"set top" articles

By Kurt Scherf, Contributor CES isn’t necessarily the show at which major pay-TV providers (cable, satellite, or IPTV) make announcements, but as consumer electronics becoming important complements or replacements to the set-top box or pay-TV altogether, the show serves as an increasingly important way for these providers to demonstrate their continued relevance. The pay-TV market is under significant threat from alternative sources of entertainment and content, whether it is...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 1, 2013
Tags: CES, connected ce, pay tv, set top
By Kurt Scherf, Contributor Although a great deal of web and apps capabilities are being directly embedded into televisions and other consumer electronics, there were several companies that demonstrated stand-alone set-top boxes with the ability to not only connect to well-known online content sources such as Netflix or Hulu Plus, but also over-the-air (OTA) and even cable television programming. Among the companies showing such trends were Boxee , NETGEAR , and Roku . Each...
 
by Parks Associates | Jan. 30, 2013
Tags: ces, connected ce, set top
By Jim O'Neill, Research Analyst Operators looking to cash in on delivering video to multiple screens have been talking about HEVC (high efficiency video coding) for a long time. Developers say the new video coding standard — H.265 — would reduce bit rate requirements of the current standard, H.264, by half, and deliver the same quality video. At the Cable Show in Boston this year, Motorola, which has been a participant in HEVC’s development,  talked about its plans...
 
by | Aug. 22, 2012
Tags: industry event, mobile, set top, smartphones, tablets
By Brett L. Sappington, Director of Research On Thursday, The Wall Street Journal published an article reporting rumors that Apple was in discussions with pay-TV providers about the possibility of an Apple-branded set-top box (STB) that would carry live and on-demand content. According to the article, Apple proposed to provide the hardware and have pay-TV providers deliver the linear and on-demand content. For Apple, which has made a strong business by leveraging content to...
 
by Brett Sappington | Aug. 17, 2012
Tags: apps, digital music, gaming, OTT, pay tv, set top
TiVo Inc. , a leader in the advanced television entertainment market, recently announced that it will acquire TRA, Inc., creator of the leading platform with the world's largest database that directly links information from the same households as to what viewers watch with what they buy. TRA matches television exposures from 1.5 million TV homes with specific purchase transactions. TiVo’s acquisition will create a unique combination of insights that will offer the TV advertising...
 
by Parks Associates | Jul. 25, 2012
Tags: retail, set top
Belkin  has made a surprise entry into the place-shifting arena with @TV Plus, a set-top box allowing you to stream video from your home TV to your tablet, smartphone, or laptop over WiFi or a 3G/4G cellular connection. This is a direct competitor to Slingbox, which was acquired by EchoStar a few years ago and has languished a bit while maintaining the dominant position in the niche place-shifting market.  Like the Slingbox, @TV Plus works with both standard...
Written by Brett L. Sappington, Director of Research Comcast has been early to grab headlines at The Cable Show 2012 with the official launch of its X1 set-top box . While the new generation STB offers greater processing, new cloud-based features, and an EPG/remote control app for the tablet, the user interface has also seen some changes. Comcast has enhanced the search and discovery features of their UI but are not using any recommendation or user profiling technology....
 
With the rise of TV Everywhere and services to deliver content to connected consumer electronics , many are wondering what this means to the future of the set-top box business, particularly from stalwarts such as Motorola (Google) and Cisco. A recent Forbes article touched on this topic. Is the set-top business declining precipitously? Cisco doesn’t think so – it just announced the purchase of conditional access and UI provider NDS. Brett Sappington, our Senior Analyst, has...
 
by Parks Associates | Mar. 21, 2012
Tags: set top, TV Everywhere

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