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Hot TV News: European Net Neutrality Courts Controversy; VR: Coming to A Living Room Sooner Than You Think; Amazon's Growing War with Apple TV

Thu, Oct 29, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


European net neutrality is now guaranteed, but campaigners warn of potential loopholes in the legislation. Meanwhile, recent developments in the VR industry indicate that its arrival in the world’s living rooms could be a lot sooner than expected, while Amazon’s decision to stop selling Apple TV and Chromecast could point to all-out war.

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Topics: Virtual Reality, OTT, TV Everywhere, Apple, Cable TV, chromcast, Content, Content service providers, FCC, Hot TV News, Industry, Internet, net neutrality, Pay TV, Second Screen

OSN's Fight Against Sports Piracy in Cricket

Sun, May 10, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


It is an uphill battle, but the fight against sports piracy proves that innovation and persistence are the only way forward. One of the biggest pay-TV providers in the Middle East and North Africa, OSN, recently reached an important milestone in the campaign against content piracy during its broadcasts of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Using Viaccess-Orca’s Eye on Piracy, OSN, which operates more than 150 channels and services, fought illegal streaming of the matches, and successfully eliminating over 60 per cent of the illegal links of the top matches at the tournament. Cricket is the second most popular sports in the world (after football) and according to OSN executives, the campaign against pirated broadcast is of top importance for rights owners, pay-TV audience and advertisers alike.

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Topics: Anti-piracy, Brazil, Cricket, Eye on Piracy, football, football event, Industry, Internet, live streaming piracy, OSN, Pay TV, pay TV operators, Pay TV piracy, Social Network, Sport, sports piracy

TV Leaders Summit 2015: Taking the TV World a Step Forward

Tue, Apr 28, 2015 | by Chem Assayag


It’s this time of the year and our annual TV Leaders summit is just a month away! This year's summit will take place in Cannes on May 28th-30th and will host market leaders to present and discuss the most buzzing, thought provoking and engaging issues that matter in today’s TV world.

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Topics: Content Protection, Video, OTT, TV Everywhere, audience reach, Charter Communications, Customers, Connected TV, consumers, Content, Deutsche Telekom, Events, Fox Sports, Industry, Internet, Millennials, Mobile, mobile devices, multi-screen, olympusat, OTT TV, Pay TV, pay TV operators, Smart TV, TV Leaders Summit, TVLS, Viacom

7 Internet & Mobile Best Practices to Transform TV

Thu, Mar 26, 2015 | by François Moreau de Saint-Martin


A couple of weeks ago I was invited to speak at the 4YFN conference, which is an event devoted to innovation in the mobile and digital ecosystem, as part of the Mobile World Congress, and I shared my views on Internet and mobile and the best practices in transforming TV.

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Topics: TV Everywhere, VOD, Amazon, Content Recommendation, Engagement, Facebook, Game of Thrones, Industry, Internet, Mobile, Netflix, pay TV operators, personalization, personalized TV, Social Media, TV industry, Twitter, UX

In the Internet of Things (IoT) - Is our TV a “Thing”?

Thu, Mar 12, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


The internet of things has been the buzzword in technology for years, but the trend seems to be the hottest and most spoken about in 2015. Research group Gartner predicts that 4.9 billion connected devices will be in use this year, and the number will reach 25 billion by 2020. Moreover, according to a 2013 survey by The Economist, over three-quarters of companies are either actively exploring or using the IoT.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, COMPASS, connected devices, Cyber Attacks, Industry, Inetrnet of Things, Internet, iOT, mobile devices, piracy, Portfolio, security, set top box, Smart TV, User Engagement

Hot TV News: Net Neutrality Goes to Europe; Mobile World Congress; 5G Connection Tested

Thu, Mar 5, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


The mobile industry’s biggest show kicked off in Barcelona, exhibiting the latest innovations in connected and mobile devices. Announcements such as Ikea’s Home Smart furniture, or Google’s Virtual Network could have interesting implications on the way we consume our entertainment. Following the vote last week, FCC’s Tom Wheeler addressed his European counterparts in an effort to promote new Net Neutrality regulations. In the UK, scientists successfully tested a 5G connection that in a few years could change the speed in which we consume our entertainment. Here’s a fast, buzzing recap of this week’s industry news.

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Topics: Broadband, Cable TV, Deutsche Telekom, Facebook, FCC, Google, Hot TV News, Industry, Intel, Internet, Mobile, mobile devices, mobile world congree, net neutrality, samsung

TV Market Expands; FCC Vote; MTV Millennials

Fri, Feb 27, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


Although Oscars ceremony ratings fell this year, and Madonna literally fell at the Brits Music Awards, new reports released this week showed just what a fantastic year the TV ecosystem has had- with both content and ad consumption showing an impressive growth. The FCC approved new Net Neutrality rules, and a legal battle from cable and telecom companies was expected in Washington. Echoing the changing demands by millennials and even younger viewers, both MTV and YouTube launched new services this week, making it easier for audience to consume content anytime, anywhere. Here’s a recap of the most exciting TV news of the week.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, Youtube, Android, Broadband, Broadband TV, Cord Cutters, FCC, Hot TV News, Industry, Internet, Live Streaming, mobile devices, net neutrality, Tablets

PlayStation, Xbox Services Hacked; DirecTV Deal with Disney, the Best of “2014 Best”

Thu, Jan 1, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


A Christmas Day hacking attack against Sony PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox drew a bit of the media attention away from the unprecedented attack against Sony’s studios. A senior analyst at CBS shared his findings about the effects Netflix has on traditional TV viewing, saying the streaming is a “major disruptive force”. Tired of reading 2014 lists and summaries? We picked 3 of them for you.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, Amazon, cable, Cable TV, Cyber Attacks, Hacking, Hot TV News, Industry, Internet, multi-screen, multi-screen content strategy, Netflix, OTT operators, pay TV operators, Sony, SonyPlaystation, traditional TV, TV, Xbox

The Future of Entertainment | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Wed, Feb 6, 2013 | by Efrat Fenigson


There’s really no question about the immense transformation the living room is undergoing these days, and together with that transformation there is also a shift in the expectations consumers have of their own private living rooms.

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Topics: 2025, 3D, Book, Cloud, Content service providers, Entertainment, EPG, Future, Haggai Barel, IMTC, Industry, Interactive Book, Internet, Living room, TV


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