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Virgin rolls out upgraded V6 set-top-box

Virgin Media has launched a free upgrade to its high-end V6 set-top-box. The program is touted to be the largest customer upgrade program ever carried out in the UK. The V6 which is Virgin’s premium 4K-ready set-top box, allows users to record up to six programmes while watching a seventh recording or stream. While the …

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Pay-TV service subscriptions drop to below four-fifths

According to research from Leichtman Research Group, the percentage of TV households that subscribe to some form of pay-TV service has dropped to below 80% for the first time since early 2000s. 79% of US TV households undertake pay-TV with 92% of TV households that have a pay-TV service and/or an over-the-air antenna. Pay-TV percentage …

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Peru’s anti piracy measures on the rise

The largest pirate websites including Pelis24, Series24 and the leading Spanish language streaming platforms have been closed down by Peru authorities. The move is a measure of strengthening the international protest against Spanish-language pirate sites. It also follows the removal of other popular services such as Rojadirecta, Series.ly and Cuevana. Piracy is declining on cable …

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Comcast tests the waters for YouTube app on X1 Set-Tops

Comcast is testing YouTube app on X1 set-tops. It is still in the pilot testing stages and hasn’t launched a commercial OTT app on associated set-top boxes. Earlier there were announcements from Comcast that they would integrate with YouTube and would not only support YouTube and YouTube Red’s catalog but also be woven into search …

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Telefonica introduces Movistar Play in Peru

Movistar Play which is the streaming service of Movistar Peru is being launched by Telefonica and it includes live linear channels and a catalogue with movies, series and children’s content among other forms of content that are offered at no additional cost for both fixed internet customers as well as mobile users. The streaming service …

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Flow to possibly integrate multiple OTTs into a single platform

Flow’s main features and the possibility of integrating OTT services were points highlighted by Gonzalo Hita, COO of Cablevisión, Argentina’s largest pay TV operator. He also mentioned how Flow is intending to integrate OTTs following the example of the successful launch of HBO GO as a standalone service. There is the possibility of adding OTT …

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Cord cutting – History, Current Scenario and What to expect in the future

Cutting the cord or canceling your cable or satellite TV service in favor of a streaming service seems to be the trending topic these days. Cord-cutting is an actual phenomenon. It implies dumping a traditional TV subscription or cable service to switch over to a streaming service to consume your content or watch TV programs …

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Charter exploring Skinny Streaming Television Service for Cord Cutters

A new video streaming service for consumers that want a cheaper alternative compared to a traditional cable TV package is being tested by Cable provider Charter Communications. Spectrum Stream which belongs to Charter is being tested with a group of its current internet customers to know if the smaller package rings a bell with a …

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Get this straight: OTT vs IPTV

We often come across the terms OTT and IPTV when talking about the video streaming industry. Don’t beat yourself up if these terms seem puzzling. We hear ya and are here to help. OTT and IPTV, both, refer to delivering content to the end users, however, there is a stark difference in the mechanism used …

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MultTV introduces IPTV in Brazil

MultTV’s IPTV offering has been introduced in Brazil. It is supported by albis-elcon’s SceneGate 8073 set-top boxes (STBs). Some key features of the SceneGate 8073 include an advanced system-on-a-chip technology that provides superior processing power and memory and a software framework that offers open APIs which can be linked to native or browser based middleware …

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