October 10, 2014
At SCTE’s Cable Tec Expo in Denver last month, I had the pleasure of presenting a session on "Navigating the Transition to All IP Video Delivery” as part of a workshop on the DRM Evolution – What it Means to You. It is becoming increasingly clear that operators would prefer not to rely on two disparate delivery silos for QAM broadcasts and IP services, and that they also want to use available cable plant bandwidth in a more flexible manner.
October 7, 2014
In the last of our three-part blog series from our Multi-network Forum at IBC 2014, I focus on the contributions of Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President at NeuLion. Delivering no less than 47,000 live sports events to every connected device in and out of the home, NeuLion is fueling a fundamental change on the way the content is being consumed. Arguably the most valuable (expensive) asset that operators or programmers can buy, it is, according to Chris, the only appointment fans are going to keep.
October 1, 2014
In this second post of a three-part series from our Multi-network Forum at IBC 2014, I highlight some of the key points discussed with moderator, Nigel Walley and panelist Ron Paans, Technical Director at M7 Group. Despite operating multiple brands, across multiple networks, markets and ecosystems he still manages to sleep well at night!
September 30, 2014
Ensuring revenue security can be quite a complex undertaking for global pay-TV operators. However, leveraging a variety of hardware security methods – including the use of a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) – can support the fundamental requirements of any security strategy: durability and renewability. Durability is the ability to control access or visibility into intellectual property or sensitive information such as cryptographic keys or security algorithms. The TEE allows for this durability as well as the ability for powerful and sophisticated security techniques to be performed on a capable and flexible processor.
September 25, 2014
For the third consecutive year, our Multi-network Forum at IBC 2014 proved that despite the gruelling demands of the five-day IBC show, delegates are prepared to get up early (at least once) to listen to operators and industry partners illuminate important trends – this year, the IP transition and the rise of the software-empowered operator. In a three-part blog series, I highlight some of the key points discussed with moderator, Nigel Walley and Forum panelists. The first being with Dario Vieceli, Head of TV Software Development at Swisscom.
September 12, 2014
Earlier this week, we unveiled the profile of VCAS Ultra™, our next-generation Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) architecture.
This is certainly very exciting news for us as a company – it represents the culmination of much hard work and relentless innovation. But we also think it represents a significant development for the pay-TV industry on the whole.
As outlined in our “Rise of the Software Empowered Video Operator” e-book, there is a clear trend towards IP- and software-based technologies with many industry experts agreeing that they will serve as the foundation for the future of pay-TV service delivery. As the industry evolves, so must the revenue security strategies that underpin the business of content delivery.
September 8, 2014
I sense a lot of excitement in the market regarding the advantages that a combined cloud/smart TV approach without a set-top box (STB) can bring service providers. But I also wonder about possible negative impacts that such a shift could have on the operational aspects of the service provider’s business, for example OPEX possibly escalating out of control.
September 7, 2014
While there are continuing advancements in technologies for protecting and delivering content over IP, another challenge to operators is evolving their user experience to embrace new service models for subscribers, while striving to maintain their current revenue model. Of particular threat is disintermediation by direct access to content from OTT sources. Subscribers, particularly the emerging generation not accustomed to traditional pay-TV models, will question the value of the video aggregator.
September 2, 2014
In this e-book, we look at the industry transition from dedicated equipment to software-based architectures in collaboration with partners playing a critical role in creating software-centric solutions for the digital video ecosystem. Our chapter focuses on software-defined video processing that provides the flexibility, scalability and performance required to transform high quality video into new revenue streams via turnkey, cloud-based and virtualized deployment models.
August 25, 2014
If you’re reading this, you probably read a lot about the TV industry. The Internet is now awash with content, and the articles that get the most coverage are the controversial ones that talk about cord-cutting, or the threat from Google, or how TV is going to die within the next five years.
August 19, 2014
You can call the trend whatever you’d like, but content preparation workflows are all moving in the same direction—toward the cloud. In the follow-up e-book on The Rise of the Software-Empowered Video Operator, we explore this push and how it's impacting our industry. The benefits for moving towards a cloud-based workflow can almost seem unlimited, but a couple of key ones always float to the top.