Thursday, September 17, 2015 -- 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. -- 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.