The rapid growth of OTT media services may be offering more choice for consumers and more opportunities for content producers, but is it harming the planet in the process?
How can AI, big data and machine learning be used to help improve the user experience?
IBC365 speaks with three user experience designers working for the BBC, RTE and BluTV on the challenges and changes to creating and evolving user interfaces for modern audiences.
What is the point in offering thousands of hours of content if you can’t find where it is?
TV businesses must shake off short termism and think customer lifetime value
A joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery will launch Germany’s largest free-TV and video on-demand streaming platform this June.
Insights on user acquisition and retention, identity, payments, content partner settlement, entitlement, and customer care for video service providers.
The growth in OTT platforms has boosted demand for the localisation and regionalisation of content. And the cloud is proving to be a terrific enabler, writes David Davies.
Google Cloud signalled its ambition to build up its telco, media and entertainment client base with its hiring this year of Discovery CTO John Honeycutt. He tells IBC365 about his plans at the company.
The in-car entertainment systems is one of France 24’s new distribution charter explains director of technical solutions for distribution David Couret.
Netflix has boosted the quality of its Dolby Atmos audio in a bid to “bring viewers closer to the story.”
Apple chief executive Tim Cook is confident consumers will choose Apple’s TV+ streaming service ahead of the multitude of other OTT services in a move to diversify its revenue income.
France 24 director of technical solutions for distribution David Couret tells IBC365 why its championing OTT distribution and following its audience to digital platforms.
Virgin Media is set to be the first of Liberty Global’s European operations to offer Amazon Prime Video via its set-top box.
As digital content consumption grows, for the first time broadcasters have a direct customer relationship with the viewer with “real-time” insight into the user experience, writes Yeming Wang.
From the creation of content in the cloud to the delivery of content to mobile devices, NAB 2019 was awash with innovation that suggests an even closer relationship between the media and telco industries.
Comcast and Disney remain the two stakeholders to back the Hulu streaming service after AT&T confirmed it has sold its share to Hulu for $1.43 billion.
Disney has confirmed its streaming service will launch in November with new originals and a host of favourites from Disney and Pixar, as well as The Simpsons and Star Wars.
Can the streaming service planned by the BBC and ITV compete with the might of Netflix and Amazon, plus upcoming offerings from Apple, Disney and AT&T?
NAB 2019: Fox and NBC among TV broadcasters in the US to collaborate on the deployment of ATSC 3.0 for next-generation TV viewing experiences.
From interactive episodes of Black Mirror to Bear Grylls’ latest series, Netflix’s post-production operation and supply chain is responsible for servicing the insatiable appetite for original content that will see it deliver more than 1,000 branded shows this year.
NAB 2019: A guide to end-to-end UHD workflows has been released by the UHD Forum in a bid to define best technological practice for the creation and delivery of UHD and HDR formats.
This paper explores how arming your video service with technological advantages can help you stay one step ahead of your competition.
Automation, cloud and blockchain are driving change, global content partnerships and technology adoption will define the 2019 broadcast and media industry according to the latest report from the IABM.
Viacom is championing audiences and its flagship channels with traditional distribution and over-the-top models to enhance value beyond its core offerings, according to SVP Dan Fahy.
4K, IP and immersive audio are among the technologies impacting dramatically on the design and build of new OB units, writes David Davies.
Remaining relevant and retaining audiences is a challenge RTL is overcoming with content investment and growing its ad-space opportunities explained group SVP Rhys Noelke.
UK broadcaster ITV is edging closer to rolling out a programmatic ad tech platform for its live and on-demand service ITV Hub as it plays “catch up” with its use of data and analytics.
In a golden era of storytelling, Apple has turned its attention to reinventing TV and adding healthy competition to the ecosystem, writes Paolo Pescatore
Disney officially owns 21st Century Fox after more than a year of negotiations and a $71.3 billion exchange.
Director of post-production at Fox Sports Brandon Potter explains how the broadcaster worked with some key vendors to deliver footage of the Russia World Cup and the lessons it learnt.
Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings has confirmed that the SVOD service won’t be available via Apple TV, which is expected to be announced next Monday.
Major economies are leading the development of Latin America’s media market, but many countries in the region lack the infrastructure and resources to develop their broadcast industries, according to an IABM report.
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.
As series designer of Netflix’s Black Mirror, Joel Collins was integral to creating the look of the Charlie Brooker series. But after four series he has moved on to a new challenge – working on the hugely complex BBC/HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. He reveals how he ...
The House of Lords has launched a public inquiry to investigate the future of public service broadcasters amid rising concerns Netflix and Amazon will overthrow traditional broadcasters.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has opened its call for technical manuscripts focussed on the future of media distribution and developments with forward-thinking cutting edge technology applications.
As interest in object-based audio (OBA) continues to grow, new production tools are being developed by research institutions, broadcasters and vendors to make it happen
From the transition to digital broadcasting to the adoption of OTT, the IABM’s newly published report on Middle East and Africa outlines the prospects for growth in the region
Sky has undergone strategic changes and adapted its business model under the new Comcast ownership with management preparing for an increase in the pace of change.
Today, the latency of online video stream delivery is typically too long to provide the viewing experience users expect, resulting in unhappy viewers and lost revenue. Fortunately, new live streaming technology makes it possible to deliver live streams in less than a second, enabling exciting new experiences that engage viewers ...
The BBC and ITV have confirmed rumours that they will launch a new streaming service for UK audiences, more than ten years after a similar project was proposed and then blocked.
Amazon is keen to sign up telcos to its partner distribution programme in a bid to overcome the “big problem” of reaching viewers without credit cards.
Innovation and partnerships will be the key to DAZN’s success, says the firm’s senior vice president Peter Parmenter, who spoke at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the day before DAZN launched its platform in Spain.
The next generation of mobile technology holds enormous promise, particularly for media and entertainment, but managing consumer and industry expectations of 5G will be key, says Mark Smith.
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.
As telcos gear up for 5G mobile networks and continue to roll-out broadband fibre connections, they are faced with the challenge of increasing revenue so they can support their investment in new infrastructure. George Malim examines the strategies of Verizon, BT and Globe to assess what makes a winning content ...
China and North America will lead the market for streaming video on-demand services with subscribers set to grow to 743 million in the next four years.
Global consumer spend on digital content is set to increase by $23 billion this year, with sports video identified as the key driver of growth.
Comcast to launch its new streaming service in 2020 based on Sky’s OTT operation, Now TV as a “distinct and compelling” offering free for pay-TV customers.
Reporting its Q4 2018 results, Netflix has revealed its revenues grew to $16 billion and concluded the year with 139 million paying memberships.
Linear channels are having to work harder to entice viewers, with the branding of channels one area of focus.
This whitepaper explores the opportunities of OTT video distribution in viewership in revenue, the common challenges and considerations by media companies for OTT delivery and the critical elements of an OTT ecosystem.
The fight against FAANG, the rise of niche OTT disruptors and the potential of 5G were among the most-read Delivery articles in 2018.
From the development of artificial intelligence (AI) to widespread adoption of the cloud and new SVOD services IBC’s owners share their 2019 predictions and priorities for their organisations.
With streaming services absorbing increasing amounts of bandwidth opportunities are bound for both telcos and satellite providers, writes Chris Forrester.
The streaming video industry is racing through its adolescence and through an age-appropriate growth spurt as new OTT services launch and traditional content owners and distributors plan their entry into a market nowhere near full grown.
Demystifying the hype around 5G, experts discuss the promise and expectations of ultra high-speed mobile connectivity and its potential for the media and entertainment sector.
Just two years old, DAZN has spent hundreds of millions acquiring sports rights in a bid to win subscribers to its subscription streaming service. But will its big spending ways pay off? Ross Biddiscombe profiles the OTT platform that’s disrupting the sports broadcasting industry.
Join this IBC365 webinar on demand to discuss how the boundaries between broadcasters, pay TV platforms, OTT operators and telecoms providers are blurring.
