Monday, December 14, 2015

IP&TV -- Connected TVs drive explosion in TV Everywhere use

23% of all TV Everywhere authentications now take place on a connected TV device, representing 130% YoY growth, according to the new Digital Video Benchmark report by Adobe Digital.

Friday, December 11, 2015

IHD -- U.S 4K TV Penetration To Hit 35 Percent in 2019

U.S. penetration rate will exceed the penetration rates of all other major countries in 2019, according to research firm IHD, which cited America’s “comparatively strong economy and consumer penchant for large-screen TVs.”

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DigitalTVEurope.net -- Apple suspends TV service plans

Apple has reportedly suspended plans to launch a live, over-the-top TV service after struggling to agree terms with media partners.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

StreetInsider.com -- Harmonic to Acquire Thomson Video Networks

The combination of Harmonic and TVN will set the bar for video innovation globally. The combined product portfolios, R&D teams and global sales and service personnel would allow Harmonic to accelerate innovation for its customers while leveraging greater scale to drive operational efficiencies. At a time of great change for video content and service providers, the proposed transaction would improve Harmonic's position as an exceptionally reliable source of innovative video technology that enables delivery and monetization of amazing new video experiences for the consumer.

Friday, November 20, 2015

IP&TV News -- Where next for content licensing costs?

As Simon Brown (Executive Director of Strategy and Research, UKTV) pointed out, as more and more broadcasters and pure OTT players go head to head to acquire precious digital windowing rights, studios are looking to this bidding war as a way to compensate for the decline in their physical ownership/DVD market. “We’re seeing is a very overheated VOD market in terms of the costs,” observed Brown.

DigitalTVEurope.net -- Netflix on track for 115m global subscribers by 2020

The US-listed streaming service will generate global subs revenue of US$12.2 billion by this point, according to Digital TV Research.

The research firm says that by the end of the year there will be 161 million global SVOD homes, an increase of 42 million year-on-year, and that by 2020 the total will rocket to 306 million.

Next TV -- Univision Launches Streaming Video Service

Hispanic media giant Univision announced the launch of a new direct-to-consumer OTT service available on iOS, Android and online. Univision Now will be available for $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year and allows for live viewing of the Univision and UniMas broadcast networks and some on-demand access.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ericsson TV and Media Report -- One-Third of TV Viewing Now Done On-Demand

More consumers aren’t waiting around for linear TV to the show the shows they want.

According to Ericsson ConsumerLab’s 2015 TV and Media Report, 35 percent of all TV and video viewing hours per household are now spent watching on-demand content.

CED -- Ericsson Launching Its Own Streaming Video Service

Ericsson is jumping into the fray with the likes of Netflix and Hulu with the launch of its own subscription video-on-demand service called NuVu.

But at first, Ericsson won’t be competing in the established North American SVOD market. NuVu will launch in the first quarter of 2016 in Nigeria as part of a partnership with Airtel Nigeria.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NPD -- Streaming TV devices looking at 82% growth

"The two largest drivers of growth will be the increased acceptance of connected televisions in the homes of US consumers, as well as the continued adoption of streaming media players such as those offered by Google, Apple, Roku, and Amazon,” comments John Buffone, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Connected Intelligence, The NPD Group.

Friday, November 6, 2015

TDG -- says cord cutting on the wane

Cord cutting proclivities have held steady for several years, with approximately 7% of ABU pay-TV subscribers moderately or highly likely to cancel their service in the six months following the survey. In early 2015, however, the number declined to 5.7%. This is the first time in five years we’ve seen significant change in these metrics

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cisco -- TELEVISION’S INEVITABLE TECHNOLOGY TRANSITION TO IP

Globally, consumer internet video traffic will be 80% of all consumer Internet traffic in 2019, up from 64% in 2014.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Press Release 11/02/2015 -- LinkedIn Taps Arumai CEO, P. Stephen Lamont, as One of Top 25 Private Company CEO’s in Silicon Valley

Lamont, stated “The one thing I have consistently done well in my career is aligning myself with the teachings of Michael E. Porter, the Professor of Corporate Policy at Harvard Business School and his student, and my mentor, Katherine Rudy Harrigan at Columbia.  Students and practitioners have dismissed Porter’s work as conclusionary for decades,” Lamont confessed “but if you really dive into the work and continue to peel back the layers of the onion, it is profound, it is real world, and it works, at least at Arumai it does and you have to be persistent.”

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Next TV -- Disney to Launch Subscription OTT Service in Europe

Disney is going to start offering its popular movies and television shows directly to consumers in Europe through DisneyLife, a new online subscription service. The service will launch in the U.K. next month, and other European markets in 2016. Content will include Pixar movies as well as TV shows from the Disney Channel.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TV Technology -- 70% of U.S. Internet Users Watch OTT

While the emergence of over-the-top services is clearly on the rise with an expected 181 million people in the United States in 2015 watching OTT videos, it is one of the original services that remains the most popular. YouTube remains the most popular OTT video service among viewers, though other services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are also on the rise, according to a recent study from eMarket

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SiliconValley.com -- Samsung slapped with injunction

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 ruling, backed a permanent injunction sought by Apple that would force Samsung to remove the copied features from the devices or take them off the shelves. Samsung has indicated that it could do such a "design around," but had urged the Washington, D.C.-based appeals court to reject the bid for an injunction in the ongoing patent war between the two tech giants.

