Black Box Launches VS2000 H.264 Encoder and Decoder

Product Integrates Video Streaming for Full Pro AV Solutions

PITTSBURGH PA, February 7, 2017 – (Integrated Systems Europe 2017, Amsterdam) – Black Box, a world leading technology solutions provider of high-performance KVM, professional A/V signal distribution and extension and switching solutions, announced today the VS2000 H.264 encoder and decoder – the VS2000-ENC and VS2000-DEC. They were developed to integrate within pro AV solutions to enable transmission of full HD video and audio over the Internet or any IP network.  

The VS2000 ENC employs standards-based H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding and MPEG-2 transport streams. The VS2000-ENC supports delivering remote signals that can be played with any H.264 decoder, including third-party decoders such as set-top-boxes, or other media players.  Black Box will integrate the VS2000 encoder and decoder with the company’s own ecosystem of products including the Radian™ video wall processor, iCompel™ digital signage, and ControlBridge™ for remote management to create complete pro AV solutions.

“Black Box developed the encoder and decoder in response to our customers asking us for a streaming video solution that integrates with our current AV offering,” said Erik Indresovde, AV product manager for Black Box. “Customers prefer to deal with less vendors and we can support and provide the network equipment when deploying AV over IP.”

The encoder and decoder are suitable for corporate, healthcare, education, energy and transportation industries. Users can purchase the encoder alone, or together with its matching decoder.  One VS2000 encoder can transmit video to an unlimited number of decoders.

Additional benefits include:

 

  • PoE powering means it will receive power directly from the network switch
  • Supports HDMI including most standard resolutions up to 1920 x 1200@60Hz for maximum versatility
  • User friendly control features via IP (Web GUI and Telnet) providing simple, flexible, control and management options
  • User adjustable bit rate – from 2-30Mbps

To learn more about Black Box’s Solutions visit here.

About Black Box

Black Box is a world leading technology solutions provider specializing in complete high-performance KVM, professional A/V signal distribution and extension and switching solutions for mission-critical applications. Black Box is dedicated to delivering superior project engineering, technical support, and 24/7-customer service you can rely on for your most critical operations. Every day, our customers trust us to design, integrate, and maintain reliable control room solutions for broadcasting, post-production, stadiums & arenas, medical, air traffic control, oil & gas, government & military, and utility industries. Leave the tech to us and our comprehensive technology solutions will deliver secure connections, fast-response times, real-time collaboration and more.

 

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ALTICE USA SELECTS NAGRA CONTENT PROTECTION FOR US CABLE OPERATIONS

  • NAGRA CONNECT converged CAS/DRM security solution and the NAGRA MediaLive platform selected to enable content security for the fourth largest U.S. cable operator’s SD, HD and 4K Ultra HD services
  • Services also include a variety of advanced features and security of home-network capabilities

Cheseaux, Switzerland – February 6, 2017 – NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and the world’s leading provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, announced today an agreement with Altice USA, the fourth largest U.S. cable operator and a subsidiary of Altice N.V. (Euronext: ATC, ATCB). Specifically, NAGRA will provide Altice USA with the content protection and innovation platform to enable encryption and content security for its HD and 4K offerings.

NAGRA CONNECT, the converged CAS/DRM protection solution for broadcast, IPTV, OTT and the connected home, and the MediaLive platform will allow Altice USA to deploy new IP- and QAM-based content including 4K Ultra HD. Through the use of advanced encryption technology, the NAGRA solution can efficiently coexist within legacy U.S. cable systems while avoiding duplication of precious bandwidth and enabling an open choice of set-top box suppliers.

“We are in a unique position to bring innovative products and services to Altice USA’s Optimum and Suddenlink customers by leveraging our global operational expertise, scale, resources, and key strategic partners like NAGRA,” said Hakim Boubazine, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, Altice USA. “We have been impressed by the flexibility NAGRA has shown in adapting to U.S.-specific requirements in a short amount of time, and this partnership will enable us to design integrated services to meet our customers’ expectations.”

“We are proving one more time that NAGRA is the go-to expert in bringing new Ultra HD services and superior, high-quality customer experiences to market,” said Pierre Roy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NAGRA. “Being selected by Altice USA shows how we can be a global partner to large multi-network operators while adapting to their local infrastructures and requirements.  This creates economies of scale that reduce operator cost and increase operational efficiency through a single, flexible, global technology partner.”