Ralph Rivera was a star in the IBC2018 Sports Track headliner ‘How Eurosport is driving digital to attract new audiences’, and like many people around the show his driving desire is to see broadcast and digital converge.
IMG’s entry into the OTT marketplace with its new Serie A service has ramped up the battle for sports audiences on digital platforms after a couple of years of cautious rights buying by the likes of Amazon and Facebook.
This IBC365 webinar outlines and explains the collaborative Media-Telecom Catalyst innovation programme and how you can get involved in designing solutions to current media & entertainment challenges.
Over the past several months, it has become clear that, in many ways, far from being a distinct sector, the satellite industry is a microcosm of the larger broadcast industry in which it operates.
JB Perrette is totally changing the look and feel of Discovery Networks International.
Seth Shapiro, Emmy winner and CEO / founder of Alpha Networks, is preparing for the launch of that company’s blockchain – enabled entertainment platform. Exposing viewers to underappreciated content from foreign markets is just one of the things the offering will focus on.
The TV industry is grappling with a ‘three-way profit squeeze’, which means many companies will not make as much money as they did in the past, warns veteran broadcasting executive Mike Darcey.
Advances in 4K and UHD live production, fresh solutions for OTT content, an array of cloud-based ‘big data’ workflow sharing solutions and remote collaboration tools were the main themes in Halls 9, 13 and 15.
It was very apparent at IBC2018 that the broadcast industry continues to be in a state of flux. Ian McMurray finds that satellite operators and suppliers are no less affected by pervasive and disruptive change.
Competition to deliver content to airline passengers is ramping up, writes Chris Forrester.
Two whitepapers in one: Insights into the challenges Online Video Providers (OVPs) face and the solutions for consideration as they seek to keep current customers and attract new viewers.
The leader of new ‘content-centric’ software start-up Eluvio shares her thoughts on evolving distribution models, and the merits of perceiving AI and blockchain as ‘tools’ to ease system implementation.
With the competition from OTT and media companies who are now distributing content directly to subscribers, pay-TV operators have been in search of ways to enhance their services beyond these offerings with truly personalised, high quality video experiences for their subscribers, explains Synamedia Chief Executive Yves Padrines.
Hall 14 continues to expand and mature into one of the most exciting and interesting spaces at IBC, writes IBC Daily reporter Anne Morris.
In this paper, we explore a platform which utilises state-of-the-art ML algorithms for the real-time analysis of thousands of hours of multilingual multimedia content, including television and VoD.
5G Wireless Networks are being built to serve new applications. These applications must fund the development of the solutions and the infrastructure.
Mobile video will increase 9-fold between 2016 and 2021, accounting for 78% of total mobile data traffic by the end of the forecast period.
IBC2018 speaker Perrine Bichet on the importance of creating a content strategy for the culturally and linguistically diverse and her move from content-focussed Canal+ to telco Proximus.
IBC2018: The state of scripted, the future of linear TV and the effectiveness of digital advertising were all topics of debate at a session devoted to debunking received wisdom in TV.
As OTT growth gains pace and traditional linear TV declines the importance of flexible architecture increases, writes M2A Media Solutions Architect Valentijn Siebrands.
As it stands, the US is one of the most expensive places in the world to get internet. One in four homes are unable to get broadband-level speeds necessary for effective streaming, while the Federal Communications Commission continues to do awaywith plans to make high-speed Internet more affordable, writes Phenix ...
IBC2018: In a session devoted to eye-catching innovation at IBC, Accedo’s Fredrik Andersson highlights Android TV and Roku as well as other ground breaking products.
IBC2018: Broadcast infrastructure firm says trial is an opportunity for TV companies to experiment with the technology.
IBC2018: India has eight versions of Big Brother, while young people are abandoning conventional TV in the Middle East… The challenges of operating in the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets were laid bare in two IBC panels.
IBC2018: Broadcaster plans to develop a global lifestyle platform around golf, followings its acquisition of rights to the PGA Tour.
