TV Connect 2016

Starz Play Arabia adds Arabic content to complement Hollywood fare

Starz Play Arabia is launching Arabic content on its SVoD platform to complement its Hollywood fare. Starz, which launched in 17 territories in the region a year ago, will bring about 1,000 hours of Arabic content to the platform, according to Saniel Jesse Bates, CCO, speaking on a panel session at TV Connect yesterday. Bates […]

Akamai: video to drive seven-fold traffic increase by 2020

Content delivery network Akamai is likely to see a more than seven-fold increase in traffic in 2020 due to massive growth in video traffic, according to company executive Ian Munford. Speaking at TV Connect in London this week, Akamai’s director of product marketing, digital media, said that currently the CDN’s traffic peaks at 36 terabits […]

Microsoft lines up new Azure Video Analytics features

Microsoft is working on a number of new features and additions for its recently launched, business-focused Azure Video Analytics suite. Speaking at TV Connect yesterday, Microsoft’s managing director of worldwide media and cable, Tony Emerson, said that Microsoft’s future roadmap includes insights search, face recognition, logo detection and enhanced audio processing. As of Q1 of […]

Deutsche Telekom: TV industry cannot ignore IoT

The TV industry cannot ignore the Internet of Things (IoT), as the evolution of the smart home will have major implications on how operators service their customers, according to Deutsche Telekom executive Jon Carter. Speaking at TV Connect yesterday Deutsche Telekom’s UK head of business development – connected home, said that for TV operators, IoT […]

Time Warner Cable: TV viewing is ‘here to stay’

Television “is here and it’s here to stay”, with ad dollars actually now starting to move back from online to broadcast, according to Time Warner Cable Media executive Phyllis Ehrlich. Speaking at TV Connect this morning, Ehrlich, who is senior vice-president, chief client solutions officer, said: “being at the conference for the last three days […]

TV Connect Awards winners revealed

Netgem and EE, BT Sport, AirTies and Conviva were among the winners at the 12th TV Connect Awards yesterday, held at the Oxo Tower. The award for Best TV Experience Enhancement went to Netgem with EE TV, while the award for Best Smart TV App was awarded to Tellybean Ltd for the Tellybean Easy Video […]

Over half of Channel 4 revenue to be ‘data-enabled’ this year

UK broadcaster Channel 4’s investment in data and its re-invention of on-demand service 4oD as All 4, including online originals and acquisitions, means that it is successfully managing a transition to digital, according to Keith Underwood, director of strategy and technology. Speaking at the TV Connect event in London today, Underwood said that over 50% […]

TV remains ‘indispensable connective tissue’, says Disney chief

Despite growth in alternative media, “TV remains the indispensable connective tissue,” that ties people together, according to Ben Pyne, president, global distribution networks, Disney Media Networks. Speaking at TV Connect in London this morning, Pyne said that despite a decline in linear TV viewing, overall viewing time for top shows is actually growing through non-linear consumption […]

Freeview: death of linear TV ‘overstated’

The death of linear TV is not something that Freeview is experiencing, with the vast majority of people in the UK still tuning in live, according to Freeview managing director Guy North. Speaking on a panel debate at TV Connect yesterday, North said that there is a “danger of overstating” the change in viewing habits. […]

5G promises breakthrough in fixed-mobile convergence, says BT’s Watson

5G mobile promises a convergence between mobile and fixed “in a way that hasn’t happened before”, according to Howard Watson, BT Group CIO and CEO of technology, strategy and operators. The technology will also bring about a convergence of mobile and WiFi, Watson told TV Connect attendees yesterday. “This is critical for our agenda,” he said. […]

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