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ActiveVideo transforms Charter STBs

Tom Rutledge, President and CEO of Charter Communications, has confirmed that cloud TV specialist ActiveVideo is supporting the operator’s network and device upgrades. Speaking at an International CES briefing announcing a technology partnership with Cisco, Rutledge said that Charter expected to launch its new fully-featured cloud based user interface, Spectrum Guide on its new Worldboxes, as well as on legacy […]

Kabel Deutschland converges broadcast, IP and OTT


Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany’s largest cable operator, is partnering with Cisco to create a next generation video service that converges search, recommendation and viewing in a personalised, multi-screen, cloud-powered platform, which it claims is the industry’s first comprehensive video-hub for the home. Subscribers can access all the video they consume through a single immersive user interface which works across all […]

4K STB from DISH

US satellite pay-TV operator DISH Network is claiming it is the first to launch a 4K ‘Ultra HD’ set-top box. Named the 4K Joey, the unit is designed to integrate easily with DISH’s Hopper Whole Home HD DVR system. DISH says that unlike other 4K pay-TV options which are confined to an app on select TVs, the DISH 4K Joey […]

TiVo OnePass boosts binging


TiVo has introduced TiVo OnePass, an all-access solution available on TV in the home or via TiVo mobile apps, that tracks down every episode of a show a user wants to catch up on and displays all of the episodes in a ‘My Shows’ folder to serve as the ultimate multi-source binge-watching solution. TiVo OnePass organises episodes of favourite shows […]

VoD, DVRs core to pay-TV packages


Consumer research from broadband, media and entertainment industries specialist Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that 76 per cent of US households have a DVR, subscribe to Netflix, or use VoD from a cable or telco provider – with 26 per cent of households using two of the services, and 11 per cent using all three. The survey also found

Quickplay supports Android TV

Quickplay, a specialist in powering premium video to any device, has announced support for Android TV, in a showcase at International CES 2015 of Quickplay’s Next Generation Experience Solution. It also confirmed integration of Quickplay Managed Video Service to three major industry partners. The solution provides extensive third-party developer tools as well as an Android TV reference user experience for […]

Samsung Smart TVs to be powered by Tizen

Samsung has revealed that all of Samsung Smart TVs in 2015 will be equipped with its new platform built around the Tizen operating system. According to Samsung, Tizen, a standardised open-source platform, enables flexibility with even more content and devices, allowing developers to easily create compatible content, while connecting users to a world of limitless entertainment possibilities. “Building our Smart […]

Huawei, China Telecom in 4K first

Communications technology specialist  Huawei and China Telecom Sichuan have launched the first commercial 4K ultra-HD iTV network service in China. They have also jointly released a 4K ultra-HD intelligent smart set-top box (STB), making China Telecom Sichuan the first telecommunications company in China to use 4K STBs for carrying video services. Huawei and China Telecom Sichuan first began their partnership […]

Brazil mulls hybrid STB rule

Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has presented a proposal to compel satellite DTH operators to supply hybrid set-top boxes. The change to the nation’s Regulation of Conditional Access Services would see boxes issued that were also capable of receiving free-to-air digital terrestrial signals. Anatel says it wants pay-TV operators to give equal treatment to locally transmitted stations and networks. However, the […]

India to fund new STB developments


India’s Dept of Electronics & Information Technology is to put 1 billion Rupees (about $16 million) to help fund development of locally made set-top boxes. The cash will also provide manufacturers with long-term credit facilities and other fiscal aids to jump-start the process. The fund will also be channelled through India’s Credit Guarantee Fund which exists to help smaller businesses […]

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