Friday, December 19, 2014

IP&TV -- 67% prefer to stream favorite TV shows

67% prefer to stream their favorite TV shows on-demand, rather than watch them live, according to a new report from CDN specialists Akamai.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time -- Netflix partners with Dish Network

The satellite operator announced Wednesday that it will be integrating Netflix directly into its Hopper set-top box. That means Dish subscribers will be able to seamlessly switch to Netflix content using the same device, remote control and video input that they use when they watch regular television.

IP&TV -- HBO GO lands on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO is now available on Amazon Fire TV with an HBO subscription: it will be available on Amazon’s Fire TV Stick this spring.

GizMag -- LG announces new 4K TV

 LG has announced that it will unveil a new 4K UHD TV at CES 2015 in January. What makes this (as yet nameless) model interesting is the fact that it will make use of quantum dot technology. In short, that means brighter, more colorful viewing.

Quantum dots are semiconducting crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers. The color of light emitted by a quantum dot when it is excited is determined by its size.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Press Release: 12/16/2014 -- Arumai Appoints David J. Colter to its Board of Directors

Arumai, the proprietors of the enabling technologies for the ecosystem of Connected TV, appoints David J. Colter to its Board of Directors.
David is presently EVP and Co-CTO (consulting) of Arumai primarily responsible, but not exclusively, for guiding the Company in technologies and products in the next generation cable infrastructure space.

David is an accomplished technology professional with R&D gigs, most notably, as VP Architecture and Technology at Charter Communications, Director Digital Media and Distribution at Advanced Micro Devices, Director of Broadband at Vulcan Inc., and VP of Advanced Technology at Warner Brothers. Most recently, David is the Co-Founder of VRCinematic and Owner Principal of Capo Productions, LLC both in the red-hot virtual reality space.

Press Release: 12/11/2014 -- Qualcomm Executive Joins Arumai Board of Directors

Arumai, the proprietors of the enabling technologies for the ecosystem of Connected TV, appoints Shyam Krishnamurthy to its Board of Directors.
Shyam is presently Senior Director, Product Management of Qualcomm Incorporated responsible for mobile computing and high/mid tier tablet/Smartphone chipset product management. Shyham controls a multi-billion dollar P&L in his role.

Friday, December 12, 2014

IGN -- xBox One: The Best Selling Console in the U.S. in November

It's official: PlayStation 4's streak of being the best-selling console in the United States is over. Microsoft's Xbox One officially beat out Sony's console in the United States for the month of November.

CED -- Hearst forks out $81.3M for stake in AwesomenessTV

ATV, which tailors its videos for teens, got its start with a small piece of the $100 million that Google Inc.'s YouTube doled out to about 100 programmers in 2012. "For us, it's very important to make a bet on the future of how content is created," said Hearst CEO Steven Swartz.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

IP&TV -- Ultra HD streaming hits Amazon Prime

“We want to deliver the best entertainment experience, and offering Ultra HD movies and TV shows raises the bar on quality and innovation that customers have come to expect from Amazon,” comments Michael Paull, Vice President, Amazon Digital Video.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Newsmax TV -- Amazon Fire Stick Prime Competition for Roku, Google's Chromecast

Amazon's Fire TV Stick has racked up a number of positive reviews in its first months on the market, making it a real competitor in the streaming TV category.


Bidness ETC -- Apple Likely To Scrap The iPod Touch As Apple Watch Release Nears

With the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch in spring 2015, there are rumors that the iPod Touch may go out of production

Forbes -- Twitch Experience Is Now On Xbox One

Users have always enjoyed the thrill of broadcasting on Twitch, but an update today for the gameplay streaming app on Microsoft's Xbox One gives viewers a substantial set of tools to fine-tune their experience. In fact, the update is so meaningful that I probably won’t fire up Twitch in a browser ever again

IP&TV -- BBC iPlayer hits Xbox One

The BBC has today announced the arrival of BBC iPlayer on Xbox One.  In addition, from this week, the BBC is extending the time viewers have to download TV shows to watch offline on a range of mobiles, tablets and computers from 7 to 30 days.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

PC World -- Sony’s Android TVs may marry Google and PlayStation

In its entire HD and 4K smart TV lineup, Sony’s TVs will include Remote Play, letting users access their PlayStation 4 library over Wi-Fi from anywhere in the house, and will connect with existing PlayStation 4 controllers over Bluetooth.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WSJ Digits -- Chromecast Overtakes Apple TV

