TiVo adds ads to DVR recordings

TiVo is testing inserting pre-roll ads on DVR recordings. According to a report from Zats Not Funny, some viewers have begun to see adverts preceding their recorded videos. It is believed that this move is a part of a wider move from TiVo to monetise its platform.  The user cited by the article said that […]

Amazon launches Fire TV Recast DVR

Amazon has unveiled its rumoured companion DVR device, Fire TV Recast, which will allow viewers in the US to watch, record, and replay free over-the-air TV programming. Users can connect Fire TV Recast to an HDTV antenna to stream free channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW over WiFi to a Fire […]

Report: Amazon developing DVR for Fire TV

Amazon is developing a “DVR for the streaming era” that will be able to record live TV, according to Bloomberg. The report, which cites a person familiar with the plans, said that the device will include physical storage and connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes using the same wireless technology as its Echo speakers. Dubbed […]

Mediaset hails European court ruling in cloud DVR case

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that making copies of TV programmes available via the cloud is a “communication to the public” and must be authorised by the copyright holder. In a case that pitted Italian broadcaster Mediaset against UK-based online TV provider VCAST, the court ruled that the 2001 EU copyright directive overrode […]

Less than half of Americans choose live TV as main viewing method

Just 45% of Americans say they watch live TV when the show airs as their primary method of watching television, according to new research. The Think Now Research report into Americans’ media habits claims that 22% now pick Netflix as their primary way of watching TV, followed by DVR recordings (10%), YouTube (8%), Amazon Prime […]

NAB: Conax and Evolution Digital to take IP video to new markets

US cable technology outfit Evolution Digital and content security specialist Conax plan to launch their eVUE IP VOD set-tops and hybrid IP delivery platform in new markets. The companies used the NAB Show to highlight their existing solution for operators in the US market and said that they have ambitions to roll it out internationally […]

Thinkbox: TV accounts for 75% of UK video viewing

TV accounted for 74.8% of UK video viewing last year, down slightly from 76% in 2015, though total video consumption was up year-on-year, according to Thinkbox. The UK marketing body for commercial TV said that total video consumption increased from an average of 4 hours, 35 minutes a day in 2015 to 4 hours, 37 minutes […]

US Netflix use tops DVR ownership for the first time

For the first time more US adults now report having Netflix in their home than a DVR, according to Leichtman Research. The new study found that 54% US adults have Netflix, while 53% have a DVR. By comparison, in 2011 Netflix usage stood at just 28% while DVR ownership was 44%. “On-demand and time shifting […]

Dish claims US first with YouTube Hopper 3 launch

Dish claims is the first time a nationwide US pay TV provider to offer direct access to YouTube via the set-top box, after the video app went live on its Hopper 3 DVR. The YouTube app launched on Hopper 3 boxes at the end of last week as part of Dish’s latest software update for […]

Parks: 73% of US internet homes connect their TVs

Some 73% of US broadband homes now connect one or more TV entertainment devices to the web, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said this marked an 11% increase, compared to the beginning of 2015, in the use of connected in-home entertainment platforms – such as smart TVs, gaming consoles, streaming media players, Blu-ray […]

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