Pluto TV announces distribution deals with TiVo and Verizon

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD Pluto TV has announced partnerships with TiVo and Verizon that will see its linear and on demand programming added to the companies’ respective platforms. Announced in October 2019, TiVo+ is the company’s attempt to break into the live streaming space, with the offer of “thousands of movies and TV shows” in an app-free […]

Synamedia boosts compression team with three new hires

Video technology specialist Synamedia is boosting its R&D investment in compression technology and has made a trio of new hires to help take the compression business forward. The company has hired Jan De Cock as director of codec development. De Cock was previously manager of video and image encoding at Netflix for four years. Prior […]

Interest in AVODs on the rise as consumers count pennies

With the current financial climate appearing more uncertain amid the global pandemic, consumers are becoming increasingly receptive to ad-supported video streaming. In a new study of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands from Raktuen Advertising, 60% of respondents said that they would sign up to an AVOD service such as ViacomCBS-owned Pluto […]

Philippe Leonetti in as CEO at Viaccess-Orca

OTT solutions provider Viaccess-Orca (VO) has announced the appointment of Orange’s Philippe Leonetti as its new CEO. Leonetti replaces Paul Molinier, who held the position for five years and, like his successor, joined after a long spell at Orange. The operator has a long standing relationship with VO, and has partnered with the vendor in […]

Digital TV Europe to host webinar on global TV platform development

Digital TV Europe is partnering with Vewd to host a webinar examining what operators can do to develop and grow a global TV platform. On Tuesday, May 12 at 3pm BST, join Stuart Thomson, editor of Digital TV Europe in discussion with Tudor Teusan, Senior Product Manager at Vewd and Mattijs de Valk, Director of […]

NAGRA hits record 1.5 billion multi-DRM licences served for Bharti Airtel

Kudelski-owned content protection firm NAGRA has announced a milestone of more than 1.5 billion multi-DRM licences served by its Security Service Platform for Bharti Airtel’s Xstream app. Airtel Xstream serves as the digital entertainment platform of Bharti Airtel, and offers more than 10,000 shows and movies, and 350 live TV channels. Through its Wynk subsidiary, […]

Paywizard rebrands as Singula Decision, launches new version of Subscriber Intelligence platform

Paywizard, the pay TV customer manager vendor, has rebranded as Singula Decision. The company said that the new branding reflects its “approach, technology and expertise” and coincides with the launch of a new version of its Singula Subscriber Intelligence platform. The new platform promises to aid users’ ability to react and change customer behaviour. The […]

Synamedia partners with Google Cloud for ‘OTT as a service’

Video software provider Synamedia has announced a partnership with Google Cloud that will see it expand its video network portfolio with new OTT as a service offerings. Synamedia said that the partnership will enable it to better tackle customer needs for high availability, increased scalability and maximised performance for OTT services while reducing costs and […]

Making AI and machine learning pay

The blending of video production and distribution techniques with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is now at the stage when it needs to move from an expensive experiment to a profitable mass market success story. But, how feasible is this and over what time frame can it be achieved? AI and ML have […]

HEVC patent holder InterDigital makes peace with Huawei

Patent licensing body InterDigital has made peace with Chinese tech giant Huawei, with which it was battling in the courts over intellectual property violations and rate-setting, in a negotiated settlement that will see Huawei use InterDigital’s HEVC video compression patents, as well as patents covering mobile and WiFi technology. InterDigital, said that, with its patent […]