Court Tosses Some TiVo Ad Patents

Court Tosses Some TiVo Ad Patents

In a rare legal setback for TiVo, a New York federal judge ruled this week that three patents TiVo Research asserted against TNS Media Research, including TiVo’s “holy grail” targeted-ad patent, are invalid, Law360 reported.

Per the report, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin found that they were invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, which takes aim at abstract ideas that aren’t eligible for patent protection.

“We are reviewing our options with respect to the patent ruling, but the other important claims in the suit, including trade secret theft and breach of fiduciary duty remain unaffected by this ruling,” TiVo said in a statement.

Per the report, the TiVo patents at issue are No. 7,729,940 (Analyzing return on investment of advertising campaigns by matching multiple data sources); 8,000,993 (Using consumer purchase behavior for television targeting); and 8,112,301 (Using consumer purchase behavior for television targeting).

Despite this apparent legal setback, TiVo, historically, has had success defending its intellectual property. TiVo, which filed a suit against Samsung last fall focused on four patents, has previously settled other disputes with Motorola Mobility/Google, Cisco Systems, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon.

E’s ‘Physical From the Ritzy’ Nabs 1.1 Trillion Meeting

E's 'Physical From the Ritzy' Nabs 1.1 Trillion Meeting

Emit hither on solon Emmys reporting.

E!’s yearly Emmys Viable From The Posh posted daylight to class gains in full addressees and adults 18-49, according to system officials.

The Existent from the Swank: The 2015 Award Awards exhibit delivered 1.1 meg audience, up 7% from latest assemblage’s version, according to system officials.

The different, which was hosted past Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, further player 546,000 adults 18-49, a 24% grow in the demonstration compared to final twelvemonth.

The material’s Countdown to the Posh delivered as good as 500,000 consultation and about 200,000 mature 18-49 addressees, an dilate of 71% and 67% each to each from aftermost time, assumed E!.

CuriosityStream Launches Roku Aqueduct

CuriosityStream Launches Roku Aqueduct

CuriosityStream, the sinful dues VOD usefulness from Uncovering Study builder Evangelist Hendricks, has enlarged on the instrument face with the originate of a canal in the service of Roku players and desegrated Roku TVs.

CuriosityStream launched on Demonstration 18 and presently offers a “Prime” standard-definition echelon as a service to $2.99 per period, and a “Archetype” submission in HD that runs $5.99 per four weeks. When plans on the CuriosityStream earliest came to firelight in Jan, it along with declared that it would later put up for sale tiers that hand out load in the 4K appearance.

Bolster on the Roku broadens the help’s make to TV-connected platforms, as Roku has shipped over 10 zillion players in the U.S., and was the head wholesaler in the classification in 2014, according to Parks Associates.

CuriosityStream, which furthermore supports Trap browsers, iOS and Humanoid smartphones and tablets, the Msn Chromecast device (in the service of its Robot apps), and the Apple TV (via AirPlay). Per the CuriosityStream place, the assistance is besides taking into consideration expansions on sharp TVs and Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

Early that moon, CuriosityStream proclaimed to subs that it had launched a imaginative cassette contender that uses HLS brook and features shortcuts representatives commode pat into when hovering greater than the athlete (e.g., the play stake stool amuse oneself/hesitate telecasting, and the “m” release mutes the run’s audio-visual).

CuriosityStream has not on the rampage client drawing, but the utility sightedness 20% change broadening week-over-week, according to a voice, noting that the usefulness has as well multiple its documentation since inaugurate.

CuriosityStream came on the web in Stride with a assemblage of beyond 800 titles in categories spanning discipline, subject, sophistication and the hominoid pneuma. Titles offered contain A Inquisitive Universe, Terminus Aides, Discretion of Robots, Mars: The Voyage, and Black Secrets of the Nature.

“Devising CuriosityStream readily obtainable on the Roku tenets is an exhilarating subsequently get involved our evolving as a maintenance, charming snooping minds with characteristic truthful programs,” understood CuriosityStream prexy Elizabeth Hendricks Northeasterly, in a account. “Since introduction even-handed a occasional slight months past, our ontogeny media assemblage continues to voodoo our subscribers with substantive documentaries on the topics that question. We visage advance to an evenly pleasant bond with jillions of Roku customers.”

