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15 November 2018

OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Five months ago, we ran the headline ‘Aging Anga Com fails to inspire’ and clearly the team behind the Cologne-based TV technology show has acted upon our advice, revealing a new addition to the June 2019 event called the Small Enterprise Park – to entice budding technology companies. The privilege comes with a price tag of €1,950 plus VAT, which seems reasonable given the exorbitant floorspace fees at larger shows. The Small Enterprise Park hopes to attract service providers, software suppliers and content producers, as well as research and consulting firms, educational enterprises and other municipalities or authorities.

South Korean operator LG U+ is launching Netflix on its U+tv set tops, the IPTV service it launched in late 2012 in partnership with Google. Subscribers will also get the option for integrated billing on top of the $9 a month IPTV fee.

Orange Spain is now offering an Android TV set top with voice functionality, built-in Amazon Prime Video, 4K HDR compatibility and Google Chromecast integration. Orange Spain, which has 685,000 pay TV subs, follows in the footsteps of Euskaltel, the first Android TV operator deployment in Spain.

Telekom Srbija has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal with SES to launch a new DTH platform across three countries – Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It will broadcast 150 channels, 30 in HD, using the 23.5 degrees East orbital location. Sky Deutschland is another European operator to integrate the SVoD service this week, adding it to the Sky Q offering.

Ooyala is the latest OTT video technology vendor to join the SRT Alliance, saying it will fully support The Open Source Project to drive adoption of the Secure Reliable Transport protocol. The project aims to continuously develop the technology stack for low latency streaming across any network, to and across cloud-based infrastructures.

Maltese operator Melita has selected network systems from US software vendor Calix to power its new GPON network across multiple platforms. It will use the AXOS E7-2 Intelligent Modular System and AXOS E3-2 Intelligent PON Node, chosen due to the technology’s “deploy anywhere” design which suited the terrain in Malta, meaning it can either be aerially mounted, in a pedestal or on a pole.

ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery have recruited German public broadcaster ZDF to join their plans for a combined OTT video push, which will initially launch with seven live channels and be called 7TV, the name of the current mobile app offered by ProSiebenSat.1.

Samsung has revealed its new Exynos 9 Series 9820 application processor, tailor made for on-device AI applications. It runs a fourth-generation custom CPU, 2 Gbps LTE Advanced Pro modem, and an enhanced neural processing unit, which Samsung says performs AI tasks around seven times faster than its predecessor, handling AI-processing on the device itself instead of pinging tasks to a server.

Amazon has settled on New York City and Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters to join recently selected Seattle, pledging $5 billion in investment to create over 50,000 jobs.

Comcast has expanded its contract with Nielsen to cover digital measurement of its Xfinity Stream app and web portal, aggregating audiences on PCs and mobile devices in Nielsen Digital in TV Ratings and Digital Content Ratings. It brings Digital in TV Ratings measurement of Xfinity Stream into linear currency, providing advertisers and publishers with a more comprehensive view of audiences.

Chinese freemium music streaming service NetEase Cloud Music has secured a $600 million funding round involving Baidu, General Atlantic, and Boyu Capital. Launched in April 2013, the company boasts 600 million registered users and has grown by 200 million in the past year alone.

Sony has completed its $2.3 billion acquisition of the remaining 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing after getting the all clear from European regulators a few weeks ago.

Discussions are underway for Disney to sell off part of its stake in the five European cable channels run by A+E Networks to entertainment company Hearst, Variety reports.

Netflix’s content roster dominates with 23 of the current top 50 TV shows on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website, as discovered by StreamingObserver. It also found that Netflix has 69 of the top 250 shows, of which 18 are Netflix originals. First and second place for the top TV shows on IMDb are strongholds for the first two series of Planet Earth, the BBC wildlife documentary series.

Dutch operator Canal Digitaal, owned by M7 Group, is deploying a hybrid smart TV app to replace the set top, providing access to linear and non-linear TV content via internet or satellite links. It will offer the same UI and interactive functions as the current M7 hardware.

French telco Iliad has gained 2.2 million subscribers on its Italian mobile service after launching four months ago, reflecting a similar level of disruption to the 2.6 million subscribers picked up in the first three months by Iliad’s Free Mobile in France, which added 200,000 subs in Q3. Iliad also lost 36,000 broadband subscribers in France to total 6.46 million, but increased its FTTH base from 483,000 to 835,000. Group revenue for the third quarter grew 1.7% to €1.24 billion.

MotoGP rights holder Dorna Sports has given streaming service Dazn exclusive rights to show the 2019 season in Spain, stealing the racing asset away from Movistar’s pay TV channel.

Product testing lab Eurofins Digital Testing has launched a new Cyber Security Division for the media and entertainment industry and for IoT service providers.

Network management firm Incognito has unveiled its new Fiber Service Orchestration Solution to scale the management of fiber-based IP services. It allows service providers to speed up the transition from fixed copper-based services to IP over fiber, to integrate legacy OSS and BSS which it cites as a main challenge for fixed service providers.