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Sky and TalkTalk to bring ultra-fast broadband to York

TalkTalk and Sky will be working together with CityFibre on a joint venture initiative which will result in a FTTP network capable of servicing the 200,000 inhabitants of the city of York, UK.

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Netflix goes Ultra High Definition

Netflix has started streaming content in Ultra HD (UHD), branded as Ultra HD 4K. UHD is approximately 4 times the resolution of Full HD. Netflix is streaming UHD content as its highest bandwidth profile at 15.6 Mbps, referenced on Netflix’s in-app player as 2160 HD. UHD streaming has currently only been rolled out for House of Cards season two. The video stream is compressed using next generation h.265/HEVC, therefore requiring both an HEVC decoder, as well as an updated version of Netflix’s client player. Netflix UHD clients are already embedded on UHD TVs offered by LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.

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Sesame Workshop launches new SVOD service, Sesame GO

Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, is bringing the classic children’s show and other shows like Pinky Dinky Doo online through a new video on demand service, called Sesame GO, which will be available on Mac and PC, tablet, and mobile devices. The new SVOD service is powered by Kaltura Media GO OTT Solution.

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Amazon’s Fire TV: suddenly, the streaming box market is a 3-way race

Fire TV, Amazon’s latest hardware venture and $99, Android-based over-the-top set-top box, is now shipping. Intended to compete against standalone devices from segment leaders Apple and Roku, Amazon’s device contains a robust hardware set, including a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, dedicated GPU, dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, and voice-enabled remote control.

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Enhancing user experience in tablets for entertainment: Sony Xperia Z2 and Huawei’s MediaPad X1 and MediaPad M1

A new line of tablets for consumers has been released including Sony's Xperia 10.1 inch tablet and two tablets with smartphone capability by Huawei, the MediaPad X1 and the MediaPad M1.

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New developments in productivity tablets: HP Pavilion 11t x360 and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2

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Sky aims to take a bite out of UK film retail market

UK pay TV operator Sky intends to launch a digital retail service in April 2014, providing its 4.5m active Sky+ HD customers with the option to purchase films via the Sky Store interface.

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Disney spends big to acquire MCN Maker Studios

Walt Disney Company has agreed to buy YouTube channel network Maker Studios for $500 million.

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Vodafone acquires Spanish cable operator Ono

Vodafone has enhanced its Spanish multiplay capabilities with a EUR7.2 billion acquisition of cable operator Ono.

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Nippon TV to buy Japanese business of Hulu

The Japanese division of online video service provider Hulu is to be acquired by Nippon Television Network Corporation in early spring 2014, subject to regulatory conditions and approval. For Nippon TV, which has already made the steps into the OTT world with transactional on-demand service NITTELE on demand and an ad-funded catch-up service, the acquisition of a subscription service such as Hulu serves as a further step into expanding its premium paid-for online video proposition.

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