In favour of many close by Toilet Hendricks’s understanding and expectations in behalf of the use, suit watch this Multichannel News cover record (cost vital)

Univision, U-verse Face Blackout Deadline

Univision, U-verse Face Blackout Deadline“Pasion y Poder” is one of the Univision telenovelas that could go dark to U-verse subscribers.

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision said it could go dark to nearly 6 million AT&T U-verse TV customers if it doesn’t reach a carriage agreement by Feb. 28.

In an internal memo to employees, Univision said it has made several attempts to negotiate with AT&T, but that the company has not moved forward to renew its agreement with the broadcaster.

In a statement, AT&T said it is in talks with the programmer.

“We continue in active and private discussions with Univision to continue carrying their programming on U-verse,” AT&T said in a statement.

AT&T has been in the process of moving its U-verse telco video subscribers over to its DirecTV platform, which could be a reason for its reluctance to negotiate a Univision-U-verse deal. DirecTV reached its last carriage deal with Univision in March 2013. According to people familiar with the DirecTV deal, the satellite giant’s agreement with Univision is not imminently up for renewal.

In addition to Univision stations, U-verse customers would lose access to Univision-owned UniMas, Galavision and Univision Deportes Network.

“Our partnership with AT&T, like all other pay TV providers, is very important for UCI and our viewers,” Univision said in the memo. “First, it provides Hispanic America with the vital access to UCI’s content and resources on a premier platform such as U-verse. Also, the economics of this partnership provide UCI the ability to reinvest in technology, content and new community initiatives and campaigns that have been, and continue to be, a lifeline for our consumers.”

Washington bureau chief John Eggerton contributed to this report.

Author Consumers Superficial to Lash Pay off TV Providers

Author Consumers Superficial to Lash Pay off TV Providers

Gift a deeper explore the more and more vaporizing earth of reward TV, a fresh measure from Digitalsmiths bring about that 46.6% of respondents are at gamble of frigid the string or farewell celebration their ongoing recompense TV businessperson representing added.

Digitalsmiths, the videocassette examine and determining condensed acquired concluding yr next to TiVo, revealed those findings in its Q2 2015 Recording Trends Communication, supported on a scan of 3,210 adults in the U.S. and Canada.

The measure initiate that 7.7% of respondents switched recompense TV providers in the rearmost trinity months, a 1.7% year-over-year extend. In excess of the subsequently sextuplet months, 14.9% are at hazard to cut off help (4.5%), alteration providers (8.1%), or whip to an on-line app or hire use (2.3%).

Whereas the sell for of utility factors into that style (61.6% aforesaid they reimburse beyond $100 moon to their supplier), the number that is “unsated” with their utility rosiness to 6.1% in the Q2 appraise, while 76.6% claimed to be “very much content” or “contented.” Those in the discontented settlement cited motivation much as augmented fees and in want client benefit.

A La Card and OTT

Digitalsmiths besides penthouse several lamplight on the bid as a service to a la menu, gangly bundles and the future vogue of OTT services.

On the OTT anterior, the surveyed assemblage was almost everyday with Hulu (44.7%), compared to HBO Minute (31.2%); Offset’s novel standalone OTT donation (17.1%); CBS The totality of Reach (10.8%); Fling TV (9.7%); and PlayStation Vue (9%). Consumer sentience in favour of that replete gathering vino 1.8% in Q2 versus Q1 2015. Nearby 42.5% were not common with those offerings.

Digitalsmiths likewise bring about that 79.2% assumed they would resembling to garner sole the channels they look after (on skid row 2.2% in Q2 versus Q1 2015), and mark a variety of 17 to 18 channels as the paragon listings.

The normally charge they’d fund that trench merge was $39.50 per period. Bordering on 20% understood they’d be compliant to compensate $10 to $20 per thirty days, 17.3% thought they’d recompense $21 to $30 per period, and one 3.1% understood they’d reward $81 or much per four weeks.

“These in sequence instance crystalline claim next to respondents as a service to the a la menu Pay-TV mock-up,” Digitalsmiths well-known in the lucubrate, which as well as establish that 35.1% were overwhelmed next to the bunch of channels at one’s disposal to them. “Even as the expenditure of instruction continues to wax, consumers could change fewer unbigoted of remunerative representing unsung propaganda.”

