The trend is towards support for both built-in and third-party voice assistants as manufacturers work to accommodate more flexible living patterns, writes David Davies
With households under lockdown, many consumers are looking at new ways of engaging content. But can live VR content take up the mantle? Or will challenges around live VR production prevent this. Tom Ffiske investigates.
With most international sporting events delayed or cancelled due to coronavirus, could people turn to esports to get their sporting fix? Adrian Pennington investigates.
Piracy continues to be a major challenge for media and broadcast organisations, with the shift to IP presenting new opportunities for pirates. How can the industry safeguard content distribution in an OTT world?
Does the IoT herald a ‘slow revolution’ for content creation and other professional applications, or is 5G the catalyst for accelerated activity? Security remains an abiding concern, writes David Davies.
2020 will see the launch of more subscription video services than ever before. With consumers tired of managing multiple subscriptions, is the future of pay TV in aggregation?
Broadcaster’s lavish programming showcase this week was designed to send a message that it is serious about taking on rivals like Netflix and Disney+.
Smart speakers and their AI controllers are revolutionising how we consume music and spoken word, but are broadcasters and platforms fully exploiting their capabilities for other content, such as video? And how can we trust what the AI offers us?
There is more content for kids to watch than ever before. So why is the kids’ TV market still so challenging for producers and broadcasters? Tim Dams reports.
In the second part of the series looking at the trending OTT landscape, Alana Foster deep dives into the challenges of UX and the future of the streaming wars with industry experts.
In part one of a two-part series, Alana Foster looks at the OTT marketplace. With growing competition among services, will success be driven by content or technology?
Collaboration between Celtic broadcasters combined with a slew of new funding pots has led to a new wave of high-quality indigenous language content with international ambition. Ann-Marie Corvin Reports.
Self-driving cars are an inevitability and will unlock the potential for vehicles to transform into a new market for immersive media.
Amelia Kallman reports from CES 2020 on the biggest trends and tech impacting the future of broadcasting.
A flurry of 8K TV launches at CES confirmed that resolution continues to exert a profound effect on new product development. But with rotating sets and several other notable concept TVs, it’s hardly the only manifestation of the sector’s current creativity.
Delivering solutions that can work effectively across the entire ecosystem of home technologies is going to become even more critical as the voice market evolves.
As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Consume category.
Delivering more personalised viewing experiences and reducing content discovery times are among the challenges currently being addressed by UI/UX developers, writes David Davies.
Live production with NGA has been dominated by sports. But could live music be the next opportunity for immersive sound? David Davies investigates.
Declining cinema attendance in Europe means that a greater focus on higher-resolution images and immersive technologies is inevitable, writes David Davies.
In these technical papers, authors from 3 Screen Solutions, Ruwido and TiVo describe real-word applications of machine learning to customise UI, and improve voice control to enhance personalisation for user experiences.
As the broadcast and media industry evolves digitally and technically, so too does radio. Explore how in technical papers from IRT, Jutel Oy, Rai Italy, VRT and the BBC.
Broadcasters and other content creators will have much more consumer data to draw on as a result of the internet of things. But how to negotiate the new security challenges and avoid the danger of ‘digital fatigue’?
Social media firms report that the use of AI and digital fingerprinting to screen harmful content has led to an increase in its removal as they double down in their efforts to make sites safer – but are they doing enough or will the duty of care soon become a ...
The US streaming giants are growing revenues and eyeballs with a slate of multi-million dollar deals snapping up UK talent. Alana Foster examines the increasingly competitive market.
Diversity was a key topic at the IBC2019 Lounge Talks as speakers looked at gender equality, LGBT representation and neurodiversity.
IBC2019: Digital natives are the leading catalysts for disrupting the way content is consumed and created. Alana Foster speaks with Generation Z experts to debunk the challenges and explore the opportunities offered by this market.
Content technology such as 8K and 5G were among the key announcements and demonstrations at the IFA conference in Germany this year, writes Paolo Pescatore.
20 years after the big screen shifted to digital, IBC365 looks at how this momentous transition came about.
Despite the dominance of Netflix and Amazon, the OTT market has room for all sorts of niche players, with new services emerging to cater for specialised audiences.
Advances in technology and new media devices are bringing premium features like immersive audio to a wider audience. Kevin Hilton looks at how market leader Dolby Atmos got to this point and the current state of the spatial sound market.