IBC2018: Machine learning tool trialled during coverage of this year’s Royal Wedding can be used in live sports, awards and political events.
The DVB is working hard on the next phase of OTT delivery, writes DVB Project Head of Technology Peter Siebert.
IBC2018: Key to success for specialist OTT platforms is to pitch yourself as a ‘delicatessen’ compared to ‘supermarkets’ like Netflix and Amazon, IBC delegates told.
IBC2018: Senior execs from companies such as Avid, AWS, NEP and ITV debate the state of the industry at IABM Business Breakfast.
Striking partnership deals with pay-TV and telco operators has helped Netflix take its subscriber numbers “to the next level”, says Maria Ferreras, Vice President of Business Development EMEA.
The trend for subscribers to dump pay TV services is gathering pace in the face of OTT growth.
The newly named company, which is being acquired from Cisco, looks to tap into content boom and mulls a possible IPO in a few years
Team behind new Netflix sci-fi drama The Innocents reveal how it was produced in HDR.
The IABM has created a model of the industry that is based on creative, operational, economic and technical activities and maps how a piece of content gets from creator to consumer, writes IABM Chief Executive Peter White.
IBC2018: Netflix and YouTube employ thousands of engineers, giving them a huge technical advantage over public service broadcasting rivals
IBC2018: New fund will back drama and comedy shorts, announces BBC Studios boss Tim Davie in keynote IBC address.
IBC2018: Discovery is differentiating itself from the likes of Netflix and Amazon by offering targeted services in sports and local European markets, says DNI President Jean-Briac Perrette
IBC2018: Creative deal making, speed and solid financial backing are vital for broadcasters like the BBC to secure the best content, says BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie.
Public service media are again leading in innovation for media production and distribution in the age of software, internet technologies and OTT, writes EBU Senior Manager Hans Hoffmann.
IBC2018: Broadcasters should face up to the onslaught of the digital giants by focusing on distinctiveness and innovation, argued Keith Underwood, Guest Chair of the Conference.
The launch of Sony’s Virtual Production solution has thrown a spotlight on the possibilities of remote production. But, as David Davies discovers, plenty of other vendors are gearing up to make the most of this particular revolution.
Whether you are a seasoned OTT player or just starting out, the big question is always the underlying technology stack and how suppliers can help you to refresh or launch your service, writes Axinom Products Director Jürgen Jõgeva.
In the second instalment of a two-part feature we hear from three startups that have employed new technologies to optimise video, enhancing media workflows and an app to maximise TV subscriptions.
Is OTT going to take over broadcasting? It’s the ever-present question for broadcasters, to which the simple answer is no, they must do both, writes EBU and DVB’s Peter MacAvock.
Econet has been recognised for its positive social impact and innovation in employing new technology to connect southern African audiences with global content.
The realisation that the industry has clearly identified its pain points, but not made loads of progress after multiple years, is a blow to the stomach, writes Applicaster Chief Product Officer Devra Prywes.
Churn is an inevitable part of any subscription video service but maximising the user experience is key to its reduction, writes Accedo CEO Michael Lantz.
Intelligent edge technologies and solutions can help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) meet media and entertainment industry demands, writes Hewlett Packard Enterprise OEM Solutions Global Market Strategy & Development Manager Matt Quirk.
Video: Audiences viewing habits are changing but what is the future for traditional linear TV?
With the barriers to entry to launching an OTT service coming down all the time, David Wood finds out how producers are going direct to market with niche offerings such as True Royalty.
People want to access all content on every screen and enjoy the best video and sound quality, explains Netgem CTO Jean-Francois Galtier.
How to deal with content overload? With a background of almost 20 years in operational and strategic marketing and now head of the innovation unit at Havas, Maria Garrido thinks the answer lies in bringing the entertainment and advertising businesses together.
Viewers want nothing short of the best and expect their content of choice to be delivered in the highest quality, explains Endeavor Chief Technology Officer Nick Wilson.
As mobile video continues to grow, so too do consumer expectations, writes Penthera President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Taitz.
