Long reads

Advertising: Meta takes on X (formerly Twitter) with Threads

Following years of boisterous growth, Meta’s annual net advertising revenue declined by just over 1% in 2022. While part of this decline was due to an increasingly harsh macroeconomic environment and unfavorable exchange rate fluctuations, there were other major contributing factors. Meta has been badly affected by Apple’s privacy-focused changes to iOS, including the deprecation […]

The decline of the regional sports network

Regional sports networks (RSNs) are television channels primarily broadcasting local sports programming within a specific geographic region. They focus on airing professional and college sports events, including games, pre- and post-game shows, analysis, interviews, and other sportsrelated content. Viewers within the regional network’s coverage area can subscribe to cable or satellite television packages that include […]

Three Key Strategies for Streaming at Scale 

Livestreaming has become a core component of the broadcasting ecosystem in recent years. Almost a quarter of global online viewing time consists of live content, with the industry expected to continue its rapid growth throughout the rest of this decade. For the companies whose business is delivering livestreamed content, ensuring their service runs smoothly is […]

Dubformer: AI and the dubbing revolution

Anton Dvorkovich, CEO of AI dubbing startup Dubformer, explains how AI can revolutionise media localisation. DTVE: Why is AI dubbing becoming more relevant to the media business? What is driving rising interest? AD: There are two main reasons. During the last decade the media industry has come through numerous changes: YouTube has won the hearts […]

MediaHub: building a next-generation OTT TV service

While cord-cutting and the growth in consumption of OTT and social video has cast a shadow over the value of pay TV, network operators clearly still value video services as a way to cement subscriber loyalty and differentiate their offerings. However, given competition for consumers’ attention from OTT streaming giants, it has become more important […]

Smart TV – the case for an independent OS

With streaming now the primary mode of video consumption, the smart TV has come of age, enabling TV manufacturers to compete with service providers and other device suppliers as providers of gateways to entertainment. The advent of smart TV as perhaps the fastest growing category of device as an enabler of entertainment in the home […]

African OTT: Wi-Flix’s challenge to Showmax and Netflix

OTT video adoption in sub-Saharan Africa continues to grow at an impressive rate, with subscriptions reaching almost 4.5m and revenue growing to $294m in 2022. Showmax and Netflix are the region’s standout market leaders for now, but Omdia is monitoring some new fast-growing players, such as Wi-flix, which are looking to capture their own share […]

DTVE Interview: Jennifer Batty, head of content acquisition, Samsung TV Plus

Jennifer Batty, head of content acquisition, Samsung TV Plus talks to DTVE about sports streaming entering into FAST and where the market will be heading in the next five years.  Sports is an extremely expensive market, with the increasing costs to aquire rights and sport programming often behind a paywall, as of result it has […]

DTVE Data Weekly: World Cup rights gain from the growth of women’s sports

Despite rising audiences and attendance, media rights lag well behind men’s sports The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which kicked off last month and concluded with the final game on August 30, has become the most valuable women’s property globally, with rights revenue of $70–100m, according to Omdia’s estimates. FIFA argued strongly with broadcasters— particularly […]

DTVE Interview: Mark Ison, ITV director of engineering

In December 2022 UK broadcaster ITV debuted its new integrated AVOD and SVOD streaming service ITVX , replacing its free streaming service ITV Hub. ITVX is the first streaming service in the UK to offer viewers access free content with ads and ad-free paid subscription. Mark Ison, ITV director of engineering, says that in making […]

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