Archive | February 2014

Disney Anywhere Is Go

In a classic “cut-out-the-middle-man” move, Disney launched their own cloud streaming service on Tuesday.
Disney Movies Anywhere will make Disney movies available on iOS devices. It allows users to manage their online purchases but also to store Blu-Rays or DVDs in the cloud. Disney Movies Anywhere will only offer movies released by Walt Disney Studios, including those from Marvel Studios and Pixar Animation Studios.
Disney is the only publisher that doesn’t support Ultraviolet, a similar offering, which the rest of the industry launched in 2012, that has gathered 15 Mn accounts so far.

Read more here.

First Deal Of The Post-Net Neutrality World

Video Streaming Giant Netflix made a deal for faster, more reliable access to its subscribers via the Comcast/TWC network.
It remains to be seen whether there will be a price hike for Netflix subscribers to pay for the deal, which heralds the new age of internet, where you “pay to play” and where network owners finally have found a new way to recoup their investments into broadband capacities and to milk their quasi-monopolist position vis a vis both companies that rely heavily on their broadband networks for their business as well as customers who consume huge amounts of data.
The New York Times has more.

In an opinion piece over at you can get a short overview of the problems with net neutrality.

New Net Neutrality Rules

BildCapitol Hill has responded to a petition for net neutrality by stating: “Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries. The resulting decline in the development of advanced online apps and services would dampen demand for broadband and ultimately discourage investment in broadband infrastructure. An open Internet removes barriers to investment worldwide.”
As a result the FCC declared it is working on a new set of net neutrality rules: “The FCC must stand strongly behind its responsibility to oversee the public interest standard and ensure that the Internet remains open and fair,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “The Internet is and must remain the greatest engine of free expression, innovation, economic growth and opportunity the world has ever known.”
It is not expected, though, that new net neutrality rules would prohibit TelCos and CableCos from making deals with content providers like Youtube and Netflix, for prioritized bandwidth.
Read more here.


4K Video Streaming Will Devour Your Broadband Data Cap

Are you one of the growing number of people who subscribe to one of the sVoD services out there? Why shouldn’t you expect to get HD or even 4K video quality for your money, right?
But, with Internet Service Providers looking to cap the data volume you get, you might have to think twice. Streaming in 1080p means you’re using roughly 5GB an hour. Streaming in 4K runs this number up to almost 19GB/hour (only 7GB/hour in h.265 codec, but still…).
We’re looking at a future of super high quality streaming (video and games) for those who are willing to pay.
Check out his article on Gizmodo for more.

Google, Netflix, Net Neutrality

googleAfter the FCC dropped net neutrality (the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally) amidst lobbyist pressure from ISPs, two online giants, Netflix and Google, find themselves on the other side of the argument. Netflix is afraid that ISPs will throttle their business, which is dependent on both bandwidth and data volume, as Netflix is responsible for 1/3 of US downstream traffic. Without net neutrality ISPs can try to sell “managed services” to video streaming providers which would guarantee them access to the fast data pipe over competitors, who aren’t willing to pay to play. ISPs can push their own video streaming services through the same mechanism. “You can watch the buffering wheel on Netflix or try out our smooth full HD offer Redbox Instant by Verizon.” Netflix’s strongest argument are 30 million subscribers. How would they react if their ISP slows down their video streaming or what if Netflix pulls it service from any operator, that slows them down? That is, of course, if customers have the choice to switch. If all ISPs decide to milk provisions from Netflix, they have nowhere to turn. Or do they?
“Google’s business depends on an internet where all traffic is free and equal.” With Google Fiber expanding all over the USA, this could be the broadband offering that aggressively pursues users who are fed up by a throttled internet. And what service would be better than Netflix to lure them in?

Read the article on Wired.

It’s official: Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2B

We’ve seen this one coming for months now. FInally, Comcast buys TWC.


The country’s two largest broadband cable companies are becoming one: On Thursday morning, Comcast (s CMCSA) confirmedreports that it is acquiring Time Warner Cable (s TWC). The all-stock deal is worth $45.2 billion at $159 a share.

Comcast is acquiring TWC’s 11 million subscribers — who are located in “key geographic areas, including New York City, Southern California, Texas, the Carolinas, Ohio, and Wisconsin” — bringing the total number of subscribers affected to about 30 million. To alleviate antitrust concerns, Comcast said it’s “prepared to divest systems serving approximately 3 million managed subscribers…Following the transaction, Comcast’s share of managed subscribers will remain below 30 percent of the total number of MVPD subscribers in the U.S. and will be essentially equivalent to Comcast Cable’s subscriber share after its completion of both the 2002 AT&T Broadband transaction and the 2006 Adelphia transaction.” The merger is expected to close by the end of…

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Kabel Deutschland lizensiert RDK

Kabel Deutschland hat als erster internationaler Kunde das Reference Design Kit (RDK) aus einem Joint Venture von TWC und Comcast lizensiert.
Die Softwareplattform könnte in Zukunft die Auslieferung des Signals über virtuelle Set Top Boxen ermöglichen, also über die Cloud. Das RDK soll auch eine Vereinheitlichung in der Ausspielung von Videosignalen über verschiedene Connected Devices herbeiführen.

Mehr zum RDK gibt es hier.

Den Ursprungsartikel gibt es hier.