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Getting to grips with TV’s golden age

2018-09-18T08:23:00+01:00By David Wood

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.

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Best of breed: The future of OTT success depends on it

2018-09-17T14:24:00+01:00Brought to you by

As OTT growth gains pace and traditional linear TV declines the importance of flexible architecture increases, writes M2A Media Solutions Architect Valentijn Siebrands.

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The state of streaming: It’s the end of an ‘error’

2018-09-17T14:17:00+01:00Brought to you by

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 ...

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Android TV and Roku catch IBC’s eye

2018-09-17T13:39:00+01:00By David Wood

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.

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Arqiva launches blockchain trial

2018-09-17T13:25:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Broadcast infrastructure firm says trial is an opportunity for TV companies to experiment with the technology.

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APAC and MENA: Huge complications, but opportunities

2018-09-17T13:12:00+01:00By

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.

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Eurosport looks to “service the superfans”

2018-09-17T12:58:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Broadcaster plans to develop a global lifestyle platform around golf, followings its acquisition of rights to the PGA Tour.

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Sky puts facial recognition tech to the test

2018-09-17T09:55:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Machine learning tool trialled during coverage of this year’s Royal Wedding can be used in live sports, awards and political events.

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Implementing the building blocks for DVB-I

2018-09-15T12:55:00+01:00

The DVB is working hard on the next phase of OTT delivery, writes DVB Project Head of Technology Peter Siebert.

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Beyond Netflix: How to survive as a niche streaming service

2018-09-15T12:09:00+01:00By David Wood

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.

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IABM spells out top priorities for media tech firms

2018-09-15T12:01:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Senior execs from companies such as Avid, AWS, NEP and ITV debate the state of the industry at IABM Business Breakfast.

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“Partnerships” are key to growth, says Netflix

2018-09-15T07:00:00+01:00By

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.

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Could cord cutters be a lifeline for linear TV?

2018-09-14T15:57:00+01:00By David Wood

The trend for subscribers to dump pay TV services is gathering pace in the face of OTT growth.

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Peled spells out strategy for Synamedia

2018-09-14T15:41:00+01:00By

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

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"HDR is not a look, it’s a canvas”

2018-09-14T13:06:00+01:00By

Team behind new Netflix sci-fi drama The Innocents reveal how it was produced in HDR.

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Building a model industry

2018-09-14T12:47:00+01:00

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.

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Disruption is only going to get worse

2018-09-13T16:09:00+01:00By

IBC2018: Netflix and YouTube employ thousands of engineers, giving them a huge technical advantage over public service broadcasting rivals

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BBC Studios unveils short form fund

2018-09-13T14:37:00+01:00By

IBC2018: New fund will back drama and comedy shorts, announces BBC Studios boss Tim Davie in keynote IBC address.

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Super serving fans and viewers

2018-09-13T14:10:00+01:00By

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

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BBC Studios flexes its global muscles

2018-09-13T12:29:00+01:00By

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.

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Driving innovation through public service media

2018-09-13T11:12:00+01:00

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.

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Size isn’t everything, says C4’s Underwood

2018-09-13T09:19:00+01:00By

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.

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Virtual production race hots up

2018-09-12T08:14:00+01:00By

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.

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On a silver platter: Roadmap to the next best version of OTT

2018-09-12T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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The Broadcasters’ OTT conundrum

2018-09-11T12:24:00+01:00

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.

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Econet awarded IBC Judges honour for TV everywhere

2018-09-11T10:52:00+01:00By

Econet has been recognised for its positive social impact and innovation in employing new technology to connect southern African audiences with global content.

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An invitation to stop partying like it’s 2015

2018-09-11T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Improving the video experience is key to tackling OTT churn

2018-09-07T12:13:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Original equipment manufacturers can help broadcasters compete with OTT providers

2018-09-06T11:11:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Maria Garrido: "Linear TV is not dead"

2018-08-30T14:21:00+01:00

Video: Audiences viewing habits are changing but what is the future for traditional linear TV?

