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Cloud transcoding is already proving its value

One of the big technology stories this year is the increasing interest in virtualized, cloud-based encoding and transcoding.

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Thinkbox: 5 1/2 hours of video viewed per day

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.

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Making the cloud work for TV

In the TV business, the term ‘cloud’ no longer refers exclusively to OTT, multiscreen TV and the streaming video, CDN and backoffice infrastructure that makes Internet video delivery possible.

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Making advertising more targeted

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.

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UK: Netflix soaring while Amazon (Lovefilm) suffers

Netflix have shown strong growth in membership over the past 6 months, with an increase from 10% to 14% of UK online users now with a subscription.

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Zeebox Revamps And Rebrands As Beamly - to target female users

Social TV guide, zeebox have rebranded and relaunched as Beamly today on iPhone, iPad, Android and the web. The new app "represents the state of the art in social television".

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On-demand to reach parity with linear by 2020, Ericsson predicts

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.  

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More homes are paying to watch television than ever

According to a report published by informitv, the number of homes worldwide paying to watch television continues to rise, despite a popular view that people are turning to online alternatives.

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Content discovery is central to truly personal TV experiences

Good content should be matched by good content discovery, including recommendations, if Pay TV operators are to fully exploit their rich catalogues, both for set-top box and multiscreen viewing.

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Future headends: More virtualization and all-ABR delivery

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.

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New ABR solution promises less bandwidth and faster stream start-ups

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.

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Panasonic uses Freetime as its UEX of choice, even on Freeview TVs

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

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CVP-2 Guidelines hailed as game-changer for premium content sharing

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

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Anvia wants DVR on every screen, underpinned by DLNA

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.

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MovieLabs specs set a new benchmark for content protection

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.

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Netflix integration has immediate impact for Waoo!

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.

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No plan B for Aereo if Supreme Court supports Broadcasters

Aereo’s CEO has said in an interview with Bloomberg that there is no plan B should Aereo not be successful in the upcoming Supreme Court case from network broad

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Gauging the addressable market for UHD

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.

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Verimatrix calls time on hardware security

Pay TV operators are abandoning traditional smartcard based CA (Conditional Access) systems to adopt software solutions, according to revenue security vendor Verimatrix.

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Operators must play to their linear strength to combat OTT

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.

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Comcast RDK open gateway software initiative expands beyond cable as momentum grows

Comcast’s RDK designed originally as an internal platform for IP migration for the operator is now set to be deployed across the whole pay TV ecosystem and not just the cable sector.

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Content owner apps and standalone Pay TV OTT apps increase demand for recommendations

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.

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8 Out of 10 Operators Prefer Running One Operating System for STBs

Zenterio recently conducted a study addressing the challenges operators face in providing interactive TV services to their customers.

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The next big challenge for cable is providing seamless mobility

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

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Smart TV is just too much trouble for cable operators

There is a role for Smart TVs as a way for cable operators to get their services in front of customers but not until there is less fragmentation in the apps development environment.

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