Detailed look at Apple’s AR and VR headset development

Apple | June 20, 2020

Apple has been working on a combination of AR and VR wearables for at least the last five years, and it’s this development process that’s been extensively detailed in a new report from Bloomberg. The report covers some of the internal conflicts shaping product design, and provides more details about what form the final devices could take. Consistent with previous reports, Bloomberg says that Apple’s AR and VR team, lead by Mike Rockwell, has two main products in development. One, reportedly codenamed N421, is a pair of lightweight AR glasses, while a second, codenamed N301, is said to be a headset that will combine the best of both AR and VR. It’s this second device that’s reportedly caused some internal division at Apple.

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The sports and entertainment media industry is operating in a world of unprecedented customer choice, competition, and complexity of delivery. Consumers have more choices than ever before and they want access to content that is both live and on-demand and, most importantly, relevant to their interests.Today’s technology and adapting consumer habits are enabling this constant change like never before. New business models – like direct to consumer (D2C) streaming – are being enabled by new technologies. OTT services are popping up everywhere, ultimately giving consumers more choices in the content they consume and how they consume it. In this rapidly changing environment one key question arises: how do content owners and content rights holders adapt and thrive? 

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The sports and entertainment media industry is operating in a world of unprecedented customer choice, competition, and complexity of delivery. Consumers have more choices than ever before and they want access to content that is both live and on-demand and, most importantly, relevant to their interests.Today’s technology and adapting consumer habits are enabling this constant change like never before. New business models – like direct to consumer (D2C) streaming – are being enabled by new technologies. OTT services are popping up everywhere, ultimately giving consumers more choices in the content they consume and how they consume it. In this rapidly changing environment one key question arises: how do content owners and content rights holders adapt and thrive? 

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Paramount+ Joins The Roku Channel’s Premium Subscriptions Lineup, Bringing a Mountain of Entertainment to Streamers

Roku, Inc. | August 04, 2022

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This includes marquee sports, such as THE NFL ON CBS and UEFA, as well as breaking news from CBS News Network and the latest in entertainment news from Entertainment Tonight. Premium subscribers also have access to their local live CBS station, which includes the live stream of must-watch events and specials. The addition of Paramount+ to The Roku Channel will also mark the first time that live sports content will be available for streamers within Premium Subscriptions. “Paramount+ features an expansive breadth of content for the whole household, spanning original dramas, blockbuster movies, popular unscripted series, sports and news, all at a competitive price point, We are excited to expand our successful partnership with Roku and bring Paramount + to The Roku Channel.” -Jeff Shultz, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Business Development Officer, Paramount Streaming. We're thrilled to partner with Paramount+ in its continued growth, and for the ability to provide our audience with easy access to its extraordinary breath of content, IP and live news and sporting events," says Rob Holmes, Vice President, Programming. “Premium Subscriptions connects today’s highest-quality content providers to the millions of streamers on The Roku Channel, and we’re excited to introduce streamers to everything that Paramount+ has to offer directly within The Roku Channel. The Roku Channel offers Premium Subscriptions from over 50 services. It allows users to enjoy a unified one-click experience and enables simple subscription management with a single monthly bill. Users of The Roku Channel can now easily browse Paramount+ content before signing up, then enjoy a free seven-day trial with one click and no extra apps or other fees required. Once registered, users can watch Paramount+ content from within The Roku Channel. Paramount+ combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment, with big originals like 1883 and Halo, family favorites like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and PAW Patrol: The Movie, blockbuster movies like A Quiet Place Part II and The Lost City, popular unscripted shows like RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars and unmatched sports programming. The Roku Channel features a diverse lineup of more than 80,000 free movies and programs and over 300 linear television channels in the U.S. It licenses and distributes content from more than 300 partners. In Q4 2021, The Roku Channel reached U.S. households with an estimated 80 million people. The Roku Channel was a top five channel on the Roku platform in the U.S. by active account reach and streaming hour engagement in Q2 2022. About Roku, Inc. Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and in select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and in select countries through licensing arrangements with TV brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A. About Paramount+ Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. 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Comcast Technology Solutions Selected by Deutsche Telekom as Centralized Cloud Management Platform For Magenta TV

