Light Reading

Playing Catchup With CES

Mari Silbey
1/13/2014
50%
50%

As ever, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) jamboree in Las Vegas was awash with all manner of device and service launches aimed at the mass market, as our reporting from the event showed:

And as much as we'd like to have eyes and ears in every corner of CES and deliver all the meaningful developments as they happen, sometimes we have to rely on the post-show catch-up to highlight some key developments.

So for those interested in a broader view of the video and TV developments at the show, here are five more stories to set you up for 2014.

Sony announces cloud-based TV service
There have long been rumors that Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE) would launch a web-based video service, and now the company is ready to go on the record. Sony said at CES that it will introduce a TV service for Sony devices this year with live television, video-on-demand, and cloud DVR features. There is no official word yet on any content negotiations for the service, but The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Sony had reached a "preliminary deal" with Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA). The company was also reportedly in discussions with Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), and CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) (See Sony, Viacom Strike Streaming Pact.)

TiVo partners with Control4
TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) is teaming up with Control4 to make TiVo services available through the home automation company's user interface (UI). According to a blog post, TiVo will initially offer "Now Playing" information and remote control functionality through the Control4 UI. Further services, including TV show details, and information on a user's recorded content, are coming soon. (See also Dish Connects Hopper to Control4.)

Roku coming to Hisense and TCL TVs
Just days after Polaroid announced it would ship new smart TVs with Roku Inc. streaming sticks, Roku itself decided to make the leap into the TV hardware market. The company has said it is working directly with TCL and Hisense to manufacture new television sets with an embedded Roku platform. New TV models will be available in retail stores this fall. (See also Polaroid TV Ships With Roku Stick.)

Dish signs programmers for OTT platform
Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) CEO Joseph Clayton told FierceCable at CES that the satellite company has signed deals with multiple programmers for the right to distribute live TV content over an OTT video platform. While the company's potential over-the-top service wouldn't match traditional TV in its content lineup, Clayton said he sees an opportunity with OTT to offer lower-priced service tiers to younger consumers. A smaller monthly fee would buy fewer channels, but it would also include greater access to TV across connected devices.

Dish dishes up new Joeys
Dish didn't just make the news for its OTT deals: While most of the traditional service providers kept a low-key presence at CES this year, Dish went the other direction and announced: a new media extender called the Super Joey, which allows users to record up to eight shows at once; a Wireless Joey, which supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi; and new "Virtual Joey" apps for Sony PlayStation consoles and LG smart TVs. All of the new Joey products tie back to Dish's Hopper DVR with built-in Sling technology. Dish also announced new Dish Anywhere apps, a Dish Explorer app with voice control, and an updated Hopper user interface.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 1:09:17 PM
Roku boxes
That's a potentially big move for Roku. Getting embedded in cable STBs is now paying off for TiVo. So getting embedded in TV sets should be even more promising, assuming the TVs are any good to begin with.   
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
1/13/2014 | 1:07:01 PM
What's Sony up to?
So Sony is moving forward with its TV plans. God bless them. I wonder what Sony thinks it knows that Intel, Microsoft, and other former pay TV wannabes don't. Mari, do you think this will be an Xbox One-like service on steroids?  
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Anshul Sadana answers questions from Steve Saunders, Light Reading's founder and CEO, about Arista's CloudVision, a global cloud network controller for workload orchestration and workflow automation delivering a turnkey solution for cloud networking.
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei ONS Product Demo

8|3|15   |   6:01   |   (0) comments


Huawei shows at Open Networking Summit 2015 in Santa Clara how its SDN and NFV solutions embrace openness.
LRTV Custom TV
End-User or Enterprise Benefits to the New IP

7|30|15   |   04:27   |   (1) comment


Andrew Coward discusses what the New IP means to end users or enterprise customers. He explains compelling reasons, including how every customer can get their own network, from the transformation to the New IP.
LRTV Custom TV
Network Visibility & the New IP

7|30|15   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


Mukund Srigopal provides an explanation of what network visibility is and how it is essential as service providers transition to the New IP. In addition, the importance of the network packet broker is discussed.
Between the CEOs
Video Exclusive With Basil Alwan, Alcatel-Lucent

7|24|15   |   26:44   |   (5) comments


Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
LRTV Custom TV
VDF: Enable the Financial With Mobile Money

7|20|15   |   06:53   |   (0) comments


Ian Ravenscroft discusses how operators can expand to occupy the entire digital services value chain through service innovation.
LRTV Custom TV
Telefónica on OSS Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:01   |   (0) comments


Jose Gonzales discusses the details of Telefónica's operation transformation program.
LRTV Custom TV
Judi Achmadi on Huawei's Cloud Storage Solution

7|20|15   |   03:33   |   (0) comments


Judi discusses the key business goals of TelekomSigma's public cloud service and how Huawei's solution helps them address challenges.
LRTV Custom TV
KPN Enlightening Digital Business & IT Transformation

7|20|15   |   06:19   |   (0) comments


Rob de Beer discusses the changes that operators need to make with service innovation now coming from the Internet world.
LRTV Custom TV
Stratus Telco-Grade Cloud Solutions & NFV

7|20|15   |   07:34   |   (0) comments


Ali Kafel from Stratus Technologies addresses high-availability concerns within the telco industry with a solution that enables telcos to provide high-availability and stateful fault-tolerance using a software-based approach.
LRTV Documentaries
The Six Million Dollar Business Man

7|20|15   |   01:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Saunders, publisher. A man barely alive after an acquisition malfunction imploded the company he founded. Gentlemen, we can rebuild Light Reading. Better, faster, stronger.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat With Anukool Lakhina, Guavus

7|20|15   |   38:51   |   (1) comment


Guavus CEO Anukool Lakhina talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the role of operational analytics in the communications services and networking sectors, particularly in relation to IoT.
LRTV Custom TV
IBM's Flash Storage With Intel QuickAssist

7|20|15   |   03:18   |   (0) comments


Intel's Bev Crair and IBM's Eric Herzog discuss how IBM's V9000 Flash Storage System has helped customers around the world. Featuring real-time compression powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, the V9000 is a next-gen flash storage solution.
Upcoming Live Events
September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 16, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
To keep up with consumers' increasing digital lifestyles, an IT system and operating model overhaul is required using a modern BSS, IES and analytics.
Hot Topics
Eurobites: Nokia Seals HERE Sale
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 8/3/2015
Verizon Small Cells Ready to Rock in Chicago
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 7/31/2015
Cable Feuds With Senate Dems Over STBs
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 7/31/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
September 22, 2015
Media Begins With “Me”
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
I was pleasantly surprised when Ericsson recently agreed to let me interview its CEO, Hans Vestberg. Traditionally, mega-companies like Ericsson (or Cisco) have kept ...
Basil Alwan, President of IP Routing & Transport at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses virtualization, cultural challenges, the capex crunch and more with Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders.
Cats with Phones
Comes With Free Phone Stand Click Here
Who says cats don't have any skills?