Category archives for: IPTV

Fire TV Stick Amazon’s ‘fastest-selling UK device ever’


Fire TV Stick, Amazon’s OTT dongle, has become the company’s fastest-selling UK device since becoming available for pre-order on March 24th. The device, which started shipping on April 15th, plugs straight into the HDMI socket on a TV, allowing users to stream video from popular services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video (previously Lovefilm), Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Customers can […]

Netherlands: 1 in 10 subscribe to Netflix

Eleven per cent of Dutch households had a Netflix subscription in Q4 2014, according to research from Telecompaper. Local streaming video services Videoland Unlimited and NLziet are much less popular, with only a fraction of the subscribers. A quarter of all Netflix customers are still in their free trial. Nevertheless, Netflix seems well able to convert customers to a paid […]

SpotXchange: Broadcasters need centralised platform

Broadcasters must find mechanisms that easily allow them to package TV with online video, just as publishers have learned to package digital and print, according to a whitepaper from programmatic video advertising platform, SpotXchange. With convergence in the video market progressing rapidly, broadcasters need a centralised platform to manage and package advertising across content distribution channels, the whitepaper found. Developing […]

TV Connect provides springboard for technological innovation in connected entertainment

TV Connect, the connected entertainment event, has announced the first innovations that will populate the show floor at the ExCeL in London on April 28th-30th. New solutions and services span the entire video content ecosystem, from Ultra-HD-enabled set-top-boxes to the latest developments in content protection, TV app stores and data-driven video services. The video industry is increasingly turning to digital […]

Only 7.5% rate linear TV to remain important

TV Connect, the connected entertainment event, has revealed the results of the Connected100 Survey, which reveals that data-driven video services will help tailor the consumer experience and open the door for programmatic TV advertising. Video services are also expected to enable end users to publish User-Generated Content that will become an integral part of the content offering, enabling consumers to […]

Accenture: Traditional TV on the wane


The television’s popularity as the go-to entertainment device may be ending, according to ‘Digital Video and the Connected Consumer’, a research report from Accenture. The television was the only product category to see uniform, double-digit usage declines across different types of media worldwide among viewers of nearly all ages. It is rapidly being replaced as consumers turn to a combination […]

Netflix: Global service would cut piracy


Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, believes a global video-streaming service would cut down on piracy considerably. According to Overclocked3D, the Netflix boss is in favour of a worldwide service because it would remove the incentive to use a VPN, eliminating the problem at its root. “The VPN thing is a small little asterisk compared to piracy,” Hastings said. “Piracy […]

Amazon Prime HDR content

Amazon has revealed that its Prime Instant Video streaming service will support high dynamic range (HDR) content later this year. “4K Ultra-HD was just the beginning – we’re excited that Prime members will soon be able to view movies and TV shows including Amazon Originals in HDR quality,” commented Michael Paull, vice president of Digital Video at Amazon. “HDR is […]

Netherlands: UPC becomes Ziggo


Liberty Global has rolled out its Horizon advanced TV service across Ziggo’s network in The Netherlands. The company has also adopted the Ziggo brand for all its Dutch assets, with UPC Netherlands’s services rebranded as Ziggo effective immediately. Ziggo subscribers in the country can now view all Horizon services via the Horizon Mediabox, including catch-up TV, enabling them to view […]

OTT ads $40bn by 2020


Advertising on OTT TV programming will grow four-fold to $40 billion by 2020, according to the Diffusion Group. As ad revenue for OTT grows, TV ad revenues will remain essential flat at about $85 billion. The Group says

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