DTVE October 2019

In this issue of Digital TV Europe, we look at Liberty Global’s technology strategy, streaming and broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa, and recent developments in OTT TV technology.

Liberty Global has undergone massive changes over the past year. In the run-up to Cable Congress in Berlin in November, I talked to the cable giant’s chief technology officer Enrique Rodriguez about his company’s focus on networks, connectivity and entertainment.

Ahead of October’s Video Exchange MENA Rebecca Hawkes assesses the latest developments in the Middle East pay TV, broadcast and streaming market, looking at the challenges faced by pay TV leaders BeIN Media and OSN, the progress made by streaming services, led by Starzplay Arabia, and the investment in local content led by MBC.

OTT TV technology has had a growing presence at IBC for a number of years. With the market for streaming services becoming increasingly crowded, content service providers are looking to get products up and running quickly. Jonathan Easton looks at some of the solutions on offer.

Also in this issue, in the run-up to MIPCOM, we interview US BBC and ITV joint-venture streamer BritBox’s president Soumya Sriraman about the streamer’s growth and the appetite for UK content on the other side of the Atlantic.

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