Broadcast TV, Pay TV, OTT, VOD and the future of Video – Magine says future is about “viewer-designed television”. Do You agree?

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At MIPCOM Magine CEO Mattias Hjelmstedt, started with some happy memories of his first gadget (“the ZX Spectrum”) before looking forward to the acceleration of new technologies. “Just looking at the last five years or so, it has been an explosion,” he said. “If we are to look at the world, it’s going faster and faster.”

Hjelmstedt talked about the high expectations that TV viewers have from their devices and apps. Is technology keeping up with those expectations? “Yes and no. In some terms, technology leapfrogs expectations: for example when the first iPhone came out, and when the iPad came out it was the same,”he said.

“But sometimes expectations are far superior to what you can do. It’s technology together with what you’re willing to do with that content, and how far you’re willing to reach with it… I think the consumer expects to be free. I want to see content at the convenience of my time. The thing we have least of today is time… It’s freedom to consume the thing you want at the specific time you want.”

Magine is hoping to reinvent the distribution of television, said Hjelmstedt. “Try to disregard the history: if you created television today, what would it look like?” And he said this comes back to freedom of choice for viewers, whether they’ve switched on the TV and missed the beginning of a show, so want to wind back, or have forgotten to record a show the previous day but still want to watch it.

What will he have in his lap in 10 years time? “I think we’re going to continue going down the path we’re at. I don’t think the big screens are going to go away. We’re going to think more of screens as screens and nothing else, where you’re going to push your content. Things are growing bigger and they’re growing smaller.”

The final two panelists were Michael Turner, EVP of content for Magine, and Carolina Angarita, global CEO of digital agency Ennovva. “We’re probably in the finest era of my lifetime in terms of storytelling in television. It is now trendy to talk about television series,” said Turner. “My children went to see Gravity in a cinema in Barcelona, and there were about nine people there! If you showed the final episode of Breaking Bad in cinemas across Barcelona, they would all be full.”

Angarita said that the term television should be redefined. “Every day here I think that television is something different to what it used to be,” she said. “Television is what you see, and it has to do with personalisation. Television is what you want to see, when you want to see it.” And she added that while advertisers currently separate their television and internet budgets, in the future it will just be one budget: “It’s content.”

Turner talked about Magine as “viewer-designed television… that basic human activity of switch on, what’s on? What’s been on that I want to watch? And tell me something I might want to watch. With those three things, you can’t lose.” And he stressed that it’s vital for the industry to be able to count all these viewers, to ensure the business is sustainable.

Angarita also talked about social media in Latin America where Facebook and Twitter are very strong, and may have a role to play in helping to measure ratings. “Social media is driving a very strong force towards television,” she said, before asking Turner when Magine will launch in Latin America (the answer: there’ll be a beta launch this year).

Turner ended with some stats: Magine currently has around 55,000 users in Sweden, where it launched in April, and Turner estimated that it now has rights to show 95% of TV programmes there, compared to very little at launch. The company is hoping to build on this growth into 2014 and beyond.

MVPDs, Sports Channels, Subscriber, STB’s and the Pay TV business model screw up – by Vikram R Chari

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Let me preface this by stating – I issue no apologies for my opinions below and have seen the industry enough to understand what is going on and what should really happen vis-a-vis the subscriber.

For sure Video technology has moved faster than other technologies. But with the arrival of IP based (and Internet streaming) technologies, and incorporation into the TV set of STB features (first step Smart TV), it will become much easier for MVPDs to better address their basic needs – bandwidth, customer targeting,  stagnating growth and churn.

The solution to these problems has shifted from STB Manufacturers (largest of who have been moving away from manufacturing boxes themselves due to cost of incorporating new technologies such as HD/3D, Middleware, Gaming RTOS, Internet Surfing, Program Guides, etc…. being prohibitive – re: Cisco–SA, and Motorola hawked by Google – currently sold to Arris) to CE Manufacturers to MVPDs to move “beyond the box” and think beyond it. Granted that the legacy issues will haunt them (i.e. STBs deployed, etc.) for a while, but the earlier they read the proverbial writing on the wall they will improve their chances of efficiently and effectively addressing the basic needs.

Add into this mix the reluctance of Networks, Syndicated Content providers, Sports Nets who have been dragged kicking and screaming to adopt HDTV (which took a long time), very slowly migrating from Analog to Digital and bringing in workflow efficiencies into their broadcasting networks (eg. file based workflows) , simultaneous multi-format processing and output. The ruling thought in the industry was (and to a certain extent still is) why change what is working (from their point of view) and learn new technologies to improve efficiencies (they did not basically like companies such as Microsoft, Apple, etc.). Coupled with this reluctance is the fact that they were on to “bundling” of poor content along with charging premiums for more popular content to MVPDs, passed on directly to the consumers.

The MVPDs-Networks/Syndicates/Sports Channels have a cozy relationship (though they put on a combative face in front of the FCC and the customer) which they are continuing to milk at the expense of the subscriber.

The original intent of adopting the STB was initially to get faraway nets to local TV screens. However, the MVPDs saw that they could make a killing by adopting a walled garden approach and controlling what the viewer could or could not see (especially Sports channels – to an extent forced by the Sports Channel Networks). Added to this was the Pay TV component of on-demand video distribution. This has had the effect of turning off an increasing number of viewers to OTT and Internet streaming.

Given that the subscriber is the one paying for the content, either to Pay TV providers or OTT, I ask a legitimate question – shouldn’t the subscribers be the ones being able to choose i.e. a la carte? How long can the subscriber be left holding the bag for cost increases from MVPDs – just learnt that DTH rates are headed higher. The subsidization of Sports Channels by non-viewing subscribers almost assures that the Sports Channel Pay TV model will continue till something is done about it (TW’s Britt did call this out). However with the declining Pay TV viewership the increases are becoming in-evitable as a smaller pool of subscribers now have to subsidize the insanely costly Sports channels, resulting in higher Cable and DTH costs.

