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IP video will be nearly 80% of all IP traffic by 2018 June 11, 2014 07.20 Europe/London By Robert Briel

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    IP video will be nearly 80% of all IP traffic by 2018

    June 11, 2014 07.20 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    Global IP traffic will grow three-fold between 2013 and 2018, reaching an annual run rate of 1.6 zettabytes, more than 1.5 trillion gigabytes per year, according to Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index (VNI).

    IP video will be 79% of all IP traffic by 2018, up from 66 percent in 2013. Ultra HD (4k) video will account for 11% of IP video traffic by 2018, up from 0.1% in 2013. HD video will account for 52% of IP video traffic by 2018 (up from 36%) and SD will account for the remaining 37% (down from 64%).



    The projected annual IP traffic for 2018 will be greater than all IP traffic that has been generated globally from 1984 – 2013 (1.3 zettabytes).

    The composition of IP traffic will shift dramatically in the coming few years. During the forecast period, the majority of traffic will originate from devices other than personal computers (PCs) for the first time in the history of the Internet. Wi-Fi traffic will exceed wired traffic for the first time and high-definition (HD) video will generate more traffic than standard definition (SD) video.

    The Internet of Everything is also gaining momentum and by 2018 there will be nearly as many machine-to-machine (M2M) connections as there are people on earth. Smart cars will have nearly four M2M modules per car.

    With the FIFA World Cup 2014 set to begin on Thursday, June 12, millions of people are expected to view games and/or highlights via the internet. Video streaming and IP broadcast of the World Cup is anticipated to generate 4.3 exabytes of IP traffic, which is three times the amount of monthly IP traffic currently generated by Brazil (this year’s World Cup host city).

    In addition, internet traffic generated by the 60,000 people in a stadium and traveling to games is forecasted to surpass the busy-hour traffic from all 94 million smartphone subscribers in Brazil.

    Global IP traffic is expected to reach 132 exabytes per month by 2018, which is the equivalent to: 8.8 billion screens streaming the FIFA World Cup final game in Ultra-HD/4K at the same time; 5.5 billion people binge-watching Game of Thrones Season 4 via video-on-demand in HD or 1.5 billion watching in Ultra-HD/4K; 4.5 trillion YouTube clips; and 940 quadrillion text messages.

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    Cable remains popular among Dutch consumers

    June 11, 2014 07.35 Europe/London By Broadband TV News Correspondent



    Dutch flagCable is still the infrastructure of choice for most people in the Netehrlands, for download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps, with the honour going to fibre for speeds from 200 Mbps, according to Telecompaper’s latest Dutch Consumer Connected 2014 -report.

    But while the percentage of consumers opting for fibre for speeds of 100-200 Mbps is still high, it has declined from previous years. The rise of cable’s popularity as a future technology might be due to the intensified marketing and sales activities of cable companies in neighbourhoods that are connected to fibre.

    Speeds of 50 Mbps are now quite common and no longer considered something only for the future, as it was when Telecompaper first conducted its survey, 2009. Over one in five Dutch households can access download speeds of 50 Mbps. This is even higher for households that have a cable or fibre broadband connection.

    The share of households that have fibre has doubled over the past three years. Because of fibre’s growth, the share of cable remained stable over the past four years, while DSL’s share has been decreasing. In 2011, 42 percent of all households had DSL; this has fallen to 31 percent for this year.

    The survey also looked at what upload speed consumers currently have and what they think they will need in future. Almost three-quarters of consumers are unaware of their current upload speed. Almost half are also uncertain if they will ever need a 50 Mbps upload speed. Over one in five think such a speed may be needed in (the near) future.

    Telecompaper conducted the survey among 15,000 consumers, between March and May of this year.

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    Wind and Vodafone to take control of Forthnet

    June 11, 2014 07.53 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    ForthnetVodafone and Wind Hellas are joining forces to get full control of Forthnet including its pay TV platform Nova.

    Together they now form a common front against Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT), the biggest shareholder in Forthnet, which is the main alternative fixed-line service and triple-play operator in Greece.

