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How cloud and OpenStack can help operators to the next level

This was the year that the television industry turned its attention to the use of virtualization and cloud computing as a way to accelerate time-to-market and scale services with better CapEx and OpEx efficiencies.

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The benefits of cloud UI for Ziggo and Liberty Global

The Dutch cable operator Ziggo has been outlining what it believes is the biggest benefit of a cloud UI: the ability to completely update your user interface without having to replace any of the customer premise equipment (CPE) that is already in consumer homes.

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How cloud computing will help Smart TV makers innovate

One of the most interesting  ideas yet in the cloud UI space is that in future consumers will be given a choice of user interfaces for their connected televisions.

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The rationale behind ‘Sky Europe’: Why BSkyB aims to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

The BSkyB deal to buy the whole of Sky Italia and a large part of Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox, creating a multi-territory satellite operator covering 20 million customer homes, is a response to the changing dynamics in the television market, influenced by OTT, in which internationalizat

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There could be a bigger role for Freetime in UK HBB

Consumers taking home their new Panasonic Smart TVs this summer may not realize the significance of what they are seeing when they press the home button and are presented with a Freetime programme guide and user experience that is managed by the free-to-air satellite platform Freesat.

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Original and local content at heart of future Netflix strategy

Netflix Originals like ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ have given new strength to the Netflix brand and if the latest home-grown productions repeat the success then Netflix will invest more in its own content.

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Netflix CEO: On-demand means we have reached enormous moment in history

The FIFA World Cup proved the strength of on-demand viewing patterns, with demand for Netflix undiminished despite the feast of live sports during June and July, the company’s Co-Founder and CEO Reed Hastings told analysts in a Q2 2014 earnings interview this week.

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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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