Netflix saw its US subscriber numbers fall for the first time – James Pearce asks if there is a rocky road ahead for the streaming giant.
The 2019 Women’s World Cup is drawing to a close, but the tournament has already broken viewing records worldwide, writes Ross Biddiscombe.
Voice is becoming an increasingly important part of content discovery, but can it ever replace the remote control? Ann-Marie Corvin investigates.
A seamless user experience has surpassed the belief ‘content is king’ with audience retention, engagement and discoverability critical for success.
NAB 2019: Virtual set solutions powered by games engines proved a big draw for the live broadcast as well as the scripted market.
NAB 2019: The rapid growth of esports is proving to be a godsend for live event kit vendors, and as a result was a major focus at this year’s show in Las Vegas
The ongoing evolution of innovative cloud PVRs and wireless/IP-based STBs are among the trends rendering this a highly dynamic part of the broadcast market.
The entertainment and content industry has dramatically changed with mobile networks and devices enabling disruptive new players and business models, according to the leaders of two media giants.
With scale being one of the main drivers for success in the dynamic ads market, is RTL’s acquisition of Yospace the shape of things to come?
From foldable phones to live biohack chip implants and an exhibition and conference awash with 5G, we look at the likely trends and talking points at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
The final whistle of Super Bowl LIII sounded on Sunday ending its lowest scoring head-to-head in history and the build up to its perennially anticipated half-time show saw numerous high profile drop outs in support of Colin Kaepernick. Ross Biddiscombe explores how the event’s viewership fared.
IABM Lead Research Analyst Lorenzo Zanni takes an in-depth look at how increases in processing power and storage capabilities are broadening Artificial Intelligence applications throughout the broadcast, media and entertainment industry.
The Favourite and Netflix’s Roma lead this year’s Oscars race, with both productions nominated in 10 categories.
CES 2019: From 8K TVs to the roll out of voice assistants and immersive in-car entertainment, technology, media and telco analyst Paolo Pescatore plots a course through the key media and entertainment trends.
As the annual meeting point for the world’s consumer electronics giants, CES provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of the media and entertainment industry. IBC365 picks the top product launches that could shape the way we create and consume content.
Linear channels are having to work harder to entice viewers, with the branding of channels one area of focus.
The EBU has a vital role to play in the battle against fake news, according to Tony Hall, the organisation’s new president and director general of the BBC.
Futuristic holographic phone, the Premier League rights battle, voice control to enhance UX and personalisation were the hottest topics covered in the most popular Consumption articles.
From the auction of Sky, to the rising interest in 5G and growing adoption of AI, IBC’s owners share their highlights and reflections of the last 12 months.
The first instalment of a two-part round-up of the main talking points of 2018 includes the battle for net neutrality, 5G advances at the Winter Olympics, the Premier League rights battle and a Facebook scandal that still haunts the social media giant.
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead – and try to pick out some of the likely themes and trends for 2019 in the broadcast and production sectors.
Netflix is banking on the ‘choose-your-own adventure’ format as a key differentiator but do branching narrative formats work for TV?
The demand side of the industry is continuing to go through a radical shift, with changing revenue models influencing trends in media technology investment, according to the IABM Buying Trends Report.
DAB is coming into its own as media format for advertisers at a time of concerns about fake news and ad fraud in the online space.
JB Perrette is totally changing the look and feel of Discovery Networks International.
Richard Halton is responsible for developing and launching YouView as the UK’s first seamlessly integrated linear and on demand TV service. How does this expert in broadcast take on his next challenge – how to harness the forces that are changing his industry?
The once distinct worlds of advertising and television content are increasingly converging, with the subject one of the hot topics during IBC2018.
Leading media executives from Havas, C4, Amazon and Liberty Global predict that voice control will be the main innovation to enhance the TV viewer user experience.
Read TiVo, BBC and Rai technical papers and watch their presentations on ‘true’ personalisation and the art of matching diverse content types to users expression of interest.
Read technical papers from Viaccess-Orca, Ruwido and NHK and watch their IBC2018 Tech Talks presentations for insights into the use of AI for navigation, changing viewer behaviour and the bridging of broadcast and internet services.
One of the recurring themes during the IBC2018 Conference was partnerships and the importance of striking deals to boost reach and the range of content that can be made available to viewers and consumers.
