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™ 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.

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

CED Magazine reported that ARRIS collaborated with The Weather Channel to bring “Local Now” on Sling TV across all devices. The over-the-top (OTT) streaming service offers subscribers personalized weather, news, traffic and sports information based on their location.

This week, Variety reported on DirecTV’s deal to offer U.S. viewers up to 25 of this season’s Major League Baseball (MLB) games live in 4K Ultra HD (UHD). DirecTV’s coverage of the baseball games on Friday, April 15, marks the first-ever live 4K UHD telecast of an MLB game in the U.S.

Subscription video on demand services (SVOD) catering to a niche audience has become increasingly popular. Former Network USA CEO, Phil Osborn, launched AeroCinema, a new aviation-focused SVOD service, that offers more than 400 rare aviation features, documentaries, and profiles, reported Realscreen. The $4.95-a-month service is available on smart TVs as well as on mobile devices and desktops.

According to a recent study by Nielsen, video on demand (VOD) is a part of the daily viewing habits for many users around the world, regardless of their age, reported MediaPost. The study found that among the 65 percent of respondents who watch any VOD programming, 43 percent watch at least once a day. Among other findings, the study noted that movies dominate the type of VOD content viewed across all regions and generations.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that according to a report by Enders Analysis, Netflix is on its way to reaching its goal of 80-90 million U.S. subscribers and 150 million global subscribers by 2020. The report also noted that another round of international expansion will double the media giant’s global base over the next five years outpacing all of its competitors.

  1. Arris and The Weather Channel Team for “Local Now” OTT Streaming Service (April 14, 2016) By Laura Hamilton, CED Magazine: Arris announced today that it has collaborated with The Weather Channel to bring “Local Now” to Sling TV across all devices.
  2. DirecTV to Carry MLB Network Games in 4K Ultra HD (April 12, 2016) By Todd Splangler, Variety: AT&T-owned satellite service offers U.S. subscribers first live baseball games in UHD format.
  3. Aviation SVOD service AeroCinema takes flight (April 12, 2016) By Daniele Alcinii, Realscreen: As the saying goes, “If you build it, they will come.”
  4. VOD An Every Day Affair For Many (April 11, 2016) By Jack Loechner, MediaPost: According to Nielsen, Video-On-Demand is becoming a part of daily viewing habits for many around the world, regardless of age.
  5. 2015 surge sets Netflix on track for 150MN customers by 2020 (April 12, 2016) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: Record growth in 2015 shows Netflix to be well on its way to achieving its goal of 60-90 million US streaming customers and a global base of 150 million by 2020 according to a report by Enders Analysis.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending April 1, 2016

FierceCable highlighted the ‘Home of the Future’ presentation that ARRIS CTO Charles Cheevers delivered at the company’s Investor Day event. The presentation looked at a number of technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), 4K streaming and virtual reality (VR) that will require in the future broadband capacity four times that of today’s average. Cheevers predicted that within five years, an early adopter’s home will include 3.5 set-tops, four streaming video devices, four Internet-connected cameras and three Wi-Fi extenders on an average.

Mutlichannel News reported that Comcast is planning to offer its new Xfinity Stream TV service to customers who are not subscribers of Comcast’s broadband service. Xfinity Stream will run on Comcast’s own managed IP network, but will not be delivered as an over-the-top (OTT) service.

Fullscreen, AT&T’s joint venture with the Chernin Group, announced that it will introduce an ad-free subscription video on demand (SVOD) service for teens and young adults next month, reported Variety. The $4.99-a-month offering will include original content as well as a collection of movies and TV shows licensed from established producers, such as Warner Bros. Television, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal and MTV among others.

According to a recent report by Parks Associates, OTT video usage in Western Europe continues to rise, but still trails behind the U.S., reported CED Magazine. The OTT Video Market Tracker report revealed that 55 percent of UK broadband households and 51 percent in France watch TV programming and movies online, compared to 70 percent in the U.S.

Finally, TVTechnology reported that according to NSR’s UHD via Satellite, 3rd Edition report, 2016 is seen as a “key inflection point” for the rollout of Ultra HD (UHD) via satellite. The report projected that by 2025, there will be more than 785 UHD channels. And the bandwidth capacity required to carry these channels will drive an added $280 million in annual leasing revenues.