Optimal Software: “75% of users watch videos online regularly”

We definitely see a trend of increasing internet speeds but also of customer expectations. It should be said that customers’ expectations and needs will have increased over the last 12 months and that this will impact on their perceptions of the quality of service. This will cause some customers to report that their service has got slower over the last 12 months when, in fact, it is their demand that has increased. This demand will continue to increase and this should not be used as an excuse for providing a quality of service that disappoints customers.

TV Technology -- Software is Eating the Video Industry

“The future of video is served, and it's software that is setting the table. By some estimates, 15-20 billion IP connected, video-capable devices will be in use in the next five years. This influx exerts enormous pressure on media companies to rapidly evolve traditional broadcast facilities in support of an infinitely more complex multiscreen world.

As the transition to HEVC advances, cloud infrastructure gains a foothold, HDR is on the horizon and device count ramps to 20 billion, software-defined video solutions provide a seamless migration path to the future.”

Sunday, September 13, 2015

TVBEurope -- A new kind of OTT revolution

OTT offers incredible opportunities.At IBC today, Technicolor is showcasing a very different offering in the OTT space with LEA, the company’s OTT software plug-in and user interface combo.

LEA is a user-centric cloud-based software video solution. Built for faster, easier and more scalable deployment into operator’s existing video infrastructure, the plug-in supports high quality video content delivery across multiple devices in the home.

DigitalTVEurope.net -- Sling TV CEO: current pay TV model not sustainable

The current pay TV model in the US is “not sustainable” with the market already showing significant signs of decline, according to Sling TV CEO, Roger Lynch.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Broadcasting & Cable -- Hulu to Offer Ad-Free Subscription Tier

Continuing a newsy 2015, Hulu announced Wednesday it will add a new commercial-free subscription tier, confirming speculation from earlier this summer.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

TV Today -- Signs Of Cord-Cutting Are Everywhere

Evidence of pay-TV cord cutting continues to mount. IHS Technology figures multichannel video providers lost 658,000 subscribers in the second quarter. A key negative: minuscule growth (below 1%) at IPTV providers, such as AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS TV, which had been the only growing pay-TV sector, IHS noted.

Monday, August 24, 2015

IP&TV -- ISTB's in 21% of US broadband homes

According to a new analysis from TDG, Internet set-top boxes (iSTBs) such as Apple TV and Roku are now present in 21% of US broadband households, up from 13% in early 2014 (an increase in penetration of 63% in the last year).

Monday, August 17, 2015

IP&TV -- Churn rates “extremely high” for OTTs

In the past 12 months, 4% of US broadband households have cancelled their Netflix service, representing nearly 9% of Netflix’s current subscriber base. By comparison, 7% have cancelled their Hulu Plus subscription within the past 12 months, a figure that represents approximately one-half of Hulu Plus’s current subscriber base.

Friday, August 14, 2015

TV Today -- Turner Buys Majority Stake In iStreamPlanet

Turner Broadcasting System has acquired a majority stake in live streaming company iStreamPlanet, looking to use the technology to deliver programming over the top.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

IP&TV -- Connected TV sets to hit 876 million milestone by 2020

The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 876 million by 2020, up from 105 million at end-2010 and the 415 million expected at end-2015, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

TCA: Netflix Sets 475 Original Series Hours in 2015

Netflix is on schedule to offer 475 hours of original programming this year, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said during the OTT platform’s Television Critics Association tour session. Netflix will have as many as 16 scripted shows, 12 documentary shows and 17 kids-targeted series on-air in 2015.

Business Wire -- MPEG LA Announces Call for Patents for MPEG-DASH

World licensing leader MPEG LA, LLC today announced a call for patents essential to the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) standards for the purpose of offering the market efficient access to this important technology. Currently used in leading content delivery platforms, DASH adaptively streams audio and video content enabling continuous viewing without freezing or stuttering.


Monday, July 27, 2015

IP&TV -- Twitch switches vid controls to HTML5

Streaming gamer platform Twitch is following YouTube’s lead and ditching Adobe’s besieged video player Flash.
The redesign moves the video controls from Flash to HTML5 and Javascript. Twitch stresses that the video itself is still in Flash “underneath the controls.” However, the gaming giant also says the transfer is an important step to releasing a full HTML5 player.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Digital TV -- ATSC 3.0 Transmission Proposal Gets Field Test

Futurecast backers contend the key benefits of their system, compared to the current digital broadcast standard, include 30 percent faster throughput, 4K broadcasting, improved multipath performance for fixed- and portable-TV reception, and enhanced indoor penetration, particularly for portable hand-held TVs.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

IP&TV -- Streaming constitutes 28% of all US viewing

Accessing subscription or free online platforms via a computer or mobile device accounts for 16% of time spent with TV content; online streaming through a traditional TV set makes up another 9%; and 3% comes from other methods for accessing content, such as portable game consoles.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GfK MRI -- Streaming Represents 28% Of TV Viewing

Fully 28% of all TV viewing is now done via digital streaming, according to a study. Research company GfK MRI says that accessing subscription or free online platforms using a personal computer or mobile device accounts for 16% of time spent with TV content. Streaming via a connected TV set accounts for another 9% and using other devices, including game consoles covers another 3%.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

IP&TV -- Just 67% of Netflix users have pay-TV

Just 67% of Netflix subscribers still subscribe to a traditional pay-TV serive, whil 9% of these plan to cancel and another 16% are unsure if they will still have their pay-TV within the next year.

