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MyRepublic Offers Worlds Fastest Fibre Broadband

my-republicMyRepublic is now offering 1GBPS broadband internet for under S$50. Yes, correct, that’s “G”, as in Gigabit. This is a company that listens to their customers needs. However, this offer is only available to the first 10,000 sign-ups, the price for late comers is not yet determined.

They also have a lot of offers for switching customers over to this new 1Gbps plan, here is the list of these special offers and pricings: https://secure.myrepublic.com.sg/pricing.php

MyRepublic is also having a special Mega Launch Event at Ngee Ann City this weekend, 18th and 19th January, to promote these new 1g plans. According to the NgeeAnnCity website:

Join us as we excite you with a peek at the future of fibre broadband! Be amazed by MyRepublic’s futuristic home where you will experience a real digital lifestyle. In this fully integrated connected home set up, you will explore the home of the future and learn what MyRepublic’s fibre broadband can do for you and your home.

Gamers, jump into the gaming world with MyRepublic and partners like ASUS and iYogi at MyRepublic’s Mega Launch event! Join the gaming competition happening at Orchard and emerge as the Ultimate Gamer! Conquer others in Dragon Nest and take home attractive prizes like an ASUS desktop and gaming gear.

Come meet and greet with top Mediacorp’s starlets as they grace the event! Take pictures and play games with Mediacorp starlets like Benjamin Heng etc. in MyRepublic’s Mega Launch event!

Come join us at MyRepublic’s event and indulge in games, food and drinks and have a day of fun on us!

Congratulations to MyRepublic for setting a new milestone.

TV Reaches Tipping Point in 2014

digital-trends-20142014 is the year TV will change most dramatically, according to Business Insider and eMarketer, and reach a “tipping point”, which is where is the point at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.

Specifically, 50% or more US internet users, will consume digital TV online; through mobile devices, tablets and laptops in the US this year. The significance of this metric is explained by the Verge, who makes a compelling case a that US Network TV is nearing collapse.

Interestingly, no one is thinking to measure how much second screen or media stacking could be having an effect on the how much consumers are ad skipping. Nielsen themselves are giving the numbers. When do you think viewers actually use their mobile devices? During commercials of course.

• In US, 77% use TV & internet simultaneously (Nielsen)

• 86% of US smartphone and 88% of tablet owners use it while watching TV once a month (Nielsen)

• 45% use their tablet while watching TV daily (Nielsen)

• 44% of total tablet usage is while watching TV (Nielsen)

• 62% of TV viewers pick up the phone as soon as TV advertising break starts. (Nielsen)

As smartphones and tablets become more ubiquitous, this behaviour is only going increase. Not only are audiences shrinking, but those that are still there are, between PVR and media stacking, are apparently not watching or paying attention much to 30 second spots.

Full Story at the Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/11/5299736/is-american-network-tv-facing-collapse

 

 

Comcast Xfinity X2 Set-Top Box

comcast-x2Comcast is innovating. Their new software platform running on the Xfinity X2 next-generation set-top box has had over 1200 updates within the last 12 months. and their messaging is similar to that of Right Brain Interface; Fast, Smart, Easy, Personalized. According to Brian Roberts:

“As we look around the cloud/web ecosystem, the Winners are companies who can integrate across all devices, across all platforms, with a common interface, and they make it easy and fun to use.”

Here is a comprehensive video overview of Comcast new Xfinity X2:

Operators Seek Innovation to Survive

20131214_WBC037Comcast is arguably America’s most powerful media business since it controls both what people watch on television as well as the the pipes that deliver the TV content and Internet.

To remain on top, it is seeking new ways deliver TV content to meet the demand from their subscriber base concerning how they want to watch TV and consume their entertainment content.

In a recent article in the economist entitled Thinking Outside the Set-Top Box, the direction Comcast is just now moving towards lays out like a blueprint for what Right Brain Interface has already design, developed and built, with their product called bhaalu. Portions of quotation below highlighted in bold underscore these points.

Comcast has responded by trying to resemble the firms that could unseat it, offering more interactivity, personalisation and portability. “Television is going to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50,” says Brian Roberts. Comcast executives talk about “apps” for the television and rolling out innovations every three to six months. The firm is paying particular attention to its user “interface”, or what, until recently, was called a TV guide. Comcast’s is now arranged not numerically by channel, but alphabetically by programme, by network and type of content. Couch potatoes even less inclined to effort can download an app to their iPhone and shout commands at it to locate shows.

