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UK: Netflix soaring while Amazon (Lovefilm) suffers

Netflix have shown strong growth in membership over the past 6 months, with an increase from 10% to 14% of UK online users now with a subscription.

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Zeebox Revamps And Rebrands As Beamly - to target female users

Social TV guide, zeebox have rebranded and relaunched as Beamly today on iPhone, iPad, Android and the web. The new app "represents the state of the art in social television".

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Panasonic uses Freetime as its UEX of choice, even on Freeview TVs

In a fascinating development, Panasonic in the UK has decided to use the Freetime (which was originally branded as <free time>) software platform and user interface from Freesat as the default user experience for its 2014 VIERA smart TVs in the UK, even when those TVs do not have a satellit

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Netflix integration has immediate impact for Waoo!

The integration of a Netflix app onto the set-top box platform by the Danish triple-play provider Waoo! has had an immediate impact on the perception of the company and the amount of new generation STBs it is shipping.

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Operators must play to their linear strength to combat OTT

Traditional pay TV operators have been slow responding to the rise of OTT operators such as Netflix and must now act fast to prevent further erosion of their subscriber base, according to Norwegian content security vendor Conax.

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Smart TV is just too much trouble for cable operators

There is a role for Smart TVs as a way for cable operators to get their services in front of customers but not until there is less fragmentation in the apps development environment.

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STB future includes super-graphics platforms and SD cards to complement nPVR

A new genre of set-top box could be emerging, one that delivers the kind of graphics performance that can support gaming and which could appeal to families who have gamers but not hardcore gamers.

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Standalone OTT from Pay TV is about to become a trend

Pure-play OTT services from Pay TV operators that give non-traditional customers the chance to subscribe to services on low-cost and low commitment packages, are going to become a major feature of the TV landscape.

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Character of YouView questioned, but what are HBB alternatives?

The character of YouView has been in the spotlight this week, notably whether it has become a next-generation Pay TV platform for the ISP partners who partly make up the HBB (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband) project, BT and TalkTalk, and whether public service broadcasters should and will keep giving

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Smart TVs have a future in video, but not as the hub of the Smart Home

During a post-CES debrief hosted by Videonet recently, it was suggested that while Smart TV makers may win the sales battle against secondary streamer devices (like streamer boxes and dongles), they are definitely not winning the battle for eyeballs in Pay TV homes and they are not going to be th

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