  1. Arris ‘home of the future’ presentation ends illusion of monastic broadband existence (March 28, 2016) By Daniel Frank, FierceCable: As I enter my 23rd month on the beat at FierceCable, one of things that has confounded me is the push towards gigabit-level speed.
  2. Comcast Eyes Standalone Option for Stream TV Service (March 31, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: IPTV Service to become available on MSO’s network to subs, who don’t get broadband from Comcast.
  3. Fullscreen Unveils $5 Subscription-Video Service, Taking on Netflix and YouTube Red (March 30, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Company investor AT&T on board with marketing, distribution and co-production deal.
  4. OTT Market Strong in U.S. and Growing in Europe (March 29, 2016) By Laura Hamilton, CED Magazine: OTT video usage in Western Europe is continuing to expand with 55 percent of U.K. broadband households and 51 percent in France watching TV programming and movies online, compared to 70 percent in the United States.
  5. Report: UHD Channels to Exceed 785 by 2025 (March 29, 2016) By Michael Balderston, TVTechnology: UHD via Satellite report marks 2016 as key inflection point.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending March 25, 2016

Variety reported that Comcast is now selling bundles of its cable TV, Internet and phone services through Amazon to showcase its offerings to millions of online shoppers. Comcast bundles on Amazon include Xfinity Internet Plus, which offers about 30 local broadcast TV channels and HBO and broadband.

Rapid TV News reported that blim, Televisa’s newly launched subscription video on demand (SVOD) service across Latin America, has struck a deal with BBC WorldWide to acquire more than 200 hours of video on demand (VOD) programming. As part of the agreement, audiences across the continent will have access to BBC content on demand and on multiple platforms.

According to the NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence Smartphone and Tablet Usage Report, 81 percent of all U.S. smartphone users now stream video on their devices, reported Multichannel News. This usage is primarily driven by users under the age of 25, who spend twice as much time watching video content on YouTube and Netflix mobile apps compared to users over the age of 25.

In other news, according to the BARB Establishment Survey, 24 percent of UK households used Netflix, Amazon Video or Sky’s Now TV in Q4’15 compared to 14 percent in Q1’14, reported Broadband TV News. The survey also noted that Netflix continued to lead the UK SVOD market.

Finally, according to a recent study by Deloitte, over 90 percent of U.S. consumers multitask while watching TV, reported MediaPost. Most popular multitasking activities of millennials included web surfing, chatting on social networks and texting. Additionally, the study noted that less than 25 percent of all the consumers’ multitasking activities were related to the program being watched.

  1. Starts Selling Comcast Xfinity TV, Internet Service (March 21, 2016) By Todd Spangler, Variety: is now selling a range of Comcast Xfinity products and bundles, as the cable giant seeks to get its cable TV, Internet and phone services in front of millions of online shoppers.
  2. Televisa’s blim inks BBC VOD content deal (March 22, 2016) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: Shortly after its launch across Latin America, Televisa’s over-the-top (OTT) platform blim has announced a major content deal with BBC Worldwide.
  3. Most Smartphone Users Tap In to Stream Video (March 22, 2016) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Younger Set Spends Twice the Time Watching Netflix, YouTube.
  4. One quarter of UK homes are SVOD subscribers (March 23, 2016) By Julian Clover, Broadband TV news: A quarter of UK households now claim to subscribe to one of the three main subscription video on demand services.
  5. Millennial TV Watchers Average 4 Non-TV Activities (March 23, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: TV consumers that don’t multitask while watching TV are now a tiny minority.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending March 18, 2016

Multichannel News reported that Altice selected ARRIS’s E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) to help deliver Gigabit service to its subscribers. Altice will deploy the E6000 CER technology within its SFR unit in France, Orange-Tricom in the Dominican Republic and will further expand the use of the edge router within the operations of its recently acquired U.S. asset Suddenlink Communications.

In a move to bolster its go90 mobile video platform, Verizon Digital Media Services announced that it acquired Volicon, a video capture and archiving company, reported CED Magazine. The acquisition aims to boost Verizon’s over-the-top video services and establish itself in the online video industry.

Mashable reported that LionsGate followed up on last Spring’s plans to create a subscription video on demand (SVOD) channel tied to Comic-Con by announcing details of the new channel. Comic-Con HQ, the new SVOD beta service will launch on May 7 with original scripted and unscripted series, daily and weekly entertainment commentary, plus a library of live and library programming. The service will also feature film and TV programs.

