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Ericsson unifies Broadcast and IP to drive Multi-Screen TV experiences

Ericsson unifies Broadcast and IP to drive Multi-Screen TV experiences | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Ericsson will demonstrate how it is driving the future of television with the industry's broadest portfolio of solutions and services. As the market adapts to meet the challenges of increasing consumer desire for multi-screen television; multi-platform delivery is the essential route to uniting different delivery networks, back-office systems and consumer devices.

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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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European consumers experiencing problems with internet video

European consumers experiencing problems with internet video | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

According to the survey, 41% of users experience problems watching a video on a mobile device and 37% experience problems on their fixed internet connection at home due to speed limitations or blocking of content by service providers.

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Redesigning its TV apps helped Hulu to grow viewing time by 30 percent

Redesigning its TV apps helped Hulu to grow viewing time by 30 percent | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

If you needed any more proof that design matters, take this: Last year’s redesign of the Hulu Plus app for smart TVs and connected devices resulted in an increase of over 30% in average minutes viewed on each of those devices, Hulu representatives recently told me at CES 2014 in Las Vegas

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Netflix Beats Analyst Expectations With 2.3M New Domestic Subscribers

Netflix Beats Analyst Expectations With 2.3M New Domestic Subscribers | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Netflix just announced itsfourth-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations. For the last three months, Netflix reported..
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Intel sells TV business to Verizon » Digital TV Europe

Intel sells TV business to Verizon » Digital TV Europe | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Intel has agreed to sell its cloud TV division, Intel Media, to Verizon, after failing to bring its much-anticipated OnCue TV service to market following more than two years of development. 


The deal, which was agreed for undisclosed terms, includes all the intellectual property rights and assets related to Intel’s OnCue Cloud TV platform.

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TV Viewers Aren't Thrilled with Second-Screen Synchronized Content, Study Finds

TV Viewers Aren't Thrilled with Second-Screen Synchronized Content, Study Finds | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Call it app-athy: While many TV viewers sit on their couch with a mobile device in hand, most think second-screen content synchronized with a TV show is just... sort of OK. According to a new surve...
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Why Cord Cutting May Be A False Flag for The Future of TV

Why Cord Cutting May Be A False Flag for The Future of TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

...Defining television as video content you watch in one specific environment or using one particular method (while online video content is some unknowable “other”) creates a line of demarcation that gets hazy when you consider a show like Arrested Development, which jumped between the two relatively intact. As author Warren Ellis recently wrote, “I think it’s worth admitting, now, that ‘television’ has become one of those legacy words, like ‘phone,’ that we use to point at a thing, without really fully describing it. It certainly doesn’t mean what it used to.”

“We don’t actually believe there is such a thing as digital video. It’s all just TV,” said Jon Heller, co-founder and co-CEO of FreeWheel, which works with companies to monetize content within the new media space. “No one buys kitchen television, in terms of advertising, the same way that they don’t buy living room television or bedroom television. It is all just TV.” The difference, he says, is that the audience now has more choices about when and where they watch, and the television industry needs to figure out how to deal with that diffusion.


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Amazon will stream new Halle Berry sci-fi series four days after episodes air on CBS

Amazon will stream new Halle Berry sci-fi series four days after episodes air on CBS | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Last year CBS and Amazon struck a deal that brought episodes of the Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome to Amazon Prime Instant Video just four days after they aired, and the companies will be...
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CES 2014: A lot about 4K and 10 Burning Questions

CES 2014: A lot about 4K and 10 Burning Questions | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will give a keynote address Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 7) on day one of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, yet another sign of how much the annual gadgetfest has changed. The Web has become just as important as the hardware. 

And like Yahoo itself, which looks to transform from an information web site to an video/entertainment service, the CE industry is evolving, reassessing past projects and future goals. Consequently, companies are getting more creative and entering fields they once feared. 

For instance, Intel, once a behind-the-scenes chip maker, flirted last year with launching a video streaming service that would compete with Netflix. It appears that Intel will now attempt to sell the guts of the service to a company more suitable to run it, such as Verizon. But Intel's Net TV initiative, Polaroid's unveiling of a 4K TV and Amazon's reported plan to launch a video set-top is evidence that what was once black is now black and white. Tech companies can't be pigeon-holed anymore. 

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A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)

A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR) | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The once iconic video rental giant Blockbuster is shutting down its remaining stores across the country. Netflix, meanwhile, is emerging as the leader in..
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What’s next for Ultra HD?

