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A bright start for discovery+ shows broadcasters don’t have to abandon linear for OTT

There may be fears that launching a major streaming service at this stage in the market’s maturity may be a risk.  Netflix, a general barometer for the SVOD market’s health, last week reported one of its lowest subscriber adds on record. NBCUniversal’s Peacock this week reported slower growth while WarnerMedia’s premium streamer HBO Max is […]

How to Improve Video Delivery With Virtualization and Containerization

Pay-TV operators must optimize all aspects of their service, including delivery if they want to be successful in today’s dynamic media market, and sustain and grow their position. To achieve this effectively they need to reduce operational complexities and costs, while maintaining broadcast-grade availability and quality for their customers. Over the last few years, there’s […]

One of the Super League’s biggest sins was alienating broadcasters

Well, that was a week. From Sunday night’s shock announcement of a proposed breakaway football European Super League to its demise 48 hours later and the subsequent Monty Python routine from Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, this was arguably the biggest news week for the structure of the people’s game in a generation. Now that […]

Amazon’s understated video dominance should not go unnoticed

By comparison to the record year for Netflix, and the irrepressible rise of Disney+, Amazon has somewhat flown under the radar as a VOD player over the past year. The news however that Amazon now has 200 million Prime subscribers globally generating US$126 billion of value for the company should come as no surprise given […]

DAZN steps up with Serie A rights on latest leap to global domination

Cash-rich DAZN is going from strength to strength, with its latest move looking likely to be a public offering in the near future. While quickly ascending over the past few years, DAZN has more recently brought in top-caliber execs to show it means business in the long-term. In January, the sports world was shocked when […]

The future’s in the clouds

IPTV services are increasingly adopting cloud technology, which can provide a more efficient, scalable way of delivering content to end users.  While there are differences of opinion about how fast and how far service providers should embrace the cloud, IPTV providers are under considerable pressure to optimise their delivery infrastructure, not only to manage costs […]

How does the set-top box fit in with the streaming future?

The set-top box has been the workhorse of the pay TV industry for decades.  But the popularity of streaming services – as evidenced by the 1 billion-plus SVOD subscriptions reached in 2020 – shows the need for operators to adapt quickly to new circumstances and deliver services to devices other than TVs within a specific […]

Anti-piracy efforts are stepping up, but is it enough?

  The world’s biggest pirate streaming service Modbro was shut down this week in a huge win for anti-piracy advocates. The outfit, which spanned three countries had been downloaded more than 100 million times and generated more than €5 million in profit for its operators – four of whom have been arrested in an operation […]

AVOD’s Third Wave

All online entertainment – whether it’s video, music or games – has experienced a tremendous uptick during 2020 courtesy of Covid-19’s wrath and subsequent lockdowns. In fact, we can just about match up the various peaks in consumption to each wave of the virus’ impact on consumers’ restriction of movement. But there are other influences […]

The live-streaming revolution

Live-streaming, including of major sports, has been one of the big stories of the video distribution business over the last couple of years.  The last few years have seen the incorporation of live services into broader mainstream offerings like NBCUniversal’s Peacock and the just-launched Paramount+ as well as the launch of dedicated live-streaming sports services […]