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Canada Wants Cable-TV Bundle Model Dismantled by 2016

Like in the U.S., the Canadian cable industry is grappling with a shift to VoD platforms. Some customers are shutting off their traditional pay-TV services and watching video exclusively online – the so-called cord-cutters. Canada’s communications regulator will require cable companies to let customers choose the channels they want, one of the first countries in the …

VoD will drive fibre home with new FTTH technology in South Africa

Broadband speed, availability and pricing have all made great strides in South Africa in the past few years, largely as a result of the connection of multiple undersea cables on the East and West Coast of Southern Africa. The delivery of Fibre to the Home (FTTH) has become an essential next step in the evolution …

OTT is keeping network operators on their toes, believes Eckhart Zollner of Jasco Group

From converged multimedia services such as High Definition (HD) audio and video on to social platforms, screen sharing, VoD platforms and other bandwidth-intensive, high data volume services, OTT has revolutionized data consumption. OTTs essentially create virtual communities and virtual networks, connecting millions of people, generating huge data volumes, and making significant profit, without the need …

Department of Revenue in Alabama Issues Proposed Regulation Taxing Digital Streaming Services

The Alabama Department of Revenue has issued a proposed regulation that, if finalized in its present form, would substantially expand the scope of the state and local rental tax applied to VoD platforms and other digital streaming services. The expanded rental tax would be imposed on certain “cable or satellite television providers, online movie and digital …

Jennifer Cooper of Adobe Explains the 4 Ps of Digital Television and OTT Video

Jennifer Cooper spoke at the Adobe Summit marketing conference concluding today in Salt Lake City, Utah, and she was talking to a roomful of television executives. The name of her session was ” Show Me the Money! Growing Revenues and Audiences Through the Digital Transformation Overtaking the Media and Entertainment Industry.” There are friction points …

75% of French TV viewers watch cable, IPTV, satellite

Around 75 percent of French TV viewers watch TV by cable, IPTV or satellite, according to a new Mediamat’Thematik study from Mediametrie. Of France’s 59.09 million TV viewers, 44.1 million receive TV through one of these technologies, led by IPTV with 29.58 million, satellite with 16.16 million and cable with 4.96 million. There are 12.62 …

CRTC levels playing field for VOD services

A new category of ”hybrid” video-on-demand (VOD) services will be exempt from licensing.  These hybrid services would be available both over the closed facilities of a broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU), and also delivered and accessed over the Internet.  Such VOD platforms would be able to offer exclusive content – just as exempt online-only services can do – as long as that content …

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