Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/08/14 11:04:06 AM

Multiscreen Technology Presents Challenges and Opportunities for Media Companies

New technologies are consistently shifting the way media companies create and deliver content, something Disney CTO Vince Roberts recently said is a very good thing. Reports TechZone's Tara Seals, Roberts said, "The new TV paradigm—programming much of our content in the second-screen experience—needs to be consistent with what our consumers expect and our brands. It’s about the quality of experience, not just content...It’s the innovator’s dilemma and innovation’s opportunity. We’re facing a swarm of successor technologies, so we’re not just considering what we want to do with linear content on an iPad.” Read the full story here.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/08/14 10:04:26 AM

Livestream Introduces Google Glass App

At NAB Show, Livestream has announced and demoed a new app for Google Glass that allows for easy live-stream broadcasting right from the wearable device. Livestream co-founder and Chief Product Officer Phil Worthington told Engadget, "Our mission is to democratize live video broadcasting, so this is the best step in our revolution. We want to be on every device possible." Read the full story here.    

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/08/14 10:04:39 AM

Millennials Most Likely to Engage with Social Media While Watching TV

Two studies from The Council for Research Excellence/Keller Fay Group and Deloitte focus on the rising numbers for social media usage while watching television. Writes eMarketer, "The Council for Research Excellence/Keller Fay Group found that millennials were the age group most likely to engage with social media while watching TV—particularly, older millennials; 9.6% of 25- to 34-year-olds said they used social media while viewing primetime TV. Younger millennials, those ages 15 to 24, came in second place among age groups for social TV usage, with 9.2%." Read the full story here.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/07/14 05:04:19 PM

Virtually Harmonic

LAS VEGAS—Harmonic is embracing the media industry’s migration toward IP-centric infrastructures by liberating its software. This year’s  NAB Show marks the launch of the San Jose, Calif., company’s new VOS line of virtualized technology offerings. “It’s more agile from both a deployment and a development point of view,” said Harmonic President and CEO Patrick Harshman at the company’s Saturday pre-NAB Show presser. The first VOS offering, debuting at this year’s NAB, is Electra XVM, which combines ProMedia encoding with ChannelPort graphics, branding and playout capability in a single software package. Harshman said the initiative was a new direction for Harmonic, a public company with around 1,100 employees, market cap of around $696 million and 2013 net income of $37 million on revenues of $462 million.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/07/14 04:04:28 PM

Imagine Communications Acquires Digital Rapids

LAS VEGAS—Imagine Communications, the workflow portion of the former Harris Broadcast business, is acquiring Digital Rapids, a media processor based in Markham, Ontario, Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We have made major investments in developing our TV Everywhere portfolio, MediaCentral platform, and MultiService SDN frameworks to deliver service-oriented, software-based architectures for our customers. The addition of Digital Rapids’ advancements in software-based workflow management and transcoding strategically complements our pillars of innovation and rounds out our capabilities. Additionally, their expert team, which is based just miles from our Development Center in Toronto, brings a rich history in pioneering software solutions for high-end media processing applications that strengthens our TV Everywhere business and company,” said Imagine CEO Charlie Vogt.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/06/14 07:04:42 PM

Discovery Partners with Howard, Grazer

Discovery Communications is taking a big step toward developing quality digital content by partnering with award-winning content creators Brian Grazer and Ron Howard on a new digital production company. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. The company, New Form, will focus on developing high quality, scripted and unscripted programming for digital viewers, Discovery announced Thursday. Content created by New Form will be available through a series of partnerships, with the possibility of distribution across Discovery and other global platforms.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/06/14 06:04:49 PM

OTT Streaming TV Consumers on the Rise

A new survey from Horowitz Associates shows that the number of customers who stream content to their television screens is on the rise. The survey showed that 10% of TV content is being streamed to a television, as opposed to 5% in 2013. 31% of respondents also said that they stream some content to their TVs, and that nearly 62% have the capability to do so either via smart TVs or OTT devices. Read the full story here on MediaPost.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/04/14 11:04:54 AM

The Allure of OTT: No Appointment Required

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” —Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Les Guêpes, January 1849 I’m a baby boomer: the first generation to grow up with a magical new appliance that pulled moving pictures out of the air, bringing information and entertainment into our living rooms. Much has been written about the impact that television has had on the lives of baby boomers and every generation to follow. From Newton Minow’s “vast wasteland” speech to “500 channels and nothing to watch,” Americans seem more willing than ever to pay for the privilege to be entertained and informed via the TV in the family room, and increasingly via the mobile “second screens” that draw their bits from the Internet.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/04/14 11:04:37 AM

Oh, Tide is Turning

The attraction of audio and video content delivered “over-the-top” (OTT) is growing virtually every day as new services and traditional television programmers alike take to the Internet, reaching lots of viewers while freeing consumers from expensive program bundles filled with channels they’ll never watch. To be sure, ubiquitous availability of such à la carte content (without a pay TV subscription) on all devices is not here yet, but it’s coming.

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Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 04/04/14 11:04:07 AM

Verizon Research: Millennials Want It Now!

A comprehensive survey of the viewing habits of so-called “millennials,” that is, those born from the 1980s to the early 2000s, conducted by Verizon Digital Media Services shows that as a group they are “extremely sensitive to quality and performance” and they “expect to choose how, what and when they watch.” The survey, the first part of which was conducted late last year, attempted to find out what members of Generation Y want when it comes to online viewing, and what broadcasters should know to improve their chances in this market. It was also promotional in nature, to show that the scale and performance of Verizon’s global backbone network—combined with a video-optimized platform—position Verizon Digital Media Services to meet the expectations of this privileged consumer demographic for high-quality online linear and live viewing experiences.

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