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Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV
OTT raises new business and technical challenges. Here is my selection of articles on the subject.
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Netflix is the new HBO, YouTube is the new MTV, and everything new is old

Netflix is the new HBO, YouTube is the new MTV, and everything new is old | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Netflix and YouTube are turning TV upside down, but they’re also following the well-trodden path of the companies before them – and need to pay close attention to what did those companies in.
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GovernmentVideo: First Ingredient of ATSC 3.0 Enters Candidate Standard Phase

GovernmentVideo: First Ingredient of ATSC 3.0 Enters Candidate Standard Phase | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The first ingredient in the physical layer transmission standard for next-generation TV broadcasts is now an ATSC “Candidate Standard,” marking an important milestone in the process to develop the ATSC 3.0 standard, the Advanced Television Systems Committee announced today.

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Despite Comcast’s failure, AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV is looking good

Despite Comcast’s failure, AT&T’s $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV is looking good | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Justice Department evidently saw enough legal entanglements (and consumer descent) to foil Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, but officials at both agencies are of a different opinion when it comes to the other massive communications merger on the table. The Wall Street Journal reports that AT&T’s proposed $48.5 billion merger with satellite television provider DirecTV seems likely to win federal approval.
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HBO Now hands-on: it's HBO Go without cable. What else do you need?

Starting today, millions of people in the US can buy HBO without cable. HBO Now has officially launched across Apple TV and iOS. Subscriptions can be purchased directly through iTunes — your first...

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Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market

Ericsson, EE say LTE broadcast big in converging market | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.

As multiplay gathers pace in the UK with BT leading the way with its bid for EE, as well as heavy investment in premium sports rights by BT and Sky and the latter’s planned move into the MVNO market, Ericsson said it is grabbing the opportunity presented by convergence.

“One thing is clear from talking to our telecommunications customers and our media customers: on the media side very high on their agenda is how to translate their business onto new and mobile platforms,” Sauer said. “This is extremely high on their strategic agendas. And on the telco side the role of media is very high on their agenda. So convergence is truly happening, and that puts us,Ericsson, in a very interesting position.”

As part of this strategy, Ericsson has made several acquisitions in recent years to build up its TV portfolio, including that of  UK-based broadcast service firm Red Bee Media last May. The vendor claims it now handles 1.6 million media assets annually for numerous broadcasters.

Also talking at the event, EE’s Senior Manager of Network Strategy Matt Stagg said operators have to accept LTE networks need to be largely geared towards video streaming. “3G was a voice and text service with data, which was high-speed data for browsing, and it did some video,” Stagg said. “Now [with 4G] we’re talking of a video distribution network that needs to support communications.”

According to Stagg this requires a significant shift in thinking from operators’ part, and ultimately will push LTE broadcast at the forefront of the industry. “The biggest fundamental shift we will see in the next decade for mobile distribution of TV is LTE broadcast. EE’s vision for LTE broadcast is that it will be better than TV,” he said.

However, Ericsson’s recent survey looking at consumer behaviour around TV and video found data and content costs are still barriers for mobile viewing. But at the same time 4G and the popularity of unlimited packages are lowering the bar for users.

According to Michael Björn, Head of Research at Ericsson’s ConsumerLab, consumers increasingly want much more personalised TV viewing, and on-demand and catch-up services, multiple devices per user and 4G adoption are driving mobile video.

“All this means it is indeed time to change the structure of TV services,” he said. “We hear people saying that they would like to have a totally personalised experience of pick and mix [content] but they would still like to have help with the aggregation of that. 48% of the [2,000] people we interviewed said they would be willing to pay for that package: personalised but a single-aggregator service.”

The UK Culture and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey also made an appearance at the event. Echoing Sauer’s words he said: “we are in the cusp of convergence.”

In his short speech he also listed some of the things the government is doing to help the industry move forward: “we as government are working with companies like Ericsson, we are supporting the roll-out of broadband across the UK, we’ve got our mobile infrastructure project which is designed to cover not-spots with mobile, we’ve got the new geographic target for mobile operators to reach 90% of the country geographically by 2017.”

Meanwhile the UK Finance Minister George Osborne in his budget speech pledged a £600 million boost to clearing spectrum to be auctioned for mobile networks. He also promised funding for public wifi for libraries, and provision of broadband vouchers to more cities. He also made promises on ‘ultra-fast broadband’: “we’re committing to a new national ambition to bring ultra-fast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second to nearly all homes in the country, so Britain is out in front.”

The big thing for LTE broadcast is that it makes it possible to simultaneously deliver the same content to virtually unlimited number of users without using up the full capacity of a network. It will be interesting to see how this space develops as providers and operators alike seek for new revenue opportunities in the converging marketplace.

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Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV

Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Which has the most apps? Which has the coolest features? Which one is the best? The most popular media streamers all have their merits, so we'll help you decide which box is right for you.
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Very interesting comparison!

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Nice review of the different OTT media streamers devices for your HDTV.

