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A new approach to satellite delivered multiscreen around the home

Satellite operators are being offered the chance to deliver services onto every screen around the home, including linear channels and VOD movies, without the need for expensive new media gateways that convert broadcast-to-IP and translate CA to DRM, and without the need for terrestrial broadband

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Editor’s Top Three IBC demonstrations from 2014

For the second year running, the best demonstration at IBC, in my opinion, was ‘live’ sport in UHD.

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Ad measurement is changing as fast as it can without breaking a trusted currency

There was a clear message from two advertising heavyweights during Thursday’s IBC conference session about TV advertising measurement: The industry needs to embrace new forms of measurement, including device-based data, but their use must not be allowed to compromise the integrity of reporting an

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Sky Adsmart doubles potential market for TV advertising

Sky Media believes it has doubled the potential market for television advertising thanks to its Sky Adsmart platform, the ad substitution technology that works on the BSkyB satellite platform and allows linear TV advertisers to segment a national audience into defined groups and deliver addressab

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Channel 4 Announces All 4, The 2015 Replacement For 4oD

Channel 4’s highly regarded 4oD online service will get a new identity from spring 2015 when it will become known as All 4, providing a home for all Channel 4’s linear channels, digital content and services, which means these services will be in one place for the first time.

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Consumer demand beginning to influence nDVR market

Whereas once the interest in nDVR (network DVR) was driven by operational efficiencies like more efficient storage and the potential for reduced customer premise equipment costs, we are beginning to see the beginnings of consumer-led demand for this concept.

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Cloud UI ready for next big challenge: Online video on Pay TV set-tops

The next big challenge for ActiveVideo is to help platform operators support premium online video on any set-top box in a process known as ‘onboarding’ and this will be the primary focus for the company at IBC 2014 in Amsterdam next month.

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8m new Netflix subscribers in Western Europe by 2018

According to analyst firm, IHS, Netflix is will rapidly expand across Europe and will see its international subscriptions jump from one-tenth to one-fifth of total subscriptions.

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Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion in 2020

Global TV advertising expenditure will reach $236 billion in 2020, up by 38% - or $64 billion - from 2013 and up by 54% ($82 billion) on 2010, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

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Multiplatform frequency capping 'fundamental' for the future of TV advertising

Frequency capping allows broadcasters or service providers to limit or manage the number of times an advert is seen by a household.

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13% drop in Samsung TV Prices in 1H 2014

Although Samsung is a leader in the growing Ultra HD (UHD) TV segment, average selling prices (ASPs) for Samsung TVs fell 13 percent in the first half of 2014 compared to the previous year according to a

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ACCESS Twine promises to overcome multiscreen fragmentation for the whole-home

ACCESS Twine is a single management platform that helps operators address multiscreen fragmentation issues around the Pay TV home and give consumers universal content access on all devices and a simple user experience.

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You still need hardware encoding for the toughest jobs, says Appear TV

While describing the virtualization of encoding and transcoding as an exciting step, Carl Walter Holst, CEO of Appear TV, argues that on-premise hardware video processing, using a dedicated appliance, remains essential if you want the highest quality results or are handling live content.

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Android TV prospects: It threatens Roku and Amazon but not Apple, says IHS Technology

The research firm IHS Technology has given its verdict on the prospects for Google’s Android TV platform, the new TV-centric entertainment environment that seeks to provide users with access to media streaming services and apps, similar to the experience you get with Roku and Apple TV.

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Faster innovation creates organisational challenges for Pay TV

The Pay TV industry is striving to shorten its innovation cycles and so get new services to market faster, then make updates more easily and therefore more frequently.

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Magine TV focuses on win-win to attract broadcasters to its aggregated multichannel OTT platform

Magine TV (rebranded from Magine), the OTT linear and catch-up multiscreen service that aggregates different broadcasters and channels into a freemium offering in Sweden and Germany, believes it has established the win-win relationship that will attract and retain top content owners to the platfo

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First virtualization and now the cloud for Envivio video processing

Back in November 2011 at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo show, Envivio announced that its Muse transcoding software, traditionally married to the company’s range of 4Caster hardware processing appliances for multiscreen TV deployments, was being made available on HP BladeSystem and ProLiant servers.

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How cloud and OpenStack can help operators to the next level

This was the year that the television industry turned its attention to the use of virtualization and cloud computing as a way to accelerate time-to-market and scale services with better CapEx and OpEx efficiencies.

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The benefits of cloud UI for Ziggo and Liberty Global

The Dutch cable operator Ziggo has been outlining what it believes is the biggest benefit of a cloud UI: the ability to completely update your user interface without having to replace any of the customer premise equipment (CPE) that is already in consumer homes.

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How cloud computing will help Smart TV makers innovate

One of the most interesting  ideas yet in the cloud UI space is that in future consumers will be given a choice of user interfaces for their connected televisions.

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The rationale behind ‘Sky Europe’: Why BSkyB aims to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

The BSkyB deal to buy the whole of Sky Italia and a large part of Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox, creating a multi-territory satellite operator covering 20 million customer homes, is a response to the changing dynamics in the television market, influenced by OTT, in which internationalizat

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There could be a bigger role for Freetime in UK HBB

Consumers taking home their new Panasonic Smart TVs this summer may not realize the significance of what they are seeing when they press the home button and are presented with a Freetime programme guide and user experience that is managed by the free-to-air satellite platform Freesat.

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Original and local content at heart of future Netflix strategy

Netflix Originals like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ have given new strength to the Netflix brand and if the latest home-grown productions repeat the success then Netflix will invest more in its own content.

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Netflix CEO: On-demand means we have reached enormous moment in history

The FIFA World Cup proved the strength of on-demand viewing patterns, with demand for Netflix undiminished despite the feast of live sports during June and July, the company’s Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings told analysts in a Q2 2014 earnings interview this week.

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