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Pay TV Lite services should shun HD and PVR functions to avoid cannibalization

Pay TV operators must be careful to keep standalone OTT Pay TV Lite services in the ‘no frills’ category in order to avoid meaningful cannibalization from their traditional platforms.

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Vodafone determined to lead the charge to true convergence

True convergence is only just beginning in the consumer market and will be led by Vodafone across Europe using a combination of mobile and fixed network assets, networks that are increasingly hybrid, virtualization of customer premise equipment functions, cloud-based content storage and access to

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Statistical multiplexer means Elemental Technologies can start to unify headends

Elemental Technologies has developed its own statistical multiplexing capabilities so that it can compete in the traditional headend market where variable bit rate (VBR) linear channels are grouped together within a common transport stream.

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SES: UK leads UHD TV ownership in Europe

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

UK penetration of Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV displays is higher in the UK than either Germany, France or Spain – according to the results from satellite operator SES’s latest Satellite Monitor research for year-end 2014.

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Videonet Connected TV Awards: Deadline extended a week to March 27

The deadline for the Videonet Connected TV Awards 2015 has been extended by one week to midnight Pacific Time, Friday, March 27. You can find all the materials you need via these links.

How to enter and pay

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The campaign goals and strategies for advertisers using TV-digital ad sync

TV-digital ad synchronization, where marketers can monitor linear broadcast advertising playout and programmatically buy digital advertising (like display, social and online video ads) to coincide with television messages is a way to combat tune-out during TV ad breaks.

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How Swisscom built a secure Android-based TV service

Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telco, has provided more details about the innovative technologies that underpin its Swisscom TV 2.0 service, which was launched in April 2014.

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Mike Fries lays down gauntlet to channel partners over bundling and non-linear rights

Mike Fries, President and CEO of Liberty Global, the pan-European cable giant, has told Cable Congress 2015 that Netflix is not an enemy of cable, and he even had some conciliatory words for telcos, who he said are quite aligned with the cable industry on regulatory issues.

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Increasing evidence that real-time synchronized TV and digital advertising works

The impact of TV-digital ad synchronization, where marketers expose consumers to digital advertising like social, display and online video ads on their handhelds and laptops at the same time that they see the same advertisement on linear TV, is being proven in the field.

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DigiTAG study highlights widespread failure to police LTE interference

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

Pro-DTT lobby group DigiTAG has undertaken research on how national administrations have dealt with DTT interference from LTE in the 800MHz band (790-862 MHz), identifying a widespread failure to properly police the issue.

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A new approach to getting a next-generation UEX into homes with legacy set-top boxes

Rovi Corporation has been outlining a solution that is designed to enable next-generation user experiences and services on legacy set-top boxes.

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We need Immersive TV, not just 4K

There was a reminder at the recent SES Ultra HD Conference that some of the new technologies that are being investigated for UHD can also be applied to HDTV with potentially striking effect.

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Xaxis warns against open exchanges and hails value of humans in ad trading process

The television industry should learn the lessons of the ‘digital’ advertising industry and make sure that it applies programmatic technology to the execution of campaigns, like which advertisement is served where and to whom, and not to the trading process, meaning the media transactions that det

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CSA: Catch-up TV in France is booming – but revenues are tiny and prospects uncertain

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

A new study from the CSA shows that catch-up TV in France is booming – but the regulator remains cautious about the prospects for future revenue growth.

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Viacom targets non-Pay TV millennials with a mobile-first multiscreen strategy

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is targeting millennials in Germany, Switzerland and Romania with a  kind of ‘mobile first’ strategy that makes MTV video content available on smartphones that can then ‘cast’ the programming to other multiscreen devices including Smart TVs and tablets.

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How UPC Hungary led the world to deliver YouTube over its broadcast network

UPC Hungary, the largest cable operator in Hungary and part of Liberty Global, is the first Pay TV operator in the world to deliver online video to its set-top box subscribers across the managed broadcast network.

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Sky UK aiming for UHD utopia, not a half-hearted UHD Lite

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer, Broadcast Strategy at Sky UK, who played a key role in the Pay TV operator’s HDTV roll-out, told the recent SES Ultra HD Conference that there was an ‘Elephant in the room’.

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Pay TV platform of the future 2: Getting onto every screen; approaches to on-demand

In an open letter to Sky, analysts at Decipher (the media research and consulting firm) have outlined what they would like to see on a next-generation platform from the Pay TV operator.

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Pay TV platform of the future 1: Integrating more IP; fusing recordings and catch-up

The UK media research and consulting firm Decipher has written an open letter to Sky in the UK stating what its analysts would like on their next-generation platform, when it arrives.

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Beyond customer experience, user satisfaction is the metric that matters

Customer experience is no longer the ultimate measure for a mobile service provider keen to ensure loyalty and improve revenues.

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UHD revolution is as important as colour and multichannel TV

“The arrival of 4k Ultra HD is on a par with the advent of colour TV and multichannel television in terms of importance.

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Another step closer to unified cross-platform advertising

Confirming its leadership in cross-platform advertising, the U.S. cable operator Time Warner Cable (TWC) has deployed dynamic ad insertion (DAI) capabilities for on-demand content that is delivered over IP to connected devices.

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