Vivendi’s Canal+ it set to strengthen its position in the African movie market after acquiring Nigerian production film studio ROK.
Streaming startup Quibi has confirmed plans to launch a slate of short form daily news, sport and weather programmes in partnership with NBC News.
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.
Google has denied reports that it is in talks with Dish Network to create a fourth mobile carrier in the US by buying up assets from T-Mobile.
New digital platform Quibi has issued its first short form commission to the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.
Dish Network has emerged as the favourite to buy wireless assets T-Mobile and Sprint need to offload to push through their merger, with a $6 billion deal close, according to reports in the US.
Australian telecoms company Telstra has demonstrated its high performance media IP network outside of its home nation for the first time with the live remote broadcast of the World Relay Championship in Japan.
Telefónica Business Solutions has announced its strategic partnership with Google Cloud to accelerate global organisations to adopt the cloud and offer flexible working.
With the move to the increasingly complex adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology for video transport delivery comes a corresponding increase in quality assurance complexity.
BT Sport COO Jamie Hindhaugh outlines how the broadcaster’s Champions League final coverage will be the first time a live sports event will be broadcast in HDR to mobile devices.
EE launched the UK’s first 5G service last night in London with Stormzy showcasing the next-generation network in a 360-degree virtual reality experience.
EE and Qualcomm are set to launch Europe’s first commercial 5G network next week, with the service set to go live in six cities across the UK.
Vodafone’s 5G network for businesses and consumers will launch in seven cities across the UK on 3 July with a further 12 cities connected by the end of 2019.
Insights on user acquisition and retention, identity, payments, content partner settlement, entitlement, and customer care for video service providers.
The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation has successfully kicked-off the first field trial in the region to test the next-generation 5G broadcasting technology.
France 24 director of technical solutions for distribution David Couret tells IBC365 why its championing OTT distribution and following its audience to digital platforms.
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.
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.
Far more than a game streaming service, Google Stadia represents a transformative shift in digital communication, writes Adrian Pennington.
Director of post-production at Fox Sports Brandon Potter explains how the broadcaster worked with some key vendors to deliver footage of the Russia World Cup and the lessons it learnt.
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 ...
MWC19: Telecom operators are nervous about the level of investment required for 5G, but video will be the “killer app” to support the consumer business case, according to Liberty Global chief executive Mike Fries.
IBC365’s Alana Foster outlines her expected trends and anticipations for Mobile World Congress 2019.
Powerful capabilities and functionalities powered by 5G will not only change the media and entertainment industry but revolutionise global economies, according to industry leaders speaking at Mobile World Congress.
The next generation of mobile technology holds enormous promise, particularly for media and entertainment, but managing consumer and industry expectations of 5G will be key, says Mark Smith.
From foldable phones to live biohack chip implants and an exhibition and conference awash with 5G, we look at the likely trends and talking points at this year’s Mobile World Congress.
As telcos gear up for 5G mobile networks and continue to roll-out broadband fibre connections, they are faced with the challenge of increasing revenue so they can support their investment in new infrastructure. George Malim examines the strategies of Verizon, BT and Globe to assess what makes a winning content ...
Join IBC365 on demand to learn how 5G will transform the way content is created.
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.
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.
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.
This whitepaper explores why the latest mobile telecommunications technologies are a perfect partner for digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) and how they can put it on a new and significant growth path.
Demystifying the hype around 5G, experts discuss the promise and expectations of ultra high-speed mobile connectivity and its potential for the media and entertainment sector.
Join this IBC365 webinar on demand to discuss how the boundaries between broadcasters, pay TV platforms, OTT operators and telecoms providers are blurring.
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.
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.
Influential and visionary executives from across the industry united at the IBC2018 Executive Forums to discuss key trends, opportunities and disruptors to shape future strategy.
IBC2018: With content hailed as the ‘killer app’ for 5G, further consolidation between telcos and media firms is inevitable, attendees of the Telco & Media Innovation Forum were told.
5G Wireless Networks are being built to serve new applications. These applications must fund the development of the solutions and the infrastructure.
Mobile video will increase 9-fold between 2016 and 2021, accounting for 78% of total mobile data traffic by the end of the forecast period.
In the past few years, 5G has moved from being a vision, through an intense process of standards development, to extensive trials around the world.
As OTT growth gains pace and traditional linear TV declines the importance of flexible architecture increases, writes M2A Media Solutions Architect Valentijn Siebrands.
IBC2018: Reliance Jio has disrupted the Indian mobile market, adding a staggering 215m customers within 21 months of launch.
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.
IBC2018: Tell ‘value-driven’ stories to make superfans out of Gen Z viewers, says MTG’s Jette Nygaard-Andersen
Econet has been recognised for its positive social impact and innovation in employing new technology to connect southern African audiences with global content.
