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ITV and BBC surge BritBox plans

2019-07-19T11:56:00+01:00By

ITV and the BBC have reached a “milestone moment,” signing an agreement to launch the UK’s BritBox in Q4 with new commissions set to air in 2020.    

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Finnish telco DNA taps out of pay-TV market

2019-07-18T11:18:00+01:00By

Finland telecommunications service provider DNA has agreed to sell its terrestrial pay-TV network to rival Digita.

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DAZN inks major sports distribution deal with Discovery

2019-07-18T10:51:00+01:00By

Sports streaming service DAZN has struck an agreement that will see it distribute Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD in four new territories as well as an exclusive sublicence for live coverage of Bundesliga.

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Canal+ acquires Nollywood film studio

2019-07-16T12:34:00+01:00By

Vivendi’s Canal+ it set to strengthen its position in the African movie market after acquiring Nigerian production film studio ROK.

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Disney shuts down FX+ SVOD service

2019-07-15T13:17:00+01:00By

FX+ will be shut down next month with its assets funnelled into Hulu, a strategic move confirmed by Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

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French PSB wins battle with online TV streamer

2019-07-10T12:39:00+01:00By

France Télévisions has won a victory in its ongoing legal battle with online TV provider PlayMédia to stop the retransmission of its programmes.

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Liberty Global trials wireless connectivity with Ericsson

2019-07-09T11:48:00+01:00By

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.

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Vivendi takes legal route against Mediaset

2019-07-08T12:39:00+01:00By

Vivendi has launched a lawsuit against Mediaset in an effort to assert its rights as a shareholder in the Italian broadcaster.

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Virgin TV boss calls government to review RTÉ

2019-07-08T10:56:00+01:00By

Virgin Media TV managing director has called for a government review of RTÉ’s hybrid model, urging an inquiry ahead of additional funding or changes to the licence fee model.

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Can Quibi crack the short form market?

2019-07-03T13:02:00+01:00By Tim Dams

With a $1bn programming budget, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s premium short form platform Quibi has attracted a raft top talent to create shows. But can it persuade mobile viewers to part with their cash? Tim Dams reports.

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BBC Studios wins first Quibi commission

2019-07-02T11:56:00+01:00By

New digital platform Quibi has issued its first short form commission to the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

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India’s Pen N Camera unveils OTT platform

2019-07-01T10:23:00+01:00By

Indian film production and distribution company Pen N Camera International is set to launch an OTT platform this month.

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Netflix boss bets on art over science

2019-06-24T11:41:00+01:00By

Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos is confident audiences will pay for multiple streaming services and dispelled rumours of data harvesting and sports rights investment.

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BBC to broadcast entire Wimbledon 2019 tournament live in HD

2019-06-21T12:25:00+01:00By

The BBC will broadcast the 2019 Wimbledon Championships in high-definition live for the first time across its TV, radio and digital channels.

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Video: Streaming live content amid the industry evolution

2019-06-20T15:32:00+01:00By

Delivering live content successfully requires an interplay of technology and cloud-based workflows to meet viewing demand for high-quality streams, explains ITV’s Andrew Pearson.

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IMDb rebrands streaming service ahead of European launch

2019-06-18T11:01:00+01:00By

IMDb’s TV service Freedive is set to be rebranded IMDb TV ahead of European launch later this year, with the service set to triple its content selection in the coming months.

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BeIN and Arabsat trade blows in piracy battle

2019-06-17T13:59:00+01:00By

Arabsat has accused broadcaster BeIN of engaging in a “media smear campaign”, after the Doha-based broadcaster said it had proved the satellite operator was responsible for distributing pirate network BeoutQ.

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UEFA launches free OTT platform

2019-06-14T15:25:00+01:00By

The European football body has unveiled its new free-to-air streaming service, UEFA.tv, which will deliver games live and on-demand across Europe.

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Disrupting and delivering beyond the mainstream

2019-06-13T16:17:00+01:00By

SB.TV founder and entrepreneur and Media Production Show keynote speaker Jamal Edwards explained the power of storytelling and harnessing new media.

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Video: The power of the supply chain

2019-06-13T16:11:00+01:00By

The key to broadcasters remaining relevant and resilient is investing in new technology, audience engagement and collaboration explains ITV head of content technology Kevin Kennedy.

