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Venture Capitalists To TV Screens: Show Me The Money

Venture Capitalists To TV Screens: Show Me The Money | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

According to venture capitalists speaking at the Appnation III: Show Me The Money conference in San Francisco Wednesday, there’s never been a better time to start a tech company, or fund one. Especially if it’s improving the TV viewing experience.  Google Ventures Partner Joe Kraus said TV was a top area of innovation in the next few years.  “I’m very bullish on what’s going on in the TV space,” he said, speaking to a crowd of mostly mobile app developers. “All the set-top box manufacturers are opening up their APIs, which means the future of TV will be very different five years from now than it is today.”  Companies taking advantage of “second screens” in the living room–tablets, phones and other devices that allow TV viewers to connect with each other and interact while watching TV shows in real-time–have been attracting investors’ attention lately.

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Report: 'Very serious' Verizon weighs buying Netflix

Rumors that Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is considerring buying Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) are heating up with the Bloomberg reporting that at least one investment banker thinks the streaming video company could be sold by Easter. "I am hearing rumblings from inside Verizon that they are very serious about either Netflix or something similar," said Porter Bibb, managing partner at Mediatech Capital. Bill said Netflix could go for as much as $4.6 billion; the once-high-flying company has a market cap of $4.17 billion. Verizon has acknowledged it wants to develop a streaming business, with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at a conference last week, saying it continues "to look at alternatives. "Verizon was one of the companies that looked at Hulu when it was on the market earlier this year. "The jury's out, but I do believe there's a place for over-the-top," said McAdam. "That model has yet to be determined and I hope we'll be a player in that."

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So buying NFLX was a good move, right?
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For first time in history, TV ownership declines

For first time in history, TV ownership declines | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Nielsen, the TV ratings people, are out with the 2012 edition of their Television Audience report. Much of this is a repackaging of data released previously by Nielsen to its clients. But I hadn't seen it before. Amidst all the charts and graphs, two stunners:

• The total number of U.S. households with TV sets declined year to year for the first time since Nielsen started counting TV ownership.

• The number of households with no TV at all is at its highest level since 1975. Three percent of homes are TV-free.

The decline was not trivial, either — from 115.9 million TV households in 2011, Nielsen estimates that only 114.7 million homes in the U.S. will have a TV set in 2012. That’s a decline of almost 1 percent at a time when the total number of U.S. households continues to grow.

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Cable Operators Hold Keys To Entertainment Future

Consumers have come to expect relatively good deals for Web access. But as broadband becomes the primary focus for cable operators, those days are waning and significant annual cost hikes (with all kinds of usage caps) will become the norm. A teenager today very likely will find a broadband single-play in 2021 costs as much, or more, than a triple-play costs now. Maybe sooner.  It will be intriguing to watch for the inflection point when cable executives find themselves grappling with enough TV subscriber exodus to begin trying to win over Wall Street with an aggressive broadband-first – we-win no-matter-which-way-the-wind-blows -- position. (They can toss in the access business comes without having to pay huge carriage fees to networks.) That change in emphasis probably won’t come this year or next, but investor pressure might call for some change in tone sooner than planned.

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Sony Weighs Internet TV Service

Sony Weighs Internet TV Service | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, people familiar with the situation said, posing the latest threat to the cable and satellite operators that dominate pay TV. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company has approached several big media companies to negotiate the rights to offer their TV channels over the Web in the U.S., the people said. Sony is proposing to beam the channels over Internet connections to Sony-made devices, including PlayStation gaming consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players, the people said. Sony has sold about 18.1 million PlayStation 3 consoles in the U.S. alone, according to NPD Group Inc., and many homes have other Internet-connected Sony devices.

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Cable Co-Op Boots Up TV Everywhere Project

The National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC) , Light Reading Cable has learned, has launched a plan to create a centralized authentication platform for multi-screen services like HBO Go or those planned around the the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  An authentication system, in this sense, would ensure that customers that try to log into an MSO's TV Everywhere offering via a PC or an iPad are indeed cable TV subscribers and are authorized to view the particular piece of content they have requested.  Several large and mid-sized MSOs have created their own authentication systems for TV Everywhere or are working in tandem with a company like Synacor Inc. to build content portals and develop TV Everywhere interfaces with individual programmers. But that still leaves hundreds of cable operators out there that don't have the resources to build their own system or are not quite big enough to make it worthwhile for one vendor to take them on individually.  The NCTC hopes its aggregated approach will create economies of scale for its MSO members and for TV Everywhere vendors. Instead of forcing hundreds of individual operators to make requests to launch HBO Go, for example, there's an opportunity for the NCTC "to create a bridge, or a common platform" to authenticate their customers for HBO content to be delivered to PCs, tablets and other IP-connected devices, says NCTC VP of Technology Alan Tschirner.

