Saturday, October 29, 2016

Apple Unveils New TV App

Apple today unveiled a new TV app for the Apple TV, iPhone and iPad that aims to provide unified access to the TV shows and movies that are offered via the various individual video apps that a user has installed on those devices.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Apple CEO Tim Cook promised that the app will change how consumers watch TV across devices because they won’t need to toggle between some 1,600 individual apps devoted specifically to video content. However, the one glaring omission is Netflix.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CAST opts for Motion JPEG instead of H.264 encoding in new streaming product

CAST Inc., which describes itself as a semiconductor intellectual property provider, is launching a new HD video encoder subsystem product that uses Motion JPEG (MJPEG) rather than the more widely utilized H.264 encoding standard to encode digital videos for streaming.

The reason for CAST’s departure from H.264 in the new product? The company says the solution is targeted at digital videos for which “moderate levels of compression are required” and where the video provider may need encoding accomplished faster, with less processing power required.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

NHL Introduces Enhanced Streaming Offerings

The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that it will offer enhanced live digital streaming this season, including a new NHL.TV tvOS app for the latest generation Apple TV (which debuted during the pre-season). Also new this season is Arena, a new app created by BAMTech which is designed to supplement the in-person experience at games in the venues of 12 participating NHL teams.
WHY THIS MATTERS: Leading its digital charge is the league’s NHL.TV service, offering every out-of-market game to hockey fans on various streaming platforms. The $139.96 package will be available for the first time on new generation Apple TV’s and Xbox One, as well as on Android and iOS devices, Chromecast, Roku and SonyPlaystation devices. The league also plans to stream via Twitter a live game weekly as part of a deal with the social media company announced this past summer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Live Streaming To Drive Sports Rights Increases

According to a new study from PricewaterhouseCoopers, television, mobile and online sports rights will become the largest part of the sports entertainment sector by 2018, driven by increased demand from streaming and over-the-top services.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Rights for broadcast, cable, Internet and mobile rights are expected to reach $19.9 billion by 2018, outpacing revenue from sponsorships ($17.5 billion) and live gate revenue ($19.8 billion) that year. However media rights revenue growth is expected to stabilize over the next five years to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 5.5%, after a torrid pace in the past decade.