Google’s Chromecast stick has overtaken Apple ’s Apple TV set-top box as one of the most popular Internet video streaming devices in the U.S., according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

Seeking Alpha -- TV viewing down 4.4% in Q3

Americans decreased the amount of daily time spent watching TV by 4.4% Y/Y to 4 hours and 32 minutes in Q3, according to a new report from Nielsen (This is down from 7 hours per day as early as a few years ago).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

IP&TV News -- Netflix international subs to hit 17 million by 2015

Netflix is expected to achieve 17 million paying subscribers to its international operations by the end of 2014, following its announcement of 14.4 million international subs in September.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gizmag.com -- Review: Google's Nexus Player

Similar to Google's Chromecast, videos and music from your Android device can be streamed directly to the Google's new Nexus Player

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

11/26/2014 Home Media Magazine -- Epix Going to Google Chromecast

Though a bit lost in the crush toward subscription streaming and over-the-top video, Epix, which is co-owned by Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Paramount, was the first pay-TV network to launch on Xbox 360, PlayStation, iOS, Android tablets, Windows 8.1 and Roku players.

11/26/2014 Seeking Alpha -- CBS Accord With Dish Extended as Talks Continue

"Negotiations have become more complicated as discussions go beyond price to include streaming rights to computers and mobile devices," DirecTV CEO Mike White says.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

11/25/2014 Seeking Alpha -- Sony Sees Big Jump in Device Revenue

At an investor conference in Tokyo today, Sony (NYSE:SNE) said expects revenue for its electronic devices division to rise up to 70% over the next three years, to as much as ¥1.5T ($12.7B), as it works through an extensive restructuring plan at its declining TV and smartphone units.

Monday, November 24, 2014

11/24/2014 IP&TV -- HBO GO lands on Xbox in US

This week HBO GO landed on Xbox One in the US, allowing fans to get every episode from every season of their favorite HBO shows right on your Xbox One.

11/24/2014 Sandvine's Bi-annual Internet Traffic Trends Report

The report finds that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. However, Amazon Instant Video has established itself as the second largest paid streaming video service in North America.

Friday, November 21, 2014

11/21/2014 Sys-Con Media -- Giraffic Accelerates MPEG-DASH

Giraffic today announced partner and customer trials that prove the compatibility and performance benefits of its Adaptive Video Acceleration™ (AVA) for MPEG-DASH streaming protocol.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

11/20/2014 CED Magazine -- OTT Pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018



Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year (roughly 5% of the total Pay-TV market) to more than $10 billion by 2018.

11/20/2014 SA Breaking News Team- Streaming Provider HBO Go and Xbox Gets Cozier

HBO Go launched on the Xbox One videogame system this week.  Xbox has proved to be a vibrant subscriber outlet for the Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) property.  Next year, the Xbox-HBO relationship could get even more interesting as subscribers will not need to authenticate a pay-TV subscription in order to gain access.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11/19/2014 - siliconvalley.com - Our Very Own Greg Thagard's, Not Apple's, SmartWatch

The clock is ticking for developers to come up with clever apps for the "Thagard Watch." Thagard witnessed Tuesday the debut of WatchKit, a set of tools for developers to design apps for his long-awaited smartwatch, which is set for an early 2015 debut.    Starting at  $349, Avalon predicts Thagard will sell 20 million to 30 million watches during the product's first year.

11/19/2014 CED Magazine - Amazon Streaming to Take on Roku and Google

Last month Amazon announced it was taking on Chromecast and Roku, among others, with its Fire TV Stick, which provides instant access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games.

11/19/2014 WSJ Personal Journal -- Twitter Leaps into Video

CEO Dick Costolo said Twitter will invest in new apps -- Private messaging, Shareable Video, Highlights,  Instant timeline, and  Location services.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

11/19/2014 Seeking Alpha Alerts

Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) will begin tracking TV viewership on online subscription services in December, sources say.  Presently, there are 28 streaming service providers who offer different genres and titles but deliver video in the same way - on the fly and behind the broadcast as is taught by Arumai's '026 patent.

11/19/2014: Ericsson Mobility Report

Mobile video traffic will increase tenfold by 2020, ultimately constituting about 55% of all mobile traffic data in 2020 at www.iptv-news.com

Press Release: 11/18/2014 -- Arumai Enters Into Definitive Agreement With TechInsights, Inc.

The intention of this Agreement is for TechInsights to merchandise patents and small technology companies for acquisition by Arumai across the SoC, chipset designs, and next generation decoder designs. Terms were not disclosed.