That service providers will have to deliver TV everywhere is a foregone conclusion, but a couple of recent announcements – one from Sling and another from TiVo – provided an interesting juxtaposition of alternatives of how to accomplish the feat.
One year after the Comcast Reference Design Kit (RDK) made its public debut at The Cable Show, the platform has more than lived up to its “service velocity” goal. In short, the RDK went from being a PowerPoint presentation at last year’s Cable Show, to a viable platform that is cutting down on development cycle for not only set-top boxes and gateways, but also applications.
For service providers, the challenges of multi-screen are no less daunting for being well known. It is a marvelously complex process to deliver video to an ever-expanding universe of devices running multiple major operating systems all with different screen sizes and supporting unique combinations of streaming formats and digital rights management (DRM) schemes.
AfterBuzz TV has contracted with Akamai Technologies to distribute its schedule of aftershows, a series of webcasts and podcasts of commentary that immediately follow the broadcast of television shows and televised events. Akamai is delivering the aftershows to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as to personal computers.
RGB Networks has added Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus codecs into its TransAct Packager to improve audio on TV Everywhere services. With the partnership, video service providers (VSPs) using adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming will be able to offer improved sound across tablets, smartphones, PCs, connected TVs and other IP-enabled devices.
ZON Multimedia is set to launch a networked DVR capability for its multi-screen delivery service. Viewers will be able to record content from a range of devices to be viewed up to 7 days later. The capability, essentially a catch-up service, is being enabled by Concurrent’s MediaHawk VX unified content delivery solution.
Belgacom has selected Edgeware’s Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) system for multiscreen delivery of both live and on-demand video. Belgacom previously deployed Edgeware IPTV technology to enable a networked PVR (nPVR) service. Belgacom installed Edgeware’s D-VDN alongside its nPVR system this past summer.
Celeno Communications scored its first 802.11ac-based chip win with iiNet, which is Australia’s second largest DSL broadband provider. Celeno’s chip will be used to provision wireless data and HD streaming services at some point as iiNet Labs develops the company’s next generation hardware.
Edgeware’s D-VDN Origin Accelerator accelerates both ingest and playout capacity of origin servers. Separately, the company announced another in its line of network video delivery appliances. The Orbit 3080 handles live, video on demand (VOD) and network digital video recorder (NDVR) applications, with 80 Gbps wire speed streaming.
Rostelecom in Russia has deployed what may be the world's largest operator content delivery network, according to Ericsson, the company that built the CDN. The Media Delivery Network from Ericsson includes content servers in 30 major cities across all federal districts of Russia.
Tata Communications’ cloud-based video service is now offering the option to encode video using HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding), relying on Harmonic Inc.'s ProMedia file-based transcoding technology. The company's Cloud Transform service enables broadcasters to transcode large libraries of video assets without investing in new hardware or their own onsite private cloud.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) has lined up Cox Communications president Pat, Esser, Comcast executive vice president and chief operating officer Dave Watson and Arris chairman and CEO Bob Stanzione for the opening general session at next month’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta.
SeaWell Networks has teamed up with Civolution on a joint multi-screen security offering that is being shown at IBC2013 in Amsterdam. The collaboration bulks up SeaWell's multi-screen security framework by adding scalable, per-session watermarking for TV Everywhere and over-the top (OTT) services.
Deutsche Telekom has completed the first phase of its TV Everywhere service roll out with MobiTV. The streaming service, which is called Entertain2Go, provisions video across various devices to deliver live TV and VOD-based programming to subscribers.
Netflix has broken through the pay TV barrier by announcing this morning it will integrate its streaming service with Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes. Starting this week, Virgin Media subscribers with TiVo set-top boxes will be able to toggle back and forth between Netflix’s streaming library and Virgin Media’s content from the same guide.
Thanks to a new TV Everywhere-based agreement, Cablevision’s video subscribers are now able to tune into Music Choice’s 46 commercial free music channels and videos across the nation on any broadband connection. Music Choice’s collection of on demand music, which is grouped by categories, is available via Optimum’s TV to Go platform on computers and supported portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones.
RGB Networks has struck a deal with Conax to help service providers deliver secure adaptive bit rate (ABR) TV Everywhere services to their authenticated subscribers. With the partnership, the companies are integrating RGB’s TransAct Packager with Conax’s conditional access/digital rights (DRM) platform to ensure multi-screen services are delivered to the correct viewers.
Time Warner Cable is now serving up episodes of AMC’s “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad,” and other shows out-of-home on its TWC TV app. The AMC video content is the latest addition to Time Warner Cable’s out-of-home VOD offering, which was first announced on iOS devices in April.
Cablevision’s Wi-Fi hotspots have been seemingly cropping up like mushrooms after a hard rain. To wit: the New York City area cable operator has reached the 100,000 milestone for hotspots deployed in its tri-state footprint. Cablevision started its Wi-Fi network build out in Long Island back in 2008 at estimated cost of $300 million
The college football season kicks off this week and most of Charter Communications’ subscribers will now be able to keep track of the all the action with ESPN Goal Line. Authenticated Charter customers that subscribe to the cable operator’s Sports Tier and Digi Tier 2 packages can access ESPN Goal Line, as well as ESPN Buzzer Beater when the college hoops season tips off, in HD.
AT&T and ESPN announced that AT&T subscribers can now access the Longhorn Network’s live video content online and on their iPhone and iPod touch devices. AT&T customers that have the Longhorn Network as part of their video package can authenticate themselves with their member IDs and passwords.
TiVo’s new Roamio line of DVRs will feature a range of HTML5-based apps thanks to a new partnership with Opera Software. With the partnership, TiVo’s Roamio users can blend in HTML5 apps from the Opera TV Store while reaping the fruits of developers that take part in Opera’s SDK effort.
As promised, Time Warner Cable is now delivering 300 live channels to its subscribers over Xbox gaming consoles. Time Warner Cable first announced in June that it would be adding the Xbox to its list of TV Everywhere devices. The service is delivered over Time Warner Cable’s separate IP network via the cable operator’s My TWC TV app.
According to new research, the smart set-top box and dongle market is projected to pass 18 million units this year, which was higher than original forecast, due to the arrival of Google’s Chromecast device. ABI Research’s study said that the overall market was expected to have a 10.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from this year to 2018.
he National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) is serving up TV Everywhere content from the Tennis Channel on its authenticated WatchTVEverywhere (WTVE) platform. NCTC members that offer the Tennis Channel through the NCTC’s master agreement will be able to offer the network’s live stream, including the 2013 U.S. Open that starts today, on the WTVE platform to their subscribers.