OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Intertrust Technologies said this week that it has a deal for its Personagraph private data market with Yengage. It will use the Personagraph consumer data platform to power its digital advertising operations. Yengage is a subsidiary of Japan’s D.A.Consortium and is one of the largest media buying companies in Japan. Intertrust anonymizes and protects identity data, while still allowing advertising companies to use it. Yengage will use Personagraph to target ads to its portfolio of apps in the US and Asian markets.

Korean media technology provider Alticast has renewed its intellectual property licensing deal with TiVo, accessing the Rovi patent portfolio to bring advanced video features to IPTV, cable and DTH providers in Korea, where Alticast has a huge market share.

Kudelski Group’s Nagra unit has received certification from the ChinaDRM Lab for its NexGuard watermarking technology. The Chinese standards body says its security technology requirements are consistent with those of Hollywood, recognized by major content owners.

A record volume of data streamed was reached during Czech TV’s broadcast of an ice hockey match between the Czech Republic and Russia, on the public broadcaster’s iVysílání online platform, according to Czech OTT and IPTV media platform provider nangu.TV. iVysílání is powered by the nangu.TV platform in partnership with O2 Czech Republic, streaming over 600 Gbps of data flow for the recent match, watched by a record 164,000 viewers.

Video, data and voice integrator Bulk TV & Internet and cloud networking company Aerohive Networks have launched a new cloud management platform for the hospitality, healthcare and housing industries. The network architecture is engineered using Aerohive’s wireless technology, delivering a unified and secure network access across multiple locations. Bulk TV says it provides free-to-guest OTT, satellite and IPTV platforms to more than 500,000 rooms in the US.

Google has activated 60 WiFi hotspot venues in Mexico using its Google Station platform, aiming to reach over 100 venues before the end of the year. Local ISP Sitwifi is the project partner, converting its existing hotspots over to Google Station. Mexico is Google Station’s third country of launch, after India and Indonesia.

A glowing profile of Mediacom Founder and CEO Rocco Commisso, making his debut on Forbes’ billionaires list, appears to reveal the media company is up for sale, as spotted by FierceCable. “Thanks to a white-hot M&A market, the business is worth an estimated $4.3 billion – and Commisso seems ready to cash out,” stated the US business magazine.

SPI International Filmbox has inked a multi-year distribution deal with Malaysian communications satellite operator MeaSat Satellite Systems, for six 24-hour TV channels including one in UHD across the Asia Pacific region.

The appeal of UK operator Sky to warrant a $30 billion bid from Comcast is the perception of the business as a platform agnostic, pan-European content brand to launch a global OTT service, according to cable analyst Craig Moffett. “Sky brings with it a trove of exclusive content and rights that could be the basis of an OTT service with a genuine moat, capable of rivaling Netflix itself,” Moffett wrote.

The majority of consumers intend to interact with brand-created 360-degree video advertising in the future, according to a report from video ad firm YuMe and IPG Media Lab, finding that 69% of viewers showed interest in the ad format, relating to their desire for new entertainment and experiences. The study advises marketers to not only deliver on high expectations for fun, but also to move the needle on the metrics that drive brand growth.

Cloud-native video management and licensing services company Wazee Digital has partnered with UK cloud media firm Base Media Cloud, to offer a hybrid system combining powerful AWS computing with the Wazee Digital Media Hub web-based access portal and cost-effective storage, delivery and post-production services through Base Media Cloud.

Deutsche Telekom has expanded its partnership with US visual effects company Digital Domain for developing cross reality (XR), mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences for the German operator’s Magenta VR app, including licensing and production of exclusive content.

The world’s largest pay TV providers, accounting for 95% of pay TV subs, lost 1.5 million net video subscribers during 2017, almost double losses of 760,000 in 2016, according to The Leichtman Research Group. Research found AT&T and Dish Network experienced their worst satellite subscriber losses in history, but managed to offset net video losses with subscriber gains on streaming services DirecTV Now and Sling TV. The top six cablecos were estimated to have lost 660,000 video subscribers last year, compared to a loss of 275,000 in 2016.

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has had its channels reinstated by Orange in a new global distribution agreement. Orange TV subscribers will now have access to extended catch-up windows, advanced functionalities, two new channels from this autumn, and 4K UHD programming including the FIFA World Cup in Russia and Rugby World Cup in Japan next year.

UK freeview VoD portal BBC iPlayer reached a record 328 million video requests during January, a 10% growth from the previous year. Viewing on connected TV devices increased significantly, with requests rising 54%.

Facebook signed an exclusive rights deal with Major League Baseball valued in the region of $30 million to $35 million, to stream 25 matches. The social media platform will integrate its own graphics and other enhancements into the MLB Network Feed, according to Bloomberg.

Indian media software company Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) is using Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure to strengthen its Clear Hybrid Cloud-enabled Media ERP Suite – claiming to handle 1.5 million hours of content. Using Azure Cloud Services, PFT aims to create new products and services and increase scale.

Conax is securing the Android TV-based entertainment set top and service called OnePlace, operated by Nordic DTH operator Canal Digital. Conax, a Kudelski Group company, says it is implementing a strict separation between the rich application environment and the premium content within the set top, using the Conax Lynx isolation technology – harnessing the open environment of Android TV without compromising security. It creates a Secure Media Pipeline where Conax claims software hacks have no capability to manipulate or steal video content.