Category archives for: Middleware

Virgin extends TiVo partnership

UK cable MSO Virgin Media has extended its existing five-year partnership with next generation television specialist TiVo for a further three years. As part of the new agreement, Virgin Media has committed to the development of next-generation solutions from TiVo. Virgin Media launched the first set-top box incorporating TiVo software in 2010. Since launch, Virgin Media has installed TiVo enabled […]

EchoStar, Nagra join forces in SmarDTV

Kudelski and EchoStar have confirmed EchoStar will become a shareholder in SmarDTV, the subsidiary of Kudelski that offers advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules. As part of the transaction, EchoStar’s operations in the UK and Spain will be transferred to SmarDTV. SmarDTV will build on the heritage of Nagra, Conax and OpenTV, as well as EchoStar’s engineering and technology […]

Paywizard expands with APAC launch

Paywizard, the specialist in subscriber management for pay-TV, is expanding its global footprint by launching into the Asia Pacific market. As the pay-TV industry across the region continues to thrive, Paywizard has identified Asia Pacific as a key market for its international growth. To support local operators and drive regional growth, Paywizard has opened a headquarters in Singapore and an […]

EBS joins EIDR

EBS, a full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, is now a member of the Entertainment Identifier Registry Association (EIDR).  Founded by Movielabs, Cablelabs, Comcast and Rovi, EIDR is a not-for-profit industry association that meets a crucial need across the entertainment supply chain, providing universal identifiers for a broad array of audio visual objects. Don Dulchinos, Executive […]

YouTube adds 4K search

An update to Google’s video service YouTube has added the option to search for 4K resolution videos on both the online site and Android app. YouTube has supported 4K videos for some time, but this is the first time that users have been given the option to set search filters to include 4K videos – thus making finding ultra-HD content […]

Sky launching Restart in UK


Sky has confirmed that its Restart feature will roll out in the UK later this year. The service, which allows viewers to jump back to the start of a movie broadcast that has already begun, has been available in Italy for some time. “One of the most popular features among our Italian customers is called ‘Restart’. It’s a simple but […]

GVIDI, the new and complete metadata service

With a undisclosed investment from Merapar and ITNM, a new player has entered the scene of TV metadata. GVIDI, the smart aggregator “Stunned by the fact that most EPG providers do not enrich their data with omnipresent information, it has become our ambition to offer Europe’s most advanced platform of TV metadata”, says Tijn Smithuis, Managing Director of GVIDI. By […]

Universal Electronics for XFINITY Voice Remote

Universal Electronics (UEI) has announced that US comms giant Comcast has chosen UEI as the key supplier of its latest voice remote from XFINITY, an advanced voice remote platform for XFINITY services in the US. A recent agreement extends and expands the supply of remote controls, remote control technology, and associated products and services to Comcast over the term of […]

Smooth search leads to uptick in VoD revenue

Kannuu, a provider of search, discovery and recommendation solutions for the connected television and media industry, has released usage data from a major telecommunications and media content provider that shows the impact an enhanced discovery experience can have on increasing revenues. Today, VoD and paid content purchases account for a significant share of profit for video and cable providers globally. […]

Pay-TV middleware market worth $2bn by 2020

The surge in IP-enabled video consumption devices such as smart TVs, smartphones and tablets is compelling pay TV middleware solution providers to deliver a unified multiscreen experience to viewers. However, delivering on-demand video services on any screen anywhere presents its own set of challenges and technical impediments. Service providers are being forced to reinvent themselves to offer highly personalised content […]

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