What’s next for Ultra HD? | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K Ultra High Definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks.

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We know that Ultra HD could the next big thing for TV. At the same time, there is concern that too much hype could lead to disappointment.

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The arrival of 4K TVs in stores and in some peoples’ homes should be thought of as the first phase of more substantial evolution of television. 4K resolution is a subset of Ultra High Definition (UHD) television, which includes higher frame rates, enhanced & more precise color, and better use of the luminance range of modern flat-panel TV displays. Each of those UHD enhancements can create a rich visual reality for consumers that goes beyond even cinematic experiences. Thus, the 4K/UHD should not be thought of as a “one-and-done” phenomenon. Instead, UHD should be thought of as a roadmap for making television better and better for years to come.


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The shifting pay TV industry in two charts

The shifting pay TV industry in two charts | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true?
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Verizon streamlines its multiscreen video encoding with UpLynk

Verizon streamlines its multiscreen video encoding with UpLynk | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Verizon Digital Media Services has acquired upLynk, a technology and TV cloud company.


The exclusive technology of upLynk simplifies the complex issues content owners face by streamlining the process of uploading and encoding TV Everywhere for live, linear and video on-demand content. By using a single adaptive video format across all devices, upLynk simplifies encoding, storage, playback, ad insertion and analytics to eliminate complexity and enable more agile video workflows.

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Panasonic's massive 4K tablet - How many minutes of video can you stream before reaching your cap?

Panasonic's massive 4K tablet - How many minutes of video can you stream before reaching your cap? | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The 20-inch 4K tablet, which boasts a 3,840x2,560-pixel resolution, will reportedly go on sale in the US in January for a whopping $6,000. Read this article by Carrie Mihalcik on CNET News.
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OK It is still a bit expensive, but its price will certainly drop dramatically in the next 2-3 years.... And then, will we be able to stream anything on it?

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Nitin Narang's comment, November 10, 2013 7:46 AM
Carry it or stick on the wall?
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CANAL+ selects Quadrille Push Technology for satellite VOD service

CANAL+ selects Quadrille Push Technology for satellite VOD service | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

CANAL+ Group has selected Quadrille’s QUADRIFAST™ Push VOD technology for integration in its set-top boxes to provide innovative VOD services to its subscribers.


Quadrille’s patented Push technology allows operators to offer their subscribers, using content pushed in advance to the subscribers set-top boxes’ hard disk using any type of network (satellite, terrestrial, cable, IP), a wide range of services, such as: catch-up, subscription or transactional VOD.

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Netflix To Carriers "Hands Off Our Service!!"

Netflix To Carriers "Hands Off Our Service!!" | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has a blunt message for Internet providers: Don't mess with net neutrality.

The video streaming service could be uniquely vulnerable should net neutrality, the principle that carriers should deliver all Internet traffic without discrimination, falter in the wake of an adverse court decision last week. Netflix may be the biggest user of Internet bandwidth on the planet, accounting for close to near a third of peak Internet traffic in the United States

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Google’s VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others, Gives 4K Video Streaming A Fighting Chance

Google’s VP9 Video Codec Gets Backing from ARM, Nvidia, Sony And Others, Gives 4K Video Streaming A Fighting Chance | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Google’s VP9 video codec is getting a major boost today. While Mozilla, Google’s own Chrome browser and a few video players like FFmpeg started supporting VP9 over the course of the last year, what was mostly missing from Google’s ecosystem for this highly efficient video codec was hardware support. As Google announced today, however, virtually all major hardware vendors will soon support VP9 natively in their products and allow Google’s YouTube to stream HD content up to 4K directly to computers, TVs and mobile devices.

 

These new hardware partners include ARM, Broadcom, Intel, LG, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Panasonic, Philips, Qualcomm, RealTek, Samsung, Sigma, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba.


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‘Cord thinning’ on the rise

‘Cord thinning’ on the rise | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The trend of ‘cord thinning,’ cutting one or more pay-TV services, is on the rise, with 16.9% of people decreasing or removing services in Q3, according to new research by video search and recommendation firm Digitalsmiths.

The consumer trend survey noted a sequential rise in chord thinning from 13.4% in Q1 and 14% in Q2 with premium channels proving the highest-ranking service that was cut. However, 17.2% of consumers said they had actually increased their cable or satellite services.

