Verizon is going to launch a "mobile-first" TV service later this year, and today it announced that it's going to include plenty of college sports offerings. Among the five partners listed in the press release, we have these two:
CBS Sports, featuring dozens of live major college games.
ESPN, the leader in sports, for select live college football and college basketball games, and select award-winning documentaries from ESPN Films’ "30 for 30" series.
Just three weeks after Smart announced the arrival of LTE-Advanced in the country, Globe Telecoms expressed its plan to launch two new LTE technologies in the country, namely LTE-CA (Carrier Aggregation) and LTE eMBMS (enhanced Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service) aka LTE Broadcast, that will further enhance the mobile internet experience of their subscribers. Currently on the testing phase, both the LTE eMBMS and LTE-CA are slated to be rolled out next year in select areas in the country. T
First, if you haven't used either Meerkat or Periscope, both of which are free, it's well worth trying them out. There are some differences in UI and features, but the core service is the same - the ability to originate video via a smartphone and have anyone, anywhere in the world, tune in to the broadcast. Within the video, the viewer can favorite/like the video and add comments. The video quality in both apps is very strong, considering the inconsistencies of mobile broadband connectivity. Of all the broadcasts I've watched, only a handful have been cutoff.
it seems to me that the mobile live-steaming broadcasts that will ultimately succeed will fall into one of three categories: (1) breaking news, (2) pre-scheduled and promoted broadcasts and (3) broadcasts that are companions to larger events (TV shows, sports events, etc.). Since it's an early market, no doubt there will be more as well.
Starting in May, LG and GatesAir plan to test their Futurecast broadcast system, one of several being considered by the ATSC as the ATSC 3.0 standard, using a moth-balled transmitter and antenna belonging to Tribune's WJW and operating on ch. 31. Eventually, the facility will be turned over to the NAB for testing other next-gen technology for ATSC.
Another major channel for distributing alerts could be emerging. Remember when the TV industry first converted to digital HDTV? Well, there’s a new version of digital TV developing in the U.S. that could open interesting possibilities for alerting. Standards are being developed for Mobile DTV (Digital TV), which would allow broadcasters to provide new services to handheld devices. Alerting is on the table.
Claude Seyrat's insight:
Unfortunately, this is unrealistic scenario: adding a new chipset ($15) to all mobile devices for alerting has just no sense. Cell Broadcast is already available on all devices and LTE Broadcast will extend that with multimedia capabilities.
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson has said now that convergence is finally taking off, it is ready to bridge the gap between the broadcast and telecoms industries. Talking at a an event in London, the Swedish firm’s Head of Broadcast and Media Services Thorsten Sauer said the firm predicts by 2020 50% of all content viewed will be on mobile devices and on-demand.
As multiplay gathers pace in the UK with BT leading the way with its bid for EE, as well as heavy investment in premium sports rights by BT and Sky and the latter’s planned move into the MVNO market, Ericsson said it is grabbing the opportunity presented by convergence.
“One thing is clear from talking to our telecommunications customers and our media customers: on the media side very high on their agenda is how to translate their business onto new and mobile platforms,” Sauer said. “This is extremely high on their strategic agendas. And on the telco side the role of media is very high on their agenda. So convergence is truly happening, and that puts us,Ericsson, in a very interesting position.”
As part of this strategy, Ericsson has made several acquisitions in recent years to build up its TV portfolio, including that of UK-based broadcast service firm Red Bee Media last May. The vendor claims it now handles 1.6 million media assets annually for numerous broadcasters.
Also talking at the event, EE’s Senior Manager of Network Strategy Matt Stagg said operators have to accept LTE networks need to be largely geared towards video streaming. “3G was a voice and text service with data, which was high-speed data for browsing, and it did some video,” Stagg said. “Now [with 4G] we’re talking of a video distribution network that needs to support communications.”
According to Stagg this requires a significant shift in thinking from operators’ part, and ultimately will push LTE broadcast at the forefront of the industry. “The biggest fundamental shift we will see in the next decade for mobile distribution of TV is LTE broadcast. EE’s vision for LTE broadcast is that it will be better than TV,” he said.
However, Ericsson’s recent survey looking at consumer behaviour around TV and video found data and content costs are still barriers for mobile viewing. But at the same time 4G and the popularity of unlimited packages are lowering the bar for users.
According to Michael Björn, Head of Research at Ericsson’s ConsumerLab, consumers increasingly want much more personalised TV viewing, and on-demand and catch-up services, multiple devices per user and 4G adoption are driving mobile video.
“All this means it is indeed time to change the structure of TV services,” he said. “We hear people saying that they would like to have a totally personalised experience of pick and mix [content] but they would still like to have help with the aggregation of that. 48% of the [2,000] people we interviewed said they would be willing to pay for that package: personalised but a single-aggregator service.”