IBC2018: Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira’s business incubator looks to support technology companies focused on sustainability.
IBC2018: Ad tech innovation must focus on data gathering and addressability, says IBC panel.
IBC2018: Encouraging viewer interaction and feedback can boost the ratings and impact of shows, says BBC Studios’ Liz Jaynes.
IBC is benefiting from the convergence of technology, says Chief Executive Michael Crimp.
IBC2018: Content owners can breathe new life into traditional broadcast brands like SpongeBob and Cribs by partnering with social media platforms, says the President of Viacom Digital Platforms.
IBC2018: Money raised by the 4K 4Charity Fun Run will go to organisations focused on increasing diversity and inclusion in media and entertainment industry
IBC2018: CNN’s Tommy Evans says “US President makes a lot of news and news is good for CNN”
IBC2018: Kids born after 2010 are impatient digital natives who don’t just want fun content – they value the brands which talk authentically to them.
IBC2018: Former Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham’s new production company Wonderhood aims to straddle the converging worlds of advertising and production.
IBC2018: Amazon exec Fabrice Rousseau tells IBC that ‘TV is the most important space’ for Alexa, but Channel 4 says any voice partnership must involve sharing viewer search data.
IBC2018: Companies in the broadcasting industry will be more successful if they improve on- and off-screen diversity, delegates at IBC sessions on diversity and gender equality are told.
IBC2018: More innovation is required by TV industry to grab the attention of Millennials, Generation Z and Tweens, warns Havas exec Maria Garrido.
IBC2018: Growth of the British creative industries will be hit by Brexit, agree executives at an IBC session.
IBC2018: President of NBC News International, Deborah Turness, says the media has failed to listen to certain sections of society.
IBC2018: Tell ‘value-driven’ stories to make superfans out of Gen Z viewers, says MTG’s Jette Nygaard-Andersen
IBC2018: Advertisers want content creators and broadcasters to partner more with the digital giants, says GroupM and WPP Chief Transformation Officer Lindsay Pattison.
The IABM has released an analysis report ahead of IBC2018, highlighting the key trends and drivers of financial and technological change.
Engaging and generating bite-sized content for Generation Alpha and the secret to success explains Beano Studios Director of Development and Production Chris Rose.
The global eSports market, which is set to be worth over $2 billion by 2023, is firmly on the agenda at IBC2018.
In the first instalment of a two-part feature, we speak with three startups companies transforming the industry.
The IBC International Honour for Excellence will be awarded to Joan Ganz Cooney and Sesame Workshop for devotion to the educational and social development of children around the world.
Welcome to this first edition of Insight, your new guide to this year’s show and conference. The aim of this magazine is to introduce you to the technology trends, industry themes and keynote speakers that will shape IBC2018.
The FIFA World Cup broke many television and online viewing records around the world, even if US audiences were down this year. But the big winner, in the age of the mobile, was arguably the traditional TV set.
Impossible.com founders Lily Cole and Kwame Ferreira will deliver the final IBC2018 conference keynote on innovating social and environmental issues using deep technology.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has opened its registration for its Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition and 2018 Symposium.
With the Fifa World Cup underway and constant announcements about vast amounts of money being spent on live rights fees, piracy is still too often making a mockery of the industry, writes Ross Biddiscombe.
In an increasingly crowded marketplace broadcasters and OTT platforms must work harder than ever before to reach audiences and serve them with content anywhere and at any time.
Former IET President Naomi Climer and BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie were among the technology and media leaders recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The new age battle for eSports audiences and revenues between the world’s top professional leagues took a giant step forward this month with the launch of the NBA’s own eSports league.
Sports advertising, like many other ad sectors, has to tackle the high level of boredom that audiences show for brands, but a new breed of innovative campaigns are targeting fans in fresh ways.
Large live events, particularly royal ones, have always been at the forefront of driving television technology in the UK and the latest royal wedding is no exception.
Broadcasters around the world have been exploring virtual and augmented reality. John Maxwell Hobbs looks at some of the best examples.
With ever-increasing competition among broadcasters for viewers and revenue, John Maxwell Hobbs asserts there is no ‘magic bullet’.
Ross Biddiscombe explores the fierce impact Tiger Woods has on clawing in live television audiences.
NAB 2018: Showcasing a new era of VR content, Fraunhofer HHI, Ericsson, Harmonic and Nokia demonstrated state of the art virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video at the NAB Show.
