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 - 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 -- 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.