Digital technology company Rovi has appointed Thom

first_imgDigital technology company Rovi has appointed Thomas Carson as its new president and chief executive following the departure of Alfred Amoroso. Amoroso has been chief executive of the company since July 2005.Carson, who has worked at Rovi since May 2008 and has most recently been executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, will start his new role immediately and will work with Amoroso during a transition period. Carson has also been added to the company’s board of directors. 
“The board of directors is confident that Tom Carson is the right person to lead the company,” said Andy Ludwick, chairman of the board of directors.last_img

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Norwegian pay TV service Canal Digital is making t

first_imgNorwegian pay TV service Canal Digital is making the Wimp music service more widely available to its customers.The service allows subs to access a deep library of music titles via their remote controls and is now available to customers with the new DVR set-top from ADB. Canal Digital also plans to launch a remote control application that can be downloaded from the App Store, which can also be used to control WiMP.last_img

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Sustained growth from Eutelsats video application

first_imgSustained growth from Eutelsat’s video applications business helped the satellite operator increase full year revenues by 4.6% to €1.2 billion. Revenues from Video Applications rose 5.8% to €832.2 million.Much of the growth came from Eutelsat’s satellites located at 7° West and 16° East. 7° West broadcast 534 channels at the end of June, up 45%, while 16° East broadcast 570 channels, up 23%.Announcing the results for the full year ending June 30, Eutelsat’s CEO Michael de Rosen said demand for transponder capacity remained strong. Eutelsat’s fleet fill rate stood at 75.6% at the end of June, compared to 79.2% a year earlier, reflecting the entry into service during the year of EUTELSAT 7 West A and EUTELSAT 16A, the redeployments of EUTELSAT 3C to 3°East from 7° West and EUTELSAT 48B to 48° East from 16° East, as well as the de­orbiting of EUTELSAT 4A.last_img read more

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US telco Verizon is moving ahead with plans to dev

first_imgUS telco Verizon is moving ahead with plans to develop Redbox Instant, its new UltraViolet-enabled service combining multiscreen digital delivery with physical media, according to Patricia Lynch, head of content strategy and acquisitions at the company.Warner Bros recently signed a deal to provide titles via video-on-demand and electronic sell-through for the service, a joint venture between Verizon and Coinstar-owned Redbox. Lynch, speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London today, said that Verizon did not intend to integrate Redbox Instant with its existing FiOS service.“It will be sold separately, but FiOS has most of the programming already that’s in the JV,” she said.Lynch said that Verizon was a national company and had recognised there was a need to make a national offering that went beyond the limitations of the reach of its fibre network. It was difficult to take a line-up of programming on FiOS and launch it nationally, she said.Redbox, which had developed its own product, did not have the negotiating power with studios to break into the digital distribution world on its own and the tie-up with Verizon therefore made sense, she said.“We are de facto joining the DECE and UltraViolet,” said Lynch. Enabling the delivery of content on up to 12 devices via this service would open up new opportunities for Verizon, she said.Lynch said that Verizon had effectively “built its own version of the UltraViolet ecosystem” to develop its service, and would now migrate this to the larger UltraViolet universe.Lynch told attendees at the summit that Verizon was seeing growing success for marketing initiatives via Facebook in particular. She said however that she did not see Facebook as a significant competitive platform for digital distribution on its own, given that people increasingly accessed the service via mobile devices on the go rather than on large TV screens, which were still the preferred devices for viewing movies and other content.last_img read more

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Beldenowned broadcasting technology provider Mira

first_imgBelden-owned broadcasting technology provider Miranda Technologies has acquired UK-based captioning and subtitling specialist Softel.In addition to its Swift line of subtitling and captioning products, Softel supports interactive television and second screen applications via the MediaSphere suite of products, and MPEG ad insertion capabilities with its Oliver product. Softel also provides solutions for ancillary data processing, audio/video description and Teletext.“Captioning is a critical component of the playout chain, and one that is often difficult to manage,” said Marco Lopez, Miranda’s president.  “By introducing Softel’s technology into the Miranda portfolio and directly integrating it into our iTX solution, we’ll present broadcasters with further efficiencies, not only in the purchase process, but also during deployment and in post-sale support as well. Miranda will continue to support the full Softel solutions suite and honor all Softel partner agreements.”last_img read more