“While survey results on cord-cutting and cord-thinning prove customer retention should remain a focus among pay-TV providers, the latest growing trend is cord-cheating. A topic Digitalsmiths introduced in Q2 2013, cord-cheating refers to the continuing trend by consumers to seek on-demand video content from third-party services and OTT services as an alternative to their traditional pay-TV provider,” said Digitalsmiths.

The survey found that 48.2% of respondents are now using subscription OTT services such as Netflix and Hulu, while 28.7% said they use third-party pay-per-rental services such as iTunes.

By comparison, 72.9% of respondents said they never purchase from their pay TV provider’s VoD catalogue.

In terms social media’s influence on viewing habits, Digitalsmiths found that 15.4% tweet or post what they are watching on TV to social networks, while 30.8% said they choose to watch something based on a TV show or movie’s social buzz.


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Cord-Cutting Fears Overblown? Pay-TV Industry May Actually Grow Slightly in 2014

Cord-Cutting Fears Overblown? Pay-TV Industry May Actually Grow Slightly in 2014 | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Don't write a eulogy for pay TV yet. Even though bills keep climbing -- and Internet-video options like Netflix are expanding rapidly -- cable, satellite and telco TV operators may eke out a small ...
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Netflix's 'Ultra HD' will work only on few devices - still, great!

Netflix's 'Ultra HD' will work only on few devices - still, great! | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Netflix says video streaming in ultra-high definition will "just work" for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others.
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Ernst & Young "6 trends to consider for the future of TV: Streaming, VOD, binge viewing, .."

Ernst & Young "6 trends to consider for the future of TV: Streaming, VOD, binge viewing, .." | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

On-demand, mobility and binge viewing are among new consumer habits impacting every aspect of the TV content supply chain — from story creation to distribution — according to a new report by consulting giant Ernst & Young Global Limited.


EY identified six TV trends from the analysis of thousands of hours of interviews with executives from media and entertainment companies. Specifically, the report found that TV storytelling will evolve to make better use of a multiplatform user/viewer environment. Multiple screens that work seamlessly together will enable new story arcs and create greater opportunities for content producers to innovate with their audiences. Metadata that enables synchronization between screens will be a key enabler.

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Netflix, Nielsen, Cord cutters, Live TV and Univision --some interesting predictions about online video

Netflix, Nielsen, Cord cutters, Live TV and Univision --some interesting predictions about online video | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Nothing moves slowly in the wide, wild world of online video. As we embark on a new year, filled with ever more changes, here are a few of predictions for the online video industry in 2014:

- Netflix will go on a diet

- Cord ‘nevers’ will feel the love

- Nielsen won’t measure up

- Viewers will be loving it live

- And Univision will make five

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TVs at CES 2014: Bye-bye 1080p plasma, hello 4K LED LCD

TVs at CES 2014: Bye-bye 1080p plasma, hello 4K LED LCD | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

A lot of stuff happened in 2013, and it was an especially eventful year in the TV market.

 

For the first time mainstream TVs with 4K resolution, all of them LED LCDs, appeared--and then promptly fell in price. After years of fits and starts, the first OLED TVs went on sale -- and stayed expensive. 3D TV basically died with the ESPN pullout, and Evolution Kits, input lag and projectors were all newcomers to CNET's ever-evolving TV reviews process.

 

The biggest change happened on October 31, however, when Panasonic solemnly announced that it would no longer manufacture plasma TVs. For picture quality enthusiasts the world over, the question immediately became "What's next?"

CES 2014 will have the immediate answers.


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IE.Digital's curator insight, January 3, 5:29 AM

Cant wait!! 

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Netflix looking at possible French launch » Digital TV Europe

Netflix looking at possible French launch » Digital TV Europe | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Streaming service Netflix reportedly has France in its sights as a possible new launch territory.

According to Reuters, citing an unnamed source, Netflix representatives met with staff from French president Francois Hollande’s office to discuss how the video service could launch in the country.

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Twitter reveals TV stats, one billion sent on the network every two days

Twitter reveals TV stats, one billion sent on the network every two days | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

There are now a billion tweets sent every two days on Twitter, with 15 million active users in the UK alone, according to Twitter UK’s head of broadcast partnerships Dan Biddle.


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Watch live TV on your mobile device with Dyle TV

Watch live TV on your mobile device with Dyle TV | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Now you can watch WPTV live over the air on your mobile device without WiFi or internet access.
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