The emergence of digital TV; the entry into the video distribution business of telecom operators; the rise of large flat-panel TVs and the accompanying rise of HD video. All of these shifts in the quality and sources of video we watch on our TV screens were enabled to a large extent by technological innovations, and in particular by advances in video compression technology.
New compression technologies have emerged that could have a major impact on video delivery and spur further innovation. In this issue of Digital TV Europe, we take a look at the current state of play in the emerging battle for compression supremacy.
Elsewhere, we look at Modern Times Group’s plans to split its business into two parts, and talk to Jacinto Roca, CEO of movies-on-demand service Rakuten TV about new opportunities in the market, the potential for further SVOD launches and the need to make movies available sooner after their theatrical release date.
Finally, in the run-up to TV Connect and ANGA COM, we take a look at what to expect at these two industry events.