In the wake of FCC rules that require TV shows, movies and clips to have closed captions even in the online video space, content providers are scrambling to make sure their online catalogs are captioned. It's created an opportunity for startups using new technologies, including cloud platforms, to do the job faster and cheaper. But can they also do it better than established caption providers?
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness. FierceCable explores four key issues keeping TV from being truly everywhere.
How did pay-TV distributors including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies perform in 2014's second quarter? In this earnings summary, we list results for the biggest cable industry players.
Since the Supreme Court's decision in favor of broadcasters stating that its online streaming business violated copyright laws, Aereo has paused its service as it explores options. But a number of moves in the online video market are now taking place, and Aereo's ultimate fate remains unclear. FierceCable and FierceOnlineVideo are following the results of this historic decision.
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CBS Radio will not run the American Television Alliance's new spot plugging the Senate Commerce Committee's "Local Choice" proposal. The refusal to air the low-budget campaign is not a shocker, given that--should it become law--Local Choice would dispense with broadcast retransmission fees and employ a system of pay-TV compensation that would likely be far less profitable to broadcasters.
A record 2.1 million 4K TV sets were shipped globally in the second quarter, surpassing the 1.6 million that were shipped in all of 2013.
The management turmoil at Turner Networks continues, with longtime programming architect Michael Wright set to leave the top cable programming conglomerate over the coming weeks.
CenturyLink has accused Comcast of using its influence with local government officials to prevent the company from entering markets where the No. 1 cable operator is entrenched.
TiVo has begun preparing pay-TV subscribers who use its boxes for the cable industry's ongoing transition to MPEG 4 video. In a new service note, TiVo notes that Comcast is the latest to pay-TV operator to reclaim bandwidth by transitioning from MPEG 2 to MPEG 4.
Signaling the strength and capacity of the cable broadband market, DOCSIS channel shipments surpassed a quarterly benchmark of 1 million for the first time in Q2, reaching 1.2 million, Infonetics reports.
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TV manufacturer Samsung is hoping to boost 4K TV sales by giving consumers a good deal more content to actually watch in 4K, announcing a new deal with Amazon to deliver its original series and some movies in Ultra High Def (UHD, or 4K), starting in October.
Apple is expected to announce its first wearable device at its Sept. 9 media event, but according to a new Re/code report it won't be shipping the gadget until a few months after that, likely in early 2015.