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How to join the SVOD party

2018-08-30T14:21:00+01:00By David Wood

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.

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Interview: Jean-Francois Galtier, Netgem

2018-08-29T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

People want to access all content on every screen and enjoy the best video and sound quality, explains Netgem CTO Jean-Francois Galtier.

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Interview: Maria Garrido, Havas Media Group

2018-08-28T16:09:00+01:00By

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.

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Interview: Nick Wilson, Endeavor

2018-08-28T15:03:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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How video service providers can manage last-mile problems

2018-08-22T15:42:00+01:00Brought to you by

As mobile video continues to grow, so too do consumer expectations, writes Penthera President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Taitz.

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BAT vs FAANG: The battle for digital dominance

2018-08-21T10:45:00+01:00By Andy Fry

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?

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On-demand webinar: What's in store at IBC2018?

2018-08-17T10:02:00+01:00Brought to you by , by

Watch on demand as IBC365 previews the anticipated themes and highlights of IBC2018.

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Going niche: Competing with the OTT giants

2018-08-17T09:56:00+01:00By Andy Fry

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.

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Next-generation UX: Standing out among the OTT crowd

2018-08-17T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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OTT: The foundations for global growth are falling into place

2018-08-16T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Why self-built delivery networks are key to keeping big live OTT audiences happy

2018-08-15T07:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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 ...

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Encouraging innovation and collaboration

2018-08-14T09:00:00+01:00

IBC is the perfect meeting point for the converging worlds of media and telco, writes IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp.

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Interview: Tim Davie, BBC Studios

2018-08-13T07:00:00+01:00By

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.

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OTT technology breeds new business models for amateur sports

2018-08-10T14:35:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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Interview: Joshua Pressnell, Penthera

2018-08-02T13:30:00+01:00Brought to you by

Mobile video viewing has increased from a fringe activity to a required feature, says Penthera Chief Technology Officer Joshua Pressnell.

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Video discussion: How telcos use content to stay relevant

2018-07-27T14:51:00+01:00

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.

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Video discussion: Digital content is king

2018-07-26T14:50:00+01:00

In part two of this IBC365 discussion our panel of experts discuss the key components of creating digital content.

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Interview: Marina Kalkanis, M2A Media

2018-07-26T14:43:00+01:00Brought to you by

Live events are an opportunity for publishers to engage with their audiences, try out new technologies and innovate, says M2A Media CEO Marina Kalkanis.

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Telco and media shorts: Christian Harris, Three

2018-07-26T11:44:00+01:00

Three Head of Digital Entertainment Christian Harris describes the partnerships telcos need in order to maintain customer engagement.

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Video discussion: The rise of video and the role of telcos

2018-07-26T08:26:00+01:00

In part one of this IBC365 discussion our panel of experts explore the issue of convergence between the telco and media markets.

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Interview: Jeremy Fox, Atrium TV

2018-07-25T12:44:00+01:00By

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.

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Telco and media shorts: Matt Stagg, BT Sport

2018-07-24T06:00:00+01:00

BT Sport Director of Mobile Strategy Matt Stagg explains the impact 5G will have on the way content is distributed and consumed.

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Sport leads the 5G charge

2018-07-24T06:00:00+01:00By

The potential for 5G to revolutionise the media and entertainment industries is now being tested by sports producers and broadcasters.

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Telco & media shorts: Paolo Pescatore on the importance of content

2018-07-23T09:00:00+01:00

Telecoms & Media Analyst Paolo Pescatore on the importance of providing premium content.

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How telcos are pushing into content

2018-07-23T06:00:00+01:00By George Malim

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.

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Ofcom: BBC, ITV & C4 should collaborate to compete with Netflix

2018-07-19T14:33:00+01:00By Stuart Kemp

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.

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UHD & multiplatform delivery are top priorities for media companies

2018-07-13T09:55:00+01:00By

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.

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European broadcasters unite to fight FAANG

2018-07-13T08:59:00+01:00By

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?

