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    Streaming media players most popular for online video in more than a fifth of broadband homes

    Joseph O'Halloran | 06 November 2015



    A steadily increasing number of US broadband households are turning to a streaming media player first when looking for online content says a Parks Associates study.


    The connected CE research report found that currently 21% of US broadband households with at least one Internet-connected CE device use a streaming media player as the primary platform for online video, up from 12% a year ago. By comparison, streaming video usage declined for both connected gaming consoles and DVRs, and increased modestly for smart TVs.

    In addition the report revealed that two-thirds of broadband homes in the US connect at least one device to the Internet. Among these households, a Microsoft Xbox is the most commonly used CE device for streaming at more than 14%, followed closely by Sony PlayStation at just less than 14%. Roku is third at 10%, surpassing brands such as the Nintendo Wii, Samsung, and Google for access to online video content.

    "Streaming media players continue to stake out a growing portion of the connected home," explained Parks director of research and author of The Streaming Media Device Landscape, Barbara Kraus. "It is a rapid ascendance for streaming media players, and Roku in particular, especially considering the broad base of gaming console ownership compared to the lower penetration of streaming media devices. CE makers are expected to add more functionality to devices with the hope that the expanding usage can generate more data and increase revenue."

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    Cord-cutting to enter period of decline

    Editor | 06 November 2015



    Once people had seen just how much money they could save from cord-cutting, its rise would be irresistible, so the received wisdom went: well maybe not.


    According to a TDG Research study conducted in the first half of 2015, the percentage of adult broadband users moderately to highly likely to cancel their pay-TV service declined 20% between early 2014 and 2015. The percentage of consumers saying they 'definitely will cancel' their pay-TV service in the next six months was found to have been cut in half, down from 2.9% in early 2014 to 1.4% in early 2015, accounting for all of the top-2 regression.

    "The fact that the decline occurred among those most likely to cut the cord was key, and ultimately translated into lower losses in Q3, "said Michael Greeson, TDG co-founder and director of research. "Cord-cutting proclivities have held steady for several years, with approximately 7% of ABU pay-TV subscribers moderately or highly likely to cancel their service in the six months following the survey. In early 2015, however, the number declined to 5.7%. This is the first time in five years we've seen significant change in these metrics."

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    Ultra HD to accommodate two-fifths of screen shipments by 2016

    Editor | 06 November 2015


    4KTV is becoming a key element in combating the increased supply of LCD TV panels that has caused a downturn in panel prices, reports IHS.


    Moreover, the analyst says that despite overall sluggishness in liquid crystal display (LCD) TV sales, year-over-year unit shipments of Ultra HD TV panels are forecast to double in 2015, topping 40 million units. The analyst now expects Ultra HD TVs to account for 40% of the total TV panel shipment area in 2016, as customer realise the technology candidate's advantage such as wide viewing angle (WCG) and high dynamic range (HDR).

    UHD panlesIHS believes that demand for Ultra HD panels has risen sharply because they are suited for large screens. The Display Long-term Demand Forecast Tracker report adds that consumers are now also recognising that higher pixel density provides a better, more intuitive viewing experience. At the same time, TV panel prices have fallen after the display supply capacity received a boost from expansion in Gen 8 facility lines at Chinese panel producers.

    "The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution," explained Ricky Park, director of large display research for IHS Technology. "The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4KTV video content becomes available."

    IHS believes that ultimately panel demand will reach 67 million units in 2016, up 67% from 2015. In area, it will make up about 40% of the display market.

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    Columbian pay-TV market set to pass more than 5MN homes

    Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 06 November 2015



    The Colombian pay-TV market will reach 5.3 million households by 2018, research from Dataxis has revealed.


    According to the data, this would represent a 3.4% increase when compared to the end of 2015.

    The firm also found that households with cable pay-TV services will account for 64.8% of total pay-TV households in Colombia in 2015. Dataxis forecasts that this will remain the leading delivery network by 2018, although its market share will diminish over the years, due to a challenging economic environment, along with an increased competition.

    Satellite networks on the other hand will increase their market share from 30% in 2015 to 34.9% in 2018, while IPTV will grow from a 5.2% share in 2015 to 7.4% by 2018.

