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Flix Snip debuts in Asia with a Singapore launch on Toggle

By Robert Briel

Short-form content app and VOD service, Flix Snip has announced a partnership with Mediacorp to host content on its digital entertainment platform, Toggle.

The partnership marks the expansion of Flix Snip to the Asian market.

Toggle subscribers can now enjoy the cutting edge, international selection of films from Flix Snip, without the hassle of having to install a set-top box. Created for life’s little breaks, Flix Snip offers a large curated and premium collection of short form movie and series.

All in an under 20 minute format, Flix Snip is adapted to the modern way of consuming entertainment. Flix Snip brings global content of short format movies, animations and mini-series available in multiple genres such as Drama, Family, Comedy, Romance, Thriller, and Sci-Fi.

Flix Snip will be fully accessible within Toggle, available on mobile devices, computers, Smart TVs, Apple TV and ChromeCast.

More than half of smartphone owners access video services

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

More than half of owners now using their smartphones to access video services.

The smartphone has taken a major step in its evolution from a voice-centric device to a media-centric platform, with more than 50 percent of owners now using their device to access video services on a monthly basis, according to a multinational survey conducted by IHS Markit|Technology.

An average of 53 percent of internet users across six countries now utilize their smartphones for video services both in and out of the home, as reported by the Out of Home Video Viewing Report 2019 from IHS Markit | Technology. Video-service usage varies widely among different countries, ranging from 42 percent of smartphone owners in Germany to 73 percent in India.

Owners across the different countries report using an average of 3.5 video services per month on their smartphones.

“Smartphones increasingly are transforming into multipurpose platforms—moving beyond voice communications to become media entertainment systems,” said Fateha Begum, associate director at IHS Markit | Technology. “As a result, video has become a key component of mobile strategies with smartphones adopting larger screens, more processing power and better picture quality. Wireless carriers now are bundling video services with data plans, a trend that’s likely to accelerate with the launch of 5G.”

Indian and Brazilian consumers favor smartphone video

Of the six markets surveyed, respondents in India were most likely to say they watch video content out of the home via mobile devices. Indians also view this content more frequently than residents of any other country surveyed, with nearly half claiming to do so at least once a day. Viewing rates are similar for live and on-demand content, with Indian respondents most likely to engage in both viewing types.

Smartphone owners in India access 5.9 video services monthly, the highest of any country surveyed.

In Brazil, two thirds of Internet users claim to watch video content out of the home on a monthly basis, with similar rates of viewership seen across live and on-demand content. A total of 73 percent of those watching out-of-home content in Brazil select long-form content types as their most watched out of home, higher than any other market. Films are most watched on mobile devices out of the home with 41 per cent selecting it, while TV shows lead in nearly all other markets.

“Smartphone owners in the developing economies of India and Brazil watch more video on smartphones due to lower broadband penetration and a lack of other connected devices capable of receiving Internet video services,” Begum said.

“In India, smartphones account for nearly eight in 10 Internet connected devices, compared to a global average of four in 10.??”

YouTube is the most accessed video service on smartphones across all countries. More than 80 percent of people who use smartphones for video access are using them to watch videos on YouTube on a monthly basis.

Other interesting developments in the out-of-home viewing market include:
– Those in urban areas are 60 percent more likely to stream live content out of the home on mobile devices than rural populations are.
– Data plans and content partnerships have been key in driving out-of-home video viewing in the past few years, particularly with the launch of 4G. Nearly two thirds of consumers who stream content out of the home on a monthly basis select long-form content types as their most watched type of video.
– Despite the high usage of smartphones as video consumption devices, only 14 percent of all respondents surveyed selected their phone as their first choice for a device when looking for something to watch.

Sky Deutschland enables Sky Go downloads

By JΓΆrn Krieger

The customers of German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland with a Sky Q receiver will soon be able to watch TV programmes recorded at home on their smartphones and tablets even without internet access.

The download function will be enabled with the latest update of the Sky Go app, which will become available for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets as well as for PC and Mac in the next few weeks.

If the Sky Q receiver and the mobile device are on the same network, both devices will connect automatically. The ‘recordings’ button will then appear in the navigation bar of the Sky Go app. All available recordings of the set-top box will be listed here.

