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Rovi, Intellectual Ventures team on OTT patent licensing Michelle Clancy | 02 February 2016 Rovi and Intellectual Ventures (IV) have

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    Rovi, Intellectual Ventures team on OTT patent licensing

    Michelle Clancy | 02 February 2016


    Rovi and Intellectual Ventures (IV) have announced they are collaborating on a unified, comprehensive licensing programme.

    The initiative will focus on over-the-top (OTT) offerings. Under the new agreement, Rovi will serve as the exclusive partner for IV, licensing the companies’ combined patent portfolio exclusively to OTT customers. This alliance builds a combined and global intellectual property (IP) offering for the discovery and personalisation of digital entertainment.

    The combined portfolio addresses all aspects of the OTT value chain, including content management and delivery, streaming technologies and consumer-facing features and functionality. Building on Rovi’s well established patent licensing programme, the addition of IV’s patents significantly expands the breadth and depth of assets licensable to OTT customers.

    “We chose Rovi as a partner because of its world-class licensing programme and valuable patent portfolio, which is well established within the media and entertainment market,” added Cory Van Arsdale, senior vice president of global licensing at Intellectual Ventures. “By bringing our patent portfolios together, we’ve created one of the most robust entertainment and media patent portfolios available anywhere in the world. This gives us an unparalleled opportunity to help drive further innovation for our joint customers in the rapidly growing OTT industry.”

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    DISH goes live with Hopper 3 super-STB

    Michelle Clancy | 02 February 2016


    DISH Network has officially rolled out its third-generation whole-home DVR system, Hopper 3.

    First announced at CES, Hopper 3 features 16 tuners, delivers an enhanced 4K experience and supports up to seven TVs simultaneously. In the coming weeks, Hopper 3 will launch the Netflix app and integrate Netflix titles into its universal search results. And, another feature coming soon to Hopper 3 is 4K Sports Bar Mode, a multi-channel view that divides the TV screen into quadrants, each with the ability to display a different programme in HD.

    “Packed with industry firsts, Hopper 3 is the most advanced DVR in the world. It provides our customers with the innovative features they loved on our legacy Hopper DVRs, while additionally delivering the ultimate, conflict-free entertainment experience,” said Vivek Khemka, DISH EVP and CTO at DISH. “Since the introduction of our first-generation Hopper only four years ago, we have continued to invest in innovation. DISH has a history of being at the forefront of consumer entertainment technology, and I’m proud to say that Hopper 3 offers no exception.”

    Also newly available to DISH customers is the 4K Joey client, compatible with all HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2-compliant televisions. The 4K Joey plays back 4K ultra HD content and integrates with Hopper 3 to provide a whole-home solution for customers with multiple 4K televisions in their home.

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    Star Hub offers free previews for Chinese New Year

    Rebecca Hawkes | 02 February 2016


    Singapore pay-TV operator Star Hub is making 150 channels available as a free preview offer to see in the Chinese Year of the Monkey.

    The free entertainment will be available from 12pm on 5 February to 12pm on 10 February 2016. Programming will include live shows like Jiangsu Spring Festival and TVB Golden Viva Spectacular 2016, along with blockbuster movies such as Ah Boys To Men 3: Frogmen, Big Eyes and Thor: The Dark World.

    “StarHub looks forward to ushering in the Year of the Monkey with an abundance of treats for our customers,” said Howie Lau, chief marketing officer, StarHub.

    “In addition to enjoying a plethora of exciting entertainment of over 150 channels with our free preview, StarHub TV customers can also catch their favourite Asian stars at not one, but three meet-and-greet sessions in February!”

    Taiwanese celebrities Evan Ma and Pets Tseng, currently starring in idol drama Moon River, will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with Singaporeans, as part of StarHub’s promotion. While TVB stars Grace Chan, Joel Chan, Kristal Tin, Natalie Tong and Raymond Wong will be StarHub’s guests on 17 February.

    Korean heart-throb Seo Kang Jun, star of Korean drama, Cheese in the Trap, will be in Singapore on 19 February in the pay-TV operator’s final meet-and-greet session of the month.

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    DittoTV streams Zee content prior to TV transmission

    Rebecca Hawkes | 02 February 2016


    DittoTV, the over-the-top (OTT) platform from the Zee stable, is now streaming content from the Zee Group before it airs on television.

    DittoTV’s new ‘before TV’ feature is part of the group’s continued focus on content and service innovations, according to a statement from parent company Zee Digital Convergence Limited (ZDCL).

    “The fact that more and more people are finding it easy to cut away from appointment viewing and watch their chosen entertainment anytime, anywhere, has only driven consumer expectations higher and upped the ante for OTT platforms the world over,” said Debashish Ghosh, CEO, ZDCL.

