What’s Driving the Future of TV in Latin America?

TVLast week, we looked at the three biggest trends behind tomorrow’s TV at CES. Today, we’re uncovering two more that are transforming TV in Latin America:

Time-Shifted TV (TSTV): Tomorrow’s TV will be on consumers’ terms.

TV will become a customized experience. TSTV will give consumers whatever they want to watch, whenever they want to watch it, and on any device. This on-demand content paradigm disrupts liner ad-driven TV in favor of alternatives like DVR, TV Everywhere, and OTT…  and they are quickly becoming the norm.

UI/UX Transformation: The future starts with the way we experience TV.

More content, on more devices, more often. That’s today’s problem. Consumers need new ways to navigate the growing and increasingly fragmented libraries of digital content. The future is a unified and familiar experience that anticipates what consumers want and allows them to enjoy it easily on any device.

These trends reveal the increasingly personalized and human-centric approaches to tomorrow’s TV. The implications transcend superficial changes to the medium itself, going so far as to change the ways in which we watch it as well as the space that it occupies in our lives.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 22, 2016

In a move to take on Netflix, HBO announced that it will launch its standalone Web streaming service in Spain, reported Bloomberg Business. Residents in Spain will have access to the HBO streaming service without a pay-TV subscription by the end of the year.

Advanced Television reported that Spain’s Telefonica expressed interest in buying AT&T’s operations across Latin America. Telefonica is the largest telco in Latin America and the deal will further strengthen its position in the region.

BTR offered perspective on the key video technology trends to watch in 2016. Key highlights include the increased proliferation of online video sources, distribution of online content via multiple screens, OTT integration into pay-TV offerings, and expansion of UltraHD/4K video.

MediaPost reported on a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research and found that 54 percent of pay-TV customers believe that TV Everywhere services would have an additional cost. The study also revealed that 53 percent of respondents have never used TV Everywhere as they were unaware of its existence.

According to Nielsen’s Q4 2014 Local Watch Report, live TV is still the primary medium to consume video, with adults aged 25-54 watching more than three hours of live TV per day, reported Broadcasting & Cable.

  1. HBO Plans to Take On Netflix in Spain With Streaming Service (January 18, 2016) By Gerry Smith, Bloomberg Business: By the end of this year, residents in Spain will have access to an HBO streaming service for the first time, making the Time Warner Inc.-owned network’s programming available without a pay-TV subscription.
  2. Telefonica eyes AT&T’s LatAm TV assets (January 18, 2016) By David Del Valle, Advanced Television: Spain’s Telefonica is reportedly interested in buying AT&T’s pay-TV assets in Latin America, with an enterprise value of over €9 billion.
  3. Video Trends to Watch in 2016 (January 18, 2016) By Ron Hendrickson, BTR: ‘Tis the season for predictions, and we’re all wondering what the video technology picture is going to look like through 2016.
  4. Study: Pay TV Consumers Believe TV Everywhere Isn’t Free: (January 19, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: More than half of pay TV consumers that know about “TV Everywhere” believe it would be an additional cost from networks or pay TV providers.
  5. Live TV Remains Dominant Viewing Habit in Nielsen’s Local Watch Report (January 20, 2016) By Jonathan Kuperberg, Broadcasting & Cable: Adults 25-54 in 24 of top 25 markets watch over 3 hours of live TV a day.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 15, 2016

Variety reported that the Canadian media company, Corus Entertainment, agreed to buy Shaw Communications’ Shaw Media Inc. for $1.86 billion. If approved, the combined company will own 45 specialty and 15 conventional television stations, 39 radio stations, the content studio Nelvana and other digital assets.

This week, Bloomberg reported that Telefonica SA, Spain’s biggest telecommunications operator, signed an agreement with Mediaproduccion SLU for rights to Spanish soccer and Champions League matches. The agreement, valued at $2.61 billion, includes the BeIN Sports channel and gives Telefonica’s pay-TV subscribers immediate access to sports telecasts.

According to Deloitte Global, Gigabit Internet connections are expected to increase tenfold to 10 million by end of 2016, of which 70 percent will be residential connections, reported FierceTelecom. The surge in demand for Gigabit services is attributed to the rise of music and video streaming that require higher bandwidth, as well as a decline in broadband service prices.

Hulu signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony to ramp up its video library by adding full seasons of TV series and films from Sony Pictures, reported Rapid TV News. As part of the deal, content heading to Hulu will include full episodes of ‘The Shield,’ ‘Party of Five,’ ‘The Dawson’s Creek,’ ‘Damages’ and films like ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Midnight in Paris’ and ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding.’

According to Parks Associates’ new study, as of Q3 2015, a third of UK broadband households subscribe to OTT services, reported Digital TV Europe. The study notes that BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5 are among the major sources for OTT video usage in the UK.