There is one limitation: For Sky Q customers on Vodafone Deutschland’s cable network, recordings can’t be used via Sky Go.

With the update, the Sky Go app also receives a new main navigation, intended to make it easier for users to find the desired content.

Ziggo claims 1.5m active users of TV Everywhere app Ziggo Go

By Robert Briel

Dutch cable operator Ziggo said it’s TV Everywhere app Ziggo Go now has 1.5 million active users.

According to the Dutch Apps Market report, the app is in the top 3 most downloaded video apps of last year (after YouTube and Netflix).

“The app also plays an important role on holidays”, said Marcel de Groot, Consumer Market Director at VodafoneZiggo:

“With more than 1.5 million active users, the Ziggo GO app is extremely popular. During the holiday period at home and abroad, the use of the app is growing daily. In order to give holidaymakers extra support this summer in bringing along their favourite programmes, films and series, a Ziggo Go team will be available at Schiphol Airport until mid-August”.

Dutch holiday makers can use the Ziggo Go app in the whole European Union. In addition, Ziggo has also made the app available for viewing in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Overseas, the service can be used in the Canary Islands, the Azores, French Guyana, Réunion, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, and Saint-Martin.

IBC 2019: Rohde & Schwarz to show 5G Broadcast solution

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German technology company Rohde & Schwarz will present the world’s first complete 5G Broadcast transmission solution at IBC 2019.

The system consists of the core network functionality provided by the new R&S BSCC broadcast service and control centre and R&S Tx9 transmitters, which support FeMBMS. This all-in-one solution covers all entities from the content provider to the consumer and is fully compliant with 3GPP release 14, according to Rohde & Schwarz.

It enables broadcasters to contribute their assets for efficient distribution of high-quality video to the future 5G ecosystem, reaching smartphones and other devices. The solution will be showcased at the Rohde & Schwarz booth B.21 in hall 7.

As a part of Bavarian research project 5G Today, Rohde & Schwarz is investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in FeMBMS mode. Using high-power high-tower (HPHT) transmitters allows broadcasters to distribute video over 5G networks in downlink-only mode with the advantages of classic broadcasting.

This provides the high-quality levels known from HDTV broadcasting, low-latency live content as well as spectrum efficiency and wide coverage, according to the company. There is no need for a SIM card in the mobile device.

Play adds NBCUni channels

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s largest mobile operator Play has expanded the offer of its Play Now TV platform with three channels from NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN).

Starting today (August 1), viewers will be able to receive Sci Fi, 13 Ulica and E! Entertainment Television in the Extra package.

Furthermore, they will be offered as part of an open window for the whole of this month.

Play Now provides access to TV channels and movies, TV series, entertainment programmes and animated series on demand, anywhere and anytime.

The platform is available on mobile devices, the www.playnow.pl website, Play Now TV Box set-top box, as well as various devices with the Android TV system.

Flix Snip expands European video distribution with Huawei Video

By Robert Briel

Short-form content app and VOD service Flix Snip has announced a major distribution partnership with Huawei.

Flix Snip’s premium, short form content is now available to Huawei mobile phone users across Spain and Italy as part of the Huawei Video SVOD service. This announcement builds upon the momentum of Flix Snip’s recent launch in Russia on the MegaFon and Rostelecom telecoms services.

Huawei Video delivers a wide selection of regularly updated international, European, and local content. Subscribers in Spain and Italy can now access Flix Snip’s catalogue of short format premium entertainment content, which has a running time of 20 minutes or less. Flix Snip offers a range of genres including: drama, animation, children, family, comedy, science-fiction and horror. All content is localised and dubbed in Spanish and Italian.

“Flix Snip is a perfect fit for our Huawei Video service because it lets subscribers access high-quality, short-form content conveniently on the go,” says Jaime Gonzalo, VP of Huawei Mobile Services in Europe.

“Our users want compelling short movies and series that they can dip in and out of. The Flix Snip service provides a huge range of content in a number of genres that meet the viewing requirements of our expanding mobile video platform.”

