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Research, Trends and Insight into OTT content services, UHD 4K TV, Broadband & Home Networks in the TMT (Telecoms, Media, Tech) sector

Facebook Is Now a Live Streaming Social Network

– ‘Streaming Selfie’ Feature Available to Anyone with iPhone in the US
-Look Out Periscope, Meerkat & Snapchat

Facebook’s rollout of live video streaming has been slow and steady.

The feature was available to a select group of people, mainly celebrities, back in August.

 

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Facebook’s live video streaming: now available to all US iPhone users

 

Then in December a select group of iPhone users were granted ability to utilize Facebook live streaming and then all verified accounts were granted access not long afterwards.

Now Facebook has taken a huge leap by offering its live video streaming feature to all iPhone users in the United States.

The feature will rival live streaming services such as Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope.

Facebook is already the most popular mobile app with nearly one billion people using Facebook on their mobile devices every day.

Facebook’s video venture is doing extremely well with over 8 billion video views per day and Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said that members are streaming 100 million hours of video from the network every day.

The live streaming venture may not fare quite as well given the logistics of viewing and the fact that people will not always be in situations where they are able to view live videos – in fact, during the day more often than not people are in situations where viewing video is not convenient. That is why Facebook created the “Save Video” option so people can go back and watch a video later when it is more convenient.

Competition is heating up in the live streaming market, and it will only grow and become more complicated in the coming years due to the changing landscape of digital media. “Look for these mobile live streaming trends – live-video-enabled apps and targeted video advertising – to intensify as more content providers, news organizations, entertainers and businesses in other industry segments increasingly turn to Facebook, Periscope and other streaming-enabled apps as content outlets,” said Wowza Media Systems VP and streaming industry evangelist Chris Knowlton.

The feature, for iPhone owners, will be located on the “Update Status” page and tapping the “Live Video” icon should start the live stream. The feature offers users the option of writing a description of the stream and allows them to select the audience with which they want to share the stream. Viewers will be able to post comments during the stream and when the stream is over it automatically saves to the user’s timeline but they have the option of deleting the video.

Facebook said it will be rolling out the feature to …

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New This Week in The Online Reporter…

The Online Reporter no. 966

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KEY ISSUE

Facebook Is Now a Live Streaming Social Network

Background to this piece: Facebook’s rollout of live video streaming has been slow and steady. The feature was available to a select group of people, mainly celebrities, back in August. The feature will rival live streaming services such as Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope. Competition is heating up in the live streaming market, and it will only grow.

 

DISRUPTIONS

Next Battleground for Verizon & AT&T: Mobile Video

 

4K/UHD [ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION]

Netflix Plans Future Originalswith HDR

No 4K Video for 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Insight’ UHD Channel Will Debut in US

 

OTT

Comcast Finally Gets Its Own OTT Service

All Eyes on CBS’s Live Stream of the Super Bowl

ESPN Goes Digital with Tencent

Time Warner Has the Wrong Idea about Hulu

China’s OTT Service iQiyi to Stream Fox Films

BBC Plans for Its Internet Future

Broadcasters Must Find New Ways to Stay Relevant in Internet TV Era

BT TV App Launches with Beefed up Offerings

Digital Entertainment Landscape Fights Disc Piracy

 

ORIGINAL ONLINE VIDEO

Unstoppable YouTube Viewing Doubled in 2015

Sony’s Crackle Queues up More Original Content

Instagram Is the Latest Social Media Network to Offer Web Series

Screen Actors Guild Honors Web Originals in 2015

Facebook Is Now a Live Streaming Social Network

Gilmore Girls’ Rises from the Dead

Rumors of Original TV Programming from Apple are Swirling

 

 

BROADBAND BEAT

Comcast to Launch Gigabit Broadband over Existing Networks

Comcast Rolls On

100m People to Have Gigabit Service in 2020

 

HOME NETWORKING

Upcoming Wi-Fi HaLow Uses Less Power, Covers Wider Area

 

ENABLING TECHNOLOGY

Google Googling Qualcomm’s ARM-based Server Processors

 

