May 2015

• Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers at Comcast: 'At the end of the first quarter, Comcast counted 22.375 million video customers and 22.369 million high-speed Internet customers.' However, video is still much more profitable: ' Video revenue was $5.3 billion for the quarter, compared with $3 billion for high-speed Internet.'
• Verizon Will Acquire AOL for $4.4B, Mobile Video a Central Reason: 'Advertising is central to the deal, as Verizon and AOL will combine to create a scaled, mobile-first platform for ads, Verizon reports. AOL brands include The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, Makers, and'akers, and'
• Ofcom (UK media regulator) report on audience attitudes to the broadcast media
  • Four in ten adult viewers feel there is ‘too much’ violence and ‘too much’ swearing on television, while three in ten feel there is ‘too much’ sex. 
  • Forty-four per cent of UK adults have used connected TV at home in the past 12 months … Broadcaster catch-up services are the most commonly viewed connected TV content. 
  • Almost a fifth of UK adults have used other broadband-connected devices to watch TV live as it is broadcast in the past 12 months, while 29% have used it to watch broadcaster catch-up services.
  • 54% of UK households have a tablet device, 11% of 3–4-year-olds have their own
• Cisco Visual Networking Index: IP video traffic will be 80 percent of all IP traffic (both business and consumer) by 2019
• Deloitte Digital Democracy Survey
U.S. consumers age 14-and-older spend only 45 percent of their TV viewing time watching live programming. For younger millennials (age 14 to 25) that number is 28 percent. That same group spends almost 60 percent of its viewing time watching content on computers, tablets, or smartphones.
• Spotify short-form video and podcasts for US, UK, Germany and Sweden – deals with Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, BBC and NBC.

Codecs, compression, containers
• 60fps Live Streaming on YouTube in HTML5: 720p60 and 1080p60, 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available.
• Bigasoft Total Video Converter: convert VP9 WebM to MP4, AVI, WMV, ASF, VOB, MOV, FLV, SWF, MKV, RM, WTV, MXF, MVI, F4V, Apple ProRes and other formats – and vice versa.
• Allegro DVT adds VP9 support to its multi-format hardware encoder IP
Marvell Introduces ARMADA 1500 Ultra SoC for 4K STB with Viviane GC7000XS GPU

• Synthesising Drum Sounds with the Web Audio API: detailed article by Chris Lowis, WG invited expert.
• Intent to implement: per-tab audio focus on Android.

• Firefox 38 support for DRM with Adobe Primetime: Windows 32-bit Firefox only, Vista and above. This the fourth major browser to launch EME (with the fourth DRM system) and the second to launch an unprefixed implementation of the latest version of the spec. Commentary: The Register.

• Facebook Messenger likes WebRTC: Wireshark analysis shows use of libraries, audio codec depends on platform and peer (Opus, iSAC or iSAC LC); VP8 used on Web, iOS and Android.
• Streaming file transfer over WebTorrent
• getUserMedia() now in Microsoft Edge
• Viber for Chrome OS
• Periscope for Android: Periscope for Android: 'I was streaming for about 11 minutes on 4G and I used up in the blink of an eye 250MB'.
• WebRTC could make a better Periscope: it's the latency, maaan...

Web Audio 
• Practical Web Audio: ' you should be considering audio when designing your web application user interface'.
• Web Audio for Microsoft Edge

And finally... 
• Mayweather-Pacquiao fight: box office took $74m on 15,000 tickets, total earnings (just from the event) >$400m, but Periscope and Meerkat may have scuppered pay-per-view.
• Facebook Instant Articles: fast-loading autoplay video.
• Snapchat is 75% of Vodafone UK messaging app traffic
• ITU report on global ICT
  • 3.2 billion online (2 billion in developing world)
  • Broadband affordable (less than 5% GNI) in 111 countries
  • 69% 3G coverage
  • 7 billion mobile device subscriptions
• interactive WebGL infographics synchronised with media playback.