Trusted and approved by the studios, NAGRA CONNECT is part of the NAGRA Content Protection portfolio, offering advanced CAS/DRM, multi-DRM and forensic watermarking technologies as well as anti-piracy and cybersecurity services. It was designed for service providers looking to deploy and secure advanced services on connected networks, including the ability to safeguard popular SVOD streaming services.

The NAGRA MediaLive platform provides a flexible all-screen business services management platform to monetize and deliver the next generation of intuitive and immersive TV services to a broad number of subscriber accounts, devices and users across multiple networks. It is available as either an on-premise or cloud-based solution.

  

About Altice USA

Altice USA, a subsidiary of Altice Group (Euronext: ATC, ATCB), is the fourth largest cable operator in the United States, delivering residential and business services to 4.6 million customers across 20 states.  Providing high-quality products that keep customers connected, Altice USA (through its Optimum, Lightpath and Suddenlink brands) offers digital cable television, high-speed internet, voice, WiFi and advertising services. For more information, visit www.alticeusa.com.

 

About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

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Marketing Communications

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christine.oury@nagra.com

 

ThinPrint Cloud Services Makes Chromebook Printing Easy, Secure and Manageable

ThinPrint Cloud Extension for Chrome OS enables IT admins to easily integrate Chromebook printing into their networks

DENVER, January 31 2017 – ThinPrint Cloud Services, the specialist for cloud-based printing and print management, today announces the release of its free ThinPrint Cloud Extension for Chrome OS. For the first time, IT administrators in businesses and organizations of all sizes have the ability to manage network printing activities both securely and easily for all devices. Chromebook users also benefit from printing smoothly and without needing any instruction.

Chromebooks are in high demand, especially among educational institutions as well as companies seeking thin client replacements. Two-million notebooks running on Google’s operating system were sold between January and March 2016, which is more than the 1.76 million Apple Macs sold during the same period. Despite its popularity, the economical laptop lacks important printing features. While Chromebook users can send documents unmanaged to compatible printer models, IT departments had no way of embedding these devices into their corporate print environment and managing the volume of printing.

The ThinPrint Cloud Extension solves these challenges by letting Chromebook users easily print. However, the real breakthrough is for companies. IT administrators now have access to a comprehensive overview to manage printing volumes and available printers through a web-based management console. They can also decide which printer features are available to users – for example color or black-and-white printing.
“This is a milestone for large user groups, in both the education and corporate environments, who are experiencing a significant increase in the number of Chromebook users,” said Christoph Hammer, CEO of ThinPrint Cloud Services Inc. “With the free ThinPrint Cloud Extension for Chrome OS, users can easily print, while administrators deliver a print solution that meets business needs while protecting the infrastructure against outside attacks.”

ThinPrint Cloud Services customers can download the ThinPrint Cloud Extension directly from the Chrome Web Store. thinprintcloud.com/ChromeExtension

Interested companies can use the printing services of ThinPrint Cloud Services 30 days free of charge thinprintcloud.com/SignUp

About ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc.

ThinPrint Cloud Services, Inc. a sister company of ThinPrint GmbH is focused on ThinPrint’s cloud services operations. Its innovative approach to cloud printing and print management is aimed at facilitating printing among mobile users whilst enabling flexible remote print management particularly for organizations operating in multiple locations. ThinPrint’s cloud printing solutions are also a perfect fit for coworking and other shared spaces. Backed by more than 15 years of experience in printing, end-users and consumers are guaranteed leading print management services and software. Offices in the United States, the UK, France, Germany, Australia and Japan offer dedicated customer care.

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Phone: +49 30 39493166, E-mail: press@cortado.com

DIMOCO and EnergyBet Partner to Bring Carrier Billing to Untapped iGaming Market

Carrier billing enables the quickest and easiest payment option for today’s mobile gambling consumer

 

VIENNA and MALTA – 30 January 2017 – DIMOCO Carrier Billing and EnergyBet today announced their partnership to provide the vast iGaming sector the same easy payment opportunity that many other digital entertainment industries already thrive on.