    “While original content will remain one of the key drivers and focus of DittoTV's global operations, serious innovations will help give our consumers something new and engaging all-the-time, every time. before TV is one such step in this direction.”

    Original content called Life is Music is now available on DittoTV, with a protest music-based documentary called Chords of Change next in line for production.

    The OTT platform is targeted at US, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Asia Pacific and some parts of Africa. As well as Indian content, the online streaming service is set to provide international content in the markets in which it has already launched.

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    India’s Brahman Naman to premiere on Netflix

    Rebecca Hawkes | 02 February 2016


    Indian coming of age comedy Brahman Naman is to receive its worldwide premiere on Netflix later this year.

    Directed by independent filmmaker Q (which stands for Quashik Mukherjee), Brahman Naman is set in Bangalore in the 1980s. It follows a nerdy college quiz team who travel to Kolkata to try to win the all-India finals and lose their virginity along the way.

    “Brahman Naman is Indian cinema at its boldest: fast, furious and raucously funny,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

    “It’s a movie that will delight adolescents of all ages, and we’re excited to bring this hilarious tale to our members around the world.”

    Netflix bought the worldwide subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) rights for the film for a reported seven figure sum, following its premiere at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

    The US streaming giant launched its Indian online streaming service in January, but with Brahman Naman will also be able to target the large Indian diaspora in its markets around the world.

    Brahman Naman, which was written by Naman Ramachandran, stars Shashank Arora (who was also in the film Titli). It is co-produced by Celine Loop and Steve Barron, director of Michael Jackson’s video for Billie Jean.

    Director Q’s previous films include Gandu, Tasher Desh and Ludo.

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    More than half of US, European, Japanese households to have smart TVs by 2019

    Joseph O'Halloran | 02 February 2016


    The rise of smart TVs into the television mainstream continues unabated on a global basis, says research from IHS.

    In its TV Sets Intelligence Service report, the analyst states that smart TV adoption has improved in many developed regions, as consumers increasingly seek streaming content from online video services. As a consequence, IHS expects that by 2019, more than 50% of TV households in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany will have smart TVs.

    Looking at these key markets, the analyst calculates that smart TV household penetration in Japan has already reached majority-statues and will rise to 63% in 2019, followed by the United States at 53%. By this time Germany and the United Kingdom are expected to witness 53% penetration for smart TVs in 2019, followed closely by France at 50%.

    “Increasing demand for 4K resolution, the debut of high dynamic range (HDR) for both hardware and content, and access to streaming content that supports these features will accelerate smart TV demand globally,” commented TV Sets Intelligence Service report author Hisakazu Torii, senior director of consumer device research for IHS Technology. “Growing availability of 4K content from online video providers will also support this trend, as will the introduction of Ultra HD Blu-ray in 2016.”

    Even though it is recognised as a key emerging TV market, China’s smart TV household penetration is expected to reach 46% by 2019, which is higher than other emerging regions. Smart TV is an essential feature on TVs sold in China, because many Chinese consumers seek out online content services. By contrast, smart TV household penetration in other emerging countries will likely remain low, due to a lack of online video content and insufficient infrastructure to deliver the required broadband Internet content to the home. For those reasons, smart TV household penetration in Brazil and Russia will only reach 36% in 2019 and just 3% in India.

    “With content providers and smart-device manufacturers, such as Alibaba, LeTV, Xiaomi, now entering the TV set market, Chinese consumers have more smart TV choices than ever before,” Torii added. “Increased sales of 4KTVs will accelerate these trends in the Chinese market.”

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    Samsung smart TV hub attracts 2.5 million weekly visitors

    Editor | 02 February 2016


    The work by the CE giant to make its smart TV offering as compelling as possible in the UK looks to have paid off after Samsung revealed landmark user numbers on its dedicated hub.

    The Samsung Smart TV platform has now passed the 2.5 million weekly unique users mark, representing a 33% increase in users over the past six months.

    Samsung says that the key driver for the leap has been working with a range of high quality content partners to give users access the best entertainment choices possible. Among other choices, users can now access Ultra HD content from the likes of Netflix as well as the standard UK TV catch-up TV offerings and curated and independent world cinema from MUBI and Curzon Home Cinema. Samsung Smart TV also offers family-friendly content including Hopster and Ketchup TV as well as the ability to catch up on shows from popular kid’s channels including CBEEBIES, Milkshake! and CITV.

    Yet Samsung stressed that the growing popularity of its Samsung Smart TV platform is not only down to the content and viewing experience on offer but also due to its Ultra HD TV range’s functionality — the platform complements Samsung’s SUHD TVs — and the fact users can access the apps they want without being locked into a long-term contract.

