OTT and IPTV to drive pay TV growth in western Europe

Over-the-top and IPTV services will account for most of an expected 8.9% growth in pay TV subscribers in western Europe between now and 2018, according to research from Analysys Mason. The research group predicts that the number of homes taking pay TV services in western Europe will grow by 9.2 million to 113.3 million over […]

D-Smart chooses Harmonic for OTT service

Turkish pay TV provider D-Smart has chosen Harmonic to provide technology to support its OTT multiscreen offering. Doğan TV Holding-owned D-Smart chose Harmonic’s ProMedia adaptive bit-rate WFS file-based workflow and MediaGrid shared storage systems. The technology provided by Harmonic enables D-Smart to deliver live, on-demand and catch-up content to devices including TVs, PCs, set-top boxes, […]

Hollywood studios “could go OTT” in UK

Hollywood studios could benefit from going over-the-top direct to consumers in the UK, cutting out existing distributors, according to research group IHS. According to IHS Electronics & Media, studios could earn more money than they currently receive from distribution agreements with OTT services with as few as 1.35 million subscribers, while premium service HBO could […]

Digital media use to grow 11.8% this year

Worldwide consumer digital media use is due to grow 11.8% in 2013, driven by demand for OTT, online and mobile video, as well as social media and games, according to new stats.  US research firm PQ Media estimates that consumer digital media usage – under three categories of the web, mobile and other digital media […]

Connected TV market surging in MENA

The connected TV market is rapidly evolving in the Middle East and Africa with increasing sales of connected device fuelling demand for OTT, cloud and multiscreen services, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.  The research firm said 6.5 million tablets were sold across the Middle East and Africa in 2012, with this figure forecast to […]

Kartina.TV signs new set-top deal with Dune HD

Russian pay TV operator Kartina.TV has signed a deal with Dune HD, which will be its preferred supplier for IPTV and OTT set-top boxes. The long-term agreement builds on an existing relationship between the two firms and establishes Dune as the main client device supplier for Kartina.TV subscribers. “We have been using Dune HD set-top […]

Sky’s Now TV launches on PlayStation 3

BSkyB’s OTT service Now TV is now available on the Sony PlayStation 3 games console. Now TV offers access to a range of content including Sky Movies and all six Sky Sports channels with no contract. Sky recently introduced a £9.99 (€11.70) Sky Sports Day pass which lets customers watch sports content on a pay-as-you-go […]

Toya looks to OTT to extend reach

Toya is looking to OTT to serve distributed networks around the country and work in cooperation with local network operators, according to Szymon Karbowski, research and development director at the Polish cable operator. Toya has developed a digital platform that combines broadcast and internet services in its ‘third generation TV’ platform, Karbowski told attendees at […]

Fragmentation, cost and rights challenge broadcasters in OTT shift

Audience fragmentation, a lack of willingness to pay due to the expectation that online video should be free, the widespread availability of pirated content, and difficulty securing rights – especially for live streaming – present significant challenges to broadcasters in markets such as Poland, according to Maciej Maciejowski, member of the management board in charge […]

Cyfrowy Polsat’s ipla feels its way with live OTT services

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat will progressively test the market by adding more services to its ipla OTT offering, while trying to avoid cannibalising its main pay TV services, according to Albert Szybinski, deputy director of marketing for online services, Cyfrowy Polsat.  “We are trying to figure out how to push pay content but […]