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
Disney is to assume full operational control of US streaming service Hulu.
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.
PP Foresight media and telco analyst Paolo Pescatore explains how 5G must be optimised to deliver video content efficiently.
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.
The Long Night, Game of Thrones’ biggest, most expensive, and longest episode to date, has been dogged by complaints of murky pictures and difficult to see action. What, if anything, went wrong?
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?
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.
This paper explores how arming your video service with technological advantages can help you stay one step ahead of your competition.
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.
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
Vendors including Amagi, Evertz and Haivision have joined forces to promote an interoperable standard for low-latency streaming.
Disney officially owns 21st Century Fox after more than a year of negotiations and a $71.3 billion exchange.
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.
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 ...
This year’s MWC event will be remembered for the arrival of 5G, the emergence of foldable devices. And beyond the usual calls for lighter regulation and greater cooperation, the realisation of one smarter converged network is coming to fruition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the challenge of monetising online video, to the implications of artificial intelligence and the adoption of IMF, DPP managing director Mark Harrison spells out the key focuses for the organisation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: The Chief Product Officer of YouTube, Neil Mohan, tells IBC audience that European Union’s recently approved Copyright Directive will “impact the creative ecosystem.”
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
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.
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.
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.
The IABM has released an analysis report ahead of IBC2018, highlighting the key trends and drivers of financial and technological change.
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.
Audiences today have an almost limitless amount of content to choose from which makes it increasingly challenging to capture their attention, writes Brian Rifkin, co-founder & SVP of Strategic Partnerships at JW Player.
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.
An in-depth look at how M2A Media worked with ITV and the BBC to offer a service to live stream the Royal Wedding to the US on Britbox.
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.
This whitepaper introduces a choice of latency reduction options— including ongoing support for Flash and small chunk streaming for HLS/DASH. As organisations seek to adopt live video for time-critical use cases, latency has emerged as a significant challenge.
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?
The world’s leading media companies are grappling with how they can best adapt their business model to cope with the disruptions ushered in by the digital age. MTG has directed efforts towards a content-led hunt for Generation Z’s attention, according to experienced executive Jette Nygaard-Andersen.
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 ...
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.
Does news that Vivendi is to close its Studio+ mobile focussed short content platform only two years after launch point to wider weaknesses in the short-form market?
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.
Jukin Media Senior Director of Business Development Jean Coffey talks through the key elements of mobile optimised content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More video providers are embracing download-to-go applications. Here’s why.
With many broadcasters still grappling with how to collaborate with freewheeling creators, has BBC Wales hit on the ideal model for community interaction?
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.
Women’s sport may be one of the best opportunities for broadcasting and sponsorship, but is it riddled with too many problems of awareness and underfunding?
The unfolding drama involving three of the world’s largest media groups has all the ingredients of an Oscar-winning script, writes Ray Snoddy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
This annual report explores inside notes on digital viewing, consumer shifts and more.
2018 is set to be an important year for the broadcast industry, with continually shifting audience habits, the battle for viewers’ attention intensifying, and emerging technologies becoming more mainstream, writes Tom Williams.
PyeongChang is shaping up to be the most innovative Olympics ever, with advances in 8K and 5G production and an avalanche of OTT content.
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.
Over the course of 2017 the broadcast industry became an even more complex and varied space, writes Nick Moreno.
LiveTree promises to transform the creation and distribution of film and TV through blockchain technology, founder Ashley Turning explains how.
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.
Interview: Netflix Manager of Production Engineering Jimmy Fusil on overcoming the UHD challenge and managing big data.
Sky have tackled some of the most challenging scalability problems in the OTT space head-on.
The new eMBMS systems characteristics are well aligned to the technical requirements coming from the broadcast sector for TV services.
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.
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?
With a promise of fair ad revenue shares, detailed analytics and one-click embedded codes, glomex has strong ideas when it comes to monetisation.
IBC2017: Greater personalisation and segmentation are among the main priorities for pay TV services.
IBC2017: NBCUniversal today revealed plans to roll out its Hayu SVOD service to the Nordics, as delegates at IBC were told that future of TV is in platforms.
TV is here to stay forever and those who predicted its downfall are wrong, according TF1’s distribution head Fabrice Mollier.
Sky Deutschland is changing from a sports and film-orientated broadcaster towards a fully-fledged family entertainment company. CEO Carsten Schmidt explains how.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Network’s Digital Consumer Group, Brian Sullivan has to plot a course through an evolving entertainment ecosystem that has empowered consumers.
As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.
Despite the focus on acquiring new content, operators cannot afford to overlook their storage requirements and the complexities associated with it, says Itai Tomer.
The growing importance – and complexity – of VoD platforms has required vendors and service providers to provide sophisticated solutions.
The total number of Netflix subscribers will increase from 89 million in 2016 to 128 million by 2022, according to a report by Digital TV Research.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continue to dazzle Hollywood – and viewers – with their offering of impressive quarter-year results and new subscriber growth.
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.
In the search for the next big thing after HD, first came 4K. It was a simple concept to grasp: four times as many pixels must give a much better picture, surely?
In recent years, the proliferation of highly capable smartphones means many more people are now interested in watching video on their mobile phones, and there is therefore a corresponding increase in the amount of content available for such devices, both as short- form clips as well as long-form programmes and ...
Will the move to OTT streaming by satellite channels gather momentum? Does it always make business sense?
Despite media coverage to the contrary Google does not believe TV is dead. It is, however, facing its biggest disruption yet - the mobile revolution, which in turn has led to an increase in video consumption.
Hendrik McDermott, Senior Vice President, Branded on Demand (SVOD) at NBC Universal International, talks about the decision to launch Hayu as a multiscreen app rather than a channel as research showed the growth portential in this area was huge.
From any direction, the requirement is for an enterprise view of SVOD, says Mark Evans, managing director, MSA Focus.
Focusing on the consumer experience and what they really want is a key USP for MUBI in the VOD space.