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Broadcast TV – “A pivotal moment in history”

The worlds largest TV broadcasting show, NAB, opened in Las Vegas this week with NAB’s EVP for Communications, Dennis Wharton, calling 2014 a “

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Amazon Fire will only smoulder

An analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the new Amazon Fire STB and why, like similar efforts from Apple, Google and others, it is flawed because of the failure to deliver live programming and put the social big screen experience at its heart.

 

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Searching through the looking glass for TV Everywhere

By Ajey Anand, Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer, NORIGIN MEDIA

Many requests to understand our progress and plans around Chromecast makes me wonder if it has launched with the ambition to do what other devices with screens have not achieved.

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Monetizing Multiscreen and How to Make a Dramatic Impact on Your Pay-TV Revenue

It is critical for Pay TV operators to offer a personalized, interactive and social entertainment experience on an ever-increasing number of devices. The challenges include supporting new business models, easy integrations and sophisticated analysis of viewing habits.

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HTML5 needs help to deliver high performing agile GUIs

HTML5 may note enable ‘write once, run everywhere’ but it gets as close as possible with ‘write once, customize everywhere’. That customization element is therefore all important and an evaluation of contending development technologies shows that WebGL is by far the best candidate.

 

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The year of the CAST Dongles

The appeal of Smart TVs is likely to be reduced by the arrival of HDMI dongles. The dongle model will transform the way we consume content as we move  towards casting. There is an opportunity for operators who embrace Apple and Google cast technologies but also support premium live HD video with CAS in their cast solution.

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Dongles and smart gateways are made for each other

The STB industry seems to be diverging, with HDMI dongles appearing alongside intelligent home gateways that usher in the era of smart home applications. The dongle should not be viewed as a diminished STB though, but a full function box that can help Pay TV deliver full-blown Pay TV services.

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Two to tango: why Facebook needs TV (and TV needs Facebook)

A look at the challenges facing Facebook following its tenth birthday, including the need for the social media giant to offer new and compelling ways to access and experience online video. We should expect to see social media’s rising influence on programming at a time when TV has also come to need social networks.

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Going live: leveraging live event monetisation drives growth

Live streaming is a differentiator in an online video offering and it is possible to monetise live events and manage the live advertising workflow using existing ad servers, thus avoiding any efficiency overhead on ad operations teams.

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Cloud TV: the ultimate solution for service providers?

I sense a lot of excitement in the market regarding the advantages that a combined Cloud / Smart TV approach without an STB can bring service providers. But I wonder about possible negative impacts that such a shift could have on the operational aspects of the service provider’s business, i.e. an OPEX escalating out of control.

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Don’t Let Content Rights Issues Rain on the Cloud DVR Parade

Adopting a flexible Cloud DVR strategy will provide benefits in an evolving landscape. The business benefits available to service providers who deploy cloud DVR technology are obvious: Moving hard disks, tuners and processing from home-based set-top boxes to the network improves subscriber experience while reducing cost and complexity for service providers.

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Why Netflix has high hopes in Germany

Netflix recently announced it would expand into the two key European markets of France of Germany at a time when its global bandwagon is in danger of running out of steam.

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Is Netflix pointing the way for the industry?

Without a doubt, Netflix has broken new ground in the industry, proving that a Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) approach can be successful in the market. Give Netflix’s unquestioned success, it is definitely worthwhile studying and analyzing both the company’s strategy and its view of the market.

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Closing the Security Gap

The explosion in content and devices we’ve seen with the advent of the new-generation of Pay TV services has brought fresh challenges for operators tasked with managing digital rights and security in the most cost and time efficient way. 

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Content is King of 4K at CES 2014

Ultra HD or 4K was once again one of the star turns at CES 2014 but this time with a difference. It was backed up by significant movement on the content front witnessed by a number of big deals. Netflix perhaps inevitably was at the centre of a lot of the action, having itself identified content as the key differentiator for its OTT service, already benefiting from heavy investment in original programming such as the highly successful House of Cards series.

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Specialist SVOD services, harmonised ad rates and second-screen flipping in 2014

2014 looks set to be a year in which second-screen flipping, niche SVOD services and harmonised ad rates will gain significant momentum. Here are my top predictions.

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2014 – the year that the entertainment business ‘gets’ big data?

In depth data is consistently recognized as a crucial factor in all sectors, be it banking, marketing, or advertising. The entertainment business is no exception to this either, with consumer data offering businesses the opportunity to boost engagement and ensure that they are giving their customers exactly what they want, on the channel that they prefer.

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What’s in store for 2014: the ghosts of Internet past, the decline of Smart TVs, the 4K fizzle

2014 is already shaping up to be an interesting year.  Convergence is back.  Not the technology convergence that already happened so long ago that the term is passé.  What we’re seeing now is business convergence with a vengeance, where players that were once safely separated by being in different parts of the value chain, or in different businesses altogether, now find themselves in direct competition.

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What will the Online Video Industry Look Like in 2014?

2013 was a landmark year for online video consumption. According to comScore, the British public watched 37 million videos online in October alone. As online video continues to go from strength to strength, what factors will shape market development in 2014?

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Everything Changes, Everything Stays The Same

The TV industry seems particularly prey to myths and misconceptions. Some of them are accidental and some deliberate.  For instance, there are huge global, new-media entities whose core business models are predicated on broadcast TV dying, so the new media industry has spent the last ten years calling the death of TV.

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Cloud, Big Data and Internet of Things emerge from vapour in 2013

It has been a highly eventful and significant year in the evolution of broadband communications with a number of converging themes creating disruption and spawning new services. Cloud has become a major force changing the way network services are commissioned and provisioned, while Big Data has at last delivered some tangible benefits and the Internet of Things has become reality with a range of products and value propositions.

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Cloud DVR – Don’t be fooled by ‘cloud’ in name only

As video service providers (VSPs) strive to transition to an all IP network infrastructure and bring their services on par with those of the traditional broadcast model, enabling an array of add-on and known revenue-generating services like network DVR (nDVR) is key to keeping ahead of the competition.

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What the Golden Age of Television Means for Delivery Networks

Most cultural observers agree we’re in the middle of television’s “golden age”. There’s no doubt that the programming is getting much better, driven by offerings from both cable TV upstarts and their traditional broadcast network competitors. And consumers can’t get enough of it – a recent Bell Labs video traffic survey predicts that by 2020, people in the US will consume seven hours of video every  day from a variety of sources.

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Looking Through All Windows of Engagement

Unraveling the Darwinian evolution of content service engagement should be the top priority on content operators’ agendas. This process has been stuck for too long within the constraints of poorly designed user interface, tasteless program guides and depressing interactive menus. 

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Web and mobile hog 2013 Pay TV highlights

The year 2013 was one of the most active and disruptive so far for pay TV and broadcasting, but it was also one in which many traditional operators showed they have the vision and flexibility to compete strongly in the multiscreen era.

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