    Although Colombia is the country with the fourth-largest pay-TV subscriber base in Latin America, Dataxis noted that legal pay-TV household penetration will remain relatively low, at 40.9% by year-end 2015. Dataxis believes that the proportion of households with legal pay-TV services will decrease to 39.3% by 2018.

    The América Móvil group – owner of Claro TV – dominated the market with 43% share as of the second quarter, followed by AT&T (DirecTV) with 21.5%. In a close third place, Colombian company UNE reached 20.3% of total pay-TV market. Telefónica (Movistar TV) is fourth with only 8.9% of the market.

    In turn, Dataxis forecasts in its report that total pay-TV revenues will reach $884 million by 2018, with total ARPU being $13.89. Satellite services will generate 50.9% of total revenues, cable operations will represent 43.7% and IPTV will represent the remaining 5.4%.

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    Popcornflix acquires content from Kristin Bell, Trailer Park Boys

    Michelle Clancy | 06 November 2015



    Online video service provider Popcornflix has acquired exclusive over-the-top (OTT) rights to a number of fresh content titles.


    Those include the Lifeguard with Kristen Bell, and Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It, available on major OTT devices, mobile and the Web.

    "Popcornflix has a loyal audience that we are now rewarding with exclusive films that they can call their own," said David Fannon, EVP at Popcornflix.

    The 2013 dramedy The Lifeguard follows a woman shortly before her 30th birthday moving back to her childhood home, where she reassumes her old job as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a teenager. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and Kristen Bell's "sensitive and complex" (Rogerebert.com) performance has widely been lauded.

    Don't Legalize It is the third movie of the campy Canadian comedy franchise Trailer Park Boys, portraying three petty felons who live in a trailer park. The prequel films are also available on Popcornflix.

    The streaming service continues to work on its content stable: over the summer, Popcornflix added additional programmes to its documentary library, from National Geographic, BBC, Discovery and Channel

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    Ad-ID preps automated metadata feature

    Michelle Clancy | 06 November 2015



    Ad-ID, the industry standard for identifying advertising assets across all media platforms, has announced a new function: Complete External Access (CEA).


    The service provides broadcasters and media vendors with access to metadata registered with Ad-ID. This will allow companies to improve their verification abilities, reducing the risk of errors and eliminating confusion related to the identity of advertising assets. The enhancements will also enable more accurate and efficient cross-platform measurement.

    CEA will launch in January 2016, and ABC, CBS, Fox Networks Group, The NBC Universal Networks, CBS Interactive, A+E Networks (A&E, FYI, HISTORY, H2, Lifetime, LMN) and Viacom have said that they plan to integrate it with their current processes.

    "Complete External Access will enable tremendous cross-platform innovation, which is vital for media networks," said Patrick McGovern, SVP, strategy and business operations at ABC. "The industry needs to embrace standardised metadata practices in order to move us forward."

    The identification data that is currently shared with media networks through manual processes is the same data that will be shared with these companies automatically through CEA, establishing a standard format for sharing information.

    "Complete External Access is a significant step toward reducing – and ultimately eliminating – the rekeying of advertising asset metadata at every point of the advertising supply chain," said Harold Geller, chief growth officer at Ad-ID. "We look forward to collaborating with media publishers, advertisers, agencies, measurement companies and others in the advertising community to highlight the real value of standardised metadata and interoperable systems."

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    Disney to sink $200MN into Vice

    Michelle Clancy | 06 November 2015



    Walt Disney Co plans to invest $200 million in millennial-focused production firm Vice Media, according to sources.


    Reuters has reported that the deal is all but done.

    It was started in 1994 as a Montreal punk magazine, and has grown into a multimedia news brand with deals with HBO, Verizon, and most recently, A+E.

    Earlier in the week, A+E Networks announced its plans transition toH2 to VICELAND, a 24-hour channel, in early 2016.

    VICELAND will be distributed in approximately 70 million homes, and will feature programming developed and produced entirely in-house by VICE.

    "VICE has a bold voice and a distinctive model in the marketplace," said Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO at A+E Networks. "This channel represents a strategic fit and a new direction for the future of our portfolio of media assets. Shane Smith has led VICE from a fledgling magazine into a global media brand and all of us at A+E are excited to work with him and his passionate and innovative team."

