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How European media groups are adapting to the OTT present in 2021

You would perhaps be forgiven for overlooking Europe as the TV industry continues its rapid transformation towards OTT. Industry talk has, in recent years, been dominated by US players. Whether it is in the positive sense – such as the 100-plus million subscribers amassed by Disney+ since its November 2019 launch – or in the […]

What next for Premier League broadcast rights?

It’s been a turbulent few weeks for football. First the anger around the recent failed attempt by the six Premier League clubs to form a European Super League followed by the announcement by BT that it is seeking to sell a stake in its pay TV sport business BT Sport. As well as the UK […]

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 […]