Monday, June 22, 2015

ZenithOptimedia -- Ad Spending; Internet to Overtake TV by 2017

Media agency ZenithOptimedia forecasts that advertising spending on TV will be basically flat over the next three years. Meanwhile spending on digital media, particularly video, is expected to climb. By 2017, the Internet will become the biggest advertising medium in 12 key markets.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Digital TV Europe.net -- WiFi to carry 60% of mobile traffic by 2019

WiFi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, after experiencing an almost fourfold increase in use, according to Juniper Research. The new report claims that WiFi networks will carry less than 30,000 Petabytes (PB) of traffic this year, with this figure rising to more than 115,000PB by 2019 – the equivalent of over 6 billion Blu-ray movies.

Monday, June 15, 2015

IP&TV -- 7% of US households have OTT without pay-TV

New industry research from Parks Associates finds that in 2015, approximately 7% of all US households, or 8.4 million households, subscribe to broadband and at least one OTT video service but do not subscribe to pay-TV.  This figure includes consumers who have discontinued pay-TV service and those who have never subscribed to pay-TV.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

IP&TV -- Digital TV penetration climbs to 67.2%

About 455 million digital homes were added around the world between end-2010 and end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.
This took the digital TV household total for the 138 countries covered in the Digital TV World Databook report to 1,045 million. Digital TV penetration climbed from 40.5% at end-2010 to 67.2% by end-2014.

Monday, June 8, 2015

TV TECHNOLOGY -- Apple Devices Do the Most Streaming

If you’re streaming video, odds are you are watching it on an Apple device, according to the new report on online video viewing and browsing trends during Q1 of 2015 from Adobe Digital Index.

Friday, June 5, 2015

IP&TV -- Apple winning vid streaming war

Apple TV controls the major share of TV Everywhere viewing according to new analysis by Adobe Digital Index.  In addition, iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) represent the majority (82%) of all unauthenticated mobile video viewing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PWC -- Subscription TV in decline as digital makes gains

US subscription TV penetration is expected to fall from 79.5% in 2012 to 76.9% in 2016, thanks in part to over-the-top video services

Friday, May 29, 2015

IP&TV -- Video to cause IP traffic to triple by 2019

Factors expected to drive traffic growth include the growth of video services. Video will account for 80 percent of all IP traffic by 2019, up from 67 percent in 2014. The evolution of advanced video services (e.g., UHD and spherical/360 video) and increasingly video centric M2M applications are anticipated to create new bandwidth and scalability requirements for service providers.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IP&TV -- YouTube unveils 60fps live streaming

When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, YouTube will transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60. It was also make the stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available

Thursday, May 21, 2015

IP&TV -- Spotify unveils video streaming plans

“We’re bringing you a deeper, richer, more immersive Spotify experience,” says Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO at Spotify. “We want Spotify to help soundtrack your life by offering an even wider world of entertainment with an awesome mix of the best music, podcasts and video delivered to you throughout your day. And we’re just getting started

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

IP&TV -- 27% of US broadband households stream video

Parks Associates announced new research today showing 27% of US broadband households now own a streaming media device and nearly 90% of these households have these devices connected to the Internet.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New York Times -- AOL and NBCUniversal to Share and Develop Content

It's another attempt by media companies to adapt to the changing viewing habits of consumers who are increasingly shifting to streaming video.

Press Release: 04/27/2015 -- Arumai Adds SVP & Chief Patent Counsel to In-House Patent and IP Litigation Department

Arumai, the proprietors of the enabling technologies for the ecosystem of Connected TV, staffs In-House Patent and IP Litigation Department with the addition of Mark A. McCormick as Senior Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel.

Mark is a seasoned professional with an expertise in intellectual property prosecution and patents and licensing.  Most recently, Mark was Senior Licensing Counsel at Research in Motion, RIM Blackberry where he prosecuted patent applications concentrating on standard’s activity including IEEE 802.11; Wi-Fi Alliance; 3GPP; IETF, including attending standards meetings.

-- Periscope added a million new users in the first 10 days on the market.

It’s a relatively impressive number considering competitor Meerkat was at 120,000 users three weeks after it launched. (Periscope, of course, benefitted from the buzz Meerkat generated and also the fact that it had a well-known owner to help push the news.) It’s unclear if Periscope was able to sustain that growth — when pressed for more metrics on the app and its user base, CEO Dick Costolo declined to share anything.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

IP&TV -- Streaming more popular than linear

Streaming has overtaken live programming as the viewing method-of-choice in the US, according to the ninth edition of the Deloitte “Digital Democracy Survey”.
According to the report, 56% of consumers are now streaming movies and 53% streaming television on a monthly basis, as compared to 45% of consumers preferring to watch television programs live.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Buffering: Public enemy No 1 for OTT viewers

In all, video start failures have decreased by almost half to an all-time low of 2.6 percent while buffering and low resolution experiences remained relatively unchanged from 2013. Such interruptions remain costly too: 14 minutes of viewer engagement is lost on average for each 1% of interruptions experienced.

