Long reads

Lines in the sand

Rebecca Hawkes assesses the changing face of pay TV broadcasting in the MENA region at a time of transition as new OTT TV services enter the fray and political crises disrupt the market. Pay TV operators in the Arabic-speaking world have long aimed to transcend both the dominance of free-to-air TV and the blight of […]

Kwesé right now

Econet Media’s president and CEO, Joseph Hundah, discusses this year’s launch of Kwesé TV and talks about the company’s ambitious multi-platform expansion plans. Andy McDonald reports. This year has seen the introduction of a major new player to the African pay TV space. Kwesé TV started to roll out its direct-to-home (DTH) satellite offering in […]

Trace on track

With the recent launch of streaming service Trace Play and the forthcoming launch of an MVNO and new channels, urban music and culture specialist Trace is in the midst of a period of frenetic activity. Co-founder, chairman and CEO Olivier Laouchez took time out at MIPCOM to talk to Stuart Thomson about his plans. Afro-urban […]

Vimeo’s creator comforts

Vimeo’s new CEO Anjali Sud explains her reorientation of the company, its move away from making original content, and how it wants to put the creator first. Andy McDonald reports. Vimeo appointed Anjali Sud as CEO in July this year after making the difficult decision to roll back on plans to create its own original […]

Q&A: Fredrik Engdahl, Magine

Fredrik Engdahl, head of commercial operations at Magine, talks about the challenges facing OTT TV service providers and how they can benefit from outsourcing their platform requirements.   What are the main barriers to entry for companies and organisations thinking of launching OTT TV services? The two main barriers to entry for launching an OTT […]

TV plays the millennial game

The meteoric rise of eSports has caught the attention of TV operators and broadcasters, both of which are investing in rights and dedicating airtime to gaming. But how likely is this to win back millennial viewers? Andy McDonald reports. Online gaming has transformed in recent years from a pastime typically associated with young adult males […]

Talk show – the rise of voice-based discovery

With the advent of Amazon Echo and the launch of next-generation boxes such as Sky Q, there are signs that using your voice to control the TV is finally filtering into the mainstream. Stuart Thomson looks at some of the latest moves. Using your voice to control the TV has been possible for some time, […]

Diving deeper into data

Video service providers are still attempting to come to terms with how to manage and use big data. Identifying and focusing on key areas such as specific elements of marketing, targeted advertising and churn reduction can point the way ahead, writes Anna Tobin. The amount of data being collected by content operators every day is […]

Hack attack: TV and cybersecurity

Cyber attacks are increasing in number and becoming more sophisticated, with the cost to corporations running into the billions. With conventional security concepts increasingly powerless against it, protection requires a paradigm shift. Adrian Pennington reports. Like every other aspect of commerce, economic crime has, to some extent, gone digital. In a hyper-connected business ecosystem that […]

Q&A: Simon Trudelle, NAGRA

Simon Trudelle, senior director, product marketing at NAGRA, talks about the opportunities and threats to the pay TV industry. What are the main opportunities and threats that are likely to drive innovation in the TV experience over the next couple of years? The pay TV industry is under growing pressure from cheaper OTT services, changing […]

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