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    Haivision launches Media Gateway for Microsoft Azure

    Michelle Clancy | 06 November 2015



    Haivision has launched its Media Gateway on Microsoft Azure, giving broadcasters an alternative solution to satellite and MPLS networks for transporting video for live events.


    The move also supports broadcast backhaul and distribution, using the cloud to scale live video workflows with what is claimed minimal IT intervention.

    Powered by Haivision's video transport technology, SRT, the Haivision Media Gateway enables customers to use public Internet connections to transport secure, live, HD video to and from multiple locations around the world. The Haivision Media Gateway with SRT also features different options to easily manage firewall traversal.

    Users can also distribute live events from remote sites like hotels and satellite offices, and use the gateway as a video network bridge to transport video between studio environments.

    "Cloud-based video workflows are revolutionising the potential of live video within the enterprise and broadcast markets," said Peter Maag, Haivision CMO. "These industries are becoming very comfortable with the simple provisioning of cloud resources in contrast to the complexity of contracting satellite or custom networks."

    The Haivision Media Gateway is marketed under the tagline of 'more content, less cost' and is designed to allow broadcasters to aggregate and replicate live, HD streams concurrently to and from remote locations, over any network and most importantly securely.

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    NewsON launches local news app

    Michelle Clancy | 06 November 2015



    NewsON has launched a mobile and Roku app that provides consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips.


    The free, ad-supported app, available via Apple devices, Android and Roku, lets search content by market via an interactive map - and returns results for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations.

    NewsON features video content from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering approximately 75% of the United States. At launch, participating stations include those owned by members of NewsON's owner group as well as stations from Graham Media Group and TEGNA.

    "NewsON expands the reach and relevance of local broadcast news, and delivers a uniquely valuable experience for viewers," said Louis Gump, CEO of NewsON. "NewsON offers the most comprehensive collection of local news video available today for mobile and connected TV viewers, and we expect the number of participating stations to grow between now and the end of the year. The vast collection of news content, coupled with a powerful interface, gives NewsON the potential to be an iconic app that quickly becomes a consumer favourite."

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    4K Summit: industry needs to reach out to consumers to seal Ultra HD success

    Editor | 06 November 2015



    For 4KTV it's a case of lights, camera but no real consumer action yet until the industry gets closer and communicates better with its target market, the 4K Summit has heard.


    The conference brought together representatives from consumer electronics, delivery, distribution and content creation. Indeed the show provided an opportunity for the host country's national broadcaster RTVE to show — in collaboration with Cellnex Telecom, Hispasat, Dolby Laboratories and SAPEC — two worldwide Ultra HD premieres.

    The demos comprised the first worldwide showing of Ultra HD content with high dynamic range (HDR), wider colour gamut (WCG) and Dolby AC-4 transmitted over DVB-T2. To facilitate, this Cellnex Telecom launched a DVB-T2 service from its broadcast centre in Valencia using a 500-watt transmitter and providing coverage to the city of Seville, modulated at a bit rate of up to 34 Mbps. Secondly, RTVE showed what it called the First worldwide simultaneous UHD content distribution using DVB-T2, DVB-S2 and the HbbTV interactivity and connected TV standard.

    But despite offering great assurance that the industry could respond to the future demand for 4KTV, the conference's first day debated at some length as to whether this demand was actually there and what could be done to stimulate it. Comparisons with HDTV and its evolution were made.

    "[At this stage of development] everyone knew about HDTV, but it's not the same with 4KTV now," said TVE's Samuel Martin Mateos. "We need to create as much 4K content as quickly as possible so that an archive exists when demand comes. We need to communicate the value of 4KTV."

    Whilst advances have been made, Luis Sahun of SES pointed to a bigger problem that the industry could face by this lack of communication. "It is not certain yet that people have a clear understanding of the [true] meaning of 4K and Ultra HD," he warned.

    Carlos Rosado of the Andalucía Film Commission added to this, alluding to what people might want to watch: "It is very important to understand the role of the users and communication, but Ultra HD is condemned to failure if the content is not good enough and users have to be made aware that such content [is available]."


 

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