 

The partnership between EnergyBet, the award-winning sportsbook and casino operator, and DIMOCO, a leading payment institute for carrier billing, enables online gambling customers to tap into carrier billing to experience the easiest and most efficient mobile payment option. Players can use smart phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and connected TVs, securely identified via their carrier networks, to instantaneously participate in the iGaming experience.

 

Carrier billing offers an unmatched convenience and customer satisfaction compared to traditional payment methods, such as credit or debit cards. The result is a significant increase in customer retention and conversion rates for providers, such as EnergyBet. Leveraging DIMOCO’s direct billing connectivity to the major telecoms networks, such as Vodafone, 02, EE and Three, EnergyBet will gain billing reach to more than 70m UK mobile numbers, in a market worth more than £4.6bn, according to the UK Gambling Commission.

 

Players are shifting to an increasingly mobile world, consuming a wide range of digital services, such as iGaming, on their mobile devices. The online gaming customer is not typically sitting at his laptop or PC, but rather walking down the road to place a bet at their local betting shop, while accessing their mobile device. This partnership provides users with a simple, hassle-free and quick payment option that everybody literally already holds in their hands.

 

Consumers are likely to be already familiar with the concept of carrier billing. It is one of the top three payment methods at Facebook, providing the recognition factor with a large swathe of any gambling operator’s potential audience. This payment option brings significant opportunity to service providers, including EnergyBet, due to the direct connectivity to the billing platforms of the major telecoms networks.

 

“DIMOCO’s extensive European presence and FinTech philosophy position the company at the forefront of mobile technology,” said Marcin Sapinski, CEO of EnergyBet. “DIMOCO is the natural partner to further enhance EnergyBet’s market position as the innovative and award-winning sportsbook.”

 

“After two years of European-wide development, DIMOCO is officially activating carrier billing within the iGaming industry, with only the locally regulated iGaming operators having the opportunity to take advantage of this payment method,” said Rafal Nowak, program director, iGaming at DIMOCO. “We selected 10 markets for initial tests with the most innovative iGaming operators and decided to kick-off our initiative in the homeland of online gambling – the UK. With EnergyBet as our inaugural partner, this is the first time carrier billing will be integrated and activated with a serious international iGaming operator and licensed in multiple territories across Europe.”

Following Samsung’s own Chipset Development, MStar Becomes First Independent TV Chipset Vendor to Plan Support for TVkey

  • MStar EMC TV System on a Chip (SoC) will integrate the new TVkey technology
  • Solution will enable consumers to receive premium 4K pay-TV channels directly on supported televisions with a simple TVkey USB dongle
  • MStar integration of the new technology offers TV manufacturers the fastest route to support TVkey in their future products

Las Vegas, Nevada – CES – January 4, 2017 – NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, and MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading global semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, announced today MStar’s plan to adopt the TVkey direct-to-TV security technology in its EMC SoCs for 4K Ultra HD HDR televisions, pending finalization of the new TVkey licensing body.

The MStar EMC TVkey integration will enable pay-TV service providers to deliver high-value premium content directly to supported TVs without a dedicated set-top box while still meeting strict MovieLabs standards for Enhanced Content Protection. The MStar EMC is a high-end 4K Ultra HD HDR TV chipset series and enables pay-TV operator applications and branding using an HBBTV2.0 HTML5 TV vendor-independent application SDK for both Android TV and Linux OS.

“We are pleased to be working with MStar to bring the TVkey Direct-to-TV technology to a wider range of new televisions,” said Maurice van Riek, Senior Vice President, Head of Content and Asset Security for NAGRA. The TVkey technology was developed as a result of a NAGRA and Samsung partnership. “MStar’s adoption of the technology enables TV manufacturers to sell more TVs, pay-TV service providers to reduce subscriber acquisition costs and pursue new business models like skinny bundles and free trials, and ultimately gives consumers a great 4K UHD pay-TV experience with a lower barrier to entry.”

“We see TVkey as an important element of our future chipset strategy in terms of content security,” said Wayne Tsai, Marketing Director at MStar Semiconductor, Inc. “Our adoption of the TVkey technology ensures robust content protection for 4K Ultra HD content, and ultimately benefits everyone from us to the end-consumer.”

