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French set top software player Netgem has been chosen by Middle East telco Ooredoo in Oman, to power the launch of its Omani TV service. The multiscreen system will enable Ooredoo to offer linear and VoD channels. And this is Netgem’s first deployment in the Middle East. Netgem only entered this market in January and will provide English and Arabic TV channels and an advanced UI. Ooredoo supplies 138 million customers in the region and 2.9 million in Oman.

Taiwanese cable operator China Network Systems (CNS) has selected Arris’ HMC4100 set tops, along with the Arris KreaTV application platform – as part of the government’s digitization regulations for the end of this year. CNS is rolling out the Arris hybrid DVB-C set tops this month, to offer its 1 million cable subscribers new HD on-demand, local PVR and streaming video services. It includes a DOCSIS 3.0 modem to install two-way interactive applications.

Edgeware will be presenting research at NAB on the business case for content owners and distributors to build their own CDNs. The US CDN technology provider says its study is based on the balance between the number of regular users, and how long they view content versus the cost of equipment, software licenses, backhaul capacity, rack space, power and operational staff.

VoD technology developer SeaChange International has been selected by Swiss cable network operator The Quickline Group, to provide multi-platform content management and delivery services for its Quickline TV offering. The SeaChange Adrenalin multiscreen software and RDK-based Nucleus set top software will bring time-shifting, catch-up services, network PVR, and personalized content recommendations to approximately 400,000 Swiss households.

The House of Representatives has voted to overturn the FCC’s broadband privacy rules, following the same vote by the US Senate last week. The FCC ruled that ISPs could not sell sensitive data such as location, web history and financial information to advertisers without user permission. The new ruling is therefore a major win for ISPs and advertisers, who will be able to take advantage of some sensitive data under the new repeal – providing it gets Donald Trump’s signature.

Swedish app store specialist Accedo has teamed up with the HTC Vive VR headset to develop entertainment content with the aim of driving education and innovation in virtual reality. The two companies will be delivering joint seminars and are also working with the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) to create sports experiences in VR.

European telco Cellnex Telecom has selected the Titan File multi-codec and multi-format video transcoding software from French video compression firm Ateme, for use in its Spanish operations. Ateme’s partner TmediaT supplied the system designed for bandwidth-efficient transcoding up to 4K.

Set top silicon vendor ALi Corp has partnered with multiscreen platform provider Alticast to integrate Alticast’s interactive architecture on ALi set top SoC chipsets. The two companies say the pre-integration will meet the growth of pay TV by providing a hybrid framework middleware in combination with high performance set top chipsets.

IneoQuest Technologies, a company we have praised for being one of the best players in the video playback analytics space, was recently acquired by California encoder designer Telestream, for an undisclosed fee. The two other specialists in this technology space to keep an eye on are Conviva and Accenture’s S3 Group.

Verizon has signed a UHD distribution deal with satellite operator SES. The US operator will receive and test content from SES’ pre-packaged UHD platform, which combines a lineup of 9 UHD channels and reception equipment delivered over scalable satellite capacity.

Focus Sat, the Romanian satellite TV operator managed by UPC DTH, has added the channels DocuBox, FightBox and Eroxxx from the SPI Filmbox portfolio. SPI Filmbox channels are also provided by UPC DTH platforms in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

President Trump has praised Charter’s claims that it will create 20,000 US jobs and invest $25 billion in infrastructure as part of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, following a meeting with Charter Chairman Tom Rutledge last week. Charter has pledged to repatriate call centers, which Trump eloquently described as “such a big deal.”

Spotify has acquired US start-up company MightyTV, which provides personalized content lists based on machine learning algorithms. The music streaming service will use the technology to drive programmatic advertising for its marketing platform. MightyTV built a system that gave recommended content from sources including Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now, Crackle, Showtime, Hulu and Cinemax.