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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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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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FCC Regulation of Internet Video? – Dates Set for Comments on Treating Over-the-Top Video Providers like Cable and Satellite TV

FCC Regulation of Internet Video? – Dates Set for Comments on Treating Over-the-Top Video Providers like Cable and Satellite TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Who says that the Internet is not regulated?  Whether to treat Internet video providers by the same rules that apply to cable and direct broadcast satellite systems is the subject of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released by the FCC just before Christmas, notice of which was published in the Federal Register today, setting the comment dates on the proposal.  Comments are due by February 17, and replies by March 2.  This proceeding could have a substantial impact on Internet video providers – potentially extending FCC jurisdiction to a whole host of services not currently subject to its rules, and potentially subjecting Internet video services to all sorts of rules that apply to traditional MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors), including the FCC’s EEO rules, captioning rules and CALM Act compliance.  Even the political broadcasting rules, which the FCC notes in the NPRM only specifically apply to cable and direct broadcast satellite rather than to MVPDs generally, could potentially be looked at in the future for these services should they come under FCC jurisdiction.  At the same time, the rules could also have an impact on program suppliers and broadcast networks, as various rules dealing with access to cable and broadcast programming could extend to Internet video providers, potentially conflicting with existing contractual obligations and even the Copyright Act.  What are some of the specific issues being considered?
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Top 9 Cable/Video Predictions for 2015

Top 9 Cable/Video Predictions for 2015 | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Here's what we think will happen on the cable/video front next year. (Just don't remember what we get wrong.)
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New wearable tells your DVR to record a show when you doze off at the TV

Watching TV is already one of the top things to do when you're feeling lazy, and soon it'll require even less effort. UK telco Virgin Media is set to trial a new wristband that monitors your pulse...
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LG to launch advanced 4K TV line at CES

LG to launch advanced 4K TV line at CES | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

LG is due to unveil a new line of 4K, Ultra HD TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, featuring “quantum dot technology.”


LG said the quantum dot 4K TVs will offer a wider colour palette and improved colour saturation than conventional LCD TVs and will be available next year as part of its expanded TV lineup.

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4G rules: Verizon Begins 3G Refarming to Add LTE Capacity!

4G rules: Verizon Begins 3G Refarming to Add LTE Capacity! | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Verizon appears to have started the process of reallocating some of its 3G spectrum to its 4G network, a process known as refarming, with evidence of fresh 4G services in New York and Cleveland.

Mobile enthusiast Milan Milanovic, who owns an industrial spectrum analyzer and several smartphones, tells GigaOm he's connected to a new Verizon Wireless LTE network on his Nexus 5 and Galaxy S4 based on PCS 1900MHz/1990MHz spectrum, which has to date been used for the carrier's 3G EVDO services.

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Cord cutting accelerates as 150,000 cancel TV service

Cord cutting accelerates as 150,000 cancel TV service | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Cord cutting is accelerating as more people in the U.S. turn to Internet services such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube to watch their favorite programs.


About 150,000 pay-TV customers canceled video service in the three months that ended June 30.

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Valery's curator insight, November 17, 2014 5:35 AM

It accelerates ? Or it just a seasonal ? Time warner lost 182 000 subs ? Last year it was 189 000.

 

Comcast lost 81 000 ? Last year same quarter : minus 159 000.

So I don't see acceleration here.

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Nexus Player is Google's first Android TV device

Nexus Player is Google's first Android TV device | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The first device running Google's new Android TV platform will be the Nexus Player, a set-top streaming box made by Google and Asus. The device is being announced today, and it's Google's latest in...
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TR10: Social TV - MIT Technology Review

TR10: Social TV - MIT Technology Review | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The viewership for live television broadcasts has generally been declining for years. But something surprising is happening: events such as the winter Olympics and the Grammys are drawing more viewers and more buzz. The rebound is happening at least in part because of new viewing habits: while people watch, they are using smart phones or laptops to swap texts, tweets, and status updates about celebrities, characters, and even commercials.

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IBC2014 - Again a great overview of IBC key topics by Digital Media Finland

IBC2014 - Again a great overview of IBC key topics by Digital Media Finland | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

TV broadcasting industry and several ICT industry players gathered over last weekend to Amsterdam’s IBC2014, the biggest European broadcasting event. As always, we report our key findings in this report.

