Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending November 20, 2015

On Monday, The New York Times reported that the European operator Liberty Global agreed to buy telecom company Cable & Wireless Communications for $5.5 billion. As part of the deal, Cable & Wireless shareholders will receive a one-time 4.5 cent dividend following the close of the transaction with the stock offer valued at $1.32 a share.

Digital TV Europe reported that Ericsson and Airtel Nigeria are launching NuVu, a SVOD content service that gives subscribers in Nigeria access to around 3,000 local and international TV and film titles. The offering, to be launched in 2016, will initially be available on Android with plans to expand to other platforms.

Variety reported that HBO signed an exclusive content deal with Japan’s pay TV platform, Star Channel. According to the terms of the deal, Star Channel will be the “exclusive TV home” of many HBO titles including the new season of Game of Thrones.

According to a recent survey by Parks Associate, household income, house size and age contribute to the adoption rate of smart-home devices, reported Twice. While the adoption rate of smart-home devices is higher among millennials, they own fewer devices compared to older households.

Finally, IP & TV News reported that SVOD is gaining popularity in Australia with the launch of many new SVOD services in 2015. A recent survey by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that 17 percent of adults in Australia used SVOD services in six months.

  1. Liberty Global to Buy Cable & Wireless for $5.5 Billion (November 16, 2015) By Mark Scott, The New York Times: Liberty Global, the European cable and wireless operator controlled by John C. Malone, agreed on Monday to buy the British telecommunications company Cable & Wireless Communications for $5.5 billion.
  2. Ericsson and Airtel Nigeria to launch SVOD service NuVu (November 18, 2015) By Staff, Digital TV Europe: Ericsson and telecoms company Airtel Nigeria are due to launch a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service called NuVu in Q1 2016.
  3. HBO Signs Exclusive Deal with Japanese Pay TV Service Star Channel (November 18, 2015) By Leo Barraclough, Variety: Japan’s premium pay TV platform Star Channel has agreed to a new exclusive television content deal with HBO. The operator will be the exclusive television home in Japan to HBO titles, including the new season of “Game of Thrones.”
  4. Smart Home Owners Skew Younger, But Older Households Buy More Devices (November 16, 2015) By Joseph Palenchar, Twice: Younger households adopt smart-home devices at a higher rate than older households, but older households with smart-home devices own more devices on average, Parks Associates found in a survey.
  5. Survey: 17% of Australians watched SVOD in last 6 months (November 17, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP&TV News: Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is growing rapidly in Australia, according to a new ACMA survey of 1,505 Australian adults.


Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending November 13, 2015

Multichannel News reported that Cox Communications signed a national licensing deal with Comcast’s X1 video platform and launched a new version of its Contour video service in San Diego. Contour includes features like access to TV Everywhere apps along with X1’s voice-activated remote control.

On Monday, Mashable reported on the launch of Beachfront Media’s Rise, a new OTT service that offers a platform for video creators to target millennials across connected TV and mobile devices.

With the aim to be the “Netflix of live TV,” Telletopia, a nonprofit organization is working to bring over-the-air broadcast TV stations online, reported MediaPost. The service will launch in 14 California television markets next year with plans to expand across the U.S. in the next two years.

Variety reported that CBS Studios International signed a multi-year licensing agreement with China’s leading online video streaming operator, PPTV. The deal covers exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in China.

Finally, a recent study from the Video Advertising Bureau shows that the usage of TV Everywhere has risen by 25 percent between Q2’14 and Q2’15, according to Media Life Magazine. The study attributed the rise in popularity to the 2014 World Cup, when viewers signed up for TV Everywhere and continued to use it afterwards due to its ease of use.

  1. Cox Inks National X1 Deal with Comcast (November 11, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Cox Bows X1-Powered ‘Contour’ Service in San Diego.
  2. New OTT service aims to connect creators to consumers across devices (November 10, 2015) By Saba Hamedy, Mashable: A new, premium, over-the-top service is hoping to give content creators more tools to monetize their work by making it easier for them to connect with consumers.
  3. Telletopia To Start Cable-Like Internet OTT Service (November 10, 2015) By Wayne Friedman, MediaPost: In sharp contrast to other recent controversial cable-like OTT Internet services, a new nonprofit startup will offer a live, local TV over-the-top Internet-delivered service with one big difference: Financial deals with TV networks and stations.
  4. CBS Studios International Inks Pact With China’s PPTV Video-Streaming Service (November 12, 2015) By Todd Spangler, Variety: CBS Studios International announced a multi-year licensing deal with China’s PPTV video-streaming service for exclusive streaming rights to CBS and Showtime series in the world’s most populous nation.
  5. Finally, TV Everywhere starts catching on (November 9, 2015) By Staff, Media Life Magazine: In concept, TV Everywhere, or the idea that people should be able to watch TV content outside of their television sets, has always held a lot of promise.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending October 30, 2015

FierceCable confirmed that Comcast started beta testing Stream in Boston. Stream is Comcast’s streaming service that will work on all OTT devices and will be available only to existing Comcast Internet users. The final version of Stream will be launched in the near future.

