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SMPTE Hollywood to Host Panel Discussion about New ATSC Standard

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 10:18 -- Nick Dager

At its next virtual meeting, which is being held February 25 at 6:00 p.m. PST, the Hollywood section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will host a panel of broadcast experts for a discussion of the groundbreaking audio features of ATSC 3.0, the new digital television transmission standard also known as Next Gen TV.

Flicks, Neon Renew Partnership

Tue, 02/09/2021 - 11:20 -- Nick Dager

Flicks, a company of Vista Group International and leading New Zealand video on demand platform Neon, today announced a renewed 12-month partnership. The partnership is a content driven solution which utilizes Flicks’ writing talent and position in the market to promote Neon’s range of top-drawer TV series in a natural and appealing way.

Why Subtitles Matter

Sun, 11/15/2020 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

With the growth of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Apple TV, to name just a few, the international audience for film and television has never been bigger or more diverse. And the need for accurate and coherent subtitles – both for artistic and economic reasons – has never been more important. For two decades Dr. Vasilis Manousakis, the Literature, Literary and Audiovisual Translation instructor at Hellenic American College in Athens, Greece, has been subtitling and translating a broad range of genres, series and films produced by HBO, Disney, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Netflix, among them Lost, The Good Place, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.

Swiss Pirate Network KBoxServ Shut Down

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 09:04 -- Nick Dager

Canal+ Group and the Kudelski Group have shut down a piracy organization based in Canton of Vaud in the Lake Geneva region that delivered French-speaking on-demand content to thousands of customers. It is the first piracy shutdown of its kind in Switzerland. The operation is the result of a criminal complaint from Canal+ Group and Nagra, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, to the Vaud Police, which led the effort with the support of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, and Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.

Illegal Subscription Services Billion-Dollar US Business, New Report Claims

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 09:03 -- Nick Dager

The Digital Citizens Alliance and Nagra have jointly an investigative report showcasing how illegal piracy subscription services in the United States have grown into a billion-dollar industry that steals from creators, circumvents legitimate TV operators, and poses risks for consumers. The report, entitled Money for Nothing, details how a sophisticated ecosystem of thousands of retailers and wholesalers – through content theft and enabled by legal businesses – provides illicit piracy services to at least nine million U.S. households.

Can Thematic Streaming Thrive in a Crowded OTT Marketplace?

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:10 -- Nick Dager

As Netflix, Disney, Amazon, and Apple battle for the estimated global $1 billion over-the-top subscription market, one company – Magine Pro, an OTT platform for mid-tier market video-on-demand and TV content – is asking the question: Will the VOD market be The Battle of the Global Giants or is there room for thematic streaming services that all together could create a wider diversity in the market? Put another way, is there enough consumer demand for specialist services for sports, kids programs, genre-specific series and movies, food and cooking services etc to make it a sustainable business?

Nagra Expands NexGuard Watermarking Capabilities

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 09:04 -- Nick Dager

Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group, has announced the application programming integration of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies into Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video transcoding service from Amazon Web Services. The API provides content owners, and any third-party working on premium content, with an added layer of security and traceability for their pre-release and early release content workflows, and simplifies the watermarking process for file transcoding and streaming content preparation.

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