IBC365 looks back at some of the notable mergers and acquisitions of the past month within the media and technology industry.
Roku, Sky Q and Now TV users gain access to more than 10,000 free movies, TV series and documentaries with the arrival of The Roku Channel in the UK.
North American streaming service for British and international TV will launch in the UK on 29 April with a slate of content to rival the likes of BritBox and broadcasters on-demand services.
The UK’s BBC and ITV, Sky Deutschland and HRT Croatia are among those broadcasters making scheduling changes and adapting programming to ensure audiences are educated and informed with accurate information as the world shuts down.
The Canadian government and broadcasting regulator CRTC will not request payment for Part I licence fees by broadcasters for the 2020-21 fiscal year, in a move to provide relief to the sector.
A new agreement between SPI/Film Box and Huawei will see FilmBox on-demand content featured on the Chinese manufacturer’s new video platform across 23 countries.
Disney+ has racked up more than five million new app downloads since its European launch on 24 March, according to third party data.
Netflix has donated £1 million to a new fund set up by the BFI and the Film and TV Charity aimed at supporting the creative community during the coronavirus pandemic.
US sports streamer FuboTV has merged with FaceBank Group for an undisclosed fee.
Italian broadcaster Mediaset has upped its stake in German company ProSiebenSat.1 to around 20%.
Disney’s new SVOD platform has officially launched across Europe, offering subscribers access to thousands of hours of Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic content.
UK telco Virgin Media has secured a first of its kind deal with NBCUniversal to offer its customers access to the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.
Disney has delayed the launch of its new streaming service in France and will cut bandwidth utilisation in other European countries when it launches tomorrow.
Netflix and YouTube have agreed to switch streaming quality in Europe down from high definition to standard definition ahead of an expected streaming boom as many countries go into coronavirus lockdown.
16-22 Mar: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
IBC365 recounts the standout company results in the media and broadcast industry.
Piracy continues to be a major challenge for media and broadcast organisations, with the shift to IP presenting new opportunities for pirates. How can the industry safeguard content distribution in an OTT world?
With the European launch of subscription service Disney Plus next week, consumers now have more choice than ever for watching content on demand. But could the cost of multiple subscriptions drive an increase in piracy?
George Jarrett reports from a Media & Entertainment Services Alliance keynote that warns of a new e-waste
Fox has agreed a $440 million deal to acquire AVOD service Tubi, partly funded by the sale of its stake in Roku.
Online media streaming is forecasted to rise during the current Covid-19 crisis which is forcing the public in many countries to self-isolate.
French pay TV provider Canal+ has said it will make its service free during France’s country-wide coronavirus lockdown.
Discovery’s OTT streaming service Dplay will now be available to customers throughout the MENA region as the company has announced a new partnership with Starzplay, the Dubai-based SVOD service.
Italian media group Mediaset is considering options for its 15% stake in ProSiebenSat.1 Media, including consolidation, as CFO Marco Giordani calls for European TV industry action.
IBC365 looks back at some of the notable mergers and acquisitions of the past month within the media and technology industry.
9 – 13 Mar: Your guide on what to look forward to this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
BBC Studios, the principal commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster today announced its plans today to launch the BritBox streaming service in Australia.
Quibi has raised $750 million in second-round funding, just one month ahead of its commercial launch.
IBC365’s update on new company appointments, resignations and restructures across the content and broadcast industry.
Premium and niche sports fans have called on OTT services to provide streaming experiences with customised experiences, advertising and social media content but who will prevail and be crowned the Netflix of sports?
OTT sports streaming platform DAZN will expand into more than 200 countries and territories with significant investment and international rights confirmed.
Comcast backed pay-TV operator Sky announced today a multi-year deal securing Disney+ for its UK and Ireland customers available on Sky Q with Now TV.
Promoter Matchroom Sport is to launch a multi-sport OTT service that will allow viewers to watch 12 different sports including darts and snooker live and on-demand.
German telco Deutsche Telekom is reportedly in talks with Walt Disney to gain the content rights for Disney+ on its MagentaTV platform to fight against the competition from Vodafone.
Hulu veteran Lisa Holme has joined Discovery in a newly created role to oversee content and commercial strategy.
YouTube TV is to drop the Fox Regional Sports Networks from tomorrow having failed to reach a carriage agreement with the Sinclair Broadcasting-owned channels.
YouTube TV has struck a deal to deliver HBO and Cinemax content to its members, as well as HBO Max when it launches later this year.
2020 will see the launch of more subscription video services than ever before. With consumers tired of managing multiple subscriptions, is the future of pay TV in aggregation?
Automation is certain to play an ever-greater role as broadcasters work to service more platforms with more content than ever before, writes David Davies.
