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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER CDN services Some good news for pay TV broadcasters. A research report produced by Nielsen is suggesting that most television viewers are using online video to supplement, rather than replace, traditional paid television services from satellite, cable or telecoms providers. So, perhaps all that scaremongering about cord cutting was nonsense. At TV Connect 2016, Broadpeak will showcase a number of new offerings including the availability of nanoCDN version 1.3 running on a variety of 4K set- top boxes for multicast ABR delivery. Also on show will be an improved version of umbrellaCDN (version 3.1) that increases QoE using CDN Diversity and a new video delivery technology that the company says “improves video browsing on tablets and smartphones.” One of its key demonstrations at TV Connect 2016 will be for “CDN in a Box”. This is intended to simplify the deployment of video streaming services by providing operators with essential capabilities, such as CDN management, video analytics, video streaming servers, and origin packager. Broadpeak’s CDN services support a variety of OTT applications for operators, including disaster recovery, overflow and off-net scenarios. When asked, up to 40% of younger adults did say they would consider replacing a traditional television subscription service with an online alternative, but this has not translated into action. That figure dwindles the older the respondent. Overall, 72% of respondents wanted more programming choice and 67% said that watching on a computer or mobile device was not as good as watching on a bigger screen. Over two-thirds of traditional television subscribers in the survey said they planned to maintain these subscriptions. In Europe only 17% said they were considering cancelling their traditional pay TV service in favour of an online or OTT one. In total 30,000 people were asked about their preferences. As William Cooper, the founder and chief executive of consultancy Informitv says, however: “The scale of the survey is impressive, but the results should be considered with caution. Rather than asking whether people are likely to cancel their existing service in the future, it might be more illuminating to ask existing television subscribers why they have not cancelled their contract already.” The Nielsen Global Video-on- Demand Survey, Q3 2015 is available from the Nielsen website. 26 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 112 APRIL 2016 IP transport Media Links will launch its first stand-alone IP to J2K Decoder device at NAB (booth SU4721). The MDP3010 can be used for receiving high quality audio and video transport streams over IP based networks. It receives IP packets that contain a JPEG2000 compressed code stream through a 1GbE network interface and reproduces a video and audio signal from the received IP packets. The company said: “As JPEG2000 transport streams continue to increase throughout broadcaster and service provider networks, users can implement this technology throughout their existing SDI / IP infrastructures without the major investment of upgrading or purchasing new racks of equipment.”