Sebastien Perioche, Founder and CEO, Flix Snip adds, “The way in which we consume content has changed dramatically. Viewers are more often watching video on their mobile devices and they want to access curated, premium content that’s congruent with their busy lifestyles at the touch of a finger. We are delighted to partner with Huawei and we look forward to announcing more content distribution deals around the world in the near future.”

Czech Digi unveils Apple TV app

By Chris Dziadul

All Digi TV customers in the Czech Republic can now access the service via Apple TV.

Commenting on the development, Iveta Slapalova, director of customer services at Gigi TV, said: “In addition to expanding and improving programme offerings this year, Digi TV is focusing on enhancing features and user comfort for our customers. The Apple TV app was preceded by the launch of Digi TV for Samsung’s smart TVs. We have also changed the Digi TV user interface in the browser on computers. More news will follow”.

Arris’s set-top box still remains the most popular way to receive Digi TV. However, the number of connections with Samsung smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets and PCs is also increasing.

Digi TV notes that it is also working on making its service available on other brands of smart TVs and multimedia devices.

EE to launch UK’s first 5G service

By Julian Clover

The first 5G service to operate in the UK will launch on May 30th in in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester.

Customers will be given access to a new BT Sport HDR app that will be exclusive to 5G plans and worth a nominal £15 per month. Users will be able to cast the HDR pictures to their TV. The standard BT app is also there at £10 per month plus a Video Data Pass thsat includes selected video services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BT Sport, TV Player and MTV Play without using your data. The video services are dubbed ‘swappable benefits’, another is a Gamer’s Data Pass, also with zero-rated data.

From today, consumers and businesses can pre-order the new devices, including smartphones from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and Oppo. However, Huawei product has been dropped from the offer. It follows Google’s decision to pull its branded apps from future Huawei phones.

Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer division, said: “This is the start of the UK’s 5G journey and great news for our customers that want and need the best connections. We’ve started with 5G in some of the busiest parts of the UK, the widest range of 5G devices in the UK, and plans that give customers the best mobile connection and great benefits.

“We’re adding 5G to the UK’s number one 4G network to increase reliability, increase speeds, and keep our customers connected where they need it most. 5G will create new experiences with augmented reality, make our customers’ lives easier, and help launch entirely new businesses that we haven’t even imagined. We’re upgrading more than 100 sites to 5G every month from today to connect more places to what 5G can enable.

EE is launching 5G in what its describes as the “busiest parts of the UK”. It expects customers to experience an increase in speeds of around 100-150Mbps even in the busiest areas. Some customers will break the one gigabit-per-second milestone on their 5G smartphones. The fastest speed possible when EE launched 4G in 2012 was just 50Mbps.

Plans start from 10GB (£54 per month) and extend up to 120GB (£74 per month).

Paolo Pescatore, PP Foresight, Tech, Media & Telco Analyst said asking customers to pay a premium will be challenging. “Articulating the merits and offering features like swappable benefits will be paramount. Bundling a range of services and content will allow the telco to differentiate over rivals. This is a sensible approach given the huge cost of acquiring spectrum and rolling out expensive new network technology. The initial premium will quickly erode as we’ve seen with previous generations.”

In addition to the six launch cities, in 2019 EE will also be introducing 5G across the busiest parts of Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield. And in 2020, even more towns and cities will get 5G sites including: Aberdeen, Cambridge, Derby, Gloucester, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, Worcester and Wolverhampton.

Caiway and Delta TV integrate into a single multiscreen platform

By Robert Briel

Dutch cable and internet service providers Delta and Caiway are to provide TV services from these brands on a shared platform, integrated via AminoTV and Stoneroos OTT Now!.

This move comes a year after both Delta and Caiway were acquired in separate deals by Swedish private equity group EQT and merged into Delta Fiber Netherlands.

Delta and Caiway will continue to operate as separate brands, and integrate their pay-TV operations seamlessly and enable a geographically redundant platform via its AminoTV end-to-end multiscreen video platform. The roll-out has already started and will continue throughout 2019. Delta Fiber began working on a shared platform in January 2018 and has continued to make improvements to the QoS of both Delta and Caiway during 2018 and 2019. Each brand will be able to offer an integrated and unified user interface while benefiting from a common, modular backend.