Comcast’s new set-top box is “cloud-based”, adding to the potential for flexibility: films and programmes stored in the cloud can be watched on any device. It tracks viewing history and recommends programmes accordingly, much like Netflix. Comcast has made it easier for TV-watchers to find their way to full seasons of episodes that are available on-demand so people can “binge” on shows.

Other pay-TV providers are experimenting with new features, and some have approached Comcast to license its technology. One popular idea is “TV Everywhere”, which makes it possible for pay-TV subscribers to watch live and on-demand programmes on their mobile devices wherever they like. It has started slowly but is taking off as more content-owners agree to license the digital rights to their programmes. Tools like this may help Comcast and its rivals justify their high prices and convince people to stick with their television package.

Full story here: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21591600-americas-largest-cable-company-becoming-more-firms-it-battling-against?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/thinking_outside_the_set_top_box

2014 Trends in Online Video

tv-trendsPatrick Hurley of Skytide has put together a work-in-progress whitepaper about the trends in online video viewing that can be expected for 2014. In these trends, he lists #1. Social TV will take off. #3. Quality of experience (QoE) will trump all. We couldn’t agree more on both of these aspects, these indeed are two of the more predominately driving features of bhaalu. Here is the whitepaper:

2014 TV Industry Key Driving Forces

key-forcesResearch from Deloitte indicates that new players in the TV industry can adapt with the changes in order to obtain compelling new business growth. And there are five key forces they have identified, which will be responsible for driving most of the growth in 2014. The five factors are as follows:

1.) Big Data – Big data not only means ability to capture, record and playback content in the cloud, but also the ability to be more specific in targeting advertising, as data about a users likes, favourite TV shows, recommended shows, and demographics allows for more sophisticated and intelligently targeted unicast based advertising.

2.) Second Screen – Tablets, Smart Phones and Laptops with ever increasing video quality capabilities are driving the growth of multi-screen. Most interesting aspect of the Second Screen phenomena is that it is actually driving growth of TV advertising revenue.

The firm adds that advertisers have also benefited from second screens, as  consumers can quickly find the product or service being offered on their handheld device, meaning they can get more information. This, suggests Deloitte, has increased the value of television advertising that was once looking like it  was losing out to Internet advertising.

3.) Spectrum allocation changes in Europe - Compared to other regions of the world, Europe has the least amount of UHF Spectrum allocated to RFID, which limits the amoun of Free to Air Television Channel Frequencies that are available. But seems to be changing now, allowing for many new UHF channels to be broadcasted.

4.) The commercialisation of UltraHD/4KTV – Technicolor has teamed up with Portrait Displays to create a colour certification process designed to guarantee the colour quality on any computer or mobile device display, and has awarded the first 4KTV Image Certification to Marseille Networks for its system on chip to deliver content on 4K televisions.

5.) The emergence of the connected TV receiver – IPTV is not the only driver here, cloud DVR’s such as bhaalu, also have a set top box TV receiver connected to the internet. Bhaalu is takes it one step further, as it is pioneering a Collaborative Cloud-based DVR.

Bhaalu is perfectly positioned to take advantage of all five of these emerging television growth trends in 2014.

Read more at:  Big data, second screen, spectrum, UltraHD, connected TV key drivers of 2014 TV industry | Rapid TV News.

IPTV and Internet Video $35 Billion by 2018

Source: Digital TV Research

Source: Digital TV Research

The numbers are in, and they are big. According to Online TV and Video Forecasts report from Digital TV Research, Online TV and video revenues worldwide, over fixed broadband networks, is expected to reach $34.99 billion in 2018, an increase of over $30 billion from 2010′s recorded $3.98 billion in revenue.

According to the Online TV and Video Forecasts report from Digital TV Research. By 2018, 520 million homes in 40 countries will watch online television and video, up from 182 million in 2010. And
OTT is expected to increase substantially as many players in the industry expand internationally.

According to the Online Video and TV forecast:

Online TV and video advertising has been the key driver for the OTT sector, with revenues of $7.4 billion expected in 2013, up from $2.4 billion in 2010. Rapid advertising expenditure growth will continue, to reach a global total of $16.4 billion in 2018. However, advertising’s share of total OTT revenues will fall from 60.6% in 2010 to 46.9% in 2018.