SET- & NET-TOP BOXES

Roku Developing Hybrid NTB/STB Technology for Pay TV Operators

Niche Content Offerings from Acorn TV Available on Apple TV and iOS App

4K Capable Hopper 3 DVR Goes Nationwide

FCC AllVid’ Reminiscent Proposal Faces Strong Opposition

 

LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS

iPads Lead Tablet Market into Steep Sales Decline

Global Smart TV Demand Is Growing

70% of US Broadband Market Will Be Controlled by 2 Cablecos

Global Tablet Market Dips in 2015 as Convertibles Gain Market Share

2.5m Viewers Are Using Samsung Smart TV Hub in UK

70% of Global Population Will Have Mobile Devices by 2020

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UHD 4K Blu-ray Players Will Increase Demand for OTT Streams

Contrary to what some may think, the launch of the UHD (4K) version of Blu-ray players in March will accelerate the use of OTT services.

This is because more people will buy 4K TVs to play 4K Blu-ray discs on their new UHD Blu-ray players.

The installed base of 4K TVs will boom because UHD 4K Blu-ray players can only play in 4K on 4K TVs.

They can also play 1080p Blu-ray discs but existing Blu-ray players cannot play in 4K on 1080p HD TVs. All the 4K sets that UHD Blu-ray players will drive will give users access to all the OTT services, which already have large libraries of 4K content. All Blu-ray players come with Internet access and many OTT apps.

Samsung’s UBD-K8500 UHD Blu-ray player is available for pre-order on Amazon. Funai has said it will offer a Philips brand player at about the same time as has Panasonic, both of which showed UHD Blu-ray players at CES 2016. Other CE makers may follow if sales of UHD Blu-ray are strong.
Samsung and Philips have priced theirs at $400. Panasonic has not announced its pricing. Current Blu-ray players typically sell for less than $100, which will keep the pressure on prices for UHD Blu-ray players.

A company called Oppo is said to be planning to offer its BDT-101CI UHD Blu-ray player later this year at a shockingly low price.

 

 

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In general, because of the limited speed of most homes’ broadband and home network, Blu-ray content looks better on TVs than OTT services do – and that will certainly be even truer for UHD because it requires at least twice the speed of 1080p.

The UHD Blu-ray players will also be able to display two new features that have recently been added: High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG). It’s said that HDR adds as much to 4K viewing as 4K does in comparison to 1080p HD.

In short, although the picture will be …

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New This Week in The Online Reporter…

 

The Online Reporter no. 965

Tweaks and improvements to the new look PDF edition this week, designed to make it easier to navigate on phones and tablets. Please tell us what you think.

 

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IN THIS EDITION

Starry-eyed Start-up Starry Aims to Take on US Broadband Services, Promises Speeds of up to 1 Gbps

 

4K/UHD

UHD Blu-ray Players Will Increase Demand for OTT Streams

Amino’s New STBs Have 4K, HEVC, MoCA & the 11ac Version of Wi-Fi

Welcome to the First Generation of HDR

RCA Making Comeback with 4K and Android TV Sets

 

OTT

Connectivity Is Key to AT&T’s Video Strategy

Netflix Rival iRoko’ Funnels Funds into Original Content

This Year’s Super Bowl Will Be Truly Multi-Platform

Facebook Wants to Be Hub for Live Sports Experiences

IndiePix Launches $5.99 Subscription Internet TV Service

Netflix and Amazon Are Buying Up All the Good Films at Sundance

Pay TV & OTT Swap Content across Borders

BBC3 to Switch to All-Digital in February

Verizon: Linear Video Market is Slowing Down

FilmOn Adds Movie Downloads to Platform with CinemaNow Acquisition

 

ORIGINAL ONLINE VIDEO

Video Now Infiltrating Music Streaming Service

Yahoo’s Video Efforts Not Over Yet

Verizon’s Go90 Looks to Exclusive Content to Increase Viewership

Sundance Festival Sees 3 Films from YouTube SVoD Service Red’

SJ+’ SVoD OTT Service Gets First Long Form Original

 