Comcast Technology Solutions | June 07, 2022

Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable that provides media and entertainment technology to content providers, operators, and advertisers, announced today that its Cloud TV Suite is being deployed as the new back-end platform for Deutsche Telekom's Magenta TV in selected markets. Deployments began in Austria and will be phased across other Deutsche Telekom markets throughout 2022. Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies. Magenta TV combines conventional TV, media and video libraries, streaming services, and exclusive content for subscribers with advanced features like time shifted viewing, show restarts, replays, and more. Comcast Technology Solutions' Cloud TV Suite provides a unified platform and common architecture to power Magenta TV services across set-top boxes, connected TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets. "At Deutsche Telekom, we are committed to delivering the ultimate, world-class TV entertainment experience, which centers around the customer, through Magenta TV. This means deploying the most modern, flexible, and scalable back-end management system, We selected Comcast Technology Solutions' Cloud TV Suite because of its ability to address our needs with market-proven reliability and efficiency. Moving to this advanced new platform will enable us to further harmonize our product roadmaps, accelerate new service delivery, and enable consistent and seamless experiences across devices and our markets." -Pedro Bandeira, Vice President of Product and New Business at Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom is a global leader in product innovation and customer experience across Europe and around the world, Said Ken Klaer, President of Comcast Technology Solutions and Executive Vice President of Comcast Cable. We are extremely honored that they selected our team to help support the next-generation of Magenta TV by adopting our versatile Cloud TV Suite. We have an incredibly strong and collaborative relationship with Deutsche Telekom, and we look forward to helping them execute on their vision for the future. Specifically, Deutsche Telekom will use the Cloud TV Suite to provide a comprehensive video management platform for centralized ingest of video assets; easy workflow management; multi-language metadata management; video processing; content protection; entitlements, availability windows, and rights enforcement; data analytics and insights; and publishing across devices. In addition, Comcast Technology Solutions is providing a 24x7 service level agreement (SLA) and dedicated support team committed to the success of Deutsche Telekom. To learn more about the entire CTSuite, including the Cloud TV Suite, visit: https://www.comcasttechnologysolutions.com/ctsuite. More information about Deutsche Telekom is available at https://www.telekom.com. About Comcast Technology Solutions Comcast Technology Solutions offers a portfolio of technology solutions, the CTSuite, that provides the industry with the technology, scale and expertise to expand and navigate the rapidly-changing media and entertainment technology landscape. We invent technology that solves industry challenges, reimagines what is possible, and transforms businesses for an ever-changing world. Built on Comcast's know-how, proven facilities, scalable platforms, and infrastructure, Comcast Technology Solutions offers more than 20 years of reliable real-world broadcast and digital experience. We partner with customers to redefine expectations and deliver the future to global audiences. For more information, visit www.comcasttechnologysolutions.com.

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HISPASAT Peru Unites Streaming and DTH Service Delivery with Harmonic Cloud Platform

Harmonic | July 29, 2022

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) announced that satellite operator HISPASAT Peru is using Harmonic's cloud-native platform to power white-label streaming and robust direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast services. Harmonic's VOS®-based solution streamlines media processing, delivery and maintenance, enabling the operator to launch new channels quickly, with exceptional reliability. "As one of the leading operators in Latin America, it's critical for us to launch new video offerings with a fast time to market, Harmonic provides us with a powerful, unified solution for streaming and DTH delivery, allowing us to tap into a modern, cloud-native infrastructure and accelerate the adoption of our new white-label streaming service." -Javier Izquierdo, managing director of HISPASAT Peru HISPASAT Peru's white-label streaming service enables pay-TV operators, internet service providers and regional content companies to offer world-class entertainment without needing a separate infrastructure. Harmonic's cloud-native VOS solution simplifies all stages of media processing — including transcoding, packaging and origin — and delivery for the operator's streaming service. Integrated with the NAGRA OpenTV Video Platform, which includes tools for content aggregation and management, multi-DRM capabilities and allows for an enhanced UX, the end-to-end solution provides HISPASAT Peru with unparalleled agility, resiliency, security and scalability to enable a superior streaming experience for subscribers. Harmonic's VOS solution, with more than 20 statmux pools and transcoding and scrambling capabilities, also ensures efficient satellite broadcast service delivery with outstanding quality for HISPASAT Peru's DTH services. "With Harmonic's unified solution, HISPASAT Peru can navigate shifting consumer behaviors and market trends with better agility and flexibility. Whether they're delivering streaming or satellite services, VOS ignites efficiency for the operator," -Diego Scillama, vice president, video sales and services, Latin America, at Harmonic. About Harmonic Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in virtualized cable access and video delivery solutions, enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality video streaming and broadcast services to consumers globally. The company revolutionized cable access networking via the industry's first virtualized cable access solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers' homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and software platforms, or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and on-demand content on every screen. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

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