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World Cup streaming: How to avoid scoring an own goal

2018-07-05T13:16:00+01:00By

There was a social media meltdown early in the World Cup as Australian fans damned an OTT service provider for failing to adequately stream matches. So how should OTT providers ensure that streaming of high-demand live events keeps the fans happy?

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Can Disney catch up with Netflix?

2018-07-03T11:33:00+01:00By

Disney launches its own OTT service next year into a market where Netflix has spent its way to the top. Will Disney’s offer be too little too late to catch up? Or is there room for another big OTT player?

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Blog: Crossing the inflection point

2018-06-29T08:00:00+01:00By

The media industry is at an inflection point, one in which we have no clear view as to where we’ll end up, or who the winners will be.

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Can Netflix and Amazon be overtaken?

2018-06-28T09:00:00+01:00By Andy Fry

Competition around the world is ramping up for the OTT leaders from other big tech firms, local specialists, traditional channels and pay-TV operators.

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Piracy didn’t fade, it just got cleverer

2018-06-21T09:13:00+01:00By

Galvanised into action the media industry can claim some success in reducing incidents of illegal streaming. But the threat remains high as pirates turn to more sophisticated methods of attack.

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Catching the pirates offside

2018-06-19T09:26:00+01:00By

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.

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From Russia with live: Your guide to the World Cup

2018-06-14T06:58:00+01:00By

UHD, HDR, AI, VR and social media expansion make debut for FIFA’s World Cup.

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Analysis: What Discovery’s $2bn golf deal means for the broadcaster

2018-06-13T08:18:00+01:00By

Discovery’s $2 billion purchase for all non-US television and digital rights of golf’s PGA Tour tournaments could create the largest single sport OTT offering, but why has the broadcaster decided to invest so much in the sport?

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Analysis: Has Amazon scored with its Premier League package?

2018-06-12T07:42:00+01:00By

Amazon’s estimated £100 million purchase of an English Premier League football package puts beyond doubt any question that the future of live sports viewing is now in the hands of the tech giants.

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Q&A: Five startups that want to change media

2018-06-08T10:21:00+01:00By

In the first in a two-part series we showcase five startup companies from around the world that offer innovative solutions to disrupt the traditional technology ecosystem.

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Whitepaper: Digital video's offline adventure

2018-06-06T08:42:00+01:00Brought to you by

More video providers are embracing download-to-go applications.  Here’s why.

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Webinar: Winning the Battle for OTT Audiences

2018-05-24T14:22:00+01:00Sponsored by

Watch the on-demand webinar to hear leading OTT operators and their technology providers discuss how they have designed-in quality and user experience all the way through to consumers’ devices.

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Football bodies & broadcasters to tackle live UHD HDR

2018-05-23T15:32:00+01:00By

Coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final is set to be another UHD and VR 360 spectacular, while chances seem high that the BBC will commit to UHD HDR live streaming of FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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BBC, Discovery and YouTube execs to deliver keynote speeches at IBC2018

2018-04-25T15:29:00+01:00

BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie, Discovery Networks International President and Chief Executive Jean-Briac ‘JB’ Perrette and YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan are to deliver keynotes at the IBC2018 Conference.

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On-demand webinar: NAB Show 2018 Deconstructed

2018-03-28T14:30:00+01:00

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.

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What we know about Red’s Hydrogen phone

2018-03-08T22:12:00+00:00By Phil Rhodes

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.

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Codec wars: The battle between HEVC and AV1

2018-03-07T10:34:00+00:00By

A new codec designed for delivering OTT content that is backed by the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google, threatens to challenge the dominance of HEVC.

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IoT drives fourth industrial revolution

2018-03-01T15:56:00+00:00By

Fuelled by 5G, massive IoT adoption is expected to interconnect media across devices, connected cars and into smart cities, with a host of vendors and telecom operators showcasing their IoT offerings at Mobile World Congress.

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5G: “Open for business”

2018-02-27T16:11:00+00:00By

Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco are among the many manufacturers to announce major deployments and advances for 5G at Mobile World Congress.

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Blog: TV isn't dead, it's evolving

2018-02-23T07:00:00+00:00By

The way we shoot and deliver TV and film may have changed, but despite the constant cycle of change, cinema and TV is still in good health, says John Maxwell Hobbs.

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Seven trends to expect at Mobile World Congress 2018

2018-02-20T13:22:00+00:00By Kate O'Flaherty

5G and its associated use cases are expected to take centre stage in Barcelona, while discussions will also turn to the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to overhaul network management and customer service.

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The investment landscape for media tech firms

2018-02-16T10:57:00+00:00By

In 2018 in western economies there is an estimated $1 trillion of private funds looking for a home, and much of that money is looking for a berth in media technology companies.