10-14 Feb: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
With 20 million paying subscribers and a record $15.1 billion in ad revenue for 2019, is YouTube the strongest OTT competitor of them all?
Broadcasters are turning to VOD platforms to compete with the growing number of OTTs. During IBC365’s latest webinar a panel of experts examined how broadcasters can build platforms with limited budgets.
ViacomCBS is building on its current CBS All Access service by bundling cable channels, live news and sports into a new platform expected to launch later this year.
WarnerMedia has unveiled a new film label that will serve as the feature production arm of HBO’s new streaming service HBO Max, which is due to launch in May.
IBC has extended the deadline for submissions for Technical Papers for IBC2020 to 10 February 2020.
SPI/ Film Box has launched a new content streaming service called FilmBox Plus.
The Hulu business will be integrated into Disney’s direct-to-consumer business and its CEO Randy Freer is set to exit the company.
In the wake of the Super Bowl 2020, Roku and Fox reached an agreement to distribute Fox channels on the Roku platform after viewers took to Twitter to share outrage over a potential loss of service.
The British Olympic and Paralympic governing bodies will unite to launch a new OTT broadcast platform after the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Video: In the second of a new series of explainer videos, Maria Ingold details the similarities of and differences between OTT and VOD services.
An exclusive streaming deal between Sky and Disney is reportedly close to a conclusion, shaking up the UK direct-to-consumer OTT landscape. Alana Foster examines the potential impact.
ViacomCBS-owned Pluto TV has added two new channels dedicated to British content to mark its fist year operating in the UK.
2020 looks set to be the year of the OTT, with a number of new services coming to the US and Europe from some of the biggest content providers in the world. IBC365 looks at the platforms that will bring the second streaming revolution.
Broadcasters have played a key role in driving up sports revenues, but could the entrance of OTT providers prevent the sports bubble from bursting? James Pearce investigates.
20-24 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
Will 2020 be the year of the OTT? IBC365 looks at the growing OTT market as part of next week’s OTT Week.
Disney has brought forward the European release date of Disney+ to 24 March, with the House of Mouse also revealing pricing details for its new SVoD service.
The BBC and ITV’s streaming service BritBox has appointed Will Harrison as its new UK managing director.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock will go head to head with Disney, HBO, Netflix and Amazon on 15 July launching with three pricing tiers.
My5, the VoD service from Viacom-owned Channel 5, will launch two new channels from Dutch production company Endemol Shine.
Join IBC365 on demand to learn how broadcasters with limited budgets build platforms to compete with the global players.
13-17 Jan: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The OTT and broadcast experience get closer with latest latency and quality tech advances, with the quality of experience gap is closing as needs for faster speeds take hold in sports, gambling and even military video.
Sky has appointed Jason Armstrong as its new group chief financial officer, replacing Andrew Griffith.
Short-form streaming service Quibi has unveiled technology that allows viewers to switch between landscape and portrait viewing.
In the final piece of IBC365’s series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams examines NBCUniversal’s Peacock offer – and weighs up its chances of success.
As the year draws to a close, IBC365 takes a look at some of the most popular news and industry trend articles in our Publish category.
Netflix has begun a global test of its latest feature for TV apps, offering users the option to skip browsing and start streaming instantly.
A-list talent has flocked to Quibi, lured by its top management team, big budgets and attractive rights offer. But can the premium short-from platform translate pre-launch buzz into paid subscribers? Tim Dams reports, in the latest in IBC365’s series on the new SVOD platforms.
Premier League football club Manchester United have announced a new partnership with Alibaba Group to bring the exclusive rights to the club’s content to China.
Despite a powerful programming line-up, the jury is out on whether the costly HBO Max can carve out a space for itself in the crowded streaming market. Tim Dams reports on WarnerMedia’s OTT play in IBC365’s series on new SVOD platforms.
25 -29 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery’s cross-channel entertainment streaming platform Joyn has expanded its German streaming service with the launch of Joyn Plus+.
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.
As the streaming wars intensify globally, Scandinavian networks are producing local series to compete, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis.
Global streaming giant Netflix has announced a multi-year output deal with Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon.
The anticipated streaming service by Disney has launched in the US and Canada this week with a slate of technical problems which the company blamed on high demand.
The culmination of years of planning and billions of dollars of investment, Disney+ represents a major pivot by the Walt Disney Company towards the direct-to-consumer, OTT market. Can the House of Mouse pull it off?
Disney+ is set to launch in a number of European markets on 31 March, the studio giant confirmed during a results call.
4-8 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
UK streaming service BritBox has gone live across the UK today announcing a deal with Channel 4 for British TV box sets and films.
Vivendi’s Canal+ Group is reportedly in advanced talks with Disney to be the exclusive third-party carrier of its upcoming streaming platform Disney+ in France.
