Netflix is tapping into six new markets Monday hoping to gain a big subscriber base around Europe, but is facing a frosty welcome in France. Well-established French competitors are trying to head off a Netflix wave, the government wants oversight and the cinema industry wants Netflix to invest heavily in French productions.
Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion. The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009.
If its acquisition of DirecTV is approved, AT&T plans to dedicate spectrum for a fixed wireless broadband complement to satellite TV services, according to comments AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. He also said signaled that AT&T has no interest in building out Wi-Fi networks.
Nagra said Dish Network is first customer to deploy its new security system, which hardwires conditional access into set-top chips. The approach should frustrate pirates who infiltrate control word networks, steal control words, then distribute them, enabling anyone to hack into content.
HBO Europe is delivering HBO Go to affiliates through ActiveVideo’s CloudTV StreamCast platform, an arrangement that will allow video distributors to distribute HBO Go directly to any set-top box. HBO Europe operates in 14 territories in eastern and central Europe and the Netherlands.
Elemental Delta is based on the company’s transcoding technology, and can be configured either as an edge server or an origin server. The system combines JIT packaging, origin services, intelligent caching, dynamic ad insertion and replacement, and end-to-end encrypted content protection functions.
Due to burgeoning sports programming costs, Cable One has added a monthly sports surcharge of $2.94 across its footprint. The surcharge, which will take effect in the next billing cycle, impacts all residential standard cable tier subscribers.
TiVo has strengthened its sales team in Europe with new offices and staff in Austria, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain. The new offices will help TiVo better serve its European customers, which include ComHen in Sweden, Ono in Spain, and Virgin Media in the UK.
The consensus at the CTIA Day 3 sports panel discussion is that mobile is fundamentally changing how sports fans experience the game. Andrea Kremer, chief correspondent for the NFL Network, spoke with Colin Smith, managing director of digital media at NASCAR; John Kosner, executive vice president of digital and print media at ESPN, among others.
ZigBee Remote Control 2.0 includes a “Find My Remote” feature, the ability to connect to other devices in the smart home, as well as complete control of the set-top box or TV set. All parts of a ZigBee smart home network can be operated with the same remote control.
Thomson said it collaborated directly with Intel on a new product in its ViBE line, the ViBE XT1000 Xtream Transcoder. The XT1000 employs Thomson’s own Mustang video encoding algorithms and is based on Intel’s Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and Core i7 processors.
UXP Systems said it will have a new revision of its Mint Software Suite later this month that enables individual user and household profiles across devices and services, and decouples user profiles from billing accounts, allowing for trial users, moving of user profiles between accounts and multiple accounts-per user.
Comcast and Liberty Global, the world’s two largest cable operators, have forged a Wi-Fi agreement that lets their respective subscribers use each other’s Wi-Fi access points both here and abroad. The landmark international roaming partnership between the two companies will go to trial later this year before launching across millions of Wi-Fi access points next year.
Cloud vendor ActiveVideo has joined the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative, which would provide a virtual bridge between devices and cloud-based user interfaces, applications and services. ActiveVideo will integrate its Nano Client software into the RDK common framework for testing.
CSG announced this morning that it was providing the content monetization and management platform for Comcast’s Xfinity On Campus service. After several years of trials, Comcast officially launched the IP-based Xfinity on Campus service last month. The service allows college students to watch live TV and VOD content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.