Earlier this week, Stream Daily reported that Fandango’s recently acquired M-Go platform will be rebranded as FandangoNow, a new video-on-demand (VOD) service, slated to roll out on March 30.  The service will provide users access to new movie releases and next-day TV shows on the web, mobile, OTT devices and smart TVs.

Finally, according to a recent report from Competitive Intelligence Unit, OTT video platforms in Mexico raked in over $470 million in 2015 driving growth in the telecoms sector in the region, reported Rapid TV News. The growth of the OTT platforms is attributed to better broadband networks and evolving video consumption habits of Mexican viewers.

  1. Altice Adds Arris to Gigabit Playbook (March 16, 2016) By Jeff Baumgarnter, Multichannel News: Suddenlink Systems Among Those to Deploy E6000.
  2. Verizon Bolsters Online Video with Volicon Acquisition (March 16, 2016) By Diana Goovaerts CED Magazine: Verizon Digital Media Services is aiming to bolster its Over-the-Top (OTT) video services with the acquisition of video company Volicon.
  3. Lionsgate, Comic-Con team on VOD service that’ll make your geeky dreams come true (March 14, 2016) By Saba Hamedy, Mashable: Comic-Con and Lionsgate announced Monday that their subscription video on-demand service will roll out just in time for the annual San Diego event in July.
  4. Fandango preps new VOD service, FandangoNow (March 16, 2016) By Darah Hansen, Stream Daily: Fandango, the online movie ticket seller and MCN, has entered the VOD space with a new transactional service, FandangoNow.
  5. OTT drives telecoms growth in Mexico (March 14, 2016) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: Better broadband networks and the changing consumption habits of Mexican viewers have driven over-the-top (OTT) platforms to lead growth in the country’s telecom sector.



Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending February 12, 2016

Techcrunch reported that CBS’ live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke streaming records with 3.96 million unique viewers. Viewers watched the game across various platforms including laptops, desktops, tablets, connected TV devices and mobile phones.

Additionally, according to Comcast, fans at Super Bowl 50 used nearly 10 terabytes of data on wireless networks, a “record-breaking” number, at the Levi’s Stadium, reported CED Magazine. Fans used more than half of the data on the free Super Bowl Stadium app to order food, watch Super Bowl commercials and check lines around the stadium.

A recent survey from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 81 percent of US homes either have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix or use Video On Demand (VOD) services from a pay TV provider, reported Media Post. Additionally, more than half of the households get Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service from Netflix, Amazon Prime, and/or Hulu.

According to a recent study by The Diffusion Group (TDG), within the next 10 years, recommendation-based program guides will ultimately drive 75 percent of all TV viewing, reported Rapid TV News. The study further highlighted that recommendation-driven guides will flourish in the coming decade and TV Everywhere will become more popular.

Finally, research from Vindicia, Ooyala and MTM predicted strong premium OTT services growth in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, reported IP & TV News. Despite the optimistic future prospects for the market, the research cites various factors including poor widespread broadband infrastructure, piracy and complexities around payment as barriers for local providers.

  1. CBS Says Super Bowl 50 Broke Streaming Records With 3.96 Million Unique Viewers (February 8, 2016) By Sarah Perez Techcrunch: CBS reported earlier this morning that its live stream of Super Bowl 50 broke all prior streaming records for the big game.
  2. Comcast’s Free Wi-Fi Fields 10 TB of Data Usage at Super Bowl 50 (February 9, 2016) By Diana Goovaerts, CED Magazine: Data usage didn’t just skyrocket on carrier networks during Super Bowl 50, Wi-Fi was put to the test as well.
  3. Majority Of TV Homes Get SVOD Service (February 8, 2016) By Wayne Friedman, Media Post: Live TV, like the Super Bowl, will remain important on select days of the year — but overall non-live TV platforms/technology continues to grow.
  4. Recommendation-based guides to drive 75% of all TV viewing by 2025 (February 9, 2016) By Staff, Rapid TV News: It seems that pay-TV viewers are only too pleased to take advice from the services that they use, with such recommendations rapidly becoming the norm, says research from The Diffusion Group (TDG).
  5. OTT poised for strong growth in LATAM (February 10, 2016) By Thomas Campbell, IP & TV News:  Premium OTT is set for strong growth in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, according to new research by Vindicia, Ooyala and MTM.




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