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    US Supreme Court to decide Aereo's future

    11-01-2014

    The future of controversial US over the top (OTT) service Aereo will indeed be settled by the the United States Supreme Court after it granted a petition for a writ of certiorari in the matter of a law action by leading US broadcasters.

    Backed by leading TV industry figure Barry Diller, Aereo enables users to stream over the air broadcast TV signals to a range of connected devices such as tablets, phones and laptops, AppleTV (via Airplay) and Roku boxes. It is currently available to people in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit and Baltimore.

    In December 2013, the much-sued company decided not to challenge broadcasters’ desires to take it to the US Supreme Court to rule on its legality, saying that it d a resolution of its right to existence.

    Aereo’s argument is that it merely provides antenna and DVR technology that consumers can use to tune an individual, remotely located antenna to make personal recordings on a cloud DVR. It argued that the broadcasters were trying to deny consumers the ability to use a more modern antenna and DVR by trying to prevent a consumer’s access to these technologies via the cloud.

    The decision by the Supreme Court comes only days after Aereo closed a $34 million Series C round of financing which will be used to support further expansion in the US and increased investments in hiring and technology.

    Commenting on the decision to begin what will likely be a lengthy action, Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia said: “We said from the beginning that it was our hope that this case would be decided on the merits and not through a wasteful war of attrition. We look forward to presenting our case to the Supreme Court and we have every confidence that the Court will validate and preserve a consumer's right to access local over-the-air television with an individual antenna, make a personal recording with a DVR, and watch that recording on a device of their choice.

    “This case is critically important not only to Aereo, but to the entire cloud computing and cloud storage industry... We believe that consumers have a right to use an antenna to access over-the-air television and to make personal recordings of those broadcasts. The broadcasters are asking the Court to deny consumers the ability to use the cloud to access a more modern-day television antenna and DVR. If the broadcasters succeed, the consequences to consumers and the cloud industry are chilling.

    “We remain unwavering in our confidence that Aereo’s technology falls squarely within the law and our team will continue to work hard to provide our consumers with best-in-class technology that delights and adds meaningful value to their lives.”

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    Red hot online video market breaks 50BN monthly views mark

    11-01-2014

    If the story of the future of TV will be all about UltraHD services, as shown at CES 2014, then the present is all about online video, which according to comScore is breaking new barriers.

    The company's comScore Video Metrix service for December 2013 has shown that 188.2 million Americans watched 52.4 billion online content videos in the month, while the number of video ad views totalled 35.2 billion. This is the first time that online content video views have passed the 50 billion mark and represents also a huge leap on the figure set for November 2013.

    As ever Google sites with YouTube to the fore dominated proceedings with 159.1 million unique viewers, with Facebook ranked second on 79.1 million viewers, closely followed by AOL with 76.2 million. The top three were some distance from fourth-placed Yahoo on 53.5 million and NDN with 49.4 million. Google Sites also generated the highest number of video content views at 13.4 billion, followed by Facebook with 3.7 billion and AOL with 1.4 billion.

    comScore noted that Facebook's December 2013 online video viewership, particularly the number of video views, was substantially higher than prior months due to both organic and inorganic factors. These included the recent inclusion, following a technical validation effort, of a significant volume of short (typically 6-second) Vine videos that have been uploaded to Facebook.

    As online video consumption rocketed there was a commensurate spike in associated advertising with Americans viewing nearly 35.2 billion video ads in December 2013. For the month users spent 13.2 billion minutes watching online video ads which accounted for 40.2% of all videos viewed and 5.7% of all minutes spent viewing video online.

    In the monetisation stakes, AOL was top dog with 4.3 billion ad impressions followed by LiveRail.com and Google, both with 3.6 billion, SpotXchange Video Ad Marketplace with 2.9 billion and TubeMogul Video Ad Platform with 2.5 billion. The Hulu over the top (OTT) service delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 82

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    CES 2014: Second screen users shun live TV sync

    11-01-2014

    Research from the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has revealed that broadcasters have some way to go to fully realise the potential of second screen services.

    The research found that at present synchronised content available for TV programmes does not generate strong positive perceptions, with only 13% indicating that it makes their viewing experience “much more enjoyable.”