About TVkey

TVkey is a next-generation, low-cost content protection solution for delivering 4K-UHD content directly to TVs while meeting all critical security requirements from premium content providers. The solution is comprised of TVkey security elements embedded in television sets that communicate securely with a low-cost TVkey USB dongle, containing operator-controlled CAS and DRM. An advanced operator user experience can be supported with a TV vendor-independent SDK, based on standard HBBTV2.0/HTML5. The TVkey solution was designed by NAGRA and Samsung, and a TVkey corporate licensing body will soon allow other TV vendors, TV chipset vendors, module and security vendors to integrate TVkey as a licensable solution. TVkey is supported on Smart TVs from Samsung from 2017 onwards.

 About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

About MStar Semiconductor, Inc.

MStar Semiconductor, Inc. (“MStar”) is a world-class leader in Application Specific ICs (“ASIC”) with a focus on consumer electronic products and communication applications. Since the inception in 2002, MStar has established a strong brand and leadership position in LCD controller, analog and digital TV and set-top box by fully leveraging its core expertise of cutting-edge design capabilities, continuous innovation and premier customer-focused services. Headquartered in Taiwan, MStar has a comprehensive global footprint of international R&D and customer support centers to provide a full range of total solutions for various consumer electronic applications. For more information, please visit www.mstarsemi.com.

 

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Ivan Schnider

Marketing Communications

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ivan.schnider@nagra.com
Christine Oury

Marketing Communications

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christine.oury@nagra.com

NAGRA and Samsung to Enable Open Market Adoption of TVkey in 2017

  • TVkey allows consumers to enjoy pay-TV services directly on TV sets using a simple USB dongle
  • NAGRA and Samsung agreed to establish a new co-venture to license TVkey technology to industry stakeholders including chipset, dongle, TV and conditional access vendors
  • TVkey offers the quickest and lowest-cost route to market for 4K services while meeting stringent Hollywood requirements for Enhanced Content Protection

Las Vegas, Nevada – CES – January 3, 2017 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company, and the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, with Samsung Electronics, the market leader in home entertainment for over ten years, today announced they will create a corporate body to license the new TVkey technology – announced at IBC 2016 – to industry stakeholders. The new body will enable open market access to the solution by licensing TVkey technology to third-party chipset, TV, dongle and conditional access (CAS) vendors.

TVkey allows consumers to sign up for pay-TV services directly on select new Samsung TVs, while meeting stringent MovieLabs requirements for Enhanced Content Protection such as 4K and HDR. It offers the quickest and lowest-cost route to market for 4K services without requiring additional pay-TV operator investment in set-top boxes. TVkey licensing terms and technical specifications are expected to be available to interested partners by mid-2017.

“We are excited to expand TVkey technology access to a wider ecosystem of industry players. It will ultimately help provide a faster route-to-market of 4K services for pay-TV operators and the 4K value chain as a whole,” said JongHee Han, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “By opening access to the technology, we are committed to establishing TVkey as the de facto standard for access to premium pay services directly on TV sets.”

“TVkey gives global pay-TV operators the chance to create new and profitable business models by being fully in control of the user experience whilst reducing subscriber acquisition costs for premium services and eliminating the requirement for a dedicated set-top box,” said Maurice van Riek, Head of Content and Asset Security, NAGRA. “This reduced cost of sales and simplified sign-up process enables operators to compete more effectively against online video providers.”

The TVkey framework is based on a NAGRA-designed root of trust in TV chips that communicates securely with the TVkey device. This creates a Secure Media Path and enables strict enforcement of usage rules as required by Hollywood for the protection of high-value content. TVkey also provides a platform for hardware-based watermarking and tools for service access control. NAGRA and Samsung are already engaging with interested parties in advance of establishing the licensing body to prepare the required IP block, hardware root of trust and trusted execution environment (TEE)/SMP integrations and USB support in order to accelerate the time-to-market for TVkey-enabled TVs.

Leading pay-TV operators are expected to launch TVkey-based services in 2017. For more information on TVkey or to express interest in licensing the specification, please visit www.tvkey.com.

