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Netflix in China; Verizon AOL merger; Linear TV Ratings Drop

Thu, May 21, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


Ni Hao Netflix? Reports this week suggested that the content streaming empire might soon conquer another global destination- China. However, this may not happen that fast. While talks between Netflix and Chinese TV vendors are taking place, shows like House of Cards, with its combination of sex drugs and Capitol Hill, might not be very popular with the country’s internet police. The Verizon’s AOL deal raised high expectations for the former’s prospects in the targeted advertising and content markets, while according to a new research, OTT subscribers will triple by 2019. Here is this week’s most buzzing news.

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Topics: OTT, VOD, Youtube, Advertising, AOL, cable, China, chromecast, Content, Content Delivery, Cord Cutters, Facebook, Google, House of Cards, Industry, mobile devices, Netflix, Pay TV, Streaming Devices, Subscribers, telecoms, Twitter, Verizon, video streaming

Google Chromebit – Computer on a Stick linking TV & PC

Wed, Apr 1, 2015 | by Efrat Fenigson


In what could be another milestone for the TV Everywhere ecosystem, or more accurately - for the “computer everywhere” world, Google launched on Tuesday a new range of Chrome OS products, including the Asus Google Chromebit – essentially a computer packed into a cigar-sized stick.

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Topics: Service Delivery Platform, OTT, TV Everywhere, Apps, chrome, chromebit, chromecast, dongle, Google, HBO, Industry, Live Streaming, Portfolio, RiGHTv, SDP, Smart TV, tv everywhere user, UX, video streaming

Netflix growth and digital players stats

Thu, Dec 4, 2014 | by Merav Cunningham


Are digital media players good or bad for regular TV viewing? What effect do they have on “cutting the cord”? A new report by GfK has some interesting information. In the U.K, media is buzzing with reports of mergers and acquisitions involving Europe’s largest telecom players. Have you seen the videos showing the madness on Black Friday? We have, and loved the sales figures, showing TV’s, iPads and other mobile devices among the most popular products. Here’s a quick recap of what was buzzing this week.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, 4k, Broadband TV, chromecast, connected devices, digital media player, Hot TV News, Industry, Mobile, Netflix, Pay TV, roku, set top box, Smartphone, SVOD, Tablets, traditional TV

CEO Insight: The Future of Integrated Connected TV Sets

Wed, Jan 29, 2014 | by François Moreau de Saint-Martin


In the near future, TV sets are going to be connected to private and/or public IP networks. In fact, according to Informa Telecoms & Media forecasts, by the end of 2016, we will see more than 1.8 billion devices, ranging from TVs, STBs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and media streaming boxes, “with inbuilt Internet connectivity in use in over 570 million homes.”

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Topics: Apple, Apple TV, chromecast, Connected TV, Digital TV, François Moreau de Saint Martin, François Moreau De St Martin, Industry, IPTV, Pay TV, set top box, User Experience, UX

Hot TV Industry News of the Week

Fri, Dec 6, 2013 | by Efrat Fenigson


There has been a mix of interesting TV industry news making the rounds this week. The most surprising of all was Apple’s acquisition of Topsy. What were they thinking? They must have had social TV in mind. Speaking of Apple, AllCast for Android now pushes media to Apple TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and more. While we’re on the topic of Xbox, Nero 2014 is here to the rescue with a quick temporary fix! Apparently, Xbox One is lacking in terms of playing back media content from connected USB sticks or external hard drives.

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Topics: Apple, Apple TV, chromecast, Industry, Live Stream, Live Streaming, Microsoft, roku, Smart TV, Social TV, Streaming, Xbox

Hot TV Industry News of the Week - August 19, 2013

Fri, Sep 27, 2013 | by Efrat Fenigson


A lot of juicy things happened this week in the world of OTT video devices. For starters, Apple had a major “whoops” by releasing a buggy Apple TV update. After being rammed by a slew of complaints from outraged users, they quickly gathered to fix it up. Speaking of enhancements, PlayOn is launching PlayCast, which is the sum of PlayOn + Chromecast. This is in an attempt to offer a wider selection of channels for consumers. Chromecast is also in the news for serving as an inspiration for Roku. That’s right. Roku is thinking of pulling a page out of Chromecast’s book, with the addition of DIAL support.

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Topics: OTT, VOD, Apple, Apple TV, chromecast, Content service providers, Industry, IPTV, IPTV News, Multichannel, Over the Top, Pay TV, roku, set top box, TV


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