With the holiday season upon us, many consumers will upgrade to the latest and greatest connected devices. But are you up-to-speed on the newest technology? Tom’s Guide offered an explanation of the benefits and future of 4K, which is expected to see more available content in 2014.
This past week, Technavio short-listed our Media Gateway as part of its list of products projected to drive growth in the global set-top box market and FierceCable included us in its list of Top 6 Super DVRs.
Of course, TV Everywhere continues to grab headlines with FierceOnlineVideo discussing cable operators’ interest in giving subscribers access to shows on connected devices. And Rapid TV News featured data from Nielsen revealing that more than 50 million people engage with second-screen content each day – good news for brands and advertisers as consumers increase their media consumption.
With the holiday travel season coming up, do you have any plans to use multiscreen content? Let us know in the comments below!
- What Is 4K TV? (Nov. 21) By John Quain, Tom’s Guide: Ready for a new buzzword? 4K is the biggest thing in TV nowadays — literally. This format offers four times the resolution of HDTV, and is designed especially for very large TVs, some with screens as large as 80 inches.
- Top 8 Set-Top Box Manufacturers (Nov. 15) By Staff, Technavio: The Global Set Top Box market is becoming more versatile and dynamic as it provides several benefits to customers, such as pause and store facilities and easy deployment options.
- Arris Media Gateway – Top 6 Super DVRs (Nov. 21) By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Arris was one of the first set-top vendors to deploy a super DVR, a product it developed after its 2009 acquisition of Paul Allen’s Digeo.
- TV Everywhere’s game of catch-up (Nov. 20) By Josh Wein, FierceOnlineVideo: TV Everywhere may finally be starting to get somewhere. The pay-TV industry has tried for years to get its streaming video act together.
- Second-screen usage drives new online, mobile advertising investment (Nov. 22) By Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News: Second-screen usage is the latest way US consumers engage with television content. According to the latest Nielsen data, 75% of smartphone and tablet users are engaging with second-screen content more than once a month as they watch TV.
We are in the Big Apple this week at Content and Communications World, where we announced that The Weather Channel selected our MPEG-4 encoders to enhance consumers’ viewing experience as reported by FierceCable.
Millions of people tune in every morning for the latest weather forecast, but what if you could watch in four-times the resolution of current HD? According to Broadband TV News, a recent report revealed that soon could be a reality with the North American market expected to be the first region to eclipse five percent of 4K TV shipments in 2017.
In other news, consumers’ viewing habits remain a topic of conversation with Broadband Technology Report featuring a report by Infonetics Research on the growth of multiscreen, while Business Insider discussed how this season’s TV schedule is emphasizing the trend’s importance.
Lastly, Light Reading added findings from a report by Multimedia Research Group confirming the growing consumer demand for more advanced video and home networking services.
Are you a multiscreen viewer? How has the second-screen trend impacted your viewing experience? Let us know in the comments!
- Weather Channel signs Arris to help it deliver ‘future unique content experiences’ (Nov. 13) By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Arris said it struck a deal with The Weather Channel, which will use its integrated receiver decoders and encoders to help it deliver more regionalized data and linear services.
- Price remains most critical factor for 4K (Nov. 11) By Robert Briel, Broadband TV News: Price remains the most critical factor for 4K (or Ultra HD) TV adoption, according to ABI Research.
- Multiscreen Video Dominates Home Networking (Nov. 11) By Staff, Broadband Technology Report: According to Infonetics Research, the home networking industry is increasingly focused on multiscreen video.
- Why The ‘Second Screen’ Industry Is Now Ready For Prime-Time (Nov. 13) By Marcelo Ballve, Business Insider: We’re in a multiscreen world. These days, TV shows and ad campaigns are planned with a smartphone or tablet-toting TV viewer in mind. A wide majority of U.S. audiences now use a second screen while watching TV, and about half of them do so on a daily basis.
- Make Way for Gateways (Nov. 12) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: Although they may still be relatively small in number, home media gateways are starting to make their presence felt in the pay TV market.
Multiscreen and live content, Saudi Arabia, network DVR, and power—that’s what’s in this week’s news.
Half of all ad campaigns will be multiscreen in the next three years; that’s according to a study in MediaDailyNews. Are you ready for multiscreen ad insertion?
A study in Rapid TV News found that 84 percent of pay-TV subscribers want their subscription available live and streaming on their connected devices. Delivering content across all screens is not enough; it has to be ALL content across ALL screens…
Which brings us to ARRIS news, where this week, we were in Dubai at TV Connect MENA talking to Digital TV Europe about providing cable and IPTV infrastructure to Saudi Arabia. Stateside, CEO Bob Stanzione told FierceCable about the multiple ARRIS customers that soon will be deploying network-based DVRs to augment in-home DVR functionality.
And speaking of network DVRs, Broadband Technology Report wrote about their value in home energy conservation by taking DVR processing to the cloud. BTR spoke with ARRIS director of IP engineering, Carol Ansley, about other energy-saving measures, including our own initiatives at the chip level.
Which trend do you think will have the biggest impact on the industry — integrated multiscreen media campaigns, improved DVR functionality or energy efficient set-top boxes?
- Half Of All Ad Campaigns Will Be Multiscreen By 2016 (Nov. 1) By Wayne Friedman, MediaDailyNews: In three years, about half of all media campaigns are expected to be multiscreen campaigns, according to a study from the Association of National Advertisers and Nielsen. Multiscreen is defined as two or more screens — TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone and digital place-based media — running in a similar time frame.
- Pay-TV users demand live linear streaming (Oct. 31) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Having live content delivered through streaming or through traditional channels is not an either/or for pay-TV subscribers, according to new research conducted by The Diffusion Group and iStreamPlanet.
- Arris to supply TV infrastructure for Saudi industrial cities (Nov. 5) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Video and broadband technology provider Arris has secured a contract to provide cable and IPTV infrastructure for the petrochemical industry cities of Jubai and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.
- Arris: ‘lead customers’ to launch network DVR service in 2014 (Nov. 4) By Steve Donohue, FierceCable: Multiple customers of Arris will soon deploy network-based DVRs that will be used to “augment in-home DVR functionality,” Arris CEO Bob Stanzione told analysts last week.
- Power – the Right Amount of It – to the Set Tops (Nov. 6) By Carl Weinschenk, Broadband Technology Report: Since its earliest days, cable has been a powerhouse. From developing new ways of delivering video to becoming a voice and data provider of choice, the industry has exuded power. It’s a business power, a technical power and a political power.