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TiVo, Philips Head Back to the Future

The headline was too good not to reuse, but Dave Zatz has a few more details about a DVR with integrated over-the-air TV capabilities that TiVo and Philips are developing.

DLNA Dissolves as Non-Profit Trade Group

Here’s something that happened about a month ago that few seemed to notice – The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) “dissolved” as a non-profit trade group last month and handed certification activities over to SpireSpark International, a newly formed services firm founded by former DLNA execs, including CEO Donna Moore, that is based in Portland, Ore.

The Cost of Retail

Even as some things change as cable operators pivot to IP video, others seem to stay the same.

A prime example is the this week’s beta launch of the Xfinity TV app for Roku devices ahead of a commercial debut that will happen sometime later this year.  Save for some minor limitations like access to transactional content (rental and purchased TV shows and movies), the app provides many of the core features that consumers can get from a Comcast-supplied box for its X1 service.

Facebook's Video Focus: Shorter-Form, to Start

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not shed a lot of new light on a report this week that the social media giant is working on a new video-focused app for set-tops and other TV-connected devices tailored for longer-form content, but he did spend part of the company’s Q4 call on Wednesday discussing the strategic importance of video.

Facebook Tuning Up TV Strategy: Report

Facebook is working on a new video-focused app for the Apple TV, set-tops and other TV-connected devices as part of a strategy focused on grabbing more video ad dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook already does some limited app integration on platforms like Comcast’s X1 platform and Roku boxes, but the new strategy appears to have much bigger TV implications.

BitTorrent Live Streams to Android

BitTorrent Live, the OTT TV service that relies on BitTorrent’s P2P platform, has broadened its platform reach with the recent launch of an app for Android devices.


BitTorrent Live’s initial app release for Android, available on Google Play, was issued on Jan. 26. At last check, it has been installed between 1,000 and 5,000 times.


Cox Also Riding X1 Video Wave

Comcast isn’t the only operator to reap the video-facing benefits of X1.


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CBS-Meredith Deal Factors in Hulu Commitment

CBS and Meredith Corp. announced a new long-term affiliation deal that has some heavy OTT overtones.


The Quest for Video Monetization’s Holy Grail

As we all know by now, television has been evolving toward a more personalized experience. Recently, the ability to view high-quality content on devices attached to a broadband Internet connection has obliterated place and device limitations and further hastened the multicast-to-unicast transformation of video consumption.


Release Date for Arris DOCSIS 3.1 Modem a Moving Target

Don’t set your watch by the anticipated release date of the SB8200, Arris’s first DOCSIS 3.1 tagged for retail. It’s been a moving target.


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