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  1. UltraHD About to go Mainstream?

    According to the NPD Group, with awareness and interest on the rise, this holiday season could mark the shift in the 4K UltraHD TV consumer base from early adopter to mass market audience. The research house says 2016 has seen steadily growing consumer interest regarding 4K, with 38% of those surveyed saying they are very, or somewhat, likely to use a 4K TV in the future, an increase of five percentage points since Q1 of this year. As the adoption of 4K technology expands, industry leaders are preparing for the impending demand for 4K content - from live TV infrastructure being developed to support the broadcast of sports in 4K, to streaming giants offering an array of 4K content. As of Q3, 87% of installed 4K TVs had active Internet connections, indicating that these consumers are eager to stream content. Streaming media player ownership is also on the rise, and recent 4K-capable device launches from Amazon, Roku and Google further signal the transition to 4K video resolution. In Q3 2016, 32% of U.S. Internet homes had at least one installed streaming media player, an increase of 7 million homes over the past year, fueled by the growing number of streaming TV services. While a limited number of streaming media player owners have used a 4K streamer, findings indicate growth in awareness, interest and usage, driven by Millennials. More than one-third of consumers surveyed are aware of 4K streaming media player availability, and the number jumps to 52% of Millennials surveyed. Millennials are also the most eager to use these products, with 39% of respondents stating they have interest in future usage. "While younger consumers are watching more video on their smartphones, they are also driving consumer interest in 4K streaming on TV, as these behaviors are not mutually exclusive," said John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence. "As consumers make the shift to 4K-capable hardware, content providers will be working to distribute 4K content, and in-home broadband speeds will become an important consideration for viewers to ensure a smooth 4k streaming experience." In order to stream 4K content, consumers must have the hardware, as well as the appropriate broadband speed. To stream 4K video to TV, an Internet connection speed of approximately 25 Mbps or higher is recommended. NPD says approximately 5 million U.S. households currently have both the hardware and broadband speed required. However, the average home also has eight connected devices, which can put a strain on the network's ability to transmit a 4K video stream. Positively, the number of U.S. households with 25 Mbps or greater Internet speeds has been increasing throughout 2016. "Content distributors with an infrastructure prepared to offer 4K UHD video streaming are poised to take advantage of the pending inflection point in the display and TV programming industries, as viewers who stream video will be the first to expect their movies and TV shows delivered in 4K resolution," said Buffone.

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    Tue, 22 Nov 2016

  2. How Can Cable Maintain Video Quality Supremacy?

    Cable video competition has expanded to include over-the-top (OTT) providers like Sling, Hulu and Netflix, and hybrids like Layer 3 as some of these players begin to offer linear services. Cable is responding with new and improved user interfaces, and better content.

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    Mon, 7 Nov 2016

  3. Tektronix Sentry ABR Video Quality Monitoring Platform

    Sentry is part of the Tektronix video quality and service assurance solution for monitoring TV Everywhere and multiscreen services. This year ...

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    Sat, 10 Sep 2016

  4. Casting a Net in Google's Video Stream

    By Ron Hendrickson - Casting and streaming and Google-ing, oh my. Sometimes the headlines write themselves. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) ...

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    Mon, 6 Jun 2016

  1. Tektronix Adds End-to-End ABR Monitoring

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    Wed, 20 Apr 2016

  2. HomeGrid Forum, Huawei Highlight G.hn for MDUs

    Huawei and the HomeGrid Forum connected high-density MDU field trials in China to test the power of G.hn's Neighboring Domain Interference Mitigation (NDIM) in eight simultaneous networks.

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    Tue, 2 Jun 2015

  3. Cloud Tech and the Software Defined TV Paradigm

    For pay TV, the hardest step to take in creating a fully software defined TV environment has been the last one - virtualization of the the set-top ...

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    Wed, 22 Apr 2015

  4. ARRIS, Conax to Demo DASH, Multi-DRM

    ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS) and Conax (SIX:KUD:S) will be demonstrating the joint capabilities of ARRIS's DASH repackaging and Conax's ...

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    Sat, 11 Apr 2015

  5. Time for Virtual Set-Tops?

    As the year comes to an end and the cable industry reflects on the trends of 2014, one of the hottest buzzwords has to have been ...

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    Wed, 10 Dec 2014

  6. TV: What (and How) Are People Watching?

    With all the talk about cord cutting, there is still a significant consumption of TV as it is aired, according to ARRIS ' (NASDAQ:ARRS) ...

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    Wed, 4 Jun 2014

  7. Sunny Outlook for Cloud UIs

    There has been a lot of talk among cable operators about unifying user interfaces (UIs) across de...

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    Wed, 2 Apr 2014

  8. Thomson Gets Its Game On

    Ginx TV, a 24/7 international TV network dedicated to video games and gamers, has chosen the Sapp...

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    Tue, 4 Mar 2014

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