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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 Huntingdon, Freesat’s CTO and a member of the FTVA Steering Board.

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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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Beamly could help content owners slash their social marketing bills

Zeebox was a content discovery and social TV second screen app; its successor Beamly, which has now been operating for a year with the new brand and strategic direction, is described as a social and content network for TV.

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Stealth compression company claims mind-blowing performance gains

A company that has managed to keep itself under wraps for four years had its official launch this week and promised to revolutionize the telecoms and media market with a new codec that it claims will deliver UHD in HD bit rates, HD in SD bit rates and SD in sub-audio bit rates.

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SES teams up with rival Hispasat to launch SAT>IP industry alliance

By Barry Flynn, Contributing Editor

SES Astra will shortly launch a new industry alliance in partnership with Hispasat in a bid to drive adoption of its SAT>IP solution amongst other satellite operators.

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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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