Long reads

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 […]

Inside MultiChoice’s connected TV strategy

The MultiChoice Group has been under pressure in Africa, facing stiff competition from the entry of new OTT streamers across the region  and tougher economic conditions for its consumers in its home market of South Africa. The company is reacting by evolving from a traditional TV/video entertainment business and pivoting into a diversified platform business […]

Q&A: Mike Crimp on IBC 2023 post-pandemic

IBC chief executive officer Mike Crimp tells Digital TV Europe what we can expect from this year’s trade show, taking place from September 15-18, in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  What can we expect with the return of IBC? “IBC returned in 2022 with a good, solid charge, everyone seemed really happy with it. Consequently, rebookings have been […]

Why hybrid video services will drive streaming growth

As video markets worldwide become increasingly mature and household budgets are increasingly restricted, consumers must make choices about their available video services. This includes paid subscription video services and free/ advertising-supported options, with consumers having to weigh their tolerance for advertising with the cost of accessing an ad-free option. Bridging this binary gap, however, are […]

Five Facts about FAST

What is FAST? FAST stands for free advertising-supported streaming television. What makes FAST different from streaming services such as Netflix, Disney or even BritBox, where a paid subscription is required to gain access to the platform’s programming, is that viewers can watch content, whether in linear format or on-demand, for free via an ad-supported platform. […]

Why monetisation represents a growth opportunity for OVPs

Increasing sales via cloud marketplaces have generated significant demand for OTT deployments, streamlining the procurement of development tools and storage for broadcasters. Other drivers include the rolling out of monetisation-as-a-service offerings as add-ons to the established OVP configuration and the steady migration of smaller service providers that do not have the in-house resources to procure […]