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Paris trial for proposed DVB-T2/LTE hybrid standard

A new hybrid mobile broadcast technology platform developed by Professor Ulrich Reimers at Braunschweig Technical University in association with French transmission company TDF and GatesAir – the so-called Tower Overlay over LTE-A+ (TOol+) system – is set to be fie

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We need virtualized workflows rather than just virtualization

During IBC this year Ericsson was demonstrating why platform operators need to virtualize their video headend workflow so that they can then make flexible use of dedicated hardware encoding or transcoding platforms or software-based systems that are virtualized in an IT data centre.

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Not too early to talk about fully virtualized headends

When talking to platform operators about virtualization of their headend functions, the question they ask is always ‘how’ rather than ‘why’, according to Tom Lattie, VP of Product Management at Harmonic Inc., which provides a range of headend and playout solutions.

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As simplified operations becomes the priority, Cisco leads TV into the cloud

While for many years the priority for Cisco has been to enable new services and capabilities in response to customer requirements, the focus is now turning to simplifying operations.

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VCAS Ultra is ready for UHD, SaaS and virtualized headends

VCAS Ultra is the new generation of cardless content security from Verimatrix and while the obvious headline is that it works with the next generation of set-top boxes to support Ultra HD to the standards expected by MovieLabs (the technology consortium for the major studios), this is also the pr

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IBC demos: UHD, whole-home and better looking STBs

Last week we published the Editor’s Top Three demonstrations from IBC (immersive UHD sport, UHD UI and Netflix & Co. integrated into STB platforms).

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The future relationships between DVR, nDVR and TVoD

Network DVR is coming but most observers predict that the in-home DVR will survive for many years and some are predicting that the local hard drive will continue to provide an essential cache for the near-live time-shifting (like rewind 30 seconds, rewind 30 minutes) that accounts for a notable p

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Agenda published for Future TV Advertising Forum

The conference agenda for Future TV Advertising Forum, Europe’s leading event covering the evolution of TV advertising, has just been published.

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Why Pay TV Operators Must Evolve Their Video Architectures

Videonet has published a new report called ‘Adapt Or Die: Why Pay TV Operators Must Evolve Their Video Architectures’, which considers the changing landscape opera

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Second screen synchronized advertising means so much more than just companion apps

We all know there are lots of television viewers who allow themselves to be distracted by their smartphone, tablet and laptop during a linear television advertising break, and we know that broadcasters have been building second screen apps to complement their programming in order to make it more

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Single-copy nDVR without the storage headaches and high costs

Alcatel-Lucent believes it has the answer to making single-copy network DVR economic while the industry makes the migration to shared-copy storage, making a bet that a combination of low-cost storage per person, unique recordings and unique requests to those specific recordings, but what is effec

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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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