 About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com/

 

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Christine Oury

Marketing Communications

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christine.oury@nagra.com

NAGRA CONNECTS PEOPLE TO THE CONTENT THEY LOVE AT CES 2017

NAGRA CONNECTS PEOPLE TO THE CONTENT THEY LOVE AT CES 2017

  • Spotlight on innovations that simplify the all-screen viewing experience for consumers
  • Direct-to-TV solution and CES Innovation Award Honoree, TVkey makes North American debut
  • Comprehensive security showcase highlights how NAGRA’s Security Services Platform harnesses the latest innovations in forensic marking and anti-piracy   

 Cheseaux, Switzerland – January 3, 2017 – NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company, the world’s leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, will demonstrate how to connect people to the content they love by simplifying the all-screen viewing experience at CES® 2017 in Las Vegas, January 5-8, Venetian Meeting Rooms, San Polo 3501A.

“With all the content and device choices available to a new generation of consumers, service providers can play a fundamental role in helping them get to the content they love easily and efficiently while bringing millennials and cord cutters back into the fold,” said Ivan Verbesselt, SVP Group Marketing for NAGRA. “Our 2017 CES showcase is centered around this very theme with a variety of solutions designed to simplify the TV experience so that viewers can consistently, reliably and elegantly access the content they want to watch across any device.”

TVkey Makes North American Debut

A 2017 CES Innovation Award honoree, TVkey enables operators to lower the barriers to entry for pay-TV services while remaining fully in control of the user experience, and device manufacturers to expand the range of services available on their new TV models. In its North American debut, the TVkey direct-to-TV solution is a cost-effective USB dongle that plugs into newer model Samsung TV sets, enabling consumers to immediately watch their favorite pay-TV channels in 4K Ultra HD and HDR quality using operator-controlled security and user experience.


Simplifying the All-Screen Viewing Experience

NAGRA will also demonstrate how the OpenTV Suite helps service providers excel through a unified all-screen viewing experience that gracefully extends across a wide range of home viewing use cases:

  • A rich and intuitive experience on set-top boxes by SmarDTV as well as popular streaming devices like Roku and Amazon’s FireTV
  • Direct-to-TV services with premium content and an operator-branded UI through TVkey on modern TV sets
  • Elegantly casting OTT content from a second screen onto the big screen with the SmarDTV CASTdongle, a simple, cost-optimized HDMI device
  • Enjoying pay-TV around the home using the SmarDTV PicoCASTER to securely stream broadcast channels to other devices and apps using a Wi-Fi network

NAGRA’s New Security Services Platform

NAGRA will also feature its new Security Services Platform, the next-generation media protection platform that helps operators leverage new opportunities and business models, manage piracy and cybersecurity risks and create more efficient operations. Combining NAGRA’s multi-device, multi-network service, device and app protection technologies, Hollywood-approved forensic marking techniques and a comprehensive suite of anti-piracy services, the NAGRA Security Services Platform provides the industry’s most complete and robust security framework for service providers and content owners to protect, mark, monitor and act against pirates to defend their revenues against theft.

The Ultimate Resource for IoT Security

Kudelski Security staff will engage with IoT solution providers to discuss how the company can help secure their IoT devices and networks from attack and data theft.


Real-Time Analytics Platforms

NAGRA Insight, a one-stop shop platform for real-time analytics, will be presented at the show.  Leveraging data collected from the Group’s products and external sources, it drives actionable results and creates business impact by addressing key service provider challenges, such as customer value development (customer acquisition, retention and upsell) or content catalog optimization.


Digital Hollywood at CES

Ivan Verbesselt, SVP Group Marketing for NAGRA, will participate in the Digital Hollywood Conference at CES 2017 session titled “The Next Generation of OTT,” on Friday, January 6 at 2:15 p.m., LVCC, North Hall, Room N262.


About NAGRA

NAGRA, a digital TV division of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S), provides security and multiscreen user experience solutions for the monetization of digital media. The company provides content providers and DTV operators worldwide with secure, open and integrated platforms and applications over broadcast, broadband and mobile platforms, enabling compelling and personalized viewing experiences. Please visit dtv.nagra.com for more information and follow us on Twitter at @nagrakudelski.