The OTT service is based on Stoneroos OTT Now! platform and includes native smart phone and tablet applications for iOS and Android, as well as a web client, to deliver a smooth and consistent user experience across all platforms.

Making use of the OTT Now! solution, Stoneroos and CAIWay were able to create a cutting-edge brand new TV experience for the new IPTV Platform in a very short time.

CAIWay subscribers now have the opportunity to experience all interactive features such as watching and pausing Live TV, Catch-up services and Recordings on their preferred devices. The new platforms also allows to cast programmnes from mobile devices to regular TV sets using Google Chromecast.

The roll out of the new CAIWay Interactive TV platform builds on the successful introduction of the Delta IPTV platform.

John Wittekamp, CTO at Delta Fiber Netherlands, says: “In enabling us to bring both services onto a single unified backend platform, Amino helps us to boost our efficiencies and provide all our subscribers with an advanced, modern TV service. We can deliver live, on-demand and cloud PVR capabilities through a TV platform that enables us to provide a user-friendly and highly personalised customer experience.”

Amino CEO Donald McGarva notes: “The Delta transformation project delivering modern TV experiences for all its subscribers has proven to be highly successful – gaining new customers and driving net promoter scores that rank with the industry best. We now look forward to replicating this success with Caiway and are pleased to share our knowledge and experience in deploying a smart, cost-effective solution that’s right for both brands.”

McGarva concludes: “Helping operators such as Delta and Caiway future-proof their operations is central to what we do at Amino. Working closely with TV operators of all types to deliver complex cable-to-IP transformation solutions as we all move toward an all-IP future is critical to business success for both our company and our clients.”

UPC extends Horizon Go in Poland

By Chris Dziadul

UPC Polska has made Horizon Go accessible on Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.

Up until now it has only been available on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices, as well as via www.horizon.tv on PCs.

Horizon Go currently gives UPC Polska customers access to over 130 TV channels, as well as thousands of films and series on an on demand basis.

Germany launches TV via 5G broadcast trial

By JΓΆrn Krieger

[WATCH VIDEO] The 5G Today project has officially started its field trial for TV broadcasting via 5G at a kick-off event at German broadcast technology research institute IRT in Munich today.

The project partners Bavarian public broadcaster BR, IRT, Kathrein, Rohde & Schwarz and Telefónica Deutschland are jointly testing broadcasting options for 5G technology. The new large-area 5G field trial in the Bavarian alpine region is covered by two high-performance transmitters at BR transmitter sites in Ismaning near Munich and on the top of the Wendelstein mountain. Both operate with 100 kilowatts ERP.

With the help of the high power of the transmitters and the high transmission towers (HPHT), the broadcasting of TV channels covering large areas can be tested based on the new broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). FeMBMS allows far-reaching distribution of content across large coverage areas with a radius of up to 60 kilometres.

The 5G Today project is intended to lay the foundation for the efficient transmission of broadcast content in 5G networks. It has been supported by the Bavarian Research Foundation since 2017.

“I am delighted that today we can launch the world’s first large-scale test network for 5G broadcasting,” said Ulrich Wilhelm, director general of BR and currently chairman of German public broadcaster association ARD. “We must design our future digital communications infrastructures in such a way that everyone can continue to benefit from the diversity of media content.”

What has been lacking so far in the distribution of broadcast content is an efficient and direct way of reaching users with live and linear content on mobile devices without additional costs for users. That is why BR together with IRT and three industry companies launched the 5G Today project in 2017. The project will test how 5G broadcasting can be used to create an overlay infrastructure that can simultaneously serve millions of future 5G mobile reception devices. The aim is neither to occupy the regular mobile networks nor to incur additional costs for citizens.

The two test transmitters are operated as a single frequency network (SFN) on channel 56/57 (750-760 MHz). Kathrein provides the antenna system while HPHT transmitters from Rohde & Schwarz are used for the 5G transmission. Telefónica Deutschland is contributing the frequencies.

“With this field trial covering Munich and the Bavarian alpine region, we now have a unique and true pioneer project – even if it will still take a few more years for commercial reception devices to become available and before public operation will be possible,” said IRT’s managing director Michael Hagemeyer. “The test will provide important insights for our research.”

