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STB revenue best ever in 2013


Following a relatively flat three-year period, the global STB market managed to achieve the highest annual revenue total in its history in 2013, setting the stage for continued growth through 2015, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide digital STB shipment revenue last year totaled

Wyplay launches Bull Frog 2.0

Wyplay, creator of software solutions for pay-TV operators, has announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of its set-top box middleware, codenamed “Bull Frog”. This new version notably provides fully-integrated support of DTH satellite broadcast pay TV services using the DVB standard on top of already-supported Cable and Terrestrial front-ends. With Bull Frog, including support for DVB, all Frog by […]

Xiaomi selects RealNetworks’ RMVB Codec

Beijing-based Xiaomihas selected the RealMedia Variable Bitrate (RMVB) codec from RealNetworks for Xiaomi Box Super, the company’s premier OTT set-top-box, as well as Xiaomi’s Smart TV line Mi TV. RMVB is a variable bitrate extension of the RealMedia multimedia digital container format and is one of the most popular codecs in China for real-time media streaming. Offering an excellent balance […]

Lionsgate, Alibaba collaborate for China OTT

Global entertainment company Lionsgate and Chinese commerce group Alibaba have joined forces to launch Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW), a subscription streaming service for mainland China that will be available exclusively through Alibaba’s latest generation of set-top box. The Lionsgate Entertainment World (LGEW) service will provide users of the Alibaba platform with instant access to such Hollywood blockbusters as the first […]

Humax launches sub £200 YouView STB

Humax has launched a new YouView box. The YouView Humax DTR-T2000 is priced at £199 and available across all major retailers and independents including John Lewis, Tesco, Argos, Currys PC World, plus Humax Direct. The compact box offers 70 live free-to-air digital TV and radio channels, including six in HD and up to 300 hours of standard definition recording (SD) […]

TIM Brasil STB with ContentWise discovery

ContentWise, a provider of all-in-one digital content discovery and recommendations solutions, has revealed that TIM Brasil has selected its platform to power personalised recommendations and video search for “Live TIM Blue Box”, an entertainment centre that integrates Netflix and YouTube for free to air TV channels. TIM Brasil reaches approximately 93 per cent of Brazil’s urban population and recently introduced […]

Google unveils Android TV


Google has unveiled its new TV service – Android TV. Combining games, streaming services, music and catch-up services, the device will take on the likes of Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple TV. Google’s David Burke outlined the new platform during developer conference Google I/O, saying the company wanted to treat TV the same as phones and tablets. Android TV can […]

Google set to unveil Android STB

Google is expected to unveil a set-top box during its developer conference on June 26th, according to WSJ. The streaming device will be similar to the likes of Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV and Apple’s Apple TV. The set-top box will be powered by Google’s new Android TV software designed to play movies, games and other content on television. However, the […]

CASBAA lauds pirate STB raids


Recent successful raids by Hong Kong Customs on suppliers of a pirate TV box service should serve as a warning to all potential consumers of unauthorised TV services, according to Asia’s pay-TV association, CASBAA. “Buying a dodgy TV box is a bad deal for consumers,” said CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros. “The content is being illegally supplied and the […]

NCTA disputes STB power claims

US cable industry trade body the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has reacted to a report in the LA Times which suggested that cable TV boxes have become second-biggest energy users in many homes, describing them as hogs that feed in the sleep. In a blog post, the NCTA notes that in March 2014, it reported that the new […]

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