28 Oct - 1 Nov: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
In the first of series of reports on the new players launching into the streaming market, Tim Dams looks at the Apple TV+ offer – and weighs up its chances of success.
Comcast-owned European pay-TV giant Sky and WarnerMedia’s HBO have renewed their long-running output deal.
Sony has scrapped video streaming service PlayStation Vue amid increased competition in the global streaming market.
Consumer spend is forecasted to exceed €3 billion in 2019 for the first time in the Spanish entertainment market, according to a report by Futuresource.
Discovery has launched dplay, an advertising video-on-demand service combining content for Discovery’s six free-to-air channels for consumers in the UK and Ireland.
Effective measurement is one of the key challenges faced by the TV ad industry, but moves towards mass addressability will play a key role in its future, says Matt Hill of UK commercial broadcasters marketing body Thinkbox.
Wnited, the world’s first global OTT service dedicated to women’s football, has been unveiled by Spring Media at Sportel Monaco.
France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 are set to triple the investment in jointly backed on-demand service Salto, according to reports.
UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has said she’d be open to the idea of ditching the BBC’s licence fee and replacing it with a subscription service.
14-18 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The advent of 4K and now 8K, as well as interactive applications that require sub-1 second latency, are obliging CDN service providers to enhance capacity and efficiency, writes David Davies.
In this paper, Globosat presents the experience, challenges, techniques and results obtained by Globosat, in partnership with Samsung Brazil, with live streaming 56 matches of the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP in Russia for connected TVs with 4K UHD HDR and immersive audio.
MESA’s post IBC2019 review looked at multi-territory OTT sports platforms. George Jarrett reports.
Upcoming UK streaming service BritBox has unveiled a number of the specialist partners who will work with it ahead of its UK launch this quarter.
The US streaming giants are growing revenues and eyeballs with a slate of multi-million dollar deals snapping up UK talent. Alana Foster examines the increasingly competitive market.
7 - 11 Oct: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
The BBC has unveiled its biggest ever overhaul of on-demand platform iPlayer as it looks to compete with OTT providers such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Prime has licensed a selection of Disney titles to exclusively stream in Latin America in line with the first slate of territories where Disney+ will roll out next month.
UK streaming service BritBox has announced distribution deals with Samsung, Freeview, and YouView.
The impact of OTT services dominated discussions at IBC2019 with panels focussed on SVoD vs AVoD, niche content and how streaming is driving a golden era of creation.
Singapore-based documentary streamer iwonder has expanded its service across Southeast Asia after its successfully launched in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand earlier this year.
BBC “iPlayer is going to be total TV”, said BBC director general Tony Hall today, spelling out his plans for how the corporation can meet the challenge from the streaming platforms.
Soumya Sriraman has pushed the SVoD service BritBox to early success across North America. Now as the service owned by the BBC and ITV prepares to launch in its home market, she gives Chris Forrester some insight into how she meets the needs of subscribers.
Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon took a swipe at global streaming services at this week’s RTS Cambridge Convention, accusing them of profiting from “trans-territory filler work”
Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for the biggest events in women’s sport to become ‘listed events’ on free-to-air TV in the UK so that mass audiences can watch them.
Channel 5 and Comedy Central join upcoming SVoD service BritBox C5 box-sets to appear on BritBox following 30 days on My5 BritBox co-founder ITV says discussions taking place with other partners
IBC2019: Vice’s Dominique Delport talks growth opportunities, empowering youth and Bruce Lee in this IBCTV interview
IBC2019: Broadcasters speak to IBCTV following their Global Gamechangers panels
IBC2019: Speakers from Vice, Pluto TV and Bauer Media dicussed business models in the digital age.
With streaming skyrocketing, discover the latest on ad placement, length, and buffering, device share and quality, the growth of social video and more.
YouTube’s Cécile Frot-Coutaz opened the conference talking about the platform’s relationship with Pay-TV providers and audiences
IBC2019: Britbox president Soumya talks to IBCTV about the future of the ITV/BBC JV which is set to launch in the UK.
We should expect some of the current crop of OTT technology companies to merge and consolidate to serve larger markets, while some will go out of business, says Vewd chief executive Aneesh Rajaram.
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.
As streaming video on-demand services gain traction with global audiences and media giants segueing into the market, Alana Foster looks at the state of the OTT landscape.
Businesses need highly flexible, hugely scalable platforms to pursue the right strategy according to the state of each market’s maturity, says CSG Ascendon director of sales Bill Gash.
How do you make processes more efficient and responsive, while keeping a tight grip on quality, costs and complexity, asks Mediagenix CTO and head of product Peter Heinckiens.
Dish TV India has partnered with Broadpeak to launch its new OTT service Watcho, which will deliver 100+ channels to its customers.