IRT is coordinating the project and is developing a prototype FeMBMS receiver based on a software-defined radio (SDR) solution. In future, this technology could be integrated into smartphones, tablets and TV sets for the reception of live and linear content over 5G. The test receiver for the kick-off event is provided by the Institute for Communications Technology of Technische Universität Braunschweig.

The test operation of 5G Today will run until autumn 2019, after which the results and further exploitation of the findings will be evaluated. The project ends on October 31, 2019.

Stoneroos announces new mobile interactive TV app for Delta Fiber Netherlands

By Robert Briel

Stoneroos has delivered a completely new mobile interactive TV application for Delta Fiber Netherlands, available for iOS and Android devices.

Stoneroos is a provider of interactive TV apps and OTT solutions. Delta Fiber Netherlands is an internet, TV and (fixed and mobile) telephony provider in The Netherlands, operating under the brands Delta and Caiway.

The introduction of the new app is part of a Partnership Agreement between Delta and Stoneroos, which was started last year by deploying a set-top box (STB) application for its new all IP-based service model, based on Amino set-top boxes. The introduction of the new, native mobile apps is another step towards Delta offering its customers a seamlessly integrated television experience across all platforms. Delta, that serves the province of Zeeland, launched its interactive IPTV platform in January 2018.

The new mobile app, available for smartphones and tablets, allows viewers to watch linear live TV, record programmes, catch-up past programmes as well as re-start a programme from the beginning. The app is optimised for the two formats, smartphone and tablets, to offer the viewer the best possible UI experience.

The main features of the new mobile app are: – watch channels live – not only in The Netherlands, but across the European Union.
– have access to dozens of radio stations and non-stop audio music channels
– a fully featured EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) featuring the Stoneroos-patented TV view feature
– catch-up on programmes broadcast during the past seven days
– ‘replay TV’, allowing users to re-start live programmes (begin gemist)
– record programmes in the cloud
– cast a programme on the big screen using Google Chromecast
– a special PIP (Picture-in-Picture) feature for the tablet version, which allows users to open others apps while continue to watch television
– viewers who watch a programme on one device, can stop and continue to watch on any other device

Stoneroos has used its white-label OTT Now! product, fully optimised for the Delta brand, which connects directly to the Amino TV platform API’s.

“We enjoy working for a Dutch customer and being able to make a NextGen product and try to make a difference by making the app user-friendly, intuitive, modern, personal and fast” said Annelies Kaptein, CEO of Stoneroos.

“Delta is pleased with the knowledge and expertise of Stoneroos and the way they have helped to develop our new interactive TV platform. With this mobile addition to our offer, our customers have even more freedom and endless possibilities to watch TV wherever and whenever they want. With the additions, our customers get a TV platform that excels in user-friendliness and delivers a highly personalised experience” said Timmy Langeveld – Senior Product manager Interactive TV at Delta Fiber.

Let month, Delta Fiber Netherlands, updated its set-top box (STB) application from Hilversum-based Stoneroos in order to allow multicast IP streaming and to integrate the Metrological App Store.

Eleven Sports and Onefootball create in-app PPV football experience

By Robert Briel

Eleven Sports has partnered with digital football platform, Onefootball, for the launch of the first in-app, pay-per-view live streaming football offer.

Fans in the UK and Ireland can now purchase and watch any LaLiga match carried by Eleven Sports for £2.99 (€3.49 in Ireland) on a pay-per-view basis via the Onefootball app.

Plans are also in development for the Onefootball pay-per-view option to be rolled out for Serie C matches in Italy, before the model is launched in other Eleven Sports markets from the 2019/20 season onwards.

“Fans worldwide are seeking more flexible ways to watch live sport. Our pioneering partnership with Onefootball enables us to cater for those needs, while also broadening our reach to a wider fan base,” said Danny Menken, Eleven Sports Group Managing Director.

“This international partnership ensures Eleven Sports continues to lead the way in offering innovative viewing solutions for fans, following our platform agnostic model that means our content is widely available at a very reasonable cost.

“We can also leverage Onefootball’s intelligence on their significant global user base which can be easily targeted through direct and personalised in-app marketing. We are excited to launch this offer with Onefootball in the UK and Ireland before rolling it out in our other markets worldwide.”

