Quite a surprise when I walked into the large Dussmann – Das Kulturkaufhaus store in Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, and saw no less than three floors of good, old-fashioned discs – CDs, DVDs, some Blu-Rays, and even a whole section of vinyl.
The Dutch regional cable operator Delta is making some interesting moves after having been acquired by Swedish investment vehicle EQT. From being a laggard, the operator could now very well spell the future of cable.
The past week saw OTT disruption entering a new phase with announcements by Philips, RTL and Sky – with the latter causing SES and Eutelsat stock taking a beating.
Netflix launched exactly a year ago in the Netherlands. Local premium channels adapted themselves to the newcomer, while public and private broadcasters launched a common S-VOD platform.
Google promises easy connection with its new Chromecast dongle. And indeed, it is installed in minutes, if not seconds. Just plug the dongle in a HDMI slot of the TV set, connect the power supply, either to an USB port or directly to the mains with an adapter, and off you go.
Liberty Global said that there are now 270,000 Horizon boxes in use in The Netherlands and Switzerland. Introduction in Germany and the Irish Republic is scheduled to happen in the next few months.
Ziggo is taking a bold step forward by introducing a cloud based service model for interactivity. The philosophy behind it is that CE manufacturers are putting more and more technology in their home devices. It makes sense to take full advantage of the possibilities this offers.
A view from the Continent. During the launch of the YouView box, Lord Sugar described the set as a great moment in British television. “It’s not like producing a Sky box, we had to start from scratch, a bit like the first television transmission.” But is it really?
In the past few months we have seen an acceleration of activities from consumer electronics manufactures. By adding ever more services and apps to their smart TVs they seem to be taking the lead in the connected home.
There is a thin line between fully managed IPTV services and managed OTT services – and the gap is closing. Soon we will see lots more OTT live streaming.