IBC365 rounds up pivotal analyst research from across the media and broadcast industry.
The Covid-19 pandemic means almost a quarter of the world’s population is on lockdown. Here, IABM head of insight and analysis Lorenzo Zanni looks at some of the effects on the media and broadcast industry.
As coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, the financial impact is being felt by the media and tech sector through event cancellations, abrupt drops in ad revenue, share price falls, and disruption to production schedules.
Traditional media is set to see growth in advertising revenue for the first time since 2011, but TV is now generating less revenue than the Google/Facebook ‘duopoly’, according to the US-based World Advertising Research Center (Warc).
Ofcom has published a five-year review of public service broadcasting highlighting the drop in viewership with online failing to make up for live broadcast figures.
Fox Corporation has expressed interest in acquiring Tubi, the ad-supported streaming service that carries reruns of TV show and movies, in a move to complement its subscription offerings.
China has granted licenses to three major telecom firms to share 5G spectrum for indoor coverage in the latest push to commercialise the new mobile technology.
Netflix and Liberty Global have extended their multi-year deal, continuing to offer 11 million video consumers in Europe easy access to the streaming service.
Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT) has announced several wins for key football rights including the German Bundesliga and the English Premier League.
3-7 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recommendations to regulate and address the impact of digital platforms like Facebook and Google has been welcomed by the Government.
2-6 Dec: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
An audience measurement platform for India’s content creators, platforms, brand owners and media planners has been launched by data insight firm Kantar in partnership with VTION.
In this paper, Vimeo discusses the ways in which content variation affects key aspects of OTT, including subscriber monetisation, viewership, and content management.
Facebook has agreed to pay advertisers $40 million to settle a class-action suit which accused the media giant of exaggerating video ad engagement metrics.
IBC2019: Combining the reach of Facebook with its mix of content from publishers, creators and media partners from around the world, broadcasters were called to “optimise” and add value by incorporating the Facebook Watch ecosystem.
IBC2019: The pace of the OTT market is set to increase over the next few years with companies such as Amazon TV, Disney and Apple TV best placed to win out.
IBC2019: Senior figures from some of the world’s leading digital content brands have outlined some of the key features of media brands that will make them successful in the future.
As consumers demand more personalisation, metadata about individual users is emerging as a key resource for the industry, writes Adrian Pennington.
YouTube is in the final stages of implementing plans to end “targeted” advertisements on video for children, according to reports.
Collaborating with rivals to offer global streaming services with local content as well as creating global communities of people who share the same passions is all part of Discovery’s game plan, says Kasia Kieli, EMEA president & managing director, Discovery.
The insatiable appetite for video means there has quite simply never been a better time to be in the video industry, says Accedo head of marketing, solutions and innovation Luke Gaydon.
IBC has added to its comprehensive coverage of the media, entertainment and technology industry with the launch of an IBC Daily-dedicated website.
In a world first, Liberty Global has employed Ericsson’s wireless connectivity technology in a trial to connect homes with gigabit broadband and linear TV services.
Join IBC365 on demand to explore the best approach to building and upgrading a successful OTT platform.
Telefónica Business Solutions has announced its strategic partnership with Google Cloud to accelerate global organisations to adopt the cloud and offer flexible working.
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?
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.
When looking at the use of cloud through the lens of the IABM’s BaM Content Chain, each element of the content supply chain has a wide range of deployments and use cases – and the speed of adoption is increasing.
NAB 2019: Netflix has partnered with Intel to launch new video codec SVT-AV1.
NAB 2019: MediaKind and Google Cloud partner to deliver personalised and immersive user experience.
Far more than a game streaming service, Google Stadia represents a transformative shift in digital communication, writes Adrian Pennington.
The ongoing evolution of innovative cloud PVRs and wireless/IP-based STBs are among the trends rendering this a highly dynamic part of the broadcast market.
The entertainment and content industry has dramatically changed with mobile networks and devices enabling disruptive new players and business models, according to the leaders of two media giants.
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.
OneWeb has launched its mega-constellation satellites today after announcing yesterday during Mobile World Congress it will deliver connectivity to Africa and the Middle East by 2021.
Technology executives have called for the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI), with Facebook and Alibaba pointing to the potential positive social impact that is promised by AI.
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.
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 ...
There is an increasing trend among those who create and distribute content to build their own systems and solutions.
