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Stable Market for Primary Distribution Encoders

By Michelle Abraham Primary distribution encoders are used to deliver linear TV signals to the facilities of those who will be redistributing the signals to consumers. The signals may be encoded using the older MPEG-2 or newer H.264 compression schemes. In the future, we expect programmers will use the latest HEVC compression scheme to deliver [...]

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Worldwide TV Channel Transmission Via Satellite

By Michelle Abraham This feature article provides worldwide primary distribution channels transmitted via satellite by type, region, and compression method.

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The Uncertain Future of Web2TV

By Keith Nissen Web2TV refers to viewing online video and other entertainment on the TV.  There are many methods of accomplishing Web2TV.  The future success of streaming media player and smart TV products depends on not only the growth of Web2TV viewing, but the need to use the TV application platforms which these devices provide.  [...]

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Multiplatform TV Middleware: TV Service Delivery Platforms

By Steven Hawley/Norm Bogen In just a few short years, the TV experience has made a major transition: from set-top boxes in fixed locations, controlled by pay-TV service providers, to today’s anytime, anywhere, any screen experience; even to devices that are owned by the consumer and outside of the operator’s direct control.  In addition, pay-TV [...]

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USB Devices

By Greg Potter The USB standard has grown by leaps and bounds since its introduction in 1996. Serial, FireWire, and PS/2 ports, once used to connect mice, keyboards, printers, external hard drives, and other devices, have all disappeared, as USB has become the wired data connectivity standard of choice for most peripheral devices. Today, USB [...]

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Status of 4K Content Delivery – Feature Article

by Michelle Abraham At CES in January a number of announcements were made regarding 4K content, which is of great interest due to the number of 4K TVs on display from all set manufacturers. These announcements came from over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix and Amazon, as well as others in content production. Discovery’s 3net channel, [...]

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The ‘Why Not?’ in Adopting Second-Screen TV Apps

By Keith Nissen Second-screen TV apps emerged in 2007 in concert with online video services, such as Netflix.  Second-screen TV apps come in many varieties, but can be categorized into independent TV apps (e.g. ZeeBox, Viggle, Peel) and proprietary companion TV apps associated with a specific TV network/show, movie or video service. Depending on who [...]

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DVRs: From the Home to the Cloud

By Mike Paxton Since 1998, Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) have allowed TV viewers to “time shift” select video programming.  This capability has proven to be very popular among consumers, especially those in countries with high household incomes. More recently, an alternative concept to the DVR-enabled set-top box has emerged.  This concept proposes taking the DVR, [...]

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Device Connectivity Forecast, 2012-2018

By Greg Potter Connectivity options abound for consumer electronics manufacturers. This report provides data on which devices are shipping with what connectivity. Shipments of devices with USB, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and 60GHz technologies are provided in an Excel pivot table format. USB data is segmented by USB version (USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0), Wi-Fi [...]

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IPTV Market Leader Report – Year-end 2013

MRG’s IPTV Market Leader Reports (MLR) identify which IPTV systems and software companies are leading each of the six IPTV market segments: access systems, video headend systems (VHE), video-on-demand server software (VOD), set-top boxes (STB), middleware (MW), and content protection/digital rights management (CP/DRM).  The data is further segmented by the following geographic regions: North America, [...]

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