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  1. CES Video Trends: Wheat vs. Chaff

    As the 2017 International CES wraps up in Las Vegas, it's time to sort the wheat from the chaff. Amongst the Internet-connected scarves and WiFi hair brushes (I am not making this up), a number of interesting video trends came out of the show around OTT, UltraHD and HDR, voice control, and virtual reality. OTT Over-the-top (OTT) video remains as strong as ever. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA ), apparently taking an "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em" approach, is courting OTT providers with an end-to-end solution to help content creators publish, distribute and monetize content directly to consumers. Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV) and Evergent announced a similar venture at the show. Vendors such as ThinkAnalytics and You.I TV are also targeting products toward OTT providers, including content discovery-based marketing and video app development, respectively. 4K/UltraHD and HDR UltraHD/4K TV sets have been around for a while now, but new this year are 4K sets that support high dynamic range (HDR) video, which can be expected to drive increased demand for content using the higher resolutions. The Consumer Technology Association projects shipments of 4K UltraHD displays to reach 15.6 million units in 2017 (a 51% increase over last year) and earn $14.6 billion in revenue (38% increase). Voice control While voice control is increasingly the province of smart home technologies (more on that in tomorrow's e-letter), a number of announcements around video-related voice control came out of the show, including a couple from DISH (NASDAQ:DISH) and Universal Electronics (NASDAQ:UEIC). DISH's Hopper DVR can now be voice controlled via Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Alexa, and UEI is providing the voice remotes for DISH's AirTV OTT video service. Comcast has been using UEI voice remotes with its cloud-based X1 video platform and other Xfinity products since last January. The CTA expects sales of voice-controlled digital assistant devices to reach 4.5 million units this year. Virtual reality Though the CTA is projecting virtual reality (VR) headset unit sales to grow 79% year-over-year in 2017, VR is still looking more like a niche technology than the next big thing. Throughput requirements for streaming decent video quality are stiff, on the order of 50 Mbps or better, and available content remains somewhat thin on the ground. Anecdotally, users of smartphone-based systems say VR is an energy hog, sometimes running down a day's worth of battery power in less than an hour. Companies such as Harmonic (NASDAQ:HLIT) and Viaccess-Orca are working to reduce the bandwidth hit, but there's been relatively little movement in display technology and products. While VR probably won't flop the way 3D did - gamers and the porn industry will keep it alive - it's not the wave of the future, either. No one is going to want to strap on expensive goggles just to watch the evening news.

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  2. Comcast Courting OTT Providers

    Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Technology Solutions - whose portfolio includes the Video Platform for video management, publication, distribution ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. Brightcove, Evergent Team on OTT Video

    Brightcove (NASDAQ:BCOV), a provider of cloud services for video, and Evergent Technologies announced a global partnership to accelerate ...

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  4. MaxLinear at CES: CPE Ref Designs, MoCA Deals

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, MaxLinear (NYSE:MXL) is announcing several deals and collaborations, including CPE reference designs and MoCA ...

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  1. UEI Intros Voice Control for OTT Player

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  2. Half of OTT Video Subs Stack Services

    According to Parks Associates, 31% of U.S. broadband households have multiple OTT service subscriptions, which is nearly half of the 63% of ...

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  3. South African ISP Picks Qwilt for Streaming Video

    South African Internet service provider Afrihost has chosen Qwilt's open caching solution to optimize streaming video delivery and improve ...

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    Thu, 29 Dec 2016

  4. Cable Grows in Europe Despite Competition

    According to a report from IHS Markit (NASDAQ:INFO) and Cable Europe, the European cable trade association, the cable industry in the ...

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016

  5. Strategy Analytics' Digital Predictions for 2017

    According to Strategy Analytics' "Top Ten Digital Media Predictions for 2017," digital disruption will continue to be the rule rather than the ...

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    Mon, 19 Dec 2016

  6. Parks' Top 10 Consumer IoT Trends for 2017

    Parks Associates has listed its top 10 Internet of Things (IoT) trends impacting the markets for consumer technology now and into 2017. The ...

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  7. Global OTT Homes to Reach 428 Million by 2021

    According to Digital TV Research, the number of OTT subscription VOD (SVOD) homes is forecast to reach 428 million across 200 countries by ...

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    Mon, 12 Dec 2016

  8. SeaChange Video Back Office Deploying in Panama

    Panamanian video service provider Cable Onda has chosen a back office solution from SeaChange International (NASDAQ:SEAC) to support its ...

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    Mon, 12 Dec 2016

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