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Connected Blu-ray disc player data updated

The connected Blu-ray disc player installed base will reach 138m by 2017, but growth will slow due to consumers' increasing interest in alternative formats

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

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Harris Broadcast splits into Imagine Communications and GatesAir

Professional broadcast equipment provider Harris Broadcast will divide into two brand new corporate entities, Imagine Communications and GatesAir. Imagine Communications will provide solutions for delivering and monetizing multiscreen content while GatesAir will focus on TV and radio over-the-air market.

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Roku announces new HDMI Streaming Stick

On March 5, 2014 Roku announced the HDMI version of its Roku Streaming Stick, priced at $49.99. The Streaming Stick, while functionally identical to Roku’s OTT set-tops, is offered in the diminutive form of a dongle, and until now, has relied exclusively on the MHL interface to connect to a TV set. This new device is commercially available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland.

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TiVo to acquire Digitalsmiths

Set-top box (STB) and middleware vendor TiVo is to acquire Digitalsmiths, a search and recommendation engine company for $135m in cash, in a transaction expected to be completed during Q1 of 2015. The acquisition is likely to serve several strategic purposes for TiVo...

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Comcast and Netflix sign deal for transit, not carriage

Comcast and Netflix have signed a deal for ‘interconnection’. No terms of the multi-year deal have been disclosed except the companies have made it clear that the agreement has been developed over ‘many months’ and that under the deal Netflix traffic receives no preferential treatment at a network level.

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Lenovo announces new ThinkPad multimode tablet/laptop for schools

Lenovo is releasing a new line of ThinkPad tablets and laptops specifically designed to be used in schools.

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