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.

BT to kick-off its 4G mobile service this week

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BT has a history in the mobile market since BT Cellnet - a company which launched the world's first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) back in June 2000. BT Cellnet was spun-out to become O2, which was subsequently sold to Telefónica in 2005 for £18 billion. With the rise of interest in "quad play" packages, BT has been looking to re-enter the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Industry, MVNO, Operators.

"LTE broadcast will be better than television"

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Speaking at an event in London, execs from Swedish infrastructure provider Ericsson and the UK's biggest mobile operator, EE, provided their insights on market convergence of TV, broadband, and mobile players, and the opportunities this opens-up for LTE broadcast...

Thorsten Sauer, Ericsson's Head of Broadcast and Media Services, said the firm predicts 50% of all...

By Ryan Daws, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Capacity, Consumers, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Infrastructure, LTE.

Freeview Play has YouView in its sights

Freeview Play is a new service from the popular digital TV service which looks set to take on YouView through offering a similar range of catch-up and on-demand service but for the lack of a price tag that its namesake suggests.

We want to keep television fair and open for everyone.

Launching later this year, the service will be available subscription-free on a range of TVs and set-top boxes. On-demand content will be available at launch including entertainment provided through BBC iPlayer, ITV...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Opera launches "all you can eat" app store

For operators, the added perks you can offer customers which helps to differentiate your package from the competition is one of the most important factors as network performance becomes negligibly different between providers. Opera Software has launched an operator-branded app store which promises "all you can eat" apps and games, and it could be worth adding to your arsenal. 

One of the biggest benefits of Opera's...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Developers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

Telco giant SoftBank in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation

It's not often you hear about a telco such as SoftBank looking to acquire the creator of some of the world's most beloved animations; but that's what is on the cards according to sources close to the matter. The Japan-based telecoms giant is said to have offered $32 per share compared to DreamWorks Animation's current $22 price; but there is no indication how close the pair are to a deal.

There is a good chance you are aware of their cultural significance and what their content could be worth to a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Industry.

Netflix gets ensnared in Verizon/Level 3 debate

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A quarrel ensnaring Netflix, ISPs and the “transit providers” that interconnect with them underscore the complexities in the debate over Net neutrality that is pending before the FCC.

A fundamental question continues to divide some of the most prominent U.S. communications companies: When a subscriber of the nation’s biggest streaming video service has difficulty watching a movie or television show, who is to blame for the connectivity conundrum? An ISP such as Verizon? The...

By TotalTelecom, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Networks, Operators.

Microsoft is taking Cortana for a joyride in your car

Car manufacturers are well-acquainted with Microsoft. For over 15 years the company’s Windows CE or Windows Automotive embeddable software has been behind software from BMW, Fiat, Ford, Kia, and Nissan.

What the company hasn’t had any control over is the end experience – with Apple bringing ‘CarPlay’ to upcoming vehicles; it’s overdue that Microsoft takes the car for another spin…

A new version of Windows for the car was shown off at last week’s BUILD developer...

By Ryan Daws, 10 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Smartphones.

Netflix jumps into “Deep Learning” for personalisation…

They say that every friend we have influences our tastes and personality in some way; or perhaps it’s just they are similar to us? Either way, they are able to offer far-better recommendations than any service’s algorithms on the market today.

Netflix, the star TV and movie streaming service, is looking into using “deep learning” to build an artificial brain capable of matching what your human (hopefully!) friend’s brains can supply.

Deep learning is becoming a fairly hot-topic, and companies...

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Console Wars: The Phantom Statistics Menace

Both of the latest gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony are off to a great start; latest sales figures show shipments of the Xbox One and the PS4 to be at 3 million vs. 4.2 million, respectively.

These are fantastic numbers from an industry many criticised as becoming irrelevant in the face of gaming on the computer; whether PC, Mac, or Linux. In fact, whilst PC software shipped 32 million units globally – the Xbox alone shipped 133 million... Go figure, critics.

But let’s get back on track and...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment.

Voice startup ‘hello’ wants you to say goodbye to Skype

A new Indiegogo campaign by the name of ‘hello’ launches today, with its founder claiming he wants to create “the Mozilla of telephony”.