BROADBAND BEAT

Sckipio’s G.hn Chips Provide 300 Mbps at 500 Meters

Adtran Elaborates on Its G.hn Field Tests

Broadcom Is First to Have Devices with Its DOCSIS 3.1 Chips Certified

Verizon Raises Base FiOS Broadband to 50 Mbps

 

HOME NETWORKING

AirTies Finally Talks about Sky-Q Hybrid Mesh

 

WIRELESS BROADBAND

Verizon Clearly Sees 5G in 2010

RR Media Gives Boost to Eutelsat’s Plans for African Broadband

Nokia’s FastMile Uses Cellcos’ Existing LTE Network for Last Mile Connection

 

LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS

US Broadband Subscribers Spend $6.19 Monthly on OTT

Snowing & Streaming: A Perfect Combination

Distributors Expected to Slim Down Bundles in Coming Years

Roku Argues App Popularity Comes from Views not Installs

A Glimpse of the Scale of Social Video

The Pay TV Providers that Offer Netflix Are Still Losing Subs

Apple TV Has Record Quarter’

Amazon Prime Could Have 54m Members

YouTube Film Sells $1m Worth of Theater Ticket Pre-Sales

The Cord Cutting Trend Is Spreading across the Globe

 

DIGI GRAMS

CES 2016 Was Largest Ever

Facebook Users Love Videos

Netflix Officially Started VPN Blocking

Wuaki.tv Subscribers Increase By 55%

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MoCA Hires Comcast’s Charles Cerino as Full-Time President

– Faces Challenges: China, Retail, Telcos & G.hn

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) has hired the recently retired Comcast executive, Charles Cerino, as its first-ever, full-time president.

The Online Reporter doesn’t typically report on personnel changes but this one is important.

It involves the world’s most successful wireline home network technology, as shown by the number of pay TV services that have standardized on MoCA for distribution flicker-free, high-resolution video in the home – and it is becoming important for extending the reach of the home’s increasingly over-loaded Wi-Fi network.

 

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Draining: MoCA publicity depicts devices gasping for Internet ‘milkshake’ through inadequate straws

MoCA is now, finally, extending its reach into the retail market, where HomePlug has been the dominant wireline technology. It is also extending its reach into China by marketing its technology to the government regulators and cable TV services in China, which could well turn out to be the world’s largest home networking market.

MoCA’s board of directors unanimously named Charles Cerino as its first full-time, paid president because of the next two steps ahead of MoCA – the retail market and China – plus MoCA’s continuing technology development requires a full time president.

Since 2007 Cerino has been president of MoCA while being an employee of Comcast and Comcast’s board representative. He will continue to be on the board but not as Comcast’s representative. As a 40-year veteran of the pay TV industry, Cerino is well-qualified to promote MoCA to other pay TV companies, recruit new members and manage MoCA on a daily basis.
Comcast is generally recognized as the most technologically advanced company in the pay TV industry. Cerino was previously VP of Comcast Center Technology.

New announcements are expected soon about China’s improved versions of MoCA and MoCA’s activities in the retail market. A recently launched Actiontec MoCA-to-Wi-Fi adapter has received glowing reviews from service providers and industry analysts. MoCA members must be encouraged by the recent reports that most homes’ Wi-Fi networks are overwhelmed by the number of mobile viewing devices in the typical home and the coming onslaught of 4K viewing and uploading.

The Online Reporter first reported on MoCA 11 years ago – on January 31, 2004. Most recently we reported:
– MaxLinear, which acquired the first MoCA chipmaker Entropic, is shipping sample quantities of MoCA 2.0 chips that are capable of 1 Gbps net throughput.
– MoCA is said to be working with China’s SARFPPT government agency and the Academy of Broadcast Planning to adopt MoCA as a standard for both network access and home networking in China.
– A new and faster version of MoCA, capable of 2.5 Gbps is reportedly in development and should be available soon, though no specific dates have been announced.

And, for the first time since the launch of the HomePNA home network technology, MoCA faces competition in the coax sector.

