Gearing up for the Ultra HD future

For some time now, Ultra HD has been touted as the ‘next big thing’, arriving on a TV screen near us in the near future. It’s a sign of technology in its relative infancy that key industry stakeholders have yet to finalise the particulars but the promise is compelling; a new generation of picture quality […]

BT’s sporting chance

BT Sport’s football offering is primarily about securing broadband business, but will the gamble pay off, asks Kate Bulkley. I was recently invited to BT’s press launch for the two new sports channels that will begin transmission this summer, and boy, did they put on a show. Some 200 journalists and interested parties were bussed […]

Viewpoint: Securing African pay TV

With a range of infrastructures being deployed, pay TV services will need to secure their content over multiple network types, according to Pierre Hunter, vice-president of sales, EMEA at content security provider Verimatrix. Few emerging markets remain for pay TV and those that do exist are subject to much competition. Industry analysis firm Media Authority […]

Satellite versus fibre distribution

Michael Ward, head of operations, WRN Broadcast, highlights the key factors to consider in choosing between satellite and fibre when approaching a new broadcast distribution project. All media companies have a distribution strategy but what factors influence your decision when it comes to international delivery? Is satellite the best option? Or does fibre offer the […]

IP opens up the TV race

Migration to IP is already changing the nature of the game for broadcasters, writes Kate Bulkley. So here’s the thing. At the moment, TV Everywhere may be more hype than actual services, but if you are a pay TV operator you are certainly thinking about it. And if you’re not thinking about it, well, you […]

IT revolution: a trend to beware of…

The IT revolution has benefited the broadcasting industry in terms of reduced costs and greater connectivity and versatility, but has it been an entirely benign influence? Simen Frostad, chairman of Bridge Technologies, attempts an answer. Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the IT industry knows all too well the stories of hubristic projects conceived on […]

Delivering the Olympic Games

Much has changed since Intelsat first delivered the 1968 Summer Games from Mexico City to audiences around the globe, says Jean-Philippe Gillet, the satellite operator’s regional vice-president of sales for Europe and the Middle East. The size of the audience, the number of satellites involved and the amount of content has grown dramatically. For Seoul […]

Kate Bulkley: Traditional TV’s new fans

“I don’t think it’s a big stretch to suggest that part of Facebook’s strategy will involve adding more video to the site. YouTube after all seems to think that adding professional content, aka TV channels, really works,” says Kate Bulkley. Who  said that the linear TV channel was on its deathbed? This has been the […]

Graham Pomphrey: Premier League rights – caveat emptor

A sigh of relief was audible over west London yesterday evening as BSkyB discovered it had retained the rights to the English Premier league until 2016 – but at what cost? Rumours had emerged that Al Jazeera and its seemingly bottomless bank balance were preparing to enter the costly, but potentially rewarding, world of English […]

Comment: Taking control of OTT delivery

Assuring each individual TV experience will be key to the success of over-the-top TV, writes Johan Görsjö, director of product management, Agama Technologies. Over-the-top (OTT) and TV Everywhere services using adaptive bitrate streaming technologies have created the biggest buzz in the telco and cable TV space since the introduction of IPTV. It is not hard […]