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Android open source pays off for Swisscom as TV 2.0 IPTV service hits 500,000 subs

Swisscom has signed 500,000 customers onto its Swisscom TV 2.0 IPTV platform since April 2014 when the company introduced its next-generation offer based on open source Android and featuring a new UEX, network DVR to the set-top box and unified STB and multiscreen service delivery.

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Addressable TV advertising in Canada: The industry verdict

Addressable TV advertising (meaning household-level targeting) will change television advertising in Canada. One of the things it will do is increase demand for TV advertising from companies who cannot afford the ‘waste’ associated with television today, like a local car dealership, for example.

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Regulator tells Canadian television industry it needs STB audience measurement and addressable advertising

The Canadian media regulator, CRTC, threw down the gauntlet to the country’s television industry at the recent Future TV Advertising Forum Canada, making it clear that they need to adapt to competition, make more content that can be sold abroad, fight ‘di

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ABR clients told what bit rates to select based on scene analysis, saving bandwidth and improving quality

Media companies who are streaming video over broadband are being offered a way to dramatically reduce bandwidth requirements and at the same time increase picture quality by taking power away from adaptive bit rate (ABR) clients and allowing a network-side management platform to determine the bit

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Options when integrating IP-OTT services into a Pay TV platform

There is growing interest in delivering more streaming video (or ‘OTT’) content into what, until now, have been largely broadcast (free-to-air or Pay TV) platforms.

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PERSEUS does not disrupt compression ecosystem or HEVC upgrade plans

V-Nova now has “more than two” commercial deployments with Tier 1 television operators who are using its PERSEUS compression codec on distribution networks for video into set-top boxes.

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Verimatrix has a vision of one global Pay TV headend covering security and data analytics

Verimatrix has been outlining its ambitious vision to host a global headend at a secret but “extremely acceptable’ secure server farm somewhere in California that connects into regional datacenters and into individual Pay TV operator headends and then gives operators a number of opportunities: Fi

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Multicast-assisted delivery and manifest manipulation are steps towards broadcast-grade streaming

As streaming video becomes more important to the television industry, not just for multiscreen services but for on-demand and even linear channels to set-top boxes, the pressure will grow on infrastructure and equipment providers to improve the ‘OTT’ experience and make it closer to what we might

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More operators using ABR streaming set-top boxes for new-style IPTV

Among the customers of set-top box vendor ABOX42 is Deutsche Glasfaser GmbH, the German fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network provider that uses HLS adaptive bit rate streaming to the set-top box for its DGTV television service despite the fact that, having a fibre network, it is not faced with any ba

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HbbTV a future convergence-point for Free TV Alliance

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

The FreeTV Alliance (FTVA) plans in the long term to adopt HbbTV as a key element in its new suite of common technical specifications – according to Matthew Huntington, Freesat’s CTO and a member of the FTVA Steering Board.

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Orange TV Stick, the live TV and on-demand OTT service to an HDMI stick, uses Espial HTML5 Client

Orange has launched a new consumer streaming device called Orange TV Stick that supports the delivery of live and on-demand TV over-the-top into a variety of consumer devices including TVs and laptops. The HDMI stick device can also be used to share personal content for television viewing.

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Wi-Fi connector means more Sky Deutschland STB users can access full web version of Sky Anytime

Sky Deutschland is using wireless connector products from AirTies Wireless Networks to ensure customers with its Sky+ HD PVR boxes can link them to the Internet more easily, then enjoy the chance to consume the web streamed version of the Sky Anytime on-demand service, which contains six times mo

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Ericsson helps Bonnier Broadcasting launch C More online television as part of digital transformation

Bonnier Broadcasting, which comprises TV4 and MTV (the largest commercial TV companies in Sweden and Finland respectively) and the Pay TV provider C More, is in the midst of a digital transformation and as part of that the group will launch a new online service for the Nordics later this year tha

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ARRIS to acquire Pace; IHS says it will create largest STB and cable TV tech supplier

ARRIS is going to acquire Pace plc for $2.1 billion in stock and cash to create a company of 8,500 employees that, according to Daniel Simmons, the Director of Connected Home Analysis at the research and consulting firm IHS Technology, will be the world’s largest supplier of set-top boxes, broadb

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TV-Ring proves HbbTV can support UHDTV streaming

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

Results from the European TV-RING project have demonstrated that it is possible to stream video at up to UHDTV quality over HbbTV.

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Canal+ gives update on its OTT replica satellite service delivered to French pay DTT homes

In the week that Sky Italia announced a new Internet video service to deliver its entire Pay TV offer to STBs in non-satellite homes on the Telecom Italia broadband network, Canal+ has provided more details about another ground-breaking service that replicates a satellite bouquet using HTTP adapt

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All 4 illustrates how broadcasters can transform themselves for an increasingly online world

Channel 4 has provided one of the most interesting examples yet of how broadcasters are transforming themselves for an increasingly online world, with its All 4 service providing what is, in effect, a digital hub for all its content where the broadcaster can tempt you to stay for longer and estab

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Sky Italia HTTP streams its full content offer to Telecom Italia broadband homes

In an important example of how entire Pay TV services are now being replicated over broadband using streaming video, Sky Italia is making its complete service – meaning the full content line-up including exclusive sports and movies, available to Telecom Italia customers on set-top boxes via the b

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Broadcasters should give up on their players and let platforms aggregate their VOD

Broadcasters have had a great run since 2007 dominating catch-up TV on multiscreen devices, with viewers watching their VOD content largely through broadcaster apps, but those days are coming to an end.

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Commentators outline the challenges for new PERSEUS compression codec

A couple of weeks ago we reported on the launch of V-Nova, the new compression company that came out of a four year stealth period with a new codec called PERSEUS that it claims can deliver UHD in HD bit rates, HD in SD bit rates and SD in sub-audio bit rates (read original story

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Adobe: TV Everywhere goes mainstream in the US, with mobile OTT viewing set to overtake desktop

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

Online video viewing in the USA on mobile devices will overtake desktop viewing by the end of next year; while TV Everywhere (TVE) is going mainstream.

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