BT takes the lead with Europe's first 4K channel launch

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4K television sets have offered eye-wateringly beautiful images to viewers for some years now - despite their high prices. The cost of 4K televisions has dropped and become far more affordable - which means content providers are rushing to fill the considerable gaps in their library. 

BT Sport will show hundreds of live matches throughout the tournament using the very latest...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Content, Europe.

Sky continues its push for quad-play packages

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Sky has been looking for ways to build quad-play packages for some time. In the UK, the provider has signed a partnership with O2 to start offering mobile services with their packages starting in 2015 - a deal which has arguably become even more valuable now Hutchison has put in a bid to merge Three and O2. 

Now the provider is looking to offer quad-play in other markets which the company...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Disruption, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Net Neutrality: Telcos opt-out of Facebook's Internet.org initiative

Facebook's Internet.org initiative, in principle, sounds like a fantastic idea. It would provide mobile users in developing countries with free access to certain online content which can help them to stay-in-touch, conduct business, and receive alerts for things such as natural disasters.

Indian Web and media companies CleartripNDTVNewshunt, and the Times Group have announced they are pulling out...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developing Countries, India, Industry, Net Neutrality.

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.

Will YipTV do to TV what Vonage did to calls?

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The VoIP market revolutionized the way communications worked, allowing companies to provide over-the-top services which were decoupled from the phone company.

For the first time you could go out and buy broadband from one company and phone service from another. The poster-child for this movement in the US had to be Vonage, and the company did a great deal for the fledgling VoIP market at the time.

Thanks to Vonage,

By Rich Tehrani, 12 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, OTT Services.

Opinion: Going over-the-top, or not

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Why do over-the-top (OTT) communication applications such as Skype, Viber, Line and WhatsApp exist? My view is, like most innovation, they exist to exploit inefficiency in a market.

If the world already had a service which provided ubiquitous, seamless communication with anybody, anywhere, at any time, across multiple media at a nominal cost, then there would be no need for OTT communication applications.

In the mobile...

By Paul Liesching, 23 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Content, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services.

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.

Sports fans rejoice! SK Telecom and Samsung develop ‘True Real Time Mobile Streaming Technology’

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If you follow any form of professional sports, and have ever tried to catch the game on-the-move, then you’ve probably been frustrated at being around 15 seconds behind TV viewers. For this reason, despite more widespread and faster mobile data than ever, a lot of sports fans will stick to live radio for their fix of updates.

The two...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Mobile, Outsourcing.