Nagra/OpenTV: “We can’t ignore the impact TV is having on the internet”

We’re used to always talking about how it’s the internet that’s changing TV – and that’s a fact, it has, but we also can’t ignore the impact TV is having on the internet. The internet used to be all about accessing content online but now it’s so much more than that – TV has played a huge role in transforming the internet to being about delivering content, and primarily video content, to multiple screens, including the big screen.

Deloitte: Streaming has overtaken live programming

Streaming has overtaken live programming as the viewing method-of-choice in the US, according to the ninth edition of the Deloitte “Digital Democracy Survey”.  According to the report, 56% of consumers are now streaming movies and 53% streaming television on a monthly basis, as compared to 45% of consumers preferring to watch television programs live.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

EE Times -- Parallel Processing Spawns Non-MPEG Codec

We all know that no current video codec can comfortably handle 4K distribution to UHD TV at home, let alone deliver HD video to mobile devices.  A London-based startup V-Nova believes that the new video codec everyone should consider is its brainchild, called Perseus. It is designed to do hierarchical and scalable video encoding by leveraging massive parallel processing, while sidestepping the complexity of MPEG-like block-based compression algorithms.

Kaltura Announces New Universal Digital Rights Management Solution

Kaltura (www.kaltura.com), provider of the leading video technology platform, today announced a Universal DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution, adding support for DASH and the Common Encryption (CENC) standard, which enables media companies, content rights owners and OTT providers to stream premium content without needing to worry about which browser, device or platform is being used.

Friday, April 10, 2015

IP&TV -- Netflix tops Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime subscribers in the US are more likely to use Netflix than Prime Instant Video, according to global intelligence firm Strategy Analytics.  Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Amazon Prime subscribers used Netflix in the previous month compared to 59% who used Prime Instant Video.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Expertise Zone -- Strategies for securing OTT video in a multiscreen world

In general, the technological complexity of building, maintaining, and scaling multiscreen OTT video services isn’t decreasing. Operators require a range of capabilities including streaming video, content protection, application development, and other technologies. Yet no single, “silver bullet” stack with all these capabilities has emerged that operators can rely on to build out their services in a future-proof, scalable, and interoperable manner.

A multiscreen rights management capability on the server side is the key to minimizing and isolating complexity among several moving parts as operators build and expand their services to more and more devices.  By making OTT service deployment easier, operators can better respond to competitive developments in the marketplace while minimizing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Thursday, April 2, 2015

REUTERS -- Sling TV gets HBO

Dish Network Corp and Time Warner reached a new agreement on Wednesday that will allow Dish subscribers continued access to Turner Broadcasting and HBO programming.

Friday, March 27, 2015

CNET -- HEVC Advance Challenges MPEGLA in 4k video

HEVC Advanced arrived Thursday with a second patent pool. That raises the prospect of new payments or patent-infringement legal risks, and that's a potential problem for 4K enthusiasts. For example, MPEG LA eliminated streaming video license fees it charged with HEVC's predecessor, H.264/AVC, but HEVC Advanced may demand those fees. One potential winner is Google, whose VP9 video compression technology is available with no royalty payments, and liberates online video from just the sort of patent troubles that have now cropped up around HEVC.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DigitalTV Europe.net - Thomson launches MediaFlex Suite

Technology provider Thomson Video Networks has launched MediaFlex Suite, a platform to enable digital TV operators to process content from many sources for delivery on a variety of platforms, including satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, and OTT.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Re/code Daily -- How Many People Want to Pay for ESPN?

Now, for the first time, you’re going to have a real choice. You can thank Dish Network and Sony for that: Dish Network’s Sling TV service provides a package of TV channels, delivered over the Web, that includes ESPN. And Sony’s Vue service, which launches today in a handful of U.S. cities, offers a bunch of TV channels, but doesn’t include ESPN.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IP&TV - Sky invests heavily in OTT startup

Sky has invested a further $5 million in OTT startup 1Mainstream.  1Mainstream’s platform provides powerful automation technology to enable content companies to launch OTT services across multiple platforms – such as Apple TV, Xbox, Android TV and Samsung.

IP&TV - ‘Potential cord-cutters’ rise to 7% in US

For consumers, the lines are increasingly blurring between CE makers, operators, and content providers, so they will make their decisions, first and foremost, based on who has the desired content and secondly on who provides the easiest method to find and consume that content.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Netflix still king of streaming video, but Amazon gaining market share

Amazon continues to attract more customers to its Prime Instant Video streaming service. In its “Total Audience Report” from Q4 2014, Nielsen noted that 13 percent of American households subscribe to Amazon Instant Video. Netflix, meanwhile, still remains the top streaming service with about three times the market share of Amazon.

But the data shows that Amazon is clearly growing its Instant Video customer base and is firmly locked into the No. 2 spot with double the users of Hulu Plus (6.5 percent). One year ago, a report by video technology company Qwilt showed Amazon had just 3 percent market share, which was up from 0.6 percent one year prior to that. Qwilt also found that Netflix — which now has 40 million subscribers — had a 57 percent share last year.