The business models must change in order to have continued subscribers growth in Pay TV, and offer a challenge to OTTs (Netflix has signed with TW for some of their channels). If the FCC shows more spine and the government truly opens up the space (rather than pandering to special interests) the subscriber will always be exploited and pushed into the corner.

Further the MVPDs in the Pay TV space are not doing the following very effectively (and taking the easy way out by amortizing the costs of expensive channels over the less expensive ones and making money anyway they can) i.e -

- Exploiting the data with them on viewership and customer satisfaction

- Targeted advertising

- Exploiting the social media opportunities being thrown up (in particular FB and Twitter) for better targeting of channels

- Better leveraging the second and multi screen opportunities

If the Pay TV folks did the above, they will doubtless see subscriber numbers & revenue (subs and ads) growth & better ROI.

Maybe it is appropriate to call a time-out on all increases till this Content-MVPD-Subscriber “mill round the neck” scenario is changed in favor of the subscriber?

Don’t you guys think so?

Feb 05, 2013 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 166

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Columbus simplifies IP video delivery in the Caribbean: Columbus International, a communications service provider… bit.ly/10vWz1u

Elementos de un Sistema de IPTVpic.twitter.com/8aI2lBxL

Verizon’s FiOS TV subscriber growth slows in Q4 2012 – bit.ly/10Q9yRr

Digisoft.tv HbbTV support for Iris http://bit.ly/WaUycP

It’s Game On for Second Screen | http://is.gd/JTI1ul

The Global Phenomenon of Mobile Commerce : Numerous forms of mobile commerce are emerging in markets large… http://bit.ly/X8y3mh

Analyst: Redbox Instant poses Netflix SVoD threat http://bit.ly/SQBYpD

Third of Brits would change TV device http://bit.ly/WX3tMu

ITU agrees HEVC standard http://bit.ly/WX3srF ITU approves HEVC/H.265 video-coding standard, requiring half the bit rate of H.264. http://bit.ly/TMpukD

Miranda Technologies acquires Softel http://bit.ly/WzUYqy

Skyfall digital release before physical http://bit.ly/Wl0nEc

Verimatrix secures MegaFon IPTV http://bit.ly/10Whxwr

UK lagging in cloud adoption http://bit.ly/10Wh2Ct

ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator incubator http://bit.ly/V3UEkv

Bulgaria opens new DTT tender http://bit.ly/V3UdGV

BlackRock lifts blinx stake http://bit.ly/10WgJYo

Belkin to acquire Cisco’s Home-Networking http://bit.ly/V3SYYk

ESA Activates Search and Rescue Package on Galileo Navigation Satellites http://ow.ly/h8HeH

Cozi TV Debuts Original Show http://bit.ly/1116Ti7

Africa 24, the news channel, launches on Arabsat’s Badr-4…. http://fb.me/2ILpmItnP

U.S. and Canada Partnership Successfully Refuel Mock Satellite on ISS http://ow.ly/h8F1g

The BCM7445 delivers Ultra HD content to your living room, cuts bandwidth & power – http://gobrcm.com/h4vWt

NATPE: Interesting parallels between early days of broadcast syndication and online TV: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118065222/ …

MegaFon Selects RGB Networks to Launch New OTT Service – http://is.gd/zamiQd

Zappware delivers multi-device end-to-end OTT solution to SBB and Telemach http://goo.gl/fb/0mznq

Netflix’s House Of Cards Could Be The Best Show You Won’t See On TV http://tcrn.ch/WDgZVz

OTT monitoring is important to the network & customer expectations are high! Provide quality OTT content – learn more: http://www.sencore.com/company/blog

Streaming Video is going mainstream: People often use streaming for game consoles and set-top boxes attached to their TVs: http://bit.ly/XyRx2z Streaming video is the future: The new H.265 video format will help chew up video so your network can swallow it: http://bit.ly/Y9cHq1

Top 3 media streaming TV devices for 2013 – Roku, Apple TV, and… http://sns.mx/f7gSy8

IPTV growth slows down in US: While US telcos continued to add IPTV subscribers at a rapid clip in the fourth… http://bit.ly/1176AHh

Super Bowl live stream ideal showcase for second screen advertising | It’s Game On for Second Screen – http://is.gd/Nscxh1

RuSat Selects Newtec To Offer VSAT Broadband Service http://ow.ly/hcNvJ

Spanish network picks Comcast Media Center’s VOD platform http://goo.gl/xujQh

Elemental Provides Support for HEVC H.265 Codec – http://is.gd/N1h8em

Sorenson – Hold the Phone — HEVC (H.265) Adoption May Be Sooner Than You Think – http://is.gd/xsBA7s

60,000 BT Vision customers with YouView set-top boxes - bit.ly/UlN0p7

Techtel Partner Harmonic Inc Named Top Video Headend Provider in Latest MRG IPTV Market Leader Report: bit.ly/UQQ0Y9

Jan 23, 2013 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 165

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CSR launches Evaluation, Development Kits for Smart Remotes – http://is.gd/Rtzs0Z

CSR introduces VibeHub, VibePlayer DLNA platforms at CES – http://is.gd/ywLcOT

du extends bill payment services to customers through UAE Exchange http://bit.ly/VlhxS7

Pace ahead of forecast – http://bit.ly/XQrQQF

Aereo bags $38mn funding, eyes 22 new US cities-  http://bit.ly/Zvkmy1

Looking beyond 4k to the TVs of the future at CEShttp://bbc.in/10gojNc

OTT – Netflix Announces Major ISPs Deploying Their CDN Caches; New 3D Streaming – http://is.gd/2OqZVf

OTT Broadpeak Launches C-CAS Adaptive Streaming Solution for Pay TV Operators – http://www.broadpeak.tv/

SMK to Demonstrate Bluetooth® Smart TV Remote Controls Based on CSR µEnergy® Platform at International CES 2013 – http://is.gd/U8F8z0

The New Digital Video Landscape – Streamed Netflix as a Cable Service? - http://bit.ly/URzBox