Lucas von Cranach, Founder and CEO, Onefootball, added: “Modern football fans are challenging the status quo. They want to be empowered to consume live content in a more flexible, easily accessible way.

“Eleven Sports and Onefootball share the same vision how live football should be brought to the fans today. We are thrilled about this partnership.

“Offering live streaming as part of the Onefootball app is the next big step in our platform evolution.”

NAB 2019: Rohde & Schwarz presents 5G Broadcast

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German technology company Rohde & Schwarz will present a solution for the future transmission of media content with 5G Broadcast at NAB 2019.

Broadcasters will be able to reach smartphone users directly by using a high-power high-tower (HPHT) network topology as an overlay for mobile networks.

As a part of the Bavarian research project 5G Today, Rohde & Schwarz is investigating large-scale TV broadcasts over an HPHT 5G Broadcast field trial near Munich. The project is also supported by Kathrein, Telefónica Germany and Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, who is providing two HPHT sites for the field trial.

Using the HPHT concept will allow broadcasters to distribute video over 5G networks with all the advantages of classic broadcasting like high quality levels as known from HDTV broadcasting, low latency live content as well as enormous spectrum efficiency and wide coverage, according to Rohde & Schwarz. This will enable broadcasters to bring their assets for efficient distribution of high-quality video into the future 5G ecosystem.

With a cell radius of more than 60 km in each transmission area, 5G Broadcast offers broad coverage for transmitting media content, even in rural areas. This reduces necessary infrastructure investments since large areas can be covered with just a few transmitters.

The company will highlight the advantages of this technology at the Rohde & Schwarz booth and will demonstrate the first end-to-end solution for LTE/5G Broadcast.

Sky Deutschland opens Sky Kids app to all subscribers

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has made its Sky Kids app available to all subscribers free of charge.

The Sky Kids app, launched in July 2016, has previously been restricted to subscribers of the Sky Entertainment package. Now customers in Germany and Austria signed up to any package with Sky+ or Sky Q can access the app on their tablets and smartphones (iOS/Android).

The app offers children a selection of series and entertainment programmes with a tailor-made, easy-to-navigate user interface. The content can be accessed across all EU countries and downloaded for offline viewing.

Sky Mobile extends streaming offer

By Julian Clover

Sky Mobile has announced a new version of its Watch proposition that allows customers unlimited streaming from any Sky app. This includes Sky Go, Sky Kids, Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

Previously customers were able to use Sky Go Extra to watch Sky content offline, but this is the first time it has been able to stream on the go, without the customer eating into their data allowance.

Sophia Ahmad, Director of Sky Mobile, said: “We launched Sky Mobile to connect our customers to more of what they love. Streaming films and TV shows on-the-go is now one of the most popular ways to pass time while travelling or commuting – and our new Watch offer makes it easier for our customers to stay up to date with the unmissable must-watch television, from Game of Thrones to F1 races, that we know our customers love.”

Watch is available to all Sky Mobile customers, though the precise nature of the content depends on which Sky package the customer has signed up to.

MWC 2019: video on mobile networks has grown on average 50-60% YoY

By Broadband TV News Correspondent

Research from Openwave Mobility has found that over the past five years, video on mobile networks has grown on average 50-60% year-on-year (YoY), while in many developing markets, the rate is more than twice this.

The findings are part of the latest Mobile Video Index (MVI), now in its third edition. Along with live data from over 30 mobile operators globally, the latest edition of the MVI also features insight from the Mobile Video Industry Council, an industry group that includes BT, EE, Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, MTS, Telus, KPN, Orange and Vodafone.

Along with the phenomenal growth in mobile video, the MVI examines mobile data traffic patterns – which are highly irregular, making it almost impossible for operators to plan ahead. For example, the report documents how one of the largest operators in the world has a ratio of peak to average traffic of over three times, while another operator sees 80% of the day’s traffic in just two hours – straining the Radio Access Network (RAN) to the limit and impacting subscriber Quality of Experience (QoE).