Monday, March 9, 2015

DEFY Media -- TV a fading force among 13-24 year-olds

New research from DEFY Media on millennials aged 13-24 shows that 69% think digital delivers the content they want to watch as opposed to a mere 56% for TV.  The study finds that such feelings correlate to actual viewing behaviour too, with millennials watching 11.3 hours of free online video and 10.8 hours of subscription online video weekly – nearly twice the time reported for free online TV offerings from broadcast and cable networks (6.4 hours) or 8.3 for regularly scheduled TV

DigitalTVEurope.net -- HBO reportedly in talks with Apple for HBO Now launch

HBO and Apple are reportedly in talks that could see Apple TV become a key launch partner for HBO's planned new US OTT service

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The NPD Group -- Connected TVs have edged out Blu-ray Disc Players

According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report, as of the fourth quarter of 2014 there were 22 million connected TVs installed and accessing the Internet, a significant increase from 13 million one year ago. Ownership of Internet connected TVs is now more common than Internet connected Blu-ray Disc players, of which US consumers own 20 million.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

informitv Multiscreen Index: Netflix continues to outpace pay-TV

The latest informitv Multiscreen Index shows that Netflix gained another 1.43 million paid members in the US over Q4 2014.

Meanwhile, the ten leading pay-television operators in the United States collectively lost 20,600 subscribers in the last quarter of 2014, compared to a loss of 45,000 the previous quarter.

Over the year, these operators gained 82,200 subscribers, taking their combined total to 87.67 million. The cable operators collectively lost over 800,000 digital television subscribers in 2014, while the telcos gained 865,000.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

IP&TV -- Panasonic smart TVs to feature Freeview Play

Freeview Play, the new Connected TV service, combines catch-up TV (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD – soon to be All 4), on demand, and live television.

IP&TV -- MTV goes OTT

According to recent research by MTV’s parent company Viacom, more than two-fifths (41%) of 16 to 24-year-olds regularly watch TV shows on smartphone, while mobile handsets are the preferred music listening device for 16 to 24-year-olds, while one in ten (11%) under-35s pay to stream music online.

Responding to this dominant consumption trend, MTV is to give mobile network operators on-demand access to its content library and music expertise through the launch of international over-the-top (OTT) apps, MTV Play and MTV Trax.

Monday, February 23, 2015

IP&TV -- Hulu acquires SVOD rights to over 300 CSI episodes

Hulu has acquired the exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights to all previous seasons of CBS’s crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Friday, February 20, 2015

IP&TV -- Amazon Originals announces 5 new series

Amazon has announced five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Press Release: 02/16/2015 -- Arumai Launches Development of Proprietary Streaming Video Protocol

IP&TV -- Qualcomm offers first glimpse of 4K streaming dongle

Dubbed the Qualcomm 4K Streaming Adapter, the bright red box – currently a working reference design – squeezes what’s effectively a full Android smartphone, albeit without the touchscreen and battery, into a plug-and-play dongle for your home entertainment needs.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WYAY-FM in Atlanta -- P. Stephen Lamont, Chairman & CEO of Arumai Holdings, Inc., Interview February 15 at 8:00PM EST

Mr. Lamont will weigh in on the topic of about households pulling the plug on cable, positives and negatives with an expert opinion on the matter.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

IP&TV -- Google joins first Streaming Video Alliance session in NYC

This alliance brings together some of the most prominent companies from across the ecosystem that are collaborating to scale the online video infrastructure, create higher quality of experience and redefine the way online video is streamed for consumers worldwide.

Monday, February 9, 2015

IP&TV -- Twitter prepares for mobile video explosion

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is anticipating the kind of exponential growth in mobile video creation and sharing that has been seen with photography in recent years.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

IP&TV -- Singtel, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros team up for new Asian OTT

Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top (OTT) video service in Asia.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Washington Post -- What Amazon’s learned from a decade of Prime

A decade later, Amazon says Prime memberships number in the tens of millions and are growing. Over the past year alone, memberships have shot up 53 percent. On the day after Christmas, Amazon said 10 million people had signed up for Prime "this holiday season."

IP&TV -- Chromecast’s cast button receives billionth tap

Chromecast continues to be a hit, and that usage per device has increased by 60% since launch due to a growing roster of new apps and features. According to NPD Retail Tracking Service, in 2014, Chromecast was the number one selling streaming media device in the US

Monday, February 2, 2015

CED -- Sling TV recruits Univision to OTT roster

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications will be joining Sling TV’s OTT lineup after the two companies struck a deal that included multi-stream rights for live and VOD content.  At CES last month, Dish Networks announced it had locked up OTT rights from Walt Disney, which included ESPN, A+E Networks, Turner, and Scripps Networks Interactive for its Internet-only subscription offering.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Irish Times -- Google’s Chromecast offers a budget route to a smart TV

Google’s app-operated device allows you to display content from your phone or laptop on your TV

Seeking Alpha -- As YouTube Matures It Faces New Problems And Opportunities

YouTube is the main beneficiary of the trend that is the growth in online video content. This content is not simply defined as being on the internet as you could obviously watch popular TV shows such as the "Big Bang Theory" on the CBS website; it is fundamentally different because the user truly gets to know the content creator.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seeking Alpha -- Facebook's Oculus Story Studio Launches Virtual Reality Cinema

Oculus Story Studio, an Oculus VR in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies, presented its first VR short movie at Sundance. Titled, Lost, the movie changes the pace of its storytelling based on the action taken by the viewer, so it doesn't have a fixed length. Lost received rave reviews.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Digital TV Europe.net -- Streaming media player ownership to hit 40% in U.S.