Mobile – Softbank Mobile Sells Two-Thirds Stake in EAccess – http://bit.ly/101DCUf

ACCESS Showcases Advanced Solutions for Connected Home, Connected TV and OTT at 2013 International CES – http://ow.ly/gD8j3 ACCESS Launches WebKit-based NetFront™ Browser NX 3.0 Featuring World-Class HTML5 and Multiscreen Functionality – http://ow.ly/gCVJB

Broadcasters and Publishers to Benefit from DG and Civolution’s Synchronized Ad Platform Availability – http://ow.ly/gBfWK

Former FCC Chairman admits data caps aren’t about preventing network congestion | The Verge - http://ow.ly/1RkZ0p

Keep in mind that the following article was written by a vendor-rgb Networks. But I think that it gives a good indication of what is ahead in 2013 for the video industry. http://lnkd.in/AkJ_va

FCC wants gigabit Ethernet in all 50 states by 2015 – http://is.gd/Kbwo0v

Emerging trend toward bookless libraries in a digital age – Philadelphia Inquirer – http://dlvr.it/2qRSFQ

Femto cells – SCASIA13 brochure now available to download – http://www.smallcellsasia.com/brochure - Hot off the press info about Small Cells Asia 2013

Will TV Everywhere Reverse the Trend for Legacy Pay TV? – http://buff.ly/10gwa7y

Connected TV/Social TV – Talking to Your Television – http://bit.ly/TILPuJ

Telefonica targets local markets with M2M http://goo.gl/fb/ebK5r

TV Connect Industry Awards to Showcase the Best in Connected Entertainment http://bit.ly/Ta39gB

Illegal cable operators remain key challenge in Ukraine – digitaltveurope.net/31433/danon-il…

Multi-screen means licensing headache for Pay TV – bit.ly/WFvg3K

Cable TV rates rise almost [sic] every year, and sports channels like ESPN are widely viewed as the culprit – bit.ly/V4dC8R

OTT – Netflix expected to suffer 4Q loss as costs rise – bit.ly/UPHPtU

Flat screen TV demand deepens across Southeast Asia – is.gd/ZKLrbJ

Satellite to carve out UltraHD niche – is.gd/CxcTQv

Cox Introduces the Next Generation in Home Security – pop.to/15q9p

Jan 09, 2013 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 164

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Euronews launches Greek DTT service – http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2012/12/17/euronews-launches-greek-dtt-service/ …

How the Middle East uses social media, in four charts – http://dlvr.it/2gJqfB

MRG – US Social TV to Generate $65 Million in 2012 Growing Ten Fold by 2016 – http://is.gd/Px9SEO

Hybrid TV – Great strides for Hybrid TV but regulatory challenges remain http://tech.ebu.ch/news/great-strides-for-hybrid-tv-but-regulato-20dec12 …

Mobile – China Mobile Hong Kong Launhces Converged TD-LTE / LTE-FDD Network – http://bit.ly/SXT45X

Nokia Siemens Networks Wins UK LTE Network Contract – bit.ly/VTye30

Service Provider CAPEX Increases in 2013 – convergedigest.com/2012/12/infone…

Powered by the sun, telcos open up cellphone’s final frontier | Reuters – reut.rs/ZWCFkg

Infonetics: Multi-Screen Services to Boost Video Infrastructure Market in 2013; Cisco #1 in Cable STBs – bit.ly/XRHbeB

Network TV’s house of cards – http://is.gd/n5KO8j

Satellite – Florida Pushes For New Commercial Launch Complex – http://ow.ly/gxYCQ

Social TV – Social Media Is Now Allowing Us To Impact Television Shows In Real Time – http://ow.ly/gy7zS

IPTV – Sky Deutschland & Deutsche Telekom Enter IPTV Deal – http://bit.ly/XsiN8j

Cable TV – CenturyLink shuffles operating model, will pick new Colorado president: http://bit.ly/Wcf8EV

OTT -Zeebox will bring automatic content recognition ACR/audio fingerprinting to its Second Screen apps – http://bit.ly/ZlAE18

OTT -Everyone’s about to know what you’re watching on Netflix http://bit.ly/WqPSeD

IPTV SkyD, Deutsche Telekom ink IPTV deal: News Corp-owned German pay-TV platform Sky Deutschland is expanding … http://bit.ly/UPC5lE

IPTV seen cutting into cable, satellite in Canada: While news about IPTV growth in the United States is getting… http://bit.ly/UPC5ly

IPTV Sony May Want to Launch an Internet TV Service: Just when you thought you were beginning to get a grasp of… http://bit.ly/VoTS0d

OTT/Broadband – Netflix Blog: December ISP Rankings for the USA – http://blog.netflix.com/2013/01/december-isp-rankings-for-usa.html?spref=tw …

IPTV-Kooperation – Sky ab Sommer auch bei Telekom Entertain http://goo.gl/u52gA http://bit.ly/WhtbZP

Nancy Tellem: Why Microsoft’s Looking for TV Hits on XBox Live (Q&A) – The Hollywood Reporter http://bit.ly/ZmvnpZ

IPTV A second screen New Year’s: Whether you were among the thousands of people in Times Square waiting for the… http://bit.ly/UUVQbj

IPv6 takes one step forward, IPv4 two steps back in 2012 (Ars Technica) http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/01/ipv6-takes-one-step-forward-ipv4-two-steps-back-in-2012/ … http://www.techmeme.com/130105/p11#a130105p11 …

ACCESS Showcases Advanced Solutions for Connected Home, Connected TV and OTT at 2013 International CES – http://ow.ly/gD8j3

CES 2013: Chat with Bob Rango of Broadcom about Miracast & NFC enabled smart TVs: http://soundcloud.com/nextmarket/bro

Accedo Powers Orange Live Box Play - http://ow.ly/gERZA

Dec 19, 2012 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 163

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ABC to lead the way with Telstra Digital Video Network Technology – http://is.gd/ALFYC7

