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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. CTA: Consumer Tech to Generate $292 Billion in 2017

    According to the Consumer Technology Association, increasing consumer enthusiasm for the Internet of Things (IoT) and adoption of emerging ...

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    Wed, 4 Jan 2017

  3. Verimatrix Watermarking Baked into Samsung Smart TVs

    At CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Verimatrix and Samsung Electronics announced an expanded partnership to ensure the 2017 line of Samsung smart ...

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    Wed, 4 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. DISH DVR Gets Amazon Alexa Voice Control

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  2. CES '17: What to Watch for in Vegas

    The Consumer Electronics Show rolls into the new year like a lion while people are still giddy over tech presents from the holidays. The 2017 CES in Las Vegas this week promises an array of gadgets that may ...

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    Tue, 3 Jan 2017

  3. AT&T Intros 4K Video for Businesses

    AT&T (NYSE:T) now offers 4K UltraHD video content to businesses via DirecTV, including live sports. The company says it's the first provider in ...

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  4. BTR's Top 10 of 2016: DOCSIS 3.1 Dominates

    Here are BTR's top 10 stories of 2016, as chosen by you, our readers. Besides being the most-viewed stories on our site this year, these also indicate what was most important and/or interesting to cable's tech community in 2016.

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    Thu, 22 Dec 2016

  5. 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

  6. Alticast Video Security Deploys in Korea

    Korean cable operator CJ Hellovision has overhauled its video content security system using Alticast's AltiProtect download and replace ...

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    Thu, 15 Dec 2016

  7. From Virtual to Actual: Network Realities of VR

    Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are generating a lot of buzz in the industry and among consumers, but turning them into actual reality can be expected to seriously impact network capacity and design.

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    Tue, 6 Dec 2016

  8. SES Adds 24/7 UltraHD Channel

    Satellite operator SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) has announced that 4KUNIVERSE, a general entertainment UltraHD video channel, is the latest ...

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

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