Penetration, currently at 24%, is set to reach 40% of U.S. broadband homes by 2017, according to research by NPD Group.

Bits -- Twitter Adds Messaging and Video Recording

In an effort to catch up to rival services like Facebook, Twitter will now allow people to shoot, edit and post video directly from its mobile apps.

WSJ -- Facebook’s Oculus to Make Virtual-Reality Movies

Facebook’s Oculus says its new Story Studios in-house lab will make movies to help popularize virtual-reality headset and build an entertainment community.

Seeking Alpha -- Facebook Q4 2014 Preview: Video, The Near-Term Catalyst

Video remains the near-term opportunity for FB, given that TV is the last advertising frontier that has yet to see a material decline in ad dollars (still growing ~2% p.a.). I expect FB to develop premium ad formats to attract TV dollars, and solid execution on this area could result in upside risk to consensus long-term estimates. Worth noting is that the rollout of video ad formats has been slow, and this is largely expected, so near-term estimates on video may be overly bullish.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Seeking Alpha -- YouTube Getting Back Into Original Content

After spending $200 million in 2012 in an attempt to produce higher quality original content, Google's YouTube is once again initiating a strategy to raise its video quality bar, as its top talent is being courted by competitors to produce video for them.

Seeking Alpha -- Facebook Is A Better Investment Than Google On Digital Video

According to Socialbakers, brands posted over 20,000 more videos on Facebook than they did on Google's YouTube in December 2014.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Digital TV.net -- Toshiba agrees smart TV ad partnership with Smartclip

Toshiba has agreed a new partnership with video ad technology company Smartclip, which has secured the European advertising rights for Toshiba’s smart TV platform.

Parks Associates -- 17% of broadband households 'likely' to tap into HBO's OTT service

According to recent research by Parks Associates, 17 percent of the broadband homes across the nation were likely to subscribe to HBO's standalone, over-the-top service. Out of that group of would be HBO users-the service is supposed to launch sometime this year-91 percent were currently pay-TV subscribers, and roughly one-half would drop their pay-tv service after subscribing to HBO's new OTT service.

telecommpaper -- NCTC selects Vubiquity LiveVU linear television platform

Global provider of premium content services, Vubiquity has announced an agreement with NCTC to make Vubiquity's LiveVU linear television platform available to NCTC members. LiveVU's hosted MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 service enables NCTC members to retire aging/end-of-life, MPEG-2 transcode services, or seamlessly migrate from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, helping MVPDs transitioning to the more bandwidth efficient MPEG-4 codec. LiveVU includes access to more than 720 SD and HD channels.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CED -- Verizon hints at OTT product

In comments with analysts, CFO Fran Shammo also teased about an over-the-top product that might be introduced, or at least announced, in the summer.

Seeking Alpha -- HBO streaming standalone to cut deep into pay-TV subs

A Parks Associates survey indicates 17% of U.S. households are likely to subscribe to HBO's (NYSE:TWX) standalone streaming service.Half of the respondents indicated they planned to sign up for the new HBO video service also plan to cut their pay-TV service to make way for the OTT product.

WSJ.D -- Videogame Industry Acquisitions and IPOs Are at a Record, Study Says

Acquisitions and initial public offerings in the global video game industry rose to a record $24 billion last year, fueled by the hunt for blockbuster titles that can help game companies stand out in a market where growth is slowing, according to Digi-Capital, an advisory firm.

IP&TV -- DISH hails legal victory for Slingbox DVR

Slingbox technology, which is built into DISH’s second-generation Hopper Whole-Home DVR, provides a DISH customer, once they receive a television signal in their home, with the capability to remotely view that signal from a single Internet-connected device (mobile phone, tablet or PC).

IP&TV -- NBC to use Super Bowl XLIX to promote TV Everywhere

NBCUniversal has announced a “Super Stream Sunday” for Feb. 1, which will offer online US viewers with 11 continuous hours of NBC streaming content without a log-in.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

IP&TV -- Telstra unveils new content delivery platform

The platform, called Global Media Switch, is an IP-based delivery network designed to provide customers with codec-level connectivity directly from the originating content source all the way to the broadcast destination.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Linkedin Groups -- Smart TV Useage Hampered by UI

Despite steady growth, engagement rates continue to be hampered by the inadequate user interface...

CED -- NBC to stream Super Bowl for free

Comcast is extending its habit of using big events to promote broadband TV, with its NBC subsidiary set to stream the Super Bowl for free to tablets and PCs

NY Times.com -- Movie Studio by Amazon for Screens Big and Small

Amazon original movies will be available for streaming in the United States four to eight weeks after they make their debut in theaters, a significant reduction of the window of 39 to 52 weeks that films normally play in theaters before becoming available for streaming.

