Apple seeks UK telco for TV strategy and long beach walks

Apple is reportedly seeking a UK-based telecoms provider to increase the reach of its TV platform in an important market for the company.

Telecommunications giant BT is said to be the current forerunner, according to a report in The Telegraph.

BT, who also owns the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, is expected to distribute Apple TVs to the latter’s broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Europe, Industry, Operators, Smart TV.

Why disruption of the video entertainment industry is unstoppable

Ongoing disruption of the video entertainment industry is most apparent in North America, where incumbent pay-TV service providers continue to report significant subscriber declines. Past attempts to slow or reverse the customer losses have proven to be unsuccessful. Clearly, it's a huge challenge.

Furthermore, relatively new rivals in the sector, such as AT&T and Verizon, have invested heavily to acquire legacy media and online advertising companies in the hope of finding a viable business model to...

By David H. Deans, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Content, Disruption, Entertainment, Smart TV.

Majority of consumers would buy mobile services from Netflix and Amazon given the chance

A survey conducted by MATRIXX Software in the US and the UK found that mobile users are ready to switch to a new mobile carrier if it offers better experience, with almost three quarters (73%) saying that they want their mobile service provider to operate more like Amazon, PayPal, Netflix and eBay.

Some of the features that customers want included ease of use, clear pricing structure, real-time access to services and customisation.

The survey found that customer experience expectation has a strong role to...

By Telecoms, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Operators, Smart TV.

Sky partners with Fitbit for latest VOD series

Broadcaster Sky has announced the launch of the second series of ‘Fit in 5’, an exclusive video on demand (VOD) initiative with health and fitness wearables provider Fitbit.

The first series of the show, created by fitness trainer Marvin Ambrosius, featured presenters Kirsty Gallacher and Melanie Sykes in a series of short workouts over 18 episodes. The second series will feature Sarah-Jane Mee and Lisa Snowden.

“As the leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit join forces with Ambrosius...

By James Bourne, 10 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, OTT Services, Smart TV.

OTT market to surpass broadcast TV within next five years, Level 3 argues

More hours will be logged watching linear streaming OTT video than traditional television by 2022, according to a new study from Level 3 Communications.

More than two thirds of the almost 500 media professionals polled argued traditional TV’s days will be numbered in five years’ time, while approximately half of respondents believe OTT revenue growth will be between 30% and 50% year over year in 2017.

Roughly 70% of respondents said they offered OTT services globally or across one geographic...

By Telecoms, 28 April 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Content, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Netflix continues to dominate OTT market – but challengers closing the gap

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More than half (53%) of Wi-Fi-connected homes in the US accessed at least one OTT service in December 2016 according to comScore – with Netflix leading the way but challengers closing the gap.

These households were active in viewing OTT content, comScore adds, doing so at an average of 19 separate days during the month, and for 2.2 hours per usage day. OTT viewing mirrors linear TV with the highest concentration of activity happening during traditional primetime hours.

In December...

By Telecoms, 13 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: OTT Services, Smart TV.

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.

Why more pay-TV providers in Europe are offering streaming video

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Streaming video entertainment services, such as those available from Netflix and Amazon, have already had a significant impact on the pay-TV sector in North America. As a result, European pay-TV operators that witnessed this disruption are eager to consider options that would enable them to transform their business.Amazon Video has announced it will be launching its Amazon Streaming Partners Program (ASPP) in Europe. Amazon operates a platform business model for video; it provides flexible video entertainment services to consumers and content rights holders, plus it's already present in...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Content, OTT Services, Smart TV.

Western Europe OTT video will reach $14.6bn by 2021

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Online video entertainment has disrupted most legacy media companies that refused to acknowledge the market opportunities beyond traditional pay-TV services. This shift has become a global phenomenon. The impact and implications are far-reaching.

Western European over-the-top (OTT) television and video revenues will more than double between 2015 and 2021. However, growth rates within each nation will vary considerably, according to findings from the latest market study by Digital...

