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Kantar Media to acquire Civolution’s audio watermarking unit

Kantar Media, a world leader in audience measurement, is acquiring Civolution’s audio watermarking unit in order to strengthen its audience measurement technologies and pursue new opportunities aro

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Eircom’s on-demand service powered by Vubiquity

US-based multi-platform services provider Vubiquity has emerged as the company powering Irish telco eircom’s eVision on Demand service. 

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Pay TV revenues to fall for half of Europe’s top operators

Digital TV Research is forecasting that subscriber numbers will fall for 40 of the 103 European Pay TV operators studied for its ‘European Pay TV Operator Forecasts’, which covers the period 2010 t

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20 million HbbTV devices in Germany and France, 11m of them connected

New data about take-up of the HbbTV standard released at the annual HbbTV Association Symposium in Paris reveal that there are now around 15m HbbTV devices in the Ge

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Analyst view on EE TV: Good timing for quad-play but no threat to established Pay TV

The research and consulting firm Analysys Mason has been analysing the forthcoming television service from UK mobile operator EE and views it as a retention strategy

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Operators can start saying goodbye to customized video ‘production lines’

Some platform operators are struggling to build the dedicated hardware-based workflows needed for different types of multiscreen device. They can make life easier by virtualizing and then orchestrating functions so that new workflows and services can be created at the touch of a button. 

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Mobile operator EE to launch multiscreen TV offer in UK

UK mobile operator EE has announced the launch of EE TV, its new multi-screen TV offering aimed at TV sets, tablets and smartphones.

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Broadcasters promised programmatic on their terms

Broadcasters and premium publishers are being promised a way to make programmatic trading of video inventory work for them thanks to Konnect, a new programmatic trading platform that gives ad inven

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Mobile video advertising strengthens TV media investments - Nielsen

A new study from audience measurement company Nielsen has found that when a TV ad campaign is aligned with video advertising to mobile devices, it can increase a mar

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CANAL+ Group predicts increased non-linear consumption thanks to videoclip sharing

The French Pay TV operator CANAL+ Group is launching a videoclip-sharing feature on CANALPLUS.FR called L’#INSTANTCANAL.

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Viaplay gets exclusive Nordic VOD rights for Nickelodeon

MTG’s Viaplay has secured the exclusive stand-alone VOD rights to programming from top children’s entertainment brand Nickelodeon in the Nordic region (meaning Swede

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Lower investment risk will trigger new wave of multiscreen roll-outs

For Pay TV operators who have yet to deploy OTT and multiscreen solutions, the time is coming when their subscribers will start looking over the shoulder of their fr

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Nick Thexton to become new YouView CTO; Emma Scott leaving Freesat

Nick Thexton, currently VP and CTO for Cisco’s Video Software Solutions group, will become the Chief Technology Officer at the UK hybrid broadcast broadband platform

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FTVA Screenings 2014: Call for proposals

The FTVA Screenings will make their debut at this year’s Future TV Advertising Forum, providing a collection of five minute presentations that highlight inn

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Decipher predicts BBC would compete with an independent Scottish Broadcasting Service

On the eve of the Scottish independence vote, the analyst firm has given its opinion on what a ‘Yes’ vote would mean for the whole UK television industry. The firm believes the cultural and organisational challenges that would result from a split need to be highlighted for an industry that is duty-bound, because of its impartial news obligations, to keep its counsel.

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Virtualized headends is the big, big story at IBC 2014

Sure, UHD is wonderful and we all want it (if we have the room and the money) and unlike 3D it is almost certainly going to reach market in a meaningful way, and fairly soon, but there is one story that dwarfs everything at IBC this year and that is virtualization - and more specifically, the incredible speed with which it is becoming possible to virtualize almost all the functions of a headend into data centres and clouds.

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DVB complains about "unfair" LTE Broadcast claims

Graham Mills, Chairman of the DVB Commercial Module, has warned that drastic measures are needed to help mobile networks cope with video volumes, suggesting the use of LTE Broadcast and  DVB T2-Lite for live TV while claiming T2 is the better option. Separately, Peter Siebert, Executive Director of the DVB Project Office, accused the “LTE world” of only ever giving best-case performance figures in their claims of equal or better performance than T2.

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Pace puts focus on operator support at IBC 2014

Pace put the emphasis on its ability to support operators running and managing complex delivery systems at IBC 2014. This capability is mainly delivered through the company’s ‘ECO’ service suite, which provides end-user support, network monitoring and subscriber management.

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Sky Italia adopts Harmonic’s VOS platform for new HD OTT headend

VOS, Harmonic’s software-based media processing platform, which enables the virtualisation of key headend functions, is the foundation for a new Sky Italia ‘HD OTT headend’ for distributing over 60 premium channels to Telecom Italia’s ‘ultra-broadband’ customers using a new Sky HD decoder, offering the same video quality for OTT customers as satellite.

 

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Ericsson reveals Ericsson MediaFirst - the cloud-based successor to Mediaroom

Ericsson describes the solution as a ‘white-label Netflix’ – offering Pay TV at web-speed but with live added. Executives emphasized that the new product was not an upgrade but a completely new product. It will be offered on a SaaS (software-as-a-service) basis.The solution is in trials with a number of operators.

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AirTies and SoftAtHome offer cost-optimised wireless HEVC set-top box

AirTies and SoftAtHome have partnered to develop a ‘light’ cost-optimised HEVC set-top box. The new box also supports Home Wi-Fi Meshing.

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NAGRA prevents Control Word sharing by putting decryption and descrambling into smartcard

The company has unveiled two notable innovations in content security: A hardware anchored cardless CA ready for medium-ARPU services and a high-end solution that is ready for 4k thanks partly to the way it makes Control Word sharing either impossible or pointless. It has also switched the focus to graded risk management, avoiding over-engineering.

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ACCESS to focus on multiscreen delivery

ACCESS will present its products for multiscreen delivery at IBC with a focus on overcoming the technical complexities of dealing with a plethora of platforms and device types.

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DLNA launches certification programme for multiscreen subscription TV

At IBC, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) will formally launch its CVP-2 Certification programme for retail CE products incorporating its TV content-viewing guidelines for subscription con

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Professor Brian Cox to give keynote on TV future

The IBC conference hall is likely to be packed for a keynote covering several aspects of TV’s future given by UK physicist and popular science broadcaster Professor Brian Cox.

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