Archive | TV spectrum

Roku Makes Big Advertising Leap

What do you think of when you hear the words, “hit TV series?” When it comes to linear TV, the meaning of that phrase is pretty concretely anchored in actual audience metrics. A “hit” series is one that the networks are reasonably sure many viewers are tuned into. Indeed, networks have a fairly strong handle […]

Will AI Power the Next Leap in Video Compression?

Artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in the digital content economy isn’t merely confined to better anticipating what TV series you’d like to binge watch next. It’s increasingly being brought to bear to solve a more challenging (and equally long-standing) technical problem: how to shave off bits from a video file without fatally compromising quality. While the […]

Will IP Transform the Broadcast Industry?

It might be argued that the difference between new video-service providers and the old ones (broadcast via cable, satellite and terrestrial) is that the new ones are simply using a different pipe (Internet) to get content into homes and to personal devices. This is true to a point but, of course, overly simplistic. There are […]

Nagra TVKey Looks To Eliminate Set-top Boxes Around The World

Swiss-based encryption-systems developer Nagra used last month’s CES 2017 to showcase a new conditional access (CA) platform that can eliminate the set-top box (STB) from the pay cable and satellite TV business paradigm, while bringing television manufacturers a potentially lucrative ancillary revenue stream. The company demonstrated at the show its TVKey platform, which is being […]

The Chinese are Coming, the Chinese are Coming

Seven months ago, I reported on fifth wave of regional TV manufacturing dominance, the first wave from the U.S., the second from Japan, the third from Europe, the fourth from Korea and, now, the fifth, potentially from China. At least one Chinese TV vendor, Hisense, seems poised to try and make me look prescient. As […]

In VR Race, Broadcasters Get a Jump on the OTT Disruptors

In sprinting and swimming, how an athlete reacts to the gun—leaping off the block or propelling themselves into the pool—can often make or break a race. This early-mover advantage isn’t confined to athletics. It can propel business fortunes as well. The gun has clearly sounded in virtual reality (VR), and thousands of players, large and […]

Japanese Electronic Giants Then and Now

Once upon a time, Japanese companies like Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp were the giants of the consumer electronics business. Years of ascendance of Samsung, LG and now Chinese manufacturers has resulted in a significantly shrinking consumer-electronics market for the premium Japanese brands. An analysis of DTC’s historical worldwide market-share estimates for digital TVs is […]

It’s the Least Wonderful Time of Year for Pay TV Providers

U.S. pay TV providers have learned to view the second quarter of their financial year with dread. Last year, the industry suffered the worst-ever video subscriber loss in history. While not all of the numbers are in for the second quarter of 2016, the numbers from some of the industry’s biggest players are shaping up […]

The Future of Broadcast TV? It’s Personal

The digital economy is habituating consumers to an era of hyper-personalization. You shop Amazon only to be confronted with rows of shopping options it thinks, with good reason, you’ll love. You open Facebook only to see a carefully curated news feed with the latest lists, political rantings of distant relatives and pictures of kittens hugging […]

How to Manage the Spectrum Gold Rush? Money and Science

In the shadow of wireless technology advancements lays the basic foundation on which all transmissions rely: the electromagnetic spectrum. It doesn’t usually get a lot of attention but that makes it no less valuable. It is so valuable, in fact, that recent U.S. spectrum auctions for its use (such as the AWS-3 auction) gathered tens […]