Long reads


Smart moves

The battle for the smart home is heating up, as service providers seek to leverage their residential footprint to control Internet of Things devices. Adrian Pennington reports. With margins on pay TV, landlines and DVRs under pressure from over-the-top providers, multi-service operators are using their broadband connections and established relationship with residential customers as the […]

Q&A: Wongeun Jeon, Alticast

Wongeun Jeon, head of the media experience unit at Alticast, talks about the company’s Dynamic UI and personalised TV What is Alticast’s Dynamic UI and what does it enable service providers to do? Today’s viewers are demanding their viewing experiences become increasingly more personalised, while allowing for the quick and easy discovery of content they […]

Q&A: Charles Dawes, TiVo

Charles Dawes, senior director, international marketing at TiVo, talks about voice search, unmanaged devices, the rise of Android TV and machine learning. To what extent have consumers embraced voice search as a tool for content discovery and what more needs to be done to encourage its use? Over the past year, we have seen voice […]

Q&A: Gernot Jaeger, Zattoo

Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer, B2B TV solutions at Zattoo, talks about the disruptive TV solution Salt has introduced in Switzerland with Zattoo and Apple What are the cornerstones of the TV service that Zattoo implemented together with Apple for Swiss Service provider Salt? Zattoo has been operating a leading end-to-end white label TV and OTT […]

Q&A: Roland Sars, Media Distillery

Roland Sars, CEO of Media Distillery, talks about the application of AI to improve the user experience of TV platforms What do you see as the main ways in which AI can be used to help broadcasters and TV operators? Nowadays, broadcasters and TV operators are faced with the change in consumer behaviour from linear […]

Sign of the times

MTG’s decision to split into two, with businesses focusing on broadcasting and streaming and growth areas such as eSports respectively, was a long-term strategy, according to MTG corporate affairs chief and UK CEO Matthew Hooper. Stuart Thomson reports. Modern Times Group’s (MTG) decision to invest heavily in eSports, multichannel networks and online gaming, and subsequently […]

The big squeeze

The proliferation of video-capable devices and streaming services, combined with the advent of UHD TV means that the pressure is on to find more efficient ways of forcing video down bandwidth-restricted pipes. However, with multiple video compression formats emerging to challenge existing dominant technologies, is the scene set for a period of confusion and fragmentation? […]

OTT TV: an all-out attack on subscriber churn

OTT TV providers need to tackle churn just as urgently as pay TV companies, says Gilles Domartini, CEO and founder, Cleeng. We hear a lot about churn in traditional pay TV but how big a challenge is churn for OTT TV operators? Both pay TV and OTT providers have churn as a main challenge. The […]

Rakuten’s home cinema revolution

VOD provider Rakuten TV has big plans this year, including considering SVOD launches in Europe and an investment in movies to help push the case for getting them on the small screen faster. CEO Jacinto Roca talked exclusively with Stuart Thomson about his plans. Rakuten TV, the transactional video-on-demand service provider that currently operates in […]

Moving pictures

Video is expected to dominate mobile traffic in the years ahead. But much still needs to be done to ensure a seamless video experience over mobile networks. Anna Tobin reports. The demand for video on mobile screens is at an all time high and it is yet to peak. According to a Nokia Bell Labs […]

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