OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Swiss ISP Salt is preparing to launch a triple play package boasting 10 Gbps broadband, multi-gigabit WiFi and Apple TV with 4K HDR, costing CHF 49.95 ($52.40) a month. Over 300 channels, 150 in HD, will roll out as part of the service, initially reaching 30 cities in the country, supported by FTTH provider Swiss Fiber Network. A new Fiber Box WiFi router will support 2.2 Gbps ultra-low latency, and Salt has also strengthened its partnership with popular European streaming service Zattoo, integrating two Salt TV apps with Apple TV.

NBC Universal networks are the most popular choice for a 5-network group skinny bundle for live and VoD content, according to a survey of 2,030 connected device users, conducted by research firm TDG. NBCU was selected by 48% of respondents, followed by Fox with 41%, Disney/ABC (excluding ESPN) with 41%, CBS with 38% and Turner with 38%. TDG highlights how ESPN failing to make the top 10 suggests it was a wise move by Disney to make ESPN Plus a premium add-on to its linear ESPN channel.

French mass media company Vivendi has had its “multi-million Euro” bid for African pay TV provider MultiChoice rejected by Naspers. Vivendi is seeking to bolster its Canal+ Afrique business with MultiChoice’s 2.6 million satellite and 3 million DTT subscribers.

Multiscreen user experience software supplier Veygo has teamed with US encoding specialist Harmonic to create a cloud-based OTT video SaaS offering. The Veygo Meta Video Player, handling content and subscriber management plus analytics and applications, has been integrated with the Electra and VOS media processing systems from Harmonic. The collaborative product has already been deployed by Indonesian streaming company AMTV for its new multiscreen service.

Edgeware, a TV CDN technology developer, claims basic anti-piracy measures could have halved the billions of dollars lost to online piracy, in a joint study with data and analytics group YouGov. Educating viewers on methods such as forensic watermarking would dissuade 50% of the 4,000 consumers surveyed who view pirated content, as they are unaware titles can be tracked back to the source, according to the research.

Spanish broadcasters Mediaset, Atresmedia and RTVE are teaming up on a three-way OTT video project, after launching an initial HbbTV-based interactive TV service this summer open to all DTT broadcasters, according to Spanish news outlet El Espanol. The full OTT service is rumored to launch early next year.

French compression company Ateme has renewed its deal with MENA multimedia group MBC, now providing a complete H.264 and HEVC live headend for multiscreen services.

Mexican media company Grupo Televisa faces a lead plaintiff deadline in a class action lawsuit on May 4, seeking to recover damages for Grupo Televisa investors under the federal securities law, investor rights legal group Rosen Law Firm has reminded purchasers this week. The lawsuit relates to Grupo Televisa executives engaging in bribery with FIFA executives, discovering the conduct would likely subject Grupo Televisa to heightened regulatory scrutiny, and that Grupo Televisa lacked effective internal controls over financial reporting.

Apple is developing Micro LED displays at a secret manufacturing facility near its California HQ, according to Bloomberg. Just a few trial screens have been produced so far, designed to make slimmer, brighter and more power efficient devices, although these screens will take between 3 to 5 years before they go into production for Apple products.

Mobile encoder maker Mobile Viewpoint will be showcasing new products claiming to use AI as a way of automating low cost delivery of content from remote locations at next month’s NAB show. The Dutch company says it can improve efficiency of content indexing, storage and search, applying AI technologies to allow smaller broadcasters and brand owners to automate live content production and delivery without having to invest in costly camera crews, production facilities and distribution platforms.

Roku’s new ad-supported movie and TV channel is coming to Samsung smart TVs in the US this summer, after the Roku Channel first launched on Roku devices in September. Roku is also rumored to be exploring original content.

Samsung Electronics this week expanded its 8-inch process technology solutions for RF, IoT and fingerprint applications, adding to its existing eFlash, power, display driver IC and CMOS image sensor offerings.

US broadcaster Cox Media has deployed the StreamScope XM MT analyzer from Triveni Digital, supporting ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 broadcast standards, to help 12 of Cox Media’s stations transition to the next-generation TV standard. The StreamScope XM MT recently added support for advanced RF analysis and can analyze every demarcation point from DASH, ROUTE/MMT and STLTP.

OSS and BSS software vendor Intraway is supplying Wide Open West (WOW) with its Symphonica orchestration platform, targeting residential services in the US for future phases of deployment as part of the US ISP’s digital transformation initiative. The Symphonica platform allows end users of WOW business services to set the framework to support future operation models such as Self-Care, Self-Provisioning and APIs for easier integration into analytics and advanced diagnostic tools.

Video codec expert Socionext is showcasing a complete set of advanced video and broadcast systems for content and service providers at NAB, partnering with server partners to create powerful and high-density video transcoding server platforms. Based on the company’s Media Cloud software, the platforms claim to perform real-time transcoding of up to 32 4K HEVC streams and up to 128 1080p AVC/HEVC streams with ABR, in a single 1U rack system.

Media services provider Prime Focus Technologies has announced Clear Digital Lab will launch at NAB, a project bringing suppliers in the production processes together with supply chain vendors in video post-production processes – aiming to automate the content supply chain and connect the production ecosystem. Clear Digital Lab is built around Clear Digital Media ERP’s DAX Production Cloud software and Cloud MAM software modules, equipped to handle scripted, unscripted, short form and digital content genres.