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Nordics OTT subscriptions top 10m

2019-05-29T10:32:00+01:00By

Streaming services in the Nordics have seen rapid growth, with more than 800,000 new subscriptions active in the last year, according to Mediavision.

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Canal+ agrees $1.1bn deal for pay-TV operator M7

2019-05-28T10:38:00+01:00By

Acquisition of M7 will see Vivendi’s Canal+ expand its European footprint by seven countries.

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Italian regulators give conditional approval to Sky’s Mediaset deal

2019-05-24T12:19:00+01:00By

Agcom will impose three-year exclusive online content ban on Sky Italia if it buys Mediaset’s digital terrestrial pay-TV assets.

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DISH agrees $800m deal for EchoStar’s broadcast satellites

2019-05-22T10:03:00+01:00By

The $800 million transaction will see stock transferred to Echostar shareholders.

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The future of TV will be built on long term engagement

2019-05-15T00:00:00+01:00By Staff writer

TV businesses must shake off short termism and think customer lifetime value

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EU to probe Telia’s $960m Bonnier takeover

2019-05-13T10:45:00+01:00By

European Commission cites competition concerns over Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting.

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ProSieben and Discovery unveil SVOD service

2019-05-10T11:56:00+01:00By

A joint venture between ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery will launch Germany’s largest free-TV and video on-demand streaming platform this June.

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Germany launches first 5G TV trial

2019-05-09T12:52:00+01:00By

The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation has successfully kicked-off the first field trial in the region to test the next-generation 5G broadcasting technology.

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Bezos and Musk: The Billionaires’ space battle

2019-05-07T14:49:00+01:00By

Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos have launched their own rocket companies as they seek to tap into the planet’s ever-increasing demand for broadband connectivity. Chris Forrester assesses their chances.

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Viewers will opt for Apple TV+, says CEO

2019-05-02T09:26:00+01:00By

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.

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Amazon and Liberty Global strike Prime set-top box deal

2019-04-23T13:47:00+01:00By

Virgin Media is set to be the first of Liberty Global’s European operations to offer Amazon Prime Video via its set-top box.

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Using the cloud to build data-driven broadcasters

2019-04-23T10:22:00+01:00

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.

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From the cloud to 5G: NAB 2019 in review

2019-04-18T11:17:00+01:00By

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.

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AT&T to sell Hulu stake

2019-04-16T15:03:00+01:00By

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.

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Realising the potential of SAT>IP

2019-04-15T15:35:00+01:00By

SAT>IP technology – whereby antenna signals can be converted into IP for distribution around a house or commercial facility – is beginning to achieve global traction.

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Disney reveals streaming service details

2019-04-12T14:40:00+01:00By

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.

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Direct to consumer partnerships drive Viacom strategy

2019-04-03T13:19:00+01:00By

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.

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RTL doubles down on content and stresses importance of ad tech

2019-03-29T10:20:00+00:00By

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.

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Getting to the core of Apple TV+

2019-03-28T16:08:00+00:00By

In a golden era of storytelling, Apple has turned its attention to reinventing TV and adding healthy competition to the ecosystem, writes Paolo Pescatore

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Disney completes $71.3bn Fox acquisition

2019-03-21T17:02:00+00:00By

Disney officially owns 21st Century Fox after more than a year of negotiations and a $71.3 billion exchange.

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Netflix eschews Apple alliance

2019-03-19T13:50:00+00:00By

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.

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Innovation at home: Cloud PVRs and wireless STBs

2019-03-18T17:00:00+00:00By

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.

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OneWeb secures $1.25bn in new funding

2019-03-18T11:32:00+00:00By

After the launch of six satellites last month, OneWeb has secured its largest fundraising round to date with a total of $1.25 billion in new capital.

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Comcast set to rollout Now TV globally

2019-01-29T14:55:00+00:00By

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.

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2018’s most-read Delivery articles

2018-12-26T06:00:00+00:00By

The fight against FAANG, the rise of niche OTT disruptors and the potential of 5G were among the most-read Delivery articles in 2018.

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IBC2018 review: OTT delivery and the issue of latency

2018-09-27T09:35:00+01:00By Anne Morris

Hall 14 continues to expand and mature into one of the most exciting and interesting spaces at IBC, writes IBC Daily reporter Anne Morris.