The fastest growing paid-for OTT revenue stream will be subscription services. Although the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus are already reasonably well established as streaming subscription services in North America, international markets have been relatively untouched – until now.

Online television and video subscription revenues (SVOD) will soar from $1 billion in 2010 to $6 billion in 2013 and onto $13 billion in 2018. The number of homes paying a monthly fee to receive SVOD packages will climb from 21.9 million in 2010 to 67.8 million by end-2013 and onto 160.6 million in 2018.

Subscription TV services will slow the Video On Demand and Pay Per View market as they offer similar value propositions. Yet, IPTV and video on demand and pay-per-view revenues are expected to increase precipitously from $207 million in 2010 to $2,103 million in 2018.

Facebook and Twitter Battle Over Social TV

Panasonic-Twitter-FacebookThe battle for Social TV heats up as Breaking Bad’s final episode generated over 5.5 million interactions from more than 3 million Facebook users. (The entire previous season overall produced 23 million Facebook interactions from 11 million users.). Meanwhile, Twitter had 1.47 million tweets from 682,000+ uniques for the same show.

What do these numbers mean? In a nutshell, It means that the number of users who start watching a particular TV show based on social media conversations takes place more often in Facebook than on Twitter. In fact, by more than 2 to 1.

But as Sarah Perez of TechCrunch points out, the comparison between Facebook and Twitter concerning social TV is more of an apples/oranges comparison than apples/apples.

“…Facebook is much bigger than Twitter: 1.15 billion monthly actives versus Twitter’s 200+ million. One could argue its numbers for almost anything will be bigger. But really, it’s Facebook’s looser definition of active engagement that makes comparing its figures to Twitter’s a problem. Facebook, you see, counts nearly any engagement with its content among its “interactions” – it includes not only those posting status updates themselves, but also others who then like, comment or re-share that post to their own networks of friends.

Facebook counting a “like” as an “interaction” is like Twitter counting a “favorite.” It’s not an ideal metric to lump in with Facebook posts or re-shares, but, rather, should be treated as a separate category of interaction. After all, there are a number of reasons why you may like someone’s Facebook status, and it’s not always directly related to the TV content they’ve shared.”

Twitter is a platform that collects a massive amount of data on all formats of digital media consumption. It experimented in the past with a #Music app, which is mostly dead at this point, but they learned from the experience, and as a result, will soon be launching a new television-oriented experience called #TV, which just might put it in the dominate position.

“Leveraging the real-time nature of Twitter will be instrumental to the success or failure of Twitter and TV. Facebook is gunning hard for the television market, and has been releasing big numbers surrounding ‘interactions’ generated by Likes and comments. Depending on how you interpret those numbers, Twitter either has its work cut out for it or has little to worry about.

Twitter has been working on this TV thing in a dedicated fashion for quite a while. It made itself into a bona-fide internet TV ratings system with Nielsen and recently started rolling out ad-targeting programs to woo TV money. It’s convinced that it has more to offer to TV than Facebook, and Facebook is just as convinced of the opposite. I doubt this tit-for-tat will be settled soon, but there’s a strong  case to be made that Twitter is actually in the better position, for now.”

One example of a #TV feature twitter is developing is a DVR-like control over the flow of live twitter feeds around live TV events.

“Dick Costolo, Twitter’s CEO, is reportedly working on a social media DVR. The aim of the project is to highlight the best moments and reactions from live events, and then allow users to replay the content at a later time. “Right now, you get purely the reverse chronological order of the tweets. It would be nice to see things like a graphic of spikes in the conversation. And be able to scroll back to that time and see what happened at that particular moment,” Costolo said.

It’s easy to see why Twitter is so successful when placed alongside live TV. Take the NBA playoffs for example, which recently came to a close this past week. Twitter was a delicate mix of humorous commentary, serious reflection, in-game photos, and an expression of either pure elation or defeat when the final buzzer sounded.”.

While twitter does not have the same user base numbers as Facebook, it has a platform that allows to be more vertically focused, such as Television, (#TV) and it is aggressively pursuing these niches to dominate the social interactions for each vertical.

It will be interesting to see how this battle develops over time.