Traffic volumes with high resolution videos will grow exponentially with 5G, and forecasts from the Mobile Video Industry Council show that 90% of 5G traffic will be video. In such an environment, QoE becomes a delicate balancing act for operators that have to juggle video picture quality with video delivery quality. The MVI reports on this and provides insight on the effective use of key performance indicators (KPIs) by some operators on aspects such as buffering versus higher resolutions.

“5G is not just another G” according to both Analysys Mason and ABI Research, both of which held roundtables at the Mobile Video Industry Council. They explained how 5G deployments will shape the way video services evolve. The MVI also reports on the unique perspective of 5G’s video capabilities from two major OTT organizations, Hulu and BT Sport. Both organizations outline how 5G provides the capability for completely new premium video services over mobile. The report summarizes strategies to build OTT partnerships using premium video and advertising, as all ecosystem players fight to be at the heart of the new mobile video ecosystem.

“Operators have invested billions in 5G, but it is not the panacea that some think it is,” said Matt Halligan, CTO and Head of Engineering at Openwave Mobility.

“5G will open the door to even more competition – from new categories of players – and the promise of low latency means AR and VR services will be high on the menu for subscribers. QoE is already hard to manage, and immersive video services are 33x more data intensive than 480p video. So, unless operators have a robust strategy to differentiate their service, they could be sleepwalking into a 5G nightmare.”

Kaltura enhances cloud TV platform for mobile viewing

By Robert Briel

Kaltura has released a new version of its Cloud TV Platform SDK, including a feature to provide faster, smoother playback on low internet connectivity for mobile devices.

The enhanced SDK now also includes HEVC support, real-time analytics, as well as multiple ad solutions support. including Facebook Audience Network (FAN).

Kaltura’s Cloud TV Platform SDK is already in use – powering 20 million views per day, and supporting over 6,000 different types of Android devices – in cloud TV deployments by Tier 1 operators and media companies, including PJSC VimpelCom, which in September 2018 launched its mobile TV service, Beeline TV, powered by Kaltura.

“The essence of Cloud TV is ensuring that whenever a person wants to watch TV, they simply can, at the highest quality, regardless of the device they choose or their location. As mobile video consumption continues to grow, we at Kaltura have been working on the state-of-the-art technology behind-the-scenes that makes this possible,” said Dr. Shay David, Kaltura Co-founder, president and general manager, Media and Telecom.

“At Kaltura, we relentlessly innovate to find new ways to ensure that subscribers, no matter where they might be, enjoy amazing TV service quality. This new generation of our Mobile SDK ensures that mobile viewing is a superior
experience.”

Kaltura’s new playback optimization solution for mobile viewing was developed by monitoring internet connectivity data at the network level in addition to device and player-level data.

This monitoring enables Kaltura’s mobile SDK to dramatically shorten load and handshake time, thus delivering a smoother and faster video start time. This new solution will be particularly relevant in emerging markets which may have slower mobile network connections. It will also be a major boost to viewing of primetime events with high
levels of simultaneous viewers.

In addition, Kaltura’s new Mobile SDK version now supports HEVC and provides real-time analytics such as indications of join time, play failures, time spent on the service and more, helping the TV service provider optimize and accelerate their business decisions.

Kaltura’s Mobile SDK also now supports multiple advertising solutions, including Facebook Audience Network (FAN) Facebook ads, and Google AdManager.

Vodafone to trial TV via 5G in Germany

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Vodafone Deutschland and regional public broadcaster WDR will test how TV and video-on-demand (VOD) content can be broadcast via 5G in Germany.

The offer is to be transmitted in HD quality and received via an app on mobile devices. WDR will distribute its content through a 5G test system which Vodafone intends to activate directly at a TV production facility for the first time.

The possibility of receiving the TV and VOD content is to be tested in the course of the year – with the help of dedicated software – on a smartphone or tablet with 5G support that is still in product development stage. The trial is currently scheduled to run until the end of 2020.

Initially, the partners will test the data transmission at the 5G Lab in Düsseldorf and at the 5G Mobility Lab in Aldenhoven. Next year, the trial will be extended to the city centre of Cologne, using Vodafone’s 5G network on the WDR campus.

In Bavaria, regional public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk and partners have launched a trial for TV transmissions via 5G in December 2018.

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