Over the top video revenue to reach $9.45bn in Europe
The total over-the-top (OTT) video revenue in Europe was up 51 percent in 2013 reaching $3.2 billion and is expected to grow a further 43 percent this year, according to the latest market study by Strategy Analytics.They predict that the majority of this new growth will occur within the online subscription VOD (SVOD) and ad-supported video business models, lifting the market above $9.45 billion by year-end 2018.The growth of OTT video suggests that the audience is shifting towards accessibility and availability over actual ownership of home videos on...
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...
Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV
The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.
If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.
You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?”
First let’s take into account...
China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)
Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.
Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.
Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?
Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.
But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?
We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...
Billion WebRTC endpoints forces players to adapt or die
From an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments.During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees...
YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way
YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.
Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.
The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...
Has YouTube accelerated the death of TV with paid channels?
The rise of on-demand content and inevitable death of linear scheduled broadcasting has perhaps been pushed forward as YouTube announces monthly paid channels.
Originally launching with a few select partners; including UFC and Sesame Street, the channels will cost on average $2.99 (£1.93) monthly. Each channel will offer a 14-day free trial to test the content before you commit to supporting.
Google’s “Fiber TV” app is now available on iPad
TelecomsTech has previously reported about Google’s “Fiber” initiative, bringing high-speed broadband and TV packages to select areas of Kansas City.
As part of the TV service a mobile app had been released on Android – and now a similar app has just been unleashed on the iPad.
The app allows users to have complete control of their Fiber TV experience; from browsing, to buying, to even watching on-demand content directly on the tablet itself.
Whilst the Android app is available...