By David H. Deans, 20 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, OTT Services, Smart TV.

TalkTalk reports over 50% decline in pre-tax profit after last year's cyber attack

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TalkTalk Chief Executive Dido Harding claimed the company has recovered from the cyber attack that compromised the data of over 100,000 customers – an incident which cost the company up to £60 million – despite reporting that pre-tax profit nosedived by over 50% to £14 million in the year to March 2016. However, sales rose 2.4% year-on-year to £1.84...

By Telecoms, 12 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Operators, Security, Smart TV.

#MWC16: eSports is taking over TV

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During a panel at Mobile World Congress, four high-profile representatives in gaming spoke about how eSports has taken off in recent years, and how it's affecting traditional TV. 

The representatives included Bernhard Mogk from eSports platform ESL, Koh Kim from mobile eSports live-streaming company Mobcrush, Peter Warman from gaming analysts...

By Ryan Daws, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Disruption, Mobile, Smart TV.

Bolivia: The new darling of Latin American telecoms?

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Bolivia has traditionally been one of the smallest telecoms markets in Latin America (LATAM). Yet a new report from Pyramid Research argues that it will become the fastest growing in the LATAM market.

The report, entitled ‘Bolivia: DTH Launches And Fiber-Optic Backbone Rollout to Drive Video and Data Services’, argues the Bolivian telecoms market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.8% between 2014 and 2019, driven in the main by broadband internet and pay...

By James Bourne, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, LATAM, Smart TV, Wireless.

Global displacement of traditional pay-TV services

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The growing popularity of watching online video entertainment has become a more common activity worldwide, particularly with the younger generation. As a result, these shifting video consumption trends have created a few market share gainers and many losers.According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, subscriptions from Over-the-Top (OTT) video...

By David H. Deans, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Industry, OTT Services, Smart TV.

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.

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.

Why UltraViolet won't halt the Netflix phenomenon

It's already apparent to most video entertainment industry analysts -- fewer people are interested in owning physical media and the recent results of DVD and Blu-ray disc sales in mature markets is a leading indicator of this growing trend. Other key trends are also emerging.Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40 percent of the UK over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market. The worldwide OTT video market reached nearly $11 billion in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, OTT Services, Research, Smart TV.

Analysys Mason explain how operators can make OTT/VAS work for them #TTW

Two analysts, Cesar Bachelet and Stephen Sale from Analysys Mason, took the stage at Telecoms Tech World for a session entitled “How can operators make OTT/VAS work for them?” Whilst it doesn’t take a genius to know what they spoke about; they certainly gave some clever insights.

It’s no secret mobile operators are facing what many call “a threat” from OTT applications; the typical example is of how WhatsApp has replaced SMS for many customers.

It’s becoming...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, Research, Smart TV.

Kinect developer PrimeSense detected and acquired by Apple

Arguably the technology which makes Microsoft’s Xbox console stand-out from its main competitor is its Kinect peripheral; an innovative motion detecting camera. Whilst many gamers are slowly coming around to see its benefits; developers have been hacking it for years for fantastic uses.

Apple is known to acquire a range of technologies to use for its devices; ‘TouchID’ is a feature found in the new iPhone 5S made possible through the company’s AuthenTec acquisition in 2012.

A notable...

By Ryan Daws, 25 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Samsung embarks on worldwide tour to promote a S-lifestyle

Everyone who regularly uses technology knows how convenient (and yet occasionally frustrating) a tight ecosystem can be - yes, just look at Apple’s iDevice and Mac line. These work together flawlessly… until you try to use another manufacturer.

This has two favourable advantages; firstly, you have full-control to create a great experience for customers. Secondly, it makes it frustrating for any customer to leave the ecosystem.

Samsung is looking to recreate the ‘i’ experience with...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Devices, Mobile, Multi Screen, Smart TV.