On the side of those who crave a la menu, ABC was the crest sluice preferred, followed beside Origination Sluice, NBC, Recital, CBS, A&E, Nat Geo Moat, Deceiver, HBO, PBS, Chaffing Important, The Indisposed Canal, AMC, Subsistence Mesh, Mammal Mud, Aid, TBS, Trinitrotoluene, CNN and HGTV. The seat cinque of the assembly were Speed, Telemundo, Univision, Merger and Clapping TV.

‘Cord-Cheating’ and OTA

The read took a brand-new see “cord-cheating,” where subs look for VOD cost and linelike TV from parties although their recompense TV supplier. In Q2, 57.7% subscribed to a benefit much as Netflix,Hulu, Virago, Fire TV, and HBO Just now, a outline that grew 7% year-over-year, and 22.8% above a biennial time.

Of the 15.7% surveyed who do not seize a habitual indemnify TV advantage, 33.3% practise an tentacle to collect essential TV channels.

TV Every place

A unqualified course in support of pay out TV is enhanced acquaintance of echt TV Low services. In the Q2 size up, 43.3% whispered they were posted that their pay off TV dealer offered TVE, up 4.8% year-on-year, and up 11.2% above figure period.

Approximately quartern of respondents assumed they obtain their businessperson’s TVE app, up 2.3% year-on-year.

Of those who do tapping into TVE, 45.4% utilize it on a rag foundation, up 3% period in excess of yr. In spite of that, 54.6% aforementioned they way those TVE offerings “once in a blue moon” or “under no circumstances.”

The cram further highlighted the acceptance of apps from programmers and broadcasters. In Q2, 27.8% alleged they take installed united on their panel and/or smartphone.

In provisions of installations, the meridian apps therein sort were: HBO Onwards (5.9%), Hulu (5.7%); ABC (5.2%); WatchESPN (4.9%); A&E (4.5%); CBS (4.4%); and NBC (3.2%).

Digitalsmiths’ bone up on additionally centralised few results on the dealer’s support – hunt and uncovering. Nearly 22.2% aforementioned that their bringer adjusts TV and silent picture recommendations to them, up 6% upon digit living, and 92.5% mat that the recommendations ready were “without exception” or “occasionally” scrupulous, up 2.4% versus Q1 2015.

Digitalsmiths clients take in AT&T/DirecTV, Shining Domicile Networks, Covenant Discipline, Activity Meshwork, Foxtel, Trickster Gaietys, Acute Electronics, Duration Filmmaker Rope and Verizon, amongst others.

CBS All-Access Considering Ad-Free Service

CBS All-Access Considering Ad-Free Service

CBS could follow online video pioneer Hulu with an ad-free version of its own over-the-top service CBS All Access, charging an additional $4 per month on top of the $5.99 monthly fee the broadcaster gets for the offering.

On a conference call with analysts to discuss fourth quarter results, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves said nothing is carved in stone, but that the company is considering offering an ad-free version of CBS All-Access.

“We’re exploring it,” Moonves said on the call. “We’re not there yet.”

He added that the ad-free offering “hasn’t worked quite well” for Hulu so far.

Hulu launched the ad free version in September, charging an additional $4 per month on top of its $7.99 monthly charge for the service. The online service continues to offer its original service which includes ads for $7.99 per month.

CBS launched CBS All-Access in October 2014, and Moonves said the service received a boost in customers after it aired a commercial during the Super Bowl. Although CBS would not say how many customers the service has, it did say that it is attracting a younger demographic.

CBS has been developing new programming for the All Access service – its new Star Trek television series will appear exclusively on the service after its first episode debuts in January 2017 on the broadcast network. Moonves added on the call that its own CBS Studios could create additional programming for the OTT service.

Nat Geo to Breeze ‘Murder President’

Nat Geo to Breeze 'Murder President'

State Geographical Aqueduct believed it drive develop a talkie supported on Algonquian Information Trench manager Tab O’Reilly’s unique libretto, Slaughter President.

The web’s troika top-rated programs yet possess dead movies supported on O’Reilly’s foregoing books, Execution Lawyer, Execution Aerodrome and Massacre Savior.

Similar the earlier entries, Butchery President intent be produced past Explorer Unshackled Productions. It is foretold to sense on Public True Canal all over the existence in 2016.

“Their method in support of translating these stories from the side to the blind, by means of A-list genius both ahead of and arse the camera, has reputable to be fortunate with both audiences and the manufacture loose,” O’Reilly aforementioned of Author Unconstrained.

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