WSJ.D -- Facebook Plans Voice-to-Text for Messenger

Facebook will continue investing in and developing more capabilities for its Messenger application, such as voice-to-text transcription and tools for consumers to talk to businesses

CableSat -- Piksel to acquire content for OTT providers

OTT TV technology specialist Piksel is branching out into content acquisition for OTT players. The company has set up a new unit, Piksel Content Services, to help telcos, internet service providers, cable operators and media companies to launch OTT ventures by taking over the task of negotiating content rights for them.

IP&TV -- Motive inspired to integrate Chromecast into TabletTV

This will make it possible for TabletTV users who have Chromecast to send what they are viewing on their tablets directly to the home TV screen.
Once implemented, TabletTV will be shown on the “Featured” tab on Google’s Chromecast app website.

Friday, January 16, 2015

IP&TV -- truTV launches on TVPlayer

Turner Broadcasting UK’s new general entertainment channel truTV launches today on UK OTT platform TVPlayer.

IP&TV -- Synacor acquires NimbleTV

The NimbleTV transaction is part acqui-hire, where we are adding to Synacor a team steeped in video expertise, as well as an acquisition of technology that will enable us to deploy an authenticated, linear TV service on behalf of our clients. Synacor has an important role to play as streaming video consumers—OTT and TV Everywhere—proliferate.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

IP&TV -- Time spent browsing net on smart TVs falling year on year

Although 47% now own a smart TV, and 96% of those are connected to the internet, more than half (57%) of respondents still use other devices to watch internet-based content.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Wrap -- Epix, Original Programming

The former president of production at Walt Disney Studios, Jocelyn Diaz, will help move Epix forward in producing original content.  The move could create a path for Epix to be a player in streaming sites making waves in awards season. Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Amazon Prime’s transgender series “Transparent” recently won at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

San Francisco Business Times -- US patent no. 8,934,045: Apple gets patent for remote camera technology

Originally filed by Kodak in 2012 and subsequently acquired by Apple in a much larger patent deal, the patent details a remote digital camera system that can be controlled by a smartwatch or phone. In its description, the patent seeks to address a wind resistance flaw present in select GoPro cameras that may lead to image artifacts.

BizTalk -- Apple gets patent for remote camera technology

Apple had received a U.S. patent for a system that lets users remotely control a digital camera.

TechFlash -- Software release reveals how the Apple Watch will work

The beta version of Apple's updated operating system, iOS 8.2, will allow iPhone's Bluetooth settings to display a panel for connecting the phone to the watch. There will be an app on the phone dedicated to controlling the watch.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WSJ Tech -- TV Makers Set a New Strategy

The world’s top television makers will this year peddle sets that enhance the color representation ("quantum dot") of their screens, but postpone a more dramatic shift in technology that promised thinner frames, more energy efficiency, and crisper images.

Digital TV Europe -- Interactive digital TV found in 61.5% of Belgian homes

Some 61.5% of Belgian households now have interactive digital TV according to a new study on Belgian Telecom sector, commissioned by the country’s five major operators.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Digits -- Intel Unveils Pocket-Size Computer That Plugs into TVs

What’s it good for? The company points to scenarios where a big screen is a big help, like streaming content from the Web such as video, movies, photos and digital signage. It also cites light productivity, “thin-client” situations (where most of the computing gets done on the Web) and simple videogames.

IP&TV -- Only 55% of millennials use TV as primary viewing platform

According to the preliminary results of the second NATPE||Content First and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)  joint research study on consumers’ attitudes toward television viewing, just 55 percent of millennials use TVs as their primary viewing platform, while streaming devices – laptops, tablets, and smartphones – are poised to dominate their viewing preferences.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

HomeTheater Review -- Warner Brothers to Introduce Dolby Vision Titles in Early 2015

Dolby and Warner Brothers have teamed up to deliver 4K content in the Dolby Vision format to compatible TVs in early 2015.

GeekWire -- Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks

QuickFire’s technology lets people stream high-quality video without eating up tons of bandwidth – key for mobile users who only have a limited amount of data on a cellular connection. That’s good news for Facebook, which has been pushing its video technology to content creators and users alike. Reducing the amount of bandwidth that a high-quality video takes up would be a good way to attract movie users to Facebook video over other platforms like YouTube.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

IP&TV -- Facebook averaging 1 billion vid views a day

Since June 2014, Facebook has averaged more than 1 billion video views every day. On average, more than 50% of people who come back to Facebook every day in the US watch at least one video a day.  76% of people in the US who use Facebook say they tend to discover the videos they watch on Facebook.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Digits -- Facebook Acquires Video Compression Startup QuickFire

Quickfire, based in San Diego, says it can quickly convert video formats and allow them to be downloaded with less bandwidth and without a loss in video quality. “QuickFire Networks will provide you with the weapons necessary to meet the onslaught of the video revolution,” the company says on its website.

IP&TV -- Panasonic and Mozilla to collaborate on Firefox OS smart TVs

With the launch of this new open platform, next generation smart TVs will gain full compatibility with Web technologies and HTML5 standards used for cloud services and various future networked devices, enabling data from Web services and devices to be easily mashed up on a single application.