On-demand streaming services are set to take over the entertainment industry. According to Engadget, BroadwayHD launched a new streaming service this week that features more than 100 Broadway shows, for a monthly fee of $15.

Additionally, Rapid TV News covered a study by IHS Research on the recent surge in Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) services, predicting that Netflix will continue to lead the charge. To keep up with the influx in SVOD services, linear TV channels are offering Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) services.

Separately, a recent report by GfK found that monthly Netflix subscribers watch 10 TV shows and 4 movies a week on an average showing that it has doubled in number from the same study conducted in 2014, reported Multichannel News. The study also revealed that 24 percent of users watch Netflix on mobile devices, which has doubled in the last 3 years.

A recent Dataxis study revealed that the Brazilian pay-TV market is expected to reach 27.7 million households by 2018, indicating a growth of 30.7 percent from 2015, according to IP & TV News. The study further notes that Direct-to-Home (DTH) services make up 60.9 percent of the total pay-TV homes in Brazil in 2015.

  1. Comcast’s Strauss: MSO is testing Stream OTT service in Boston; launch is ‘imminent’ (October 27, 2015) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Comcast video chief Matthew Strauss told FierceCable that the company is conducting beta trials of its new streaming skinny bundle, dubbed Stream, in Boston.
  2. BroadwayHD streaming service brings the theater to you (October 26, 2015) By Edgar Alvarez, Engadget: There’s no doubt live and on-demand streaming services are the future of entertainment.
  3. Direct to consumer channels spur online video surge and Netflix to 100MN subs by 2018 (October 27, 2015) By Staff, Rapid TV News: The arrival of the likes of Netflix has left an indelible mark on a TV business which is now is a state of flux according to analysis by IHS.
  4. Netflix Regulars Watch 10 TV Shows Per Week (October 28, 2015) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Level has doubled in three years, study says.
  5. Brazilian pay-TV households to hit 27.7M by 2018 (October 27, 2015) By Thomas Campbell, IP & TV News: The Brazilian pay-TV market will reach 27.7 million households (HHs) by 2018, according to data published today by Dataxis.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending October 23, 2015

Re/code reported that Comcast is planning to offer cellular services, using spectrum provided by Verizon.  This move will enable Comcast to provide its customers with Internet, TV, home phone and cell service. It is likely that Comcast will test out Wi-Fi™ first with Verizon before rolling out other services commercially.

Following the footsteps of a number of media companies that launched over-the-top (OTT) services, Disney is planning to introduce a subscription streaming service next month in the UK called the Disney Life. According to BBC News, the service will include movies, TV series, books and music.

RCR Wireless published an analyst’s take on the growth of the Wi-Fi market and the opportunities ahead. The story noted that as service providers are evolving their business models to better meet consumer demands, we will see the creation of new Wi-Fi-based services.

According to Future Market Insights, the global Video on Demand (VOD) market is expected to reach $263 billion by 2016, reported Rapid TV News. While North America remains a major market for VOD services, Asia Pacific is on its way to become the world’s second largest VOD market by 2020.

MediaPost covered a study by Altman Vilandrie & Co., showing the importance of TV Everywhere to Millennials. Of note, 54 percent of younger Millennials are more likely to subscribe to a service provider offering TV Everywhere capabilities.

  1. Comcast Moves Closer to Offering Cell Service, Activates Deal With Verizon (October 21, 2015) By Ina Fried Re/code: In recent months, the cable giant notified Verizon it intends to exercise its option to resell cellular service using the carrier’s network, according to a source familiar with the company’s plans. Comcast and several other cable operators got the option several years back as part of a spectrum deal with Verizon.
  2. Disney to launch Netflix video streaming rival in UK (October 22, 2015) By Chris Foxx, BBC News: Disney is to launch its own subscription-based video streaming service in the UK.
  3. Analyst Angle: High-growth areas for Wi-Fi based services (October 21, 2015) By Adlane Fellah, WiFi360, RCR Wireless: As more Wi-Fi services enter the market, consumer demand increases.
  4. Asia on course to become second largest VOD market (October 20, 2015) By Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News: The Asia Pacific is set to become the world’s second largest video-on-demand (VOD) market after the US, accounting for over 22% of the US$103 billion global industry by 2020.
  5. TV Everywhere Key To Attracting Millennials (October 19, 2015) By Aaron Baar, MediaPost: Millennials might be more inclined to subscribe to pay television services if their current (or potential) providers were to make a more concerted effort to demonstrate how the services can be used anywhere, on any device.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week Ending October 9, 2015

This week, Gaming Illustrated published a review of the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 modem. The reviewer Ryan Bloom concluded that the SB6141 “is the perfect modem for most internet consumers.”