CAS/DRM/Encryption – Irdeto, NAGRA security investigation sees satellite operator convict pirate site – http://is.gd/fJR2TD

Satellite: Comtech Looks to Regain Mobile Data Footing After Drop in Government Sales – http://ow.ly/fZbPJ

STB – Pace bids for Google set-top business – http://sns.mx/fbg6y8  Pace confirms Motorola proposal: UK firm Pace has confirmed it has made an early-stage proposal to search … bit.ly/S2ZArQ

Satellite – NewSat Strengthens Satellite Services For Oil And Gas, Mining, Government and Military Customers With New iDirect Hub – http://bit.ly/W2IGXQ

Netflix’s ISP rankings confirm the expected: Google Fiber is ‘the most consistently fast ISP… http://is.gd/ZfkWB4

66% of Pay TV subscribers have multi-screen in EU vs. 90% in North America – http://is.gd/AABomD

Ericsson to Enable Global Video Platform for Telefónica Digital – ow.ly/g0p5Z

KPN taps Accenture for improved TV delivery: Dutch Telco KPN has selected US consultancy Accenture to develop… bit.ly/UdQHXQ

Netgear esta trabajando en un nuevo Google TV set-top box, the NeoTV Prime IPTV – bit.ly/UciWoq

Belgacom TV adds apps: Belgian telco Belgacom has started offering apps for its IPTV service ‘Belgacom TV’ – bit.ly/X4JavF

Apple TV enfrenta serios frenos a la adopción masiva, Si no se vuelve más abierta no alterará el mercado de TV? – shar.es/6BddC

OTT complements premium IPTV service | Savvy Telcos embracing IPTV-OTT hybrid strategies – http://is.gd/Kg62UT

KPN past aanbod IPTV en Digitenne aan – MediaMagazine.nl – goo.gl/nGVKD

BT drops Pace for YouView?: UK Telco BT has terminated its agreement with set-top box vendor Pace for the … bit.ly/UafV9y

Amino secures gateway order from unnamed Euro Telco: UK firm Amino Technologies has won a “significant” or… bit.ly/WZ61IS

Mobile TV – 2012: A Banner Year for Mobile-TV Sports – http://is.gd/huY39h – Boosted by the Summer Olympic Games in London

Netflix rival Redbox starts movie streaming this month – http://is.gd/xMcHCC

Broadpeak Launches C-CAS Adaptive Streaming Solution for Pay-TV Operators. Integrated on Broadpeak BkS100 Servers, C-CAS Brings Adaptive Streaming to Legacy Set-Top Boxes – http://is.gd/xT6RNr

Pay TV – Indonesia’s growing middle class is ready for Pay TV – http://is.gd/tO6261

Apple “moving closer to making TV set”: In the latest instalment of a rumour series that just won’t die – bit.ly/UmExvL How the Apple TV will work: http://is.gd/ODkhfh

Ofcom releases International Communications Market Report – bit.ly/Xg25DD

CALM act goes into effect today, should keep TV commercial breaks quieter – engt.co/Un5Xlg

Nangu.TV to showcase solution at CSTB 2013 – http://is.gd/qkk6H0

BBC: “Online is a wonderful canvas for us”: Daniel Danker, General Manager of On Demand at the BBC… bit.ly/XWgPww

TV über den DSL-Anschluss von Vodafone – goo.gl/7HkJa

Samsung take on the ‘Set top box’ by offering full IPTV capabilities over a smart TV – bit.ly/UCjmHa

Multiscreen TV/IPTV – The key business driver for multiscreen IPTV is not incremental revenue, but rather customer loyalty: ow.ly/g4LcJ

Audio specialist DTS to improve sound of UltraViolet movies: US firm DTS has seen its surround sound technology… bit.ly/XhruwY

Deutsche Telekom’s IPTV explained…for kids – lnkd.in/ri9n3y#iptvbit.ly/UcsuSt

Sweden’s Telia launches TV Everywhere: Swedish Telco Telia will launch its new TV Everywhere service on De… bit.ly/SiJ5rM

UltraViolet passes 7mn registered accounts: There are now over 7mn registered accounts for the ‘UltraViolet… bit.ly/W5Lt6z

OTT – Redbox Instant to launch in beta before Christmas: The partners behind soon-to-launch US online video service… bit.ly/SnTFxD

Consumers keep loving streaming media players: Global popularity of streaming media players – those boxes … bit.ly/Y0L6KR

IPv6 Forum: Japan using IPv6 for IPTV multicast for more efficiency… bit.ly/ZoVOLn

Albentia introduces a new IPTV solution: Digital TV transmission over wireless WiMAX networks with multicast and VoD – goo.gl/wqCD7

Nextra Teleservices selects IBM’s PureSystems technology – bit.ly/U6XnaN

India will have 61 million Digital Cable TV Subscribers by 2015: Analysys Mason – http://is.gd/6BOkdP

Mobile – New research could offer better cell reception at lower cost – phy.so/274955060

FCC approves Dish Network’s wireless plans – http://is.gd/FHqP2k

Mobile – UAE Based Du Signs $100 Million Loan for Huawei Equipment Purchases – http://bit.ly/ZcoW9R

Shell Renews Contract with T-Systems – http://bit.ly/Whk3dQ

Taiwan Broadcasting System goes HD with ATEME MPEG-4 Encoders – http://bit.ly/Whk0P7

Ofcom – The latest Broadcast Bulletin has just been published – http://ofcom.in/VLhKKb

Satellite – Troubled Russian Satellite Reaches Designated Orbit: A wayward Russian satellite reached its designated geostationary orbit – http://bit.ly/UChTj6

Mobile – Australia Approves Mobile Roaming Rules, Costs – http://bit.ly/U3WTo0

Satellite – Argentina’s state-run telecom, Arsat, to launch mobile services: Argentina’s president Cristina Fernández de Kir… http://bit.ly/Xy6Bh9

OTT, VOD to dominate by 2020, driving big network changes – http://is.gd/VR12e5

LTE/4G – Ethiopia to get LTE – http://goo.gl/fb/JPocx  Ethiopia’s monopoly operator Ethio Telecom has announced plans to deploy LTE services.

