Long reads

Confluence of streams

Subscription video-on-demand services are proliferating, but questions are arising about the affordability and convenience of stacking multiple offerings. Stuart Thomson reports. Subscription video-on-demand has transformed the video distribution landscape, with global players such as Netflix and Amazon effectively disrupting traditional pay TV with a low-cost subscription model.  Disney+, Apple TV+ and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max will soon […]

ViacomCBS and the ‘channelising’ of streaming platforms

With an on-again, off-again saga longer than many sit-coms, CBS and Viacom finally confirmed their reunification this week, creating the US’s biggest broadcaster with a global reach of over 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. Despite the impressive array of linear channels that the combined company now has in its arsenal, what was perhaps most interesting […]

Kicking and Streaming

Live streaming, including of major sports events, is becoming increasingly popular, but the technical challenges of delivering a high-quality service at scale remain considerable. Anna Tobin reports. OTT providers have been streaming live content for years now, but more often than not, the experience has been – frankly – bad.  With audiences increasingly expecting live streaming […]

5G set for slow-burn uptake

Operators are approaching early 5G rollout to deliver efficiency savings and enhanced broadband with the more exotic consumer apps lined up for phase two. Adrian Pennington reports. There is no immediate ‘killer application’ for 5G. Its early consumer commercialisation should be seen as a way of evolving and expanding the established business of service providers. The […]

The rise of the AVODs

With subscription costs mounting and the SVOD market becoming more crowded, Jonathan Easton looks at the attractions of advertising-supported video-on-demand. When Netflix added a streaming option to its DVD rental service as an optional extra in 2010, few could have predicted that it would create the seismic shift that it did in the following years.  Of […]

Zattoo brings white label TVaaS to Android TV Operator Tier market

Google has achieved significant success over the last couple of years for Android TV on the back of its Android TV Operator Tier program. TV operators have been able to tap into Android TV to deliver fast time to market, enable access to Google Play and provide the potential to deploy advanced set-top boxes at […]

5G video: the journey begins

5G rollouts are underway, but it is still not clear which applications will drive consumer take-up. Video is likely to play a major part, but operators need space to experiment, as Thierry Fautier, VP of video strategy at Harmonic, explains. 5G is coming. Operators are now launching services in key cites and plans are afoot […]

Q&A: Simon Trudelle, NAGRA

Simon Trudelle, senior director, product marketing, NAGRA, talks about super-aggregation, sports OTT services, advances in content protection and the importance of leveraging data. What are the key ingredients in today’s converged pay-TV and OTT era for pay-TV operators to deliver compelling consumer propositions? Providers intent on creating a compelling consumer proposition must focus on one […]

Q&A: Mikael Dahlgren, Agama Technologies

Mikael Dahlgren, CEO of Agama Technologies, talks about recent key developments in streaming, the importance of targeted advertising and how to assure it and what service providers need to put in place to ensure optimal service quality and meet or exceed customer expectations. What are the key developments that you see taking place in the […]

Telcos get smart

Telecom operators are increasingly looking to smart home applications to deliver additional revenues, but partnerships are crucial to making this work, writes Anna Tobin. Service providers are increasingly looking beyond the triple or quad-play bundle. With OTT streamed content now eating into their traditional pay TV subscriber revenues and competition in broadband access becoming intense, […]

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