 

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Contacts:
Ivan Schnider

Marketing Communications

+41 21 732 09 40

ivan.schnider@nagra.com
Christine Oury

Marketing Communications

+1 415 962 5433

christine.oury@nagra.com

DIMOCO Unveils Top Five Trends in Carrier Billing for 2017

Industry carrier billing expert presents the trends and topics that will drive industry growth and adoption in 2017

VIENNA, 12 December 2016 –DIMOCO, a leading payment institute for carrier billing, today announces the key trends slated to drive the carrier billing market in 2017. Carrier billing offers content owners and merchants the ability to do business with consumers that do not own a credit or debit card by offering them a reliable and simplified payment mechanism. It uses the pre-existing, trusted billing relationship with mobile carriers that enables consumers to make purchases through the operator’s billing system. DIMOCO enables almost 1 billion European subscribers to purchase goods and services from merchant and aggregators with their mobile phones.

The trends that will drive carrier billing market growth and adoption in 2017 are:

  • Digital content consumption is on the rise: Digital content revenues are expected to increase from just under $140 billion worldwide in 2015 to $180 billion in 2017, according to a Juniper Research report. The primary driver is consumer demand for digital content on multiple screens, including connected TVs and in-car entertainment options. Content producers that offer carrier billing as a payment method will win over consumers for the simplicity of the payment option. What categories will drive digital content consumption next year?
    • Gaming will continue to account for the largest share of carrier billing digital content consumption.
    • Video on Demand (VoD) will experience significant growth in the coming year with consumers taking advantage of real-time acquisition and consumption of their entertainment whenever and wherever they are.
    • ePublishing is expected to grow significantly in 2017. This growth can be attributed to an increase in digital book sales.
  • Tech-savvy, always connected consumers looking for better payment options: More industry players in the digital services and digital content arena will choose carrier billing as their preferred payment method. This move will open their market to audiences who are tech-savvy, always-connected and have a low credit card penetration.
  • Flexibility and new subscription models are on the rise: Digital content producers will explore new subscription models, including one-off purchases and daily/weekly/monthly subscription plans that are charged directly to the customer’s phone bill. 
  • New European regulations to open up new opportunity: The new European regulation Payment Services Directive #2 will enable companies to offer additional service transactions to take place via carrier billing. This includes online ticketing, donations via mobile phone, as well as loading of goods such as gift cards. 
  • Physical good carrier billing transactions are on the horizon: While carrier billing has become one of the more popular payment methods for digital service and content transactions, it has yet to be used for purchasing physical goods online. 2017 will be a pivotal year in taking the industry one step closer to this becoming a reality.

About DIMOCO Carrier Billing

DIMOCO is a payment institute for carrier billing enabling almost 1 billion European subscribers to purchase goods and services from merchants and aggregators with their mobile devices which are charged via the operators’ billing system. For more information on DIMOCO Carrier Billing, visit www.dimoco.eu/carrier-billing.html

Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) and DIMOCO Messaging enter A2P SMS Partnership

Deutsche Telekom ICSS http://www.telekom-icss.com and DIMOCO Messaging http://www.dimoco.eu today announced their partnership in the Application-to-Person (A2P) SMS business. With a contractual framework affording direct connection to Deutsche Telekom’s network, DIMOCO Messaging clients can now quickly, directly and reliably reach 156 million mobile consumers via A2P messaging in 50 countries across the globe.

 DIMOCO Messaging powers communications between companies and consumers through their preferred SMS channel. Leveraging direct connectivity to Deutsche Telekom ICSS, DIMOCO Messaging’s A2P solutions play a significant role in bringing simplification and efficiency to consumer communications. Marketing campaigns, user authentication as well as alerts and reminders are just a few examples of what is possible in the A2P market.

This deal comes at a time when the A2P market has become increasingly central to the SMS landscape. A2P’s percentage of overall worldwide SMS traffic has skyrocketed from 11.7 percent in 2010 to 22.4 percent in 2015 and opened new business possibilities. Not ending there, the number of A2P messages is expected to reach 1.76 trillion annually by 2018, according to Portio Research. In addition, the value of the global A2P messaging market is projected to increase from $55 billion in 2015 to $60 billion by 2020, as Juniper Research reports.

