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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.

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.

Two Hong Kong FTA Broadcast Licenses Granted

fta-govBig television shake-up in Hong Kong as the government approves initial permits for two companies to obtain the highly coveted Free-to-Air broadcast license. The last time a Free-To Air broadcast license was granted in HK was nearly 40 years ago, to a company named Commercial Television Ltd., which went out of business 3 years after.

The initial approval for the FTA licenses was won by and I-Cable (Fantastic TV) and PCCW, (NowTV), which is one of the largest IPTV providers worldwide, and the first to pass the 1 million subscriber mark nearly four years ago.

While both PCCW and I-Cable shares jumped on the news, Hong Kong Television Network Ltd. (HKTV, Wai-kay’s Hong Kong Television Network), saw its shares dropping more than 31% and said they will cut 320 jobs after its FTA permit application was rejected.

According to sources at SCMP:

A senior government source said a consultant’s report had shown HKTV, previously known as City Telecom, to be the weakest applicant, and that Exco approved the licences “on merit with no political considerations”.

But the rejection of HKTV’s application, which was against the Broadcasting Authority’s earlier recommendation that all three licences be granted, prompted a swift backlash. By 1.30am today, a Facebook page calling upon the government to issue a licence to HKTV had attracted some 256,000 “likes”. Internet users were also preparing a protest on Sunday.

Asked if the deviation from the Broadcasting Authority’s recommendation would be against procedural justice, So said the authority made recommendations not decisions. He said Exco had considered “a basket of criteria” including programme planning, technical soundness, investment and public opinion.

But he refused to explain why HKTV was considered inferior to its competitors. HKTV can’t appeal to Exco against the decision, but it can file a judicial review in court, he said.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong already has two FTA broadcasters (TVB and ATV), both are now challenging the government about why two contracts were awarded at all. They both fought against the governments consideration of 3 potential new licenses, and it seems that they at least for now, won the battle against Ricky Wong’s HKTV, (formerly called City Telecom, and now called HKTV, Wai-kay’s Hong Kong Television Network).

According to Bloomberg:

“We estimate new operators could launch the free-to-air TV services within 6-12 months and new competition could start as early as 2014,” Mandy Chan, an analyst at Merrill Lynch, wrote in a report. “We expect TVB to face challenges in keeping its near monopolistic hold of the Hong Kong free-to-air TV market.”

The awards to I-Cable’s Fantastic Television Ltd. and PCCW’s HK Television Entertainment Co. will double the number of free-to-air TV operators and bring in more investment, Commerce Secretary Gregory So said yesterday.

“This will not only provide more program choices for the audience, but also create more job opportunities in the creative industries,” So said at yesterday’s briefing.

Television Broadcasts’ flagship channel has a 93 percent audience share during prime time on weekdays, according to the company’s 2012 interim report.

Both TVB and ATV’s FTA licenses are due to expire in 2015, forcing them to re-apply in order to maintain it. Ricky Wong, the Telco entrepreneur in charge of Hong Kong Television Network (HKTV) denied that he will re-apply for an FTA license or acquire either TVB or ATV at that time.

M1 MiBox Displaces 1Box

M1, the third largest Telco in Singapore after SingTel and StarHub has announced its successor to  the softly received television platform 1Box. The new TV device is called MiBox, and it doubles the amount of paid online content previously offered.
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The MiBox Set-Top box TV device allows customers to stream online content to their TV. MiBox will replace the telco’s current service 1box, which was released back in 2010.

MiBox offers 18,000 videos-on-demand, 116 TV channels, 1,200 e-books and 370 apps, some of which are free. The service is priced at S$8 (US$6.33) a month with a two-year contract for M1 fiber customers, bundled with an Android set-top box, a selection of free shows and other content. For non-fiber customers, the service is priced at S$12 (US$9.50) per month.

“Media consumption habits are shifting towards an on-demand, a-la-carte model. M1′s MiBox aims to enhance this experience by delivering convenient and affordable access to an exciting library of entertainment, e-learning, and gaming content optimised for the TV screen,” P. Subramaniam, M1′s chief marketing officer, said in the release.

Full story at ZDnet.