After One Year, Google Chromecast Streams Number 400 Million

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Google recently celebrated Chromecast’s first birthday, and reveled some usage statistics. “A thumb-sized media streaming media device that plugs into HDMI ports on TV sets,” Chromecast users can beam online shows, movies, music and other streaming digital content to their TVs from their smartphones, tablets,...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Level3 Says Fix Would Cost Verizon A Few Grand Per 10G

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Level3 says Verizon could fix the congestion problems the companies have been arguing over by spending “a few thousand dollars” per 10 Gbps of traffic from Level3.The comment came in a blog post from Level3 Vice President of Content and Media Mark Taylor in a...Learn More

‘Cable Company’ Aereo Wants Compulsory Content License

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Aereo might not cease operations after all. The company is now arguing that because the Supreme Court ruled that the company was a cable TV service provider, it is entitled to a compulsory license to offer local broadcast content. Aereo had argued that what it...Learn More

Parks: By 2016, 25% of Homes Will Have Streaming Media Player, Roku Market Share at 46%

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A new report from Parks Associates sheds light on the growing streaming media player market. By Parks estimates, 1 in 4 homes (25%) will have a streaming media player, sometimes referred to as an OTT set-top-box (STB) by 2016. These include players from Roku, Apple...Learn More

Nielsen: “Recently Telecast VOD” Users Have Strong Demographics

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Video-on-demand (VOD) “has come of age over the last two years,” according to Nielsen’s “Q1 2014 Cross-Platform Report,” spurred on in large part by the availability of online content and mobile device penetration. Americans watched more than five hours of traditional TV per day on...Learn More

Google Announces Android TV, Android Auto

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Google today announced a range of initiatives involving everything from in-car communications to the television – all of which had one common theme. Google wants to repeat the strategy that it used successfully with its Android mobile operating system. That means making software platforms available...Learn More

Supreme Court Aereo Decision: Service Violates Copyright

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The Supreme Court today ruled that Aereo’s video service violates copyright law – a decision that will force Aereo to shut down its innovative offering. Aereo has offered a remote antenna service that enables consumers to receive broadcast TV channels from their local market over...Learn More

Infonetics: OTT Media Servers for Streaming TV Helping Drive STB Market

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Revenue in the global set-top box (STB) market declined 3 percent to $4.8 billion in the seasonally slow first quarter, but there was “a pocket of strength” in North America. Looking ahead to 2014 as a whole, demand for over-the-top (OTT) media servers from service...Learn More

Wheeler Steps in on Verizon/ Netflix Dispute over Internet Interconnection

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Friday that the commission will investigate a dispute between Verizon and Netflix which, according to Netflix, has caused Verizon broadband customers to sometimes see a lower resolution version of Netflix streaming video content. Comcast and Netflix have had similar disputes,...Learn More

TDG: Use of TV Network and Cable TV Apps Lags Behind OTT Apps

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Cable and TV broadcasters have invested lots of time, money and other resources to develop “TV Everywhere” platforms and their own alternatives to over-the-top (OTT) video services such as Netflix and YouTube. Despite this, new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG) reveals that tablet owners...Learn More

Sony Enters OTT Streaming Set-top-Box Arena with a Gaming Twist

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The number of streaming OTT streaming set-top-box (STB) options continues to multiply. Amazon recently released their Fire TV STB, and now Sony announced plans for PlayStation TV (PS TV), which will retail this Fall for the familiar $99 price point. The Sony effort has an...Learn More

Verizon Digital Media Services Launches New Video Compression Option

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NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Verizon Digital Media Services has launched a new technology designed to make the delivery of video content more efficient and to improve the viewing experience of end users. The technology — ImageIQ® Video Bandwidth Reduction, provided by A2Zlogix...Learn More