Long reads


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, […]

Speed Merchants

Broadband providers are engaged in an arms race to deliver ultra-fast services to subscribers. HFC cable network operators are making use of a fast-evolving range of tools to stay ahead of rivals, writes Adrian Pennington. The ‘need for speed’ is dominating the cable operator market as competitors jostle to deliver tomorrow’s Gigabit services for consumer […]

Onwards for Android

The rise of Android TV as the operating system of choice for an ever-growing range of service providers speaks to the realisation that aggregation of multiple app-based video services and a compelling user experience are the key competitive tools for operators. Stuart Thomson reports. The Android TV Operator Tier platform has gained numerous adherents among […]

Zappware Strategy Summit: t-commerce gets AI push

Imagine if you could make your screen interactive – how would that change your business? That’s the proposition from Spott.ai, the Belgium-based outfit which has a SaaS cloud solution allowing clients to upload any content including video and make it interactive – and shoppable. Speaking at the recent Zappware Strategy Summit in Ghent, company co-founder […]

Zappware Strategy Summit: WIND Hellas reinvents TV experience with UX Focus

A year ago, Greek telco WIND Hellas launched its new multi-screen pay-TV service in Greece. Built and operated by Zappware as a turnkey service, WIND VISION has taken the market by storm, combining DVB and OTT in one hybrid Android TV box and propelling rapid growth. “Our goal was to offer our customers a unique […]