Items tagged with IPTV

As it turns out, disrupting the television market is pretty difficult. Apple, despite admitting that the TV business is one of intense interest, hasn't been able to crack the nut that would meld online and pay-TV content in a way that's dramatically different and better than the mishmash we have today. Earlier this year, Intel seemed to believe that it was on the way to accomplishing that goal, but now, things aren't looking so rosy. The service was to be called OnCue, and it was supposedly going to revamp the television experience by using an IPTV approach that brought pay-TV channels to the small... Read more...
The future of television may not rest in the hands of typical content creators. Or, perhaps not directly in the hands of the same distribution channels that we're used to. While ISPs have typically been the ultimate gatekeepers for content, smaller firms like Amazon and Netflix are quietly paving the way for a new type of distribution that bypasses Comcast, Viacom, HBO and all of the rest. They're forking out funds to produce original content that only their subscribers have access to, flipping the equation entirely. Soon, it'll be pay-TV subscribers that are clamoring for access to shows that... Read more...
Hello, competition! A decade ago, who could've thought that Apple, Amazon and Hulu (who?) would've been battling it out for the living room? Here we are, though, and it's happening. Amazon has taken a major step in the direction of domination by acquiring exclusive rights to bring Fringe and The West Wing to Prime Instant Video viewers. Yes, those are both big shows with rather large followings, but the real importance here is the "exclusive" nature. If companies like Amazon start landing these deals, we're going to see a kind of fragmentation that we haven't had to worry about before; soon, you... Read more...
HBO Go remains one of the most polarizing applications out there, largely because of just how amazing it is. It's a beautifully designed app, but for whatever reason, HBO refuses to allow it to function unless you are a paying HBO subscriber. Many say that HBO could charge a staggering amount per month for people who just wanted HBO Go access, but with such intense ties to pay-TV providers, it's unlikely that HBO will change that anytime soon. That said, those who do pony up monthly for the channel can now use it on even more Android products. As of this week, the newly updated HBO Go Android app... Read more...
No company wants a product that's returned more rapidly than it can sell them, but that's what Logitech reportedly has on its hands with the Revue. Logitech executives have stated that the Revue's revenue stream is "slightly negative," and the company has slashed prices from $249 to $99, reportedly in a bid to clear inventory (the unit is still listed at $249.99 on Logitech's homepage). We launched Revue with the expectation that it would generate significant sales growth in spite of a relatively high price point and the newness of both the smart TV category and the underlying platform,”... Read more...
Earlier this week, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar posted a blog entry on the joint venture's second quarter. Overall results were good, with Hulu Plus ramping significantly more quickly than anticipated. Kilar notes that Hulu Plus, the website's paid subscription service, "added more paying subscribers in June than we did in April and May combined." The site now expects to break the one million subscriber mark by the end of the summer as opposed to by the end of the year. These figures do not count anyone testing the one week free subscriber trial. According to Kilar, content owners currently earn approximately... Read more...
Entering a word or phrase using a 9- or 12-key keypad on your phone can be cumbersome, which is why so many people like predictive text input options such as Nuance's XT9. Now, you can get the same benefits of XT9 that you enjoy on your phone in your living room. Nuance is bringing its XT9 predictive touch input to your living room by means of TVBLOB’s BLOBbox. BLOBbox is connected TV software that blends traditional TV with the Internet. XT9 will make it easier and faster for BLOBbox users to search for and access content using a traditional remote control. With the integration of XT9, BLOBbox... Read more...
Panasonic has teamed up with NETGEAR to offer a wireless connected experience for Panasonic's line of VIERA TVs. Using the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, users will be able to access and stream online content to their TVs. The adapter uses NETGEAR's Push 'N' Connect technology which lets you connect a VIERA TV and wireless router with a push of a button. Once connected, Panasonic's VIERA Cast IPTV technology delivers Amazon Video On Demand, access to YouTube and Picasa, and more. NETGEAR and Panasonic Team to Deliver the Optimal Wirelessly Connected Experience for the Panasonic VIERA®... Read more...
Your living room still hasn't finished evolving. Thanks to newer technologies being constantly rolled out, we're able to enjoy more channels, more features, and high quality content. Today Ars Technica is talking about a promising new technology known as IPTV. "IPTV has the potential to deliver more interactivity than cable. An all-IP solution is switched digital by nature, does not depend on shared bandwidth, and uses well-known Internet technology, which should make for some interesting applications. Expect to see caller ID information displayed... Read more...