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Global Online TV, Video Revs Hit $22B In 2016

Global Online TV, Video Revs Hit $22B In 2016 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

One big mover will be so-called "Over-The-Top" (OTT) alternative TV/video providers that use the Internet to act like terrestrial cable operators and/or satellite programming services.  The report says: “The OTT television and video sector is on the brink of a huge take-off as the key players expand internationally, companies consolidat[ing] (with Hulu about to be sold to one of existing major players) and as new partnerships are announced on a daily basis.”

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Microsoft, Hulu Tap Paid Options

Microsoft, Hulu Tap Paid Options | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Microsoft and Hulu are bulking up their online-video offerings aimed at paying subscribers, as TV-content suppliers try to turn back the clock on free streaming... 

Authentication directly addresses one of TV-channel owners' biggest fears about jumping to new platforms: that online video could tempt viewers to cut off cable subscriptions, or avoid signing up for them in the first place. Media researcher SNL Kagan estimates that the percentage of U.S. households that use Web-video instead of paying for TV service will grow to nearly 4% by year end, up from 2% a year earlier. That could cut into the more than $30 billion a year that SNL Kagan says TV channels reap from consumers monthly cable bills.  But the concept also poses dangers. It risks stoking piracy among viewers who are used to free viewing. It also could tie traditional businesses to ever-growing cable bills that some executives concede are unsustainable in the long term, especially when facing a sluggish economy.  Until now, the "TV Everywhere" concept has been slow in gaining traction in large part because some TV-channel owners want to be paid extra in order to grant distributors the right to pipe their programming over the Internet.

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$500 Billion TV Market New Battlefield For Internet Companies - Forbes

$500 Billion TV Market New Battlefield For Internet Companies - Forbes | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The Internet is finally upending the mother of all content markets, the $500 billion TV market. Cigar-chomping East Coast incumbents like Comcast and Time Warner Cable pitted against left coast tech giants like Google, Apple and intrepid TV mogul wannabes. We’ve seen this in other content markets (see books and music). Distribution usually dies first. Borders and Tower Records died in the books and music battles. However the stakes in this battle are bigger, a lot bigger. Incumbents are better prepared, bring more to the table, and are more aggressive.  It’s unclear that if or which distributors in the TV battle will be victimized as easily. Yet clearly companies are going to die. People are going to get hurt. It’s going to be great.

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Hello nice Scoop.it page I shared and just started following your topic. Are you in the TV industry?
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Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming

Video Format War: Blu-ray vs. Streaming | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Blu-ray Discs are growing in popularity--but how long until streaming surpasses them?

...Video streaming is gaining momentum as a convenient way to watch movies and TV shows on an HDTV, a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. Consumers now have at least a dozen ways to stream content to the living room (see "Netflix Inside: A Comprehensive List of Netflix Streaming Devices" for some examples), including the latest offering, which allows users to get Xfinity content via an Xbox 360 game console. Video options for tablets, meanwhile, are expanding to include apps from Blockbuster, Hulu, Netflix, and assorted cable providers. One reason for the growth of streaming's popularity is that broadband speeds--wireless and wired--are increasing. The Verizon LTE network can handily stream high-quality video at 15 mbps. Charter and Comcast offer speeds up to 100 mbps.

The challenge for Blu-ray is that the profitability of the streaming video market is growing faster than that of the Blu-ray market. Studios are putting streaming profits ahead of visual quality

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Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV

Startup Umami Serves Side Of iPad Content For TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

New York-based startup Umami will jump into the "second screen" fray with the expected release in the next few weeks of an iPad app, free to consumers, that will serve up contextually relevant content for shows on 40 broadcast and cable networks.  Umami fingerprints the audio in TV content across the 40 networks using a large-scale digital video recorder system.  When a user fires up the app, it "listens" for which channel is currently on by comparing it to the Umami fingerprint database, then pulls up news, cast pages, episode guides and social media feeds from various sources in a flipbook-like format. The system works on DVR recordings, too.