Ed Miliband and Hilary Mantel were among the winners of the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards for podcast and radio programme of the year.
Red looks likely to make a full-scale launch of its Hydrogen phone in the summer, but a picture of what the handset will be capable of is starting to emerge.
Virtual reality, augmented reality and 5G could all help platforms monetise content, according to senior executives speaking at Mobile World Congress.
Pay TV and OTT operators are plugging into voice control to enhance the entertainment ecosystem and cater to audience demand for smart controlled devices.
The first-stage announcement about the 2018 English Premier League auction for TV rights this week underlined the end of an era: the days of hyperinflation for EPL rights are over, at least for now.
Changes in viewing habits have led to some uncomfortable headlines for broadcasters, and now some media bosses are proclaiming 2018 as the year for rebuilding business models.
American football games - the Super Bowl in particular - have always drawn large TV audiences, but with a drop in the number of people tuning into the NFL, what can be done to boost viewing figures and maintain interest in the sport?
Artificial intelligence, AR, voice assistants and 5G are among the themes that will dominate 2018, according to experts at the DTG
The top gadgets, trends and experiences showcased at CES 2018 last week.
IBC365 contributor Amelia Kallman is at CES in Las Vegas to look at the latest consumer tech and the effect that it will have on the media and entertainment industry.
Despite a power outage temporarily halting proceedings at CES, discussions about audience engagement and voice activation continued at the Las Vegas tech fest.
IBC365 contributor Amelia Kallman is at CES in Las Vegas to look at the latest consumer tech and the effect it will have on the media and entertainment industry.
Is the VR market developing in line with expectations, or has uptake of the technology stalled? Analysts share their views.
The giant CES 2018 show opens on January 7 and it is widely expected that more than a few stands will be showcasing 8K video content on giant displays.
Futuristic phones, VR experiences, IP-centric studios and shifting consumer behaviour were the topics covered in the most popular Consumption articles.
From AMC’s tumultuous year to Mark Zuckerberg’s VR push, here’s our alphabetically-ordered round-up of all the main events in cinema over the past 12 months.
The capabilities of smart technology are paving the way for futuristic home, experts explore the challenges and rise in the demand for connected and integrated devices.
Servicing the growing number of platforms serving content to audiences across multiple screens is challenging the creation and distribution process, according to a panel of senior TV executives.
From telephone interviews to return path data from set-top boxes and tablets, the methods used to assess who is watching what have evolved with people’s viewing habits.
What does the launch of Samsung’s UHD sport app mean for the takeup of high resolution services, and could other display manufacturers follow suit?
IBC2017: Engagement has supplanted reach as the ultimate measure of brand and campaign value, or has it? Experts discuss live sports content opportunities.
Red’s announcement that it would launch a phone with a holographic display early next year prompted many questions about the technology.
An automated recommendation system developed by members of the EBU and in use by Switzerland’s RTS and Portugal’s RTP is the work of a development team spread throughout Europe.
Craig Rodgerson has been appointed Chief Executive of Foundry, starting immediately to lead the ongoing strategy and innovation for the creative software enterprise.
By 2020 seven out of ten consumers will prefer video on-demand (VoD) and catch-up services over scheduled linear TV viewing, according to a report by Ericsson.
Mobile TV has been a topic of conversation in both the mobile and broadcasts arenas for years. Now, there is real progress in this area.
3D may have suffered from bad conversions and dim projection, but advances in display technology mean the format’s future is bright, writes Patrick Von Sychowski.
The IBC2017 Executive Summary features interviews with the industry leaders who spoke at this year’s show.
Watch all of the keynote speeches and debates from IBC2017, including Facebook’s Daniel Danker and Fox’s Brian Sullivan.
There are more than 50 commercial Ultra HD services worldwide yet the key to success is yet to be determined, according to experts at IBC2017.
With an ever-increasing range of programmes and platforms, the tools and methods for connecting consumers with content came under scrutiny at IBC2017.
IBC2017: Data-driven insights into the cinema-going habits of Millennials and aging baby boomers could prove critical in boosting box office numbers, a panel of cinema experts revealed during an IBC’s Big Screen strand.
IBC2017: The TV consumer experience must provide users with more personalisation while allowing the provider editorial control and work seamlessly over a range of devices, according to a panel at IBC.