“DIMOCO Messaging continues to strengthen its position on the international A2P mobile messaging market”, says Mathias Höllerl, DIMOCO Messaging Managing Director. “We see an increasing demand for communication solutions from our clients that require fast and reliable message delivery. The partnership with Deutsche Telekom ICSS reaffirms the high level of trust in our company among major international players and allows us to expand our offering and fulfill clients’ requirements for mission-critical and time-sensitive application-to-person (A2P) messaging using the ICSS global footprint. The excellent experience we’ve had in our co-operation with ICSS has resulted in another partnership with their SMS+ solution.”

“We have had a long-lasting business relationship with DIMOCO as a client for our SMX one-way product, which provides SMS termination to a long list of international networks and also includes P2P as well as A2P traffic”, says Gergely Vadas, Head of Mobile World at Deutsche Telekom ICSS. “With our SMS+ transit solution they now receive a solution that perfectly fits DIMOCO’s requirements for providing best-in-class A2P messaging products to their global customers base. Thanks to SMS+ transit DIMOCO obtains added-value in terms of more destinations, higher quality and more flexibility regarding billing.”

 With SMS+ transit, DIMOCO can now reach the mobile networks of Deutsche Telekom and its partners as well as its affiliates in Europe and outside of Deutsche Telekom’s footprint through partner networks. This is a complete, high-availability solution from one provider that offers fast, reliable, secure and quality termination of messages.”

Black Box Brings Best Practices in Broadcast Virtualization to NAB Show New York

First to integrate KVM switching and virtual machine access, InvisaPC is changing the game to unleash untapped opportunity in the broadcast space

NEW YORK – November 10, 2016 – Black Box, a world leading technology solutions provider specializing in complete high-performance KVM for mission-critical applications, today at the NAB Show® New York unveils how broadcasters can benefit from virtualization with InvisaPC™. From creating agile and scalable workflows, to simplifying operations and reducing CAPEX, Black Box’s InvisaPC is making virtualization a reality in today’s broadcast facilities.

The transition to the virtualized TV station is underway, but hurdles must be overcome. Until then, broadcasters must utilize both physical and virtual resources. Black Box’s InvisaPC is the only solution to make this possible, delivering seamless KVM connectivity through access to physical and virtual machines. As a result, broadcast teams always have access to the technologies they need.

Black Box’s InvisaPC benefits an array of scenarios through virtualization. This includes:

  • The Newsroom: Whether a large team collaborating during peak news hours, or smaller groups managing live broadcasts during slow points, instant access to technologies they need is pivotal. InvisaPC allows teams to simultaneously work across the same array of computers and virtual machines from a single interface and can instantly re-assign the resources for future events. The result is uninterrupted, high-quality broadcasts viewers expect.
  • The Studio: Broadcasters must quickly change set up from one production to the next to keep up in studio environments. InvisaPC makes this possible, eliminating downtime with access to multiple physical and virtual machines from a single monitor, while routing and re-routing AV, multicasting content and adding or removing screens and interfaces.
  • Disaster Recovery: In the event of a disaster, fast transition from the primary site to the disaster recovery site is vital. Access to disaster recovery systems is achieved using InvisaPC connected to virtual machines, either directly through the facility network or remotely across the company WAN.

“Broadcasters can realize the full potential of the virtual TV station here and now,” said John Hickey, senior director of R&D and KVM business at Black Box. “At Black Box, we are providing and constantly upgrading a suite of tools that meet the needs of broadcasters today, and throughout their evolution from SDI to IP workflows. Our customers are armed with the tools and support they need to meet expectations, enhance collaboration and reduce costs to maintain a competitive edge.”

A full whitepaper outlining the possibilities for virtualization, along with the capabilities of InvisaPC, is available here.

For additional information about Black Box at NAB New York visit here.

About Black Box

Black Box is a world leading technology solutions provider specializing in complete high-performance KVM, professional A/V signal distribution and extension and switching solutions for mission-critical applications. Black Box is dedicated to delivering superior project engineering, technical support, and 24/7 customer service you can rely on for your most critical operations. Every day, our customers trust us to design, integrate, and maintain reliable control room solutions for broadcasting, post-production, stadiums & arenas, medical, air traffic control, oil & gas, government & military, and utility industries. Leave the tech to us and our comprehensive technology solutions will deliver secure connections, fast-response times, real-time collaboration and more.