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Youtoo Announces First Social TV Network With Revolutionary Technology That Allows Millions to be on TV

"...Youtoo developed this revolutionary technology, which allows viewers to record and submit videos that are then filtered for content and broadcast on TV. This automated process enables anyone, from anywhere, with Internet access or a mobile device to be on TV within minutes. Unlike standard social networking, where you interact with your friends and followers, on Youtoo TV you are in front of a national TV audience of 15 million. Youtoo will start by putting 500 people on TV each day – providing more Americans than ever before with a real shot at their "15 minutes of fame." The videos, aptly called "Fame Spots,"™ can be recorded easily from an Apple or Android smart phone, tablet or computer. In just a few clicks, anyone can upload their "Fame Spot" and be on TV for free. Youtoo will play a key role in democratizing who gets to be on TV."

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Research: Pay-TV operators need to prepare to leverage connected TV boom

"Televisions, despite their higher price point compared to Blu-ray disc players and game consoles, tend to be more mainstream devices that are purchased in greater numbers and are more universally present in a larger number of households worldwide," Erickson said. "As broadband penetration increases worldwide and OTT functionality becomes commonplace in all but the lowest-end TVs within the next two years, it sets the stage for connected TVs to be the most globally-significant OTT video device over time."

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Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls?

Why Smart TVs Spurn DLNA: Evil Plot to Charge Tolls? | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Experts discuss smart TVs at CEA Forum; Is DLNA underutilized because of support issues or do vendors want to extract more revenue from customers?

Why won’t connected TVs connect? Some of the brightest minds in the smart TV category discussed the subject last month at the CEA Industry Forum in the Technology & Standards track... Smyers and the panelists agreed that the smart TV thing isn’t working so great these days. “It’s challenging today,” said iLook's Redford, who lamented the multiple user interfaces and the challenge of switching between apps. “Today, video-on-demand through apps on the TV is not an easy thing to do,” he said. “Most people are not able to successfully connect it up and watch it by using their [TV’s] own app. An app on the iPhone can do it much more easily.” There ensued a heated discussion about developing standards for smart TVs, when someone chimed in: “There is one: DLNA.”...

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Virtual MSO will emerge in 2012; Netflix, Amazon among possible players

A virtual cable MSO will emerge in 2012, using the Internet to distribute national cable networks to pay TV subscribers, veteran cable analyst Richard Greenfield predicted Friday. Among the players Greenfield says could launch a virtual cable operation are Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Greenfield said. Pay TV providers such as Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH), AT&T (NYSE: T) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) could also use over-the-top video to sell pay TV subscriptions nationwide, he added.  "We believe the stage is set for one or more virtual MSOs to be created in 2012," Greenfield, managing director and media analyst at BTIG, wrote in a blog post. While getting cable networks to agree to licensing deals remains one of the biggest challenges for virtual operators, Greenfield notes that telcos and DBS providers were able to overcome those obstacles.

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Turner CEO: TV Everywhere is ‘Vitally Important'

Even though availability has been successful, Kent pointed out that adoption, on the other hand, has been disappointing. "In terms of availability, it's been a tremendous success; in terms of adoption, it has not been a success at this point," said Kent. "It's been disappointing." He explained that two main reasons for low adoption are not enough content and it being marketed poorly. He said that the authentication process for viewing content should be streamlined. "Wouldn't it be a great thing to have a single white sheet of paper that said ‘Here's how you go and register so you can get all this great content that's available now,' " said Kent. "I have yet to see a single distributor in any aggressive way put that out there." He said Turner would adopt that strategy. Kent said the biggest roadblock in terms of content seems to be that content providers wait until their channel agreements are up for renewal to negotiate TV Everywhere deals, thus slowing the process. "I don't think you have to wait for your four or five year channel renewal deal to come up with an operator to start letting our customers get access to this content,"  he said.
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“Music Everywhere”: Spotify’s “New Direction”

“Music  Everywhere”: Spotify’s “New Direction” | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

... both Spotify and the labels envision the expanded APIs as the music industry’s version of “authentication,” or “TV Everywhere” — the TV industry plan that gives cable TV subscribers the ability to watch (some) programming on the Web or on iPad apps. Call it “Music Everywhere.” At least some of the big labels are “philosophically aligned with the idea of using Spotify as an ‘authentication layer,’” says an industry executive. “They see this as a value-add and they’re not worried about cannibalization.”

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Google Ponders Pay TV

Google Ponders Pay TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Internet giant Google Inc. is considering a plan to offer paid cable-TV services to consumers, a move that could unleash a new wave of competition within the traditional TV business. Google has looked at ways to expand a previously announced project to build a high-speed Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., adding video and phone service in a mirror of offerings from cable and telecom companies, according to people briefed on its plans. As a result, Google has discussed distributing major TV channels from companies like Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. as part of the video service, though the discussions were exploratory and no final decisions have been made.