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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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Q&A: Ethical hacker, Tony Gee

2018-06-22T10:04:00+01:00By

Disconnected, disillusioned or indifferent to cyber warfare? IBC365 speaks to Tony Gee about ethical hacking and how broadcasters can defend against cyber security attacks.

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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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CTO Series: Matthew Postgate, BBC

2018-06-20T08:26:00+01:00By

BBC CTO Matthew Postgate on the broadcaster’s ambition to become an internet broadcaster and the “very real” security threat faced by media organisations.

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Managing content for OTT

2018-06-18T15:47:00+01:00By

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.

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How far can we push personalisation?

2018-06-15T10:03:00+01:00By

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.

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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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The shape of kids’ content

2018-06-10T08:00:00+01:00By

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.

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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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On-demand 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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The crown jewels of live broadcast

2018-05-18T17:00:00+01:00By

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.

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Defining future business models

2018-05-16T10:28:00+01:00By

As competitive pressures from new media escalate, broadcasters and content owners are experimenting with new business models, writes Lorenzo Zanni.

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Analysis: Comcast, Disney and the ongoing battle for Sky

2018-05-15T12:59:00+01:00By

The unfolding drama involving three of the world’s largest media groups has all the ingredients of an Oscar-winning script, writes Ray Snoddy.

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The brakes are off: F1 to launch 'fan-focused' OTT service

2018-05-11T10:51:00+01:00By

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.

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Compression enters the high-performance era

2018-05-11T09:58:00+01:00By

Delivering new methods and codecs for working with large-scale data, particularly VR and HDR, is high priority for the media and entertainment industry.

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Agility and innovation: The essential ingredients

2018-04-26T07:00:00+01:00By Keith Underwood

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.

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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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Regional focus: Latin America

2018-04-23T08:00:00+01:00By

With Brazil, Mexico & Argentina leading development in Latin America, the IABM has produced a regional report on the area.

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Regional focus: North America

2018-04-20T09:57:00+01:00By

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.

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CTO Series: David Kline, Viacom

2018-04-06T01:38:00+01:00By

David Kline, EVP and Chief Information & Technology Officer, Viacom on responding to – and inspiring – change.

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Video: How will Winter Olympics and World Cup 5G trials shape the future of live broadcast?

2018-03-29T10:21:00+01:00

Trials in PyeongChang and Russia look set to open doors for new business models and innovation across broadcast, media and entertainment.

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CTO Series: Bartek Gudowski, MTG

2018-03-29T10:21:00+01:00By

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.

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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 will be big at NAB 2018?

2018-03-27T15:02:00+01:00By

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.

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CTO Series: Paul Cheesbrough, 21st Century Fox

2018-03-23T10:58:00+00:00By

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.

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Europe’s broadcasters in race to launch targeted ads

2018-03-22T13:58:00+00:00By

Facebook’s reputation may have taken a battering over the past few days, but the lure of online persists.

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Video: Kris Hardiman, Ericsson

2018-03-18T08:00:00+00:00

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.

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CTO Series: In conversation with RTÉ’s Richard Waghorn

2018-03-16T11:06:00+00:00By

RTÉ’s Director of Transformation and Technology on adopting the cloud and the challenges faced by public service broadcasters.

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Broadcasters unite to sell pan-European ad packages

2018-03-15T11:14:00+00:00By

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.

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Video: Matt Stagg, EE

2018-03-15T09:45:00+00:00

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.

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UK broadcasters combine to battle Facebook and Google

2018-03-13T11:52:00+00:00By

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.

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The week in numbers: Oscars viewing figures and Paralympics coverage

2018-03-08T14:27:00+00:00By

A drop in Oscars viewing figures and broadcasters’ plans for Paralympics coverage.

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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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Sale or scale: The future of production

2018-03-06T11:19:00+00:00By

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.

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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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When Facebook abuse can be a “wonderful thing”

2018-02-28T15:54:00+00:00By

Senior executives from BT and iFlix hailed the power of content to transform “transactional” brands and create an emotional connection with customers.

