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40% of Cord Cutters would pay more for à la carte

40% of Cord Cutters would pay more for à la carte | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

The research firm suggests that these so-called ‘Cord Cutters’ are not the low value/low revenue ‘fringe’ customers they have been made out to be. The report – Endless Fun? Pay TV, Cord Cutting, and Churn – finds that Cord Cutters place a high value on content—and are three times more likely to report watching paid Video on Demand (VoD) than ‘traditional’ economically- motivated churners.

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HBO is finally ready to break out of the cable TV bundle

HBO is finally ready to break out of the cable TV bundle | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The global ruler in premium pay-TV will soon offer its services in the US without requiring a traditional cable TV package. HBO is set to expand its $49-per-month internet bundle—available now as a trial through Comcast—and offer it through other cable and broadband providers, Bloomberg reports. The package will include cable TV and online access to HBO, as well...
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Fire TV review - CNET

Fire TV review - CNET | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
The Fire TV streaming-media box is an impressive living room debut for Amazon, with standout features like voice search, gaming, and superfast video streaming, but it falls short of being an elite streamer -- at least for now.
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Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the year

Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the year | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Comcast wants to give niche audiences access to a wider variety of content trough its set-top boxes, and is looking to test a streaming service later this year.
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TV Is About To Enjoy Its Biggest Renaissance in 50 Years

TV Is About To Enjoy Its Biggest Renaissance in 50 Years | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
After decades of reliably scheduling when audiences are to be entertained, the linear broadcast model is hitting obsolescence, thanks to technology.
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Apple reportedly in talks with Comcast for streaming service

Apple reportedly in talks with Comcast for streaming service | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

Apple is in talks with Comcast to enter into a deal to allow Apple to launch a streaming TV service over Comcast’s cable network, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal, citing unnamed sources, said that Comcast and Apple were discussing privileged access for traffic to reach Apple TV boxes over the Comcast network. Apple hopes to deliver live and on-demand programming and cloud-based DVR services to Comcast subscribers, according to the Journal.

According to the report, discussions between the pair are at an early stage.

Apple was previously in talks with Time Warner Cable, which is subject to a takeover by Comcast, over joint TV activities.

Reports of the discussions between Apple and Comcast follows the deal struck last month between Comcast and Netflix giving the latter direct access to Comcast’s network rather than having to deliver its content via third-party content delivery networks.

 


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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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BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe | Reuters

BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe | Reuters | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's BSkyB has agreed to pay $9 billion (5.3 billion pounds) to buy the Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, taking its hunt for growth into Europe by creating
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Roku and Chromecast go head-to-head in streaming race, Apple TV falling behind

Roku and Chromecast go head-to-head in streaming race, Apple TV falling behind | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks last year, which makes the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices.
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CableLabs, Vendors Prepare To Solve Multicast Problem

CableLabs, Vendors Prepare  To Solve Multicast Problem | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it
April 21, 2014 – After years of languishing in the backwaters of cable industry tech discussions, a cable-optimized version of IP multicast has jumped to the front burner as an initiative at CableL...
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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout

AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout | Delivering Video To The Home: The New Challenges of OTT, Broadcast and IPTV | Scoop.it

AT&T agreed on Sunday to buy the satellite television operator DirecTV for $48.5 billion, trying to tilt the balance of power with media companies as the market for broadband Internet and video shifts.


With the acquisition, AT&T becomes the latest telecommunications giant seeking to establish an even greater reach.

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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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