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.