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IBC2018 Tech Talks: 5G are we nearly there yet

2018-09-27T09:10:00+01:00

Read technical papers discussing the impact and promise of 5G from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, Orange and Arris, watch experts in the IBC2018 Tech Talks presentation who discuss the reality of 5G and the pipeline for delivery.

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2-Immerse: A platform for production and more

2018-09-27T09:06:00+01:00By J. Walker D.L. Williams I.C. Kegel A.P. Gower2 J. Jansen M. Lomas and S. Fjellsten

The architecture of an evaluated multi-screen experience based on MotoGP sports content, which was developed using an object-based broadcasting approach.

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5G: The vision, the reality and the future

2018-09-25T14:13:00+01:00By Simon Pike, Andre Seixas Dias Saverio Blasi Fiona Rivera Ebroul Izquierdo & Marta Mrak

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.

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Interview: Perrine Bichet, Proximus

2018-09-24T15:56:00+01:00By Anne Morris

IBC2018 speaker Perrine Bichet on the importance of creating a content strategy for the culturally and linguistically diverse and her move from content-focussed Canal+ to telco Proximus.

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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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Looking ahead: The ongoing evolution of IMF

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

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.

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Joining forces to foster innovation

2018-09-12T12:41:00+01:00

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.

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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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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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IP-future “not too far away” says BBC

2018-05-25T12:41:00+01:00By

TV will evolve into a more immersive, personalised and interactive medium exclusively delivered over the internet in the not too distant future, predicted Matthew Postgate.

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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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Video: Ben Keen, analyst

2018-04-19T08:50:00+01:00

NAB 2018: Analyst Ben Keen on the dynamic clash of cultures between internet platforms and traditional broadcasting businesses.

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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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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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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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RTS to stage Futures TV Careers Fair

2018-01-24T11:06:00+00:00By

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has launched its fourth career event to help those keen to forge a career in the television industry.

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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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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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HDR for the second screen

2017-10-26T12:00:00+01:00By Sean T. McCarthy

HDR will soon be just as much about delivering great video experiences to tablets and smartphones as it is about delivering to the UHD TV in the living room.

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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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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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The transformation of Sky Deutschland

2017-09-12T13:15:00+01:00By

Sky Deutschland is changing from a sports and film-orientated broadcaster towards a fully-fledged family entertainment company. CEO Carsten Schmidt explains how. 

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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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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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Netflix to reach 128 million subscribers by 2022

2017-06-05T13:55:00+01:00By

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.

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Analysis: What next for Netflix and Amazon?

2017-05-29T09:00:00+01:00By

Netflix and Amazon Prime Video continue to dazzle Hollywood – and viewers – with their offering of impressive quarter-year results and new subscriber growth.

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Can commercial TV counter the threat from digital media?

2017-05-26T15:54:00+01:00By

Commercial TV across Europe is having a hard time holding onto its key clients, who are not viewers but advertisers.

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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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IABM partners with SAM to create industry glossary

2017-04-23T20:10:00+01:00

Snell Advanced Media’s (SAM) Digital Fact Book has been used to create a new industry-wide glossary by the IABM.

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Viewers' choice: Rethinking media personalisation in a multi-screen world

2017-04-21T09:00:00+01:00By Venu Vasudevan ARRIS Group Inc USA

TV as a medium is undergoing two notable changes - dispersion and atomisation.

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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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Chinese viewers more willing to pay for content

2017-04-21T08:00:00+01:00By

Chinese mobile video consumers spend more time watching videos on smartphones than other connected devices, including connected TVs and computers.

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Applications and deployments of server and network assisted DASH (SAND)

2017-04-04T15:01:00+01:00By Emmanuel Thomas MO van Deventer TNO the Netherlands; Thomas Stockhammer Qualcomm Inc; Ali C Bege

Streaming media technologies have evolved over the past few years. HTTP-based adaptive streaming is today the technology of choice for streaming over the Internet.

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Surviving the video sharing revolution

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

Manipulating video to share with an audience is no longer the preserve of the established few, says Christian Dutilleux, CEO, Deltacast

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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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Bringing Netflix to a global audience through partners

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

It can sometimes be a challenge persuading partners to work with us. It was initially a strategic bet on both parts that we could be a real complimentary content service and not cannibalistic.

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US TV providers lost 1m subs in 2016

2017-04-02T10:00:00+01:00By

The top 10 television service providers in the United States lost 937,000 television customers in 2016.

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