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21 November 2019

OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

As well as technical issues, the launch of Disney+ has also been plagued by account hacking. Thousands of accounts are being sold on the dark web for the price of just a few cents, according to ZDNet, although Disney representatives say they have found no evidence of a security breach. As for the buffering and login issues experienced on launch day, Disney has blamed a coding issue. “Some limits to the architecture that we had in place were made apparent to us that weren’t before. We’re going to recode and we’re going to start seeing new updates to our client software over the next week and a half,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Disney’s D2C and International business at the Code Media Conference.

In what was already widely known, Italian immersive sports software developer Deltatre issued a press release this week saying its Axis UX management platform was behind the successful launch of UK SVoD platform BritBox. Deltatre told Faultline that the repeat announcement was “to point out it’s not the end of the relationship, and we’ll be working with BritBox in the months and years ahead,” although the company was not at liberty to elaborate on any future plans.

Vietnamese OTT service provider FPT Play has tapped French encoding specialist Ateme to supply its flagship Titan platform – switching out its existing head-end in the process. FPT Play was an existing customer of Ateme’s live event encoder for OTT video services and has now extended its deal to include Titan’s compression capabilities, including Common Media Application Framework (CMAF) and Constant Quality Rate (CQR) algorithms.

Data insights outfit Kantar has joined forces with measurement and analytics firm Vtion to serve up OTT audience measurement across video and audio streaming services in India – including podcasts and broadcast radio FM. It claims to be India’s first OTT measurement tool to operate in real-time.

AI operating system developer Veritone wants TV and radio broadcasters and podcasters to tap into incremental ad revenue from premium advertisers and so has unveiled a network called VeriAds to give media partners access to broader placement options.

Swiss set top maker ADB has picked Mediatek to supply chipsets for its latest satellite set top platform with 4K support. ADB’s announcements references Mediatak as “a chipset provider” suggesting this is not an exclusive deal.

French CDN technology provider Broadpeak has enlisted as a member of standardization group ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) to help develop mobile standards. Broadpeak will focus on bringing video cache infrastructure to the mobile edge to improve scalability and QoS.

Next month will see the FCC vote on dedicating a 45 MHz chunk of spectrum in the 5.9 GHz band for WiFi use, as well as the upper 20 MHz for vehicle communications – specifically cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X).

SK Telecom is launching a new VR platform called Virtual Social World for delivery over its 5G network in the first half of 2020. Oculus Go and Gear VR users to stream VR films within a dedicated virtual room, and socialize with other users in virtual social environments. Sounds like a glorified Club Penguin.

AWS Media Services has been powering video streaming capabilities for Australian broadcaster Network 10, increasing its influence since the first deal was inked in 2015. Network 10 claims it was one of the first companies in Australia to use the AWS Elemental MediaConnect cloud video transfer service, which it uses as to encode live video for delivery to broadcast TV and streaming devices.

Regional sports network Altitude Sports & Entertainment has sued Comcast over alleged antitrust violations, claiming the cable giant abused its dominant position to force Altitude out of business so it can own all RSN broadcasting and therefore avoid paying fees to Altitude.

Ad tech firm Amobee has added deterministic-based marketing via the integration of the IdentityLink product from data platform provider LiveRamp. Amobee’s Audience Segment Builder also benefits from the partnership – helping advertisers reach addressable audiences at scale and to effectively measure ROI.

Media delivery technology vendor Telestream has added new post-origin content monitoring capabilities for ABR streaming, as part of its iQ ABR monitoring system. This basically involves offering both CDN and advanced video and audio perceptual quality analytics of all leading codecs in a single cloud-native platform.

Altice France has introduced the SFR Home smart home offering, based on the WiFi 6 capabilities of its new SFR Box 8 set top and voice command features. As well as partnering with OEMs including Legrand and Google Nest to connect existing devices in homes, the operator is offering a smart home package including one HD WiFi security camera, a connected plug and a connected lightbulb, connected via the new SFR Home app.

Following an impressive set of financial results, Discovery has received an additional stock purchase from Liberty Global’s John Malone, buying $75 million worth of shares following his $33 million purchase last summer. It comes a year after Malone controversially walked away from Lionsgate.

Like a broken record, reports have again surfaced saying Spanish broadcaster RTVE could transform its Teledeporte channel into a streaming service, making it 3 times in 5 years RTVE has floated the move, according to local outlet El Confidential. Making the switch to streaming would apparently save RTVE €20 million.

CDN technology vendor Edgeware has teamed up with broadcast equipment maker Enensys to combine their respective network product portfolios. The idea is that Edgeware’s 200 private unicast CDNs dedicated to IP video delivery which requires unicast (one to one) streaming technology, while Enensys has pioneered OTT multicast (one to many) over cellular networks for mobile operators. Together, they plan to offer a unique media delivery offering covering both broadband fixed line and MNO markets.

In a turn of events, Vivendi could reduce its 29% stake in Italian broadcaster and long-term adversary Mediaset, according to Reuters.

Following a recent trend and to offset Disney+ losses, prices for Hulu with Live TV have been hiked by $10 to $54.99 a month.

Microsoft is the only firm so far to oppose a joint petition from the NAB and APTS (America’s Public Television Stations), which called for the FCC to change its rules about Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS) for the impending ATSC 3.0 rollout. These changes relate to using a single-frequency network for the delivery of ATSC 3.0 services, a point which Microsoft reiterates its agreement with, just not the rule changes which it says go “well beyond what is needed to fill coverage gaps within broadcasters’ service areas.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment has bought AT&T’s minority stake in US entertainment company Game Show Network, giving SPE 100% control of the business, which peddles original and classic games via cable networks.

Finnish cable equipment vendor Teleste has won a patent litigation case against Technetix, after a court found the UK-based rival guilty of using an invalid patent and revoked it.

Over the past five years, 11 new fixed satellite service (FSS) providers have emerged and 12 new satellite operators are planning to enter the FSS geostationary market by the early to mid-2020s, according to Euroconsult research. Further data shows that the top 4 fleet operators (SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat and Telesat), have seen their total revenue market share decline from 64% to 60% over the past five years.

Video streaming subscribers are prepared to pay an additional $11 a month – a 50% increase which would take the average household streaming spend to $33 a month – according to financial services firm KPMG.

New North American streaming service Topic, focused on serving provocative and witty entertainment, has selected actionable business data platform provide Jump to provide modules in its video stack to increase retention, personalization, engagement and marketing effectiveness.

VR and AR applications are predicted to become a €144 billion ($160 billion) business in Europe over the next three years, of which the UK will account for the lion’s share, according to a report from immersive technology hub Digital Catapult. The Immersive Economy in the UK report lists 1,250 active immersive specialist companies in the UK.

Playout systems provider Playbox Neo has won an expanded deal at Mongolian broadcaster TV8 Television to install the Neo-19 software in its headquarters. The technology’s key features are inserting live content or newly-created interstitials between prescheduled programs when an important news story breaks, as well as a UI to provide information needed for each step of the creative process, plus UHD transmission if required.