It is the G.hn technology, promoted by the HomeGrid Forum as being a worthy alternative to MoCA in coax networking. Most of the world’s telcos and none of China’s pay TV services have as yet selected a wireline home technology to standardize on for distributing pay TV within the home, which means there is room in the market for a new coax network technology. G.hn also operates over the electrical powerlines, which…

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Anthem Sports & Entertainment is a Next Generation Media Company

-Bridging Linear and Web Video Platforms

Anthem Sports & Entertainment is a modern content company that creates channels and programming for what CEO Leonard Asper calls “passionate communities” – ie niche targeted audiences. Multi-platform distribution is an important piece of Anthem Sports’ business.

“We build linear channels that are high quality HD content that you can watch, and that are also hedged to come into the new world – the VoD space,” Asper said, speaking on a panel at CES 2016 this month.

Anthem’s channels include Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network, which Asper calls the CNBC of fantasy sports, and Pursuit Channel, a hunting and fishing channel.

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Anthem’s Fight Network: niche audience

 

The company is looking to add a racing channel and an extreme sports channel to its portfolio in the future. “All very targeted channels for communities that will consume that content on any platform at any time, and who will engage with that content and produce their own content,” he said.

“Each channel is able to be completely broken up into VoD content on any platform, linear or OTT,” he added. “Every piece of that content can be broken up into one-minute, two-minute, three-minute pieces for digital, so YouTube clips, Vine, wherever they are.”

Take Anthem’s FNTSY Sports Network. The content is produced and programmed for a linear pay TV channel.“We give the channel to cable provider, they pay a subscription fee, we then take the ratings and viewership numbers and try to sell them to advertisers,” Asper said. But Anthem also uses repackages that content into video assets for Web-delivered content apps. “The same network is on Xbox as an app,” Asper said. “It’s not the streaming network, it’s select shows uploaded every day right after we shoot them, so they’re timely. It’s also a channel on Roku, it’s an app and Apple TV 4, it’s a YouTube channel; it then gets broken down into two-minute clips [for other digital products].”

Some of the content, particularly the short-form clips, are also sold to the sports leagues themselves to appear on across their digital properties and Websites; the short-form content is also licensed to publishers such as USA Today that are looking to integrate more video into their Websites.

It’s a perfect example of how to leverage video across linear and Web platforms to reach scale with long-tail, niche content. “We don’t get a lot of viewing on the fantasy sports channel but across all the digital platforms, it’s significant,” he said. “We’re effectively becoming a distribution agency for advertisers. We’re taking small numbers and lower-cost content and actually getting into meetings with brands that we have no business meeting, by spreading the content out across platforms.”

In terms of monetization, Anthem Sports’ content is sponsored, ad-supported, or licensed.

The audience that Anthem builds around its content affords advertisers a place to reach extremely targeted, relevant audiences. “When you’re really targeted you can sell products to people, and you can sell advertising,” he said, without needing to reach large scale audiences.

The company does offer a few very niche subscription products, however. Asper pointed to a fantasy sports newsletter the company publishes: “It’s premium…

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New This Week in The Online Reporter…

The Online Reporter no. 964

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KEY ISSUES

Vidgo Says It Is the Future of OTT & Television

More about this item: Vidgo is claiming it can do what Apple has reportedly been unsuccessful at doing, what Intel tried and failed to do and what Microsoft and Google have been unable to do. Sony is in the process of doing it with its PlayStation Vue as is Dish Network with its Sling TV service.

Ericsson Moves Deeper into the TV World

More about this item: Ericsson has announced its acquisition of FYI Television. How important is the metadata that FYI Television gathers? Ericsson’s newest ConsumerLab research reported that 50% of linear TV viewers say they can’t find programs they want to watch, which confirms the importance of content discovery that makes it easy for consumers to find shows they want to watch.

