HOW PAY TV OPERATORS CAN REDUCE TRANSCODING COSTS

This article introduces the technical environment used by Pay TV operators for transcoding hundreds of linear channels, its increasing costs, and how the industry can learn to sustain itself with some coordinated efforts. While VOD enterprise solutions are increasing and consumption is rising steadily, linear TV is still a core offer - but costs of TV hosting platforms are  skyrocketing.4K is the sweet spot where streaming video meets broadcasting quality. While the visual qualities between streaming video and broadcast TV may be comparable today, the internet’s capacity to handle 4K streaming is far from sweet. The internet was not built for today’s rising volume of video traffic, estimated to make up 82% of all internet traffic by 2021.

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T Group Productions, Inc.

T GROUP is a premier reality television production company that develops, sells, produces and licenses shows and formats domestically and internationally. Jenny Daly, president and owner of T Group Productions, established the company in 2010 when she bought complete interest in the venture from then sister company Target Entertainment (UK based distribution company that went into administration earlier 2012).T Group operates from a 13,000 square foot production studio in the Santa Monica's media district, where they currently house all of their operations and produce and post most of their shows.

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How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | August 3, 2022

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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VR Headsets of the Future Might Be Made With Mirrors?

Article | August 4, 2022

Do you get headaches or feel nauseous while using VR headsets? About 20% of people do. Even if VR headsets don’t cause you physical discomfort, you might feel that your virtual worlds seem flat..That’s because they are flat. VR headsets using close-to-eye displays rely on lenses. While a lot of cool technology goes into them, they really work a lot like television or computer screens. Advancements like eye-tracking and autofocus try to fix these problems. But, they’ll never work. At least not according to Doug Magyari. Magyari and Immy, his company based in Troy, Michigan, believe that they have the solution: VR headsets that don’t use lenses.

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Technologies, Virtualization

Hi-Res audio: It’s all about a maturing market

Article | August 2, 2022

Music streaming contrasts sharply with video streaming. While the video marketplace is characterised by unique catalogues, a variety of pricing and diverse value propositions music streaming services are all at their core fundamentally the same product. When the market was in its hyper-growth phase and there were enough new users to go around, it did not matter too much that the streaming services only had branding, curation and interface to differentiate themselves from each other. Now that we are approaching a slowdown in the high-revenue developed markets, more is needed. Which is where Hi-Res comes in.

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This time Amazon really does have Bond in its sights

Article | May 20, 2021

MGM, which holds the largest film and TV library in Hollywood, is finally in play – and likely to be acquired by tech major and video streaming behemoth Amazon. With a rumoured price tag of $9 billion, the deal, while substantial, is merely equivalent to 8.3% of Amazon’s Q1 2021 earnings of $108.5 billion. Indeed, the 44% year-on-year (YoY) increase for its Q1 results alone would pay for the deal more than four times over. When it comes to investment capital to deploy, the tech majors led by Amazon and Apple are in a financial class of their own. This is the kind of deal that helps to explain why AT&T was so keen cut its losses and incur a $66 billion loss on its Warner Media assets by merging the former Time Warner media major with Discovery for $43 billion in cash and receiving 71% in equity in the new combined entity in return. It also follows on from Amazon’s 15.4x increase in what it is willing to pay to secure exclusive NFL Thursday Night Football coverage for its US Amazon Prime customers.

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T Group Productions, Inc.

T GROUP is a premier reality television production company that develops, sells, produces and licenses shows and formats domestically and internationally. Jenny Daly, president and owner of T Group Productions, established the company in 2010 when she bought complete interest in the venture from then sister company Target Entertainment (UK based distribution company that went into administration earlier 2012).T Group operates from a 13,000 square foot production studio in the Santa Monica's media district, where they currently house all of their operations and produce and post most of their shows.

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Verizon rolling out Fios TV One service with voice remote, Netflix integration

FierceVideo | December 12, 2018

Verizon’s traditional pay TV service is getting a substantial update, dubbed Fios TV One, which includes a new voice remote and Netflix integration.Besides the voice remote—which will allow Fios subscribers to change the channel, search for video-on-demand programming and control their DVRs with voice commands and Netflix, the new TV One platform is getting a Wi-Fi Connectivity feature and 4K Ultra HD support.The Wi-Fi Connectivity feature will allow Fios users to place TVs away from coax outlets and connect extra Fios set-top boxes wirelessly to the TV through the Wi-Fi network.Verizon’s Fios TV One is available now in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, New York City, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia, markets and will come to all remaining Fios markets throughout December and January.New customers can sign up for Fios TV One with Fios Gigabit Connection and phone for $79.99 per month and get a year of Amazon Prime and an Amazon Echo (2nd generation) for free. Existing customers may upgrade to Fios TV One at no increase to their service plan, although new equipment fees may come into play.

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Verizon rolling out Fios TV One service with voice remote, Netflix integration

FierceVideo | December 12, 2018

Verizon’s traditional pay TV service is getting a substantial update, dubbed Fios TV One, which includes a new voice remote and Netflix integration.Besides the voice remote—which will allow Fios subscribers to change the channel, search for video-on-demand programming and control their DVRs with voice commands and Netflix, the new TV One platform is getting a Wi-Fi Connectivity feature and 4K Ultra HD support.The Wi-Fi Connectivity feature will allow Fios users to place TVs away from coax outlets and connect extra Fios set-top boxes wirelessly to the TV through the Wi-Fi network.Verizon’s Fios TV One is available now in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, New York City, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia, markets and will come to all remaining Fios markets throughout December and January.New customers can sign up for Fios TV One with Fios Gigabit Connection and phone for $79.99 per month and get a year of Amazon Prime and an Amazon Echo (2nd generation) for free. Existing customers may upgrade to Fios TV One at no increase to their service plan, although new equipment fees may come into play.

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