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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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Getting set for GDPR

2018-02-21T17:00:00+00:00By

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?

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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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Grass Valley and SAM: The challenges and benefits of consolidation

2018-02-19T16:44:00+00:00By

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?

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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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Voice control to dominate 143m homes by 2022

2018-02-16T10:49:00+00:00By

Pay TV and OTT operators are plugging into voice control to enhance the entertainment ecosystem and cater to audience demand for smart controlled devices.

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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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Engaging audiences: The death of linear television?

2018-02-08T17:38:00+00:00By

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.

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OTA, 8K and VR: Tracking trends in Las Vegas

2018-02-01T16:20:00+00:00By

Over-the-air (OTA) TV, higher definition content and immersive experiences were top of the agenda during the conference sessions at CES.

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How to satisfy the demands of sports fans in the internet era

2018-01-30T15:06:00+00:00

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.

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Analysis: Can broadcasters really ditch satellite dishes?

2018-01-29T14:48:00+00:00By

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?

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Assessing broadcast in 2018: Monetisation and market opportunity

2018-01-19T16:27:00+00:00By Nick Moreno

Over the course of 2017 the broadcast industry became an even more complex and varied space, writes Nick Moreno.

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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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Regional focus: Middle East & Africa

2018-01-16T14:17:00+00:00By

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.

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How Japan’s SoftBank plans to bridge the global digital divide

2018-01-12T10:36:00+00:00By

Japanese telco and serial investor SoftBank wants to use its investment in OneWeb to help it deliver a smarter, interconnected, and automated world.

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Top 10 most-read Delivery articles

2017-12-19T12:43:00+00:00By

The changing broadcasting landscape, the rise of OTT, content piracy and the role of satellites were among 2017’s most-read articles.

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One eye on 2018: OTT, IP, HDR & cyber security

2017-12-15T10:04:00+00:00Brought to you by

In this exclusive report, we examine how some of this year’s key trends are likely to evolve in 2018.

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Interview: Accenture's Anders Linblad

2017-11-29T15:21:00+00:00By

A converging distribution network is posing big questions about the relationships between broadcasters and telco operators. Accenture’s Anders Linblad explains.

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Playout priorities: IP, UHD and OTT

2017-11-28T14:14:00+00:00By

From the adoption of IP infrastructure, demand for UHD and HDR delivery and the provision of OTT services, CTOs reveal their priorities.

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Brexit is a “massive risk” to the UK’s creative industries

2017-11-24T17:40:00+00:00By

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.

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IBC2017 technical papers: 5G and OTT

2017-11-24T09:22:00+00:00

The use of 5G for live production and some cutting-edge OTT platforms were among the topics covered in this year’s technical papers.

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How Vice Media and Discovery deployed cloud-based solutions

2017-11-23T13:14:00+00:00By

Cloud technology has the ability to transform the media content supply chain, promising more effective and efficient processes.

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Video: Facebook's Daniel Danker

2017-11-01T09:00:00+00:00

IBC2017: Facebook Watch: creating a community for new content, growing audience and making money.

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Cost of online piracy to hit $52bn

2017-10-30T13:20:00+00:00By

The cost of online piracy will hit $52 billion by the year 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.

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Keeping on top of streaming assets

2017-10-27T11:09:00+01:00By

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.

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Analysis: Why Apple hired former C4 exec Jay Hunt

2017-10-27T10:38:00+01:00By

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.

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2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By Sriram Sethuraman Cherma Rajan A. and Kaustubh Patankar

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.

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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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Whitepaper: Perfecting the Mobile Video Experience

2017-10-06T13:25:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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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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In case you missed it…OTT & VOD takes on traditional TV

2017-09-27T09:04:00+01:00By

The rise, relaunch and redemption of traditional broadcast TV alongside digital players in the OTT world was a popular theme discussed during IBC2017.

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IBC2017 round-up: Hall 14

2017-09-22T16:01:00+01:00

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.

