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