Picture Quality rules for TV

Picture quality (including size) was and remains the #1 selling feature for TV. Second and third were always design and sound quality.


This article claims people like navigation options and controllablity; but in the USA settop box world that seems awkward. Maybe people do like more choice than there single STB and TVs can play a prime role in making it accessible.




Mobile TV future

Roughly 12 years after the dismal launch of DVB-H ( long forgotten) we watch video on our mobile more than ever. People are glued to their mobile phones and increassingly watch video content on it. As predicted then this typically is not the long form but short form.


Advertising in association and with use of video on mobile is also strongly on the rise. This is becoming big business.

Inspiration: Mobile set to be UK #1 video screen |

Paramount agreement could spell end of geoblocking

A small news item with a significant potential impact. The geographical fencing in the EU for content distribution is gradually broken down. The EU will enforce non-exclusivity on content distribution by country/territory in contracts as well as effectively outlaw cross border distribution limits set in contracts between content owners and distributors.

The European Commission has made concessions in Paramount’s film contracts with Sky UK binding under European law.

Source: Paramount agreement could spell end of geoblocking

Comcast outdoing FCC plans

Comcast and other major payTV operators are facing the FCC on the issue of the choice of the device to access TV services. Comcast and others deliver their TV services exclusively to settop boxes and in order to create some freedom of choice for users have suggested to provide app’s on other devices for accessing their services. That is exactly what Comcast is doing now for Roku devices and Samsung TVs.

The FCC is not impressed pointing out that the user interface of the app still offers no choice and searching for content is only possible in the payTV provider’s app.

The fight will continue for some time. It is also somewhat remarkable that Comcast launches this initiative now whereas Roku and Samsung surely would have been glad to cooperate a few years back.

Source: Comcast Tries to Do an End Run Around the FCC on Set-Top Box Changes

50% think viewing TV can be over internet

Zattoo, a German OTT channel streaming service has commissioned market research from TNS Infratest regarding appreciation of the German public about the ability  to view TV over the internet. Roughly 50% thinks this is possible, which is a large increase (60%) from the year before.

Trends are strong. 30% already streams to the main screen, VOD mostly but also linear TV like Zattoo is delivering. Online viewing is an important part of TV viewing: 60% is using online viewing, 25% of which is using it almost exclusively.

Here is a nice infographic (translation by UC-Connect):