Seeking Alpha -- Sony's 'The Interview' Success Supports VOD Model

Strong streaming revenue from The Interview, the potential for shared production costs with streaming giants and the possibility of quicker movie release dates could spark studios to follow Sony's lead.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Silicon Valley NEWS -- US home video spending falls 1.8 percent in 2014 while digital sales surge

Rentals suffered, in particular.  U.S. households spent a total of $3.3 billion renting movies through various outlets (not including video-on-demand services), down 14 percent year-over-year. The kiosk business, which includes Redbox, saw a 4 percent drop in sales to $1.8 billion, while the brick-and-mortar industry plummeted 27 percent to $696 million.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

CED -- Broadcom takes wraps off of DOCSIS 3.1 chipset

The BCM3390 features a modem reference design with integrated Wi-Fi to provide in-home wireless speeds of up 2 gigabits, providing a migration path for cable operators to transition to all-IP video.

Seattle PI - TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels.  Traditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about watching shows live and even prefer saving certain series to watch all at once in an evening or weekend of binge-watching. Broadcast networks and hundreds of cable channels share viewer attention with thousands of online services, including amateurs creating their own series on YouTube.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Seeking Alpha -- Facebook buys voice recognition tech developer

Facebook has bought Wit.ai, creator of a voice recognition tech platform that breaks down voice commands into structured information (a user's intent, dates and places mentioned, etc.). Wit.ai claims its platform is used by over 6,000 developers, and is "already powering hundreds of apps and devices." TechCrunch speculates Facebook could use Wit.ai to "build voice control into its development platform, aid with voice-to-text input for Messenger, improve Facebook’s understanding of the semantic meaning of voice, and create a Facebook app you can navigate with your voice." Oculus is another possibility.

CED -- Roku sets plans for 4K streaming

Roku has revealed plans to support 4K Ultra HD streaming on its Roku boxes. Roku said it has produced a reference design it is licensing to TV manufacturers. CEO Anthony Wood said in a blog post today, “This means that our TV OEM partners can begin development of Roku TV 4K models that merge the latest in TV viewing technology with the Roku operating system and experience.”

CED -- DivX bounces to NeuLion

DivX, formerly owned by Sonic Solutions, which was acquired by Rovi Corp then divested to Parallax Capital Partners (are you still following?) is sold to NeuLion marrying the former’s delivery services with the latter’s software-based video player designed for use in any type of consumer device.

Digits -- Google Cast Now Lets You Fling Music to Speakers, Soundbars, TVs and More

The $35 Chromecast dongle was just the start of Google’s quest to turn your living room into an entertainment system for your phone, tablet or computer.  Google expanded its Google Cast streaming media technology to work in audio-only devices, including speakers and soundbars. Google Cast for Audio lets you wirelessly control and send the music playing on your iOS, Android device or Chrome browser right to new Google Cast-enabled audio gear. Instead of pairing your phone to a Bluetooth speaker or investing in Sonos’ wireless ecosystem to control the music around your house, you connect the Google Cast-compatible product to your existing Wi-Fi network, where it can access the Internet.

CNET -- Nvidia aims new Tegra X1 'superchip' at smartphones

According to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang the result is a tiny workhorse for smartphones that is both powerful and energy-efficient enough to bring console- and PC-grade graphics to handheld devices.

Seeking Alpha -- Dish Network says its new OTT Internet TV service will price at $20 per month.

Dish Network founder and chairman Charlie Ergen and CEO Joe Clayton have said they expect there's a market millions of people in their 20s and early 30s who'd bite on such a Sling TV service and who are unlikely to subscribe a satellite TV service with hundreds of channels.  

Press Release: 01/05/2015 -- Arumai Launches Redesigned Corporate Website

Remarked Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, P. Stephen Lamont, “we welcome followers of all shapes and sizes, to watch as the developments unfold to create the Arumai standard for Connected TV from production tools (virtual and actual, more to come on this) to pre-processing techniques to compression solutions (proprietary) to SoC video processing by digital zoom and pan, deinterlacing (proprietary), aspect ratio control (proprietary), frame rate conversion (proprietary) to the future delivery system of choice, streaming video, and into the heart of end user homes with a video format solution for next generation, multimedia decoders (proprietary).”

IP&TV -- Samsung’s new smart TVs to lessen Android reliance

Leading South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung has revealed that all of its smart TVs in 2015 will come equipped with a new platform built around the Tizen operating system.  “Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system,” said Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Engadget -- Samsung's new smart TVs run Tizen

Other than run PlayStation Now for cloud-streamed gaming, Tizen can stream TV to Samsung mobile devices that are nearby. It uses Bluetooth LE to detect devices in range then WiFi Direct for the connection, and can work even when the TV is off.

Seeking Alpha -- Facebook signs a deal with the NFL for the rights to video clips

The league has been tight with access to game highlights in the past, even precluding some broadcast partners from streaming game video clips to mobile devices.The video highlights on Facebook will be followed by advertisements from Verizon. The initiative starts next week just in time for the start of the NFL playoff season.

The Drum -- Sky embraces video streaming

Sky has continued its steady embrace of streaming internet video after paying £2.6m to acquire a stake in Elemental Technologies, an internet video specialist, based in Oregon, Portland.