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IP Video: The Big Picture

In December 2012 we carried out a survey of over 200 industry profesionals into the experiences of providers and potential providers of IP Video services. This report presents the results of the survey and builds a picture we’ve built of what is actually happening in the world of video services and you’ll gain an understanding of the range and scope of IP video services and the business models underpinning them.

Ericsson picks up IT services expertise

Swedish equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced its intention to acquire the IT services capabilities of the Devoteam Telecom & Media operation in France.

CES: Boxee and Dish vs. content licensing

It’s becoming a cliché in TV land that content-rights restrictions, and not technology, are slowing the pace of industry development. At CES, Boxee and Dish demonstrated workarounds that have allowed them to offer two products frequently blocked by rights issues; namely cloud-based DVRs and out-of-home live TV viewing.

Google offloads Moto STB business

Web giant Google has offloaded the Motorola Home business, which primarily makes set top boxes (STBs), to US firm Arris, in which it will also take an ownership stake.

Netflix: We love Google Fiber!

US online video service Netflix has released the latest data for broadband connections in the US which carry its streams, and they make some interesting reading, including the revelation that Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in the country.

Comcast thinks outside the box

By shifting innovation from its set top box product into the cloud, US cable TV provider Comcast has revolutionised its offering, according to Mark Hess, senior vice president at the company. Speaking in the keynotes on Wednesday morning, Hess said: “Years ago we were trapped in that set top box. We could never manage to get the innovation into the box.”

VP of Digital Innovation & Communities, Orange, France Telecom: “We don’t want to just be a carrier, it’s really important that we’re developing a relationship with our customers.”

Patrice Slupowski is in charge of New Growth Activities and is VP of Digital Innovation & Communities at Orange, France Telecom. He is speaking in the Day Three of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the show we find out more about role is in bringing innovative solutions to market in the interactive TV space.

UPC’s Horizon was worth the wait

This year’s IBC event lacked a big, overarching theme, or new “wow” topic to get journalists, analysts and market-watchers foaming at the mouth. And that’s no bad thing. It’s the sign of a maturing industry, and as a result, the show retained a healthy focus on improving existing products and trying to get the big things – multiscreen, OTT, hybrid – right. Nevertheless, there was plenty on show that highlighted that the market remains miles away from anything resembling certainty.

Freesat’s upgrade increases competition for UK free-to-air TV

Free-to-air DTH has been a small but persistent part of the TV landscape in the UK, as elsewhere – and despite competition from emerging connected-DTT providers, subscription-free satellite operator Freesat is not planning on departing from the stage any time soon. Its latest makeover creates further competition in what is becoming a crowded market for UK TV services.

Telstar and the Bell System’s Forgotten Anniversary

If you watched Wimbledon’s epic showdown live on television, then you have Telstar to thank. Launched 50 years ago, the Telstar-1 satellite, brainchild of Bell Labs, made international live broadcasts possible. On July 10, 1962, the age of global communications truly began.

YouView launches with more questions than answers

This week’s YouView ‘launch’ is way overdue but also too early. We’ve been talking about this for four years as the future of TV but it’s only just gone to beta testing and the set-top boxes are not yet in the shops. Clearly the consortium wanted to make some kind of impact ahead of the Olympics but in effect this will not be a mainstream proposition for UK consumers until the end of 2012.

The TV of tomorrow? Not yet, but stay tuned Google TV has potential

The announcement of Google TV going international was received initially with some excitement. But slowly reality dawned. At £200 ($310) the device looks expensive, and on further examination of the services currently available – YouTube, Google’s own VOD store and iPlayer the only major services of note – it looks underwhelming. However, as a standalone device it is not too far off what Apple offers on its Apple TV devices.

Google TV hits Europe

The web TV offering from Google has landed on European shores two years after Google TV launched in the USA. Starting this week, Google TV devices will be available for pre-order in the UK through a partnership with Sony, which is integrating the application with its Internet Player hardware.

BT Premiership deal to push subscribers to superfast broadband

BT Vision, the digital TV based subscription service offered by UK incumbent BT, has purchased the rights to show Premier League football matches in the UK in a bumper deal that combined with BSkyB is worth £3.018 billion (US$ 4.68bn). The bold move, which enables BT to show 38 live games from the 2013-14 season saw it beat out competition from traditional pay-TV broadcast companies such as ESPN and is being viewed as a statement of intent from the UK telecoms company.

Premier Football rights: BT pays to multiplay in the UK

Normally, we would advise a telecoms operator that faces stiff competition from established pay-TV operators to take a low-cost approach to TV, targeting new types of TV customer by partnering with strong content and consumer electronics brands rather than building everything from scratch (see Bundling: The smartest dumb-pipe strategy in town).

Euro soccer will overcome Euro crisis to boost TV advertising

European net TV advertising revenues will increase by 5.4 per cent in 2012 to $40.7bn, according to analysis from Informa Telecoms & Media. This follows a three per cent increase in TV advertising revenues in 2011 and one of 9.9 per cent in 2010.

DISH’s AutoHop move could smash an $11bn hole in the US TV business model

In the 1970s, English soccer enforcer Norman Hunter gained an iconic status for extolling the virtues of “getting your retaliation in first.” And so it was that yesterday pay TV operator DISH and three of the major US TV networks (FOX, CBS and NBC) all rushed to court to be the first to make a case against the other.

Social TV can help Facebook avoid becoming the new Yahoo!

The stats on Facebook usage are jaw-dropping, with over 900m registered users, over 500m of whom visit daily. For many of those users, Facebook is the internet. It’s the place they go to connect, to communicate, to share and – increasingly – to spend time consuming content. Much of that content – photos and status updates – is user-generated, but in terms of time spent and revenue generated, the importance of professionally created content, notably social gaming, cannot be overlooked. And by virtue of its scale, Facebook is becoming an important global platform for more traditional media content such as music and video. Yet attempts to charge users for such content have so far failed to gain traction.

TDF Group: “Only two or three infrastructure manufacturers will survive”

Thierry Dupont is telecom project manager for TDF Group, the largest broadcast network operator in Europe with 11,000 sites. Ahead of his speaking role at the LTE World Summit 2012, taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, we speak to him about the impact of LTE on TDF’s operations.

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