MoCA Hires Comcast’s Charles Cerino as Full-Time President

 

DISRUPTIONS

Three Things Point to the Increasing Disruptions in the Cellular Business

 

PAY TV FIGHTS BACK

Netflix Has Gone Global & Now Everyone Fights Back

 

4K/UHD [ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION]

Sony’s 4K Cameras to Shoot at the 2016 Sony Open

AsiaSat Uses Harmonic’s Gear & Content to Launch Second 4K Channel

4K TVs under $1,000 for Watching the Super Bowl

 

OTT SERVICES, APPS AND SCREENS

Netflix Will Have a Lot to Chew On in 2016

It’s Time for Content Owners to Cut Out the Middle Men

Internet’s Backbone Will Be Next Bottleneck

AT&T Plans to Unify Mobile and Pay TV

Tennis Channel Finds Success Straddling OTT and Pay TV Services

HBO No Longer Playing Hard-to-Get in Spain

Netflix Price Grandfathering is Ending

Cox Had a Flare but No Sparks Flew

Video Curator QYOU Lands Ziggo for a Customized Sports Channel

Netflix Global Expansion Includes Kid-Friendly Programming

 

ORIGINAL ONLINE VIDEO

A Millennial-Centric OTT Network Debuts

 

BROADBAND BEAT

Adtran: G.fast Is Doing Very Well at BT and 60 Other Telcos

Swisscom Looking at Combined DSL/LTE Broadband Service

40 Million Comcast Gigabit Homes. Really.

 

HOME NETWORKING

Celeno VP Marketing on Solving the Sticky Wi-Fi’ Problem

Celeno Lands Deals with Two Major DOCSIS Chipmakers: STM & Intel

 

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

HEVC Does What Was Promised: Cuts Bandwidth in Half

Content Producers Take to HDR

ARM Launches 4K Display Processor for Smartphones & Tablets

DLNA Mandates Low-Power Modes

 

SET- & NET-TOP BOXES

New Dish DVR STB/NTB Has It All

 

WIRELESS BROADBAND

Verizon’s FreeBee Data Competes with Binge On

 

LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS

Sales of STBs to Pay TV Companies Increase Slightly

Sling TV Subs Expected to Surge in 2016

YouTube a Global Muse for Original TV Content

Connect TV Takes the Lead During Christmas Season

Content Ratings Measurement Expanded by Nielsen

Impressive Pay TV and Internet TV Stats We’ve Come Across

 

DIGI GRAMS

BT Takeover of EE Is Approved

BBC’s iPlayer Gets a New Driver

Showtime Raffling Premium Memberships to Spotify Users

Online Video Competition is Fierce

Peak TV’ – Not Yet, but Soon

We’re Seeing a Digital Arms Race

Partnership Brings PBS Series to Amazon Prime Subs

YouTube Talent Is Going Scripted

 

 

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Millennials Won’t ‘Grow Out’of Their Preferences for OTT

-Cord-Cutting Trends Spread to UK

Millennials’ viewing habits are firmly established and are in fact spreading to other age demographics in the UK, according to new research from LEK Consulting.

The findings go against the conventional wisdom that’s rampant in the pay TV industry, which is that Millennials will grow into large, pricey bundles of pay TV subscriptions once they form households and begin having children. LEK defines Millennials as viewers between the ages of 16 and 34 in 2015.

The LEK study found that 45% of Millennials without children and 56% of Millennials with children currently subscribe to pay TV in the UK.

Among Millennial pay TV subs, 45% subscribe to an SVoD OTT service or plan to do so by the end of the year.

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British Millennial TV viewing habits are following worldwide trends

 

Of those “cord-cheaters,” a whopping 60% plan to reduce or all together cancel their pay TV subscriptions. In other words, the majority of Millennial pay TV subs with SVoD OTT subscriptions plan to cut or shave their pay TV cord in the UK.

“The research shows that media consumption trends are broadly consistent throughout the life stages of the millennial generation,” the firm said. “Their behavior is also viral and spreading to non-millennial families and older generations.”

The survey found Millennials spend less time than other age people watching traditional linear TV. Millennials average only 10 hours per week watching pay TV, compared to 20 hours averaged by older generations. Total video consumption among Millennials is only slightly less than older demos in the UK.

Millennials watch an average of 24 hours per week of video across platforms – whether online or on traditional TV – whereas older demographics average 27 hours per week total watching video.

