A group of French companies, including Orange subsidiary Viaccess-Orca, Archos, Sagemcom, Expway, Sequans and Telecom ParisTech university to design a next-generation evolved multimedia broadcast multicast services (eMBMS) terminal solution. The Multimedia for 4G Evolution (MM4G Evo) project is expected to widen the capabilities of eMBMS, helping to drive innovation in LTE multicast deployments worldwide. The over USD 5 million project covers the full value chain, with operator, chipset and device makers, DRM providers software developers, operators and research labs.
Verizon product development pro Imran Maskatia said it best in a congratulatory Twitter postthis afternoon for colleagues who helped put together the company’s new Go90 video service. “Now the real work begins!”
Vodafone Spain and Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei recently carried out a trial for Long Term Evolution (LTE) broadcast evolved multimedia broadcast multicast services (eMBMS) technology, allowing distribution of multimedia content to an unlimited number of users by reusing the existing 4G network.
UK operator EE is gearing up to push its LTE Broadcast service live after a successful trial at Wembley Stadium last weekend, predicting that by 2019 the technology will be the sole driver of live TV content delivered over its network.
During its last league match against Celta de Vigo, Valencia Football Club teamed up with Vodafone Spain to successfully trial a cutting-edge technology that allows to deliver real-time HD video to their fans: LTE Broadcast!
Smartphones have become the most popular screens for consuming video. Over half of all US adults watch streaming or downloaded video on a connected device during a typical week, according to Experian’s 2015 cross-device video analysis report. This trend has sparked a massive decline in live viewership for broadcast networks; it's fallen 30% since the 2008-2009 season, according to a separate report from comScore.
This shift from live broadcast video consumption to streaming or downloading content to connected devices like game consoles, mobile devices, and internet-connected TVs, is partially catalyzed by a small but growing segment of cord-cutters. These are consumers who do not subscribe to cable or satellite television, instead relying exclusively on streaming or downloaded content and connected devices.
Cord-cutters are still a small segment of the population, with just 7% of households in 2014 identifying as “cord-cutters." That's up from 4% in 2010.
Smartphones are the main screens for online video, with 57% of device owners and 33% of all adults watching video on smartphones during a standard week.
Consumers on the iOS platform are more likely to cut the cord than their counterparts on other mobile platforms. While ownership of any smartphone makes a household 24% more likely to cut the cord, ownership of an iPhone increases that likelihood to 28%. Likewise, ownership of any tablet increases a household’s likelihood to cord-cut by 15%, which jumps to 21% for iPad owners.
Smart TVs are more popular than consoles and dongles. Almost 70% of adults who live in a household with a TV that connects to the internet use a Smart TV, while 20% use game consoles to connect, and 9% use Apple TV.
Amazon’s reticence to improving its Prime Instant Video viewing experience outside of its Fire device ecosystem ended last month when the online retailer released an app optimized for Android tablets. But the iOS client remained weirdly fettered — you could stream movies and TV shows, but not in high definition, and not without a Wi-Fi connection. Today, Amazon rectified those longstanding issues.
Amazon Instant Video version 3.0 brings the welcome ability to adjust the quality of playback and download. For both, users have three options: “Good,” “Better,” and “Best.” Amazon helpfully lays out the amount of data you can expect to use with each setting — Best will likely cost you 5.8GB, while bumping the quality down to Better or Good will use up a much more palatable 1.8GB and 0.6GB per hour, respectively. Oddly, the app notes that downloaded media will only play back in standard definition. We’re chalking that up to an oversight.
The company has reportedly met with a dozen publishers, including BuzzFeed, The New York Times, and National Geographic, and it may host advertisements next to the content and split the revenue. Or Facebook may give some publishers all the revenue from certain ads to get publishers on board, according to a recent story by The Wall Street Journal.
These partnerships are most likely weeks away from launch.
For Facebook, the decision to focus on media is "100%" being driven by the industry's movement toward mobile, a person familiar with the company's plans said.
Operator enables AC Milan fans to watch several football matches simultaneously from San Siro stadium. Telecom Italia has carried out a test of LTE broadcast at AC Milan's football stadium, the San Siro, in partnership with Huawei.
The test enabled AC Milan supporters attending the game to simultaneously stream live video footage of three other football matches taking place at the same time. In order to access the service, participants were provided with compatible tablets.
Streaming movies from Netflix and HBO is likely going to be much more data intensive than streaming music, which might lead some to raise concerns about the quality of the service. T-Mobile has advertised its network as being “designed data-strong."
