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  • Jun
  • 10

Research company In-Stat forecasts that by 2016, 100 million households worldwide will actively use hybrid services delivered to their TV. Hybrid set-top boxes include both a TV tuner and internet connection to receive services via the internet as well as, say, by ASTRA satellites. In-Stat’s report, Worldwide Hybrid Set-Top Boxes, reveals that the US is currently the leader for hybrid TV households, with 23 million hybrid boxes expected by the end of 2012, but the UK, France, and Germany are coming on strong, and most of Europe will have hybrid services by 2016 with Europe’s Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard gaining dominance by the end of 2013.

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  • Aug
  • 03

Spain Tests HbbTV

By: SES ASTRA

Commercial broadcasting group, Mediaset España has begun beta test broadcasts of programmes using the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard, for the first time in Spain. Certain news and drama programmes on entertainment channel, Tele 5 are broadcast with onscreen online content, such as background information and access to social networks for viewers’ interaction.

In the future, HbbTV content will be extended to Mediaset España’s other channels, such as Cuatro, La Siete and Factoría De Ficción, which broadcast as part of the Digital+ platform on ASTRA 19.2°E.

HbbTV is the international initiative co-founded by ASTRA, to combine broadcast and broadband delivery of content to hybrid set-top boxes and TVs.

Visit www.telecinco.es for further info

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  • Jul
  • 19

It took just three months from the launch of Samsung’s connected ‘Smart TVs’ to sell over two million worldwide, the company says. In comparison, Samsung’s LED TVs took over eight months to reach 2 million global sales. Over 710,000 of the connected sets, which access online content such as ‘over the top’ video services in addition to broadcast TV via ASTRA, etc, have been sold in Europe.

ASTRA won first prize in Samsung’s Smart TV Challenge to design an innovative app for connected TVs in March 2011.

Visit www.samsung.com for further info

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  • Jul
  • 15

Infonetics Research’s first quarterly set-top box report for 2011 shows a year-on-year increase in the worldwide market for set-top boxes, with demand for over-the-top connected services particularly strong in the past few months. The report suggests that “operators are in the early stages of implementing hybrid networks” offering OTT and on-demand services alongside “linear” broadcasts such as ASTRA satellite channels and that “the hybrid segment of the market will experience the strongest growth over the next few years”.

Visit www.infonetics.com for further info

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  • Dec
  • 03

The Hybrid Future

By: SES ASTRA

A study by IMS Research predicts that worldwide shipments of hybrid set-top boxes (STB), which combine traditional broadcast TV reception with video delivered over the Internet, will grow to nearly 87 million units/year and reach more than 380 million households by 2015. Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst at IMS Research said, “Augmenting traditional video delivery methods with additional content and services over IP has finally come of age,” and in five years, the majority of new STB worldwide will be hybrid devices. While the Americas currently lead with over 65% of global hybrid STB shipments, IMS expects Europe to overtake within a couple of years.

Meanwhile, Europe’s largest TV manufacturer, Vestel has announced a new range of STBs equipped to receive HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) services broadcast via ASTRA satellites by German broadcasters, including ARD and ZDF. Hakan Hutlu, Vestel’s Deputy General Manager for Marketing, said, “with HbbTV, consumers have all the benefits of a high quality large-screen viewing experience coupled with the capability to enjoy compelling VOD and catch-up content, interact with programmes and friends, or swap media files or photos.” ASTRA is a founding member of the HbbTV Consortium, establishing an industry standard for hybrid TV.

Visit www.imsresearch.com and www.hbbtv.com for more information

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