched its seventh HbbTV app. via TRT grows hybrid service.
  • Charter’s Rutledge: Consumers will be happier with cable if they never have to see the cable guy – FierceCable
    Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR) CEO Tom Rutledge said his company can continue to improve its service reputation by limiting its interaction with customers. “The inherent problem in all of cable–and it always has been–is you have to schedule a job with a person who doesn’t really want you to come to their house, and you […]
  • ANGA COM 2015 video interview – Steve Oetegenn, Verimatrix » Digital TV Europe
    Steve Oetegenn, president, Verimatrix, talks about service providers’ security requirements in addressing the ever more complex world of multiscreen distribution. via ANGA COM 2015 video interview – Steve Oetegenn, Verimatrix » Digital TV Europe.
  • ANGA COM 2015 video interview – Paul Broadhurst, Technetix » Digital TV Europe
    Paul Broadhurst, CEO of Technetix, now in its 25th year, talks about cable operators’ needs as they invest in and upgrade their networks and how well placed they are to take on competitors. via ANGA COM 2015 video interview – Paul Broadhurst, Technetix » Digital TV Europe.
  • 4K: a satellite operator’s perspective
    Hispasat has no doubt that 4K is coming, and maybe quicker than anyone expects. via 4K: a satellite operator’s perspective.
  • The video business is dead … for those without the will and resources to compete in it – FierceCable
    To hear executives at America’s No. 4 and No. 10 cable companies explain it, television is a dead business. Speaking in New York this week, Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) CEO James Dolan told media investors that his company’s broadband and associated data/connectivity businesses now have better margins than its video services–by a factor of seven to […]
  • OTT: the next stage
    We are now living the second generation of OTT, with the next being one of future disruptors via OTT: the next stage.
  • Europeans like smart home devices |
    According to Parks Associates research, there were 721 million broadband households worldwide in 2014, and that number will reach 972 million by 2019. The prevalence of high-speed connections will drive the expansion of the Internet of Things in the European connected home. via Europeans like smart home devices |.
  • South Africa: “No digital interference” |
    South Africa’s Communications Minister Faith Muthambi says that the country’s TV viewers will not face broadcasting disruption despite the nation not having adopted digital transmission in time for the June 17th digital deadline. via South Africa: “No digital interference” |.