Can China’s fast-growing and deep-pocketed BAT – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent – compete effectively in the international arena with the likes of FAANG – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google?
Watch on demand as IBC365 previews the anticipated themes and highlights of IBC2018.
What is the key to creating an economically-viable, niche OTT subscription service? Execs behind OTT services such as DAZN and Britbox through to gardening channel Inside Out and guitar service All Guitar explain.
The industry has undergone massive change in the last couple of years. The consolidation of industry giants has increased pressure on all players to innovate and adapt just to keep pace, says Massive Chief Executive Ron Downey.
The OTT market is showing tremendous growth, making it an extremely interesting time for new entrants and those already within the industry, says Magine Head of Commercial Operations Fredrick Engdahl.
From smart TVs to iPads, mobiles and laptops, the range of devices audiences can use to access TV has increased significantly in recent years. Even so, many argue that traditional broadcasts will remain the most popular option to watch programming because ‘appointment TV’ brings people together, says Edgeware Chief Marketing ...
IBC is the perfect meeting point for the converging worlds of media and telco, writes IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp.
BBC Studios Chief Executive Tim Davie on the need for talent, a ready supply of content and the importance of co-productions as scale becomes vital for broadcasters.
With new technology creating more opportunities for OTT platforms in sports broadcasting, new business models are emerging for amateur sports leagues and smaller venues, says Pixellot Chief Executive Alon Werber.
Mobile video viewing has increased from a fringe activity to a required feature, says Penthera Chief Technology Officer Joshua Pressnell.
In part three of this IBC365 discussion our panel of experts define the ways in which telcos can attract customers and stay relevant within the content value chain.
In part two of this IBC365 discussion our panel of experts discuss the key components of creating digital content.
Live events are an opportunity for publishers to engage with their audiences, try out new technologies and innovate, says M2A Media CEO Marina Kalkanis.
Three Head of Digital Entertainment Christian Harris describes the partnerships telcos need in order to maintain customer engagement.
In part one of this IBC365 discussion our panel of experts explore the issue of convergence between the telco and media markets.
Jeremy Fox, along with former Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer, has a new scheme to provide ammunition to telcos wanting to rival Netflix and Amazon. And it’s working.
BT Sport Director of Mobile Strategy Matt Stagg explains the impact 5G will have on the way content is distributed and consumed.
The potential for 5G to revolutionise the media and entertainment industries is now being tested by sports producers and broadcasters.
Telecoms & Media Analyst Paolo Pescatore on the importance of providing premium content.
With telcos struggling to boost revenues, they’re focusing on video content as one way to drive growth. But their strategies for content differ from market to market and company to company.
There’s a profound change in viewing habits taking place, with subscriptions to streaming services surging to 15.4m in the UK and young viewers deserting traditional TV, according to new research by media regulator Ofcom.
Viewer demand for multiplatform content delivery looks set to continue to grow with 56.9% of respondents in the second annual Avid Customer Association (ACA) vote agreeing that the trend will continue to dominate the industry.
After years of false starts, national broadcasters are now racing to create joint streaming platforms. But are they too late to take on Netflix and Amazon?
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?
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?
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.
Competition around the world is ramping up for the OTT leaders from other big tech firms, local specialists, traditional channels and pay-TV operators.
Disconnected, disillusioned or indifferent to cyber warfare? IBC365 speaks to Tony Gee about ethical hacking and how broadcasters can defend against cyber security attacks.
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.
BBC CTO Matthew Postgate on the broadcaster’s ambition to become an internet broadcaster and the “very real” security threat faced by media organisations.
With increased competition the distinct advantages enjoyed by OTT providers in the battle for audience attention are wearing a bit thin. Now they must innovate to thrive.
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.
UHD, HDR, AI, VR and social media expansion make debut for FIFA’s World Cup.
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?
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.
The proliferation of devices and platforms has meant that younger audiences are changing their viewing patterns, which in turn is shaping broadcaster and IP owners’ content strategies for a new generation of children.
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.
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.
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.
As competitive pressures from new media escalate, broadcasters and content owners are experimenting with new business models, writes Lorenzo Zanni.
