UK tops Euro timeshift league, Fashion One 4K, new Apple TV, Amazon adds mobile downloads: DTG daily news September 4th 2015

UK is Euro capital of timeshifting

Brits watch 14 times as much timeshifted TV today as we did in 2005—more than other European nations—according to data-wranglers IHS Technology,

Analysts have revealed that we watched 43 minutes of recorded or catch-up shows per day in 2014, compared to just three minutes in 2005, at least 15 minutes more than viewers in France, Germany, Italy or Spain.

Fashion One launches global UHD channel

International catwalk and party channel Fashion One has launched a free and unencrypted 4k Ultra HD edition around the world via satellite.

The European channel, Fashion 4K, is available from the Astra 19.2 degrees East location, uplinked SES Platform Services, with an HD simulcast for those without Ultra HD TVs.

Apple TV 4 expected in October

Apple is expected to announce the fourth generation of its Apple TV set-top box later this month, featuring an App Store, a new remote control, Siri voice control, games support, and a new user interface.

With a predicted launch date in October, the new Apple TV is also likely to cost at least twice the £99 pricetag of the current model.

Amazon and Netflix join Open Media Alliance

Netflix and Amazon have joined with Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Mozilla to develop open, royalty-free and interoperable codecs and technologies for streaming video.

The Open Video Alliance will focus first on building a new codec with binding specifications for media format, content encryption and adaptive streaming.

Nagra and MStar secure UHD pay-TV streaming

Semiconductor producer MStar and content protection provider Nagra have integrated key security technologies onto chipsets for 4k Ultra HD Connected TVs.

The new products will allow streaming of protected Ultra HD content directly to TVs without a set-top box, with service providers implementing their own EPG using the TV manufacturer's SDK or HbbTV.

Amazon Prime first for downloads to mobile

Amazon Prime has become the first subscription streaming service allowing users to download films and TV to iOS and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing.

Downloads are available for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets at no additional charge, in the UK, US and Germany, with a selection of drama, comedy, childrens' shows and movies.

DTG Staff  |  04.09.2015

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