Industry excellence and thoughtful design were recognised at the IBC Innovation Awards at the RAI Auditorium on Sunday evening.
Mobile dominates online video today, according to experts, but livestreaming and premium set to be flavours of the future.
IBC2017: Ignoring the opportunities and flexibility of mobile could mean that broadcasters risk signing their own death warrant. This was the message from IBC’s ‘Live is Dead: Long live Live’ session, where the panellists were unanimous in urging broadcasters, not just in news, but right across the entertainment spectrum, to ...
Brian Sullivan, President/COO, Digital Consumer Group, Fox Networks told IBC delegates that disruption in TV is perfectly natural.
Broadcasters are concerned that younger viewers – commonly known as Generation Z – won’t make the move to linear TV.
IBC2017: Consumers have been given access to an ever-increasing range of content and platforms but don’t always have the tools to navigate and discover programmes.
The latest findings from NAGRA’s Pay-TV Innovation Forum, in partnership with MTM, explore key issues surrounding the pay-TV industry.
TV is here to stay forever and those who predicted its downfall are wrong, according TF1’s distribution head Fabrice Mollier.
Video consumption on Facebook is “exploding” and will soon make up three quarters of the company’s mobile data traffic, according to Facebook Product Director Daniel Danker.
Dr Nick Lodge looks back on the advances in technology technical papers and changes to the industry over the past 50 years.
IBC2017: The IBC Big Screen showcases the latest in cinema technology from projection to sound installation.
Social media platforms can be considered as both competitors to, and partners of, traditional broadcasters.
IBC2017: The Audiences and Advertising stream explores a world undergoing “enormous” change, says Executive Producer Jon Watts.
BBC Wales is making the bold step of ditching traditional baseband transmission in its new headquarters which is currently being built in Central Square, Cardiff.
Despite impressive ownership levels, consumers say the need for additional software, apps and hardware is the greatest barrier preventing them from experiencing VR and AR digital advertisements.
Ownership levels of virtual reality (VR) headsets are surpassing wearables and tablets at the same stage of their lifecycle, with affordable devices helping to boost adoption of the immersive technology.
Ahead of his IBC2017 keynote discussion with Viveport President Rikard Steiber, John Cassy selects his top virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree experiences.
Alternative sports offer fans at stadiums – and those watching at home – the chance to watch a fast-paced version of traditional competitions.
The rise of social media has provided broadcasters with opportunities to reach ever more viewers, but the spread of platforms used by viewers has also posed some challenges for established media players.
The finalists of the IBC2017 Innovation Awards have been announced, with a shortlist that demonstrates the breadth of diverse applicants throughout the electronic media, entertainment and technology industry.
High dynamic range (HDR) features will infiltrate some full HD television sets and help boost 4K’s (UltraHD) momentum, according to a new study.
TV viewers watch an average of 170 minutes of TV per day compared to 140 minutes spent browsing the internet.
The BBC must be more “nimble” and “entrepreneurial” in its efforts to reinvent itself for a new generation of viewers and listeners, according to Deputy Director General Anne Bulford.
Amazon and Netflix are not only acquiring documentaries and films, but are also heavily involved in producing their own content using ultra high definition (UHD) technologies, according to a white paper – 4K and UHD: So much more than just HD Video – released by IHS Markit.
The broadcast and media market is currently worth just over $50 billion a year, according to the latest research from IABM DC.
Mobile devices are driving viewership for global advertising video on demand services (AVoD), according to Ooyala’s latest report.
Each quarter, TiVo seeks real consumer opinions to uncover key trends relevant to pay-TV providers, digital publishers and CE manufacturers.
Chinese mobile video consumers spend more time watching videos on smartphones than other connected devices, including connected TVs and computers.
Viewers are adopting UHD displays in ever-increasing numbers as content creators promise a greater range of content.
BBC R&D has been working on second screen synchronisation technology that aims to ease navigation.
The mobile video phenomenon continues to grow as user demand for content and consumption surges.
The percentage of free or paid streaming video subscribers in the United States has surpassed paid TV subscribers for the first time.
By 2019, half of all internet users in the UK will be playing games digitally at least once a month, according to eMarketer’s first ever UK online gaming forecast.
A study has found that revenues from the global digital games market are set to reach the $100 billion milestone by the end of this year.