The unfolding drama involving three of the world’s largest media groups has all the ingredients of an Oscar-winning script, writes Ray Snoddy.
The launch of F1 TV this weekend marks the motorsport’s biggest investment in its digital transformation to date. Few see it as a risk.
Delivering new methods and codecs for working with large-scale data, particularly VR and HDR, is high priority for the media and entertainment industry.
Established content providers should be agile, innovative and willing to adopt new technologies if they want to take on the digital giants, says Channel 4’s Keith Underwood.
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.
With Brazil, Mexico & Argentina leading development in Latin America, the IABM has produced a regional report on the area.
As the media technology industry gathered in Las Vegas for NAB, the IABM produced a regional report on one of the world’s largest broadcast and media markets.
David Kline, EVP and Chief Information & Technology Officer, Viacom on responding to – and inspiring – change.
Trials in PyeongChang and Russia look set to open doors for new business models and innovation across broadcast, media and entertainment.
From building new playout centres to strengthening MTG’s triple play offering, Bartek Gudowski explains the priorities of a modern CTO and why cyber security is a global issue.
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.
From AI to M&A, Dick Hobbs picks his way through the marketing buzz to predict what visitors might be talking about at NAB 2018.
In the second instalment of our CTO Series, 21st Century Fox’s Paul Cheesbrough speaks about the challenges of delivering content to more platforms than ever before and explains why cyber security is his number one priority.
Facebook’s reputation may have taken a battering over the past few days, but the lure of online persists.
Ericsson Head of Head of Portfolio Marketing for Europe and Latin America Kris Hardiman on Ericsson’s role in the broadcast sector, changing consumer viewing habits and the impact of 5G.
RTÉ’s Director of Transformation and Technology on adopting the cloud and the challenges faced by public service broadcasters.
TV Fights Back: The European Broadcaster Exchange is the first significant move by leading European commercial broadcasters against Google and Facebook’s dominance in the online advertising market.
EE Head of Media and Entertainment Technology Matt Stagg on the use of premium content by telcos and the ways in which 5G will shape production and delivery.
TV Fights Back: The UK’s leading commercial broadcasters have joined forces to extol the virtues of television to media planners in a bid to challenge the digital newcomers, writes Ray Snoddy.
A drop in Oscars viewing figures and broadcasters’ plans for Paralympics coverage.
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.
The Royal Television Society (RTS) took the lilt and inference of the property and design franchise show Love It or List It for an evening panel session on the stark implications of eye-catching buy-outs in the media markets.
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.
Senior executives from BT and iFlix hailed the power of content to transform “transactional” brands and create an emotional connection with customers.
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.
Channel 4 is renewing its Viewer Promise, while broadcasters in Germany are joining forces to create a universal log-in – but is either enough to accommodate the EU’s stringent new data protection laws?
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.
Belden’s decision to buy SAM and combine it with Grass Valley continues a long history of acquisitions for both companies, but what are the challenges in merging the firms and what does the deal mean for the wider industry?
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.
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.
This annual report explores inside notes on digital viewing, consumer shifts and more.
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.
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.
Over-the-air (OTA) TV, higher definition content and immersive experiences were top of the agenda during the conference sessions at CES.
Sport has helped to boost subscribers and revenue, but broadcasters must contend with viewers’ demands for a greater range of content on an increasing array of platforms and devices, writes Liz McParland.
Last week it emerged that Sky is intending to move more aggressively into online delivery of its content. But is it wise for satellite broadcasters to ditch the dish?
Over the course of 2017 the broadcast industry became an even more complex and varied space, writes Nick Moreno.
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.
With many in the broadcast equipment sector flocking to Dubai for CABSAT, the IABM has produced a regional report on the Middle East and Africa.
Japanese telco and serial investor SoftBank wants to use its investment in OneWeb to help it deliver a smarter, interconnected, and automated world.
The changing broadcasting landscape, the rise of OTT, content piracy and the role of satellites were among 2017’s most-read articles.
