Nagra: OTT will soon be cheaper than satellite for pay TV

CDN costs are likely to drop by an average of 20% over the next few years, meaning that broadcasters could soon reach a tipping point when CDN will become cheaper than broadcast, according to Thomas Decieux, head of product marketing, multiscreen solutions at Nagra. Speaking at the Connected TV World Summit in London yesterday, Decieux […]

SeaChange licenses Aprico IPR

TV technology provider SeaChange International has agreed to license Aprico’s content recommendation source code and other intellectual property rights from Royal Philips Electronics. The agreement allows SeaChange to integrate Aprico’s personalised recommendation functionality into its Adrenalin multi-screen video back office platform. Aprico’s system finds, recommends and delivers personalised content to viewers via TV, PC or […]

Maxdome teams with Accedo for TV apps

German video-on-demand provider Maxdome has partnered with Accedo Broadband to deliver connected TV apps for multiple platforms. The first app launched under the partnership was a Panasonic Viera Connect application launched at the end of March, giving viewers access to a vast catalogue of 45,000 video titles. The two companies are also working together to […]

Harris to divest broadcast communications business

Harris is to divest its broadcast communications business. According to the broadcast communications division’s president, Harris Morris, the decision reflects the fact that broadcast communications has become less aligned with Harris’s core business and long-term strategy. “Operating independently or as part of a broadcast or media-focused enterprise will provide us with strategic investment, increased competitive […]

SeaChange names Rau as permanent CEO

TV technology company SeaChange International has named Raghu Rau as its permanent CEO. Rau was appointed interim CEO in November last year, replacing Bill Styslinger. “Raghu’s leadership and excellent grasp of our business was apparent from the moment he assumed responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the company.  In a matter of just a few […]

Kudelski names intellectual property chief

TV technology group Kudelski has named Joe Chernesky as senior vice-president of intellectual property. Chernesky will report directly to chairman and CEO André Kudelski and will lead the worldwide intellectual property business unit and related activities for the group. Chernesky was previously vice-president and general manager of global licensing sales at Intellectual Ventures, a global […]

SeaChange supplying Cablenet Cyprus with back office

Video technology provider SeaChange International is supplying its Adrenalin back-office infrastructure to Cyprus service provider Cablenet. The solution supports video-on-demand services, time-shift TV (start over TV, catch-up TV and network DVR) and price promotions.  SeaChange installed the back office and integrated with Cablenet’s existing SeaChange STAGIS and CASIS solutions. Cablenet provides cable TV, internet and […]

Canal Digital to launch ‘follow me TV’ service

Canal Digital is to launch a ‘follow me’ service on its platform later this year.  The Nordic pay TV operator plans to launch a new set-top from ADB later this year, which subscribers will be able to connect to existing HD DVR boxes from ADB and resume watching their content from where the left off […]

Conax teams up with partners, develops new products

TV technology company Conax is to launch a new partner programme at IBC in September as part of the company’s new strategic focus on developing overall solutions for customers including middleware, search and recommendation tools and video-on-demand services. As part of its new strategic focus on integrated solutions, Conax has also split its Contego conditional […]

Virgin Media sees strong TiVo growth

UK cable operator Virgin Media added 242,000 customer to its TiVo advanced TV service in the first quarter, taking its total to 677,100. The figures contributed to a boost in Virgin Media’s overall pay TV base of 50,600. Virgin Media now has 840,000 customers taking broadband speeds of 30Mbps or more, up 146,000 in the […]