Free Wi-Fi Coming to Scottish Trains – http://bit.ly/UClJsL

BBC plans revamp of BBC iPlayer for Android – http://bit.ly/VLhkmR

Research: Pay TV customers will cut existing bills before cutting cords – http://lnkd.in/ag2Ren

Ono’s TiVo launches new HDTV channels – http://dlvr.it/2fPfQD

DTH – UPC hits new DTH milestone – http://dlvr.it/2fPgtf

Second screen Social TV app Zeebox launches on BlackBerry smartphones – http://tvfutu.re/UaUrx0

5 Myths about Social TV | http://is.gd/P0wmGH

Dec 10, 2012 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 162

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Swisscom reveals its plans for HEVC on classic IPTVbit.ly/XtGHQc

Samsung HDTVs get an IPTV app for LG U+ in Korea, most US providers are still slacking… goo.gl/fb/Bf6Fl

Open IPTV Forum Commissions Digital TV Labs To Provide An OIPF Test Suite – bit.ly/VlNvJh

KPN Close to Sale of Spanish MVNO – bit.ly/VlDxrE

Aereo CEO: Our cheap TV wouldn’t exist without cloud computing – zite.to/SyRJyW

How to increase the Distance for TV over DSL Using Retransmission Video Servers – bit.ly/iptv-dsl-dista…

BT Vision adds Universal Channel and others: UK telco BT has signed a deal with Universal Networks International… bit.ly/VHZnYv

OTT/Streaming Video – TDG: Netflix “betting the farm” on Disney: US research firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) has gone on record a… bit.ly/XtDQqy

“40% [tablet users] use them at least 1x/day while watching TV, 22-25% use them several times” – http://is.gd/bKtUBL

UK Research: Pay TV customers will cut existing bills before cutting cord – http://is.gd/v1ShRb

FCC Ajit Pai – We need modern regulations to accelerate the transition to an all-IP world. We need a modern regulatory framework to expedite the Internet transformation. Reclassifying broadband under title II would receive bipartisan criticism.

Is T-Mobile Quietly Deploying HD Voice? – AMR-WB Technology Not the Battery Hog VoLTE Is dlvr.it/2bR6vM

CipherCloud Raises $30M From Andreessen Horowitz For Cloud Encryption Technology – tcrn.ch/WLOpQI

YouTube Guide Is Coming To All Devices, Site Gets Update – ow.ly/2tBIIO

Tech alliances join forces at CES2013 to create a seamless, connected home. Read how: gobrcm.com/fTms8

Broadband – Second wave of UK’s ultrafast broadband cities unveiled – ow.ly/fSKNg fb.me/Q5CJd35S

Satellite – Thales Alenia Space and Astrium GmbH Collaborate for BepiColombo – ow.ly/fT2cE

Satellite – Globalstar Returns Next-Generation Satellite to Commercial Service – ow.ly/fT1H3

Deutsche Telekom invests almost EUR 30 billion over three years in the future of telecommunications – bit.ly/VLblAC

Cable companies ordered to support HD content streaming within homes by 2014 - http://pulse.me/s/g1JXR

TDS: IPTV will be available in 3 additional markets this year – bit.ly/RH8jja

FTTH – Eircom to connect 1mn Irish homes with fibre by end-2014: Irish Telco Eircom has confirmed the next phase … bit.ly/TY7YEh

US Pay TV operators and STB firms sign up to energy-saving plan: Fifteen leading Pay TV providers and cust… bit.ly/125QH1A Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement Expected to Save U.S. Consumers $1.5 Billion Annually bit.ly/11P80F0

Multiscreen offerings “dramatically increasing” in Europe and Asia: Low average revenues per user (ARPUs)… bit.ly/125QJqi Multiscreen services will reach over 100 million Western European Pay TV subscribers by 2016 – http://is.gd/FERYY8

BBC launches Connected Red Button – bbc.in/QEbOp9

Time Warner Cable expands WiFi reach – on-msn.com/SKOd5S

New Zealand’s Telecom trials LTE: New Zealand operator Telecom has begun trialling its LTE network in parts… bit.ly/TXRrjy

Infonetics confirms “retro-SON” deployments – bit.ly/125GMsI

IPX networks to carry wholesale services worth $5 billion by 2017 – bit.ly/VNJZK1

Mobile – Now is the time to build mobile apps, small business owners | VentureBeatow.ly/fTLx3

Parks Associates: Pay TV providers in Europe and Asia testing new roles as OTT providers – http://is.gd/uM0YGJ

Cable TV/Broadcast TV – As cable ratings climbed, cable TV began programming year round – http://goo.gl/VyD6F - Broadcast TV now following suit

Satellite – O3b’s customer, Ozonio MDC have just launched portable Micro Data Centers to our links – see Financial Post article: http://natpo.st/Xy3iLE  O3B Networks to deliver Satellite Internet in Madagascar – http://goo.gl/qV8vc

Satellite – Modernizing Internet Service Delivery Via Satellite Broadband – http://goo.gl/sZdgZ

Satellite – Extended Satellite Network: http://goo.gl/FXnEp

Cord Cutters – One more time – We are having a lot of fun in our new Google+ Cord Cutters community – check it out: http://is.gd/v4jBIg

The Small Cells Daily is out! -  http://paper.li/small_cells/1338565004#

CRTC urged to ban 3-year cellphone contracts – http://sns.mx/ulmzy6

Vivendi offered $8bn for Brazilian DTH – bit.ly/Rws9Oa

Polish Pay TV merger complete – bit.ly/XhgPXz

Ukraine’s http://Megogo.net goes global – http://bit.ly/WO6XQn

Hong Kong’s now TV expands distribution – http://bit.ly/WO6P3k

ESPN Player on iPad – http://bit.ly/WO6Dkt

Warner Bros, Disney, Roadshow & MGM Dissolve Aussie Pay TV Movie Partnership – http://dlvr.it/2bJ5gp

