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Sky and BBC help each other to strengthen their roles as aggregator and broadcaster

The two companies have announced closer content and technology collaboration, starting with the addition of BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button capabilities and children’s box-sets on the Sky Q platform. The use of Sky AdSmart to power PromoSmart, so that content trailers between live BBC programmes can be targeted to households based on their interests, is being explored.

Android set-top box fast-track programme for operators combines NAGRA security, SDMC set-tops and Amlogic...

The NAGRA Android Fast Track program is designed to give Pay TV operators more choice when it comes to Android TV based deployments and accelerate time-to-market, while safeguarding content against piracy. A new pre-integration combines the NAGRA Connect security client and a new hybrid set-top box from SDMC that is powered by the Amlogic S905X3 series system-on-chip.

Disney+ will have 101m paying subscribers by 2025, with Apple TV+ on 27m, says...

The forecasting company Digital TV Research is predicting that five headline-grabbing SVOD services – Netflix, Amazon, Disney+, Apple TV+ and HBO Max – will together double their subscription base in the next six years. HBO Max will attract 30m paying subs by 2025, with as many as 80% of them coming from the U.S.

Just days left to enter the Videonet Connected TV Awards 2020

The final deadline for entering the Videonet Connected TV Awards 2020 is this Friday, November 22, at midnight California time. These awards showcase stand-out...

Operator-as-an-app enjoys mini-revival, with HD+ leading the way

The German Pay TV provider HD+ has made its service available on Samsung and Panasonic televisions as an embedded app that comes complete with programme guide, catch-up and restart functions. There is no need for a set-top box, dongle or any other hardware attachment. This is a virtual STB implementation, built around TVkey Cloud technology and using HbbTV OpApp.

Irdeto adds client watermarking to enable faster detection, and turns attention to IoT security

Server-based watermarking provides optimal device reach and security robustness, but client watermarking is optimised for live content protection and enables faster watermark detection, the company says. This is because the entire identity of the source is embedded in each frame. No latency is introduced. Meanwhile, Irdeto Is helping to harden the system and router OS on home gateways and providing greater visibility and intelligence across a home network in order to boost IoT security.

Videonet webcast: Targeted UI advertising as a fast revenue win

Videonet is hosting a live webcast on December 4 to investigate the opportunity for Pay TV operators to offer targeted advertising within their UI as a managed set-top box application that has no impact on the operations department. Listeners will learn how you implement this solution and, among other things, hear about the subscriber data used to support audience segmentation and the advertising-as-a-service model for operators who do not have their own sales house.

TV Analytics start-up goes global with new Advisory Board

Adgile Media, real time TV analytics and effectiveness business, announced the formation of an advisory board, boasting some of the industry's TV and data...

Discovery is virtualizing compression for its AsiaPac linear channels, using Synamedia’s DCM

Discovery, Inc. has chosen Synamedia’s virtualized Digital Content Manager (DCM) to help it transition to an IP-based, virtualized video processing environment for the distribution...

egta leads push towards comparable measurement standards for TV globally

The TV Charter, backed by most of the 155 sales houses represented by egta, and also supported by The Global TV Group that includes Thinkbox, ThinkTV, Screenforce and VAB, confirms a commitment by the TV industry to collaborate on the evolution of audience measurement and the creation of standards and comparability on a global scale. It comes at a time when more companies are developing proprietary solutions to try to solve parts of the advanced measurement equation.

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