Category: 4K/8K Video


IPTV recovers its mojo

Walking the floor at last year’s IP&TV World Forum I was struck by the general air of despondency amongst IPTV companies. There were some serious doubts being expressed about basic rudiments such as business models and standards. At the heart of this diffidence was the 3 letter acronym – OTT. Many were still trying to get a handle on what, precisely, the rise of OTT meant for them.
Fast forward a year and at this year’s Forum there was a much greater air of confidence amongst those I talked to in the managed IPTV sector.

Motorola picks up IPTV developer

Resurgent handset vendor Motorola Mobility this week signed an agreement to acquire Swedish IPTV software provider Dreampark for an undisclosed sum.

Satellite TV mania not over just yet in Eastern Europe

Conventional wisdom runs that Eastern Europe already has a surfeit of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV operators. But recent launches show there are yet more players willing to enter the market and, at least in certain markets, there is still some room for growth in subscriber numbers.

OTT TV viewers swamp IPTV subscribers

Over the top TV viewers will outnumber those watching managed IPTV services from traditional providers by 2015, according to numbers released by Informa Telecoms & Media this week.

LTE to be used for live TV broadcasts in Norway

The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) has tapped up TeliaSonera subsidiary NetCom as its supplier of voce and mobile broadband services, demonstrating some of the application potential for LTE.

MWC debrief: Operator strategy

Informa’s chief research officer, Mark Newman, and analyst Dario Talmesio discuss rich communications suite (RCS) capabilities and the slow development of the initiative as well as the G5 alliance and carrier billing.

EU to take legal action against France and Spain over telecoms taxes

France and Spain are to be taken to court by the EU over telecoms taxes. According to reports from Reuters, the EU executive will take legal action over taxes imposed on telecoms companies aimed at compensating for the end of advertising on public television stations. An unnamed source has said that such taxes are deemed to be incompatible with EU telecoms rules, which require specific charges on telecoms operators to be directly related to meeting the costs of regulating the telecoms sector.

Sweden raises $323m in spectrum auction

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has announced that it raised $323.7m through its latest spectrum auction. Following five days and 31 rounds of online bidding, TeliaSonera, HI3G Access, and Net4Mobility (a joint venture between Tele2 and Telenor) all secured licenses in the 800MHz “digital dividend” band.

Andy Salo, product director, RGB Networks

Andy Salo, director of product marketing at RGB Networks, talks to telecoms.com about freeing up content, so operators can target more varied types of devices.

Google satellites to reach orbit in 2013

Google-backed satellite operator O3b Networks, which stands for “the Other 3 billion”, is set to launch services in 2013 after this week securing its final round of funding. The company has raised a total of $1.2bn from a group of investors and banks.

Providing for the providers

Video and multimedia consumption is going through the roof, and all across the industry debate is raging about how best to support this content. Telecoms.com recently spoke with Simon Orme, GM of content services at BT Wholesale about providing for the providers.

A growing audience for digital TV

The conversion of TV households to digital services continues with momentum, with around 85 million digital TV households expected to be added in 2010, bringing the global total to 517 million and digital penetration to 40 per cent. By the end of 2015, according to statistics from Informa Telecoms & Media, the total number of digital TV households will be approaching the one billion mark, representing a penetration rate of 65 per cent.

Samsung, IPWireless partner on IMB mobile video

Handset vendor Samsung has struck a deal with IPWireless to develop devices with broadcast capabilities based on the 3GPP IMB standard. IMB is capable of streaming live video and broadcasting and storing content on the device for later consumption, helping to ease congestion on the network.

Intel revenues top $3bn; Google TVs unveiled

US chip giant Intel reported Wednesday that third quarter revenue exceeded $11bn for the first time, up 18 per cent year on year. The company reported net income of $3bn, up from $1.8bn a year ago.

The TV is not a mobile phone

Apple’s rivals have been particularly buoyed by the company’s seemingly underwhelming TV strategy. The latest version of Apple TV features no App Store and no apps. But there are several reasons Steve Jobs should not be overly worried.

Project Canvas to launch as YouView in 2011

Project Canvas, the UK-based internet TV coalition created to drive supply and demand of online, interactive TV services has revealed that its commercial offering, to be known as YouView, will launch in 2011.

Platforms not services to rule connected home

Platforms that aggregate services rather than any individual device will play the most important role in the connected home over the next five years. Research released by analyst house Informa Telecoms & Media this week predicts that as yet unreleased platforms like HbbTV, Project Canvas and Google TV will play a significant part in the future of the connected home.

Comcel launches 3G mobile TV in Columbia

Colombian operator Comcel has launched a 3G-based, streaming, on demand mobile TV subscription service dubbed Ideas Web TV. Powered by technology provided by ROK, Ideas Web TV will offer an initial package of channels including Discovery Movil, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Playboy Lifestyle, ESPN, ESPN-X, Wappo TV, Disney Channel and National Geographic for a monthly cost of MXN15,000 ($8).

Icahn boosts Motorola stake amid TV tablet rumours

Billionaire investor and corporate activist Carl Icahn is once again making his presence felt at US handset vendor Motorola, after buying up enough stock to become the company’s biggest shareholder.

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