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NPD: Connected TVs have edged out Blu-ray Disc Players

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:27:37 +0000

Connected TVs have edged out Blu-ray Disc players to become the third most prominently owned device that delivers apps to TVs in the US. According to The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report, as of the fourth quarter of 2014 there were 22 million connected TVs installed and accessing the Internet, a significant increase from...

Synacor teams up with thePlatform

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:11:24 +0000

Digital video specialists Synacor and thePlatform have announced a new cooperative relationship. Specifically, Synacor’s integrated solutions for its customers will include access to the thePlatform’s back-end video management system, mpx, for multiscreen video workflow, policy management, and playback services. Using mpx, Synacor’s customers will gain access to a highly scalable, flexible, and enterprise-grade video publishing system to...

DT launches Euro network in Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:44:04 +0000

Deutsche Telekom has connected the first three of ten countries for its new European network – Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia. The three countries will now be able to draw products from a standardized platform. The first product is a business customer service for virtual private networks called “Cloud VPN”. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress...

Artemed installs advanced TV in two hospitals

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:54:35 +0000

German hospital group Artemed has successfully installed an advanced TV system, provided by Motama in two of its hospitals, Hospital zum Heiligen Geist in Kempen and hospital Tabea in Hamburg. As part of the system, TV signals are received by satellite and forwarded to the IP network of each hospital. At the patient’s bedside specifically...

‘My BBC’: Tony Hall plans a more personalised BBC experience

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:35:18 +0000

Yesterday, in a speech at New Broadcasting House in London, BBC director general Tony Hall presented a bullish defence of the license fee model, the logic and relevance of which has been under recent examination in a report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Hall was careful to eschew the subscription model (one of...

Netflix to launch in Australia and New Zealand March 24th

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:44:42 +0000

Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings has confirmed that the long awaited Netflix launch date for Australia and New Zealand will be the 24th March. “Many Aussies and Kiwis have heard a lot about Netflix over the years, and we’re excited they’ll get to experience our unique blend of Netflix original content, local series and...

Tata Sky to launch 4K video service in India

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:39:28 +0000

Leading Indian DTH operator Tata Sky has launched the first commercial 4K video service in the subcontinent. Enabled by Ericsson compression technology, the Tata Sky 4K service allows customers to watch video up to four times the resolution of the standard high definition (HD) video currently available. “Tata Sky is committed towards delivering a world...

Vimeo gives Chromecast update to iOS app

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:39:44 +0000

Up market video sharing site Vimeo has added an update to its iOS app that includes support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. Thanks to the update, Vimeo users can now cast videos from their iPhone or iPad directly to their TV screen, using the Chromecast receiver and the free Vimeo app (which acts as the...

iPlayer registers record-breaking January

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:13:52 +0000

BBC catch-up service iPlayer has made a strong start to 2015, clocking in a record-breaking 343 million requests over the course of January, including 264m TV requests. January also saw mobile and tablet iPlayer viewing hit an all-time high, soaring to 48%. Consistent with previous months, so far over 2015 BBC iPlayer is used for...

Optus to trial real-time interactive video delivery

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:53:53 +0000

Australian telco Optus will conduct a closed trial of a real-time, interactive, multimedia video experience that delivers content to subscribers through onsite base stations via Liquid Applications. Liquid Applications enables users to watch a sports match, concert, or major event from a variety of different angles on their device in real-time from content streamed directly from...