For designers, the priority should be giving an experience that meets users’ experience and needs ahead of ‘special attractions’, writes Ostmodern’s CEO and co-founder Tom Williams.
From 5G testing to biometrics and social VR, immersive experiences are evolving and advancing. Muki Kulhan rounds up the latest developments and highlights some interesting industry adoptions.
With World Radio Day taking place on Wednesday 13 February, Paul Robinson assesses the health of radio and its role in society.
There are strong similarities between mobile terrestrial television networks and mobile telecommunication networks in the way that they support data communication, writes Rohde & Schwarz EVP and head of broadcast & media division Jürgen Nies.
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.
There is a huge amount of interest in the direct to consumer market but there is also a lot of uncertainty as rights holders look at the technical challenges involved, writes Steve Russell.
Public cloud services are evolving and so is the adoption of cloud services across major broadcasters and TV production companies. Run any Windows application on any device using a HTML5 browser all powered by cloud services – this is the new normal writes Nutanix senior technologist Ruben Spruijt.
Enabling real-time conversation during broadcasting of content is an essential element in connecting with digital audiences, says head of Kiswe Mobile Europe Jorre Belpaire.
Internet technologies have resulted in a proliferation of streaming video platforms, offering consumers an alternative to broadcast and cable TV and posing a major threat to those traditional industries, writes IBM Institute for Business Value Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment global industry leader Rob van den Dam.
The traditional TV box will serve as a gateway for smart homes in the future, says SDMC president David Lee.
OTT ― an abbreviation that has without a doubt changed the face of the media industry ― has also transformed the way viewers consume content and the way content is produced, packaged and delivered, writes Tech Mahindra Media & Entertainment business consultant Darryl Vaz.
Executing a direct-to-consumer distribution strategy depends on efficient technology, says Applicaster CEO & co-founder Jonathan Laor.
Integration with SSAI capability, Dynamic Content Insertion, means that live streaming allows better monetisation and localisation, says M2A Media CEO Marina Kalkanis.
Apple’s new Protocol Extension for Low-Latency HLS may impact the end-to-end delivery chain, says THEO Technologies CTO Pieter-Jan Speelmans.
A personalised OTT experience helps engagement and opens new monetisation opportunities in advertising, says Massive CEO Rob Downey.
Competing in today’s content-flooded digital landscape requires reaching users on their terms, says Wowza Media Systems vice president of solutions engineering Barry Owen.
Cloud-delivered solutions are attracting all types of operators, says Simplestream CCO Dan Finch.
Flexible cloud solutions are essential for delivering high-quality live streaming, says castLabs founder & managing director Martin Tews.
A next-generation OTT ecosystem involves working together to support media companies along the disruption curve, says 24i CEO Martijn van Horssen.
Business models are evolving and consolidation remains at the top of the market, says Magine Pro CEO Matthew Wilkinson.
Low-latency live streaming requires measures to maintain viewing quality, says StackPath VP platform services Josh Chesarek.
The move to software and IP-based technologies is creating possibilities for new commercial models, says Red Bee Media CEO Steve Nylund.
Focusing on long-term subscriber loyalty will help businesses to grow by building audiences incrementally, says Cleeng senior product director Luc Bleylevens.
Flawless and real-time media services can only be achieved with a strong multi-CDN strategy, says Leaseweb managing director Wilfired Dudink.
A fundamental step is to think of how content workflows are sourced, managed, localised, secured and delivered, writes Axinom CCO Stefanie Schuster.
Faster distribution of high-quality video over IP is possible thanks to 5G innovation, writes Zixi SVP marketing and alliances John Wastcoat.
Cloud-based video workflows are enabling broadcasters and content developers to simultaneously distribute content to unlimited outlets, says Make.TV CEO and co-founder Andreas Jacobi.
Tapping into many elements of the broadcast sector is key to quality content experience, says Comcast Technology Solutions VP of international sales Kevin Bolah.
Modern SaaS solutions are essential for an interconnected content supply chain, writes Signiant CMO Jon Finegold.
An efficient media supply chain remains a top priority for content owners that want to remain competitive, says Ooyala director of global product marketing Bea Alonso.
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.
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.
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.
