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    Amazon Instant Video on the rise in US traffic chart

    Sandvine has released its latest bi-annual Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H 2014”. The report finds that Netflix continues to dominate North American networks, accounting for 34.9% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours. However, Amazon Instant Video has established itself as the second largest paid streaming video service in North America. While...
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    Freeview Unveils ‘Left Behinds’ Campaign

    This weekend Freeview is launching the latest instalment of its popular campaign: ‘Entertainment. It’s even better when it’s free.’ The campaign, called ‘Left Behinds’, focuses on the items left behind after a jumble sale; a motley crew of well-used toys, ornaments and stuffed animals who haven’t been given a new home. As everything is packed up,...
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    Pay-TV adoption hits 78% of UK broadband households

    Parks Associates announced new research today at CONNECTIONS Europe showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86% and 78% of broadband households, respectively. Spanish adoption is much lower, with 47% of broadband households receiving only local broadcast channels. Parks Associates research shows 10% of Spanish broadband households with a pay-TV service plan...

Analysis & Opinion

  • Report: Where next for Sky in Europe?

    Yesterday saw the completion of Sky’s European consolidation, with BSkyB absorbing Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland and encompassing both under one umbrella (henceforth just ‘Sky’). While this seems entirely in step with the consolidating trend within the industry at large, and looks to be in keeping with Sky’s wider interests and ambitions, the question remains as…

  • TV AD: Has Amazon Fire Stick sparked Age of Dongle?

    With Amazon having entered the fray with its Fire Stick, joining the Roku Streaming Stick and (of course) Google’s Chromecast, it would appear that we have definitely entered, TV wise, the AD era: the Age of the Dongle. Tom Cheesewright (from applied futurism practice Book of the Future)points to the compelling logic behind the proliferation…

  • Measuring virtual set-top box success by service velocity & sub growth

    Set-top box virtualization should increase service velocity and subscriber reach for pay-TV operators while simultaneously reducing capex and opex, according to a presentation by ActiveVideo at the “CDN World Summit/TV In The Cloud” conference.   At the event, Sachin Sathaye, vice president, product marketing for ActiveVideo, drew a distinction between the benefits of two different…

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