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.
This week we’ve been in Dubai at the TV Connect MENA event, sharing views with service providers across the Middle East. It’s a region in which TV is flourishing. Here, service providers realize that TV is at the heart of their business, helping them develop a genuine bond with their customers.
For them, the UI is the most critical point of differentiation – followed closely by the ability to take that experience across multiple screens.
In this diverse region, we have relatively advanced markets – with high ARPU, high broadband (FTTH) penetration, and a cultural desire to be at the edge of technology and innovation – this will only continue…
But on the other hand, there are the emerging TV markets — with lower ARPU and broadband penetration, traditionally dominated by satellite providers, as fixed infrastructure hasn’t been rolled out as widely.
In these markets, mobile video will play a different role as we take advantage of the greater penetration of mobile broadband networks (e.g. LTE). And with the rollout of HEVC slated for next year, HD video delivery can be a reality – even in these bandwidth-constrained markets – thanks to the efficiency of HEVC encoding.
Multiscreen and wireless video has also been a hot topic with service provider customers at the event as mobile device penetration continues to increase. One service provider even described homes with over 20 TVs… being able to deliver video wirelessly to all these screens is undoubtedly an attractive proposition!
We also took the opportunity at the show to announce a new customer in Saudi Arabia – the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu – where we’re supplying an end-to-end set of solutions to enhance their Internet and TV services.
Check out a few photos from the show below.