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Multichannel Video Providers See Uptick, Not Cord-Cutting 18 May 2015

Multichannel video providers can relax — at least for this quarter. The top 10 multichannel video providers added 54,800 subscribers in the first quarter of this year, according to informitv Multiscreen Index.  That is a welcome uptick from a loss of 232,100 in the prior three quarters. Of course, MVPDs might not want to rest …

The ‘Netflix tax’: what your business needs to know 14 May 2015

One of the key inclusions in the Budget is the confirmation that GST rules are to be extended to apply to the importations of digital products and services. This so called “Netflix” tax is designed to ensure that non-resident suppliers (e.g. video streaming servers) of such content pay GST, thereby levelling the playing field for …

aioTV Patent Targets Mixing of TV with OTT 11 May 2015

aioTV, a Denver-based maker of video streaming software and HDMI “pass-through” boxes, said it has scored a patent for metadata normalization and video playback, elements that can help MVPDs and other providers offer a blend of linear, on-demand and OTT video services. The patent (U.S. No. 9,027,065) describes a “Method and system for creating video …

Pay-TV Can Play With OTT, finds Amdocs 06 May 2015

Over-the-top services are slowly chipping away at traditional pay-TV subscriptions. But, according to a new study, there’s a fairly simple way for pay-TV providers to hold on to their revenue. In a global survey of thousands of pay-TV customers, Amdocs Ltd. and IE Market Research found that 51% of North American consumers planning to cancel or …

Comcast Now Has Nearly as Many Internet as Cable Customers 05 May 2015

Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators’ fears about a giant cable company’s control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. For the first time, the country’s largest cable provider has just about as many Internet as cable customers — 22.4 million each. Comcast, which also …

Americans stream away in shifting TV landscape 04 May 2015

Streaming television is now mainstream, although it has not caused many people to “cut the cord” for traditional pay TV. Not yet, anyway. More than half of Americans now stream movies or television programs using the Internet and video streaming software solutions, according to various surveys. The vast majority of American households subscribe to cable or satellite …

All about PlayReady 3.0, Microsoft’s secret plan to lock down 4K movies to your PC 27 April 2015

Microsoft is also dangling promises for consumers: Buy a Windows 10 system with PlayReady, Microsoft says, and you’ll be able to view Hollywood’s latest movies in all their 4K glory. Without Microsoft’s hardware DRM technology—pay attention, those of you with older PCs—you may only be able to view a lower-quality version of the film. Yeah, it’s complicated. …

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