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ITV: We have only just begun to realize second screen ad potential

The success of the second screen ad formats being used by ITV has led the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster to conclude that synchronized second screen is worthy of being described as a new advertising paradigm.

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Smart TV will remove the need for streaming devices like Chromecast

Despite the success of Google’s Chromecast, digital media adapters (DMAs) like this dongle device and its more expensive rivals Apple TV and Roku boxes are being characterized as a temporary fix for consumers seeking Internet video on the television screen.

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Ziggo says cloud solution gives it web velocity

“We are now able to achieve the same service velocity as Internet companies because we use web-based services in a cloud solution,” Eric Meijer, Senior Innovation Manager and Senior Project Manager at Ziggo declared recently, talking about the Dutch cable operator’s successful roll-out of an STB-

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Ad buyers will not care where their ads are viewed…eventually

The advertising industry will reach the stage when buyers no longer care whether their commercial is shown on a catch-up player service on a tablet or in the middle of a popular linear show, but there is work to be done before we reach that point.

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RDK ready for Europe; first commercial deployment coming soon

Liberty Global is currently finalizing its trials for a commercial launch of an RDK-based STB platform in Poland, which will be the most significant development for RDK in Europe so far.

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RDK helps Pay TV industry prepare for its looming battle with Apple, Google and Amazon

RDK, the shared source, community driven CPE (Customer Premise Equipment) software stack, is already proving its value as an engine for innovation.

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Supreme Court to Aereo: You’re no different to cable TV - and you just lost

The Supreme Court of the United States this week defused the unexploded bomb that the country’s over-the-air broadcasters have been walking around on their way to work every day, deciding that the Internet redistribution of broadcast content by Aereo Inc., using a centralized array of individual

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How Channel 4 got it right with its 4oD multiscreen service

Overall viewing of the Channel 4 portfolio of linear content is roughly the same today as it was before the launch of its 4oD on-demand multiscreen service towards the end of 2006, which means that up to now, all multiscreen viewing is additive.

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Digital retail and advertising are revenue hopes for multiscreen TV

There is a “reasonable opportunity” to make money from paid-for videos online but this is a hard market to work in, characterized by low margins, and multiscreen service providers should look towards digital retail, including digital lockers like UltraViolet, as a way to boost their revenue.

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Multiscreen could be monetized as well as linear within two years, depending on market

During a recent Videonet webcast (Advanced Multiscreen Engagement & Monetisation Strategies) a live poll indicated that half of listeners think it will be possible to monetize multiscreen viewing as effe

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Ensuring that increased multiscreen viewing can be monetized

The television industry (including broadcasters and Pay TV aggregators) have a proven business model for monetizing television viewing on the main screen.

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The future of devices: RDK important, vSTB less so

During a discussion about the future of devices at Connected TV Summit last week, there was a near-consensus that the set-top box is far from dead and indeed could enjoy a boost thanks to RDK, the shared source CPE (customer premise equipment) initiative for the Pay TV industry.

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Swisscom explains push for nPVR, as it heads towards 50% time-shift viewing

Swisscom has been providing more detail on the rationale behind its move to network PVR for television viewing, which is a key part of the new Swisscom TV 2.0 service that was launched in April alongside an expansion in the number of channels and a corresponding expansion in the Replay TV (catch-

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Liberty Global ready to exploit cloud infrastructure

Liberty Global is starting to exploit the benefits of cloud infrastructure. The company is moving headend functions like encoding, transcoding and multiplexing to the cloud, creating a more virtualized delivery infrastructure for its European operating companies.

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Aertv shows how you can build live overseas audiences with OTT

Aertv, the Irish streaming service from the broadband provider Magnet Networks, has been illustrating how OTT can open up international markets for a content aggregator.

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Watermarking set to flush out OTT pirates as 4K raises the stakes

Higher resolutions and increasing broadband bandwidth are combining to deliver a perfect storm for content owners that is opening a new front in the ongoing battle against piracy.

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How the Pay TV CPE ecosystem is fighting back

Five years ago, when Connected TV Summit  (which opens its doors in London next week) was launched, television manufacturers offered the promise of on-demand and catch-up TV on the television set, and linear streaming video from a longer tail of con

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RDK, Android, virtual STB, the cloudification of TV and much more at Connected TV Summit

One of the big themes at next week’s Connected TV Summit (London, Wednesday and Thursday, June 11-12, Royal College of Physicians) is the future of devices, in all their forms.

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What is driving the leap in STB processing power

One of the trends in the new generation of customer premise equipment (CPE) that is being specified by Pay TV operators is higher CPU processing capabilities.

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Regulator offers vision for long-term evolution of UK free television

OFCOM, the UK communications regulator, has outlined its proposals that some of the DTT spectrum in the 700 MHz band should be handed over, eventually, for use by mobile broadband, a policy that it believes should be achieved by the removal of the interim DTT muxes.

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OFCOM: Loss of interim DTT muxes will make 700MHz use change painless

OFCOM, the UK communications and media regulator, has outlined its views on the likely impact of handing over some of the 700MHz spectrum currently used by DTT to mobile broadband services, and the conclusion seems to be that the impact would be limited and acceptable.

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CPE upgrade cycle driven by HEVC-HD as well as HEVC-UHD

The Pay TV industry is on the verge of another generational refresh of its Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), driven primarily by the need to introduce hardware-based HEVC (H.265) decoding, deliver multiscreen TV around the home, support advanced user interfaces (UIs) and possibly embed Wi-Fi.

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Wi-Fi ready for prime time in the Pay TV whole-home

Until fairly recently the prevailing logic within the Pay TV industry has been that Wi-Fi is good for delivery to multiscreen devices in the home and wired home networking solutions, like MoCA or Powerline, are needed for multiroom TV.

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Videonet Connected TV Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Videonet Connected TV Awards 2014 have just been announced and leave Sky Deutschland’s Snap, Com Hem/SeaChange, the BBC iPlayer relaunch and Ziggo’s CI Plus 1.3 based VOD/catch-up TV service fighting for the prize of ‘Best Connected TV Service Update or Launch’.

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