In this exclusive report, we examine how some of this year’s key trends are likely to evolve in 2018.
A converging distribution network is posing big questions about the relationships between broadcasters and telco operators. Accenture’s Anders Linblad explains.
From the adoption of IP infrastructure, demand for UHD and HDR delivery and the provision of OTT services, CTOs reveal their priorities.
Brexit poses a “massive risk” to the UK’s film and TV industries which must fight to make sure the government safeguards their interests, according to former Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey MP.
The use of 5G for live production and some cutting-edge OTT platforms were among the topics covered in this year’s technical papers.
Cloud technology has the ability to transform the media content supply chain, promising more effective and efficient processes.
IBC2017: Facebook Watch: creating a community for new content, growing audience and making money.
The cost of online piracy will hit $52 billion by the year 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
The use of the internet to deliver live content and VOD is growing as fast as new platforms arise to view it on, but there are challenges facing broadcasters and content owners wishing to get onboard.
Apple’s recruitment of former Channel 4 creative boss Jay Hunt is a shot across the bows of both traditional broadcasters and digital rivals, writes Kate Bulkley.
Improving the quality of service and efficiencies with higher resolution, HDR and WCG in online delivery, there is a need for advanced video compression standards.
Sky have tackled some of the most challenging scalability problems in the OTT space head-on.
This research paper explores the results of a survey of over 21,000 consumers in 42 countries, asking how video is consumed and the quality of the experience.
IBC Innovation Awards winner VOOT on the successful delivery of multi-channeled OTT content to 300 million smartphones across India.
The rise, relaunch and redemption of traditional broadcast TV alongside digital players in the OTT world was a popular theme discussed during IBC2017.
In the latest installment in a series of articles that roundup the main themes and talking points from the IBC2017 Exhibition, Anne Morris summarises the key trends from Hall 14.
IBC2017: The incoming ATSC standard increases flexibility and accommodates business cases, but may create regulatory hurdles, according to an expert panel.
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.
It might be thought that Netflix and Amazon Video are the only kids in town as far as OTT is concerned, but there are interesting variations in how some smaller operators are competing.
IBC2017: A high-calibre panel was asked by moderator Mike Grant (founder/CEO at Caru Ventures) to say who was making money out of VOD, and how hard was it to set up a service?
Being a regional OTT player can be challenging but with quality, accesible content and market knowledge you can succeed.
IBC2017: Greater personalisation and segmentation are among the main priorities for pay TV services.
The relaunch of DTT services in Germany based on DVB-T2 and HbbTV could be the shape of things to come, writes the EBU’s Peter MacAvock.
The rise of OTT services have led many to question the definition of broadcast, but the focus should be on the needs of end-users, says Stan Moote.
When it comes to personalisation and improving the user experience, voice interfaces and artificial intelligence are going to have a big part to play, says Channel 4’s Orpheus Warr.
IBC2017: ITV and C4 executives explained their business strategies driving audience engagement in an OTT dominated world.
Turner Broadcasting’s recently appointed EVP/Digital Ventures & Innovation, Aksel van der Wal, has an immense suite of responsibilities.
Targetted advertising is a necessary evolution within the TV broadcast ecosystem, writes Thierry Fautier and Vincent Grivet.
The Platform Futures stream will provide insight into the impact of new methods of distribution of content and the changing face of the pay TV industry, writes Bill Scott.
Should broadcasters continue to invest in linear, or focus instead on online? By Lorenzo Zanni.
Making a solid business case to justify capex spend in broadcasting has always been a difficult undertaking, and the shift to IP has made even trickier, writes John Maxwell Hobbs.
Overcoming a fragmented technology eco-system will be key to widescale take up of advanced formats such as UHD, writes Dr. Hans Hoffmann, EBU.
AI has the power to increase video accessibility, improve search safety and efficiency and package content intelligently says Pete Mastin, IBM Watson Media Product Marketing and Strategy, IBM.
Launching an OTT service used to be a complicated technology project. Now, the challenges relate to understanding and communicating with audiences, writes Bill Scott.