Google's secret weapon for getting inside our homes and deeper within the fabric of our daily lives is not smart appliance maker Nest or even its ubiquitous Android operating system. It's a $35 HDMI stick that lets everybody else in the tech industry do all the hard work. The Chromecast, which Google refreshed today with a 2.0 version for video and a new device solely for audio streaming, has sold 20 million units since 2013. And the expanded product family is poised to continue sucking up key infrastructure in the home media system thanks to its low-cost and ever-expanding feature set, which now includes Spotify support and universal search.
YouTube is reportedly gearing up to launch its much-speculated about subscription service in the US, after prompting content owners to agree to new site licensing terms.
According to a letter to YouTube content creators, which was published in full by tech site Re/code, YouTube is planning to roll out an ad-free version of the video service for a monthly fee, with the new service terms to kick in by the end of next month.
“This service will create a new source of revenue over time that supplements your advertising revenue. That’s why an overwhelming majority of our partners – representing over 95% of YouTube watch time – have asked for and signed up for this service,” said YouTube in the letter.
The video service asked its content makers to update their agreement to reflect the updated ad-free terms, and said that if anyone doesn’t follow the prompts to do so by October 22 their videos will “no longer be available for public display or monetisation in the United States.”
“We believe these new terms will greatly strengthen our partnership for the future. We went through a similar process three years ago when we began distributing and monetising your content on mobile devices. Today, mobile represents over half of all watch time and mobile revenue is up 2x in just the last year,” said YouTube.
“Just as with mobile, we’re confident this latest update will excite your fans and generate a previously untapped, additional source of revenue for you.”
The latest information comes after YouTube sent an initial letter to content owners in April, confirming plans for an ad-free version of YouTube that users will be able access by paying a monthly fee. At the time, tech site The Verge reported that YouTube will charge users roughly US$10 (€9) per month and launch the feature in the next few months.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki first hinted at YouTube’s subscription plans at a conference in the US last October, when she said that while YouTube’s ad-supported approach has allowed it to build massive scale, “there’s going to be a point where people don’t want to see the ads.”
Without going into details, Wojcicki said at the time that YouTube was “thinking about how to give users options” and said that giving users the choice to either watch ads or pay a fee was “an interesting model.”
Verizon’s late-arriving mobile Internet TV service will be called “Go90,” and will offer full TV episodes from certain networks, music videos and exclusive short-form content to viewers to stream to mobile devices.
Claude Seyrat's insight:
"Shammo hinted the LTE Broadcast will be an important feature in the Internet TV service."
Why move to ATSC 3.0? There are many answers to that question, and the hundreds of people who attended the annual ATSC Broadcast Television Conference and ATSC 3.0 Boot Camp earlier this month came away with new insights about how broadcasters will reach tomorrow’s audience hungry for local news, emergency alerts, favorite shows, and a seamless experience that merges broadcasting with the Internet.
If Apple launches a TV service, it won’t be the first company to offer TV subscriptions over the Web. But it wants to offer at least one thing rivals don’t have: Widespread access to live programming from local TV stations.
Industry executives familiar with Apple’s plans say the company wants to provide customers in cities around the U.S. with programming from their local broadcast stations. That would distinguish Apple’s planned offering from those already available from Sony and Dish’s Sling, which to date have only offered local programming in a handful of cities, or none at all.
Apple’s ambitions have complicated its negotiations with the broadcast TV networks, because most broadcasters don’t own all their local stations, and have an affiliate, or franchise system.
Wireless carriers have been eager to get into the connected car market as a way to boost subscriber and revenue growth. However, according to a new report from research firm Machina Research, traffic jams in the future could cause major spikes in mobile data traffic as more connected cars compete with smartphones and tablets for spectrum.
This blog has been inspired by the recent announcement that a consortium of French telcos has launched a $5 million (€4.57 million) project to research the next generation of LTE broadcast. Allthough details are not provided, an investment in this promising technology is always good news. LTE Broadcast is a technology that enables flexible deployment of HQ video broadcast on mobile devices. Many trials have proven this technology to work - but technology alone will not make this bird fly. There are missing links in the business ecosystem that require development. To make telc
BT's TV boss on Tuesday said it is too early to discuss the integration plan for EE's TV service but said the U.K. incumbent can learn a lot from the operator's approach to the market.
BT in February finalised its £12.5 billion deal to acquire the country's biggest mobile operator, EE. Both companies, particularly the latter, are fairly recent entrants to the TV market, and both are pursuing different strategies.
EE TV "is an interesting service – it's well-packaged," said Alex Green, director of TV at BT, during TV Connect in London.
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