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Analysis: Sky and BT secure Premier League rights

2018-02-15T21:19:00+00:00By

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.

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Whitepaper: State of the Broadcast Industry 2018

2018-02-15T11:26:00+00:00Brought to you by

This annual report explores inside notes on digital viewing, consumer shifts and more.

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On-demand webinar: Mobile World Congress 2018 review

2018-02-13T10:22:00+00:00

IBC365 and a panel of Mobile World Congress attendees comment on the trends and talking points from this year’s Mobile World Congress, examining what the latest trends in mobile handsets, 5G, IoT and the role of telcos use of content mean for the media and entertainment industry.

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The battle for net neutrality

2018-01-17T12:53:00+00:00By

The concept of “net neutrality” has captivated the attention of the general public thanks in part to a decision in the US to scrap rules that prevent broadband providers charging to deliver certain content.

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Building scalable and resilient OTT services at Sky

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By T. C. Maule

Sky have tackled some of the most challenging scalability problems in the OTT space head-on.

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Weekly news round-up: Streaming piracy threat & Microsoft's VR deal

2017-10-05T11:01:00+01:00By

Your digest of the week’s top media, entertainment and technology news.

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IBC Award winner Q&A: VOOT

2017-09-28T13:41:00+01:00By

IBC Innovation Awards winner VOOT on the successful delivery of multi-channeled OTT content to 300 million smartphones across India.

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Entertainment broadcasters embrace social media

2017-09-16T14:35:00+01:00By

In entertainment at least, broadcasters and social media networks are more friends than foes as they harness social media to innovate new content and increase ratings.

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Game of Thrones and the fight against illegal streaming

2017-07-13T15:55:00+01:00By

The world’s most pirated TV series, Game of Thrones, is back. As viewers prepare to watch season 7 of the fantasy series, we ask what can be done to stop the wider illegal distribution of content?

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Can commercial TV counter the threat from digital media?

2017-05-26T15:54:00+01:00By

Commercial TV across Europe is having a hard time holding onto its key clients, who are not viewers but advertisers.

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Analysis: Facebook’s move into content

2017-05-12T15:19:00+01:00By

Facebook looks set for a move into original content, with reports suggesting that the social media giant has already begun commissioning longform and shortform content.

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NAB vendors state the case for HDR

2017-05-12T15:16:00+01:00By

In the search for the next big thing after HD, first came 4K. It was a simple concept to grasp: four times as many pixels must give a much better picture, surely?

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US TV providers lost 1m subs in 2016

2017-04-02T10:00:00+01:00By

The top 10 television service providers in the United States lost 937,000 television customers in 2016.

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Remote interpreting for live events and broadcast – inclusion in multiple ways

2017-03-27T16:14:00+01:00By Robin Ribback VerbaVoice GmbH Germany

Live content gathers the highest audience share on TV today – since pre-produced content can already be viewed on demand.

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Future models for live event broadcasting

2017-03-27T16:09:00+01:00By P N Tudor P J Brightwell R N J Wadge BBC UK

Profound change to the way media is produced, distributed and consumed is upon us.

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Just-in-time prepared captioning for live transmissions

2017-03-21T11:57:00+00:00By M.N. Simpson J. Barrett Ericsson UK P.J. Bell S. Renals University of Edinburgh UK

Over the last 30 years the volumes of ‘SDH’ captioning (Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), both live and pre-recorded, have increased considerably across the globe.

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Improving live performance in HTTP adaptive streaming systems

2017-03-21T11:51:00+00:00By Kevin Streeter Adobe Systems USA

While HTTP adaptive streaming (HAS) technology has been very successful in delivering stable over-the-top video experiences at large scale, the technology has a number of important limitations as well.

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Towards new forms of news gathering through crowdsourced live mobile streaming systems

2017-03-15T05:19:00+00:00By Ray van Brandenburg Omar Niamut Arjen Veenhuizen TNO Netherlands Gert-Jaap Hoekman NU.nl

With the growing popularity of social media sites, online video services, and smartphones, content consumers are recording, editing, and broadcasting their own stories.

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Mixed reality technologies for immersive interactive broadcast

2017-03-14T17:23:00+00:00By O Schreer W Waizenegger W Fernando H Kodikara Arachchi A Oehme A Smolic B Yargico A Akman

ACTION-TV [1] proposes an innovative mode of user interaction for broadcasting to relax the rigid and passive nature of present broadcasting ecosystems.

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How true, synchronized live OTT can change the second screen and social TV game

2017-03-10T10:19:00+00:00By Per Lindgren SVP Live OTT Ted Olsson Product Manager Live OTT Net Insight Sweden

CDNs and OTT video distribution platforms today use technologies such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and MPEG-DASH, which use segmentation of the video streams and HTTP for delivery.

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