Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed – Week of August 31, 2015

04 Sep 2015

Light Reading posted an article arguing that the time has come for cable companies to start truly monetizing Wi-Fi™. LR noted that they will delve into this issue in greater detail in future blog posts, webinars, and events.

Verizon Wireless will soon launch its mobile video service, as reported by Fierce Wireless. This service, called “Go90,” will feature content from media partners such as AOL and Viacom.

Multichannel News published a recent study by IHS Technology, showing that Italians watch more linear TV than any other country in Europe. The British are at the top of the list for PVRs (personal video recorders) and streaming services.

A new OTT video player, Looke, has been introduced in Brazil, according to Rapid TV News. Looke will include subscription video-on-demand and pay-per-view options with an initial catalogue of 7,500 films, documentaries, series and music videos.

Lastly, Media Post reported that the number of IoT connected devices will rise over 285% in the next five years to 38.5 billion, according to data from Juniper Research. The study shows that the consumer segment (composed of the smart home, connected vehicles and digital healthcare), represents a high ARPU (average revenue per user) market segment.

1. Time to Monetize Cable WiFi (August 31, 2015) By Alan Breznick, Light Reading: With the US cable industry having set up nearly 12 million WiFi access points throughout the nation, there are now plenty of hotspots in place for operators to take financial advantage of their still-growing wireless assets.

2. Report: Verizon to launch 'Go90' mobile OTT video service in the coming days (September 2, 2015) By Phil Goldstein, Fierce Wireless: Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) plans to launch its over-the-top mobile video service, rumored to be called "Go90," in the coming days, and will initially offer free shows aimed at young viewers, according to a Bloomberg report.

3. Study: Italians Watch More TV, Brits Prefer OTT (September 2, 2015) By Mike Farrell, Multichannel News: Italians watch more linear TV than any other country in Europe – about 4 hours and 20 minutes per day – but the British lead the pack in online and personal video recorder viewership, according to a recent study by IHS Technology.

4. Brazil takes Looke at new VOD, OTT player (September 3, 2015) By Juan Fernandez Gonzalez, Rapid TV News: Looke, a new over-the-top (OTT) video player, has been launched in Brazil, with a mixed business model including subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and pay-per-view options.

5.IoT Connected Devices Triples To 38 Billion By 2020(August 27, 2015) By Jack Loechner, Media Post: According to new data from Juniper Research, the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%, driven by a surge in connected industrial applications.

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