Net2TV Launches Portico Streaming TV Service – only on Philips TVs for now – B&C – http://is.gd/OUoDF3

Telecom – India: FDI in telecom sector plunges to $43 mn in April-September FY13 – http://dlvr.it/2cDmv5

Smallcells in airports is big opportunity, says femtocell firm – http://is.gd/NN57UT

Belgacom launches TV app store: Belgacom TV has launched a series of TV apps giving access to its own and third-… tinyurl.com/b8y33dm

BT cancels Pace YouView deal: UK telco BT has confirmed that it will not be using YouView boxes from manufacture… tinyurl.com/adjmljl

New French DTT channels to launch this week: This Wednesday will see the launch of six new free-to-air HD channels… tinyurl.com/aractx5

KDG expands VOD platform: German cable operator Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has rolled its VOD service out to around… tinyurl.com/9wswe64

Lovefilm launches on Nintendo Wii U: Following last week’s launch on the Nintendo Wii, OTT video-on-demand service… tinyurl.com/aqxvapn

The telecoms.com Daily is out! paper.li/telecoms/13178…

Marissa Mayer Signs Off On A Yahoo-NBC Sports Partnership – read.bi/UPqdiN

Interesting that 2nd Screen tech is #1 – 11 Big Tech Trends You’ll See in 2013 – ow.ly/fXj1G

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski just announced the formation of an agency-wide Technology Transitions Policy Task Force - http://is.gd/S1kkR8

Dec 06, 2012 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 161

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DVRs Now in Half of US PayTV Homes – abcn.ws/SBB6lZ

Eska TV launches HbbTV app – dlvr.it/2Z5CzH

How to Reach Holiday Shoppers With MultiScreen Video – ow.ly/fDl21

Michael Lantz, Accedo’s CEO on How will the Smart TV experience evolve in 2013? – http://ow.ly/fLFF0

Viasat inks new accord with NBCUniversal for Russia, Ukraine & CIS: Viasat Broadcasting has signed a new multi-year… bit.ly/11qjcYm

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on Opt-Out Confirmation Text Messages - http://ow.ly/2txKp8

TV: the “only one medium that continually delivers mass reach” | sco.lt/9B01Wz

Majority of US multichannel homes have a DVR: Just over half (52%) of US households that subscribe to a multichannel… bit.ly/XilLLW

Swisscom debuts Quing home automation: Switzerland’s biggest telco has today unveiled a major new smart ho… bit.ly/VqdUrH

Impact of portability of video distribution on the TV business – tinyurl.com/d672zlq

Orange Vallée: “Multiscreen experiences are a priority for us”: Nicolas Bry, SVP Digital at France Telecom… bit.ly/11G54JK

Smart TV – LG claims Smart TV first for Verizon FiOS: South Korean electronics manufacturer LG has introduced a new a… bit.ly/11FHqNq LG Smart TV App offers alternative to Verizon FiOS TV set-top box bit.ly/XhcbZT

Time Warner Cable is sick of overpaying for low-rating TV channels. But which channels are overpriced? The numbers: http://on.wsj.com/XjF1Zy

How to get targeted ads on your TV? Try a camera in your set-top box – http://ars.to/WEZP8K

Rentrak Pursues MRC Audit: Rentrak, which relies heavily on set-top-box data for TV measurement services,… http://bit.ly/VtjIke

The IsatPhone Pro saved 7 lives out at sea, read the survival story here: http://ow.ly/fLXFh

Forecast: Internet ad spend will outstrip all print in 2015 http://paidcontent.org/2012/12/02/forecast-internet-ad-spend-will-outstrip-all-print-in-2015/ …

NewSat’s Jabiru Satellite Program will strengthen Internet on satellite solutions – http://lnkd.in/QjkKXR

NewSat at the AfricaCom Cape Town – http://lnkd.in/wGgtqM

Croatia ends 3rd quarter with 355,869 IPTV subscribers. Stronger growth in the take-up of DTH. Cable subs down quarter over quarter –  http://t.co/k0MhnPy4

Cost factor of neutral host DAS is $350K + base stations (100K+ per netw). Numbers don’t work. Tenants would rather go with femto. Property developer: Not seeing a carrier agnostic in-building architecture being approved by operators. Needed.

Could HBO be going B2C? They’ve just launched a new Code Labs division to focus on digital apps – HBO places renewed focus on digital content, mobile apps with Seattle ‘Code Labs’ office – http://is.gd/rD3ivg

Netflix will start getting Disney films while they are still on pay-per-view… but not until 2016 http://cnet.co/VkefKc

Satellite TV subscribers in Croatia pass the 100,000 mark – bit.ly/TLHe9U

IPTV – Moana TV IPTV to launch in Samoa in December – bit.ly/11yet6X

India to become largest DTH and IPTV market in the world, says Frost & Sullivan – tvfutu.re/Sus5eS

BT improves IPTV customer experience – bit.ly/11xwLVW

IPTV in Australia: Quickflix cutting staff while Telstra bulking up – bit.ly/Rz5j8x

Mware Solutions can help with your IPTV encoding and middleware – bit.ly/R4toE8

Hibox has developed a sophisticated multiscreen IPTV/OTT middleware platform – bit.ly/TGUPA2

Operators will be able to optimize their service even more when Big Data will be enabled on the home gateway – goo.gl/5g13j

Amino to shutter Swedish office next year: UK set-top box manufacturer Amino has indicated that its 2012 … bit.ly/11wUK7H

BBC reinvents the Red Button: After 13 years of delivering Red Button interactive services, UK broadcaster… bit.ly/11wUK7K

Elemental Technologies: “Only software-based video compression solutions can keep up”: Keith Wymbs, VP… bit.ly/XlD2UD

Redknee CEO Lucas Skoczkowski: Size Matters – Acquisition of Nokia Siemens Network assets could give scale needed for telecom BSS sector, http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=227651 …

