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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. ThinkAnalytics Ties Marketing to Content Discovery

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, ThinkAnalytics is previewing ThinkMarketing, a suite of marketing-oriented dashboards and consoles that are ...

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    Fri, 6 Jan 2017

  3. shomi Picks ThinkAnalytics Recommendation Engine

    ThinkAnalytics' recommendations engine has been selected by Canadian SVOD provider shomi, a joint venture between Rogers ...

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    Thu, 1 Sep 2016

  4. ThinkAnalytics Thinks Big (Data)

    ThinkAnalytics plans to launch its big data analytics platform at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. ThinkBigData is intended to complement the ...

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    Sat, 19 Dec 2015

  1. SeaChange Upgrades VOO Multiscreen

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    Tue, 30 Jun 2015

  2. ThinkAnalytics Hits 20 Million Milestone

    ThinkAnalytics announced that its video search and personalized recommendations now serve more than 20 million OTT subscribers ...

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2015

  3. ThinkAnalytics Unveiling Concept UI

    At IBC in Amsterdam, ThinkAnalytics will unveil MyThinkTV, a concept UI. MyThinkTV is intended to help service providers to plan for future ...

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    Wed, 3 Sep 2014

  4. And the Video Search Award Winners Are...

    Neither Bryan Cranston nor Kevin Spacey is likely to be at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 when The National Academy of Television ...

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    Wed, 20 Aug 2014

  5. ThinkAnalytics Receives Emmy Award for Recommendation Engines

    The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded an Emmy for Technology and Engineering to ThinkAnalytics in recognition of engineering creativity on Personalized Recommendation Engines for Video Discovery for MVPDs...

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    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

  6. ThinkAnalytics Deploys with Swisscom

    Swisscom has selected ThinkAnalytics for personalized recommendations and search on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and ...

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    Tue, 24 Jun 2014

  7. ThinkAnalytics Search Deploys in the Nordics

    Viaplay has selected ThinkAnalytics ' multi-language search and recommendations for its online pay TV service in the Nordics. A cloud-based ...

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    Mon, 2 Jun 2014

  8. RDK Panel Slated for ANGA

    RDK Management will be participating in an RDK technology panel at the upcoming ANGA COM Conference in Germany.

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    Thu, 15 May 2014

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