April 2015

• Why WhatsApp's new voice call feature is bad news for networks:
Calls are robust and the sound quality is genuinely fantastic – better even than the HD audio you get on an intra-network phone call. But while this is great news for us, it's surely bad news for the mobile networks and will likely be the first step in a cosmic shift in the way they structure our tariffs.
• Periscope launches: free iOS app to share live video, Android version in the works. They were acquired by Twitter for $100m.
• Facebook Messenger now does video calls: Facebook announcementTechCrunch.
• SocketPeer: 'as its name suggests, a combination of WebSockets and RTCPeerConnection. This node.js library abstracts away the common pattern of using WebSockets as a signalling server to instantiate a DataChannel over WebRTC.'
• Archive and play back video comms: TokBox tools.
• Twilio Video for iOS, Android and 'JavaScript apps' (first time I've heard that phrase).
• Wire for Web: messaging platform with a tasty UI.
• WebRTC market expanding and maturing, but in unexpected ways: 6.7bn devices forecast to support WebRTC by the end of 2019.
TADHack London: check out the Pi-powered WebRTC robot
• Why WebRTC Will Drive the Next Billion Dollar Company: 'the contextualisation of communications', WebRTC enables communications integrated within other apps, not just standalone.
• Die SIP Die

Web video
• The State of HTML5 Video: JW Player report updated.
• Shaka Player 1.3.0 released: easy-to-use JavaScript DASH client now provides offline playback and live streaming, updated EME support, improved buffering, bug fixes.

Codecs, containers, compression
• VP9: Faster, better, buffer-free YouTube videos (Reddit)
• New HEVC Patent Pool: What Are the Implications?
• VP9 v HEVC/H.265: tests of encoding quality, encoding time and playback CPU. VP9 scores well, but 'While the actual performance of the two codecs is a consideration, it’s generally not the deciding factor—certainly it wasn’t with VP8 and H.264'.

And finally...
• ...and if you like food, you'll love Vice's magnificent Munchies.
• SnapChat launches Local Our Story: video compilations only visible to Snapchatters at a specific event or location
• TV industry faces its ‘ketchup’ moment: ‘Mobile is now the first screen’ (Eric Scherer, director of future media at France Télévisions):
Among the trends picked out by Scherer was the emergence of “a new syntax, a new grammar, a new vocabulary” for news, particularly when delivered through “the new kids on the block” in the form of apps including Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope.
“They are always mobile, they are always social, they are always interactive … and it is more and more live,” he said, before turning his attention to YouTube and the growth of multi-channel networks (MCNs) like Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney in 2014.
“These are the people who are the new big players,” said Scherer, showing a slide of fresh-faced YouTubers. “These are the kids now ruling the entertainment, and it’s just the beginning of it. Again, new grammar, new syntax, new vocabulary.”
“You better have a good relationship with your end users. Trust and transparency are considered as new services.”
Virtual reality headsets are also on his radar. “VR is a total immersion inside the content, inside the fiction, inside the news, inside the documentary. Of course now it’s often in a very huge and very ugly helmet … but Samsung, Google, Sony, the big guys are all working on that,” said Scherer. “This immersion is the big new media of the next few years.”
• EE offers wi-fi call back-up service
• 75% of Viewers Leave Poor-Quality Video in 4 Minutes: Conviva
• Netflix plans Netflix Global
• Jay Z promotes 'artist-owned' music streaming brand Tidal: estimated combined net worth of the eighteen artists who signed the Tidal pledge is $2,043,000,000
• Media consumption: laptop and desktop still dominant
• How Nigerian blue collar workers use their phones: survey of 6,285 Nigerian blue collar workers with a monthly income of ₦20–40,000 (around US$100–200):
• More than half (51.4%) use mobile internet with monthly data spend between ₦1,000–2,000.
• Nearly two thirds (62.7%) spend ₦100–500 weekly on phone credit bought in ₦200 denominations.
• 61.8% indicated phone calls as the most frequent activity on their phones. Others indicated browsing (19.3%), texting (9%), chatting (7.1%) & gaming (2.8%)
• US IPTV revenues up, cable and satellite down
• Microsoft Azure Media Services: 'upload, store, encode and package video or audio content for both on-demand and live streaming delivery to a wide array of TV, PC and mobile device endpoints', with support for EME and MSE
• Akamai State of the Internet report for Q4 2014 released:

12% of unique ip addresses connecting to Akamai globally had average connection speeds of 15 Mbps or above, up just 0.6% from the third quarter. South Korea remained the country with the highest level of 4k readiness, despite a 7.7% decline to a 61% readiness rate. The remaining countries/ regions in the top 10 all saw quarterly increases, with Lithuania showing the largest jump at 50%. The other increases were more modest, ranging from Latvia’s 1.4% to Romania’s 12%.