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August 28, 2015

ITEM: Internet users in China watch an awful lot of online video – but they’re more likely to be watching on PCs and laptops than smartphones. At least for now.

Recent research from iResearch Consulting Group found that people using PCs at home or at work spend over 33% of their online time watching videos (as of June 2015), reports eMarketer.

Video is the single biggest category of online activity percentage-wise. The next biggest categories were social media (10.6%) and search engines (10%) – unless you count “other”, which accounted for the 26.8% of activities that don’t... MORE

August 25, 2015

ITEM: Global wholesale carrier BICS said on Tuesday it had completed “the world’s first fully E2E [end to end] VoLTE international call” between South Korean operator SK Telecom and Belgian operator Proximus.

BICS billed the trial as an “important milestone” that will offer subscribers in both countries “the ability to exchange high definition, low latency, next generation enhanced voice services carried over the IPX networks of BICS and SK Telink” (SK Telecom’s international carrier services division).

However, the call was a VoLTE interworking trial rather than a roaming... MORE

August 20, 2015

Some people have been asking me what I think of the Avid Life Media/Ashley Madison hack, and the hackers making good on their threat to release the stolen data on the internet.

Here’s a few quick thoughts:

1. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of this sort of thing. Bruce Schneier talks here about the rising trend of “organizational doxing”, in which hackers steal tons of personal data from corporations and government agencies and release it in the wild, whether for purposes of whistleblowing or revenge (Edward Snowden being a famous – or infamous – example of the former... MORE

August 17, 2015

ITEM: IPTV and OTT video may produce a wealth of actionable data about consumer viewing habits, but most viewers don't want that data shared with advertisers.

That’s the finding of a survey released by UK-based KPMG Media Tracker, which found that a whopping 95% of consumers who use catch-up services do not want media companies to share their personal data with third parties.

That’s especially true of 18-24-year-olds, 97% of whom said they wouldn’t allow third parties to access their personal data, no matter what the potential benefits of doing so might be.

That’s... MORE

August 06, 2015

It's official: Netflix Japan will start streaming on September 2.

Netflix Japan has set up an official landing page, as well as accounts on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube announcing the official launch date.

Netflix announced plans to enter Japan earlier this year, but hadn’t specified when it would kick off services. The OTT player already offers services in around 50 countries (including Australia and New Zealand, where Netflix began services in March), and also plans to expand into Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland later this year.

How well Netflix Japan will do... MORE

August 05, 2015

Last week, Nexmo kicked off a collaboration with OTT voice/message provider Viber that essentially allows brands to use Nexmo’s Chat App API to reach customers who use Viber.

The Nexmo API for A2P (application to person) messaging already supports chat apps like LINE and WeChat. Adding Viber to the roster means marketers can use a single API to reach customers on all three OTT services – and whatever other OTT services Nexmo signs on in the future.

And that’s bad news for telcos, says Alan Quayle, founder of telecom apps development initiative TADHack, who says the Nexmo/... MORE

July 31, 2015

ITEM: Analyst firm NSR has declared UltraHD video a serious growth market for both linear TV and OTT video. But while the former is in no real danger of being cannibalized by the latter, linear TV players can’t afford to wait too long to invest in UltraHD if they want to cash in on that growth.

NSR is projecting serious long-term growth for UltraHD pretty much everywhere on every platform. On DTH platforms, for example, NSR expects UltraHD linear content to consume around 70 transponders globally from over 315 UltraHD channels by 2024, which works out to an estimated additional $... MORE

July 29, 2015

When we talk about the Internet of Things, we think of TVs, watches, cars and smart meters. We don’t usually think of sniper rifles.

But connected sniper rifles already exist. A company called TrackingPoint has been selling them since 2011. The rifles (which run on Linux) come with a “self-aiming” system – essentially a smart scope that takes wind, temperature, and ammo weight into account. Select the target, enter the variables, pull the trigger and the rifle’s computer waits for just the right time to fire.

It also comes with a Wi-Fi connection, ostensibly so you can do... MORE