Mobile – Latest SA Research: France Handset Vendor Marketshare by Operator: Q3 2012 – sa-link.cc/CST051212

Multiplatform to fore as Sky Italia enhances Sky Go, Articles: connectedworld.tv/articles/multi…

LOVEFiLM launches on Wii, Wii U to come soon: http://is.gd/FpFam2

TV Everywhere in more places for Elemental Technologies: http://is.gd/l8iEPa

CenturyLink Selects Amdocs for OSS Consolidation – http://bit.ly/TCfBAt

CDN – Akamai completes Verivue acquisition: US firm Akamai, a global provider of Content Delivery Network (CDN) … bit.ly/11Uk8n6

How to Simplify Television Asset Management Requirements – bit.ly/tv-content-man…

Redbox Instant to launch consumer beta this month: US telco Verizon will be launching a consumer beta of… bit.ly/11TmJxN

iiNet multicasting IPTV over the NBN – bit.ly/11T5z38

LIME delivers OTT video with a Caribbean flavour: Cable & Wireless Communications’ Caribbean division, LIM… bit.ly/VCe13j

PlayStation 3 most popular for viewing Netflix on TVs: Sony Computer Entertainment America and Netflix have… bit.ly/11SZfZC

Multiscreen – Tip-toeing Towards A Multi-Screen Future | Media Week | Media Week Blogs bit.ly/YNUsJT

OTT – Mexico’s Totalmovie launches global OTT video service: Totalmovie, part of Mexico’s Grupo Salinas, has revealed… bit.ly/XpnL5e

IPTV Copaco to launch in Paraguay on December 14thbit.ly/11Ctmp1

Entone FusionTV fuels world’s first premium internet TV service – bit.ly/11CtnJE

DTV/IPTV – Romanian digital cable take-up on the rise – bit.ly/VAV6pH

Streaming Video – Redbox Instant won’t be ready until next year, after all – ow.ly/1PYoaA

iiNet primero en certificar Multicast en IPTV sobre standard NBN, que garantiza la mejor calidad de video en IPTV arnnet.com.au/article/443766…

Google mulled adding home phone service in Kansas City fiber packages, backed away due to… dlvr.it/2Zwsz4

Dec 01, 2012 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 160

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IPTV – Telefonica standardizes on Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV – bit.ly/R9udLI

The IPTV Daily Newsletter is out! paper.li/iptvtwit

IPTV – Espial’s Kirk Edwardson tells how to power a compelling multi-screen user experience with open IP middleware -  http://is.gd/WTXfHl

OTT – Deutsche Telekom SVP: “I don’t see external OTT services as a threat”: Gerry O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President… bit.ly/10Ibh8w

The FCC ignores its own report, which warns that further media consolidation is a threat to media diversity – http://is.gd/if1XSh

WiMAX/TD-LTE – Clearwire takes the knife to Data abusers – http://is.gd/rRQwCM

‘Multi-User’ and Network Set-Top Box Top Solekai’s Agenda – http://is.gd/0Vspd3

Verizon launches TV channels for iPad viewing – http://is.gd/tNpsg6

VidTech Insider web series – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LzPxh-L58Q&hd=1

OTT – The perils of setting up OTT video in Australia and the challenges that await Quickflix –  bit.ly/WssmOH

Connected TV/Social TV/IPTV – A video review of Google Fiber TV in America including second screen integration – bit.ly/WsryJH

YouTube sees itself as TV platform, says partnership chief – ow.ly/fzVuF

Satellite – Astrium Services to Demonstrate Latest Maritime Solutions for Middle East – ow.ly/fAz75

LTE/4G – EE raises data caps on 4G mobile broadband plans – http://is.gd/czbtVb

Asia Plus launched on Qtel’s Mozaic TV – http://is.gd/0F8Ost

Vimond, Unified Streaming forge dynamic remuxing partnership – http://www.4rfv.co.uk/industrynews.asp?id=154647

IPTV Second screen means shift in focus for advertisers, says Ogylvy & Mather: People now spend around 11 hours… http://bit.ly/UZrzFP

Univision’s UVideos Launches on Xbox Live – http://bit.ly/WZYnmd

Telecom – MegaFon raises £1.1bn in London IPO – http://goo.gl/fb/pO1TM

Can Smart TV replicate the success of the mobile apps market? Accedo’s Michael Lantz gives his opinion to CSI Magazine - http://ow.ly/fE7E6

OTT – Sky’s Now TV service comes to Roku streaming boxes in the UK – http://is.gd/ciuUZ6

Smart TV today, dumb TV tomorrow: strong Smart TV sales mask the uncomfortable truth – tmi.me/Bdx1y

OTT changing viewer habits – ow.ly/1POfTV

Managed IPTV, OTT to drive fixed broadband growth – tinyurl.com/ctnjkh5

Accenture: Half of U.S. Consumers Watch OTT Video on TVs – telecompetitor.com/?p=28389

Streaming Video – The Looming Battle – http://bit.ly/X0ubaI

OTT Video Views Explode On Multiple Screens – http://is.gd/xB3SUt

Discovery growing in outside of the US market places –  http://lnkd.in/25p994

The Web optimization, policy and DPI market is expected to reach $2bn in 2013 according to ABI Research… fb.me/YvsJlEYC

The LG Intuition has a beautiful larger tablet-style screen! – bit.ly/vzsavvy

Social TV – Peel partners with Samsung to take Social TV international – gigaom.com/video/peel-goi…

IPTV Video is essential to online news – just ask Brightcove: Jeff Whatcott would say that – after all, he is -bit.ly/10Yg9GN

Online Video has doubled Mobile Data usage over the past 12 months – fb.me/1RusAnz0E

FTTH – Ars asks: Help us max out Google Fiber – ars.to/UrU1Sp

Satellite – AsiaSat Secures Backup Launch Services with Sea Launch – ow.ly/fEPBT

Broadcast TV -What is Form 317, you ask? Paul Cicelski tells you… FCC Form 317 Deadline is Near – commlawcenter.com/2012/11/by-pau…