  1. Canada’s Corus Entertainment to Buy TV Company Shaw Media in $1.86 Billion Deal (January 13, 2016) By Leo Barraclough, Variety: Canadian media company Corus Entertainment is set to acquire Shaw Communications’ TV unit Shaw Media for C$2.65 billion ($1.86 billion).
  2. Telefonica to Pay $2.61 Billion for Spanish Soccer Rights (January 12, 2016) By Rodrigo Orihuela, BloombergBusiness: Three-year deal includes European Champions, UEFA leagues.
  3. Gigabit connections to rise tenfold in 2016, says Deloitte (January 13, 2016) By Sean Buckley, FierceTelecom: Driven by telco and cable providers like AT&T and Comcast, the number of Gigabit Internet connections is projected to rise tenfold to 10 million by the end of year, with residential connections accounting for about 70 percent of the total, says Deloitte Global.
  4. Hulu, Sony sign new multi-year licensing agreement (January 12, 2016) By Editor, Rapid TV News: Continuing its momentum against over-the-top (OTT) rivals, Hulu has inked a new library deal that will see full seasons of series and top films from Sony Pictures added to its bouquet.
  5. Third of UK broadband homes subscribe to OTT video (January 12, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: A third of UK broadband households subscribed to an over-the-top (OTT) video service as of the third quarter of 2015, according to Parks Associates.

The Three Biggest Trends Behind Tomorrow’s TV

TVThe Future of TV was one of the hottest topics of discussion at CES last week. But while newer, bigger, thinner displays; virtual reality goggles; and LED and HDR innovations may have gotten most of the headlines, the underlying technology that enables those innovations was the focus of meetings in and around the show with the world’s leading service providers.

In fact, it really boils down to three incredibly important developments that are quietly transforming TV and the way that service providers will deliver it:

Multi-gigabit Services: This is the biggest development powering the future of TV.

Service providers are upgrading to multi-gigabit pipelines, because today’s TV services sip bandwidth compared to the waterfall of bandwidth that tomorrow’s applications—from 360-degree entertainment, to holographic video and virtual reality—are destined to use.

4K Video over Wi-Fi: 4K is here, but it needs faster Wi-Fi to be everywhere.

The 100 Mbps it takes to stream 4K content to a single device is sorely lacking from most Wi-Fi networks. Given our current appetite for HD content, the inevitability of ubiquitous 4K makes the case for upgrading the content delivery pipeline not only to the home, but throughout it. The answer: gigabit Wi-Fi access points and extenders in the home.

Over the Top (OTT) Set-tops: All of the world’s content is coming to a single screen.

We watch traditional TV, and we watch OTT TV. For most of us, they’re two separate experiences, but soon we’ll be able to enjoy both over a single user experience on our TV, because OTT capabilities are coming to set-tops. Service providers are preparing to deploy these new devices so that we easily can watch anything we want, on the best screen available.

As the hottest technology starts making its way into our local stores and shopping lists, these three trends will be making it all work in millions of homes around the world.

New Report with Videonet: Big Data Powers Compelling TV

Datvideoneta is everywhere. And for TV, the winners will be those who gather it in the best ways and make it work for them. Yet, many service providers are only scratching the surface of what’s possible. An exciting future lies ahead for those who can generate, capture, analyze and act on big data insights.

We’ve worked with Videonet to produce a new report that looks at how big data will provide opportunities for TV. There’s every reason to be optimistic about what this will do for the industry. Long live data-driven content delivery.

Download your copy of the report here today, and check out the introduction from Andy Aftelak, Vice President and Director in Advanced Technology, ARRIS.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending January 8, 2016

Digital TV Europe reported that ARRIS’s recent acquisition of Pace will provide key growth opportunities in network technology, telco TV and OTT, among others. The deal will allow ARRIS to expand to other regions outside of North America including Asia, Latin America and Europe.

At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Netflix announced that the streaming service will now be available in 130 more countries, reported Los Angeles Times. Netflix’s global footprint now spans 190 countries including Russia, India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

In other CES news, Multichannel News reported that Shaw Communications launched FreeRange TV, a cloud-based mobile offering that uses Comcast’s X1 platform. The new mobile video app allows customers to access live TV channels, on-demand content and download videos.

The Wi-Fi® Alliance announced that more than 12 billion Wi-Fi devices have been shipped worldwide and more than 6.8 billion devices have been installed, reported Telecompetitor. By 2019, the Alliance estimates that more than 10 billion devices capable of connecting to a home router will be installed in households worldwide.

Finally, according to Parks Associates’ new study, 54 percent of broadband households in Western Europe are willing to consider buying a 4K UHD TV with the expectation that more content will be available soon, reported Digital TV Europe. Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower believes that increased demand for 4K TVs can compel broadcasters like BBC and France Televisions to invest in “new 4K media technologies.”

  1. Stanzione: networks, OTT and WiFi among key growth areas for Arris (January 6, 2016) By Stuart Thomson, Digital TV Europe: The networks business, telco TV and OTT are among the key growth opportunities that Arris expects to be better placed to take advantage of as a result of its acquisition of Pace, according to chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione.
  2. Netflix announces huge global expansion, adding 130 more countries to its service (January 7, 2016) By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times: Streaming services giant Netflix took a big step Wednesday to expand its global footprint, sending the company’s share price soaring.
  3. CES 2016: Shaw Puts Comcast’s X1 to Work (January 6, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Canadian Operator Launches ‘FreeRange TV’ App
  4. Wi-Fi Shipments on Track to Surpass 15 Billion by Year End (January 6, 2016) By Andrew Burger, Telecompetitor: Marking a wireless network industry milestone, the Wi-Fi Alliance on January 5, announced that more than 12 billion Wi-Fi products have been shipped worldwide to date.
  5. More than half of new TV buyers plan to go 4K in Europe (January 6, 2016) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Some 54% of Western European shoppers who plan to buy a new flatscreen TV in the next year are willing to buy a 4K set, expecting more of this content to be available soon, according to new research.
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