The number of devices outfitted with HEVC/H.265 decoding technology will top 2 billion by 2016, predicts Multimedia Research Group (MRG) Inc. HEVC, a standard-in-the-making that promises to be about 50 percent more efficient than MPEG-4/H.264, will likely be used in set-tops to support UltraHD TV services, but "smartphones represent, by far, the largest opportunity" to help keep bandwidth requirements in check on mobile networks, the report notes. The HEVC standard should be finalized sometime this year.
QuickPlay Media has unveiled TVX, an "off-the-shelf" TV Everywhere platform designed to help programmers and service providers reach tablets, PCs and other IP-connected devices. The system bakes in components such as content ingestion, management, play-out and reporting. QuickPlay's pledge is to get service providers up and running with a branded TVE system "in as little as 90 days." [Ed. note: We'll have more detail soon as the TVX reaches general availability on March 15.]
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has ordered TW Cable to pay $2.2 million in refunds to customers in several uptown New York towns over claims that the MSO overcharged customers based on its franchise agreements. Customers based in Batavia, Geneva, Lima, Livonia and Waterloo are among those in line to get refunds, according to the Rochester Business Journal, noting that affected customers should see credits averaging $119 over the next 90 days.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.