For the past two years, the IP Showcase has been the destination at industry trade shows for IP-related education and demonstrations. Mike Cronk looks back at the IP Showcase at IBC2018 and what it says about the future of standards-based IP infrastructure for real-time media applications.
The SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition provides an opportunity to take a deep dive into the latest techniques and technologies shaping the media and entertainment industry, writes Aimée Ricca
Solid-state satellite uplink amplifiers: Where specialist development pays rich dividends for the operator
Signal linearisation is critical within satellite uplink amplifiers, writes Rohde & Schwarz Vice President Transmitter and Amplifier Systems Cornelius Heinemann.
In the 12 months since IBC2017, SMPTE has published new standards, explored additional ways to support the media and entertainment industry and ensured that it has a sound vision and plan for its continued leadership within the M&E technology industry, writes Barbara Lange.
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 ...
Professional media continues its inexorable march towards component-based workflows, where the elements of a presentation - audio, video, timed text - are stored and processed individually, to be assembled just in time to meet the specific needs of each distribution channel, writes IMF User Group chair and partner at Sandflow ...
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.
The DVB is working hard on the next phase of OTT delivery, writes DVB Project Head of Technology Peter Siebert.
A long established – yet not wholly understood – term, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being applied to any industry you can name, writes Alibaba Cloud EMEA General Manager Yeming Wang
Two years from now, the broadcasting world will probably think of 2018 as the year High Dynamic Range (HDR) television came of age, writes EBU Senior Project Manager Frans de Jong.
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.
As an early advocate and keen user of IMF, Netflix is well placed to help develop and improve the format, writes Netflix Technical Integrations Manager and SMPTE TC 35PM Florian Schleich.
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.
We are missing a critical tool to make right investment and management decisions in networks, writes ASSIA Chief Strategy Officer Tuncay Cil.
The collaboration between IBC and the TM Forum will give media-telco convergence projects prominence at IBC and at the TM Forum’s Digital Transformation World, writes TM Forum Chief Executive Nik Willetts.
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.
Amsterdam has always been a thriving business and tech hub, home to innovative startups and scale-ups, creative agencies, multinationals and international tech tycoons that have chosen the city as their European headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
TV is evolving into a more immersive, personalised and interactive medium exclusively delivered over the internet, writes Seraphic Chief Executive Ye Wang.
As mobile video continues to grow, so too do consumer expectations, writes Penthera President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Taitz.
The broadcast industry is adopting cloud solutions at an astounding rate. Thanks to data portability and standardisation of systems, we will soon have access to radio-as-a-service, explains Digigram Head of Marketing Pascal Malgouyard.
The industry has undergone massive change in the last couple of years. The consolidation of industry giants has increased pressure on all players to innovate and adapt just to keep pace, says Massive Chief Executive Ron Downey.
The OTT market is showing tremendous growth, making it an extremely interesting time for new entrants and those already within the industry, says Magine Head of Commercial Operations Fredrick Engdahl.
From smart TVs to iPads, mobiles and laptops, the range of devices audiences can use to access TV has increased significantly in recent years. Even so, many argue that traditional broadcasts will remain the most popular option to watch programming because ‘appointment TV’ brings people together, says Edgeware Chief Marketing ...
IBC is the perfect meeting point for the converging worlds of media and telco, writes IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp.
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.
Women are drastically underrepresented in the media, entertainment and technology sector, with women in leadership roles still the exception and not the norm. IBC wants to help change that, writes IBC Council Chair Naomi Climer.
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.
Television operators and OTT providers need to better personalise and target their content says Michael Clanton, Global Video Solutions and Cable Industry Leader, IBM.
To remain successful companies will need to disrupt, change and reinvent says Rob van den Dam.
From faster channel change to in-home streaming, Freesat’s next set-top box will be equipped with the latest technology to address the most pressing consumer demands, says Matthew Huntington.
Release 14 of the 3GPP mobile specification is a landmark update for the broadcast industry, writes Darko Ratkaj.
While UHD remains largely a niche pay-TV offering, investment in IP appears to be a greater priority for end-users, writes Lorenzo Zanni.
The media industry needs more agile, cost effective, far-reaching video infrastructures appropriate for the change in consumer consumption writes Eric Bolten, SVP Business Development, Zixi
The relaunch of DTT services in Germany based on DVB-T2 and HbbTV could be the shape of things to come, writes the EBU’s Peter MacAvock.