Paul Grimshaw, the company’s founder, claims that the peer-to-peer voice startup is unique in that it offers complete customisation and branding, with users being able to connect between different providers and move freely between them.

For instance, Canonical could set up an...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Entertainment, Security, Smartphones, Startups.

Silk Road: Crime pays (in Bitcoin) ... until you get arrested

The notorious underground (literally, by cable fibre) online drug marketplace, Silk Road, was shutdown earlier this week; with visitors now being presented with an FBI seizure notice. Maybe we’ve found the place Bitcoins were really being used, not in pubs, but to pay for illicit drugs.

How would we make such a claim? Take a look at Bitcoin’s value; which dropped by about 20 percent, or close to $500 million, by mid-morning.

On the Bitstamp...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Industry.

Apple ‘iTV’: CableLabs exec to engineer “something big”

There’s been plenty of speculation about Apple’s play in the TV set space for many years; with the interest most definitively displayed in CEO Steve Jobs’ comments to his autobiography writer Walter Isaacson – where he calls the current medium as “brain dead”.

“I should be able to walk into a room, ignore the remote controls, and say, ‘OK TV. Put on Morning Joe.’ And I should be able to get it when I want it, easily.” Walter Isaacson, biographer of Steve...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Wish the Surface Pro ran Mac OSX? Apple may be listening.

Whether you sit on Microsoft or Apple’s side of the fence, the Surface (Pro) is at least as capable as the iPad – possibly more.

With its ability to run full x86 desktop applications and games (think Premiere Pro, Photoshop, Maya, Diablo 3...) along with its whole host of connectivity options, and a physical keyboard, it’s reached the stage where many Apple diehards I’ve spoken to are now, like me, lusting for one.

Unlike me however (whose sole Apple device was an iPad) these people prefer...

By Ryan Daws, 25 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

Level 3 discusses modern (and future) gaming infrastructure

One of the largest global telecommunications and Internet service provider companies, Level 3 is behind-the-scenes offering the infrastructure to keep your gaming sessions running smoothly and securely. TelecomsTech spoke to James Taylor, Director of Cloud Services for EMEA.

Gaming is quickly becoming the most important entertainment industry in the world; with many titles costing more to produce, and grossing more, than blockbuster Hollywood movies.

The latest release of Grand Theft...

By Ryan Daws, 20 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure.

Amdocs on the “life” of telco providers and their services

Amdocs, the leading provider of customer experience systems and services, released a survey yesterday based around the PLM (Product Life Management) of telecom provider’s services.

TelecomsTech took the opportunity to speak to Eitan Elkin from the firm about the findings and whether these providers are optimally positioned to tackle the future and its emerging threats.

Eitan first explains the background of PLM: “PLM is not a new term; it’s been around for more than 30...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Marketing, Operators.

Sony’s “Vita TV” is (literally) a game changer

Everyone seems to want a piece of the TV these days; Apple TV, Roku, ChromeCast – the list is endless, and with good reason. It’s a lucrative space which we’re only just starting to see being taken advantage of. Forget Smart TV’s, these are Smart Manufacturers.

Built-in solutions, in my mind, were never going to work. Consumers want an experience which is both powerful and portable.

Whilst there have been many memorable devices such as the Boxee Box (which subsequently got absorbed and...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Entertainment, Industry.

UK ISPs offered controversial code to collect piracy data

Just under a fortnight ago, TelecomsTech reported on London-based MUSO’s request for Russian social network VK to clamp down on file-sharing. Whilst this helped reduce the damage by one rampant site, music is still illegally available – the UK government wants to further prevent this.

The voluntary code - which is being offered to BT, Virgin Media, BSkyB and TalkTalk - would allow inspection of downloading activity and could create a database of repeat...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Piracy.

Anti-Piracy MUSO reaches agreement with Social Network VK

Perhaps you may have heard of VK - you certainly would if you’re based in Russia – but outside of the motherland it may ring a bell as the network which TelecomsTech reported on as offering US whistleblower Edward Snowden a job.

One of the biggest issues of the network is its rampant Piracy rate, with a reported 77% of transferred files being unauthorised content.

This level of copyrighted content being so freely...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Licensing, Networks.