‘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.

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.

Over the top video revenue to exceed $20B by 2015

According to the latest market study by ABI Research, American companies like Netflix, Hulu, Apple and Amazon helped to drive the over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market past $8 billion in 2012. The three largest markets -- North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific experienced year-over-year growth in excess of 50 percent in 2012. The continued spread of connected consumer electronics (CE) and increasingly mobile devices -- such as media tablets -- are expected to push the market past $20 billion by 2015. ...

By David H. Deans, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, IPTV, Networks, Smart TV.

OTT video revenue went up and up in 2012, says ABI

The traditional channels of television consumption continue to change, and the latest research from ABI offers more pointers in that regard as the over the top (OTT) video market hit $8bn in 2012.

ABI Research, in its analysis, has also revealed that in the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions the year on year growth was in excess of 50%, and forecast that the market will go past $20bn by 2015.

Michael Inouye, senior analyst at ABI Research, commented: “The shift to digital and OTT...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Operators, OTT Services.

Exploring automotive telematics and in-vehicle infotainment

The two main silos in the telematics industry -- consumer automotive and commercial telematics -- remain the most active areas within the broader M2M (machine to machine) mobile communications industry. Advancements in entertainment head-units and higher smartphone penetration will result in software App capability reaching a fifth of all consumer vehicles in the developed markets of North America and Western Europe by 2017. According to the findings from the latest market study by Juniper Research, the success of new standards -- such as MirrorLink -- will be instrumental in creating the foundations for the connected car ecosystem to flourish. ...

By David H. Deans, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, M2M, Telematics.

What it takes to compete with Over-The-Top television

For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on a big in-depth report on NGA services. Although its importance can sometimes be exaggerated, TV content is of course at the heart of NGA portfolio considerations, and I wanted to delve a little bit here into how I have examined that issue.

The notion that broadband providers are scared of on-demand TV is not new, and it’s an understatement. All of the...

By Benoît FELTEN, 18 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Operators.

How will the Smart TV experience evolve in 2013?

Smart TV devices can be connected to the Internet, and, via an integrated app platform, it is possible to use TV-centric applications like Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. New apps are launched regularly to the extent that a Smart TV is almost the equivalent to a set-top box, with a focus on the on-demand functionality.

By the end of 2012, there will be more than 100 million consumers in the world who regularly use Smart TV applications, and leading TV companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic are rapidly...

By Michael Lantz, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, Entertainment, IPTV.

The game is on: OTT video revenue to reach $32B by 2017

By 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research, over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment service revenue will quadruple to $32 billion -- that's up from the expected $8.2 billion in 2012. Monthly subscription services, such as Netflix, have led the OTT adoption trend the past couple of years, which has helped push the market towards healthy growth and sustained profit margins. By 2014, however, ABI Research expects OTT on-demand rentals to surpass subscription revenues. The resulting impact on Cinema revenues is unknown at this time -- but we can anticipate a significant change, when more new releases are combined...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.