Pay TV subscribers topped one billion worldwide by the end up 2018, up 26 million during the year, according to Digital TV Research.
SVOD service Plex has struck an agreement with Warner Bros. to add to its portfolio an on-demand library of ad-supported movies and TV series from the AT&T-owned studio.
Cloud-delivered solutions are attracting all types of operators, says Simplestream CCO Dan Finch.
19- 23 Aug: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
IBC and the TM Forum have brought technology and media companies together to develop innovative answers to some pressing problems, benefiting consumers as well as businesses.
Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS with SK Telecom have been given the go ahead from its antitrust watchdog to launch a new OTT streaming service.
Business models are evolving and consolidation remains at the top of the market, says Magine Pro CEO Matthew Wilkinson.
With the VoD market about to go into overdrive, the fundamental building blocks of OTT service provision have to match or exceed that of pay-TV.
Want to get to grips with the Interoperable Master File (IMF) standard? Mark your diary for IMF 101, taking place at IBC this year. George Jarrett talks to Bruce Devlin, AKA Mr MXF, in advance of this sure to be a popular event at IBC.
A fundamental step is to think of how content workflows are sourced, managed, localised, secured and delivered, writes Axinom CCO Stefanie Schuster.
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.
Faster distribution of high-quality video over IP is possible thanks to 5G innovation, writes Zixi SVP marketing and alliances John Wastcoat.
The BBC is set to spend around £100 million on advertisements aimed at attracting younger audiences to its platforms, according to several reports in the UK.
19-23 Aug: Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
IBC preview magazine Insight contains interviews with keynote speakers, an overview of some of the technology trends that will dominate IBC2019 as well as guides to the show’s exciting and innovative features, from the Future Zone to the Esports Showcase.
Disney has named former Sky CMO Luke Bradley-Jones as the new head of its upcoming streaming service for Europe and Africa.
Tapping into many elements of the broadcast sector is key to quality content experience, says Comcast Technology Solutions VP of international sales Kevin Bolah.
The joint streaming service by France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 has been confirmed to launch in 2020 after French regulators green lit the project.
Despite the dominance of Netflix and Amazon, the OTT market has room for all sorts of niche players, with new services emerging to cater for specialised audiences.
There is still potential for three of the biggest traditional players to capitalise on the new, on-demand media opportunity.
Turkey’s RTÜK has announced new rules around online content services, raising censorship fears, and prompting questions about how to regulate OTTs.
Viacom-owned Pluto TV is set to launch three new UK channels based on content from stablemate Channel 5.
With their business model being rapidly disrupted by the streamers, can traditional free-to-air broadcasters hold on to viewers and advertisers? Tim Dams reports
What really matters to video audiences today? What are their preferred devices, patforms or approaches to ads? Grabyo’s Global Video Trends report tries to answer some of these key industry questions
IBC365 looks at how the OTT landscape impacting the strategy of broadcasters worldwide.
Russian satellite operator Tricolour TV network has announced plans to launch a dedicated online cinema service this October.
Modern SaaS solutions are essential for an interconnected content supply chain, writes Signiant CMO Jon Finegold.
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.
Vivendi’s Canal+ it set to strengthen its position in the African movie market after acquiring Nigerian production film studio ROK.
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.
Streaming startup Quibi has confirmed plans to launch a slate of short form daily news, sport and weather programmes in partnership with NBC News.
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.
Mediaset has unveiled a new subscription streaming video on-demand service in a move to rival Netflix and Amazon.
Amino Technologies has agreed a €21.4 million deal to acquire online video solutions and services provider 24i Media.
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.
Everybody is interested in AI but not many companies really have AI in production, says Media Distillery chief executive Roland Sars.
Join IBC365 on demand to explore the best approach to building and upgrading a successful OTT platform.
Indian film production and distribution company Pen N Camera International is set to launch an OTT platform this month.
Amazon has launched its first Fire TV Edition TV with support for Dolby Vision.
GoGoCinema has inked a deal with Golden Screen Cinemas to roll out its cinematic on-demand experience by the end of 2019.
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.
Netflix has confirmed it will expand its operations on the ground in Australia to compete with local streaming services.
BT is reported to be considering backing upcoming streaming service Britbox, which is backed by ITV and the BBC.
With the move to the increasingly complex adaptive bit rate (ABR) technology for video transport delivery comes a corresponding increase in quality assurance complexity.
Apple has previewed its new tvOS 13 operating system for its 4K Apple TV declaring it “the easiest and most personalised entertainment device” yesterday at its developers’ conference.
Streaming services in the Nordics have seen rapid growth, with more than 800,000 new subscriptions active in the last year, according to Mediavision.
Acquisition of M7 will see Vivendi’s Canal+ expand its European footprint by seven countries.
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.