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 […]

TV’s constant companion

Broadcasters are increasingly focusing on interactivity via second-screen devices, writes Shirlene Chandrapal, vice-president, connected TV at Smartclip. Recent research from YouGov has revealed that consumer TV viewing habits are changing fast and viewers now look to other devices than their TV to consume video content. One in three owners of connected TVs and 41% of […]

Localisation of TV channels: viewing the bigger picture

Jon Try, vice-president of technology, Chello DMC, assesses the prospects for cross-border launches of local TV channels in Europe. In Europe there is a great opportunity to exploit TV channels and brands across a wider audience. However with this opportunity come significant challenges, challenges that came to the fore at our ‘TV Without Boundaries’ debate […]

A smart approach to Smart TV

Connected TV is set to play a huge role in home entertainment, but industry players will need to get to grips with a broad array of legal issues, say David Naylor and Robert Blamires. Internet connected TVs, or Smart TVs look set to dominate the mainstream home entertainment marketplace over the next few years – […]

Learning to love pay TV

German consumers are beginning to warm to pay TV, and Sky Deutschland stands to benefit, writes Kate Bulkley The annual Cable Congress is always a place for announcements, predictions and industry chatter, but what was The Big Takeaway from this year’s event in Brussels? For me it was Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, saying […]