Twitter acquires music discovery service We Are Hunted, readies music app? (Original)

Twitter acquires music discovery service We Are Hunted, readies music app

Last month, rumors swirled that Twitter had acquired music discovery service We Are Hunted to fold it into a forthcoming music app. Today, that acquisition has been made official, with the We Are Hunted team announcing that it's shutting down its services and joining team Twitter, with the promise that it would "continue to create services that will delight you." Alas, there's no more detail provided about what services it'll be creating, but its core competency of tune discovery sure will dovetail nicely with Twitter's rumored preferred method of sonic delivery, SoundCloud. Time will tell if this attempt at a musical social network goes over better than the last one.

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Source: We Are Hunted

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Roku sells 5 million media streamers, celebrates milestone with revealing infographic (Original)

To celebrate its recent sales milestone, Roku released some revealing numbers via an entertaining graphic that show just how enthusiastic the US has gotten over streaming media.…

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OTT platform Magine plans European rollout (Original)

Magine, an over-the-top service for full linear channels is planning to expand across Europe following its Swedish debut at the end of last month. 

Speaking at MipTV this week, where the firm demoed the service, Magine’s head of content Michael Turner said the firm was “looking to launch across Europe in the next 18 months.”

Magine chairman Michael Werner told DTVE’s sister publication TBI that the service will be “in five territories before the end of the year.” Germany and Spain are due to be among the first, with a UK launch expected to follow next year.

The subscription service is designed to let viewers watch live or in catch-up channel content from the cloud, with Magine paying a per-sub carriage fee in line with that paid by traditional pay TV platforms – effectively making it an OTT pay TV platform operator.

In Sweden it has agreed deals with SVT and TV4 as well as international channels including National Geographic, CNN International, and Cartoon Network, with more to follow.

In an interview with Mip’s organisers Turner said Magine’s technology enables it to “get rid of the clumsy things in television – the boxes, the cables and the wires, and the difficulties in setting things up.”

He denied that the firm was aiming to shake up the TV industry, but rather aimed to make it work “a little better for the viewer.” The firm’s other executives include internet venture capital specialist Erik Wikström, who is CEO, and former Spotify executive Andreas Liffgarden, who is general manager.…

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UK on-demand TV hits ‘saturation point’ (Original)

BBC iPlayer thumbThe UK market for on-demand TV is reaching saturation point, with only a limited potential new audience for these services, according to new research by YouGov. 

The market research agency said that instead of looking for new audiences to generate growth and revenue, providers should shift strategies and look to maximise what they get from existing customers.

According to its stats, 48% of the online population in the UK used digital catch-up services in the last three months. However, among those that did not watch catch-up TV, just 7% said they thought they would start doing so in the next year, compared to 79% that said they were unlikely to.

“Among converts there is clearly a huge appetite for content on-demand services in the UK. However, those who don’t currently access content have a limited interest in doing so in the future,” said Shaun Austin, associate director for media consulting at YouGov.

“Therefore, the focus for digital content providers needs to be on working out ways to get the most out of the existing current user base rather than expanding into new audiences.”

Among those who did access on-demand TV services, the BBC’s iPlayer was most popular, followed by YouTube. Austin said that this demonstrates that consumers gravitate towards free services, presenting a challenge for pay providers looking to attract viewers.…

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Adobe launches Primetime with Comcast, NBC Sports (Original)

Adobe Primetime logo

Adobe Primetime logo

Adobe has signed up Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group as the first partners for Primetime – its advanced TV publishing and monetisation platform, which it launched at NAB yesterday. 

Adobe Primetime is aimed at programmers and pay TV service providers looking to deliver digital video across devices and platforms. It integrates Adobe’s video publishing, player, DRM, advertising and analytics solutions in a bid to eliminate the complexity of reaching audiences, with customers able to use the full solution or different components.

The firm has partnered with ecosystem partners including Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems, Elemental Technologies, Envivio, Harmonic, iStreamPlanet, RGB Networks, thePlatform so that users can implement the solution consistently across devices.

“NBC Sports Group is using Adobe Primetime to bring major sporting events online. Our viewers expect to watch television programming on any connected device and Adobe’s broad collaboration through the industry ensures that we can deliver a TV-like experience across devices while integrating their Adobe Primetime platform into our existing infrastructure,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager of digital media, NBC Sports Group.

Sree Kotay, senior vice president and chief software architect, Comcast Cable added: “Adobe offers the right technologies to help us streamline TV services and bring them anywhere our customers want to watch their favourite content.”

Adobe Primetime Player is available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and will support connected TVs as well as gaming platforms such as Roku and Xbox in 2013.…

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Zattoo to stream 4+ in Switzerland (Original)

Switzerland-based online TV service provider Zattoo has signed a deal with Swiss commercial broadcaster 3 Plus Group to broadcast its 4+ channel over the web in the country.

The recently launched 4+ channel, which went live in October, broadcasts movies – particularly action, fantasy, thriller and comedy titles. It also airs US series in German and documentary series.

The news comes a day after Zattoo said it would also stream linear RTL Group channels over the web in Germany by the middle of the year.

Zattoo said it will live-stream programmes from the RTL, VOX, n-tv, RTL Nitro, Super RTL and RTL II networks.

Zattoo is headquartered in Zurich and is now active in seven European cities, where it offers 200 channels – including 55 in Germany. Users have the choice between ad-supported or subscription viewing models and can access the service from computers, mobiles, tablets, connected TVs and games consoles.

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Microsoft’s grand ambitions to takeover TV rest inside the Next Xbox (Original)

Microsoft embarked on a campaign to take over living room entertainment when it released the Xbox 360 in 2005, a grand redefinition of its then nascent gaming business. With the Next Xbox, Microsoft will make television, not video games, the center of its entertainment business.…

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Boxee Cloud DVR Is Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Original)

The set-top box market is more crowded than ever and getting even more so as everyone from Rdio to Intel launches services and devices to cash in on the cord-cutting TV trend. To even have a chance in this $4.6 billion market, a newcomer can?t launch a beta service. It has to be all or nothing ? and Boxee is giving some markets nothing.

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Why is Spotify paying so much to advertise on YouTube? (Original)

Spotify is pulling out all the stops to secure its position, even collaborating with the enemy - specifically, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise on YouTube. So what's with handing all that money over to a competitor, and a well-positioned one at that?…

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Awareness and reluctance to pay still posing problems for TV Everywhere (Original)

Verimatrix hosted the Multi-Network Solutions panel at NAB

Verimatrix hosted the Multi-Network Solutions panel at NAB

Lack of awareness of TV Everywhere services and reluctance to pay for content remain significant hurdles for the successful monetisation of such services, NAB Show attendees heard yesterday.

At a session on Multi-Network Solutions in the Real World hosted by content security provider Verimatrix, attendees were told that 86% of pay TV customers in North America have access to TV Everywhere services but only 25% of US pay TV subs are aware of such services, according to figures provided by Parks Associates.

However, 43% of consumers watched live and on-demand content on mobile phones in 2012, while by 2015, 95% of pay TV subs will have access to multiscreen services, according to Parks Associates. Tablets are meanwhile expected to become the major device for OTT video consumption, having overtaken games consoles and Blu-ray players in 2011, the research firm said.

Steve Oetegenn, cheif sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix, told the session that content owners wanted to make money from content and that meant ensuring that anyone who is viewing is actually paying. Oetegenn cited figures provided by PricewaterhouseCoopers that found that 81% of people between 18-26 said they were likely to pirate video content in the next six months.…

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