Thinkbox, the marketing body for commercial TV in the UK, tallied up an estimate of total video consumption per person and calculated that, in the UK, people watch "a potential" of 5 hours and 31 minutes of video per day.
Targeting advertising on the basis of viewer interests makes advertising more palatable or even welcome for consumers, which is important in an era when ad skipping is possible. This is an important aspect of TV personalization.
Ericsson believe Linear/Live and on-demand consumption of TV will reach parity in 2020. This one of Ericsson's predictions in its new Media Vision 2020. Ericsson also predicts the TV and media industry will be worth $750 billion by 2020.
We have just reached the tipping point in the migration towards a more IT and more IP-based television infrastructure that will prompt a rapid increase in virtualization of software functions like encoding and transcoding onto shared commodity computing platforms.
Service providers and content owners are being offered a new adaptive bit rate technology that is said to harness bandwidth more effectively and improve Quality of Experience in a multi-device home for streaming services.
In a fascinating development, Panasonic in the UK has decided to use the Freetime (which was originally branded as <free time>) software platform and user interface from Freesat as the default user experience for its 2014 VIERA smart TVs in the UK, even when those TVs do not have a satellit
The Digital Living Network Alliance believes it has the technology that will enable Pay TV operators to harness unmanaged CE devices as an extension of their own trusted network using standards-based technologies in the form of CVP-2 (Commercial Video Profile 2), the extension to the DLNA guideli
ACCESS has been showing how DLNA can provide the foundations for whole-home DVR and how, in future, the combination of DLNA HTML5 and RUI will support the secure distribution of premium video and the display of advanced UIs on managed and unmanaged devices around Pay TV homes.
In order to bring broadcast Ultra HD television to market successfully, large parts of the content-to-consumer value chain need to be upgraded, including encoding and decoding (there is a consensus that this format requires HEVC/H.265 compression) and television sets.
The integration of a Netflix app onto the set-top box platform by the Danish triple-play provider Waoo! has had an immediate impact on the perception of the company and the amount of new generation STBs it is shipping.
The latest (and provisional) forecast from the research firm Strategy Analytics is for 7.3 million UHD television sets to ship globally in 2014 and then 15.7m in 2015, 28.2m in 2016 and 44.3m in 2017. This would take the total of UHD televisions installed in homes to over 90 million by 2017.
Traditional pay TV operators have been slow responding to the rise of OTT operators such as Netflix and must now act fast to prevent further erosion of their subscriber base, according to Norwegian content security vendor Conax.
Although ThinkAnalytics is best known as the recommendations engine provider for leading Pay TV operators, the company is increasingly helping channel owners to add multiscreen recommendation for their direct-to-consumer OTT apps.
The dominant topic on day one of Cable Congress 2014 was how the cable industry should handle mobility, with a consensus that all cable operators will need a solution for providing mobile broadband to customers when they are out of home, whether for the delivery of entertainment content or for ge