    “2015 was an exciting year for content, we have seen a significant shift in the way people consume content which has been reflected in the remarkable growth in users of the Samsung Smart Hub over the past year,” commented Rhian James, content product manager at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland. “People are engaging with the content we have to offer more than ever and as the No 1 TV brand in the UK, we at Samsung want to ensure that we are offering consumers the widest choice of content possible. We are pleased to be working with an amazing range of partners to extend our quality offering, giving our Smart TV users access to the content they want more of.‘’

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    A+E continues MENA expansion with launch of premium H2 HD on OSN

    Joseph O'Halloran | 02 February 2016


    Aiming to strengthen its position in a key territory, A+E Networks is launching its H2 HD premium service in the Middle East with OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the region.

    Currently in 70 million households globally, H2 features an original line-up of series and specials that take a deep perspective on history from all around the globe. The channel is an extension of the HISTORY brand and is designed to bring an original line-up of series and specials that give a perspective on global history from all around the globe.

    Viewers in the MENA region will also enjoy a more tailored schedule for HISTORY, A+E Networks’ flagship channel, with the launch of a local feed.

    “We are delighted to launch H2 HD with OSN across the Middle East, a fantastic channel that has seen a tremendous increase in popularity and demand among affiliates and viewers alike,” said Nicolas Eglau, chief operating officer and general manager Benelux, Nordics & CEEMEA at A+E Networks UK. “The localised feed for HISTORY also demonstrates our commitment to - and further investment in - this important high-growth market.”

    Added OSN senior vice president, media partners and digital, Emad Marcos: “The addition of H2 HD on OSN highlights our network’s appeal as the first choice for the world’s leading content providers. A remarkable channel that brings deep perspectives on history, H2 will be a significant value addition for our subscribers. The channel, with programming subtitled in Arabic and presented in glorious HD, is part of the aggressive expansion plans of OSN, with five other new channels being launched to provide our subscribers with an unparalleled portfolio of exclusive content, available both on linear TV and our digital platforms.”

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    Exset teams with Akses Karya Dinamika to drive digital deployment in Indonesia

    Joseph O'Halloran | 02 February 2016


    Digital TV ecosystems services provider Exset is teaming with ICT project specialists Akses Karya Dinamika to deploy its DMS 4.0 model in Indonesia.

    RTVN 2 Feb 2016 EPG ad insertionThe partnership is designed to tap into the country’s digitisation programme using DMS, claimed to be a unique business and technology model that allows operators to provide value-added services via broadcast networks in emerging markets. Subscription rates and set-top box (STB) costs have to be kept to a minimum to drive penetration in these markets, but ARPU must also be driven upwards.

    DMS, says Exset, supports the creation of essential monetisation paths over and above subscriber fees. It is already deployed by multiple operators across Asia, including CMG in Pakistan and One TV in Cambodia, as well as at Tricolor in Russia, allowing them to offer value-added services to TV sets over and above video and audio. DMS also supports push video-on-demand (VOD), allowing operators to pre-load their most popular content to a viewer’s STB with USB-based PVR capabilities that allow viewers to record content on a simple USB stick connected to the box.

    Version 4.0 of DMS is said to be able to power a range of services on very low-cost STBs, including fully integrated EPG ad-insertion. This is said to result in allowing operators and content providers to reach a new audience as soon as users turn on their TV. Exset’s DMS 4.0 allows for ad insertion in the broadcast stream at EPG banner level, alongside its successful value added services.

    “Akses Karya Dinamika is a vendor-independent systems integrator and is involved in a range of projects across the country aimed at increasing connectivity,” said Herry Widjiyanto, president director with Akses Karya Dinamika. “With huge variation in Internet penetration across the nation of islands, as well as variation in the quality and availability of digital broadcast networks, Indonesia is ideally positioned to take advantage of Exset’s DMS technology.”

    Added Exset global director of sales and marketing, Andrew Pons: “We are very pleased to be partnering with Akses Karya Dinamika. Indonesia, as is often the case in emerging markets, has the desire and ambition to migrate to digital broadcast networks across the country, but there are considerable challenges. We believe this partnership rises to those challenges.”

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    Channel 21 launches HD channel on Astra

    German teleshopping broadcaster Channel 21 has launched an HD version of its channel on February 1, 2016.

    Channel 21 HD can be received unencrypted via satellite on Astra (19.2° East) on the frequency 10.964 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 3/4).

    Following QVC, HSE24 and 1-2-3.tv, Channel 21 is the fourth German teleshopping channel to launch an HD version. The channel which went on air in 2001 reaches around 95% of German TV households via cable, satellite and DTT.


 

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