Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed - Week of February 9, 2015

13 Feb 2015

This week, BGR highlighted four products that can help build a faster home network and included the ARRIS SURFboard® SB6141 modem on its list.

In other industry news, Multichannel News noted that, despite the growth of video-on-demand (VoD) choices from over-the-top (OTT) services, more than two-thirds of consumers say that access to cable and broadcast services are a major draw to a multichannel pay TV package, according to a recent Horowitz Research study.

Advanced Television covered forecasts from market analyst GfK that indicate that as many as 995,000 large-format 4K sets could be sold in Britain this year.

TechCrunch highlighted findings from a new Ernst & Young report that says that China, India, Russia and Mexico are the top emerging markets in terms of earning potential for online media and entertainment companies, with an expected two billion broadband connections by 2016.

Finally, Tech Hive reported that UHD content stream protections already put in place in the form of the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 2.2 specification could potentially make 4K content consumption difficult for the average consumer.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. 4 products you can buy on Amazon that will help you build an insanely fast home network (Feb. 9) By Jacob Siegal, BGR: Building a reliable home network takes a lot of work, especially if you live in a large home with a bunch of people.
  2. Waiting for the Fat Lady to Sing (Feb. 9) By Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News: Television industry prognosticators have been all too comfortable recently predicting the inevitable end of the traditional TV industry as it faces the onslaught of new digital-on-demand technology.
  3. UK Ultra-HD could hit 1m units (Feb. 12) By Chris Forrester, Advanced Television: The forecasts for 4K/Ultra HD take-up this year have exceeded all expectations. 2014 saw around 200,000 UHD units sold in Britain (3 per cent of the market), and this year’s forecasts could see as many as 995,000 large-format 4K sets sold.
  4. China, India, Russia and Mexico Are The Top Emerging Markets For Online Media Companies, Says Ernst & Young (Feb. 10) By Catherine Shu, TechCrunch: While the U.S. still has the highest earning potential for both online media and entertainment companies, emerging markets like China, India, Russia, and Mexico are quickly catching up.
  5. 4K content protection will frustrate consumers more than pirates: Meet HDCP 2.2 (Feb. 10) By Michael Ansaldo, Tech Hive: 4K content streams are still little more than a trickle, but that’s not stopping the industry from launching a proactive defense to protect them. The crackdown comes in the form of HDCP 2.2, an overhaul of the decade-old HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) specification.
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