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Second Screen Visionaries: 5 Ways Mobile Is Changing TV-Watching

Second Screen Visionaries: 5 Ways Mobile Is Changing TV-Watching | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

 If you own a tablet or smartphone, and you are watching television, chances are you vacillate between two screens. That has the TV industry pretty excited these days...

...the TV industry is on board from producers all the way to the cable and satellite industries.  “It’s not a matter of if anymore, it’s a matter of how quickly,” says Braxton Jarrett, CEO of Clearleap, which provides web-based content management systems cable and Internet Protocol Television providers.  Jarrett says he has watched the television industry change drastically over the past 10 years, but never so quickly as right now. Second screen is right in the middle of that change.

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Synacor Launches ‘TV Everywhere’ Campaign

Synacor Launches ‘TV Everywhere’ Campaign | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Internet technology company Synacor Oct. 5 launched a TV Everywhere for Everyone campaign, with the goal of helping independent TV operators in small rural and mid-sized markets deploy TV Everywhere to customers who don’t have it.  Synacor is predicting that 100% of rural subscribers could have access to TV Everywhere services by the 2012 London Summer Olympics.  “It simply makes sense that small-town America should be a priority, along with major metropolitan areas, when it comes to TV Everywhere,” said Synacor president and CEO Ron Frankel. “The name TV Everywhere says it all — Synacor would like to work with independent operators to extend everywhere to everyone.”

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Microsoft Inks Deals To Bring HBO Go, Bravo, BBC And More To Xbox 360

Microsoft Inks Deals To Bring HBO Go, Bravo, BBC And More To Xbox 360 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

Hyping its Xbox 360 gaming console as "the entertainment center of the living room," Microsoft announced that it has struck new partnerships with nearly 40 content owners and pay-TV operators worldwide, including HBO, Bravo, Syfy, NBC's Today, Comcast and Verizon in the U.S.  Both Comcast and Verizon separately announced their Xbox hookups Tuesday. The cable operator plans to make several thousand video-on-demand titles available via the console, while FiOS TV subscribers will be albe to access a selection of 26 live TV channels.  Internationally, new Xbox pay-TV partners include: Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy.  On the content front, Xbox 360 will add access for U.S. subscribers to its Xbox Live service from Bravo, Crackle, Epix, Syfy, TMZ, NBC's Today, UFC, and HBO Go. Non-U.S. content partners include: the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LoveFilm in the U.K.; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefónica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico.

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Pay TV's future and the battle for Input 1

Pay TV's future and the battle for Input 1 | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...What’s more important: control or reach?  For operators, the goal is to quicken innovation and to increase the number of ways that viewers can access their services. The adoption of cloud-based services and more flexibility to reach devices that consumers may buy or already have in their homes is key to that strategy. However, doing so has its downsides: If your cable box no longer controls Input 1, your pay TV provider loses the ability to control how you find and access content. The question for operators is if that tradeoff will be worth it in the long run.

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IneoQuest unveils mobile video service system

IneoQuest Technologies has brought to market a full system for operators looking to manage the mobile video experience. This new addition to IneoQuest's video assurance system includes a software library that can be built into video applications for mobile devices, computers and connected TVs. Through a cost-effective and scalable cloud platform called cMAC, performance and usage data are collected in the cloud and then aggregated for advanced analytics of end client devices. This aggregated information is correlated with CDN performance data for a complete, end-to-end QoS and QoE view of the multiscreen video distribution network.

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Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management

Apple May Lose To Android In Device-Based Media Management | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

For Apple iPhone and iPad owners with an Apple TV, the AirPlay function is one of those you-have-to-see-this gadget showcases. A tap of an icon on a device sends the current video, audio or slide show playing on the AirPlay-ready compatible IOS app to your big-screen TV or home theater. Cool -- if you have the requisite Apple-certified hardware. Android owners don't get such an easy path to media-sharing goodness.

But an open DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard is emerging among all the other hardware makers that might give Android the upper hand here. In a new report from IMS Research, the mobile analysts see device-based media management as the next big living-room thing -- and it may leave Apple behind.

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Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section

Apple highlights TV content on iOS in App Store section | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

...Promoting TV apps is a winning strategy for Apple. Satellite and cable providers are embracing iOS as another content delivery vector, and many major U.S. companies like Comcast, AT&T and Cablevision began offering iPad access to their library of content for paying subscribers during the past year. The inclusion of apps that provide supplementary info and experiences to go along with TV content also encourages the use of Apple devices as second-screen interfaces for traditional TV viewing.

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