Trends and technologies at CES 2014

Red Bee Media’s chief technology officer, Steve Plunkett talks us through what to look out for at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It’s that time of the year again. The over-indulgence of the Christmas period, perhaps with some technology overspend on the latest gadgets, gives way to the double whammy of […]

Adaptive evolution – ABR and targeted advertising

Yuval Fisher, chief technology officer of RGB Networks takes a look at the advantages of adaptive HTTP streaming and the promise of highly targeted ad insertion. The multiscreen content mix has exploded to include thousands of on-demand titles plus a full complement of live channels delivered in IP mode. However, reaching users with all this […]

The user experience: putting the operator on cloud nine

Navin Natoewal, General Manager, Philips uWand on why pay TV operators need to adapt their services’ user interface and customer experience to respond to the rise of cloud-based apps and IP-delivered content.  The cloud has become a double-edged sword for operators. On the one hand, internet-based delivery has greatly reduced distribution costs, but on the […]

Technology is a lifestyle choice – enhance the customer experience

Mark Price, director at CoralTree Systems, highlights the challenges of maintaining excellent customer experience as an increasing number of new technologies change the way in which customers demand interaction with operators. Whether you’re booking cinema tickets, checking in for a flight, or doing the weekly shop online – technology influences our everyday actions. Gone are […]

Cable’s ties that bind

For pay TV operators, cord cutting is like a difficult breakup, but what can they do to win back the affections of wayward viewers, asks Kate Bulkley. Sometimes  the world of TV mirrors that of the rest of society. Take, for instance, what happens at the end of a long-term relationship: often there is surprise […]

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 […]

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