Long reads


The personal touch

The shift from linear to on-demand viewing means that there is growing demand to create a more personalised viewing experience, including the ability to search for programmes and receive recommendations from friends. Stuart Thomson investigates. It is now accepted wisdom that service providers will face the prospect of a shift from linear viewing to on-demand […]

The third dimension

BSkyB will launch a dedicated 3D TV channel this year. With other operators set to follow, Graham Pomphrey assesses broadcaster strategies and the latest technologies on offer for this much-hyped technology. 3D video has, until recently, been confined to the cinema. If you exclude the limited forays into anaglyphic technology, that is. You may know […]

Play it again

The emergence of multi-screen delivery of content has had a significant impact on the channel playout business, reports Anna Tobin. Broadcasters have always hungered for good content to bring in audiences and revenues. Now, however, that content can be repackaged for multiple outlets: mobile devices; PC and TV, for example, the industry has realised that […]

Mapping the future

As demand for narrowcast video services grows, cable operators both in the US and Europe face a number of critical technology choices. Stuart Thomson looks at some of the key developments. US cable giant Comcast is currently pulling the industry towards its vision of the next-generation cable architecture. The focus of its current activity is […]

Access granted

High-speed broadband networks and advanced consumer devices mean three-screen strategies are back on the agenda. Graham Pomphrey assesses the security issues. The success of online video services iPlayer and Hulu has proven one thing – people are prepared to watch full-length programmes and movies on their PCs. But there is a caveat – the content […]

Lifestyle choices

Channel operators are well aware that one way of appealing to women is to invest in lifestyle programming. Andy Fry looks at the role genres including the home, wellbeing and fashion are playing in the pay-TV industry. Look up the word lifestyle in a dictionary and you will not see a reference to women. But […]

The sky’s the limit

The satellite industry has proven resilient against the backdrop of a global financial crisis. With revenues continuing to rise and new launches pending, Graham Pomphrey looks at how traditional services and new models are helping to drive the market. If proof were needed that the satellite industry is in a good state of health, SES […]

Telekom on top

At a time of rapid development in the German pay-TV and broadband industry, Deutsche Telekom is increasingly showing its strength, writes Dieter Brockmeyer. The German TV market has  been developing some momentum in recent times. First, News Corp took control of the pay-TV platform formerly known as Premiere and rebranded it as Sky Deutschland. Second, […]

Testing times

A slow-down in subscriber uptake in the face of stiff competition, as well as the looming threat from OTT providers, could force IPTV operators to invest more in quality assurance. Stuart Thomson reports. It is well-known that IPTV networks require a great deal of care and attention, as telecom infrastructure was not designed with video […]

Only connect

Hybrid platforms and connected TVs have been key topics of late, with interest fuelled by initiatives such as Project Canvas in the UK and HbbTV. Stuart Thomson looks at how service providers may stand to gain or lose from new technological innovations. In the eyes of a number of observers, hybrid platforms are increasingly seen […]

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