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March 11, 2015

If we learned anything at this year’s Mobile World Congress, it’s this: 5G, the Internet of Things and net neutrality are more deeply interconnected topics than you might have previously thought.

There was a surprising amount of talk about 5G this year, despite the fact that no one outside of Korea is going to see anything close to commercial 5G deployments until at least 2018. As such, most of the chatter about 5G focused on the obvious characteristics (i.e. it will be a lot faster and a lot more complex than 4G).

But there was also quite a bit of focus on the kinds of... MORE

March 05, 2015

ITEM: Upstart companies Qwilt and Altiostar aim to slash latency for mobile video services by leveraging NFV C-RAN technology to integrate video caching into mobile base stations.

Earlier in the week, online video delivery vendor Qwilt announced a partnership with Altiostar, which specializes in pure-play NFV C-RAN mobile infrastructure. Under that partnership, Altiostar will integrate Qwilt’s NFV-based open video caching solution into its eNodeBs. Result: a fully integrated virtualized C-RAN that can cache video content.

"Video caching in the eNodeB greatly reduces the... MORE

March 04, 2015

Whatever 5G is ultimately going to be, it's going to be green tech and it’s going to power the Internet of things, but only if various industries open up and collaborate with each other in developing it. And by the way, there’s no hurry – 4G is still capable of awesomeness.

That more or less sums up the morning keynotes of Day 2 of Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona Tuesday, in which several top executives presented their vision of 5G and the roadmap necessary to achieve that vision.

Most 5G visions involve driverless connected cars and related IoT scenarios. Chang-gyu... MORE

February 16, 2015

The honeymoon appears to be over for Hong Kong TV upstart HKTV.

The TV channel masterminded by Ricky Wong made a major splash in the Hong Kong television last year by not only streaming its programs online (if only by necessity, being denied a free-to-air broadcast license and seeing its mobile TV plans thwarted), but by generating a lot of buzz with new content that looked fresh and innovative compared to the formulaic fare on offer from broadcasting giant TVB.

When HKTV went live in November 2014, Wong boasted some impressive numbers. However, according to local media... MORE

February 11, 2015

ITEM: The HbbTV Association has finally released the second version of its HbbTV (hybrid broadcast broadband TV) spec for connected TVs and STBs, which provides support for HTML5, and Ultra HD.

According to the industry association, HbbTV 2.0 – which has been in the works for around a year – has something for everyone.

For TV viewers, it means HTML5-enabled viewing experiences, standardized delivery of Ultra HD content with HEVC, seamless multiscreen viewing across TVs, smartphones, PCs and tablets, companion apps for things like detailed program info, voting, and play-to-... MORE

February 05, 2015

Netflix is set to enter APAC with guns blazing, with a major content deal with Disney signed ahead of its Australia/New Zealand debut next month, and official plans to enter Japan later this year.

The Disney deal first: according to Netflix, its Australia and New Zealand subscribers will be able to stream film and TV content from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm.

With streaming services Presto and Stan now live in Australia (with Stan launching service just last week), the Disney content deal will give Netflix a... MORE

January 30, 2015

ITEM: Telstra is reportedly replacing its “T-Box” set-top box with a cheaper box that customers can use to access streaming Internet video services – as long as they aren’t Netflix or Stan.

Telstra has been planning to drop the T-Box – which functions as an IPTV set-top box and PVR – since last year, but has been mum about its replacement. According to the Australian Financial Review, citing unnamed sources, Telstra is going with a low-cost box with no internal hard drive, and will mainly be used for on-demand streaming.

In addition to free-to-air channels and BigPond... MORE

January 21, 2015

ITEM: Not content to be in the streaming movie business, Amazon says it will be getting into the streaming movie production business. 

Amazon Studios announced earlier this week that starting this year, it will start producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release. More interesting, however, is the fact that the same plan includes a shortened distribution window to bring the same films to its SVOD service, Amazon Prime Instant Video.

That means theatrical films produced by Amazon Studios – which already produces television series such as Transparent – will be... MORE