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Vodafone demonstrates LTE Broadcast at IFA (FOTO)

Vodafone demonstrates LTE Broadcast at IFA (FOTO) | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Thanks Google Translate: "Television Makes Vodafone at IFA in Berlin a very central theme: the first provider in Germany Vodafone shows the new LTE broadcast technology - and thus the mobile TV of the future. LTE Broadcast transmits TV images in HD quality from a variety of camera positions to mobile devices. This enables customers to drive future race cars and yachts live with - or look in the stadium the currently running competition game on the smartphone. LTE broadcast, mobile TV the next generation can receive any number of users and at major events - without any burden on the wireless network on the spot as well as for their own data volume. Photos and videos can therefore send and receive in parallel with high speed."

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Four reasons why TV Everywhere isn't ready for prime time: A simple look at a complex problem

Four reasons why TV Everywhere isn't ready for prime time: A simple look at a complex problem | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness.
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Johan Ploski's curator insight, August 11, 2014 2:53 PM

TV operators continue to protect their own interests instead of driving development and risk eventually losing their audience to new players

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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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Verizon Eyes Launch of Internet TV Service with 20-30 Channels This Year

Verizon Eyes Launch of Internet TV Service with 20-30 Channels This Year | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Verizon Communications expects to roll out a "mobile-first" Internet pay-TV service in the second half of 2015, likely with between 20 and 30 channels, aimed at younger consumers who aren't interes...
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The FCC just proposed a rule change that could kickstart internet TV

Internet TV may have just gotten the break it needed. The Federal Communications Commission officially proposed a rule change today that would give any company that wants to carry television shows...
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Expway Ranked Among Fastest Growing Companies on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ -

Expway Ranked Among Fastest Growing Companies on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ - | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Expway is Among the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe with 363 Percent Revenue Growth thanks to its Innovations on LTE Broadcast.
 
"These companies are on the cutting edge. They are innovators."
Technology Fast 500™ EMEA Report, December 2014

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Programmatic ad-buying is finally coming to television

Programmatic ad-buying is finally coming to television | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The pace of change in the U.S. television business is notoriously glacial. There’s truth to the adage that buyers and sellers of the $75 billion spent annually on TV advertising will change their ways – calcified in the 1960s – only when that generation dies off. But it actually looks like programmatic, one of the…
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Abundance of Options Muddles Multicast Issue

Abundance of Options  Muddles Multicast Issue | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
October 21, 2014 – Despite rising concern over the bandwidth-consuming impact of unicast streaming of IP video, uncertainties about how to deal with the problem remain unresolved amid an outpouring...
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Cord maybes: Pay-TV chases millennials with OTT services, but success is hardly guaranteed

Cord maybes: Pay-TV chases millennials with OTT services, but success is hardly guaranteed | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Programmers are suddenly willing to play ball with OTT insurgents and are conceding to pared-down bundles targeted to millennials. But is their desperation a good thing?
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The hidden commands for diagnosing and improving your Netflix streaming quality

The hidden commands for diagnosing and improving your Netflix streaming quality | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Chances are that if you are a regular Netflix user, you often wish you could adjust the quality of your video stream. While you could always go into your account settings and change your streaming quality—auto, low, medium, or high—there's an even more precise way to do so without ever leaving the video you're watching. Reddit users...
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Qualcomm, China Mobile, Ericsson and LG show off live LTE-Broadcast

Qualcomm, China Mobile, Ericsson and LG show off live LTE-Broadcast | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

SemiAccurate was shown a live LTE-Broadcast demo in Hong Kong last week by Qualcomm, Ericsson, LG, and China Mobile. The net result was four HD channels streamed over LTE across a live cellular network.

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Streaming video catches up with linear TV

Streaming video catches up with linear TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The latest edition of the annual Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report has found that streaming video is now almost level with traditional TV watching.
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Future of TV: We're Overlooking Some Very Important Pieces of the Puzzle

Future of TV: We're Overlooking Some Very Important Pieces of the Puzzle | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
An article in The Wrap today does a good job of boiling down the issues facing broadcast network television, and its uncertain future business model and long-term sustainability. It's a familiar
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