The UK Culture and Communications Minister Ed Vaizey also made an appearance at the event. Echoing Sauer’s words he said: “we are in the cusp of convergence.”
In his short speech he also listed some of the things the government is doing to help the industry move forward: “we as government are working with companies like Ericsson, we are supporting the roll-out of broadband across the UK, we’ve got our mobile infrastructure project which is designed to cover not-spots with mobile, we’ve got the new geographic target for mobile operators to reach 90% of the country geographically by 2017.”
Meanwhile the UK Finance Minister George Osborne in his budget speech pledged a £600 million boost to clearing spectrum to be auctioned for mobile networks. He also promised funding for public wifi for libraries, and provision of broadband vouchers to more cities. He also made promises on ‘ultra-fast broadband’: “we’re committing to a new national ambition to bring ultra-fast broadband of at least 100 megabits per second to nearly all homes in the country, so Britain is out in front.”
The big thing for LTE broadcast is that it makes it possible to simultaneously deliver the same content to virtually unlimited number of users without using up the full capacity of a network. It will be interesting to see how this space develops as providers and operators alike seek for new revenue opportunities in the converging marketplace.
Using a solution from French technology vendors Sequans Communications and Expway, wireless carriers such as Verizon and AT&T may be able to deliver LTE broadcast video programming to IP-connected TVs and other devices connected to Wi-Fi routers.
Sequans and Expway said Tuesday that their technology platform is ready for commercial deployment following tests conducted with multiple service providers in multiple countries over the last six months.
LTE chipmaker Sequans today announced that, through its work with LTE broadcast middleware provider Expway, it’s been able to deliver LTE broadcast to an LTE/Wi-Fi router. “Using our jointly developed system architecture, combining Sequans’ eMBMS-capable chipset with Expway’s LTE broadcast middleware, we’ve essentially turned the Wi-Fi hotspot into an LTE broadcast gateway where multiple Wi-Fi devices can connect to the gateway and each receive its own channel,” Sequans marketing VP Craig Miller
Adults in the US will spend an average of 5 hours, 31 minutes watching video each day this year, eMarketer estimates. Digital video viewing across devices is driving growth, and time spent with video on PCs, mobile devices and other connected devices including over-the-top and game consoles will rise to an average of 1 hour, 16 minutes each day.
he first few months of 2015 have been marked by the explosion of a very specific category of apps in which a winner still hasn’t emerged: video streaming.
Meerkat entered the iTunes Store on Feb. 27 and it was on everyone’s lips at the SXSW festival on March 13. But it ran into a roadblock the very next day, when Twitter cut off access to its social graph (the list of friends that lets you follow users automatically upon registering.) The day before Twitter had announced the purchase of Periscope, another retransmission app, so the move was seen as related.
Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) will charge the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai with their ’3G killing’ 4G services for mobile phones, especially for the Indian Premier League (IPL). Cricket fans will be able to use superior Internet speeds while watching the IPL 2015 matches. The Wankhede Stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators and the IPL 8 starts on April 8, 2015.
Steve Jobs is famously quoted by his biographer, Walter Isaacson as saying “I finally cracked it” referring to a modernized TV experience. Most commentators have focused on the potential for innovating in user interface and experience. What if that wasn’t the main problem he’d “cracked”? Is that really the Big Hairy Audacious Goal that could redefine TV and video? The distribution of video in many ways is a much bigger problem facing anyone trying to disrupt TV. Apple could potentially address the problem and wrest control by leveraging an asset few other companies possess; ton’s of cash!
While there is a legitimate concern that LTE Broadcast content will be given a higher quality of service than regular, over-the-top video content, I don't think the situation will violate net neutrality.
CFO Fran Shammo said March 2 at an investors conference that multicasting's ability to efficiently stream a major event to millions of viewers at the same time will be a part of the service, but "it will be a lot more than that."
He expects different business models to emerge in OTT mobile video than linear TV. "You can't make money paying $5 a sub[scriber] for every sub you have," Shammo said. "With 103 million subs it doesn't make economic sense and the content providers know that."
In the pay TV industry, cable networks are paid affiliate fees that range from a few cents to an estimated $6 for Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN, for every subscriber the TV show reaches, not the number of viewers actually watching the program. If the same business model is adopted by Verizon's OTT service, it would have to pay affiliate fees for every one of over 100 million mobile subscribers it has regardless of who is watching.
At Facebook's F8 developer conference yesterday, the company announced a series of initiatives that, taken together, demonstrate it is positioned to be a very big player in video and YouTube's biggest competitor long-term. Following are the most important announcements and my take on their implications. I also note the key missing pieces that are almost certainly on Facebook's video roadmap.
Linear TV is still the dominant viewing source among those aged six to 34, with 69% of adults and 76% of kids still starting their viewing journey via TV channels, according to new research by Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN).
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