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Peter Chernin Says Video's Golden Age Is On Its Way: The Full Code/Media Interview

Peter Chernin Says Video's Golden Age Is On Its Way: The Full Code/Media Interview | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The guy who help build some of the most important properties on TV thinks he can do it again.
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Why Mobile Video Advertising Is Set To Explode

Why Mobile Video Advertising Is Set To Explode | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Mobile video has been growing steadily for years but it is now close to justifying the hype that it generated throughout the years. Mobile video ad spend in the U.S. more than doubled from 2013 ($720 million) to 2014 ($1.5 billion) and will reach $6 billion in 2018, representing about half of the total online video ad spend.

The growth in mobile devices, broadband coverage and 4G services, device screen size and video consumption on mobile devices are the first obvious drivers. Other, less obvious drivers relate to the way users consume video on mobile. More and more of users’ time on mobile is spent in applications (86 percent of users’ time in mobile in 2014).
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Target pulls the plug on video-streaming effort Target Ticket

Target pulls the plug on video-streaming effort Target Ticket | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Retail chain giant Target plans to shut down Target Ticket next month, just 18 months after it launched the video-streaming service.

The service, which launched in the fall of 2013, will be discontinued March 7, the retailer said Tuesday in a note posted to its website. The service's video rental service was shut down Tuesday, but customers will still be able to use the service to view already rented movies and TV shows until Target Ticket's closure. The move underscores the difficulty new players face breaking into an already crowded streaming-video market.
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The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015

The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
I know I’m late to the party by some accounts. Early adopters cut the cord years ago and haven’t looked back. For me, turning off cable TV was an idea..
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Imagine Communications buys RGB Networks

Imagine Communications buys RGB Networks | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Video technology provider Imagine Communications has agreed to buy the assets of multiscreen video delivery firm RGB Networks. 

Imagine said that it will integrate the assets into its advertising management and video infrastructure portfolio, and that the transaction will include the majority of RGB Networks’ employees.

RGB’s technology will be used to enhance Imagine’s end-to-end video playout and distribution portfolio, boosting its TV Everywhere and video processing solutions, according to Imagine.

“The acquisition of RGB Networks, combined with our innovation in video playout and distribution, enables us to strategically navigate the convergence of IP, mobility, and the internet, which has changed the way we consume entertainment and information,” said Charlie Vogt, CEO of Imagine Communications.

“We also gain an enviable customer base and will continue to support the RGB Networks product portfolio,” he added, along with a “world class technology, operations and sales team.”

Jef Graham, chairman and CEO of RGB Networks, said: “By combining our award-winning innovations with Imagine Communications’ vision and resources, our integrated portfolios will greatly advance the transformation of the video delivery landscape.”

“We are at an inflection point in the expansion of TV Everywhere, and Imagine Communications is delivering the end-to-end portfolio required to lead the industry through this disruptive period being defined by IP, software and the cloud.”

California-based RGB Networks provides IP cloud-based video delivery solutions designed to help media providers streamline and monetise TV Everywhere and OTT services. Its technology strengths are in video packaging, cloud DVR, and ad insertion and RGB claims that its products are deployed in more than 400 communication service providers worldwide.

Imagine’s latest acquisition gives it access to RGB’s cloud-based dynamic ad insertion technology, complementing its acquisition of Kudelski-owned OpenTV’s advanced advertising unit last year. That acquisition gave the former Harris Broadcast a group of products to provide campaign management, traffic and billing, to which it now adds RGB’s CloudXtream platform.

Imagine Communications provides ad management and video infrastructure solutions and serves global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors, governments and enterprise markets.

The deal, which was agreed for undisclosed terms, is subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.


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Patrick Lopez's curator insight, January 29, 1:00 PM

After Quickfire, RGB Networks shows that large equipment manufacturers and OTT alike must invest in high density professional video encoding for their services.

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40% Of US Homes To Get Streaming Players

40% Of US Homes To Get Streaming Players | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Port Washington, N.Y. – A new study predicts 40 percent of U.S. Internet-connected homes will have a streaming-media player by the end of the 2016.
The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Connected Home forecast said the total number of homes with a streaming-media player will rise to 39 million by the first quarter of 2017.
In the first quarter of 2014, only 16 percent of U.S. Internet-connected homes had such a device.
Ownership is on track to climb to nearly one-quarter of homes, 24 percent, by Q1 2015, which is when consumers report device ownership that takes into account their holiday purchases, NPD said.
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Google Fiber set to launch in four more US cities

Google is set to announce the expansion of its Google Fiber internet service to four new cities, The Wall Street Journal reports, with the details of the new rollout coming in the next few days. According to the publication's sources, the company will start to offer the one-gigabit broadband network in Atlanta, Nashville, and in two cities in North Carolina — Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte.
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Netflix CEO: 4K's future is on the Internet, linear TV faces extinction

Netflix CEO: 4K's future is on the Internet, linear TV faces extinction | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
TVs will be a large iPad with channel-dedicated apps in the future, said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, as broadcast TV dies out.
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Fusion expands its Snapchat offerings with five new miniseries

Fusion expands its Snapchat offerings with five new miniseries | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
rlier this year, Fusion debuted its first miniseries on the the social media app Snapchat's new content channel Snapchat Discover. Apparently pleased by the results, the company is expanding its offerings with five new series and a second season of its first project, "Outpost."
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Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW

Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Cablevision made headlines as the first pay-TV provider to offer HBO’s new standalone service HBO NOW to its broadband customers, and today the cable company is again targeting cord cutters with new packages combining internet, a free digital antenna, and the option to bundle in HBO NOW if they choose. The “cord cutter package” as one bundle is officially called, is one of two new offerings the company announced today – the other combining a slower internet option, the antenna and a Wi-Fi voice service.

