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Professional Video & Managed Services - DefinitionsSeptember 03, 2015 Subscribers Only
Can V-Nova squeeze HEVC out of the compression market?April 22, 2015UK-based video encoding start-up V-Nova has unveiled a proprietary compression algorithm called Perseus, which it claims uses a set of technologies that are completely new to the industry, and is a competitor to industry standard MPEG’s next-generation codec HEVC. While little has been disclosed about the technical inner workings and processes behind its compression V-Nova claims that Perseus is more efficient and scales better than HEVC.Subscribers Only
Seizing the 4k content opportunityOctober 13, 2014As household penetration of UHD TV sets is projected to reach 15% by 2019, content providers will have to look into ways to capitalise on the 4K opportunity.Subscribers Only
Telstra raises stake in Ooyala to 98 per centAugust 12, 2014Australian telco Telstra has purchased a further 75 per cent stake in online video platform (OVP) Ooyala for $270m
Google's Global Internet Roll-Out Report - 2014How Google will roll-out global internetJuly 04, 2014Google has recently made several investments in infrastructure and technology companies, including drones, robotics and satellites. How will Google combine these diverse technologies with initiatives such as Loons to provision global internet and expand its own user base?Subscribers Only
Colt Group reports modest Q1 2014 growthApril 23, 2014Colt Group revenues for the first 3 months of 2014 were €399.8 million (Q1 2013: €392.1 million) and EBITDA of €74.1 million (Q1 2013: €80.5 million). Capital expenditure for the first quarter of 2014 decreased to €74.5 million. As for Colt’s business line results, Network Services and Voice Services revenues were relatively flat, while Data Centre Services revenue grew 8% (Q1 2013 declined 3.4%) and IT Services revenue grew 15% (Q1 2013 grew 4.3%). Colt provides communications and media managed services, predominantly for banks and telecommunications companies in Europe.
Netflix goes Ultra High DefinitionApril 09, 2014Netflix has started streaming content in Ultra HD (UHD), branded as Ultra HD 4K. UHD is approximately 4 times the resolution of Full HD. Netflix is streaming UHD content as its highest bandwidth profile at 15.6 Mbps, referenced on Netflix’s in-app player as 2160 HD. UHD streaming has currently only been rolled out for House of Cards season two. The video stream is compressed using next generation h.265/HEVC, therefore requiring both an HEVC decoder, as well as an updated version of Netflix’s client player. Netflix UHD clients are already embedded on UHD TVs offered by LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
Harris Broadcast splits into Imagine Communications and GatesAirMarch 20, 2014Professional broadcast equipment provider Harris Broadcast will divide into two brand new corporate entities, Imagine Communications and GatesAir. Imagine Communications will provide solutions for delivering and monetizing multiscreen content while GatesAir will focus on TV and radio over-the-air market.
TiVo to acquire DigitalsmithsMarch 03, 2014Set-top box (STB) and middleware vendor TiVo is to acquire Digitalsmiths, a search and recommendation engine company for $135m in cash, in a transaction expected to be completed during Q1 of 2015. The acquisition is likely to serve several strategic purposes for TiVo...
Connected Devices & Media Service Report - 2014February 24, 2014The media managed service industry is booming, almost four-times the size in 2013 as in 2006. The industry has been driven by need for more video transportation over fibre and CDN, and by the requirement for more versions of content for multi-channel and multiscreen consumption.Subscribers Only
Belden acquires Grass ValleyFebruary 14, 2014Belden, a signal transmission solutions provider, has submitted a binding offer to acquire privately held Grass Valley, a specialist in TV-broadcast equipment, for $220 million. The offer is ...
IBM set to acquire AsperaJanuary 02, 2014IBM, the US based multinational technology corporation, has agreed to purchase file transfer software firm Aspera for an undisclosed fee. Aspera's software provides accelerated transfer speed for almost any file size, regardless the distance or network conditions, and has more than 18,000 active software licenses and over 2,000 customers worldwide. IBM offers several relevant services and products at the moment that vary within its Managed File Transfer suite.Subscribers Only
Yahoo acquires PeerCDNDecember 19, 2013Yahoo, the multinational internet corporation, purchased content delivery network (CDN) provider startup PeerCDN for an undisclosed fee. PeerCDN has been working on delivery processes that charge the website...Subscribers Only
Verizon acquires EdgeCastDecember 13, 2013Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the managed service arm of US Telco Verizon, has acquired content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast for $350 million. EdgeCast provides accelerated content...
Verizon acquired upLynk to enchance its cloud video servicesNovember 19, 2013Verizon Digital Media Services (VDMS), the managed service arm of US telco Verizon, recently acquired multiscreen start-up upLynk for an undisclosed fee.
Arqiva up for saleOctober 09, 2013Macquarie European Infrastructure Funds (MEIF), managed by Australian finance group Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), is to put its 25 per cent stake in UK managed service provider Arqiva...
Ericsson to acquire Red Bee MediaJuly 01, 2013Swedish technology provider Ericsson intends to strengthen its market position in the media managed services by acquiring Red Bee Media, one of the leading media broadcast services in the UK. The acquisition,...
BBC iPlayer consumption sees tablets edge ahead of smartphones, both categories remain keyApril 23, 2013BBC iPlayer usage in the UK via tablets was higher than it was via mobile phones for the first time ever in March 2013. Collectively, tablets and mobile devices made up around 30 per cent of all iPlayer...
Ericsson's acquisition of Microsoft MediaroomApril 21, 2013Telecommunications solutions provider Ericsson is to acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV Middleware business. Mediaroom is an IPTV software platform that includes the entire set-top box software stack and also related software that...
SES demo first HEVC Ultra HD broadcastApril 19, 2013On 19th April 2013, satellite operator SES demonstrated the first broadcast of Ultra High Definition (UHD) television using the High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC). The demonstration used an Astra Satellite at...