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Regulation challenges in ATSC 3.0 rollout

2017-09-20T07:00:00+01:00By Mark Mayne

IBC2017: The incoming ATSC standard increases flexibility and accommodates business cases, but may create regulatory hurdles, according to an expert panel.

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Consumer UX needs to be ‘slick, fast and simple’

2017-09-18T14:54:00+01:00By

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.

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New ways to compete with Netflix

2017-09-17T14:22:00+01:00By

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.

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VoD: How hard can it be?

2017-09-17T14:15:00+01:00By

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?

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Interview: Pranab Kapadia, Eros International Media

2017-09-17T10:51:00+01:00By Monica Heck

Being a regional OTT player can be challenging but with quality, accesible content and market knowledge you can succeed.

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Pay TV rivals compete to develop deeper customer relationships

2017-09-17T10:49:00+01:00By David Wood

IBC2017: Greater personalisation and segmentation are among the main priorities for pay TV services.

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TV must "innovate or die"

2017-09-15T09:00:00+01:00

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.

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Moving beyond the broadcast Vs on-demand debate

2017-09-15T07:00:00+01:00

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.

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Interview: Orpheus Warr, Channel 4

2017-09-15T07:00:00+01:00By

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.

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ITV and C4 delivering OTT innovation

2017-09-14T14:46:00+01:00By

IBC2017: ITV and C4 executives explained their business strategies driving audience engagement in an OTT dominated world.

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Interview: Aksel van der Wal, Turner

2017-09-13T07:00:00+01:00By

Turner Broadcasting’s recently appointed EVP/Digital Ventures & Innovation, Aksel van der Wal, has an immense suite of responsibilities.

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Helping broadcasters to embrace targetted advertising

2017-09-13T01:00:00+01:00

Targetted advertising is a necessary evolution within the TV broadcast ecosystem, writes Thierry Fautier and Vincent Grivet.

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IBC2017 Platform Futures explained

2017-09-12T15:02:00+01:00

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.

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IABM Index shows industry in flux

2017-09-11T07:00:00+01:00

Should broadcasters continue to invest in linear, or focus instead on online? By Lorenzo Zanni.

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Making the case for investment in an IP world

2017-09-08T09:26:00+01:00By

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.

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Is UHD TV on the rise or stalling?

2017-09-07T07:00:00+01:00

Overcoming a fragmented technology eco-system will be key to widescale take up of advanced formats such as UHD, writes Dr. Hans Hoffmann, EBU.

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Four ways AI will change online video as we know it

2017-09-06T16:00:00+01:00Brought to you by

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.

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OTT: What are the barriers to adoption?

2017-09-06T07:00:00+01:00

Launching an OTT service used to be a complicated technology project. Now, the challenges relate to understanding and communicating with audiences, writes Bill Scott.

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Analysis: What’s behind the spate of streaming services?

2017-08-25T11:28:00+01:00By

With Disney, Turner, Telefonica and Facebook launching their own streaming services what are the implications for the industry?

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Does 5G have a future?

2017-08-11T10:09:00+01:00By

Could 5G be the answer to the consumer demand for high capacity video delivery in a mobile-centric landscape?

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Guarding against the cyber security threat

2017-07-19T11:25:00+01:00By Lorenzo Zanni Research Analyst IABM

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.

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Making OTT pay

2017-07-18T10:11:00+01:00By

As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.

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One platform for IPTV, Over The Top and Hybrid

2017-07-14T10:41:00+01:00Brought to you by Igalia

IBC365 Q&A with Beenius CEO Filip Remškar: an integrated platform for heterogeneous operator environments that optimises cost of ownership.

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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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Interview: Globecast CEO Philippe Bernard

2017-06-30T11:34:00+01:00By

Globecast CEO Philippe Bernard on the areas of opportunity for the playout, distribution and media services company.

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Managing VoD platforms and the delivery of content

2017-06-30T10:35:00+01:00By

The growing importance – and complexity – of VoD platforms has required vendors and service providers to provide sophisticated solutions.