Broadband Technology Report shared its top picks of cable tech trends heading into the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo next week: Gigabit, DOCSIS® 3.1, CCAP, virtualization, and industry consolidation. The article also highlighted a number of other topics that will be top of mind, such as Wi-Fi™, multiscreen video, advanced user interfaces (UIs), and improved video search and recommendations.

Recent data by eMarketer revealed just how mainstream an activity OTT video has become, with nearly three-quarters of US Internet users watching OTT video, according to Rapid TV News.

Broadband Technology Report discussed the opportunity for service providers to go after the OTT video market by offering services that can aggregate the content OTT viewers actually watch in one convenient place.

Finally, a new report from Digital TV Research showed that pay TV subscriptions for 338 operators across 89 countries will increase by 200 million, from a collective 704 million in 2014 to 904 million by 2020.

  1. ARRIS Surfboard SB6141 Modem Review (October 6, 2015) by Ryan Bloom, Gaming Illustrated: Available at around $89.99, the ARRIS Surfboard SB6141 is an affordable way to boost your internet setup at home.
  2. BTR’S Top 5 (or so) Expo Tech Trends (October 7, 2015) by Ron Hendrickson, Broadband Technology Report: If you’re looking for cable technology trends, the SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo is the one-stop shop. Now in its 33rd year, Expo is the venue to see what’s hot in cable now and – more importantly – what’s coming next.
  3. Nearly three-quarters of US Internet users watch OTT video (October 6, 2015) By Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News: The analyst calculates, in its forecast of OTT video viewership, that by the end of 2015, 181 million people in the US will have watched video via an app or website that provides streaming content over the Internet and bypasses traditional distribution.
  4. The future is here, and it’s OTT (October 5, 2015) By Ron Hendrickson, Broadband Technology Report: OK, that over-the-top (OTT) appears to be the future of video isn’t really news any more. What is news is that it’s accelerating, and in places you wouldn’t necessarily expect.
  5. Global Pay TV Operator Forecasts (October 2015) Digital TV Research: Pay TV subscriptions for 338 operators across 89 countries will increase by 200 million from a collective 704 million in 2014 to 904 million by 2020, according to a new report from Digital TV Research.

Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of September 28, 2015

This week, CED Magazine reported that ARRIS will demo its new network-based power management concept at the upcoming SCTE Expo. Based on ARRIS’s E6000™ CER platform, this proof of concept already achieves up to three-quarters of the SCTE Energy 2020 goal, providing the industry with a foundation for reaching a 20 percent reduction in energy use by the year 2020.

In other industry news, Variety reported the launch of Tribeca Shortlist, a new SVoD service promising hand-picked titles from around the world recommended by actors and directors, as well as industry insiders and influencers.

According to Broadband News, a new report from Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home UX group found that consumers are watching more television and videos than ever before. This trend is attributed to connected media devices providing the convenience of on-demand content.

Media Life Magazine reported on a new study from Evercore, showing that a majority of Millennials do not plan to cut the cord in favor of online streaming and are not averse to paying for entertainment.

Finally, Rapid TV News reported that comScore identified a new demographic known as ‘super viewers,’ characterized as highly engaged multi-platform consumers who crave specific content. This trend is mostly seen across cable networks that create lifestyle or interest-based content around specific categories like cooking, finance, news and sports.

1. ARRIS To Debut New Network-Based Power Management Concept At SCTE (September 29, 2015) By Andrew Winistorfer, CED Magazine: With devices like cable boxes costing as much as $8 a month on customers’ power bills, finding ways to reduce energy costs is tantamount to companies’ future plans. As part of SCTE’s Energy 2020 plan, ARRIS might have a solution: its new proof of concept debuting at SCTE.

2. Tribeca, Lionsgate Launch ‘Shortlist’ Movie SVOD Service with a Human Touch (October 1, 2015) By Todd Spangler, Variety: Streaming service to include 150 curated titles monthly, with lists from guest actors and filmmakers.

3. Connected media devices change viewing behaviour (September 25, 2015) Broadband TV News: Are consumers willing to be locked into one connected media device ecosystem?

4. Fact: Millennials are not big cord-cutters (September 28, 2015) By Toni Fitzgerald, Media Life Magazine: We tend to think of all Millennials as cord-cutting new technology junkies who have little use for traditional media. But it turns out that’s not quite true.

5. Online video boom heralds rise of the ‘super viewer’ (September 30, 2015) Rapid TV News: A comScore research note has identified the emergence of a new type of consumer of video driven by binge-watching and time-shifted viewing.


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