    Only 42% have tried synchronising their content experience to live TV and almost four-fifths of second screen users access their connected device while watching TV programming with nearly all of such views accessing asynchronous content, either right before watching a show, right after watching, or between episodes/seasons.

    More than half of those who access synchronous second screen content were found to do so during commercials, offering, said NAPTE and the CEA, opportunity to provide synchronised content that can be easily and quickly accessed during commercial air time.

    For those consuming synchronised content, the most commonly used device is the smartphone, driven primarily by those aged 13 to 34. Older viewers were more likely to use a tablet or laptop while viewing. Very few find navigating synchronised second screen content difficult, but those who do cite a number of technical barriers that keep the synchronised experience from being ideal. The most cited issues are related to connectivity, content that is not optimised for the smartphone, screen size and difficulty in locating content online.

    “This important research study underscores the exciting opportunities for consumer technology device manufacturers to market connected devices and potentially collaborate with content producers to enhance and improve the Second Screen experience,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro.

    “Our joint study shows that consumers accessing synchronised content generally find it fun to use and more connected to the shows they are watching. At the same time, the study indicates there is an opportunity to expand consumer engagement with the second screen across a broader variety of programming.”

    "Through NATPE's partnership with CEA, the findings in this study present new information, challenges and significant opportunities for content producers and advertisers,” added NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth. “We know TV viewers are beginning to use the second screen because it has the potential to extend enjoyment of the viewing experience. We believe this research study will illuminate new entertainment possibilities for consumers as well as content creators."

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    Tablet viewing drives blinkbox to record-breaking Christmas

    11-01-2014

    The boom in tablets, aided no doubt by parent company Tesco's own Hudl, has helped the blinkbox film and TV streaming service to a bumper festive season, with sales up 245% year on year.

    Mobile devices including tablets, games consoles, connected TVs and set top boxes now account for over 65% of sales on blinkbox, overtaking PC sales for the first time, mirroring the recent trend shown for BBC iPlayer usage. In all, blinkbox mobile sales rocketed 674% year on year with smart TV sales up a no less impressive 465% year on year over the Christmas trading period.

    The biggest day for the service over the Christmas period, blinkbox’s biggest sales day ever, was New Year’s Day, which saw an increase of 266% compared with 1 January 2013. The top three titles over the Christmas period, in order, were Elysium, Man of Steel and Despicable Me 2.

    Commenting on the performance, a delighted Michael Comish, Group Digital Officer at Tesco and co-founder of blinkbox, said: “This Christmas Brits have really switched on to enjoying the latest movies and TV on demand via their various connected devices. The availability of affordable tablets like Tesco’s Hudl means that the latest and greatest movies and TV are at the fingertips of more people than ever...We expect to see further growth in tablets, games consoles and Smart TVs in 2014 and will be focusing hard on bringing access to great entertainment into more and more homes via the most popular devices.”

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    CES 2014: Pegasys flies to DivX HEVC for consumer software line

    11-01-2014

    Rounding off a hugely strong CES 2014 for Rovi, leading Japanese video encoding software firm Pegasys has licensed its DivX HEVC for its consumer video editing and encoding software products.

    The adoption of the DivX HEVC is intended to enable Pegasys's consumer software line to have broader consumer access to Ultra HD/4KTV content creation and playback. DivX HEVC videos created using Pegasys software will play on DivX HEVC certified devices, as well as Windows and Mac-based PCs, and mobile devices. DivX HEVC profiles include DivX HEVC 720p, DivX HEVC 1080p, and DivX HEVC Ultra HD/4K.

    “Consumers today want the latest tools for creating and enjoying video content in the newest high-def formats, including Ultra HD/4K,” said Tak Ebine, CEO, Pegasys. “By integrating DivX HEVC profiles into our consumer video software, we are not only in a position to deliver the latest video technology, but also to provide consumers a way to play back DivX HEVC content on DivX-certified devices.”

    “Implementation of DivX video profiles in popular software tools, like Pegasys, can accelerate the proliferation of DivX HEVC video content creation and further drive the DivX ecosystem worldwide,” added Kanaan Jemili, senior vice president, product management, Rovi. “Rovi is powering the video value chain, from professional and consumer content creation to solutions that facilitate protected content delivery and multiscreen enhanced playback.”

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