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  • best-picture Picture Quality rules for TV - Picture quality (including size) was and remains the #1 selling feature for TV. Second and third were always design and sound quality. This article claims people like navigation options and controllablity; but in the USA settop box world that seems awkward. Maybe … Continue reading
  • mobile-tv Mobile TV future - Roughly 12 years after the dismal launch of DVB-H ( long forgotten) we watch video on our mobile more than ever. People are glued to their mobile phones and increassingly watch video content on it. As predicted then this typically is … Continue reading
  • Paramount-Channel Paramount agreement could spell end of geoblocking - A small news item with a significant potential impact. The geographical fencing in the EU for content distribution is gradually broken down. The EU will enforce non-exclusivity on content distribution by country/territory in contracts as well as effectively outlaw cross … Continue reading
  • Comcast Reports Quarterly Earnings Rise 16 Percent Comcast outdoing FCC plans - Comcast and other major payTV operators are facing the FCC on the issue of the choice of the device to access TV services. Comcast and others deliver their TV services exclusively to settop boxes and in order to create some … Continue reading
  • Zattoo-inforgraphic 50% think viewing TV can be over internet - Zattoo, a German OTT channel streaming service has commissioned market research from TNS Infratest regarding appreciation of the German public about the ability  to view TV over the internet. Roughly 50% thinks this is possible, which is a large increase (60%) … Continue reading
  • TvEarlyDay Linear or non-linear - That’s the question that arises for the future. Will linear TV (channel) watching gradually disappear in favour of on-demand (PVR, VOD, SVOD, online, downloaded etc)? Will broadband be the way to deliver all TV, even linear, despite being “less efficient”? … Continue reading
  • Device_preference_for_OTT_streaming Research: viewers prefer smart TVs for OTT - BroadbandTVNews reports on a “new” finding that Consumers like things integrated in their TV. Given the dynamic of streaming (OTT and/or in-Home and/or device-to-device) that is of course a moving target. But not exactly real news. Still: it is a confirmation … Continue reading
  • comcast1394stb FCC picks a hard battle - The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has published an article outlining his perspective on the FCC push for forthcoming regulation that should open up access to payTV services to any kind of device. This to the great dismay of major PayTV companies as well … Continue reading
  • 105699-HbbTV2-1-ORG HbbTV 2.0: three steps forward - HbbTV2.0 brings a lot of innovations to HbbTV. Some of them seem logical: new codecs, better MPEG Dash profiles etc. Others a bit esoteric: sophisticated second screen synchronization: not your everyday issue. Nevertheless doing interactivity in conjunction withg broadcasting is … Continue reading
  • NLZiet OTT and DTT in the Netherlands - The latest development in the Dutch media landscape is that the Dutch broadcasters are aggregating their OTT and offering live streaming in one online platform. Dutch internet penetration is high. Access speeds are high based on pervasive, cable and decent A/VDSL and … Continue reading
  • Net_Neutrality EU blow to net neutrality - Sadly the EU now has a net neutrality law that only pays lip service to the principle. The loopholes are so big that you can drive a bus through them. A Stanford Law Professor sums it up: Fast lanes for … Continue reading
  • vidipath DSTAG about navigation or security? - The DSTAG report is out and it is reflecting two views on how multiple devices could be used to access payTV services from MVPDs (large PayTV network operators). This article is a commentary on an excellent Jeff Baumgartner report on … Continue reading
  • cloud Cloud DVR is better than a box - Cloud PVR has many advantages over box based PVR. The nscreemmedia article below mentions these: Cloud storage does not break – so no loss of customer at that point. Easy upgrade of features Try before you buy marketing Lower storage cost … Continue reading
  • VOD_UPCfamily-300x205 Linear is dead, long live non-linear - The pundits are predicting it, and hard figures so far show a rise in non-linear video consumption; but that did not prove non-linear would finally dominate. And vested managers are suggesting it is “add on” to linear. But now hard figures … Continue reading
  • FCC-HQ_9 Letter exchanges in FCC’s DSTAC - The FCC DSTAC Committee was created to define downloadable security as a replacement for CableCard. Only there is disagreement as to the scope. The MVPDs (cable, satellite and IPTV providers) want to keep their service offer preserved as one package under … Continue reading
  • Rovi-Total-Guide Rovi Shareholder revolts - Rovi’s trouble is not over. After loosing 10 lawsuits against Virgin and some against Ziggo (and recently a preliminairy one against Netflix) in attempts to solidify their patent position in EPGs one of their larger shareholders (Engaged Capital) is saying … Continue reading
  • Playready3.0HW UHD: Playready 3.0 requires hardware - UHD is requiring better content protection technologies. Though protecting content in bilions of consumer devices will remain an almost impossible challenge new technologies try to do the best possible. The current windows10 Playready3.0 will require hardware protection for all critical … Continue reading
  • TV 2020 in the networked society - A nice video interview on NscreenMedia with Simon Frost, Head of Communications Marketing for Ericsson about what TV will be like in 2020 as a summary of a panel discussion at NAB2015. Some interesting remarks: In 2020 50% of video will be … Continue reading
  • bbc_blog BBC moves to internet by 2025 - Herewith an interesting blog by Matthew Postgate, CTO of BBC. Internet will be increasingly in the focus for BBC as a distribution medium. I had the opportunity to be on a pannel with the head of BBC R&D 8 years … Continue reading
  • v-nova-logo-blue.1781268 Video codec with 2x the performance of HEVC? - A private company from the UK called V-nova claims to have developed a new codec called PERSEUS that is at least twice as efficient as HEVC. It is licensing the codec, similarly as with other codecs. The article from Videonet provides more … Continue reading