That means Millennials are watching a lot more Internet-delivered video than people of other ages. The survey also found that consumption of traditional linear TV isn’t affected much by whether or not millennial viewers have children. LEK found Millennials with families average 12 hours of traditional TV per week, compared to 10 hours per week averaged for the entire millennial group.

LEK said online video is an important source of content for Millennials, particularly YouTube. Its survey found 46% of Millennials watch YouTube every day, with very little difference again between older and young viewers within the cohort, or those with families compared to those without families.

“Our research has shattered the common assumption that once Millennials are older and have their own children they revert to more traditional media consumption patterns,” said Martin Pilkington, head of LEK’s European media, entertainment and Technology practice. “New media companies in the TV industry are rapidly building wallet and mindshare amongst Millennials and this is spreading to other generations. Our research findings are a wake-up call to the traditional media players that the change in consumption habits is coming faster and is far more pervasive than they might have thought. Many organizations will need to adapt more rapidly to this fast-emerging new competitive environment.”

And perhaps most important to the Web video industry, the survey found Millennials are …

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Upconversion: New UltraHD Premium 4K TV Marketers are Missing a Trick

How Good Are the New UltraHD Premium TV Sets?
– Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

There is no way to evaluate any TV set line, much less 4K and UltraHD Premium sets, except by taking one home for a couple of weeks and trying it out by watching the shows you normally watch.

 

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UltraHD Premium logo

 

It’s too early to do that, so first some general impression about the 2016 4K TVs that were announced at CES 2016.

– Upconversion. None of the announcements, including Vizio’s pre-CES announcement, dealt with what The Online Reporter considers the most important function, upconversion from 1080p and lesser resolutions to 4K.

Upconversion will remain the single most important function, at least for the next two to four years when native 4K and UHD Premium content account for more than 50% of what consumers watch.

– The Industry’s Big Mistake. Setmakers and retailers are making a big mistake by only showing native 4K and UHDP content at trade shows and showrooms. Yes, it looks great but it’s not the real world – not at all what consumers will see when they get their shiny new, super thin and much hyped 4K/UHDP sets home and connected. Less than 5% of what consumers will watch in 2016 will be native 4K content. The right upconversion technology performs wonders with 1080p and lesser resolutions.

The recent New Year’s “Twilight Zone” marathon that ran on American TV, which included every episode ever made and in the sequence in which it originally aired, was for the first time ever in HD. Even though the episodes we watched were in black and white, they looked spectacular on a 2014 Samsung 4K set that has the best upconversion technology of any 4K TV we tested in 2014 and 2015.

– Samsung versus LG. It appears that LG has the best screen technology – OLED – but that Samsung with its LED screen has the best 4K/UHDP technology, based on reading the press announcements and reviews, plus listening to company representatives in their CES booths. It is not clear which company has the best upconversion because as best as we could see, none of them were demonstrating it in their booths. Anyway, it’s best done at home over an extended period of time and content, especially with lots of content from the pay TV service.

– The Others. It’s not clear yet which of the others – Sony or the Chinese setmakers and, in the States, Vizio – will emerge as having the third best 4K TV and the third best-selling 4K set in North America and Europe. Can Vizio, with its much improved but still price competitive sets remain in the top three best-sellers in the States or will one or more of the Chinese setmakers move ahead of it in 2016?

– The UltraHD Premium” moniker. The TV, content and TV distribution industry in the form of the UHD Alliance did themselves and consumers a great disservice by selecting the term “UltraHD Premium” to indicate that TV sets and content meet the full specifications they developed for the new enhancement to 4K, 8K and other screen resolutions.

Firstly, there was already a lot of confusion about the terms “UHD” and Ultra High Definition.”

Secondly, setmakers can and will and already use similar but confusing terms to describe their TVs that do not meet the UHDP standard – terms such as “UltraHD” and “premium UltraHD” TVs.

Third, the Alliance’s bold initiative, which many thought could not be accomplished at all much less in the time frame in which they accomplished it, needs a bold name that is a) distinctive, b) descriptive, c) very different and d) memorable.

The term “4K” did those things for 4K TVs – plus it sounded enough like “3D” that people could easily remember it.

