Virgin Media embraces omnichannel with 4K-capable 'V6' set-top box

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Virgin Media has unveiled its answer to last year's Sky Q launch with the 'V6' set-top box, and it's still powered by TiVo's software. 

The V6, as you would expect, supports 4K out-the-box and will be further enhanced with HDR compatibility via a firmware update next year as more content becomes available. Its most important feature, however, is called Series Link+...

By Ryan Daws, 30 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Samsung embarks on worldwide tour to promote a S-lifestyle

Everyone who regularly uses technology knows how convenient (and yet occasionally frustrating) a tight ecosystem can be - yes, just look at Apple’s iDevice and Mac line. These work together flawlessly… until you try to use another manufacturer.

This has two favourable advantages; firstly, you have full-control to create a great experience for customers. Secondly, it makes it frustrating for any customer to leave the ecosystem.

Samsung is looking to recreate the ‘i’ experience with...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Mobile, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Why Smart TV app stores need to improve

By Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo

The Smart TV opportunity

The concept of Smart TV is brilliant. By adding connectivity directly in the TV screen, it is possible to access applications and content from various providers without the need for an extra device.

With the added benefit of having a tuner inside the TV, the Smart TV platforms offer unique possibilities of interaction with live broadcast in a way that no other OTT platforms can offer.

All major TV manufacturers have launched Smart TVs over the past 3-4...

By Michael Lantz, 27 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, IPTV, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Pay-TV providers seeking to regain lost momentum

By 2017, two billion mobile phone and media tablet users will watch TV and video on their devices, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. This phenomenon is attributed to the growing popularity of short and easily shared video clips, and the increased global uptake of connected mobile devices with faster processors and better displays. Juniper examined how mobile is increasingly being used as the primary screen for consuming TV and video content among younger demographics, and the seamless integration of streaming services with social networks. They observed that sharing content...

By David H. Deans, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Industry, Mobile, Multi Screen, Networks, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Upside for multi-screen video delivery via gateways

This year, many broadband service providers in developed markets will have to make a strategic choice -- just cut costs and plan to report more pay-TV subscriber losses, or seek ways to offer greater value-added services and make the required investment in infrastructure. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest market study which delves into service provider strategies for deploying residential gateways, the applications driving their deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies, and associated features. "Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Multi Screen, Operators.

Analysing the impact of Netflix’s “Long Term View” plan

Already a favourite service in many households, Netflix has become an indispensable service for on-demand entertainment consumption. With successful ventures into original programming, where do they expand from here?

Luckily Netflix’s “Long Term View” plan gives some insight, beginning the report with a quote from Kevin Spacey’s character on the original hit show ‘House of Cards’: “Look at the bigger picture.”

Most will agree with the first point, “the...

By Ryan Daws, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Multi Screen, Smart TV.

Microsoft to improve multi-monitor productivity in Windows 8

If you use multiple monitors you have no doubt noticed it can get annoying to have to go back and forth between them to access specific functions like the Start menu.

Well, it seems people at Microsoft too have noticed there is a productivity hit to having to move your mouse back and forth across potentially huge screens.

And a result Microsoft has released its multi-monitor improvements in its Windows 8 Release Preview and the good news is you...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, N America.

Smart Devices Transform Digital Media Entertainment

In 2011, the global market for household consumer electronics (CE) continued its rapid shift toward connected devices. These are devices that are enabled with digital communications and have the ability to connect directly to the Internet -- or to a home network. Some of these devices are optimized for the delivery of IP-based streaming video content. This device category is being driven primarily by the success and adoption of digital TVs, satellite STBs, video game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players or recorders. According to the latest market study by NPD In-Stat, they now forecast that the connected device installed...

By David H. Deans, 02 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Multiscreen Content Platforms to Reach $21 Billion

We're moving towards an online user experience where ubiquitous multiscreen connectivity will become the norm, and new portable digital devices enable the flexible personalization of all published multimedia content. The early-adopters are already viewing consumer-produced and professional video programs on combinations of their media tablets, smartphones, netbook PCs or chromebooks. This multiscreen adoption trend will soon become a mainstream user activity. As mobile devices continue to improve, every media consumer will expect high definition (HD) video on everything. The pay-TV services are ramping up TV Everywhere to...

By David H. Deans, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Industry, IPTV, Marketing, Multi Screen.