Category: 4K/8K Video

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.

IP&TV 2012 round-up

As always Informa’s analyst team was out in force at this year’s IP&TV World Forum – the last IP&TV World Forum, it turns out, as the show re-brands to TV Connect for 2013 and beyond. This year’s show was certainly bigger and brasher than previous years (exhibit a: the Red Bull F1 car on the upper floor) and most of the conversations we had showed companies in bullish mood about future opportunities.

Bytemobile: The importance of video

Chris Koopmans, chief operating officer at Bytemobile, explains the growing importance for operators to support video content and shed lights on how consumer behaviour is shaping the market.

VisionIPTV: Delivering content

Luke Kennedy, product and sales director of VisionIPTV, talks about his company’s CDN, used to deliver content to mobile devices.

It’s War: KT cuts off Samsung’s OTT content

Somewhat ironically I had only just returned home from the Content Delivery Networks Asia 2012 conference in Hong Kong – where telco CDN’s were touted as the solution to the great telco versus OTT battle – when I read that Korean market giant KT had decided to cut off access for OTT content for Samsung’s connected TV’s using its broadband network.

Why Sky’s iPlayer deal is bad news for Netflix

Today’s news – that the BBC’s iPlayer, its market-shaping catch-up service, will now be available on TV to subscribers of Sky – is not without irony, given the steady stream of anti-BBC spin we’ve heard from the pay-TV operator (and its newspaper siblings) over the years. Neutral observers of the two UK media giants are more used to seeing them slug it out, like Waldorf and Stadtler, only without the affection.

Sky looks to retain position with fibre and IPTV offerings

Sky, the UK TV broadcaster and ISP has announced that it is adding a fibre broadband product to its internet packages, while also for the first time offering an á la carte internet TV service to compete with UK newcomer Netflix.

Sky’s fibre service, based on the UK incumbent BT’s wholesale network, will offer download speed of 40Mb at a cost of £20 a month, undercutting BT. Sky said that the fibre package would be available to 30 per cent of UK homes, and that this would increase in line with BT’s fibre rollout.

Boxee puts the cat among the Pay TV pigeons

Informa has long believed that the winning video platform will be the one that most conveniently blends a mix of Live TV and OTT into one easy-to-use package for consumers. Conventional logic has always been that this would either come from one of four places: a Pay TV provider, one of the big CE OEMs, Apple or Google. These players are the ones with the clout required to both secure content deals, and to pull off the significant technical integration such a play would require. But at CES, the most compelling vision of this future came from a much more unlikely source: Boxee.

CES 2012: The content issue

Content is king: the most over-used, hackneyed and clichéd phrase in this industry? Probably. The biggest truth in said industry? Absolutely.

Google plans IPTV push in 2012 with new partnerships

Google has announced new hardware manufacturers that have joined it as partners for its IPTV service Google TV. LG is the biggest name to join the Google TV ecosystem this year and will unveil a new line of Google TV sets running on its own L9 chipset at CES in Las Vegas next week.

UK high street fails to push Smart TVs to consumers

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, awareness of Smart TVs remains low as UK retailers fail to educate consumers of their benefits and provide even the most basic information regarding connected-TV features. Informa estimates that 35 per cent of all TVs sold this year will be “smart”, however, this is a result of internet connectivity becoming a “default” technology in more and more TV sets as standard, rather than an increase in consumer demand.

Global penetration of IPTV to pass 1% in 2012

A report from US firm Pyramid Research which details its expectations for the telecoms market in 2012 predicts that managed-network IPTV services will be in one per cent of households worldwide next year.

Arab television springs to life

Record numbers of households across the Middle East and Africa are signing up for pay TV, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media.

In 2000 there were just over 2.5 million pay TV subscribers across the MENA region. By the end of last year that total had more than trebled to 9.2 million and Informa’s research shows it is heading for 9.6 million by the end of 2011 and will pass the 10 million mark next year.

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