Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending November 27, 2015

Variety reported that Dan Mintz, a U.S. film and television executive, is planning to purchase a controlling stake in Eastern Broadcasting Corporation, one of the largest cable TV platforms in Taiwan, for $600 million. If approved, the transaction will be Hollywood’s first major investment in the Taiwanese entertainment market.

According to Engadget, Disney just launched its new OTT service in the UK, allowing users to access Disney and Pixar content including films, TV shows, music, ebooks and audiobooks. DisneyLife is available on the web as well as iOS and Android devices.

iTWire reported on a study by Ooyala, stating that Internet TV is expected to grow into a $40 billion industry by 2020. This growth is attributed to the availability of faster broadband services and the ubiquitous nature of the Internet, among other factors.

According to Dmitry Kolesov, Director of TV and Content at J’son & partners, there is a growing demand for pay-TV in Russia, reported Broadband TV News. The audience for pay-TV channels in Russia increased by 61 percent from 2011-2015, with 85 percent of the demand being for movies, children’s educational and entertainment programs.

Finally, analysts at Future Market Insights anticipate that the global VOD market will reach $263 billion by 2016, reported Rapid TV News. The research highlighted North America and Western Europe as the largest markets. It also noted that increased consumer interest in on-demand services as well as Internet growth in emerging countries will primarily drive future market growth.

  1. Dan Mintz in Talks To Make $600 Million Taiwan Cable TV Buy (November 23, 2015) By Patrick Frater, Variety: Dan Mintz, the China-based U.S. film and TV executive with credits including “Iron Man 3” and the upcoming “Point Break” remake, is in advanced talks to buy a controlling stake in Eastern Broadcasting Corporation, one of Taiwan’s largest cable TV platforms.
  2. DisneyLife rolls movies, music and more into a £10 subscription (November 23, 2015) By Nick Summers, Engadget: Right on schedule, Disney has launched its own streaming service in the UK.
  3. Internet TV to be a $40 billion industry by 2020 (November 23, 2015) By Ray Shaw, iTWire: Internet TV is set to grow into a $40 billion industry over the next five years.
  4. Good outlook for Russian regional and pay-TV (November 20, 2015) By Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News: Russia’s Gazprom Media has formed a company named Alcazar Content Service (ACS) that allows regional TV channels to access its TV content.
  5. VOD market to be worth $263BN by 2016 (November 22, 2015) By Staff, Rapid TV News: Rising popularity of on-demand services and online proliferation in emerging nations are set to fuel spectacular growth for the VOD market over the near future, says Future Market Insights (FMI).

 

Catch up on ARRIS’s Wi-Fi webinar with Digital TV Europe

For consumers, Wi-Fi has quickly evolved from a “nice to have” to a “must have”. According to ARRIS’s annual Consumer Entertainment Index, the average household in Europe has 6+ connected media devices and watching mobile TV on-the-go is an increasing trend.

Wi-Fi is quickly becoming the delivery method of choice for communications and video entertainment, but performance issues have begun to pose a challenge for service providers. If you missed our recent webinar with Digital TV Europe on Wi-Fi Services, you can catch the replay now and hear Dave Brown from ARRIS along with Johan Terve from Aptilo Networks and John DePietro from Benu Networks as they discuss:

  • New revenue opportunities that are available with Wi-Fi
  • How service providers can better monetize Wi-Fi
  • HomeSpots: the operator’s hidden asset
  • Is a “Wi-Fi first” initiative viable for Europe?
  • Service provider cooperation to maximize Wi-Fi footprint

You can access the webinar at Digital TV Europe

Thrilling NASCAR Season Comes to an End

It was an incredible first season for ARRIS Racing! From the beginning at Daytona to the close LinkedinSocial_MediaNASCAR_SeasonEnd-09in Homestead (Miami), Carl Edwards and Daniel Suarez brought excitement to the track and put the ARRIS name front and center with race fans.

At the Homestead finale this past weekend, Kyle Busch of the Joe Gibbs Racing team completed one of the most amazing comebacks in all of sports, recovering from injuries suffered on the eve of the Daytona 500 this past February to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.

Carl Edwards started in the seventh position and showed early speed as he drove his way into second by lap 20. Edwards remained in the top five through the halfway mark of the race before a caution that immediately followed a round of green flag pit stops. The ARRIS team would elect not to pit and Edwards would restart from the lead when many of the other leaders came down pit road for fresh tires. He fought to get back into the top ten the remainder of the evening before finishing 11th.  He would finish his first season with JGR with two wins and fifth in overall points.

For Daniel Suarez, hard work clearly paid off. A rookie year that began with disappointment at Daytona International Speedway concluded with jubilation at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 23-year-old driver battled back from a pit road penalty to record his 18th top-10 finish of the season, capturing the Sunoco Rookie of the Year crown and a fifth-place finish in the championship standings in the process.

Daniel added another accolade to his resume Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. Daniel is the first Mexican driver and second Drive for Diversity graduate to win this award in a NASCAR national series.

The 2016 NASCAR season will begin once again with the running of the Great American Race from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 21.

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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending November 13, 2015

Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications signed a national licensing deal with Comcast’s X1 video platform and launched a new version of its Contour video service in San Diego. Contour includes features like access to TV Everywhere apps along with X1’s voice-activated remote control.

On Monday, Mashable reported on the launch of Beachfront Media’s Rise, a new OTT service that offers a platform for video creators to target millennials across connected TV and mobile devices.

With the aim to be the “Netflix of live TV,” Telletopia, a nonprofit organization is working to bring over-the-air broadcast TV stations online, reported MediaPost. The service will launch in 14 California television markets next year with plans to expand across the U.S. in the next two years.

Variety reported that CBS Studios International signed a multi-year licensing agreement with China’s leading online video streaming operator, PPTV. The deal covers exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in China.

Finally, a recent study from the Video Advertising Bureau shows that the usage of TV Everywhere has risen by 25 percent between Q2’14 and Q2’15, according to Media Life Magazine. The study attributed the rise in popularity to the 2014 World Cup, when viewers signed up for TV Everywhere and continued to use it afterwards due to its ease of use.

  1. Cox Inks National X1 Deal with Comcast (November 11, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Bows X1-Powered ‘Contour’ Service in San Diego.
  2. New OTT service aims to connect creators to consumers across devices (November 10, 2015) By Saba Hamedy, Mashable: A new, premium, over-the-top service is hoping to give content creators more tools to monetize their work by making it easier for them to connect with consumers.
  3. Telletopia To Start Cable-Like Internet OTT Service (November 10, 2015) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: In sharp contrast to other recent controversial cable-like OTT Internet services, a new nonprofit startup will offer a live, local TV over-the-top Internet-delivered service with one big difference: Financial deals with TV networks and stations.
  4. CBS Studios International Inks Pact With China’s PPTV Video-Streaming Service (November 12, 2015) By Todd Spangler, Variety: CBS Studios International announced a multi-year licensing deal with China’s PPTV video-streaming service for exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in the world’s most populous nation.
  5. Finally, TV Everywhere starts catching on (November 9, 2015) By Staff, Media Life Magazine: In concept, TV Everywhere, or the idea that people should be able to watch TV content outside of their television sets, has always held a lot of promise.