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...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Mobile, Satellite.

Mobile delivered digital content will reach $65 billion

The forward-looking outlook for the savvy leaders in the progressive digital media industry is very bright. The mobile owning public is now aware that mobile devices can be used to perform tasks beyond voice and text -- in North America nearly 65 percent of mobile handsets were used to access mobile entertainment services in 2012; 75 percent were used to browse the Internet. In Western Europe the comparable figures were 47 percent and 65 percent respectively. Annual revenue generated from digital content delivered to mobile phones...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Infographic, Mobile.

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.

Virtual Coins – what will this mean for the payments space?

Forget £, $, €, or the whole host of other international currencies, the new kid on the block is virtual currencies; which live on the web and in our virtual wallets.

The latest to launch is Amazon Coins; used for app, game, and in-app purchases on Amazon’s app store.

 

But what are the advantages over standard currency? The main benefit for consumers is discounts. 100 “coins” on Amazon is equivalent to $1, whereas 500 will cost $4.80 (a 4% saving) with more gift cards...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Security.

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.

When...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Networks, Smart TV.

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...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, IPTV.

Mobile streamed music revenue to reach $1.7 billion

Across a variety of formats, music is undoubtedly the most mature segment of mobile entertainment. The global revenues from streamed music services on mobile devices are expected to rise by more than 40 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. For the first time, these revenues will thereby overtake those generated by full-track downloads to mobile devices. The study observed that growth in premium service adoption was increasingly being driven by mobile network operator partnerships with service providers. In Europe, several operators have seen an uplift in...

By David H. Deans, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Research.

Nielsen finally introduces metrics for online TV

Most TV viewers have likely heard of Nielsen at some stage. If you haven’t, they are generally the organisation which offers industry-standard ratings to measure viewership. Up until now these ratings have been becoming more and more irrelevant as audiences move online.

Announced today through a press release, Nielsen is to offer Digital Program Ratings, partnering at launch with many of the major networks including A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, FOX, NBC and Univision.

This is a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, IPTV, Networks.

‘White space’ devices are on the way, says Ofcom

Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator of the United Kingdom, has called for a pilot of an innovative new batch of “white space” devices utilising gaps in the radio spectrum.

The plan is to use white space in order to test broadcasts which will not interfere with any current spectrum. This will be enforced by broadcasters only being allowed to utilise where the spaces are, and the power levels they are restricted to on a dedicated website updated by Ofcom.

The scheme will initially launch in the autumn...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Smartphones, Telematics.