Any term with the word “ultra” in it is going to be confused with the many other consumer and commercial products that are described as “ultra this” and “ultra that.”

You can look it up with Google search for “products with ultra in the name” and see a list.

– What would you buy? Based on what The Online Reporter has seen and know from two years of reporting on 4K/UHD TVs, we would only consider buying a 4K set that meets the full specifications of the UHDP standard.

The industry, reviewers and our eyeballs have convinced us that UHDP is the only way to go – as have our ears for immersive (also 3D or HD) audio. It may be 2017 before prices of 55-inch UHDP sets fall below $2,000 although it could happen as early as the autumn or this summer – if not then, perhaps by the 2016 holiday shopping season. So much of pricing will depend on what the Chinese setmakers do with UHDP sets.

– How to pick the best UHDP set? There is no way to evaluate 4K/UHDP sets except by taking them home and testing them by watching the shows you normally watch.

We’d start by buying an LG set, which is what we did the last time but primarily this time because its OLED display technology is getting rave reviews.

If the LG UHDP set wasn’t what we wanted, especially in terms of upconverting 1080p and lower resolutions, we’d …

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New This Week in The Online Reporter…

The Online Reporter no. 963

 

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KEY ISSUES

Panasonic, Samsung, LG Start an Avalanche of Ultra HD Premium TVs

Comment about this item: Ever wonder how products can be put on the market as soon as, and often before, a new industry standard has been completed?

In the case of this item it’s because Samsung and its chip suppliers, which in this case could be Samsung’s gigantic semiconductor division, are deeply involved in developing the standard. They know what the specifications will be before the specs are completed.

Social Streaming Will Be a Game Changer’

Virtual Reality from Hulu Is Coming

UltraHD Premium’ Might Smell Sweeter with a Different Name

 

PAY TV FIGHTS BACK

Time Warner Taking a Page from the Netflix Playbook

AT&T Harvests DirecTV Content for Unlimited Mobile Data Offer

 

4K/UHD (ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION)

How Good Are the New UltraHD Premium TV Sets?

UltraHD Premium Takes Only about 5%-20% More Bandwidth than 4K

Rumblings about 4K Blu-ray Players

Funai Launches Philips Brand UHD Blu-ray Player

 

OTT SERVICES, APPS AND SCREENS

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Is a Next Generation Media Company

We’re Seeing the Great Unbundling’ Occur

Kids Are Growing Up in a Completely Different Entertainment Ecosystem

Starz Is Jumping on the OTT Bandwagon

CBS and Warner Brothers Consider CW Online Options

NBC Wants Reality Check’ on Netflix by Revealing Ratings

Hulu Shines Light on Dead TV Revivals

Nielsen Not Measuring Up for NBC Universal

 

ORIGINAL ONLINE VIDEOS

MCNs Are Now Media Companies

Snapchat Has Some Notable New Users

Periscope Live Video Now Available Via Twitter Feed

Amazon Originals Recognition and Viewing Is Up

Huffington Post Sees Need to Change Video Approach

SeeSo Won’t Be NBC’s Only Niche Streaming Service

 

ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

BROADBAND BEAT

FCC Flunks US on Broadband Deployment Efforts

 

HOME NETWORKING

Home Network Update from CES

TP-Link Shows World’s First Router with Wi-Fi 11ad (WiGig)

Sigma Designs Announces Two Major G.hn Wins

MaxLinear Announces 1 Gbps MoCA 2.0 Chips

 

LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS

Millennials Won’t Grow Out’ of Their Preferences for OTT

Deloitte Predicts 10X More Gigabit Connections in 2016

ESPN’s Prospects as a Direct-to-Consumer Offering Look Dim

Subscription Internet TV Services Now in 12% of Homes in France

Verizon’s FiOS Tops Netflix’s ISP Speed Rankings

VR Headset Sales to Soar in 2016

 

DIGI GRAMS

Minority-Targeted Programming Totally Antiquated’

YouTubers Drive Commerce better than Models

Streaming Costs on the Rise for OTT Providers as Viewers Stream More Content

Everything Will Change in 2018

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