The realisation that the industry has clearly identified its pain points, but not made loads of progress after multiple years, is a blow to the stomach, writes Applicaster Chief Product Officer Devra Prywes.
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.
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.
Transmitting via IP offers broadcasters the possibility of interconnecting radio, video and internet perfectly, writes 2wcom Chief Executive Werner Drews.
People want to access all content on every screen and enjoy the best video and sound quality, explains Netgem CTO Jean-Francois Galtier.
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.
Facebook isn’t here to make friends. It’s here to make money, comments Amelia Kallman.
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.
Sports apps are on the rise, able to deliver subscription income and other rewards to rights holders and sponsors, but we’re likely to see even greater development of the genre to benefit both the sports brands and their fans.
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.
As telcos look toward verticals for 5G, IBC Chief Executive Michael Crimp and TM Forum Chief Executive Nik Willetts explain how the TM Forum’s Catalyst programme can develop use cases within the media and entertainment industry.
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.
The Content Everywhere Hub at IBC2018 will showcase and explore new media production, devices, apps and the digital transformations that are shaping the OTT domain.
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.
BT Sport Director of Mobile Strategy Matt Stagg explains the impact 5G will have on the way content is distributed and consumed.
The potential for 5G to revolutionise the media and entertainment industries is now being tested by sports producers and broadcasters.
Telecoms & Media Analyst Paolo Pescatore on the importance of providing premium content.
With telcos struggling to boost revenues, they’re focusing on video content as one way to drive growth. But their strategies for content differ from market to market and company to company.
The FIFA World Cup broke many television and online viewing records around the world, even if US audiences were down this year. But the big winner, in the age of the mobile, was arguably the traditional TV set.
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.
More video providers are embracing download-to-go applications. Here’s why.
Sports advertising, like many other ad sectors, has to tackle the high level of boredom that audiences show for brands, but a new breed of innovative campaigns are targeting fans in fresh ways.
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.
Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas: IBC365 is joined by a panel of industry experts to review what went on, what was hot, and what happened at the NAB 2018 conference and show floor.
From AI to M&A, Dick Hobbs picks his way through the marketing buzz to predict what visitors might be talking about at NAB 2018.
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.
Whistle Sports Network Managing Director Jeff Nathenson on how social media has changed the consumption of sports with fandom extending beyond live matches.
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.
Red looks likely to make a full-scale launch of its Hydrogen phone in the summer, but a picture of what the handset will be capable of is starting to emerge.
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.
Senior executives from BT and iFlix hailed the power of content to transform “transactional” brands and create an emotional connection with customers.
Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and Cisco are among the many manufacturers to announce major deployments and advances for 5G at Mobile World Congress.
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.
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.
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.
The first-stage announcement about the 2018 English Premier League auction for TV rights this week underlined the end of an era: the days of hyperinflation for EPL rights are over, at least for now.
This annual report explores inside notes on digital viewing, consumer shifts and more.
IBC365 and a panel of Mobile World Congress attendees comment on the trends and talking points from this year’s Mobile World Congress, examining what the latest trends in mobile handsets, 5G, IoT and the role of telcos use of content mean for the media and entertainment industry.
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.
Red’s announcement that it would launch a phone with a holographic display early next year prompted many questions about the technology.
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.
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.
IBC2017: Ignoring the opportunities and flexibility of mobile could mean that broadcasters risk signing their own death warrant. This was the message from IBC’s ‘Live is Dead: Long live Live’ session, where the panellists were unanimous in urging broadcasters, not just in news, but right across the entertainment spectrum, to ...
In entertainment at least, broadcasters and social media networks are more friends than foes as they harness social media to innovate new content and increase ratings.
This ”State of the Web” whitepaper from Bitmovin explores Digital Rights Management systems and supported devices in 2017.
UK is reported to have the fastest mobile connectivity worldwide according to the Akamai ’State of the Internet’ report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2017.
TV viewers watch an average of 170 minutes of TV per day compared to 140 minutes spent browsing the internet.
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 ...
South American broadcasting is facing similar disruptions to the global market, but the challenges have a local flavour.
In the future of media (TV, radio, online content, games etc.), two trends seem inescapable - a sustained increase in data usage and much greater consumption of video on mobile and portable devices.
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.
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.
There has never been more content available and consumed then there is today. The huge popularity of media is not new.
Coexistence between LTE and DTT – practical experience following the clearance and relicensing of 800 MHz spectrum in the UK
An interference mitigation programme is underway in the UK and this has led to an improved understanding of real-world TV reception and interference prediction and mitigation.
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.
The mobile communications sector is characterized by an exponentially increasing traffic demand for high quality mobile multimedia services, a significant portion of which identifiable with linear Television (TV) and scheduled broadcast (point-to-multipoint) distribution.