Multi-format transcoders are used to process video and audio streams mainly for distribution over the Internet but also for other purposes like digital archiving. The greatest change to transcoder technology will come from the adoption of the HEVC codecs.
MRG expects total transcoders sales to reach $490 million by 2017, as the live portion of the total continues to account for higher revenues. Many live transcoders are bought by pay-TV service providers who are offering multi-screen options out of fear of OTT providers, such as Netflix.
The worldwide pay-TV subscriber base surpassed 886.5 million at the end of 3Q 2013 — that’s a 6 percent YoY increase, generating $62.6 billion service revenue in the third quarter.
“Emerging markets are key drivers of global growth in pay-TV subscribers as developed markets are experiencing flat growth rates,’ said Jake Saunders, VP and practice director at ABI Research.
Like other forms of video entertainment, sports programming is shifting to the digital space. American sports leagues and broadcasters are streaming increasing amounts of content on their broadband and mobile channels, and people are responding, according to eMarketer.
Yahoo! Sports is in the lead, with 52.75 million unique visitors in September 2013. Other top properties included ESPN, FOX Sports, NFL and USA Today.
Second-screen usage is the latest way consumers engage with television content. According to the latest Nielsen data, 75 percent of smartphone and tablet users are engaging with second screen content more than once a month as they watch TV.
And about half of those people are engaged with second screen content daily — that’s about 50 million people.
Intersection of TV and Twitter provides gravitational pull. Given the live, structured and public nature of Tweets, they believe this is one of only a small handful of Internet platforms capable of opening the proverbial floodgates of TV ad spending.
They estimate that within the next 10 years, Twitter will absorb as much as 5% of the $200 billion TV ad market.
The Weather Channel is expanding its brand — by entering the world of immersive storytelling.
Because of a slow-moving disaster caused by sinking land, climate change and oil exploration, Louisiana’s coastal families must choose between leaving their homes for higher ground or staying where generations of their families lived, on land so precarious the next hurricane could wash them away.
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There are almost 300 news channels currently available in Europe, with 214 based in the continent and a further 80 broadcast there from elsewhere, according to the European Audiovisual Observatory.
More than 80% of news channels belong to private companies, while the number of news channels available over free DTT has risen to 43, compared to 16 four years ago.
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According to research from TDG, more than half of consumers with a net-connected TV have increased their use of over-the-top broadband TV sources in the last year, with 24% reporting a sizeable increase.
Only 8% of net-connected TV users report a decline in OTT TV viewership during the last year, meaning net-connected TV users are six times more likely to have increased their use of the medium than to have decreased it.
Following a dismal third quarter, the outlook for global TV shipments appears even dimmer in 2013, with shipments now forecast to fall by 5 percent, marking the second consecutive year of decline.
Global shipments of television sets will slide to 226.7 million units in 2013 — that’s down from 238.2 million in the previous year, according to IHS.
Globally, the audiovisual market — including linear TV, video on physical devices and video on demand — continues to grow and is expected to generate revenue of EUR 408.6 billion in 2013.
The industry reached a major milestone this year as revenue from video on demand – including OTT and all other platforms — overtook revenue from video on physical devices EUR 18.4 billion as compared with EUR 17.1 billion respectively.