Long reads


The race to OTT

The OTT market is predicted to be worth US$159 billion by 2024, according to Digital TV Research, and operators do not want to miss out on a slice of the pie. Jonathan Easton speaks to vendors in the space about the strategies operators should implement in order to launch a streaming product that builds on […]

Are sports rights really heading for disaster?

Despite BeIN Media Group CEO Yousef Al-Obaidly’s explosive comments that the “media rights bubble is about to burst for sports” and that the industry is “sleep-walking towards a financial cliff”, broadcasters are showing no signs of slowing down in their pursuit of exclusivity deals. The CEO, speaking at a Leaders in Sport Event, said that […]

Q&A: Rachelle Peterson, WarnerMedia

Ahead of Video Exchange MENA, the event’s organisers spoke with Rachelle Peterson, global director of commercial distribution at CNNI, WarnerMedia about the growing impact that women are having on the industry and the need for diversity initiatives. Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do? I work for CNN International Commercial […]

Amazon Prime: one subscription to rule them all?

Rob Gallagher, director, media and entertainment research and analysis at Ovum, reflects on the role of video within Amazon Prime and how it affects Amazon’s wider business model. In 2016, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said of the company’s Prime service: “We get to monetise video in a very unusual way. When we win a Golden […]

Research: Disney’s pivot streams into focus

Ed Barton, chief analyst at Ovum, considers the prospects of Disney+ in an increasingly crowded streaming market. The launch of Disney+ in November represents a critical milestone in Disney’s strategy to lessen its reliance on pay TV and TV advertising by building a direct-to-consumer streaming service. This is no ordinary streaming launch. It will ramp […]

Cloud transformation gathers pace

Cloud is attractive to service providers – in theory. But big challenges stand in the way of realising the virtual operator, reports Adrian Pennington All elements of the video distribution chain have been enhanced through the evolution of cloud technology, ranging from creative tools that utilise cloud-based applications, through to content encoding, packaging and distribution. […]

Artificial intelligence’s genuine impact

Automation is affecting every aspect of modern living and TV is no different. Jonathan Easton examines the role that AI is playing in the user experience and how ‘the algorithm’ has quietly revolutionised the way we view content. Every few years, a new fad takes the industry by storm. In the early part of this […]

The DTVE interview: Eamonn O’Hare, Zegona Communications

Eamonn O’Hare, CEO of UK-based Zegona Communications – the biggest investor in Spanish telco Euskaltel – talks to DTVE’s Stuart Thomson about the attractions of the domestic market and opportunities further afield It is now four years since Zegona Communications, the investment outfit set up by former Virgin Media executives Eamonn O’Hare and Robert Samuelson, […]

Q&A: Irdeto’s Jim Phillipoff talks smart home security

Jim Phillipoff, Head of Business Development, Media & Entertainment, Irdeto, discusses the security threats around smart home technology and opportunities for service providers. What are the main security threats facing consumers in relation to smart home devices? The enormous scope of opportunities provided by connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) are still being […]

MaginePro: expanding the streaming universe

MaginePro chief commercial officer Luke Boyle talks about requirements to open up streaming opportunities to a new tier of content rights holders. Streaming pioneer MaginePro has seen huge changes in the online video business since it launched a combined live and on-demand service in Sweden and then in Germany at the start of this decade. […]

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