Connected TV apps and services market to hit $14 billion by 2017

The connected TV apps and services market is expected to explode in the next five years as new app frameworks in smart TVs, net-tops (i.e. Apple TV, Roku), Blu-ray devices and game consoles serve as the foundation for a new TV app economy. NextMarket Insights forecasts the US TV app economy to reach $14 billion by 2017, up from under $4.5 billion in 2012.

“The growth of app-delivered subscriptions, virtual pay-TV bundles, advertising, premium apps, in-app purchases, transactional content and digital to...

By Otilia Otlacan, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Industry, Marketing.

Ericsson bolsters its media content with Red Bee acquisition

Swedish technology provider Ericsson announced its intention to acquire media services company Red Bee Media for a yet undisclosed sum.

Whilst still a very much relevant vendor of telecommunications and networking equipment, media services has never been a field of Ericsson’s. This was left somewhat down to joint venture with Sony; in aptly-named Sony Ericsson, until the companies separated last year.

Quite how Ericsson plans to use the expansion, or for how much they were willing to pay, is not yet...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smart TV.

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.

Hawk Search releases new feature to improve SEO

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SEO Booster is now available on the Hawk Search platform; SEO Booster makes site search results search engine friendly.

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GLEN ELLYN, Ill. - Hawk Search, an enterprise site search solution and a product of Thanx Media, has released SEO Booster, a new feature of their Hawk Search platform. Hawk Search’s feature rich platform now includes functionality that will help businesses improve search engine optimization and drive additional traffic to...

By Otilia Otlacan, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Google, Industry, Marketing.

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 and media...

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

GfK enhances ad campaign dashboard, introduces overlay tagging

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Campaign evaluation toolkit allows agencies, advertisers to assess, course-correct quickly

NEW YORK - GfK’s Digital Market Intelligence (DMI) team has released the first in a planned series of 2013 enhancements to its top-quality solutions for digital ad campaign evaluation, expanding its client dashboard and introducing overlay tagging of ad units.

“We are working continuously to meet our clients’ existing needs and anticipate future ones, building greater convenience and accountability into our systems. Together with our clients and...

By Otilia Otlacan, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Infographic, Research.

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 spend amongst...

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

Which telecom providers “have your back” in data security?

The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released its ‘Who has your back?’ report for 2013, its third edition. As a company whose tagline is “defending your rights in the digital world”, this document helps consumers understand the service providers they can trust.

 

 

Scoring is based on a star system out of a possible six:

1.            Requires a warrant for...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Content, Industry, Networks, Operators, Security.

SpotXchange achieves significant growth as expansion drives digital advertising

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DENVER - SpotXchange, Inc., the largest global marketplace of digital video ad inventory, announced an exceptional 2012 for the company as it delivered record-breaking revenue and ad impression growth. SpotXchange’s success and revenue growth of 69 percent in 2012 was due in part to the company’s leadership in programmatic selling of online video advertising, expanded strategic partnerships and international growth. As the advertising marketplace evolves and advances due to greater innovation like programmatic buying and selling of digital video, SpotXchange is primed for continued rapid growth on the heels of a very successful 2012. In fact, already in 2013, SpotXchange has...

By Otilia Otlacan, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Industry, Marketing, Networks.

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.

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.

New opportunities for mobile content revenue growth

Revenues from mobile content -- monetized through direct billing by mobile network service providers -- is expected to rise from $2 billion last year to more than $13 billion by 2017, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. The Juniper study uncovered that network operator storefronts and portals accounted for just 6 percent of content downloads worldwide, with Google Play and the Apple App Store now comprising nearly 70 percent combined market share. In fact, the increasing popularity of of these successful Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile device application distribution platforms had led to many...

By David H. Deans, 27 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Mobile.

More bandwidth sounds better, but keep the debate grounded in reality

Julie Kunstler, Principal Analyst, ComponentsOver the past several weeks, I have been analyzing future bandwidth needs for residential subscribers, and my conclusions are fuzzy at best. I was hoping for clarity from OSA’s Executive Forum panel, The Future of Broadband Access Networks: Towards 1Gbps and Beyond, which took place on Monday March 18 in parallel with OFC/NFOEC. Panelists included Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services; Ed Harstead, Leader at the Technology Excellence Center and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks...

By Ovum Research, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Content, Fiber Optic, Networks.

Skype in trouble with France over not declaring operator status

The French telecommunciations regulator ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes) has informed the Paris public prosecutor that Skype has not registered itself as a telco, as per its obligation.

According to ARCEP, the Luxembourg-based video call service will be committing a felony, but only by not declaring itself, in line with Article L. 33-1 of the French Postal and Electronic Communications Code.

ARCEP states that Skype falls into the telco category...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Operators, OTT Services.

Why OTT video will continue to disrupt the market

Over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment had a banner year in 2012. It became a turning point for legacy pay-TV service providers. The savvy companies acknowledged the OTT phenomenon and have learned to adapt to the new market realities. The laggards are slowly coming to the conclusion that nothing will halt the market fragmentation caused by the adoption of OTT content. Meanwhile, it looks like 2013 will be just as disruptive as last year. comScore released data from its latest market study which demonstrates that nearly 180 million U.S. Internet users watched 36.2 billion online content videos in January, while the number of video advertising views reached...

By David H. Deans, 06 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services.

Shouldn't it be "video is the recurring star"?

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a...

By Rich Tehrani, 31 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Consumers, Content, IPTV.

The top 10 telecom and media trends for 2013

Informa Telecoms & Media released its top ten trends for 2013. Five of their predictions relate directly to telecom service providers and the other five address the pay-TV, digital media and Over-the-Top (OTT) communications sector. 1. Wi-Fi will become a victim of its own success There will be a shift in operator sentiment away from public Wi-Fi as it becomes evident that the growing availability of free-to-end-user Wi-Fi devalues the mobile-broadband business model. Mobile operators will respond by articulating the value of their cellular...

By David H. Deans, 04 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, LTE, Mobile, Research.