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Apple's TV service will likely be much more important than everyone thinks

Apple's TV service will likely be much more important than everyone thinks | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Is this the end of cable?

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The cord-cutter's guide: calculate what it would cost to get all of your TV online

With services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and HBO Now, 2015 is the year we can finally say goodbye to our cable TV subscriptions. But how much will it cost you to cut the cord — and what channels will you be leaving behind to do so?
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YouTube well-positioned to take on the rise of Facebook, Vine, and Snapchat

YouTube well-positioned to take on the rise of Facebook, Vine, and Snapchat | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
YouTube's signature ad format — skippable "pre-roll" ads — are unique to the platform and the heart of YouTube's revenue-share program.
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How's the Media Industry These Days? Confused.

How's the Media Industry These Days? Confused. | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Cuban attacked YouTube as having had more failures than successes, said traditional TV is still dominant and will be so for a long time, defended movie theaters (of which he owns some), and challenged many of the assumptions media companies make about user preferences.

“Bits are bits, and they will migrate to the most profitable distribution for them,” Cuban declared. And that would be traditional TV, which he said is just an “application-specific network” that is now digital, just like the Web. Even Netflix, which he praised, is mostly composed of programming from traditional media, he noted.
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A sneak peek at Xiaomi’s Android-based Mi TV

A sneak peek at Xiaomi’s Android-based Mi TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Chinese smart phone maker Xiaomi may be getting ready to sell some of its wares in the U.S., but its smart TV devices likely won’t be part of that U.S. line-up any time soon: Xiaomi VP of International Hugo Barra told me on the sidelines of a press event in San Francisco Thursday that Xiaomi’s TV…
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TV Research Chiefs Commiserate Over Measurement Challenges

TV Research Chiefs Commiserate Over Measurement Challenges | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Research chiefs at some of the biggest media brands did some serious venting Tuesday at the annual Media Insights & Engagement conference.

The challenges of measuring content consumption as viewers increasingly slip away from live TV to myriad other platforms made for some candidly brutal self-assessment, particularly coming off a year when distressing audience trends accelerated significantly.

“We were sitting here a year ago thinking everything was OK,” said Howard Shimmel, chief research officer at Turner Broadcasting in a keynote panel. “I think we as an industry were somewhat unprepared.”
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Chromecast hits one billion milestone, YouTube viewing time up 50%

Chromecast hits one billion milestone, YouTube viewing time up 50% | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Users of Google’s Chromecast streaming device have now ‘cast’ content more than 1 billion times, while viewing time on YouTube is up 50% year-on-year, according to Google.


Speaking on the firm’s fourth quarter results call, Omid Kordestani, Google’s chief business officer and special advisor to the CEO, said that Chromecast usage per device has increased by 60% since launch due to a “growing roster of new apps and features” and that “just last week, we saw our 1 billionth tap of the cast button.”

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Anritsu Releases a Unique eMBMS Test Solution with Expway LTE Broadcast Server

Anritsu Releases a Unique eMBMS Test Solution with Expway LTE Broadcast Server | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Anritsu has released its protocol test solution for Enhanced Multicast Broadcast Multimedia Service (eMBMS). The new solution is already helping mobile chipset and device makers accelerate the development of products that can receive LTE broadcast services. EXPWAY’s e-Cast™ Broadcast Multicast Service Center (BM-SC) Server has been integrated with Anritsu’s MD8430A LTE signaling tester and Rapid Test Designer (RTD) test environment to create a complete test solution.
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This solution is far more competitive than any other LTE device testing solution on the market! Indeed, thanks to Expway BMSC, device makers can run automatically a very large number of test scenarios, play with all configuration parameters of eMBMS.

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Linear TV dips below half of US viewers

Linear TV dips below half of US viewers | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Less than half of online US adults now watch linear TV as Younger Boomers and Generation X-ers adopt viewing habits previously associated with Millennials, a new report has said.

Forrester Research surveyed 3,166 adults aged 18 to 58 for the Making Sense Of New Video Consumption report and found that only 46% watched linear TV in a typical month. This trend was more pronounced among 18 to 34 year olds, with just 40% viewing TV this way, but even among older viewers the figure was 52%.

Streaming, whether from a paid or free service, was on a par with linear TV – at 40% – for Millennials, and these options were also proving attractive for Generation Xers and Younger Boomers, at 32% for free streaming and 30% for paid streaming.
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