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ViaccessOrca will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H1

first_imgViaccess-Orca will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H18, Hall 10.2. Content security specialist Viaccess-Orca plans to highlight TV Everywhere and HbbTV solutions at ANGA COM.According to Viaccess-Orca, its TV Everywhere solution allows content service providers in broadcast and IP markets to deploy a multi-screen TV service that is consistent, secured and personalised to a viewer’s preferences, while its HbbTV solution is based on proven technologies and open standards to protect and deliver entertainment to multiple devices while ensuring full interoperability with third party value-added HbbTV services.Viaccess-Orca will also show its embedded CAS technology, which it says supports models including content redistribution management, card-less agent management and extended set-top box security capabilities and also supports personal-digital video recorder, preview per channel and parental control.The company will also showcase its ‘engagement’ solutions, DEEP and COMPASS, at ANGA COM.last_img read more

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DVR maker TiVo is integrating Opera software into

first_imgDVR maker TiVo is integrating Opera software into its recently-launched Roamio platform, in a move that it said would “enhance the power of web technologies” on TiVo devices.The deal will see TiVo incorporate the Opera TV Solution, enabling users to download HTML5 Apps covering areas such as business, entertainment, fashion and sports.The Opera Devices SDK will also allow developers to create new apps for the TiVo platform.“TiVo’s operator customers who are shipping TiVo devices based on the Roamio platform will be able to offer popular apps and content to their consumers through the Opera TV Store. This combination will prove powerful for Opera and TiVo who both have ambitions to empower the pay-TV operator market with over-the-top web content currently available on retail devices,” said TiVo.TiVo said it plans to deploy Opera’s HTML5-based TV app store by early next year and is planning to launch its own app store later this year.In 2012, Opera said that more than 25 million connected TVs and devices shipped with the Opera Devices SDK, and that the Opera TV Store has shipped on tens of millions of devices globally. TiVo said it has shipped more than 3.4 million devices in the United States through retailers and cable operators such as RCN and Suddenlink.last_img read more

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Local UK TV network STV Glasgow said that it has r

first_imgLocal UK TV network STV Glasgow said that it has reached an audience of 572,000 viewers in its first month on air.The Scottish station, which launched on June 2, said almost 30% of all viewers in its transmission area tuned in at least once during the month and the average viewer tuned in at least three times.Online, STV Glasgow claimed 50,000 live and catch-up streams on the STV Player. The station also said that by interacting with its audience on social media, it notched up an average of 700 tweets per day.“The audience figures from the first month reflect the multi-platform strategy of STV Glasgow with viewers tuning in to watch on TV but also via live streaming and catch-up. The channel is complemented by the STV Glasgow App which engages with consumers across the city,” said Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV.He added that that STV Glasgow’s performance so far was “in line with our expectations.”STV Glasgow is available on the Freeview, Sky and Virgin platforms, and its app can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.UK broadcast regulator Ofcom awarded local digital-terrestrial TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland in January 2013, with both networks backed by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV. The STV Glasgow launch was part of a wider rollout of local stations across the UK.last_img read more

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Telefónica Spain added 370000 pay TV subscribers

first_imgTelefónica Spain added 370,000 pay TV subscribers in the last quarter, up from 348,000 additions in the previous quarter. Net fibre additions in the quarter stood at 208,000 in the quarter, against 160,000 in the second quarter.Globally, Telefónica added 458,000 new TV customers in the quarter, up 41% year-on-year, and 265,000 new fibre customers. Partly as a result, it said, data traffic on fixed networks increased year-on-year more than 35%, and over 50% on mobile networks.Pay TV customers totalled 4.6 million across all markets at the end of September, up 35.1% year-on-year. This included 1.6 million Movistar TV customers in Spain, some 2.6 times the figure for September 2013 thanks, it said, the the success of its new convergent offer.last_img

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Belarus telecom provider Beltelecom has added two

first_imgBelarus telecom provider Beltelecom has added two new packages to its advanced TV platform line-up.The operator is offering packages from Russian broadcasters Amedia and NTV+ to its Smart Zala line-up. The Amedia package will include Amedia, Amedia 2, Amedia Premium and Amedia Hits, while the NTV+ Kino movie package will include  channels NTV Plus Nashe Kino, Kino, Kino 2 and Premiera.Both packages will be available in ‘trial mode’ free of charge until September 15.last_img

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