The rise of OTT services have led many to question the definition of broadcast, but the focus should be on the needs of end-users, says Stan Moote.
By the end of 2017 OTT revenue is forecast to surpass $50 billion, driven by the proliferation of broadband and connected devices writes Robert Guest, Global Director at Access.
With cyber attacks on the rise, those in the media and broadcast industry need to be prepared and not playing catch up, says IABM Research Analyst Lorenzo Zanni.
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.
Object-based audio allows for greater personalisation of content but the underlying technology needs to be open to allow for interoperability, writes Roger Miles.
Should broadcasters continue to invest in linear, or focus instead on online? By Lorenzo Zanni.
Overcoming a fragmented technology eco-system will be key to widescale take up of advanced formats such as UHD, writes Dr. Hans Hoffmann, EBU.
Launching an OTT service used to be a complicated technology project. Now, the challenges relate to understanding and communicating with audiences, writes Bill Scott.
Consumers now dictate how, when and where to interact with video writes Kathleen Barrett, General Manager, Vimeo OTT.
The OTT video industry combines diverse, informative and entertaining content with intuitive and modern user interfaces writes Dan Finch, Chief Commercial Officer, Simplestream.
There remain key OTT opportunities for content providers writes Fredrik Andersson, SVP Business Development and Co-founder, Accedo
IBC365 Q&A with Magine EVP Global Business Development Olaf Kroll: Magine enables partners to build live and VOD OTT businesses.
Over recent years we’ve witnessed the rapid growth of network connectivity writes WeTek CEO Hugo Condesa.
Keeping up with the latest digital trends is essential for OTT service providers writes Chris Wagner, EVP, NeuLion.
While addressability for on-demand and OTT might be well established delivering the same for linear TV is challenging, writes Karin Bergvall.
IBC365 Q&A with Metrological CEO Jeroen Ghijsen: making it possible to integrate premium OTT services into a unified user experience.
Television delivery is almost unrecognisable from what it was just five years ago, writes Edgeware Chief Marketing Officer Richard Brandon.
IBC365 Q&A with Beenius CEO Filip Remškar: an integrated platform for heterogeneous operator environments that optimises cost of ownership.
Despite the focus on acquiring new content, operators cannot afford to overlook their storage requirements and the complexities associated with it, says Itai Tomer.
Treating media workflows as supply chains is a commercial revolution, not a technological one, says SDVI Corporation Chief Product Officer Simon Eldridge.
Cyber crime has existed in one form or another for decades, but the threat has never been so potent, says Arqiva’s Denis Onuoha.
Bulk data streaming, workflow and direct-to-cloud technologies, will enable organisations to satisfy video distribution demands, explains François Quereuil, SR Director of Worldwide Marketing, Aspera, an IBM company
Andre Meterian, Director of Broadcast & proAV, EMEA for Panasonic, looks at the state of the industry
There’s growing demand for flexibility in operations, cost reduction and ultimately, advances in the end user experience, says Robert Szabó-Rowe, EVP and GM, Live Production and Infrastructure, SAM
The main mission is to make certain the delivery chain can support every emerging technology, says Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV
The difference between an ‘edge’ and a ‘true’ cloud playout are stark, says Igor Krol, CEO, Veset
Automation is critical to effective content-generation for OTT and multiscreen services, says Gary Learner, CTO, Volicon, part of Verizon Digital Media Services
Tor Helge Kristiansen, evp principal architect, Conax, explains forensic watermarking and why it can be highly useful in fighting 4K content piracy.
Software as a Service, IP connectivity and HDR themes will dominate at IBC, says Tom Lattie, vp, market development; product strategy, video products, Harmonic
The question the industry needs to address is how should OTT access evolve? says Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Opera TV.
Companies in different markets, including many not traditionally focused on AV, are wise to the many possibilities of IPTV, says Michael Chorpash, VP of Sales, Vit.
From any direction, the requirement is for an enterprise view of SVOD, says Mark Evans, managing director, MSA Focus.
For playout, connecting signals with video over IP might represent old-school thinking, says Pebble Beach Systems’ Chief Technology Officer Ian Cockett.