The sonic soundscape of Neil Armstrong biopic First Man fuses authentic reconstruction with the insanity of the race into space.
As the annual meeting point for the world’s consumer electronics giants, CES provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of the media and entertainment industry. IBC365 picks the top product launches that could shape the way we create and consume content.
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.
5G broadcast has considerable potential to offer to forward-thinking broadcasters. However, few broadcast executives count themselves as mobile communications specialists – very few know exactly what the 4G or 3G standards are or how they are defined, let alone the new 5G standard.
As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to look ahead – and try to pick out some of the likely themes and trends for 2019 in the broadcast and production sectors.
The Tour De France is the world’s most well-known cycling race and a monumental challenge for broadcasters. The TM Forum, through its Catalyst programme, set out to examine how 5G technology could be used to cover the event.
With streaming services absorbing increasing amounts of bandwidth opportunities are bound for both telcos and satellite providers, writes Chris Forrester.
Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
In consciously opting against a hybrid solution for its new broadcast centre, German sports producer Plazamedia has created a modern, future-proof system as SMPTE 2110 approaches.
In-car listening presents a huge opportunity for the DAB radio industry, believes Arqiva’s Simon Mason.
If 2017 was the year that smart speaker hype reached its peak, 2018 may well prove to be the year they will have moved into the mainstream, writes EBU Project Manager Ben Poor.
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.
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.
OneWeb has some hefty backers but how will the scheme to provide broadband coverage to millions cope with moving from idea to implementation?
Hall 14 continues to expand and mature into one of the most exciting and interesting spaces at IBC, writes IBC Daily reporter Anne Morris.
Now that the specification is finalised, the Alliance for Open Media has set high expectations for AV1. The prospect of a royalty free alternative to HEVC has many industry supporters, particularly those addressing streaming applications for a standard that is optimised for OTT delivery.
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.
Liberty Global’s Enrique Rodriguez looks forward to a world of gigabit broadband, video with everything, and artificial intelligence that’s actually intelligent, he told delegates during the IBC conference last week.
IBC2018: The video industry will have to learn to juggle between AV1, H.264, HEVC and VP9 and future codecs like VVC. That’s the lesson from IBC where warring factions in the codec wars came to trade blows without landing a palpable hit.
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 ...
As a founder of SoftLayer (now IBM Cloud) I had the opportunity to be at the forefront of the cloud era since before anyone really knew what the ‘cloud’ was, writes StackPath CEO & Chairman Lance Crosby.
IBC2018: CNN’s Tommy Evans says “US President makes a lot of news and news is good for CNN”
The rise of the podcast now with wide scale implementation of server-side adverts and listeners buying up audio-focussed devices, the industry is a far more welcoming place.
We are missing a critical tool to make right investment and management decisions in networks, writes ASSIA Chief Strategy Officer Tuncay Cil.
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.
Digigram’s IQOYA Call IP audio codec and IQOYA Cloud management system are helping Danish radio station DR make a controlled shift toward audio over IP, enabling the public broadcaster to address the gradual extinction of ISDN connections and making it easy for staff to realise the cost and quality benefits ...
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.
Is ditching a legacy brand name a good idea – and, if so, how should you go about successfully rebranding a company?
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.
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 potential for 5G to revolutionise the media and entertainment industries is now being tested by sports producers and broadcasters.
In this second part of an IBC365 focus on becoming cloud - and micro services - native, we follow on from what vendors Grass Valley and Avid said in part one, and look to the umbrella under which all broadcasters gather to resolve the great technology issues – the European ...
Increasing audience demands for more content and more engagement are driving a new wave of remote production, but the big players stress that, as ever, connectivity is a key factor.
For almost 20 years Sky Sports Innovation Manager Mike Ruddell has been at the cutting edge of sports and broadcast technology, but this team player has always had one goal in mind - to give the viewers the best possible experience.
The key challenges facing the broadcast industry are not just to do with technology, according to Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Abuagla.
The IABM has announced the shortlist for its new Broadcast and Media Awards (BaMs) which will be presented during NAB 2018.
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.
The Shape of Water scooped the Best Picture gong during the 90th Academy Awards with I, Tonya, Three Billboards and Darkest Hour also awarded across the categories.
Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco are among the many manufacturers to announce major deployments and advances for 5G at Mobile World Congress.
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.
From data gathering to regulation to new cloud service models, the industry’s adoption of new technologies will only accelerate in 2018.
