NAB’s Smith and Haim Saban raise alarm on spectrum and call for new broadcast standard

US broadcasters must take on the threat to their spectrum, which is coveted by wireless operators, and urgently develop a new standard that will allow free over-the-air broadcast to prosper in the multiscreen world, according to Gordon Smith, president and CEO of NAB, and Haim Saban, chairman of Hispanic broadcast giant Univision Communications. Leading the […]

PayWizard and Conax form multiscreen pact

TV payment firm PayWizard has partnered with content security specialist Conax to provide to provide a system for pay TV operators to monetise multiscreen content. The firms said that together they will allow operators and content owners to securely deliver multiscreen content, manage subscribers and offer payment services across a range of devices and platforms […]

Dogus Media taps Kaltura for multiscreen TV service

Turkey’s Dogus Media is using Kaltura’s online video platform for its tvyo ad-supported multiscreen TV service.  The tvyo platform, based on a hybrid on-premise and cloud architecture, supports Flash and HTML5 players and makes content available on a range of iOS and Android devices, PCs, Roku players and six smart TV platforms. Tyvo offers eight […]

South Africa’s SuperSport goes widescreen

Multichoice-owned SuperSport is switching its lineup of standard definition channels to the 16:9 aspect ratio, widescreen format. The South African channels, which air on the DStv satellite platform, will switch over to widescreen from February 4. Multichoice said that the switch will bring the channels “in line with international broadcasting trends and with other channels […]

Majority of Brits multitask while watching TV

Some 78% of British people multitask while watching TV, according to a study by BT investigating viewing habits in the UK.  “Eight in ten people are distracted by other forms of entertainment and everyday tasks such as responding to emails, reading, internet shopping and online dating,” according to the research. BT found that 51% of […]

Israel’s Yes gears up for pay-OTT launch

Israeli satellite TV operator Yes has partnered with pay-OTT platform provider Tvinci to launch a new multi-screen TV service.  Yes GO, announced today, is due to go live in the first half of this year and will allow Yes subscribers to access the live linear channels and on-demand content included in their TV package from different […]

BBC rolls out multiscreen live events service

The BBC has launched an early beta version of a new service that is designed to boost its live event coverage over PC, tablet, mobile and connected TV screens. The BBC said that the revamped digital experience was designed as a “new approach to live event coverage” following the success of its digital coverage of […]

BT plans multiscreen and OTT developments

Following the rollout of its BT Sports app this autumn, the UK telco and pay TV operator has plans to add a similar “multiscreen proposition” for its other channels and VoD services, according to BT exec Jerome Tassel.  Speaking at the OTTtv World Summit this week, Tassel, BT’s TV architecture and security director, said that […]

Samsung makes smart TV, multiscreen updates

Samsung released five new software development kits at its developers conference in San Francisco this week, including one for its 2014 lines of smart TV and one focused on multiscreen connections. The new version of the TV development kit, which allows developers and content partners to make apps for Samsung Smart TVs, includes WebEngine 2014 […]

Amedia chooses Norigin Media for multiscreen

Norwegian local news group Amedia has chosen Norigin Media to provide multiscreen live transcoding for its local media stations and newspaper companies. Amedia Group will use Norigin’s live hosted headend product to deliver its services on a platform built in partnership with Thomson Video Networks and integrated with CDN provider Qbrick. “We chose Norigin Media’s […]