Archive | April 2014

Magine macht TV mobil

magine-logoZattoo bekommt Konkurrenz aus Schweden. Nachdem die Skandinavier mit Spotify den Standard für Musikstreamingdienste gesetzt haben, kommt nun mit Magine eine TV-Streaming App, die im Browser und auf mobilen Geräten funktioniert.

Magine wurde im Rahmen unseres Disrupt-Newsletters bereits vorgestellt und besticht durch tolles Design und Usability. Mittlerweile steht auch das Senderportfolio, es besteht aus 65 frei empfangbaren deutschen TV Sendern. Das besondere Feature von Magine ist die Rückwärtsnavigation, d.h. man kann im EPG bis zu einer Woche in die Vergangenheit navigieren und verpasste Sendungen nachholen.

Fazit: Magine ist richtig gut.

Hier entlang geht’s zum Artikel auf CHIP.de

 

AT&T Goes OTT

American TelCo AT&T has promised to invest heavily into ultra-fast broadband speeds of up to 1GBps. Now, to go along with this infrastructure investment, they have announced a $500M partnership with content specialist TCG (The Chernin Group), aimed at launching OTT video for broadband and mobile customers.

Last year, the two companies partnered in a failed bid for catch-up TV service Hulu, now it seems as though they’re launching a new attempt to capitalize on the recent surge of OTT services like Netflix, by “acquiring, investing in and launching services”, which will be both subscription-based and ad-based.

Crunchyroll, a subscription-based streaming service specialized in asian content, which is run by TCG,  is part of the deal.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Interview with CEO of Roku

Interview with CEO of Roku

Roku CEO Anthony Wood is interviewed following the launch of Amazon Fire TV on topics like Roku’s competition, Netflix, the future of streaming video, Net Neutrality and more.

Yahoo To Enter The Original Content Arena

from kitguru.net

Marissa Mayer is all about acquiring assets to grow the Yahoo empire. After buying lots and lots of online and tech companies (most recent/noteworthy: blog-service tumblr.), Yahoo has set its sights on original content, but not the small budget short-form webvideo-kind but the real deal: Shows with multi-million dollar budgets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Last year, Yahoo bought the rights to the whole Saturday Night Live back catalogue along with BBC comedy classics like Fawlty Towers, The Office and Black Adder, which run on screen.yahoo.com side by side with web video content. The effort put in so far has lead to a rise of 14% for Yahoo video views. But the advertising game is not only about quantity (i.e. views) also about quality, because advertisers often don’t want their products to be associated with low quality gossip videos. Enter high profile actors and big budget productions.

It seems like everybody is doing it (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Hulu), so why not join in on the fun? These must be great times to be a producer or writer, because so many new players want in on the tv show game.

Check out the article on mashable which provides some expert opinions.

Swisscom To Launch Android Set-Top Box

ImageSet-Top Box makers Marvell issued a press release announcing that Swisscom will be the first service provider to roll out a new generation of TV Set-Top Boxes to their IPTV customers that runs an 802.11AC Android OS powered by Marvell’s ARMADA® 1500 Plus (88DE3108) system-on-chip (SoC) platform. The platform aims at cost-efficiently delivering HD video from any source in a seamless user experience. Swisscom promises the full “whatever, wherever, whenever” experience, including unlimited Catch-Up TV.

Here’s an overview of the features for the box and the platform (from the press release):

Key features of the ARMADA 1500 Plus platform:

  • Operator grade conditional access system to secure premium 1080p content served over Swisscom’s DSL/Fiber network (Verimatrix’s VCAS for IPTV and VCAS for InternetTV) for LiveTV, VoD and CatchUp TV use cases
  • Premier viewing experience with industry-leading FCC (Fast Channel Change) algorithms
  • Network PVR with Local Timeshift buffer
  • Playready DRM and Smooth Streaming for certain VOD services
  • Marvell’s advanced Avastar 88W8897 combining 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi solution with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) supporting HOGP for an advanced remote controller for the STB

Key features of the Swisscom TV 2.0 Android IPTV Set-top box:

  • Seven day replay on over 250 channels
  • Record any number of programmes in parallel in the cloud
  • Home TV screen featuring full Teleclub on-demand range, with a personalized recommendation engine
  • App store presenting more than 50 popular Apps

Marvell’s ARMADA 1500 chip is already being used in Google TV.

Introducing Android TV

vergeandroidtv“Android TV is no longer a crazy attempt to turn your TV into a bigger, more powerful smartphone. “Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform,” writes Google. “It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction.” It will be “cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast.””
In other words, Android TV will work like a regular streaming box, by providing an easy interface which connects users to video services and games with three clicks or less. It even has voice search. Sounds familiar? We think so, too. Look no further than our last article on Amazon’s Fire TV and notice the striking similarities between these two systems.

The Verge has more.

FIRE!

ImageAmazon is finally launching its streaming device, dubbed “Fire TV”. And if the reviews are to be believed, Amazon may have something good on its hands.
Amazon seems to have looked closely at the competition and listened closely to the issues users of Chromecast, Apple TV or Roku were facing – and then they went and fixed those problems with Fire TV:

1. It’s fast (quad-core, Mimo dual-band wi-fi),

2. it’s easy (simple interface/search),

3. it’s open (Android ecosystem) and

4. it plays games (yay!)!

ad 1. Films and games load quickly.
ad 2. The Fire TV features voice search and offers search results across all platforms (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, Crackle…) as well as second screen functionalities.
ad 3. The Android ecosystem guarantees a huge varietey of Apps, amongst others, your Fire TV serves as a Karaoke machine.
ad 4. Several Amazon original games are in the pipe along with titles from publishers like EA and Disney. Don’t expect PS4 gaming, rather tablet games on a big screen.

Sure, it’s a little more expensive than one would have expected ($100 compared to Roku’s $50 stick or the $35 Chromecast), but the reviewer at Gizmodo was very impressed.

Watch a promo video for the Amazon Fire TV here.

Go here for more on the battle of the streaming devices (Roku vs. Chromecast).