Should the FCC review telecom mergers? ow.ly/fEX08

VoLTE – Early implementations of VoLTE are power-hungry – gigaom.com/mobile/volte-c… Voice calls over 4G LTE networks are battery killers – bit.ly/RjmFWP

Femtocells – Data Consumption on the Rise: Small Cells are Key Solutions to Offload Network Congestion: bit.ly/Wjzmxj

NOW TV launches on Roku” – Roku’s Euro strategy rolls on. Curious to see what other catch-up clients will launch – advanced-television.com/2012/11/28/now…

MPEG DASH and HEVC, and that talk grew louder and angrier as the conference went on. Will standards lead to the end of the world as we know it? – http://lnkd.in/wM9bR9

220 million Smart TV sets will be sold globally in 2017, up from the 54 million expected in 2012 -bit.ly/Sqj1c0 Smart-TV sales will exceed 50 million globally in 2012, but most will remain unconnected.

Youth revolution: half US and UK viewers consume TV via broadband – http://is.gd/bKiPvI

Mobile – Redknee announces Cellular One deal – redknee.com/about_us/news_…

Carrier Ethernet – Carriers to spend $1B on small cell backhaul by 2017 says Mobile Experts -goo.gl/FdkMr

Carrier Ethernet – BTC cuts wholesale Internet prices by half in Botswana – goo.gl/F9mv0

Satellite – NewCom Intl Deploys iDirect Powered Distance Learning Network in Colombia – ow.ly/fEQAs

Satellite TV Rapidly Growing its Market Share in Thailand – ow.ly/fEQxK

Telefónica Digital invests in dynamic app platform developer: bit.ly/V7Prp6

STB – Its A New Era Of Set Top Box Domination – http://is.gd/Nz6nZc

Satellite – SES’ work to install satellite equipment for the Burkina Faso parliamentary election – on.fb.me/TsV9lS

Streaming Video – YouTube On The Wii U – Another Step Towards The New World Of TV. Controls on pad equals no clutter on TV – http://is.gd/rLAvEa

Zapstreak, The Android Airplay Alternative, Launches Globally Today – http://is.gd/JJXHth

Sprint starts assembling a connected car dream team – dlvr.it/2Ygxtn

Quickflix (Australia) cost of a new customer is $60 (up from $31) HBO deal is ‘unaffected by FOXTEL Contract’ -bit.ly/Yc59qs

DRM – Chill offers DRM-free video-on-demand from content creators – http://is.gd/eZ6GIR

Redbox Instant video streaming said to launch in December – dlvr.it/2YhfT7

Next argument against flawed ITU WCIT12 proposals for Internet governance – WTO agreements & rules: telecomtv.com/comspace_newsD…

Comcast Compensates Woman For Exploding Cable Box – After Explosion Destroys Cable Box and Television – dlvr.it/2YqVqg

EGoM on telecom deferred again – Moneycontrol.com dlvr.it/2YrVzn

Netflix’s “house of Cards” looks compelling, but will binge release strategy pay off? – http://is.gd/VsZYqt

Rogers Invests In Interactive TV Startup Aiming at Smart TVs – TV Interactive Systems Relaunches as Cognitive Networks, Names Michael Collette CEO – http://is.gd/Csxshb

Bahrain’s Batelco selects IPTV middleware from Oregan Networks: Bahraini Telco Batelco has selected middleware… bit.ly/TwSU0a

HTML5 – Canadian TV software firm Espial buys HTML5 user interface specialist ANT for $8m – goo.gl/mag/WxGngG

Netflix and Amazon: Quite the co-opetition case study – http://is.gd/c7KGTZ

Nov 25, 2012 – Vikram R Chari’s Journal – Volume 2012 Issue 159

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Middle East and Africa will have highest cloud traffic growth by 2016, finds Cisco Global Cloud Index – http://is.gd/XWLIZ3

Maxdome VOD launches on PS3 – developed by Accedo - http://lnkd.in/rF5w5Z German over-the-top (OTT) video service Maxdome has launched a VOD app on PS3 – mvpx.tv/UUJhbI

Informa: global online video market to hit US37bn by 2017: Video services delivered “over-the-top” of broadband networks… bit.ly/10j28TL

LoveFilm gets down with the kids: UK-based over-the-top (OTT) video service LoveFilm has signed a content … bit.ly/UquGqe

STB – Microsoft’s Xbox TV set top box ‘to launch in 2013′ – http://is.gd/YOBeJ8 - Microsoft is building low-cost alternative to its Xbox console, designed to provide access to core entertainment services as a set-top box

Mobile video offers key opportunity says Clearwire CTO – http://is.gd/sUqWuM

LTE + Smartphones = potential headache for Australian FTTH operators – http://is.gd/qTYs1H

Mobile – Airtel expands African mobile money service – http://is.gd/rF61yC

SIP – SIP Trunking ROI Calculator: How much can you save? Calculate at – http://ow.ly/fwSue

Comcast Remains Neutral – Analyst Blog – NASDAQ – http://dlvr.it/2X6VZn

Social TV – Sailing on the social TV river – ow.ly/1PIctz

Russia’s Vimpelcom makes a Beeline for new channels: Russian service provider Vimpelcom has added 16 new channels… bit.ly/10FN69K

Hull ISP KC Launches YouView Based Broadband TV Services – ispreview.co.uk/index.php/2012…

Streaming video to TV: still an unsolved problem – http://is.gd/PkrUu9

Two Analysts Just Went To Kansas City To Check Out Google Fiber—And They Were Blown Away – http://is.gd/NmHPQi

SDN – Why Network Engineers Are Sick of SDN – And What Vendors Can Do About It: 2012′s dominant networking buzzword – http://bit.ly/T7moS0

Analyst Jeff Hynen weighs in on – China Rolls Its Own Ethernet-over-Coax Standard – http://is.gd/sKMOMv

Telecom – Slovenian company plans to enter telecommunication market of Nakhchivan … http://sns.mx/uTmly8

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