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Blog: How the industry is aligning on IP

2017-06-28T15:51:00+01:00

The ongoing journey towards IP has resulted in unprecedented levels of cooperation, says Stan Moote.

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Linear TV "robust and alive and well" but SVOD excites

2017-06-02T07:37:00+01:00By

Executives at the DTG Summit agreed the future of broadcasting will be led by technology and innovation.

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5G to be “catalyst for transformative change"

2017-05-24T08:47:00+01:00By

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.

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Andrew Neil cautions British broadcasters

2017-05-16T10:58:00+01:00By

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.

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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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What's the role of satellite in an OTT world?

2017-04-28T13:24:00+01:00By

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.

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Going over the top: streaming vs satellite

2017-04-26T12:13:00+01:00By

Will the move to OTT streaming by satellite channels gather momentum? Does it always make business sense?

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Consumers reveal why they cut TV services

2017-04-21T09:00:00+01:00By

Each quarter, TiVo seeks real consumer opinions to uncover key trends relevant to pay-TV providers, digital publishers and CE manufacturers.

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Are consumers really deserting linear television?

2017-04-07T15:00:00+01:00

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.

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How to develop a video infrastructure for the Web

2017-04-07T15:00:00+01:00

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.

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Next Generation TV: Trends in the OTT and pay TV markets

2017-04-07T15:00:00+01:00

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.

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Innovation and agility are key for media companies to develop

2017-04-07T15:00:00+01:00

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.

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The transformative power of video in the cloud

2017-04-03T14:00:00+01:00

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.

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Think HTML5

2017-04-03T14:00:00+01:00

The question the industry needs to address is how should OTT access evolve? says Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Opera TV.

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Vevo's Erik Huggers on the evolution of online

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00By

Erik Huggers is CEO at music specialist Vevo. He delivered a keynote address at IBC2016.

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Broadcasters and telcos must work together, says Delport

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00By

Are traditional brands acting fast enough to compete with Google, Facebook and other big digital players? Dominique Delport thinks not.

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IBM: Co-existence with OTT and rethinking the traditional media value chain

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00By

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.

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Cisco CTO Dave Ward: Building a bigger and better internet

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00By

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.

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Dr Fares Lubbadeh on the buoyant MENA broadcasting scene

2017-04-03T13:00:00+01:00By

Satellite may dominate in the region but IPTV is growing faster than the global average and viewers are embracing OTT providers.

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Gidon Katz: Sending TV over the top

2017-04-03T08:00:00+01:00By

Positioning itself as a mainstream pay-TV offering means Now TV has some specific demands, but customer retention remains the biggest challenge.

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Improving content interoperability with the DASH content protection exchange format standard

2017-03-24T17:04:00+00:00By L. Piron Nagravision Switzerland; K. Hughes Microsoft USA; T. Inskip Google USA

The MPEG-DASH ecosystem is growing quickly, and a significant portion of the content being prepared and delivered is protected content.

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Passing the tuning test: providing cable-equivalent ad-supported linear programming using MPEG DASH

2017-03-24T16:35:00+00:00By A. Giladi InterDigital Communications; Y. Syed Comcast Cable; M. Iatrou MediaExcel; P. Navali Er

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.

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DASH in ATSC 3.0: Bridging the gap between OTT and broadcast

2017-03-21T11:53:00+00:00By Thomas Stockhammer Iraj Sodagar Waqar Zia Sachin Deshpande Sejin Oh and Mary-Luc Champel

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.

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Best practices for OTT dynamic ad insertion

2017-03-16T16:47:00+00:00By Matt Smith Anvato Inc.

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.

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3GPP based TV service layer

2017-03-16T16:45:00+00:00By Thomas Stockhammer Qualcomm Incorporated; Gilles Teniou Orange France; Frederic Gabin Ericsson

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.

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Efficient multi-bitrate HEVC encoding for adaptive streaming

2017-03-13T09:14:00+00:00By Deepthi Nandakumar Sagar Kotecha Kavitha Sampath Pradeep Ramachandran Tom Vaughan MulticoreWare

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.

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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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