    Wind Hellas currently owns 33% of Forthnet, and has agreed to transfer 13.25% of shares to Vodafone. Vodafone Greece, according to a statement released on Tuesday, has therefore obtained a call option to acquire 14.58 million Forthnet shares belonging to Wind, which it can exercise by June 4, 2015. No price has been announced for the transaction.

    The move would take Vodafone’s stake in Forthnet from 6.5 to 19.75%, on a par with Wind Hellas’s from its current 33%. With their combined stake at just under 40%, they will then try to put pressure on EIT to sell its 44% stake.

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    Vivendi evaluates sale of German VOD service Watchever

    June 11, 2014 09.30 Europe/London By Jörn Krieger



    VivendiThe planned entry of global market leader Netflix into the German video-on-demand (VOD) market shows the first effects: French media company Vivendi is apparently evaluating the sale of its German VOD service Watchever.

    The company is actively looking for a buyer of the OTT platform it launched in early 2013, reports French newspaper Les Echos without giving a source. The reason would be the high losses: In 2013, Watchever accumulated a loss of €66 million while turnover amounted to only €12 million, according to the report.

    Watchever Screenshot iPadThe loss is reported to have increased in 2014 to €21 million in Q1 alone. Faced with these figures, Vivendi didn’t want to enter a costly competition with Netflix, writes Les Echos.

    At the presentation of its Q1 financial results in May 2014, Vivendi confirmed that “all strategic options” would be considered for Watchever. US bank Merrill Lynch has meanwhile been given a mandate for the sale, according to the report. Vivendi didn’t want to comment the information.

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    ITV Player added to Roku and Now TV

    June 11, 2014 09.57 Europe/London By Julian Clover



    ITV Player (June 2014) The ITV Player has been added to the Roku and Now TV players. It means the all four major UK broadcasters are now available on both the streaming platforms.

    A phased rollout begins on NOW TV Wednesday, allowing customers to catch-up on a selection of content from ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV from the last 30 days on their main TV.

    On Roku the ITV Player channel can be found in the UK Roku Channel Store on all current-generation Roku players, including the newly launched Roku Streaming Stick.

    Martin Goswami, director of pay & distribution at ITV, said it was a key part of the broadcaster’s strategy to make its content available on multiple devices.

    NOW TV is planning a new software update that is being rolled out to all of its devices over the next month.

    Customers can look forward to a refreshed homepage screen with a new look and feel, making it easier to navigate the apps available on the device.

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    Wuaki.tv uses TV App Engine to reach smart TVs

    June 11, 2014 10.09 Europe/London By Robert Briel



    LG Smart TVTV App Agency have licenced their TV App Engine enabling Wuaki.tv to deploy across all major smart TV platforms.

    Wuaki.tv, a film and TV streaming service owned by Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten, have utilised the TV App Engine to enable in-house development of Smart TV apps as they continue their expansion across Europe.

    Licensing the TV App Engine has helped Wuaki.tv solve the issue of platform fragmentation and launch on all the latest generation of Smart TV platforms such as Samsung, LG and Panasonic. TV App Agency have also developed Wuaki.tv apps for Sony Bravia, Orange, Sony PlayStation 3 and more recently Sony PlayStation 4.

    Co-Founders Bruno Pereira and Andy Eardley said “we are really excited that Wuaki.tv have chosen to use the TV App Engine. Our original vision was to solve the issue of Smart TV fragmentation, we have been using the technology ourselves for the past three years and have developed over 450 apps so far. To now have Wuaki.tv choosing to use the TV App Engine is a fantastic validation of our technology”.

    As competition in streaming services heats up it is essential for Wuaki.tv to ensure their service reaches a wide range of supported devices so their content can be seen on as many devices as possible as they look to become Europe’s best streaming service.

    Wuaki.tv’s on-demand catalogue includes everything from the latest blockbuster releases to hit TV shows, including productions from major Hollywood studios Warner Bros., Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and UK distributors including the BBC and ITV.

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    RDK to offer DVB support

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    As part of its makers' strategy to expand its capability, the Reference Design Kit (RDK) has been enhanced to offer support for the digital video broadcasting (DVB) standard.

