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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

The Role of Cloud in Enabling TV Everywhere - Viaccess-Orca Blog

Fri, Jul 10, 2015 | by Efrat Fenigson


While the US has hosted the whole messy net neutrality debate out in the open with accusation, counter-accusation, and squadrons of lawyers circling Washington while the internet has gone into frequent meltdown about the subject, Europe’s legislators seem to have been beavering away behind much more tightly closed doors.

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Topics: OTT, European Commission, European Union, Industry, net neutrality, Open Internet, OTT growth

Hot TV News: Netflix in Oz; Apple TV & Sony go OTT; Net Neutrality Goes to Court

Thu, Mar 26, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


Seems like we can't get enough of Netflix, the OTT giant traveled almost 12,000 kilometers this week and hoisted its flag in new destinations: Australia and New Zealand. Down at the new colonies, the streaming service will offer a cheaper package than the countries’ own providers and a richer library. Meanwhile in the US, the anticipated war of attrition between the FCC and the cable industry kicked off with the first two lawsuits filed against the new Net Neutrality rules.  And new details emerged about Apple and Sony’s OTT plans, including live sports streaming and a face-lifted Set Top Box. Are you ready for your spring break?

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Topics: OTT, Apple, Apple TV, AT&T, Cable TV, FCC, HBO, Hot TV News, Industry, net neutrality, Netflix, OTT operators, Pay TV, Sony, SonyPlaystation, Sports, STB, SVOD, Verizon

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

CEO Insight: A Whole New World through Connectivity - Highlights from CES 2014 | Viaccess-Orca Blog

Mon, Feb 23, 2015 | by Efrat Fenigson


Releasing a statement to Wired might not be the traditional way of indicating a change in policy, but after a year of fevered speculation that was how FCC Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, decided to indicate that the US regulator was listening to public -- and White House! -- opinion and backing the net neutrality lobby.

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Topics: OTT, TV Everywhere, Broadband, Cable TV, Content service providers, FCC, Industry, net neutrality

HOT TV News: Obama’s War on Cyber; Sky and BT win Premier League Rights, Cable vs FCC

Thu, Feb 19, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


Barack Obama opened the summit on cybercrime with a call for tech companies to share their information on hacking- not an easy decision for a sector still reeling from Edward Snowden’s revelations on the information collected by the NSA. In the UK one of the most challenging broadcast auctions ended with Sky and BT winning Premier League broadcast rights packages for the next three years- for a record 5.14 billion pounds. The 87TH Academy Awards will take place on Sunday – what are the odds for Boyhood and other nominees? Here’s our look at the hottest TV news of the week.

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Topics: Anti-piracy, Cable TV, content rights, Cyber Attacks, FCC, football, Hacking, Hot TV News, Industry, net neutrality, Oscars, Technology

Hot TV News: Record Viewership for Super Bowl; FCC & Net Neutrality; Piracy vs Pornography

Fri, Feb 6, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


The anticipated Net Neutrality recommendations by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler were finally released this week in an Op-Ed in which Wheeler said he supports regulating broadband as a telecommunications service. Market analyst Nomura presented a 12.7 per cent drop in cable TV viewership, while a separate research predicted a tenfold growth in annual mobile data usage. More than 118 million people watched Katy Perry’s half-time Super Bowl performance – an all-time viewership record in U.S. TV history. Here are this week’s most buzzing stories. In the Netherlands, a court rejected a request by German adult movie producers to reveal the details of users who downloaded their porn movies illegally.

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Topics: OTT, Anti-piracy, Broadband, Broadband TV, Cable TV, Content Piracy, Facebook, FCC, Hot TV News, Hulu, Industry, Mobile, mobile devices, net neutrality, Netflix, piracy, Twitter

Hot TV News: 4K TV’s Buzzing at CES; Net Neutrality Decision Expected Next Month

Fri, Jan 9, 2015 | by Merav Cunningham


More than 100,000 visitors attended the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, watching demos and news conferences, pushing buttons and measuring tiny screens. The buzzwords in the crowded corridors were UHD Alliance, Netflix seal or super thin TVs – all meaning lots of sharp colours and quality content anytime, everywhere. Also in the news this week is the announcement by the U.S. FCC (Federal Communications Commission) about Net Neutrality. Chairman Tom Wheeler is expected to unveil the latest version of his proposal to other FCC commissioners – the February 26 vote will be closely watched by industry chiefs around the world.

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Topics: OTT, 4K TV, Cable TV, CES, Cord Cutters, FCC, HDTV, Hot TV News, Industry, net neutrality, Netflix, OTT operators, samsung, Satellite, Sony, Streaming, Ultra HD, Ultra HD 4K, video streaming

Latest TV industry news Viaccess-Orca

Tue, Nov 18, 2014 | by Merav Cunningham


The latest industry news, on both sides of the Atlantic, could create ripples for quite some time. In the United States, President Barack Obama's call on the FCC to adopt strong net neutrality rules was the latest drama in the ongoing rift which shapes the way content is provided to billions of homes. In Europe, Sky's announcement that it had completed its consolidation with Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland, raised questions about the effects this move could have on both content rights and the use of TV everywhere solutions.

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Topics: TV Everywhere, Broadband, BSkyB, Cable TV, Comcast, Content, digital rights, FCC, Industry, net neutrality, pay TV operators, PayTV, Satellite, sky, Verizon


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