With Disney, Turner, Telefonica and Facebook launching their own streaming services what are the implications for the industry?
Could 5G be the answer to the consumer demand for high capacity video delivery in a mobile-centric landscape?
If the threat of a cyber-attack is not yet keeping you awake at night, it is already a major concern for many broadcasters and media companies.
As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.
IBC365 Q&A with Beenius CEO Filip Remškar: an integrated platform for heterogeneous operator environments that optimises cost of ownership.
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?
Globecast CEO Philippe Bernard on the areas of opportunity for the playout, distribution and media services company.
The growing importance – and complexity – of VoD platforms has required vendors and service providers to provide sophisticated solutions.
The ongoing journey towards IP has resulted in unprecedented levels of cooperation, says Stan Moote.
Executives at the DTG Summit agreed the future of broadcasting will be led by technology and innovation.
The UK broadcasting TV business model has seen little disruption over the past 25 years but that is “fundamentally changing” according to the Chief Executive of Arqiva.
Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil spoke to delegates at the Digital TV Group (DTG) Summit in London where he delivered a stark warning to British broadcasters.
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.
There’s a high degree of uncertainty amongst most of the world’s satellite operators that their – to date – highly lucrative transponder capacity rental business may not simply be maturing, but be in decline.
Will the move to OTT streaming by satellite channels gather momentum? Does it always make business sense?
Each quarter, TiVo seeks real consumer opinions to uncover key trends relevant to pay-TV providers, digital publishers and CE manufacturers.
Linear TV can still deliver large audiences, particularly when it comes to sporting and other major events, but new options for delivering content provide better opportunities for collecting and analysing viewer data.
Stefan Lederer, CEO, bitmovin, offers an overview of the video infrastructure for the web and advises on how to set up and deploy cutting-edge OTT services for all platforms and all use cases in the cloud.
Kavi Maharajh, VP, Product Marketing at Quickplay, discusses trends in the OTT and Pay-TV market and the challenges facing content and service providers to deliver next-generation TV, with a focus on monetisation and service delivery.
Janet Snowdon, Director Media and Entertainment Industry Solutions at IBM, highlights a number of key challenges facing the industry as consumers look for more ways to engage with content.
Never before has it been so easy to stand up an OTT service, from the simplest workflow to the most complex, says Matt Smith of Anvato.
The question the industry needs to address is how should OTT access evolve? says Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Opera TV.
Erik Huggers is CEO at music specialist Vevo. He delivered a keynote address at IBC2016.
Are traditional brands acting fast enough to compete with Google, Facebook and other big digital players? Dominique Delport thinks not.
Broadcast TV as we know it has gone; for traditional organisations, this means digital reinvention that places the customer experience at its core is necessary.
As well being SVP, Chief Architect and CTO of Engineering at Cisco Systems, Dave Ward also has ownership connections with both a vineyard and a tomato farm.
Satellite may dominate in the region but IPTV is growing faster than the global average and viewers are embracing OTT providers.
Positioning itself as a mainstream pay-TV offering means Now TV has some specific demands, but customer retention remains the biggest challenge.
The MPEG-DASH ecosystem is growing quickly, and a significant portion of the content being prepared and delivered is protected content.
An ever-growing share of US consumers uses OTT for viewing live content, such as sports events, while the vast majority is still served using traditional distribution methods, such as cable, satellite, IPTV and terrestrial broadcast.
ATSC 3.0 revolutionizes TV broadcast distribution. For the first time, a hybrid system is designed from day 1 in order to support broadcast and broadband distribution in an integrated manner and to target different receiver platforms.
With the streaming format wars in the rear view mirror, HAS, specifically Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG DASH) specifications now allow for the efficient, scalable delivery of media content globally from conventional HTTP servers.
The Third Generation Partnership (3GPP) project since its creation in December 1998 has a long history in enabling mobile communication and had included enablers for media streaming and distribution in its very early roadmap.
Over-The-Top (OTT) content streaming is poised to grow exponentially in the coming years, driven by the consumer’s need for a rich and high quality viewing experience.
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.