IBC365 contributor Amelia Kallman is at CES in Las Vegas to look at the latest consumer tech and the effect that it will have on the media and entertainment industry.
The relentless pace of technological change continued to accelerate in 2017. Here is a recap of some of biggest trends of the past twelve months.
Futuristic phones, VR experiences, IP-centric studios and shifting consumer behaviour were the topics covered in the most popular Consumption articles.
In this exclusive report, we examine how some of this year’s key trends are likely to evolve in 2018.
In the second of a three-part series on broadband connectivity, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s scheme to replace satellites with high-flying airships that beam extra bandwidth.
Broadcasters responded to the threat of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google through increased collaboration, consolidation and direct to consumer offerings, writes Kate Bulkley.
In the first of three articles on global broadband access, billionaire and visionary Elon Musk has a plan to supply a global satellite system for the planet’s ever-hungry broadband connectivity.
Your digest of the week’s top media, entertainment and technology news.
Remote production makes sense for some types of TV and it could usher in a new wave of innovative formats, writes Tony Gregory.
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.
The working methodology of attackers and defining a sample strategy that can be used to deter, detect and successfully defend against cyber attacks.
Providing the best viewing experience with superior quality, Telstra netwokr in Australia have LTE Broadcast, extending beyond the current unicast pull-based approach.
Data in a Multi-CDN (Content Delivery Network) setup is load balanced dynamically using real-time traffic information gathered throughout the delivery chain.
The new eMBMS systems characteristics are well aligned to the technical requirements coming from the broadcast sector for TV services.
Your digest of the week’s top media, entertainment and technology news.
Mobile TV has been a topic of conversation in both the mobile and broadcasts arenas for years. Now, there is real progress in this area.
CBC Radio Canada wants to reduce the barriers to entry for smaller software developers and boost interoperability.
IBC2017 provided further evidence that cloud-based technologies have entered a mature phase, from production through to playout.
IP has brought innovation to programme makers and viewers, but do the benefits outweigh concerns about the effort required to make a broadcast-ready network, asks regular IBC365 columnist John Maxwell Hobbs.
The broadcast and media industry’s trade bodies were out in force at this year’s IBC, demonstrating technology advances, forging alliances and showcasing their standards work.
SMPTE has announced at IBC the approval of the first standards within SMPTE ST 2110, the standards suite for carrying content over internet protocol (IP).
Consumer demand for 5G is high as they look to enjoy live TV on mobile devices while benefitting from greater personalisation and convenience.
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.
Video consumption on Facebook is “exploding” and will soon make up three quarters of the company’s mobile data traffic, according to Facebook Product Director Daniel Danker.
The EBU’s multi-CDN project will help its members deliver content reliably over the internet in a cost-effective manner, writes Bram Tullemans.
”360-degree video is a natural step forward for us”, says Dinara Toktosunova, CEO, Ruptly
Your digest of the week’s top media, entertainment and technology news.
Intense competition and seismic technology shifts means that keeping up with the twists and turns of the tech and telco sectors has never been more important.
The OTT video industry combines diverse, informative and entertaining content with intuitive and modern user interfaces writes Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer, Simplestream.
This brief addresses the need for media, entertainment and advertising providers to meet rising consumption demand.
Innovative startup companies leading the future for the digital media landscape will be showcased at the IBC2017 Startup Forum.
The Startup Forum at IBC2017 will showcase 75 startups from around the world, providing them with the opportunity to pitch to leading investors and executives.
Keeping up with the latest digital trends is essential for OTT service providers writes Chris Wagner, EVP, NeuLion.
Television delivery is almost unrecognisable from what it was just five years ago, writes Edgeware Chief Marketing Officer Richard Brandon.
As OTT content grows in popularity, the challenge is to adopt models and tools that provide revenue in keeping – or outpacing – traditional delivery methods.
Google, Vimeo, Twitter, Netflix and Facebook were among many technology companies who yesterday rallied together in support of net neutrality.
Arena and Timeline have become the reference points for moving outside broadcasting into the promised land of IP.
Harmonic, Bridge Technologies and Teleste were among the companies honoured at the Society for Broadband Professionals (SCTE) awards, which also celebrated individual achievements for work in the broadband arena.
The adoption of a cloud-based platform has enabled UK TV service YouView to make large-scale changes in “days rather than months”, according to Chief Executive Richard Halton.