    The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV service providers, including set-top boxes (STBs), gateways and converged devices. It is not only designed to enable TV service providers to standardise certain elements of these devices, but also customise the applications and user experiences that ride on top. The RDK has to date more than 150 licensees including, CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators and TV service providers.

    The newly available DVB-specific components support elements such as teletext and subtitles. The RDK Management, LLC — a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global — is also working with the RDK community on a path to support the use of in-band DVB system information (SI) for European operators.

    "DVB support has been on the RDK roadmap since the inception of our joint venture, and we're very pleased to announce continued progress on that commitment," explained Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC. "The RDK's applicability is global, and these enhancements will enable operators in Europe and other parts of the world to more easily leverage the RDK for deployment in their markets."

    In providing key components that will extend the RDK's applicability for use in DVB markets, the RDK management noted the "significant contributions" of software components by SeaChange International. "SeaChange and its video gateway software customers have realised the advantages that the RDK provides in product development cycles and post-deployment in terms of speed to market and innovation," added senior vice president and chief technology officer Shiva Patibanda. "We're eager to help our colleagues in Europe garner these performance improvements with locally optimised versions of the RDK."

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    CableLabs Joins MoCA crowd

    June 11, 2014 11.11 Europe/London By Julian Clover



    MOCAMoCA has added CableLabs as a contributor member.

    The two organisations have already been working together on a number of technical issues, but by becoming a Contributor member the standards setting organisation will have a greater say in setting MoCa’s technical specifications.

    “We have always worked well with MoCA and our membership further establishes and strengthens the relationship,” said Ralph Brown, Chief Technology Officer of CableLabs. “We look forward to continuing our joint efforts in support of cable operators and the broader cable ecosystem.”

    “We are pleased that CableLabs has joined MoCA. The cooperation between our two organisations is critical to keeping the cable market strong – in the U.S. and worldwide – through innovation, certification of products and specifications that are mutually beneficial to the operators and consumers,” said Charles Cerino, MoCA President.

    MoCA is the standard for home entertainment networking.

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    More than half Sky customers now connected

    June 11, 2014 11.26 Europe/London By Julian Clover



    Sky EPG More than half of Sky’s TV customers have connected their Sky+HD box to broadband, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has told a London conference.

    In a speech to the EY Sustaining Digital Leadership conference, Darroch said that in less than a year the total number of connected Sky+HD boxes has more than doubled to 5.4 million, out of 10,610 TV subscribers, equivalent to 56,000 new households getting connected every week.

    “Our job is to offer customers the best possible TV experience, making sure that they can watch what they want, when they want, wherever they want. We aim to put Sky at the heart of the ‘digitally connected household’ – to meet customers’ growing desire to consume content on their terms,” he said. “We see a widening and growing opportunity for Sky. Our market is opening up, getting bigger and broader. By innovating across different platforms, and adopting new technologies, we can create more ways to reach more customers than ever before.”

    Sky has been engaged in a major marketing push for its connected TV services, boasting “Britain’s biggest Catch Up TV service” and Box Sets of hit series like Game of Thrones, Prison Break and 24.

    In April Sky launched its new Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ service, which allows subscribers to maintain a permanent digital copy of their movie, rather than rent them for a few hours or days.

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    Cloud prospects assessed

    June 11, 2014 11.53 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul, Connected TV World Summit 2014, London



    Eric BudinOperators are likely to live with the cloud and STB together for a long time, according to Eric Budin, VP, product strategy and incubation, Liberty Global.

    Speaking in a panel discussion at the Connected TV World Summit 2014 Budin added that the transition to IP would be a long one.

    Meanwhile, Dave Fellows, CTO, Level 3 TV, said that the cloud is not just a fad and here to stay and Darren Fawcett, chief technical engineer, Pace, that the cloud brings consumer benefits but that the delivery of linear TV via the cloud was still some way off.

    Indrek Lld, VP, marketing and content at the Estonian cable operator Starman added that the cloud is a positive thing for the future. It is separate to STBs and both are here to stay.


 

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