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

FierceCable reported on ARRIS’s new products and deals announced this week. The company introduced a new line of SURFboard ® routers and extenders with RipCurrent™ G.hn technology, designed for the “next-generation Wi-Fi home.” At this week’s NAB show, ARRIS announced that it has signed an agreement with HBO to sell its DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver to enable the programmer for future content distribution with HEVC compression. ARRIS also announced that VUBIQUITY is using its SECUREMEDIA content protection solution to pre-encrypt video content.

Confirming reports from earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree live streaming for its videos along with spatial audio for select on-demand content, reported PCWorld. Select performances from this weekend’s music event, Coachella, will now be live streamed in 360 degrees on YouTube.

World Screen reported that Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched its first TV Everywhere streaming service, Watch OWN, allowing access to a live feed of OWN and a selection of on-demand content. Watch OWN is available on iOS and Android devices.

According to a new report from Adobe and The Diffusion Group (TDG), consumers now spend 42 percent of TV time with over-the-top (OTT) services, reported CED Magazine. The report noted that 65 percent of the OTT time on the home TV screen is spent watching subscription video on demand (SVOD), 30 percent is spent watching free streaming services (FVOD), and 5 percent is spent watching transactional streaming services (TVOD).

Finally, a recent report from the European Audiovisual Observatory shows that European productions account for 27 percent of all films available on video on demand (VOD) in Europe, compared with 59 percent for U.S. films, reported TVBEurope. Additionally, 30 percent of films available on SVOD in Europe are of European origin, compared with 60 percent for U.S. films.

  1. Arris sells DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver to HBO, announces new line of Surfboard products (April 19, 2016) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Announcing an array of new products and deals at this week’s NAB show, Arris said it has reached a deal with HBO to provide its DSR-7400 transcoder satellite receiver.
  2. YouTube rolling out live 360-degree videos with immersive Coachella experience (April 19, 2016) By Ian Paul, PCWorld: YouTube 360-degree live video is here, and you’re first chance to see it will probably be during the Coachella festival on Saturday and Sunday.
  3. OWN Unveils Its First TV Everywhere App (April 20, 2016) By Sara Alessi, World Screen: Oprah Winfrey Network has launched its first TV Everywhere streaming service, offering access to a live feed of the channel and a selection of on-demand programming.
  4. New Report Says Consumers Spend 42 Percent of TV Time on OTT (April 20, 2016) By Laura Hamilton, CED Magazine: More data continues to flow in about consumers’ love-fest with over-the-top video.
  5. Europe contributes a quarter of VoD film (April 20, 2016) By James Groves, TVBEurope: European production companies supply 27 percent of the continent’s VoD film content, according to the latest report from the European Audiovisual Observatory.